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Conservation partnerships protect Marin farmland

January 2, 2008

Two keystone Marin ranches—Tomales Farm & Dairy and the Poncia Ranch—will remain working farmland with the help of agricultural conservation easements acquired by Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) at the close of 2007.

Protection of the Tomales Farm & Dairy property, located southwest of the town of Tomales, and of ...


Save Mount Diablo announces $756,100 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and purchase of 320 acres near Mount Diablo State Park

December 20, 2007

The holidays came early for Save Mount Diablo (SMD), a San Francisco East Bay Land Trust formed in 1971 and celebrating its 36th Anniversary this month. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation granted the organization $756,100 to complete its 320 acre Irish Canyon purchase, near the city of Clayton. The ...

Special Projects in Science

Ambitious project to create genetic catalog of a model ecosystem gets $5.2 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

By Sarah Yang University of California, Berkeley December 6, 2007

In the middle of the South Pacific, about 12 miles west of Tahiti, is a tropical island that soon will emerge as a model ecosystem, thanks to the efforts of a U.S.-French research team led by University of California, Berkeley, biologists.

Moorea, home of the UC Berkeley Richard B. Gump ...

Thirty Meter Telescope

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation commits $200 million support for Thirty Meter Telescope

Thirty Meter Telescope December 5, 2007

The California Institute of Technology and the University of California have received a $200 million commitment over nine years from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation toward the further development and construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). Funding under this commitment will be shared equally between the two universities, ...

Special Projects in Science

Nobel Laureate George Smoot puts prize winnings into new cosmology center at UC Berkeley

By Robert Sanders University of California, Berkeley December 4, 2007

When University of California, Berkeley, astrophysicist George Smoot received the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics a year ago, his dreams for spending his $700,000 share of the prize ran far beyond purchasing a sporty car or a new home.

Instead, he wanted to create a lasting center where he and ...


Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation appoints Steven J. McCormick as new president and Board of Trustees member

November 19, 2007

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced the appointment of Steven J. McCormick as its President and a Trustee of the Board, effective January 21, 2008. He will succeed retiring President, Dr. Edward E. Penhoet, who has served in that capacity since 2004.    

McCormick served as the President and ...

Sonoma Land Trust purchase adjacent to Tolay Lake Regional Park

November 5, 2007

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today approved the allocation of $2 million in Open Space District funds toward the purchase by the nonprofit Sonoma Land Trust of the 1657 acre Roche Ranch which is adjacent to the recently established Tolay Lake Regional Park. The Roche Ranch includes two and ...

Science education in Bay Area gets left behind

Lawrence Hall of Science October 25, 2007

Bay Area elementary school student achievement in science is poor and the quality of K-5 science education in the region is weak, according to a new research brief released today by the Center for Research, Evaluation and Assessment at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. ...


POST acquires Mindego Hill along Skyline Ridge

Peninsula Open Space Trust October 11, 2007

Today the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) announced that it has acquired Mindego Hill, a stunning 1,047-acre property near the town of La Honda on the San Francisco Peninsula.

This distinct natural landmark and historic ranch visually dominates the western flank of Skyline Ridge just off Alpine Road. With its ...


Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announces new Trustee to its Board

September 25, 2007

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ( today announced the election of a new Trustee to its Board, Rosina Bierbaum, Ph.D. Her election to the Foundation's Board of Trustees was effective September 12, 2007.

According to Dr. Ed Penhoet, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation president, “We are thrilled ...

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