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California Institute of Technology

GBMF grantee delivers talk on wind energy technology research

January 25, 2012

At Caltech's Center for Bio-inspired Engineering, Professor of Aeronautics and Engineering John Dabiri draws inspiration from biological sources such as jelly fish, flocks of birds, and schools of fish.  His work on projects ranging from energy-efficient underwater vehicles and wind power turbines to medical research on blood flow were recently ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Marine Microbiology Initiative grantees blog about deep-sea research

January 23, 2012

A cohort of scientists currently at sea in the Caribbean are posting blog updates in connection with the OASES 2012 cruise, which involves an interdisciplinary team of marine microbial ecologists, geochemists and geologists investigating seafloor volcanic vents on the Mid-Cayman Rise—the planet’s deepest mid-ocean ridge.  Two of the cruise scientists, ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

More young people are becoming nurses

December 5, 2011

The number of young people becoming registered nurses has grown sharply since 2002, a trend that should ease some of the concern about a looming nursing shortage in the United States, according to a new study.

The number of people aged 23 to 26—primarily women—who became registered nurses increased ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Heart failure discharge planning collaborative featured in UCSF’s Science of Caring magazine

UCSF Science of Caring November 28, 2011

Read about the Moore-funded program in the following article from UCSF's Science of Caring magazine.

Even within the highly charged debates about health care reform, few disagree with its central goals: higher-quality outcomes for all patients; more efficient, coordinated care; and a lowering of cost increases, if not outright savings....

California Institute of Technology

Caltech scientists point to link between missing synapse protein and abnormal behaviors

By Kimm Fesenmaier Caltech November 23, 2011

Although many mental illnesses are uniquely human, animals sometimes exhibit abnormal behaviors similar to those seen in humans with psychological disorders. Such behaviors are called endophenotypes. Now, researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have found that mice lacking a gene that encodes a particular protein found in the ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Conservation biology through the lens of a career in salmon conservation

Conservation Biology November 9, 2011

Moore Foundation senior advisor Charles Conn writes about the future of conservation biology, drawing on his experience in salmon conservation. Read the full article, from the 25th anniversary edition (December 2011) of Conservation Biologyhere.  

 

California Institute of Technology

Caltech named world's top university in new Times Higher Education global ranking

By Kathy Svitil Caltech October 5, 2011

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been rated the world's number one university in the 2011–2012 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities, displacing Harvard University from the top spot for the first time in the survey's eight-year history.

Caltech was number two in the 2010–2011 ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Psychotherapy for plankton

By Erin Bertrand Oceanus Magazine September 29, 2011

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Marine Microbiology Initiative supports Dr. Mak Saito at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to study the relationships between marine microorganisms and the cycles of various metals in the ocean environment. Metals are important because they are found in key nutrients -- vitamin B12, for ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Blood poisoning deaths sharply cut at hospitals

By Victoria Colliver San Francisco Chronicle April 21, 2011

Through funding to the UCSF Center for the Health Professions, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation supported the creation and development of the Integrated Nurse Leadership Program (INLP), a forum for frontline caregivers that works to improve patient safety by fostering nurses’ leadership and change management skills.  In "Sepsis: Bay ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

MMI-supported microscopy research profiled in Nature

Nature December 15, 2010

In August, Dr. Francesca Malfatti was awarded the International Recognition of Professional Excellence (IRPE) prize from the International Ecology Institute. Now, in a recent issue of Nature, she talks about her research and the scientific implications of the surprising relationship she uncovered between cyanobacteria (primary producers) and the heterotrophic bacteria ...