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Advancing knowledge of the ocean's microbiome

By Erika Johnson Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego January 6, 2016
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Moore Foundation grantee Farooq Azam and his colleagues at Scripps Institution of Oceangraphy at UC San Diego are investigating the ecology of marine microbes, which play a significant role in the ocean’s food chain and carbon cycle. 

Azam and his colleagues are investigating how dying phytoplankton--single-celled organisms in the ocean--impact ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Model gives best look yet at how Amazon forests will react to climate change

By Chelsea Harvey Washington Post December 30, 2015
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In 2008, the Moore Foundation began supporting research at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, to evaluate and develop further the predictive capabilities of four different ecosystem models that demonstrate how land-cover and climate changes will affect the Amazonian ecosystems in the next 100 years.New findings from ...

How methane-eating microbes respond to rapid environmental change

By David Case Discover Magazine December 29, 2015
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In Discover Magazine's Extremo Files blog, graduate student David Case discusses marine methane seeps--deep pockets in the ocean seabed from which methane can escape.

 Marine methane seeps host a rich diversity of seafloor life, including microorganisms that consume methane as a food source, thereby preventing its release into the ocean ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Salmon farm of the future?

CBC News December 23, 2015
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Where can you see how the future of salmon farming looks? Well, start here: CBC’s The National recently featured the BC-based ‘Namgis First Nation’s Kuterra project. With partial funding from Moore through Tides Canada's Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund, the project has been testing the feasibility of land-based, closed containment aquaculture as a ...

Patient and Family Engagement

OpenNotes receives $10 Million to expand program nationwide

Philanthropy News Digest December 18, 2015
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Boston-based OpenNotes has announced grants totaling $10 million over three years from four foundations to provide up to fifty million patients with access to their clinical notes.

The grants from the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the Cambia HealthGordon and Betty Moore, and Robert Wood Johnson foundations ...

Through the looking glass

By Carolyn Kormann The New Yorker December 15, 2015
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Moore Foundation grantee Manu Prakash and his invention, the Foldscope, were featured in a New Yorker article that highlights the many uses of the origami $1 microscope. Dr. Prakash's focus is on making tools for ‘frugal science.’ He explains in the article the impetus for the Foldscope: “I found myself at ...

Massless particle named Top 10 breakthrough by Physics World

By Physics World Physics World December 11, 2015
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Moore Foundation grantees at Princeton University were recognized by Physics World magazine for their work with a "Top Ten Breakthrough" award for 2015.

M. Zahid Hasan's group uncovered the Weyl fermion, a massless particle proposed to be building blocks of other subatomic particles such as electrons, earlier this year. These ...

An award-winnning week for Bolivia's Tacana community

December 10, 2015
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With Moore fundingWildlife Conservation Society has been working to conserve 18.6 million hectares of biodiversity-rich landscape in Tambopata (Bolivia), Yasuni-Pastaza (Ecuador), and Yavari-Samiria (Peru). In Bolivia, this work has supported the Tacana community's efforts to apply eco-friendly practices to their cocoa production, integrating conservation and development goals in ...

Engaging front-line nurses to improve the outcomes of patient care

December 7, 2015
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Beginning in 2003, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation partnered with fifty-three hospitals in the San Francisco Bay and Greater Sacramento areas of California to improve patient safety. The twelve-year $167-million Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative was intended to empower front-line registered nurses as leaders in implementing evidence-based clinical practices at the bedside. The initiative funded clinical ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Steady growth in higher educated California RNs continues

December 1, 2015
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Every two years, the California Board of Registered Nurses conducts a statewide assessment survey to track, measure and describe the population of RNs licensed in California and to examine changes in this population over time. Completed in fall 2014, the most recent Biennual California Statewide Survey of Registered Nurses shows ...

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