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Patient and Family Engagement

Consumer Reports finds striking link between "respectful" treatment and medical errors

December 16, 2014

YONKERS, NY — In a new report that explores the important role of patient “engagement”, that is open communication with respect and dignity, Consumer Reports has found a striking link between respectful treatment in the hospital and preventable medical errors. It examines the relationship between patient communication and hospital errors, ...

Earthquake Early-Warning System

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation applauds federal funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

December 15, 2014
(Palo Alto, Calif) – It was announced today that Congress included $5 million in the FY 2015 funding bill, also known as the CROmnibus, to help transition into operation ShakeAlert, the West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System. The demonstration project proved successful in providing warnings of the Napa ...

India joins the Thirty Meter Telescope Project as a full member

Thirty Meter Telescope December 2, 2014

Today in New Delhi, officials of the government of India signed documents establishing the country as a full partner in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project. An international collaboration of institutions in the USA, Canada, Japan, India and China, the TMT project is working towards building a powerful, next-generation astronomical ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

New study finds 55% of carbon in Amazon is in indigenous territories and protected lands, much of it at risk

Environmental Defense Fund December 2, 2014

A new peer-reviewed study, released today at the start of the UN climate conference in Peru, reveals the unprecedented amount of carbon stored within the nine-nation network of Amazonian indigenous territories and protected natural areas. Accepted for publication in Carbon Management, the paper titled “Forest Carbon in Amazonia: The ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

A midterm report card

November 24, 2014

Santa Barbara, Calif. — Tipping points occur when small shifts in human pressures or environmental conditions bring about large, sometimes abrupt changes in a system. Such tipping points exist in a human society, a physical system, an ecosystem or our planet’s climate.

The Ocean Tipping Points (OTP) collaborative research project ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

Avoiding ecosystem collapse

November 23, 2014

From coral reefs to prairie grasslands, some of the world’s most iconic habitats are susceptible to sudden collapse due to seemingly minor events. A classic example: the decimation of kelp forests when a decline of otter predation unleashes urchin population explosions. Three studies published in the Nov. 24 special issue ...

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation selects new awardees in experimental physics to stimulate discoveries in quantum materials

November 11, 2014

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has selected 19 new Moore Experimental Investigators in Quantum Materials to help accelerate scientific breakthroughs in the field. Through grants to 11 universities around the United States, this five-year, $34.2 million program will enable these physicists to pursue ambitious, high-risk research, including the development ...

First-of-its-kind survey finds $23 billion global market for conservation investing, with $2 billion from private investors

November 6, 2014

The first-ever survey of conservation impact investing reveals a fast-growing market totaling approximately $23 billion in the five-year period from 2009-2013. During the same period, private investments accounted for almost $2 billion of this market—an amount that is growing at an average of 26 percent annually, and is expected to ...

Administration

Holly Potter named chief communications officer of Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

November 3, 2014

PALO ALTO, – The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has selected Holly Potter as its chief communications officer. Ms. Potter will assume her post on November 17, 2014. She will report into the incoming president, Harvey V. Fineberg, who joins the foundation on January 1, 2015.

“Holly’s extensive background in ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Ancient gene

University of Delaware October 14, 2014

Researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered that an ancient gene -- ribonucleotide reductase (RNR), which occurs in all cellular life -- provides important biological insights into the characteristics of unknown viruses in the sea.

The results of this finding could ultimately lead to new tools for understanding the ...