Millions of dollars arriving at the perfect time for researchers
Millions of private dollars are arriving at the perfect time for researchers at Pennsylvania universities seeking to replace waning federal support, experts said.The Pittsburgh Foundation on Thursday announced the first set of grants from the largest gift in its 68-year history. Nearly $1.6 million from the estate of Charles E. Kaufman will go to Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, Drexel and Temple. Kaufman, a Pitt graduate and chemist who made much of his fortune after retirement, left the foundation $50 million upon his death in 2010. About $40 million will go to support “cutting edge” scientific research, the foundation said.