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IFT Global Food Traceability Center awarded $1.3 million grant to design seafood traceability architecture

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of its ongoing efforts aimed at improving traceability in the worldwide food system, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) today announced that it has received a $1.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The new grant will ...

Brazilian beef industry moves to reduce its destruction of rain forests

By Kelly April Tyrell May 13, 2015

​New Moore-funded research led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Holly Gibbs appears today in the journal Conservation Letters. The paper assesses the impacts of market-driven "zero deforestation agreements" within the beef industry in Brazil (full text of press release below).

Expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of ...

Moore’s Law spurs economic growth in the trillions of dollars

By Intel May 11, 2015
A new report finds that Moore’s Law has played a critical role in generating a minimum estimated $3 trillion in incremental GDP over the past 20 years1. Commissioned by Intel and developed by business information provider IHS, the “Moore’s Law Impact Report” highlights the profound economic, technological and ...

Pamela Hudson named Chief Administrative Officer of Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

May 11, 2015

Palo Alto, Calif. – The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation appointed Pamela Hudson as chief administrative officer. Hudson will lead human resources, information technology, grants administration and finance for the $6.5 billion private foundation.

“With a deep understanding of the interplay between people, processes and technology, Pamela’s ability to improve ...

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UC Berkeley begins monitoring tremors on San Andreas Fault

May 6, 2015

Today, Moore Foundation-supported researchers at UC Berkeley began installing the first of four borehole seismometers to track tremors under the San Andreas Fault. Moore funding has been used to build the “TremorScope” network and share the data publicly, to improve understanding of the tremor signal and its implications for fault ...

Detailed vegetation height estimates across the tropics released

Falmouth, Mass. – Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) scientists produced a dataset of below hectare scale estimates of forest heights across the tropics. Based on consistent measurements from satellite RADAR and Lidar instruments, the new dataset is a first-of-its-kind example of how future satellites can provide regular estimates on vertical ...

Unveiling NexGen CAO for discovery, conservation, action

By Greg Asner Carnegie Airborne Observatory May 1, 2015

The Carnegie Airborne Observatory - "a mix of hi-tech mapping instrumentation and aviation bling...somewhere between Avatar and Batman" - is a unique tool for assessing forest health and identifying causes of deforestation. The foundation is proud to have supported the development of CAO's mapping technology, as well as its research ...

Leaders share lessons in leadership in honor of Nurses Week

April 29, 2015

In honor of Nurses Week, May 6-12, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation releases Lessons in Leadership: The Betty Irene Moore Speaker Series, a collection of 13 short videos featuring nationally-recognized leaders in nursing or health care who share the strategies that shaped their career and the lessons they learned. ...

Conservation and the Thirty Meter Telescope

April 29, 2015

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has a strong commitment to environmental conservation. As one of the largest private funders for conservation, we are dedicated to protecting some of the most important land and marine ecosystems worldwide.

The question of a potential conflict between conservation on Mauna Kea and the construction of ...

Hyperdominance in Amazonian forest carbon cycling

April 28, 2015

New findings from research supported in part through the Moore Foundation appear in the journal Nature Communications today, showing that just one percent of all tree species in the Amazon make up half of the entire rainforest and therefore store 50 percent of the region’s carbon. Moore Foundation grants (...

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