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$6M for UC Berkeley and Cal Poly to expand and enhance open-source software for scientific computing and data science

July 7, 2015
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Project Jupyter launched with support from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

PALO ALTO, Calif. July 7, 2015 — Three foundations pledged $6M over the next three years to Project Jupyter, an open-source software project that supports scientific computing and ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Palo Alto VA reduces 30-day hospital readmissions by 30 percent

July 6, 2015
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Hospital readmission rates dropped significantly for Moore Foundation grantee, the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, after implementing the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit, a resource to help hospitals better prepare patients for life after a hospital stay. The project and its results are featured as the ...

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Eliminate emotional harm by focusing on respect and dignity for patients

Medical Xpress July 1, 2015
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Hospitals have made significant strides to reduce or eliminate physical harm to patients since the landmark 1999 Institute of Medicine Report "To Err is Human." In a new paper published in BMJ, patient care leaders at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center say hospitals must now devote similar attention to ...

Patient leaders urge hospital to eliminate emotional harm by focusing on respect and dignity for patients

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BOSTON – Hospitals have made significant strides to reduce or eliminate physical harm to patients since the landmark 1999 Institute of Medicine Report “To Err is Human.” In a new paper published in BMJ, patient care leaders at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) say hospitals must now devote similar ...

Better memory with faster lasers

By Jessica Stoller-Conrad California Institute of Technology July 1, 2015
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DVDs and Blu-ray disks contain materials that shape-shift from one atomic state to another when struck with pulses of laser light. Data is "recorded" in these two atomic states.

Now, through ultrafast laser pulses that speed up the data recording process, Moore Foundation grantees at Caltech used ultrafast electron crystallography to ...

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Hospitals turn to big data to identify risks in the ICU

By Zack Budryk FierceHealthcare June 29, 2015
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Two academic medical centers, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine, are using big data to identify potential harms and minimize risk for patients in the intensive care unit. Reporter, Zack Budryk, from FierceHealthcare writes about their work stemming from an article in The Wall Street Journal.

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Hospital ICUs mine big data in push for better outcomes

By Laura Landro The Wall Street Journal June 29, 2015
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Moore Foundation grantees Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine speak with Laura Landro of The Wall Street Journal about their work to help health care professionals and patients achieve better outcomes through the use of data.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in partnership with integrated-systems scientists from ...

Polar scientists peer beneath largest ice shelf

By Eric Hand Science Magazine June 25, 2015
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Keeping its ice sheets from sliding into the sea, the Ross Ice Shelf is the largest, yet least studied, barrier ​surrounding Antarctica. Foundation grantee Robin Bell and her colleagues are investigating the shape of the sea floor beneath the Ross with an ultrasensitive airborne gravity detector, which detects tiny changes in ...

Update on the health of global tuna stocks included in ISSF annual report

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Grantee International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)'s 2014 annual report includes an update on the sustainability and health of global tuna stocks.

Key data points in the report include:

  • 52% -- the amount of stocks globally that are at a healthy level of abundance
  • 9% -- the amount of stocks globally ...

Physicists fine tune control of agile exotic materials

By Susan Brown University of California, San Diego June 23, 2015
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Moore Foundation grantee Dimitri Basov and colleagues at the University of California, San Diego have found a new way to control light in crystalline materials using polaritons, which are hybrid particles that form when infrared or visible-frequency light is coupled with electric or magnetic waves. 

The team's technique is particularly powerful because these ...

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