Knight Foundation Invests Millions in IDSC, FIU, and Baptist Health

John S. Knight and James L. Knight, Knight Foundation brothers in front of The Miami Herald buidling

Knight Foundation Invests Millions in IDSC, FIU, and Baptist…

Covering the February 24, 2021, Knight Foundation announcement of grants to grow Miami’s tech community (“Knight Foundation Invests $15M in FIU, UM, Baptist Health to Expand Miami’s Tech Talent, Accelerate Innovation“), Miami Herald Reporter Rob Wile looked at the funding awarded to UM IDSC:

At the University of Miami, Knight is investing $4.3 million to endow six new faculty chair positions at its Institute of Data Science and Computing (IDSC); until last year, it was known as the Center for Computational Science.

“Think of this as high-test fuel,” said Jeffrey Duerk, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the Institute, in a statement. “The Knight Foundation’s gift supporting IDSC’s growth will top off our tank and allow us to go further and go faster.”

In a follow-up interview, Duerk said the Knight investment will help create another “win” that is needed to make—and keep—Miami an attractive destination.

“There is great talent here, there is a great university ecosystem here, and now there’s a venture capital buzz and an angel network buzz. All of that creates the hum that will support this (tech) revolution,” he said.

Miami’s Moment from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

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