b'Friends, Honors & TransitionsThe Carnegie Founders Society When Andrew Carnegie made his original $10 million gift, hethese individuals have empoweredscientists to pursue did so with the audacious goal of establishing an independentthe most profound challenges in modern science and truly research organization that would increase scientific knowledgetransform our relationship to the universe and world around us. for the improvement of humankind. Likewise, members of the Carnegie Founders Society are visionaries whothrough theirCaryl P. Haskins*generosity and entrepreneurial spiritlay the foundationsWilliam R. Hewlett*46 George Mitchell *for innovation, ingenuity, and intellectual courage to thrive. Through their lifetime contributions of $10 million or more,* DeceasedThese discoveries, we hope, will educate and inspire future scientistsin years to come.Karen Hoffman, The Ahmanson FoundationComing soon to a garage in Pasadena the scientific lab of the future. In recent years there has been an influx of available data for a rapidly growing number of astronomical objects rendering it impossible to rely on traditional analytical tools. The Viz Lab, generously funded by The Ahmanson Foundation, will give scientists a physical workspace where they can use cutting-edge computation and data-visualization techniques to actively interrogate data and answer some of the most exciting questions of our time. Galacticus is a model used to determine the formation and The Viz Lab will be a collaborative space where scientistsevolution of the galaxies. Developed by Andrew Benson, staff can work on both observed and simulated data displayedastronomer, it is one of the most advanced models of galaxy in full multi-dimensional representation. Carnegiesformation available. This image shows a representation of a astronomers and theorists will be able to comparemerger tree from one of Galacticus calculations. Each colored sphere represents a dark matter halo that grows with time and unprecedented amounts of data about the most ancienteventually merges with other dark matter halos. galaxies in the universe with sophisticated computerImage courtesy Andrew Bensonsimulations of galaxy formation. By analyzing observational data and theoretical models side by side, researchers willObservatoriescomputer clusters that have resulted in deepen our understanding of the complex dynamics thatfaster, more advanced data collection and analysis. Carnegie governed the birth and early evolution of the universe. Theastronomers are poised to solve some of the biggest Viz Lab will also be used to help educate, engage, and ignitemysteries of the cosmos. Karen Hoffman, Managing Director a passion for astronomy among the public and youth inof the foundation, said, We are pleased to assist Carnegie Southern California. Observatories with the implementation of the Viz Lab and look forward to the results and discoveries it will yield on In 2010, The Ahmanson Foundation made the first of twothe evolution of the universe. These discoveries, we hope, grants to support computational infrastructure at thewill educate and inspire future scientists in years to come.'