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New study to examine ecological tipping points

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Predation by otters keeps urchin populations in check, allowing kelp –– a favorite food of urchins –– to flourish. But what if otters were harvested to near extinction for their fur? The resulting overabundance of urchins would decimate the kelp forest, leaving little food or shelter for fish and invertebrates. ...

Patient and Family Engagement

New fellows to join Moore Foundation Patient Care Program team

October 19, 2012
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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced the appointment of two fellows, Dominick L. Frosch, Ph.D., and Dr. Ruth Shaber, who will join its new national Patient Care Program. The program focuses on meaningfully engaging patients and their families in their own healthcare and developing a systems approach that reconfigures inter-professional teams, processes and technology ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

TMT will take discoveries of stars orbiting the Milky Way's monster black hole to the next level

Thirty Meter Telesope October 4, 2012
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Researchers have discovered a star that whips around the giant black hole at the center of our galaxy in record time, completing an orbit every 11.5 years. The finding, appearing today in the journal Science, points ahead to groundbreaking experiments involving Einstein's general theory of relativity. Those tests will be ...

New short film series spotlights ocean planning

September 25, 2012
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With partial support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the University of Rhode Island has produced a short video about the economic opportunities and challenges related to ocean planning. Other funders include The Ocean Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM), the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Unusual symbiosis discovered in marine microorganisms

By Tim Stephens University of California, Santa Cruz September 20, 2012
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Scientists have discovered an unusual symbiosis between tiny single-celled algae and highly specialized bacteria. Their partnership plays an important role in marine ecosystems, fertilizing the oceans by taking nitrogen from the atmosphere and "fixing" it into a form that other organisms can use.  

Details of the symbiosis, published in ...

New video highlights grantee’s work to study coral resilience

September 18, 2012
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With support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the National Science Foundation, Dr. John Pringle and his team at Stanford have been working to understand how corals resist stress. To develop hypotheses about coral stress, Dr. Pringle’s group is first studying sea anemones, which are evolutionary cousins of ...

Groups chronicle staggering diversity of Bolivia's Madidi National Park

September 12, 2012
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A remote park in northwest Bolivia may be the most biologically diverse place on earth, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which helped put together a comprehensive list of species found there.  The announcement was released at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, an international gathering of conservationists meeting through ...

Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute receives $8.9 million patient safety grant

Johns Hopkins Medicine August 28, 2012
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Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality has received an $8.9 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the first award given as part of an ambitious new $500 million, 10-year program designed to eliminate all preventable harms that patients experience in the hospital. 

The Johns ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Patient and family engagement key to improved health care

August 28, 2012
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The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation launched a new national Patient Care Program today that seeks to eliminate all preventable harms to patients.

The Foundation expects to allocate a half billion dollars over ten years if the Program develops as anticipated.  The Patient Care Program will focus on both meaningfully ...

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ICU study awarded grant from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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A multi-center study of intensive care units (ICU) led by UCSF faculty has received a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant of $2.1 million. The study of ICUs, including two at UCSF, aims to better understand the nature of team-based care and patient involvement in ICU settings. 

“Given their position ...