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Press Releases


Press Releases

California Institute of Technology

New tool for reading a molecule's blueprints

Caltech January 26, 2004

Just as astronomers image very large objects at great distances to understand what makes the universe tick, biologists and chemists need to image very small molecules to understand what makes living systems tick.

Now this quest will be enhanced by a $ 14,206,289 gift from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to fund Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

November 19, 2003

The Board of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced today the approval of a 10-year, $110 million Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative to improve the quality of nursing-related patient care in five counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. The effort will be focused in Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awards $17.5 million for Thirty Meter Telescope plans

October 16, 2003

The dream of a giant optical telescope to improve our understanding of the universe and its origin has moved a step closer to reality today. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded $17.5 million to fund a detailed design study of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). This new grant allows ...


New owl species discovered in Brazil

Conservation International (CI) has announced that a newly described and critically endangered owl species discovered in Brazil was named after Intel founder Gordon Moore and his wife Betty Moore. The description of the bird appears in the most recent edition of Ararajuba, the Brazilian Journal of Ornithology.

The tiny ...

Bay Area Discovery Museum awarded $1.17 million grant from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

May 7, 2003

The Bay Area Discovery Museum has been awarded a $1,177,000 grant from the San Francisco-based Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to support the design, fabrication, and evaluation of two new educational exhibitions that will foster environmental stewardship in young children through interactive learning experiences.

As part of the Museum's My ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech receives $4 million grant for cryoelectron microscopy laboratory

By Jill Perry Caltech March 13, 2003

The California Institute of Technology is the birthplace of structural biology which was invented by Linus Pauling in the 1940s. Unwilling to rest on its laurels, the Institute will seek out new frontiers in the field with the help of a $4 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore ...

Governor Davis, Senator Feinstein, Interior Secretary Norton announce transfer of ownership of Cargill Salt-Ponds to the public

Governor Gray Davis, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Interior Secretary Gale Norton today announced that title to 16,500 acres of salt-ponds and salt making rights had officially been transferred from Cargill Salt to the Department of Fish and Game, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The formal transfer of ...

Special Projects in Science

Public Library of Science to launch new free-access biomedical journals with $9 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

December 17, 2002

The Public Library of Science (PLoS), a non-profit, international grass-roots organization of scientists, announced today that it is launching a new scientific publishing venture that will make the published results of scientific research more accessible and useful to scientists, physicians and the public. This new effort is backed by a ...

Special Projects in Science

Global Ecology at Carnegie gets $4.26-million boost from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

December 10, 2002

From global warming to species extinctions, the planet is looking increasingly fragile. On July 1, the Carnegie Institution established a new department of Global Ecology on the campus of Stanford University to help develop the scientific foundation for a sustainable future. The scientists received a big boost to their effort ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

New map helps protect ten million acres of rainforest

February 25, 2002

An extraordinary map, created by rainforest Indians in red breechcloths carrying handheld GPS (geographic positioning systems) and demarcating ten million acres of pristine rainforest, is being unveiled at the Brazilian Embassy here on January 23rd. This map of the Tumucumaque region in the northeast Amazon is the product of an ...