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Press Releases

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 ...

Special Projects in Science

UC Santa Cruz receives $9.1 million grant to establish laboratory for adaptive optics to develop tools for astronomers

By Tim Stephens University of California, Santa Cruz January 18, 2002

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has received a grant of $9.1 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish a Laboratory for Adaptive Optics. The new laboratory strengthens UCSC's position as an astronomy powerhouse and a national center for research on the exciting new technology of adaptive ...


Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces expansion of board

January 18, 2002

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is pleased to announce the expansion of its Board of Trustees. Joining Gordon and Betty Moore on the board will be Lewis W. Coleman, Kenneth G. Moore, Steven E. Moore, and Kenneth F. Siebel. The Board of Trustees meets quarterly to help guide the ...


Conservation International unveils solution to prevent global species extinctions

Conservation International December 9, 2001

Conservation International (CI) today announced an unprecedented global initiative to stop species extinctions in biodiversity hotspots and to protect large areas of major tropical wilderness areas.

To launch this effort, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is providing CI with the largest gift ever given to a private conservation group, ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech receives $600 million in two gifts; largest academic donation in history

By Jill Perry Caltech October 29, 2001

The California Institute of Technology has received two gifts totaling $600 million, half from Intel cofounder Gordon Moore and his wife Betty and half from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Together they are the largest donation ever to an institution of higher learning.

"These gifts are one of the ...


John M. 'Mick' Seidl named director of Environment Program at Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

June 5, 2001

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced today the addition of Dr. John M. "Mick" Seidl as Director for the Foundation's environmental programs.

Seidl will oversee, direct and manage the grant administration of the Foundation's environmental programs, which will focus on biodiversity and the protection of the intact natural ecosystem. ...


POST launches $200 million campaign to save 'The Endangered Coast'

An unprecedented $200 million campaign to preserve more than 20,000 acres of open space on the San Mateo Coast was announced today by Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), a private, nonprofit land trust based in Menlo Park.

The three-year campaign is the largest land conservation effort ever undertaken by a ...


Former San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan to join Moore Foundation

March 15, 2001

Former San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan has been appointed Special Advisor to the President of the newly formed Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Foundation announced today.

In his new role, Jordan will serve as the multibillion-dollar charitable foundation's principal counselor on the impact of potential grants in the nine-county ...