Wetlands Mapping, Teacher Bias Research, And Other Eugene-Based Projects Get Mozilla Money

Apr 2, 2018

The Wood River Wetland north of Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Credit Bureau of Land Management of Oregon/Washington / Flickr.com

Eugene is receiving $90,000 in grant money. The Mozilla  Foundation – the non-profit arm of Firefox – is providing the funds, for what it calls “tech for good” projects.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Five projects in Eugene are receiving grants, ranging from $15,000 to $23,000 each. They’re to pair innovation with high-speed internet to benefit their communities.

For Eugene, this includes a wetland restoration mapping and analysis project. Another uses virtual reality to help teachers recognize their unconscious biases, and therefore reduce disproportionate penalties against minority students.

Lindsey Frost Dodson is the Mozilla Foundation’s Director.  She says Eugene’s values of equity and inclusiveness made it a great fit for the grant program.

“We have been blown away at every turn by how many excited and connected organizations there are in Eugene, really working to make the city not only a high-tech community, but a high-tech community that works for all of your citizens,” she tells KLCC.

Eugene is among five cities receiving grants from the Mozilla Foundation, which is partnering with the National Science Foundation.

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