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Marine Microbiology Initiative

Partnerships of deep-sea methane scavengers revealed

By Elisabeth Nadin Caltech May 9, 2008

The sea floor off the coast of Eureka, California, is home to a diverse assemblage of microbes that scavenge methane from cold deep-sea vents. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have developed a technique to directly capture these cells, lending insight into the diverse symbiotic partnerships that evolved among ...

Administration

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces new Chief Program Officer for its Environmental Conservation Program

April 15, 2008

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (www.moore.org) today announced the appointment of Daniel C. Nepstad, Ph.D. as the new chief program officer for its environmental conservation program. The Foundation's environmental conservation program focuses on multi-year strategic initiatives.

“I am very pleased to welcome Dan to the Foundation's management team," said ...

Administration

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces new Chief Investment Officer

March 25, 2008

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (www.moore.org) today announced the appointment of Denise Strack as the Chief  Investment Officer for its $6 billion investments portfolio. Denise Strack, previously the Foundation’s Director of Private Equity and Real Assets portfolio, succeeds Alice Ruth.

“Denise has served an invaluable and key role ...

Administration

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces new Chief Program Officer for its San Francisco Bay Area Program

March 25, 2008

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (www.moore.org) today announced the appointment of George W. Bo-Linn, MD as the new chief  program officer for its San Francisco Bay Area Program. The Foundation's San Francisco Bay Area Program includes the Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative, the Betty Irene Moore School of ...

Administration

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces Paul Gray, Ph.D. as Board of Trustees member

March 20, 2008

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (www.moore.org) today announced the election of a new Trustee to its Board, Paul Gray, Ph.D. His election to the Foundation's Board of Trustees is effective March 20, 2008.

According to Steve McCormick, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation president, “We are delighted that ...

Conservation

Conservation partnerships protect Marin farmland

January 2, 2008

Two keystone Marin ranches—Tomales Farm & Dairy and the Poncia Ranch—will remain working farmland with the help of agricultural conservation easements acquired by Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) at the close of 2007.

Protection of the Tomales Farm & Dairy property, located southwest of the town of Tomales, and of ...

Conservation

Save Mount Diablo announces $756,100 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and purchase of 320 acres near Mount Diablo State Park

December 20, 2007

The holidays came early for Save Mount Diablo (SMD), a San Francisco East Bay Land Trust formed in 1971 and celebrating its 36th Anniversary this month. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation granted the organization $756,100 to complete its 320 acre Irish Canyon purchase, near the city of Clayton. The ...

Special Projects in Science

Ambitious project to create genetic catalog of a model ecosystem gets $5.2 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

By Sarah Yang University of California, Berkeley December 6, 2007

In the middle of the South Pacific, about 12 miles west of Tahiti, is a tropical island that soon will emerge as a model ecosystem, thanks to the efforts of a U.S.-French research team led by University of California, Berkeley, biologists.

Moorea, home of the UC Berkeley Richard B. Gump ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation commits $200 million support for Thirty Meter Telescope

Thirty Meter Telescope December 5, 2007

The California Institute of Technology and the University of California have received a $200 million commitment over nine years from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation toward the further development and construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). Funding under this commitment will be shared equally between the two universities, ...

Special Projects in Science

Nobel Laureate George Smoot puts prize winnings into new cosmology center at UC Berkeley

By Robert Sanders University of California, Berkeley December 4, 2007

When University of California, Berkeley, astrophysicist George Smoot received the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics a year ago, his dreams for spending his $700,000 share of the prize ran far beyond purchasing a sporty car or a new home.

Instead, he wanted to create a lasting center where he and ...