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Biology controls release of scent compounds from plants

By Keith Robinson Purdue University August 5, 2015
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Foundation grantees at Purdue University have sniffed out how taste compounds known as volatiles move from plant cells to the atmosphere. 

The team proposed biological mechanisms must transport volatiles, overturning long-held views that volatiles were transported solely through diffusion.

Volatiles play key roles in plant pollination, reproduction, defense and communication. Identifying the proteins and mechanisms ...

New data model detects early signs of the life-threatening condition sepsis

By Katharine E. Henry, David N. Hager, Peter J. Pronovost, Suchi Saria Science Translational Medicine August 5, 2015
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Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication as a result of an infection. It kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast and prostate cancer combined. Treating sepsis quickly is critical. Yet the ability to detect sepsis in advance of serious signs appearing has been a challenge for clinicians, until ...

Amazon fire risk differs across east-west divide in 2015

August 4, 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.

Together with researchers ...

Internships get UC Davis doctoral students beyond academia

By Julia Ann Easley University of California, Davis August 3, 2015
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Foundation grantees at University of California, Davis are reaching beyond the lab by studying air pollution for a state agency and researching malaria in Uganda, among other practical endeavors.

The Career Exploration Through Internships program is a new career development and paid internship program at UC Davis in partnership with the UC ...

New patient portal improves care planning, engagement among patients, families and clinicians

By Anuj Dalal, Patricia Dykes, David Bates et al Journal of American Medical Informatics Association August 2, 2015
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A new web-based portal used by patients and their caregivers while in the hospital has helped them to understand and take part in developing their own plan for care. Created by Brigham and Women’s Hospital through its Prospect project (Promoting Respect and Ongoing Safety through Patient-centeredness, Engagement, Communication and Technology), ...

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center aims to redefine care and prevent emotional harm

By Virgie Hoban The Boston Globe August 1, 2015
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One day last year, Enid Shapiro sat in her room at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as the patient in the next bed underwent an unpleasant procedure, cries of distress and confusion ringing out as she was poked and prodded. Shapiro, across the room, tried not to look. Staff flitted ...

Foundation grantees discuss patient engagement, eliminating harms at American Hospital Association Leadership Summit

July 28, 2015
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Four of our patient care program grantees recently spoke at the American Hospital Association and Health Forum Leadership Summit to share how each of them are engaging with patients and families and leveraging technology to improve the quality and safety of the care they deliver. More than 1,000 people came ...

Microbial drama unfolds in Antarctic waters

phys.org July 28, 2015
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Moore Foundation Marine Microbiology Initiative Investigator Andrew Allen and colleagues at Scripps Institution of Oceanography ​at UC San Diego and the J. Craig Venter Institute discovered a competition brewing in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica over natural resources.

This drama is unfolding at the microscopic level: phytoplankton and various bacteria compete for iron while ...

Why a Midwestern funder is giving two million bucks to study aquarium microbes

By Tate Williams Inside Philanthropy July 27, 2015
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Inside Philanthropy's Tate Williams discusses the role of private funders--large and small--in supporting marine microbiology.

"Microbiology is a big target for private funders, perhaps because it’s such a vast, equipment- and computing-intensive field of study," Williams writes. "The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, one of the country’s largest science and environment ...

UCD nursing school getting new building

By Special to the Enterprise The Davis Enterprise July 26, 2015
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Leaders of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis have announced plans to construct a new education building in Sacramento. Betty Irene Moore Hall will be the fourth structure in the educational core of the campus and will house graduate programs of the School of Nursing, as ...

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