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Marine Conservation Initiative

A midterm report card

November 24, 2014

Santa Barbara, Calif. — Tipping points occur when small shifts in human pressures or environmental conditions bring about large, sometimes abrupt changes in a system. Such tipping points exist in a human society, a physical system, an ecosystem or our planet’s climate.

The Ocean Tipping Points (OTP) collaborative research project ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

Avoiding ecosystem collapse

November 23, 2014

From coral reefs to prairie grasslands, some of the world’s most iconic habitats are susceptible to sudden collapse due to seemingly minor events. A classic example: the decimation of kelp forests when a decline of otter predation unleashes urchin population explosions. Three studies published in the Nov. 24 special issue ...

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation selects new awardees in experimental physics to stimulate discoveries in quantum materials

November 11, 2014

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has selected 19 new Moore Experimental Investigators in Quantum Materials to help accelerate scientific breakthroughs in the field. Through grants to 11 universities around the United States, this five-year, $34.2 million program will enable these physicists to pursue ambitious, high-risk research, including the development ...

First-of-its-kind survey finds $23 billion global market for conservation investing, with $2 billion from private investors

November 6, 2014

The first-ever survey of conservation impact investing reveals a fast-growing market totaling approximately $23 billion in the five-year period from 2009-2013. During the same period, private investments accounted for almost $2 billion of this market—an amount that is growing at an average of 26 percent annually, and is expected to ...

Administration

Holly Potter named chief communications officer of Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

November 3, 2014

PALO ALTO, – The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has selected Holly Potter as its chief communications officer. Ms. Potter will assume her post on November 17, 2014. She will report into the incoming president, Harvey V. Fineberg, who joins the foundation on January 1, 2015.

“Holly’s extensive background in ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Ancient gene

University of Delaware October 14, 2014

Researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered that an ancient gene -- ribonucleotide reductase (RNR), which occurs in all cellular life -- provides important biological insights into the characteristics of unknown viruses in the sea.

The results of this finding could ultimately lead to new tools for understanding the ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Rock-dwelling microbes remove methane from deep sea

Caltech October 14, 2014

Methane-breathing microbes that inhabit rocky mounds on the seafloor could be preventing large volumes of the potent greenhouse gas from entering the oceans and reaching the atmosphere, according to a new study by Caltech researchers.

The rock-dwelling microbes, which are detailed in the Oct. 14 issue of Nature Communications, represent ...

Administration

Harvey V. Fineberg named President of Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

October 13, 2014

PALO ALTO – The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has selected Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, as its next president. Dr. Fineberg will assume his post on January 1, 2015.

“I'm very pleased that, following an international search, Harvey Fineberg will join the foundation as its next president. He is a ...

Data-Driven Discovery

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation selects awardees for $21 million in grants to stimulate data-driven discovery

October 2, 2014

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced the selection of 14 Moore Investigators in Data-Driven Discovery. These scientists will catalyze new data-driven scientific discoveries through grants to their academic institutions totaling $21 million over five years. These unrestricted awards will enable the recipients to make a profound impact on ...

Data-Driven Discovery

Trifacta’s Jeffrey Heer selected as a recipient of a Moore Investigator in Data-Driven Discovery Award

Trifacta October 2, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –Trifacta, a Data Transformation Platform provider, today announced that Trifacta CXO, Jeffrey Heer, was selected as a recipient of a Moore Investigator in Data-Driven Discovery award presented by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The foundation will provide 14 select scientists from academic institutions each ...

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