Major Gift Supports ACSF-TNC Collaboration
A recent gift of $1 million from James Morgan ’60, MBA ’63, and Rebecca Quinn Morgan ’60, will expand the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future’s collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), America’s largest environmental organization, by funding Cornell researchers to work with TNC scientists to advance conservation around the world.
Becky and Jim Morgan
The new gift builds on an already established postdoctoral program funded by TNC that brings outstanding early-career scientists to Cornell and five other universities to tackle problems at the interface of conservation, business, and technology.
The Morgans’ gift will support several research projects per year in areas where TNC can effectively leverage and apply the research capacity of Cornell through its million members and projects in 35 countries. The collaboration will build on the two organizations’ interests and strengths in conservation and agriculture, particularly in the areas of sustainable intensification and land-use management.
“The Morgans’ gift will catalyze our joint research efforts with TNC,” says Frank DiSalvo, director of the Atkinson Center.“By joining the complementary skills of a world-class research institution and one of the nation’s most active and effective environmental groups, we can together magnify our impact.”
James Morgan is retired CEO of Applied Materials, the leading supplier of manufacturing equipment for semiconductors and solar panels. Rebecca Morgan was a California state senator and president and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. The Morgans, who live in California, have deep roots at both Cornell and The Nature Conservancy. Both of the Morgans have served as Cornell presidential councillors, and Rebecca is also an emeritus trustee. James is a former TNC board member.