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Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

More young people are becoming nurses

December 5, 2011

The number of young people becoming registered nurses has grown sharply since 2002, a trend that should ease some of the concern about a looming nursing shortage in the United States, according to a new study.

The number of people aged 23 to 26—primarily women—who became registered nurses increased ...

Earthquake Early-Warning System

GBMF awards $6 million for research leading to West Coast earthquake early warning system

By Robert Sanders University of California, Berkeley November 29, 2011

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $6 million to three West Coast universities to create a prototype earthquake early warning system for the Pacific Coast of the United States. 

The grant will allow seismologists at the University of California, Berkeley, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and University ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech scientists point to link between missing synapse protein and abnormal behaviors

By Kimm Fesenmaier Caltech November 23, 2011

Although many mental illnesses are uniquely human, animals sometimes exhibit abnormal behaviors similar to those seen in humans with psychological disorders. Such behaviors are called endophenotypes. Now, researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have found that mice lacking a gene that encodes a particular protein found in the ...

Special Projects in Environmental Conservation

New project to improve sustainability of agriculture launches

Global Landscapes Initiative October 26, 2011

Powered by a $2.2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Global Landscapes Initiative at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment is launching a three-year project in collaboration with McGill University to improve understanding of how agriculture and the environment affect each other, and to ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech named world's top university in new Times Higher Education global ranking

By Kathy Svitil Caltech October 5, 2011

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been rated the world's number one university in the 2011–2012 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 200 universities, displacing Harvard University from the top spot for the first time in the survey's eight-year history.

Caltech was number two in the 2010–2011 ...

Plant Science Collaboration with HHMI

ASPB convenes leaders to chart future of plant science research

Later this week, the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) will convene more than 75 scientists from across plant science to chart the future of the field. The Plant Science Research Summit is designed to engage the broad plant science research community in a process that will develop a consensus ...

GBMF grantee Washington Hospital earns Magnet status designation

September 19, 2011

Washington Hospital, the local provider of health care for the Tri-City area and one of the region's best medical facilities, has been granted Magnet® status recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

"Back in 1994 when I became CEO of Washington Hospital, we made a strategic decision to invest in our ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

New fund to support implementation of historic Atlin-Taku Land Use Agreement

Tides Canada July 19, 2011

Tides Canada is pleased to announce the creation of a new endowment fund, with a target capitalization of $5 million, to support the implementation of the historic land use agreement signed today by the Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN) and the Province of British Columbia.  

The comprehensive land ...

First trust fund for Brazil’s Kayapó to protect vast swath of Amazon rainforest

The first trust fund exclusively dedicated to the long term support of the Kayapó indigenous peoples in the southeastern Amazon region of Brazil was created with at least US$8 million (R$12.5 million) to provide in grants, Conservation International announced today. Grants will be targeted at terrestrial monitoring and protection of ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

UCSF Medical Center program cuts heart failure readmission rate by 30 percent

By Karin Rush-Monroe UCSF July 6, 2011

UCSF Medical Center has reduced hospital readmissions for older heart failure patients by nearly a third, thanks to a program designed to identify ways for hospitals to improve patients' transitions to their homes. 

Launched in 2008 with a $575,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, UCSF’s Heart Failure ...