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Special Projects in Science

A superbright supernova that’s the first of its kind

An extraordinarily bright, extraordinarily long-lasting supernova named SN 2007bi, snagged in a search by a robotic telescope, turns out to be the first example of the kind of stars that first populated the Universe. The superbright supernova occurred in a nearby dwarf galaxy, a kind of galaxy that’s common but ...

Special Projects in Science

Science and engineering fellowship candidates sought for California Legislature

The California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships is accepting applications from scientists and engineers interested in filling up to 10 year-long appointments as an advisor in the California State Legislature.

Managed by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), the fellowships offer unique professional development opportunities while providing California ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

China joins Thirty Meter Telescope Project

Thirty Meter Telescope November 17, 2009

The National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) has joined the Thirty Meter Telescope Project (TMT). As an Observer, China will participate in planning the development of what will be the world's most advanced and capable astronomical observatory.

"The TMT is delighted to take this exciting new ...

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces new Chief Program Officer for its Environmental Conservation Program

November 17, 2009

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced today the appointment of Dr. Guillermo Castilleja as Chief Program Officer for the Foundation's Environmental Conservation program, effective January 15, 2010.

Castilleja will oversee, direct, and manage the Foundation’s Environmental Conservation program.  He will report directly to Steve McCormick, the Foundation's President and ...


One step closer for Jenner Headlands

Sonoma Land Trust November 3, 2009

As a next step in the preservation of the 5,630-acre Jenner Headlands coastal property, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, acting as the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, approved the expenditure of $10,150,000 to fund approximately one third of the $36 million ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

AACN to host a San Francisco area QSEN Nurse Faculty Development Institute

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce that the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $250,000 in new funding to sponsor a Faculty Development Institute for nurse educators in the San Francisco Bay Area.  This generous award will extend the reach of AACN’s national ...

Chabot Space & Science Center receives grant to support the fabrication and installation of Bill Nye's Climate Laboratory

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation of Palo Alto has awarded Chabot Space & Science Center a $300,000 grant to support the fabrication and installation of Bill Nye's Climate Laboratory, an exhibition designed to increase climate change science literacy. The exhibition is scheduled to open at Chabot Space & Science ...

California Institute of Technology

Scientists get detailed glimpse of chemoreceptor architecture in bacterial cells

By Lori Oliwenstein Caltech September 24, 2009

Using state-of-the-art electron microscopy techniques, a team led by researchers from Caltech has for the first time visualized and described the precise arrangement of chemoreceptors—the receptors that sense and respond to chemical stimuli—in bacteria. In addition, they have found that this specific architecture is the same throughout a wide variety ...

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Three postdoctoral fellows join Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

UC Davis Health System September 21, 2009

Three postdoctoral fellows join the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing team this month. The scholars — along with fellow Tara Sharpp, who came to the school in fall 2008 — will develop as independent researchers and bring fresh ideas and energy as the school develops its interdisciplinary research environment.

“This team of four ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech scientists develop novel use of neurotechnology to solve classic social problem

By Lori Oliwenstein Caltech September 10, 2009

Economists and neuroscientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have shown that they can use information obtained through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) measurements of whole-brain activity to create feasible, efficient, and fair solutions to one of the stickiest dilemmas in economics, the public goods free-rider problem—long thought to ...

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