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Special Projects in Environmental Conservation

Project Finance for Permanence: a big deal for conservation

By Larry Linden, Steve McCormick, Ivan Barkhorn, Roger Ullman, Guillermo Castilleja, Dan Winterson, & Lee Green Stanford Social Innovation Review May 6, 2012

A group of conservationists, former bankers, and management consultants have imported ideas from Wall Street to create a new way to protect large ecosystems—an approach that may work for other large-scale social projects as well.

Read "A Big Deal for Conservation" from the Summer 2012 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation ...

Special Projects in Science

Scientists core into Clear Lake to explore past climate change

By Robert Sanders University of California, Berkeley May 3, 2012

University of California, Berkeley, scientists are drilling into ancient sediments at the bottom of Northern California’s Clear Lake for clues that could help them better predict how today’s plants and animals will adapt to climate change and increasing population. 

The lake sediments are among the world’s oldest, containing records ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Underwater robot being tested in NZ

ONE News May 1, 2012

A Deep Environmental Sample Processor (Deep-ESP), built with partial support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, has been launched in New Zealand, as a collaboration between Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the Center for Ocean Solutions. DEEP-ESPs offer a new way to explore the ocean depths to collect ...

Plant Science Collaboration with HHMI

HHMI-GBMF investigator elected as new member of the National Academy of Sciences

By Karl Leif Bates Duke Today May 1, 2012

Xinnian Dong, a biologist who studies the immune system of plants, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Dong will be inducted into the Academy next April during ...

Plant Science Collaboration with HHMI

Plant scientists find mechanism that gives plants ‘balance’

When a plant goes into defense mode in order to protect itself against harsh weather or disease, that’s good for the plant, but bad for the farmer growing the plant. Bad because when a plant acts to defend itself, it turns off its growth mechanism.    

But now researchers at ...

UC Davis Dean Heather M. Young honored with mentorship award by Western Institute of Nursing

UC Davis Health System April 20, 2012

UC Davis Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Founding Dean Heather M. Young was awarded the Anna M. Shannon Mentorship Award at the 45th Annual Western Institute of Nursing Communicating Nursing Research Conference today in Portland.

The award was established in 1992 in honor of Anna M. Shannon, a former ...

Administration

New resource on lobbying and advocacy rules now available

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have jointly launched a free, first-of-its kind online training for program staff at private foundations to help them navigate the rules of advocacy and lobbying.  

The ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

TMT submits proposal to NSF for partnership planning

Thirty Meter Telescope April 16, 2012
The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project has submitted a funding proposal today to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to plan a potential partnership between the organizations.
 
The proposal, if approved, will allow TMT to benefit from full engagement with the United States' astronomical community in the years ahead. The ...
Conservation

Bay Area leaders join to support baylands restoration and flood improvement

April 12, 2012

Senator Feinstein and Bay Area leaders--including Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation President Steve McCormick--today announced the formation of a public-private partnership to support critical restoration and flood improvements for the San Francisco Bay region. Please see below for links to more information about the partnership and related media coverage.  

Restoring ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Study shows unified method of speciation in bacteria and sexual eukaryotes

By Denise Brehm MIT News April 5, 2012

Bacteria are the most populous organisms on the planet. They thrive in almost every known environment, adapting to different habitats by means of genetic variations that provide the capabilities essential for survival. These genetic innovations arise from what scientists believe is a random mutation and exchange of genes and other ...