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Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

UC Davis Medical Center wins back magnet nursing designation

By Kathie Robertson Sacramento Business Journal January 16, 2014
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The UC Davis Medical Center has won back a prestigious ”magnet” nursing designation, a national benchmark for nursing excellence and quality of patient care.

In 1997, the Sacramento hospital was the first in California to earn the “magnet” label from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. But UC Davis lost the designation in 2006 because ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Highest recognition for nursing excellence

UC Davis Medical Center January 15, 2014
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UC Davis Medical Center joins the ranks of elite clinical-care institutions in the nation with its new Magnet Recognition Program® status, which was granted this week by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The designation is the nation’s highest form of recognition for nursing excellence and a benchmark for the ...

Data-Driven Discovery

Data-driven discovery investigator competition launched

January 9, 2014
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Today, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced an open call for applications for its brand-new Data-Driven Discovery Investigator competition. We seek individuals who exemplify multidisciplinary, data-driven science, coalescing natural sciences with methods from statistics and computer science.

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Ahoy! First ocean vesicles spotted

By Denise Brehm MIT News January 9, 2014
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Marine cyanobacteria — tiny ocean plants that produce oxygen and make organic carbon using sunlight and CO2 — are primary engines of Earth’s biogeochemical and nutrient cycles. They nourish other organisms through the provision of oxygen and with their own body mass, which forms the base of the ocean food ...

World's most powerful exoplanet camera looks skyward

By Tim Stephens University of California, Santa Cruz January 7, 2014
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After nearly a decade of development at UC Santa Cruz and partner institutions, the world's most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets around other stars is pointing skyward and collecting light from distant worlds.

The instrument, called the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), was designed, built, and optimized for ...

Patient and Family Engagement

R-E-S-P-E-C-T - What it means to patients

By Dominick Frosch, PhD and Ming Tai-Seale, PhD, MPH Journal of General Internal Medicine January 7, 2014
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Aretha Franklin’s 1967 adaptation of Otis Redding’s “Respect” gave the song fame, contributed to the feminist movement and is widely credited with propelling her career. In the chorus, Franklin repeatedly sings “R-E-S-P-E-C-T—find out what it means to me”. A new study by Quigley and colleagues in the Journal of General ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Farming salmon on land is possible, project suggests

By Evelyn Boychuk CBC News January 6, 2014
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As its name implies, the Atlantic salmon has always been seen as an ocean dweller. But the Canadian fishing industry is on the verge of being able to grow this saltwater fish anywhere – including, hypothetically, in the prairie provinces.

The Namgis closed containment facility on Vancouver Island is the ...

Who killed the chemistry set? And an effort to reinvent it.

By Zack Seward WHYY - The Pulse January 3, 2014
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Jennifer Landry is opening an "atomic energy" chemistry set from the late 1950s.

She's the director of the Chemical Heritage Foundation museum, which has the largest public collection of chemistry sets in the U.S.

The bright red Chemcraft set she's holding is a mirror to the fascinations of its ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Kayapo courage

By Chip Brown National Geographic January 1, 2014
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It was tempting to think we were going back in time, slipping the bonds of the modern world for tribal life in one of the last great bastions of indigenous culture, chronically jeopardized but still vital, intact, unvanquished.

Read the full article here.

West Coast's early warning system for quakes

By Richard Harris National Public Radio December 26, 2013
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Earthquake scientists on the West Coast would like to build a system that would give people a bit of warning before they get jolted with strong shaking from a distant quake.

Seismic waves take time to travel from the epicenter, which means such a warning system could issue alerts ranging ...