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Rubicon Foundation, Inc.

  • Durham, NC
  • http://www.rubicon-foundation.org

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This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

Mission Statement

The Rubicon Foundation is undertaking projects that (1) contribute to the interdependent dynamic between research, exploration, science and education; (2) improve the available resources for students, professionals and the general public; and (3) preserve the valuable natural resources that are vital to future endeavors.

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ruling year

2013

Principal Officer

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Mr. Gene Hobbs

Keywords

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hyperbaric,hypobaric,library,repository,medicine,diving,aviation,space,literature,reports,research

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Also Known As

RRR

EIN

30-0244558

 Number

3387916802

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Management & Technical Assistance (H02)

Engineering and Technology Research, Services (U40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Program 1

Rubicon's premiere project is creating a research repository that makes available research and environmental medical documents more accessible in a free electronic format. Need: The Human Genome Project has demonstrated that sharing information can enhance the success and growth of a research community. Those in the field of Hyperbaric Medicine and Research could benefit greatly from such collaboration. Unfortunately, many valuable resources that can be used to compare efforts or serve as a baseline are scattered across various repositories or are lost. In 2002, The Office of Naval Research tasked the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) with performing a comprehensive analysis of the Navy's research and development program in Undersea Medicine. The panel found that 60% of the young researchers in the field left within less than ten (10) years. Additionally, it was discovered that many of the senior scientists in this arena would retire in the near future (52% retiring in less than 10 years and 96% retiring in less than twenty years). Further, the Navy had not trained any investigators in the previous ten (10) years. This turnover in researchers and the loss of senior scientists potentially signifies a great loss in human knowledge that can be transitioned to new researchers. It is therefore crucial that information management and access to resources be strengthened by providing effective and timely methods for retrieval of valuable documents. At the 2002 UHMS annual meeting, Dr. Garcia-Covarrubias and Dr. Van Meter published an abstract concluding that the UHMS abstract to publication rate is lower when compared with other medical fields. From their abstract, "the overall publication rate in MEDLINE indexed journals for 1996, 1997, and 1998 was 17.9% (26 of 145), 14.8% (27 of 182), and 18.7% (33 of 176) respectively". Their abstract identifies a real need to find data and publications that are available to enhance communication and collaboration. The most quoted literature searches include PubMed/MEDLINE and the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) databases. Much of the information regarding undersea research is scattered across numerous other databases throughout the world. Some of this information is not indexed and is therefore lost except to the few who know exactly what they are seeking. http://rubicon-foundation.org/archive.html

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Rubicon Foundation, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Gene Hobbs

BIO

Gene W. Hobbs, Founding Board Member and Executive Director. Mr. Hobbs' vision is see greater collaboration and research grow through the contributions of the Rubicon Foundation projects. He is the Medical Simulation Coordinator of Duke University Medical Center's Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center. Mr. Hobbs also serves as a volunteer researcher and chamber operator for the Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology.

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