HOW DO WE MEASURE SUCCESS? Thoughts on Soccer Goals, Social Impact, and Surgical Errors

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation

April 24, 2019

This question is so fundamental, and yet too often it’s not even asked by those funding and working towards social impact.
We assume it was asked and answered by someone else at some earlier time, or that this initiative with its holistic approach to the whole person can’t be reduced to a single or even set of metrics. Or maybe it’s that we simply don’t have the time and resources to build that data-driven culture that allows us to adjust our strategy and actions based on whether our indicators of success are flashing green or red.
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At the Top of Their Game: Messi, Gates & Wooten not only share great talent, but also opportunity & an environment that allowed their talent to thrive

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation

April 9, 2019

You know it when you see it.
Lin-Manuel Miranda transforming a book into something else entirely. Messi moving up the field with a soccer ball that moves along with him. Diamond taking 13,000 years of history – and multiple disciplines – to incredibly show us how and why societies advanced in different ways at different rates.
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Talent is Universal – Opportunity is Not

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation

March 27, 2019

So true. This point was eloquently driven home by the story of the eight-year-old homeless refugee who just won the New York State Chess Championship. Click here to read the full article >

Reflections from South by Southwest (SXSW) EDU 2019

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation

March 8, 2019

First off, a thank you to the Lemelson Foundation for inviting me to speak at their session tomorrow on A New Paradigm for Tomorrow’s Workforce. I look forward to joining my fellow panelists from Lemelson, the Digital Harbor Foundation, McKay High School, and MIT to discuss this important issue. Click here to read the full article >

Why do those mountains look so different?
Encouraging self-driven curiosity for learning in all students

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation

February 25, 2019

“Why do those mountains look so different?” So said a young girl to her grandfather. She was used to the saguaro cactus of Tucson Arizona, but here they were hiking in the Teton National Forest past a mountain covered with lodgepole pine trees. Click here to read the full article >

The Amgen Scholars Program for Undergrads and Their Summer Research

Podcast by Education Talk Radio

November 26, 2018

Scott Heimlich, vice president of the Amgen Foundation, and Tim Day, Founder of DNALite Therapeutics and an Amgen Scholars alum, were guests of Larry Jacobs on Education Talk Radio to discuss the Amgen Scholars Program. Listen to the conversation here >

Spotlight on the Amgen Foundation

Written by Southern California Grantmakers

November 6, 2018

Scott Heimlich, vice president of the Amgen Foundation, spoke with Southern California Grantmakers about the Foundation's various programs which aim to advance excellence in science education and inspire the next generation of innovators. Read More >

Amgen Foundation’s move to scale up science education: Virtual laboratory experiences for students

Written by Nature and Amgen Foundation

September 20, 2018

A sponsored article published in Nature Magazine explains that LabXchange, which focuses on biology and biotechnology, leverages technology to teach basic lab skills and engage students in the scientific process. Click here to read the full article >

Philanthropy Assignment: Inspire Tomorrow’s Leaders With Science

Written by Fortune and Amgen Foundation

August 27, 2018

A new philanthropic strategy is emerging among “purpose-driven companies” like Amgen according to a sponsored content piece published in Fortune Magazine—a strategy that transcends conventional monetary donations and infuses a company’s mission into its hands-on community outreach. Click here to read the full article >

A Biotech Experience for Classrooms

Written by Genome Alberta

June 5, 2018

Eduardo Cetlin, president of the Amgen Foundation, speaks with Genome Alberta about how the Amgen Biotech Experience and LabXchange are bringing quality science education to students around the globe. Listen to the conversation here >

Canada 2067: Formidable Challenges (and Opportunities!) Ahead

Written by Eduardo Cetlin, President, Amgen Foundation

January 11, 2018

My personal awakening to what a good science education could look like happened in Canada, in my 10th grade physics class with Mr. Burt at Westmount High School in Montreal in the early 90's. I started high school in Brazil and had already taken a year of physics, but frankly, had not learned much through the experience. Read More >

Scaling what works in #STEM

Written by Eduardo Cetlin, President, Amgen Foundation

September 19, 2017

The cover of National Geographic magazine’s March 2015 issue is framed in my home office. The image of a staged moon landing, and five short sentences challenging common known facts serve as the backdrop for an ominous title: “The War on Science.” Read More >

Hands-On Scientific Learning Goes Global with Amgen Biotech Experience Expansion

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation

August 24, 2017

It's no surprise that when students become fascinated by science, that enthusiasm can be contagious. From our survey with Change the Equation, we know students crave hands-on biology experiences that are often lacking in the classroom. Read More >

Updating America’s Lab Report

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation

July 27, 2017

More than 10 years ago, the groundbreaking America’s Lab Report: Investigations in High School Science examined the effectiveness of high school laboratory experiences. This report was a useful resource that we at Amgen Foundation referenced regularly when updating and enhancing our science education programs. Read More >

A Case Study: The Amgen Foundation and Khan Academy

Written by Eduardo Cetlin, President, Amgen Foundation

May 16, 2017

After I first posted about our renewed partnership with Khan Academy in February, we were excited to be included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s recent report on how businesses help create greater educational opportunities. Read More >

Khan Academy: A High‐Quality Biology Education for All

Written By Eduardo Cetlin, President, Amgen Foundation

February 23, 2017

Philanthropic organizations around the world grapple with the question of how best to deploy limited financial resources to achieve the most impact. For the Amgen Foundation, the answer starts with a clear mission and strategy, is followed by the selection of best-in-class organizations who consistently deliver excellent results, and closes with a thorough analysis of learnings and outcomes. Read More >

How Do We Get Teens Excited About Science?

Written by Eduardo Cetlin, President, Amgen Foundation

June 7, 2016

We at the Amgen Foundation believe that an understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, particularly science, is critical for students to be prepared for careers and citizenship in the 21st century. Read More >

Letter From the Amgen Foundation President

Eduardo Cetlin, President of the Amgen Foundation

March 1, 2015

We at the Amgen Foundation believe that an understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, particularly science, is critical for students to be prepared for careers and citizenship in the 21st century. Today’s students are the innovators of tomorrow — the people who will find new ways to cure diseases and improve patients’ lives. We have a great opportunity to spark a love of science in students, tap into their motivations, and stimulate their understanding of the purpose and benefits of a strong STEM education. Read More >


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