The University of Cincinnati’s numerous initiatives in space exploration research have been launched to even higher levels by an anonymous $20 million gift. The gift is the largest bequest in UC’s history by an individual.
|President Nancy Zimpher|
The bequest not only establishes the Thomas Jefferson Endowed Chair in Space Exploration and the Alan B. Shepard Endowed Chair in Space Exploration, but also has a substantial portion of its funds earmarked to create a Space Exploration Research Fund.
The Jefferson and Shepard chairs are not limited to any college or discipline, and will be selected based on competitive proposals from all UC programs with demonstrated expertise in research and teaching related to the exploration of outer space. Competition is expected to be fierce. Space exploration research expertise at UC extends throughout the university: from astrophysics and cosmology to aerospace engineering and from robotic surgery and telemedicine to geoinformatics, remote sensing and mapping.
|Sandra Degen, Vice President for Research|
The Space Exploration Research Fund will create a long-term program that encourages collaboration among disciplines and enhances UC’s research excellence in specialties related to the exploration of space. Through the fund, the pioneering program will also support educational programs and fellowships for students performing research in areas related to space exploration, establishing space exploration as a center of excellence at UC.
Spokespersons for the donor confirmed his immense gratitude for the opportunities and benefits provided by Ohio’s public education system.