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Thirty Meter Telescope

TMT will take discoveries of stars orbiting the Milky Way's monster black hole to the next level

Thirty Meter Telesope October 4, 2012

Researchers have discovered a star that whips around the giant black hole at the center of our galaxy in record time, completing an orbit every 11.5 years. The finding, appearing today in the journal Science, points ahead to groundbreaking experiments involving Einstein's general theory of relativity. Those tests will be ...

New short film series spotlights ocean planning

September 25, 2012

With partial support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the University of Rhode Island has produced a short video about the economic opportunities and challenges related to ocean planning. Other funders include The Ocean Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM), the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Unusual symbiosis discovered in marine microorganisms

By Tim Stephens University of California, Santa Cruz September 20, 2012

Scientists have discovered an unusual symbiosis between tiny single-celled algae and highly specialized bacteria. Their partnership plays an important role in marine ecosystems, fertilizing the oceans by taking nitrogen from the atmosphere and "fixing" it into a form that other organisms can use.  

Details of the symbiosis, published in ...

Groups chronicle staggering diversity of Bolivia's Madidi National Park

September 12, 2012

A remote park in northwest Bolivia may be the most biologically diverse place on earth, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which helped put together a comprehensive list of species found there.  The announcement was released at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, an international gathering of conservationists meeting through ...

Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute receives $8.9 million patient safety grant

Johns Hopkins Medicine August 28, 2012

Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality has received an $8.9 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the first award given as part of an ambitious new $500 million, 10-year program designed to eliminate all preventable harms that patients experience in the hospital. 

The Johns ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Patient and family engagement key to improved health care

August 28, 2012

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation launched a new national Patient Care Program today that seeks to eliminate all preventable harms to patients.

The Foundation expects to allocate a half billion dollars over ten years if the Program develops as anticipated.  The Patient Care Program will focus on both meaningfully ...

ICU Consortium

ICU study awarded grant from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

A multi-center study of intensive care units (ICU) led by UCSF faculty has received a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation grant of $2.1 million. The study of ICUs, including two at UCSF, aims to better understand the nature of team-based care and patient involvement in ICU settings. 

“Given their position ...


Stanford University President John Hennessy joins board of Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

August 17, 2012

Today the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced the appointment of Stanford University President John Hennessy to its board of trustees. At the same time Ed Penhoet, who also formerly served as the Foundation’s president, is stepping down from his role on the board.  

Hennessy became Stanford University’s 10...


Foundation hires Erin Hart to lead communications department

August 17, 2012

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced the appointment of Erin Hart as head of the new communications department.  

One of the ten largest private foundations in the US, Moore created this position after recognizing the need for more communications support for the organization as a whole and its ...


Nancy J. Koch to join Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as general counsel

August 9, 2012

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced the appointment of Nancy J. Koch as general counsel and secretary, reporting directly to the Foundation’s president, Steve McCormick. 

The role will be expanding to include new responsibilities: refining the Foundation’s approach to advocacy, helping program staff design external networks for ...

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