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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 ...

Bringing a complex underground ecology into the lab

Beneath the surface of the earth, an influential community of microbes mingles with plant roots. In the first large-scale analysis of those communities, scientists have now catalogued and compared the hundreds of types of bacteria that associate with the roots of the model plant Arabidopsis under various conditions. The work ...

First of its kind trust fund launched to protect intact tropical ecosystems of Guyana

The Guyanese government today launched a US$8.5 million trust fund called the Conservation Trust Fund, the first of its kind for the country. The fund will provide long-term financing for the management of Guyana’s intact protected areas system (PAS) and will support efforts by the government, along with local communities, ...

Scientists to explore hidden realm of microbes, viruses beneath the ocean floor

The microbes and viruses shrouded in darkness below the ocean floor are bound to become much less mysterious, due to a bold research program led by MBL Bay Paul Center Scientist Julie Huber and her colleagues from several institutions. The program has received a $2.25 million award from the Gordon ...

California Institute of Technology

An earthquake in a maze

By Kimm Fesenmaier Caltech July 19, 2012

The powerful magnitude-8.6 earthquake that shook Sumatra on April 11, 2012, was a seismic standout for many reasons, not the least of which is that it was larger than scientists thought an earthquake of its type—an intraplate strike-slip quake—could ever be. Now, as Caltech researchers report on their findings from the ...

Special Projects in Science

Private foundations fund new astronomy tool

W.M. Keck Observatory July 10, 2012

The W. M. Keck Observatory has been awarded two major grants to help build a $4 million laser system as the next leap forward in a technology which already enables ground-based telescopes to exceed the observational power of telescopes in space. The new laser, when installed on the current adaptive ...

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