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President Obama names Moore Foundation chief program officer to National Science Board

June 17, 2014

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is proud to announce that its chief program officer of science, Vicki Chandler, Ph.D., has been appointed to the National Science Board (NSB) by President Barack Obama. Dr. Chandler is one of six newly appointed members to the 25-member NSB, and will serve a ...

Collective impact for conservation

By Larry Linden & Guillermo Castilleja June 16, 2014

On May 21, 2014, the government of Brazil and multiple public and private funders signed a deal that commits $215 million to help secure the durability of the world’s largest system of tropical forest protected areas. This single closing involved actions, funding, and commitments from organizations in both the public ...

Stanford scientists develop computer model to examine fate of indigenous peoples

By Bjorn Carey Stanford Report June 13, 2014
Modern cultures and technologies have crept into the most isolated communities in the world. Stanford scientists have developed software to better understand how outside forces can affect the sustainability of indigenous peoples.

Modern culture and technology have infiltrated all but the very most isolated places on Earth, changing forever how ...

First class of UC Davis doctoral nurses graduate

June 13, 2014

For the first time, eight Doctor of Philosophy students collected degrees through the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis this graduation season, along with 24 Master of Science students and six nurse practitioner and 24 physician assistant certificate graduates.

“In a month, or year, or perhaps in ...

Providing broader access to leading-edge imaging technologies at Janelia

Summary
HHMI and GBMF announce the establishment of an Advanced Imaging Center at Janelia that will make leading-edge imaging technologies more widely available to the scientific community before the instruments are available commercially.

Highlights
  • New leading-edge imaging technologies are having a big impact on science.
  • The size of these instruments ...

Amazon farmers adapt to life as conservationists

By Joe Leahy in São Paulo Financial Times May 31, 2014
With his caipira accent from Brazil’s interior, Wilson Wittman, a dairy farmer originally from Brazil’s south, may seem an unlikely saviour for the Amazon.

But the work at his property near the town of Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso state, is part of efforts to make farming in the Amazon more ...

$215 million fund to protect Brazilian Amazon rainforest launched

The Brazilian government, World Wildlife Fund, and their partners have announced the launch of a $215 million fund that aims to ensure the long-term protection of a hundred and fifty million acres of the Amazon rainforest.

Designed to provide a "transition fund" for the Brazilian government's Amazon Region Protected ...

Sallie “Penny” Chisholm receives MIT’s Killian Award

By David L. Chandler MIT News Office May 22, 2014

Sallie “Penny” Chisholm thought she was just going to a regular faculty meeting on Wednesday afternoon, but there was a surprise in store for the much-lauded scientist: At the meeting, she was named as the 2014 recipient of MIT’s highest honor for full-time faculty members, the James R. Killian Jr. ...

Brazil, WWF and partners announce deal to secure world’s largest network of tropical forest protected areas

WWF May 21, 2014
In a historic move, the Brazilian government, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and partners today announced the creation of a $215 million fund to ensure long-term protection of the world’s largest network of protected areas – 150 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. 

The innovative plan for sustainable funding of ...

It's a jungle out there

By Carter Roberts, President and CEO of WWF Foreign Affairs May 21, 2014
Brazil-watchers preoccupied with the rocky run-up to the World Cup may have missed a recent move as smart and graceful as any you’ll see on a soccer pitch -- one that sealed a huge win not just for Brazilians but for everyone on Earth.

On May 21, the Brazilian government ...