Henry Luce Foundation Continues Support for Computer Sciences

Luce Foundation logo The University of Wisconsin Foundation recently received the third of five installments of $120,000 each from the Henry Luce Foundation to continue its support for the Clare Boothe Luce Professorship in Computer Sciences at UW-Madison.

The five-year award supports Shan Lu, who joined the faculty of the Department of Computer Sciences in January 2009 after receiving her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

The goal of the Luce Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce Program is “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate and teach” in disciplines in which they have been historically underrepresented and to increase the number of women in those fields. It has become the single most significant source of private support for women in the physical sciences, mathematics and engineering in the United States.

The program honors the widow of the late Henry R. Luce, Clare Boothe Luce, who was a playwright, journalist, U.S. ambassador to Italy and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut.