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Courtesy of Phil Freeman/WWF-Australia - The Peruvian government and key partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to ensure the viability of 76 protected areas (20 million hectares) in the Peruvian Amazon

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Celebrating the declaration of the Maijuna-Kichwa Reserve in Peru’s Amazon

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Thanks to a collaboration among Moore Foundation grantees and many other partners, the National Government of Peru and in particular the Ministry of Environment has just formally created the new Maijuna Kichwa Regional Conservation Area. See a sampling of media coverage and read the press release from Nature and Culture ...

What US hospitals have to say about patient and family engagement

By Jeph Herrin, Kathleen G. Harris, Kevin Kenward, Stephen Hines, Maulik S. Joshi and Dominick L. Frosch BMJ Quality & Safety June 17, 2015
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Health Research & Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, conducted a first-of-its-kind survey of more than 1,400 hospitals across the country to uncover how ​each practices patient and family engagement. Their findings, published today in the BMJ Quality & Safety Journal, indicate, not surprisingly, that there is a large ...

Plants make big decisions with microscopic cellular competition

By James Urton University of Washington June 17, 2015
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Moore Foundation investigator Keiko Torii and colleagues at the University of Washington have shown how plants organize cellular structures on their surface. These findings illuminate cellular mechanisms to detect and process messages — including conflicting signals — from the outside world.

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The neglected preventable harms in health care: dignity and respect

By Lauge Sokol-Hessner, Patricia Henry Folcarelli, Kenneth E F Sands BMJ Quality & Safety Journal June 17, 2015
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Imagine you’ve been admitted to the hospital for a necessary procedure stemming from a cancerous tumor. You place a call to your oncologist to discuss the complication you’re having but he isn’t available. Someone who is covering for the physician tries to step in and help but in doing so ...

2015 Wolf Prize Winner Joins Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

June 15, 2015
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Robert Kirshner, Ph.D. Named Chief Program Officer for Science

Palo Alto, Calif – The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced Robert Kirshner, Ph.D., as the new chief program officer for science. Kirshner will lead the team responsible for distributing more than $100 million per year for the research and technology that ...

San Francisco Bay Area hospitals reduce sepsis mortality by 43 percent

By Julie Kliger, RN, BSN, MPA; Sara J. Singer, MBA, PhD; Frank H. Hoffman, MA The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety June 15, 2015
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The latest issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety features the results of a 22-month project to reduce sepsis mortality in hospitals using the Integrated Nurse Leadership Program (INLP), a model funded by the Moore Foundation and developed by the University of California, San Francisco. ...

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Healthcare big data analytics plays critical role in quality

By Jennifer Bresnick HealthIT Analytics June 11, 2015
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Big data is all around us but for the health care industry, extracting meaningful, actionable insights from it remains a challenge. Yet, according to a new white paper, "Data for Systematic Improvement," from the National Quality Forum, the insights from a wealth of raw information are key to improving the ...

Proposed deal to preserve large swaths of Great Bear Rainforest

By Justine Hunter The Globe and Mail June 10, 2015
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In British Columbia, “two decades of unprecedented collaboration” have helped ​forge the path for "an extraordinary pact between the forest industry, First Nations, the province and a coalition of environmental organizations." This results from work by many of the foundation’s grantees, and in particular, ForestEthics. 

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National Geographic identifies world's emerging explorers

By Simon Worrall National Geographic June 9, 2015
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Moore Foundation grantee Manu Prakash was named to the 2015 class of emerging explorers by the National Geographic Society earlier this week.

The Emerging Explorers Program "identifies young trailblazers whose ideas are helping change the world." Prakash was recognized for his efforts in designing the foldscope, which has already been distributed in ...

Black hole hunters

By Dennis Overbye New York Times June 9, 2015
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NY Times science reporter Dennis Overbye tracks Moore Foundation grantee Sheperd Doeleman as he attempts to capture the first images of a supermassive black hole. 

Watch a video of Doeleman's hunt for black holes and read the full article here.

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