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Gordon and Betty Moore say science and measurable results should guide grants

By Alex Daniels Chronicle of Philanthropy August 28, 2015
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Our president, Harvey V. Fineberg, speaks with Alex Daniels at the Chronicle of Philanthropy and shares for the first time our Founders' Intent. The document gives important guidance on how to approach philanthropic giving at the foundation, explains the ares of its funding and notes that scientific methodology should be ...

Improving patient care by strengthening the nursing workforce

August 26, 2015
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For the past decade, our Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative has focused on engaging nurses to improve patient care. Part of this focus included strengthening the nursing workforce. From the start, we saw and began addressing a nursing shortfall in California and the need to better prepare nurses for an ...

Short-circuiting the biological pump

By Evan Lubofsky Oceanus Magazine August 24, 2015
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In the latest issue of Oceanus magazine, Moore Foundation grantees Benjamin Van Mooy, Kay Bidle and colleagues discuss their study of tiny plankton that help sequester carbon dioxide in the ocean.

This process, called the “biological pump,” could convert nearly every atom of carbon drawn into the ocean ​into organic carbon. However, "like hail ...

Placing bets on technology with society's venture capital

International Innovation August 20, 2015
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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation president, Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., muses on how philanthropy serves as society’s venture capital in an interview with International Innovation.

In a world facing increasingly complex challenges, Dr. Fineberg explains that “philanthropy plays a unique role because it has the ability to leverage ...

Ashéninka community of Saweto obtains title to their ancestral lands in Peru

Rainforest Foundation US August 20, 2015
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Through a strategic contribution, the foundation's Andes Amazon Initiative helped support recent conservation efforts by the Ashéninka people of Peru in the Alto Tamaya-Saweto community. 

"Almost one year after the murder of Saweto’s leaders, the community’s rights to their ancestral lands have finally been recognized by the Peruvian State, which has ...

Examining the fate of Fukushima contaminants

By Media Relations Office Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute August 18, 2015
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Moore Foundation grantees at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) are studying sediment samples from the seafloor off coastal Japan to understand the fate of contaminants from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist and marine chemist at WHOI, and colleagues found a small fraction--about one percent--of contaminated ...

UCI, NASA researchers find link between Amazon fire risk, devastating hurricanes

August 18, 2015
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With support ​from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Science and Environmental Conservation programs, UC Irvine's Department of Earth System Science has worked to develop a system for forecasting fire season severity and droughts in several tropical forest and savanna regions, based on satellite measurements and computer modeling.

Now, that research ...

Caltech-led team looks in detail at Nepal earthquake

By Kimm Fesenmaier California Institute of Technology August 14, 2015
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Foundation grantees at Caltech pieced together the first complete account of what physically happened during the April 2015 Nepal earthquake. 

Their findings explain how the large earthquake wound up leaving the majority of low-story buildings unscathed while devastating some treasured taller structures.

Jean-Philippe Avouac and his colleagues have installed a network of ...

Data Carpentry receives $750,000 from the Moore Foundation

August 13, 2015
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Data Carpentry received $750k from the Moore Foundation to develop and provide training to researchers in fundamental data skills to enable more effective and efficient research progress.

This grant will allow Data Carpentry to grow its core team, establish better infrastructure, work with the volunteer community to develop content, conduct more workshops ...

Atomic-level defense secrets revealed

By Tom Oswald Michigan State University August 10, 2015
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How do plants thwart pests, diseases and the effects of climate change?

Sheng Yang He, Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Plant Biology Investigator at Michigan State University is on the case, with a study that unveils the molecular secrets of plants’ defense mechanisms at the atomic ...

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