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California Institute of Technology

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

By Kathy Svitil Caltech October 5, 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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 ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Ocean crust rich with microbial life

Sea Web December 14, 2010
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Scientists have found an unexpectedly abundant amount of bacterial life more than 4,600 feet (1,400 meters) below the seabed, a discovery that has ramifications for the search for life on Mars and strategies for adapting to climate change on Earth.

Writing in the open-access, online journal PLoS One, Olivia Mason ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Ocean circulation model yields new discovery

By Thomas S. Weber and Curtis Deutsch Nature September 29, 2010
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The September 29th issue of Nature highlights research by Thomas Weber and Curtis Deutsch. Using an ocean circulation model and measured concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus in the water column, the researchers showed that the molecular ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus is determined by both ocean circulation and regional differences ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Research into Oregon coast hypoxia featured in Nature

By Virginia Gewin Nature August 12, 2010
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The August 12th issue of Nature highlights the research of Jack Barth, Francis Chan, Ed DeLong, Alan Mix and Osvaldo Ulloa, who are studying the variability of low-oxygen zones and the impact on fish and marine animals off the Oregon coast. The severity of oxygen depletion in these coastal ...

California Institute of Technology

4D electron microscopy featured in August 2010 Scientific American

By Ahmed H. Zewail Scientific American July 30, 2010
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The August issue of Scientific American includes an article by Caltech Professor and Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail, who is a principal investigator at the Moore Foundation-supported Center for Ultrafast Science & Technology at Caltech. “Filming the Invisible in 4D: New Microscopy Makes Movies of Nanoscale Objects in Action” highlights pioneering ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Enter the unseen world of microbes

Armed with Science July 22, 2010
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With funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has been developing in situ sorting and observational technologies of individual phytoplankton cells, through time-series deployments of the FlowCytobot and Imaging FlowCytobot instruments. The article below highlights the pioneering work of these novel tools, here examining ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

National ocean policy released

July 19, 2010
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President Obama today signed an Executive Order to form the new National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes and create a National Ocean Council (NOC) to strengthen ocean governance and coordination.  The Executive Order adopts the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force ...