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Dr. Dolinski Receives Kaufman Foundation Award

July 25, 2013

The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation announced its first series of grants to support cutting-edge scientific research. Dr. Michelle Dolinski was the recipient of a New Investigator Research category for her research on “Solid Xenon Bolometers for Radiation Detection.”

The new grantmaking program, which becomes one of the major resources for scientific research in the State of Pennsylvania, will award funding annually and has been made possible through the biggest bequest to The Pittsburgh Foundation in its 68-year history.

Charles Kaufman passed away in September 2010, shortly after his 97th birthday, leaving his estate of almost $50 million to the Foundation, of which approximately $40 million was assigned to the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation to support new research initiatives at Pennsylvania institutions of higher learning in chemistry, biology and physics “for achievement in and contribution to the field and humanity.”

“The Pittsburgh Foundation worked with Mr. Kaufman on this incredible idea to use science and the power of research to drive innovations for humankind,” said Grant Oliphant, The Pittsburgh Foundation’s President and CEO. “Mr. Kaufman was truly remarkable, his gift was extraordinary and we are privileged to carry forward his vision to advance the scientific frontiers in a variety of fields.”

More than 170 applications were received from institutions throughout Pennsylvania when the first requests for funding were invited earlier this year.

Summaries of all grants and funded research projects are available at:

Further information on the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation is available at its website at: