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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces new Chief Talent Officer

July 15, 2010

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced today the appointment of Bob Miller as Chief Talent Officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Miller will serve as a thought partner to senior leadership on talent strategies, and oversee the translation of the Foundation’s vision into efficient and coordinated teams, accountabilities, ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Marine Microbiology Principal Investigators honored with 2010 Ecological Society of America Outstanding Theory Paper Award

June 30, 2010

A paper co-authored by two MMI Principal Investigators, James O'Dwyer and Jessica Green, has been recognized by the Ecological Society of America. Working from CAMERA datasets, O'Dwyer and Green developed a spatially explicit neutral prediction for the species-area relationship (SAR), drawing on quantum field theory and neutral community ecology. ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

UH Board of Regents approves Thirty Meter Telescope Project on Mauna Kea

University of Hawaii June 28, 2010

At a special meeting held today, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents (BOR) voted to approve the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project on Mauna Kea with the recommended conditions of the Mauna Kea Management Board (MKMB). TMT is expected to be the world’s most advanced and capable astronomical observatory....

Thirty Meter Telescope

India joins Thirty Meter Telescope project

Thirty Meter Telescope June 25, 2010

The Minister of Science and Technology of India, Mr. Prithviraj Chavan, announced today the decision of India to join the Thirty Meter Telescope Project (TMT) as an Observer. TMT is the next-generation astronomical observatory that is scheduled to begin scientific operations in 2018 on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Observer status is ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation receives Blue Frontier Foundation Spirit Award

June 24, 2010

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation was awarded the Foundation Spirit Award at the Third Annual Blue Frontier / Peter Benchley Awards, held at the California Academy of Sciences for the work of its Marine Conservation Initiative.

The award recognizes the outstanding work of Marine Conservation Initiative grantees and partners, ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech researchers and partners discover aseismic slip as barrier to earthquake propagation in Southern Peru

By Lori Oliwenstein Caltech May 5, 2010

On August 15, 2007, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck in Central Peru, killing more than 500 people—primarily in the town of Pisco, which was heavily damaged by the temblor—and triggering a tsunami that flooded Pisco's shore and parts of Lima's Costa Verde highway. The rupture occurred as the Nazca tectonic ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

GBMF Marine Microbiology Investigator Dave Karl and team awarded Cozzarelli Prize by National Academy of Sciences

A team of oceanographers from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and Montana State University have had their paper selected to receive the 2009 Cozzarelli Prize. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Editorial Board selects six PNAS papers to receive this prize, an award that recognizes outstanding ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Phytoplankton diversity: an ecological balancing act

By Morgan Bettex MIT News March 3, 2010

Phytoplankton diversity depends on a balance between competition and the ocean’s physical dynamics, new research suggests.

Phytoplankton are single-celled organisms that serve as the base of the marine food web and provide half the oxygen we breathe on Earth. They also play a key role in global climate change by ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

More than one: long-reigning microbe controlling ocean nitrogen shares the throne

National Science Foundation February 25, 2010

Marine scientists long believed that a microbe called Trichodesmium, a member of a group called the cyanobacteria, reigned over the ocean's nitrogen budget.

New research results reported on-line today in a paper in Science Express show that Trichodesmium may have to share its nitrogen-fixing throne: two others of its ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech scientists find first physiological evidence of brain's response to inequality

By Lori Oliwenstein Caltech February 24, 2010

The human brain is a big believer in equality—and a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, has become the first to gather the images to prove it.

Specifically, the team found that the reward centers in the human brain respond ...