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Fiji's largest marine reserve swimming with sharks

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Western Australia have found that Fiji’s largest marine reserve contains more sharks than surrounding areas that allow fishing, evidence that marine protected areas can be good for sharks.

In a study of the no-take reserve’s shark populations, the researchers found ...

For sharpest views, scope the sky with quick-change mirrors

By Joe Palca NPR June 24, 2013

A story on the Keck Observatory adaptive optics system was featured on NPR.

It used to be that if astronomers wanted to get rid of the blurring effects of the atmosphere, they had to put their telescopes in space. But a technology called adaptive optics has changed all that....

Evaluating conservation grantmaking from a social science perspective

June 17, 2013

Grantmakers interested in environmental conservation typically focus on ecological metrics like air or water quality, animal populations or the number of acres protected. Yet the path to reaching those targets nearly always requires human behavior or policy change. A report out this month from George Mason University shines new light ...

Miguel A. Jorge to head global sustainable fisheries coalition

June 12, 2013

Miguel Angel Jorge has been named as the first managing director of 50in10, a collaboration launched with the 10-year goal of bringing 50 percent of the world’s fisheries under sustainable management, while increasing economic benefits by $20 billion annually. The goal of 50in10 was inspired by comments made by ...

Japan signals its commitment to the TMT project

Thirty Meter Telescope June 3, 2013

In an important milestone for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project, Japan, one of the project's five international partners, has indicated its strong national backing for the next-generation astronomical observatory.

On Wednesday, May 15, the Japanese parliament, known as the Diet, passed a fiscal year 2013 budget that includes key ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Hospital collaborative reduces readmissions by 11 percent

May 23, 2013

A collaborative that includes 21 San Francisco Bay Area hospitals has reduced the number of discharged patients readmitted to local hospitals by 11 percent, which represents about 3,300 hospitalizations and saves an estimated $32 million in medical costs.  

This is good news for patients and hospitals: patients aren’t returning ...

Special Projects in Science

New coalition aims to increase philanthropic funding of basic science

By Sarah Zielinski American Association for the Advancement of Science May 10, 2013

Seven foundations have formed a coalition with the aim of increasing support for basic science among the nation's philanthropists and foundations, Robert Conn, president of The Kavli Foundation, announced on 2 May. The group hopes to double philanthropic support in this area of U.S. science within a decade. 

The ...

Moore-supported researcher Nicole King selected as HHMI investigator

Nicole King, who was named a junior Marine Microbiology investigator in 2004, was selected as an HHMI investigator.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced today that 27 of the nation’s top biomedical researchers will become HHMI investigators and will receive the flexible support necessary to move their research in creative new ...

Lab team receives grant to study marine microbes' link to carbon cycle

By Anne M. Stark Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory April 29, 2013

Xavier Mayali is interested in learning how the food that marine microbes consume contributes to carbon cycling off of the coast of California.
 
And now he will have the opportunity after he and LLNL colleague Jennifer Pett-Ridge and collaborators from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Oregon State University received ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Geoffrey Diemer and Kenneth Stedman win BioMed Central Research Award

BioMed Central April 22, 2013

Open access publisher BioMed Central is proud to reveal the winner of the 7th Annual Research Awards. A presentation was made last night, at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, USA. The awards honour the very best research published in one of BioMed Central’s 250 plus open access journals ...