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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



Thirty Meter Telescope

Astronomy has been economic boon for Big Island; new telescope will continue trend

By Associated Press December 29, 2014

Astronomy has been good for the Hawaii economy, especially the Big Island, according to report by the University of Hawaii's Economic Research Organization.

Direct and indirect benefits in 2012 totaled nearly $168 million in the state, including nearly $91.5 million on Hawaii Island, the report concluded.

"The astronomy sector in ...


City A.M.'s World Charity Index 2014 - who's made the list of top givers?

By Chris Parmenter and Jeron Gerlag City A.M. December 18, 2014

Considered one of Silicon Valley’s founding fathers, Gordon Moore is another seminal figure in the history of computing to make it into the top 20 of the City A.M. Charity Index.

Almost five decades ago, Moore predicted computing power would double every two years – the so called “Moore’s Law”. ...

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Investing in America's dazzling scientific talent

By Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. Huffington Post December 18, 2014

America's global economic preeminence is built largely on scientific and technological innovation, which is an outgrowth of basic science research. That should cause America's investment in such research to grow significantly, especially with so many Americans still in need of jobs -- and good ones at that. While it's tempting ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Consumer Reports: “Respectful” treatment key to patient safety?

By Casey Quinlan December 16, 2014

In a report released today (December 16, 2014), Consumer Reports shares insights from a survey of 1,200 people who were recently hospitalized. SPM is not surprised by the findings, which include the fact that patients who said they received respectful treatment by hospital clinicians reported fewer medical errors and better ...

Patient and Family Engagement

The surprising way to stay safe in the hospital

Consumer Reports December 16, 2014

When Kathy Day, a retired nurse in Bangor, Maine, received a diagnosis of uterine cancer, she decided to focus not only on how her condition would be treated but also on the way she wanted to be treated by the doctors and nurses in the hospital. As a nurse, Day ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Consumer Reports finds striking link between "respectful" treatment and medical errors

December 16, 2014

YONKERS, NY — In a new report that explores the important role of patient “engagement”, that is open communication with respect and dignity, Consumer Reports has found a striking link between respectful treatment in the hospital and preventable medical errors. It examines the relationship between patient communication and hospital errors, ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Obama protects Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas drilling

By Maria L. La Ganga December 16, 2014

In a boon to commercial fishermen, conservationists and Native Alaskans, President Obama on Tuesday withdrew the waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay from oil and gas development, vowing to protect the world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery.

Calling the region “one of America’s greatest natural resources and a massive economic engine, not ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Respect: The key to patient safety and preventing medical errors

By Leslie Small FierceHealthcare December 16, 2014

They say respect is a two-way street, and if a new Consumer Reports survey is any indication, that street is paved with better, safer medical care.

The survey findings are detailed in a report called "How Not to Get Sick(er) in the Hospital." The publication polled 1,200 people who were ...

Earthquake Early-Warning System

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation applauds federal funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

December 15, 2014
(Palo Alto, Calif) – It was announced today that Congress included $5 million in the FY 2015 funding bill, also known as the CROmnibus, to help transition into operation ShakeAlert, the West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System. The demonstration project proved successful in providing warnings of the Napa ...
Patient and Family Engagement

A roadmap for patient and family engagement

By #HCLDR Moderator Healthcare Leadership Blog December 11, 2014

As the U.S. health care system tackles the Triple Aim of better experiences of care, better population health and lower costs, it is imperative for health professionals to meaningfully partner with patients and families—bringing patient and family voices to decisions about care, to health care organizational design and governance, and ...

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