The Simons Foundation has awarded UCLA Mathematics Professors Itay Neeman and Sorin Popa 2012 Simons Fellowships in mathematics. The inaugural program supports academic leave for one year for distinguished scientists to facilitate significant advances in their research. In another inaugural program, the foundation selected Professor Terence Tao as one of seven Simons Investigators in mathematics. The new program provides a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term study of fundamental questions. Founded in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons, the Simons Foundation aims to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.