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Marine Microbiology Initiative

Small RNAs yield great amounts of data from ocean microbe samples

By Denise Brehm MITnews May 14, 2009

An ingenious new method of obtaining marine microbe samples while preserving the microbes' natural gene expression has yielded an unexpected boon: the presence of many varieties of small RNAs -- snippets of RNA that act as switches to regulate gene expression in these single-celled creatures. Before now, small RNA could ...

New nursing school seeks visionary postdoctoral fellows

UC Davis Medical Center April 15, 2009

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis seeks two visionary postdoctoral fellows to join the founding faculty and staff in launching a new nursing school and building its research base.

The school’s research base will emphasize healthy people and healthy systems with a specific focus on populations ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Genes from tiny marine algae suggest unsuspected avenues for new research

By sequencing the DNA of two tiny marine algae, a team of scientists has opened up a myriad of possibilities for new research in algal physiology, plant biology, and marine ecology. The project was led by Alexandra Worden at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and the Joint Genome ...

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

UC Regents approve Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

The University of California Board of Regents today approved establishment of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis. The school is so named in honor of the historic $100 million philanthropic grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Supported by the ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Yellowstone volcano fuels remarkable biodiversity

Yellowstone Lake is the foundation of the Yellowstone Ecosystem, providing key ingredients to a large and complex food chain that sustains many of the animals for which Yellowstone is so famous.  Cutthroat trout are commonly thought of as the base of this food chain that includes otters, bald eagles, coyotes ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

OSU receives grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to study microbes in hypoxia zones

Oregon State University January 13, 2009

Oregon State University researchers have received a major grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to compare microbial abundance, diversity and activity in hypoxic waters off the coasts of Oregon and central Chile.

Both locations experience seasonal low oxygen conditions known as hypoxia that can lead to biological “dead ...


Dr. Vicki L. Chandler named Chief Program Officer, Science at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

December 29, 2008

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced the appointment of Dr. Vicki L. Chandler as Chief Program Officer for the Foundation's Science Program, effective February 17, 2008.

Chandler will develop and manage the Foundation's grantmaking strategies and initiatives in scientific research. She will report directly to Steve McCormick, the ...


How much are ocean resources worth?

Conservation International October 9, 2008

Coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses have tremendous economic value for local communities and the world as a whole, according to the first global reference guide for these valuable marine resources.

The reference guide, titled “Coral Reefs, Mangroves and Seagrass Economic Values: A Global Compilation” by Conservation International (CI) in collaboration ...

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Nursing leaders gather in Sacramento for inaugural design summit

University of California, Davis September 24, 2008

More than a dozen nursing leaders from across the nation met here this week to participate in an inaugural strategic design summit for the future of nursing and to help create the new school of nursing at the UC Davis Health System.

The summit team’s goal was to articulate curriculum ...


Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces Associate Director of Investments, Private Equity

July 22, 2008

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ( today announced the appointment of Alison Barad as Associate Director of Private Equity for its $6 billion investments portfolio. Alison Barad, an investment professional at the Foundation, was promoted to Associate Director, succeeding former Director, Denise Strack. Strack was recently appointed ...

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