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Marine Microbiology Initiative

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation identifies 16 leading scientists to pursue high-risk research in marine microbial ecology

December 3, 2012

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced its Marine Microbiology Initiative investigator awards today, providing 16 scientists from 14 different institutions a total of up to $35 million over five years to pursue pioneering research in the field of marine microbial ecology. The funding will enable researchers to explore how ...

California Institute of Technology

More evidence for an ancient Grand Canyon

By Katie Neith Caltech November 29, 2012

For over 150 years, geologists have debated how and when one of the most dramatic features on our planet—the Grand Canyon—was formed. New data unearthed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) builds support for the idea that conventional models, which say the enormous ravine is 5 to ...

Film series spotlights ocean planning

November 27, 2012

With partial support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the University of Rhode Island has produced two new videos about ocean planning issues as they relate to offshore renewable energy (http://zygotedigitalfilms.wistia.com/medias/6cx4kpnvic) and fisheries (http://zygotedigitalfilms.wistia.com/medias/5gjc6wny4p). These follow the initial video in the series, “America's Ocean ...

Administration

Vicki Chandler named VP and president-elect of the Genetics Society of America

November 25, 2012

Today, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced Vicki Chandler’s election to the Genetics Society of America’s Board of Directors.  

Dr. Chandler will serve as vice president in 2013 and as GSA president in 2014, and joins five other new Board members, elected by the general membership. She is ...

Chabot Space & Science Center opens Lab Dash!

Chabot Space & Science Center November 15, 2012

Bill Nye's Climate Lab II: Lab Dash! opens to the public on Saturday, November 17 with new games and activities, new avatars and new ways to earn points. Opening Day visitors will be among the first to test the game LabDash!, and submit inventions in the Green Machine Design Challenge....

New study to examine ecological tipping points

Predation by otters keeps urchin populations in check, allowing kelp –– a favorite food of urchins –– to flourish. But what if otters were harvested to near extinction for their fur? The resulting overabundance of urchins would decimate the kelp forest, leaving little food or shelter for fish and invertebrates. ...

Patient and Family Engagement

New fellows to join Moore Foundation Patient Care Program team

October 19, 2012

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced the appointment of two fellows, Dominick L. Frosch, Ph.D., and Dr. Ruth Shaber, who will join its new national Patient Care Program. The program focuses on meaningfully engaging patients and their families in their own healthcare and developing a systems approach that reconfigures inter-professional teams, processes and technology ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

TMT will take discoveries of stars orbiting the Milky Way's monster black hole to the next level

Thirty Meter Telesope October 4, 2012

Researchers have discovered a star that whips around the giant black hole at the center of our galaxy in record time, completing an orbit every 11.5 years. The finding, appearing today in the journal Science, points ahead to groundbreaking experiments involving Einstein's general theory of relativity. Those tests will be ...

New short film series spotlights ocean planning

September 25, 2012

With partial support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the University of Rhode Island has produced a short video about the economic opportunities and challenges related to ocean planning. Other funders include The Ocean Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM), the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Unusual symbiosis discovered in marine microorganisms

By Tim Stephens University of California, Santa Cruz September 20, 2012

Scientists have discovered an unusual symbiosis between tiny single-celled algae and highly specialized bacteria. Their partnership plays an important role in marine ecosystems, fertilizing the oceans by taking nitrogen from the atmosphere and "fixing" it into a form that other organisms can use.  

Details of the symbiosis, published in ...