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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 25, 2008.
By United Press International

Malaria prevention funding is questioned

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 14 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists are questioning how millions of dollars dedicated to malaria prevention are being spent since annual deaths from the disease are increasing.
Gates Foundation expanding farm grants

Gates Foundation expanding farm grants

SEATTLE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation says it is expanding its charity work in agricultural development with $306 million earmarked for six farming programs.

Gates Foundation helping poor farmers

SEATTLE, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle is attempting to help poor farmers around the world by offering agricultural assistance.

Polio's eradication still uncertain

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Efforts to wipe out polio have stalled in recent years and eradication of the crippling disease remains a question mark, U.S. and world experts say.

Weill Cornell gets $2.4M for TB research

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The Weill Cornell Medical College in New York has received grants totaling $2.4 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for tuberculosis research.

Gates Foundation official probed

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. Senate panel is examining claims a top official at the Gates Foundation tried to cover up a diabetes drug's potential side effects in his previous job.

Gates foundation creates health fund

SEATTLE, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, headquartered in Seattle, has started a $100 million fund for research grants related to global health.

Backing of new MTV site draws criticism

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- MTV is testing a social networking Web site called ThinkMTV.com to encourage activism among young people but its backing is upsetting some non-profit sites.

Gates Foundation goes after TB

SEATTLE, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Seattle, has announced $280 million in grants to fight a growing tuberculosis problem.

Teacher inspired by Buffet gives $128M

NEWTOWN, Pa., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A retired schoolteacher inspired by billionaire Warren Buffet gave $128 million to a Quaker high school in one of the largest U.S. secondary school gifts ever.

Gates Foundation provides housing funds

SEATTLE, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a gift of $4.5 million to help the homeless in the Seattle area.

Gates Foundation honors Australian library

SEATTLE, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to the Northern Territory Library located in Darwin, Australia.

Gates contributes $5M to Iraq scholar fund

SEATTLE , Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is putting $5 million towards a program that grants fellowships to academics facing persecution in Iraq.

$15M allocated to AIDS vaccine research

BALTIMORE, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. scientist who co-discovered the virus that causes AIDS will use a $15 million grant to develop a potential vaccine.
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Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates announced late August 21, 2006 that she is stepping down from the board of Bellevue, Washington-based Drugstore.com Inc., an online seller of health, vision and pharmaceutical products. Melinda resigned in order to spend more time running the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she serves as co-chair with husband and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Melinda had been on the board since 1999. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen/FILE)

Melinda Ann French (born August 15, 1964), later known as Melinda French Gates, is an American philanthropist and wife of Bill Gates. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a former unit manager for several Microsoft products such as Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia.

Melinda was born in Dallas, Texas to Raymond Joseph French, Jr., an engineer, and Elaine Agnes Amerland, a homemaker. Gates was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended St. Monica Catholic School, where she was the top student in her class year. She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982. Gates earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1987, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Shortly thereafter, she joined Microsoft and participated in the development of many of Microsoft’s multimedia products including Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia.

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