The Division of Environmental and Life Sciences comprises a number of departments, but Flannery will be working at the division level, apparently.
The Lannan Foundation is based in Los Angeles.
Lannan Foundation established its Literary Program in 1987 to support the creation of exceptional poetry and prose written originally in the English language, and to increase the audience for contemporary literature.
Also on their Web site:
In 1960 J. Patrick Lannan, Sr., entrepreneur and financier, established Lannan Foundation. A self-educated scholar and liberal thinker, he believed strongly in the social importance of charitable programs and in the cultural importance of innovative and controversial forms of visual and literary art.
I think the operative term here is 'liberal'. Used in the American sense. Ours as well? Well, once were warriors... David Malouf won a Lannan prize in 2000.