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First of its kind trust fund launched to protect intact tropical ecosystems of Guyana

The Guyanese government today launched a US$8.5 million trust fund called the Conservation Trust Fund, the first of its kind for the country. The fund will provide long-term financing for the management of Guyana’s intact protected areas system (PAS) and will support efforts by the government, along with local communities, ...

Scientists to explore hidden realm of microbes, viruses beneath the ocean floor

The microbes and viruses shrouded in darkness below the ocean floor are bound to become much less mysterious, due to a bold research program led by MBL Bay Paul Center Scientist Julie Huber and her colleagues from several institutions. The program has received a $2.25 million award from the Gordon ...

California Institute of Technology

An earthquake in a maze

By Kimm Fesenmaier Caltech July 19, 2012

The powerful magnitude-8.6 earthquake that shook Sumatra on April 11, 2012, was a seismic standout for many reasons, not the least of which is that it was larger than scientists thought an earthquake of its type—an intraplate strike-slip quake—could ever be. Now, as Caltech researchers report on their findings from the ...

Special Projects in Science

Private foundations fund new astronomy tool

W.M. Keck Observatory July 10, 2012

The W. M. Keck Observatory has been awarded two major grants to help build a $4 million laser system as the next leap forward in a technology which already enables ground-based telescopes to exceed the observational power of telescopes in space. The new laser, when installed on the current adaptive ...

Inaugural nursing program graduates participate in UC Davis commencement exercises

UC Davis Health System June 18, 2012

For the first time, 25 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis students received Master of Science Degrees in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership at the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies Commencement Ceremony on June 14. 

Prior to the formal graduation that included more than 600 ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

India commits at least $100 million to TMT construction

June 14, 2012

Working through the State Department, India has committed to spending at least $100 million towards the Thirty Meter Telescope project, becoming the first government to make this commitment.

Read the official State Department announcement here.

Read the web feature from the TMT website here.

Find an artist rendering of ...

Highland Hospital receives $690K grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to reduce preventable hospital readmissions

June 14, 2012

Alameda County Medical Center (ACMC) today announced it received a $690,926 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to implement a transitional care program aimed at reducing preventable readmission rates at its flagship Highland Hospital.

"The transition from hospital to home is a challenge for high risk patients who ...

Special Projects in Science

Scientists uncover evidence of impending tipping point for Earth

By Robert Sanders University of California, Berkeley June 6, 2012

A prestigious group of scientists from around the world is warning that population growth, widespread destruction of natural ecosystems, and climate change may be driving Earth toward an irreversible change in the biosphere, a planet-wide tipping point that would have destructive consequences absent adequate preparation and mitigation. 

“It really will ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Four major foundations join together to advance interprofessional health education

Four leading foundations focused on health, health professions education, and patient care, today announced they will support the creation of a new national Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and The John ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

A 'B-12 Shot' for marine algae?

Scientists have revealed a key cog in the biochemical machinery that allows marine algae at the base of the oceanic food chain to thrive. They have discovered a previously unknown protein in algae that grabs an essential but scarce nutrient out of seawater, vitamin B12. 

Many algae, as well as ...