Researchers find key to malaria

DALLAS, July 6 (UPI) -- Researchers in Texas have discovered why some mosquitoes are resistant to malaria, a leading cause of death worldwide.

Charitable giving sees small hike in 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., June 25 (UPI) -- Charitable giving in the United States increased very little last year, data compiled by Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy indicated.

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Bill Gates foundation donates $100 million

SEATTLE, June 4 (UPI) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $105 million to the University of Washington for a health institute at the Seattle school.

U.S. governors gather for winter meeting

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. governors are gathering in Washington for their first meeting since Democrats won control of Congress last November. The winter meeting of the National Governor's Association, which begins Saturday, will focus a large chunk of its time on how states

Canada announces AIDS vaccine effort

OTTAWA, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The Canadian government and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates are committing $118 million to develop a vaccine to fight HIV/AIDS.

Computer pioneer Ken Kennedy dies

HOUSTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Ken Kennedy, a pioneer in computer science whose work can be seen in today's supercomputers and video games, has died in Houston at 61. Kennedy taught at Rice University, where he founded the computer science department in 1984. He was known for his work

Gates announces new grants for healthcare

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Bill and Melinda Gates were in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, to help announce their latest effort aimed in improving healthcare in poor countries.

Gates Foundation to review investments

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will review its investments to determine whether they are socially responsible, the U.S. foundation said Wednesday.

Gates Foundation building plans approved

SEATTLE, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Seattle has approved plans for a new headquarters for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation next to the Seattle Center. The foundation's plan for the appearance of its 1-million-square-foot offices, as well as the time it will be built and plans for dealing

$30 million gift for charter schools

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is spending $30 million to build 200 new charter schools for low-income students around the United States.

New open access journal announced

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A new open access journal, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, is to begin accepting articles next year.

Charities begin Africa farming initiative

SEATTLE, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of Seattle and the Rockefeller Foundation have begun an initiative to reduce hunger and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.

Buffett's money and the Gates Foundation

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Seattle's Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the world's biggest dispensers of funds, needs to find the right ways to double its donations.

Gates grants $250M for HIV vaccine search

SEATTLE, July 19 (UPI) -- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded more than $250 million to researchers in 19 countries for development of a vaccine for the HIV virus.
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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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