In this issue
It's now easier than ever before to stay connected to the MBL while you're away. We've created a Facebook page to share news and events, network with MBL students, faculty, staff, and friends. You can also find the MBL on YouTube, and watch video of MBL research and field work. Finally, you can read about the goings-on in your favorite seaside village in our new blog, @MBL. Come and join the conversation!
The MBL Special Lectures Series continues on July 16 with The Kensal E. van Holde Lectureship in Physiology. Alan "Rick" Horwitz of the University of Virginia will discuss "Adhesion and Polarity in Migration Cells". A reception will take place in the Meigs Room following the lecture.
For a full list of Special Lectures, click here.
Mark Your Calendar!
MBL Corporation Town Hall Meeting - The MBL community is invited to attend a meeting to provide input and advice to the Corporation committees. 12:00 Noon, Speck Auditorium
Friday Evening Lecture Series - Forbes Lecture - "The Molecular Biology of Thermosensation and Pain" - David Julius, UC, San Francisco - 8:00 PM, Lillie Auditorium - (Note, Thursday Lecture)
MBL Artisan Fair - Waterfront Park, 10:00 AM
Summer Falmouth Forum - Daves Mobile Show and Tell - David Pogue, New York Times columnist - Lillie Auditorium, 8:00 PM
August 3 - 5:
Colloquium on the Biology of Aging - Sponsored by The Ellison Medical Foundation and the MBL
The 2009 MBL Gala featuring the Tokyo String Quartet. Watch for your invitation in the mail.
Logan Science Journalism Fellows Announced
Fifteen science writers and editors have been awarded Logan Science Journalism Fellowships for 2009. The Biomedical Hands-On Lab was held May 27 - June 5 in Woods Hole, and the Polar Hands-On Lab was held June 18 - July 2 at Toolik Field Station, Alaska... More>>>
MBL researchers have published many papers on a wide variety of topics since LabNotes was last published... More>>>
The U-Haul and delivery trucks have arrived, our student population has swelled now that our seven graduate-level courses are in full swing, and the MBL shuttle is making regular trips out to Devils Lane. Even though the weather hasnt felt like it lately, those of us familiar with the MBL lifecycle know these are sure signs that summer is here... More>>>
Woods Hole Consortium Formed
The MBL, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Woods Hole Research Center have announced the creation of the Woods Hole Consortium, a new alliance that will bring their combined scientific power to bear on some of the major issues facing society today and spawn scientific growth and job opportunity on the South Coast of Massachusetts... More>>>
MBL Partners with RTDC to Commercialize Scientific Opportunities
The MBL and the Regional Technology Development Corp. (RTDC) of Cape Cod have announced the signing of a formal partnership agreement whereby the RTDC will work with the MBL to develop commercial opportunities that capitalize on the laboratorys expertise in biological discovery. The RTDC will also handle intellectual property licensing for the MBL...More>>>
New Comprehensive Climate Report Provides Authoritative Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the United States: MBL Scientist Jerry Melillo leads project that was unveiled recently in Washington, DC.
Database for New Tropical-Disease Drugs is a Hit:
The World Health Organization has organized an international consortium to create an open-access database on tropical disease pathogens and candidate drugs to treat them.
From Phytoplankton to Penguins: Climate change is altering food web from the bottom up in western Antarctica.
Tiny But Toxic: MBL researchers discover a mechanism of neurodegeneration in Alzheimers disease.
A Bridge Between Land and Sea: In the tropics, Woods Hole Consortium scientists study the impact of deforestation on coastal waters.
Scientists Link Influenza A (H1N1) Susceptibility to Common Levels of Arsenic Exposure: Joshua Hamilton, the MBL's Chief Academic and Scientific Officer and a senior scientist in the MBL's Bay Paul Center and colleagues report their findings in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Back to Basics: Scientists discover a fundamental mechanism for cell organization.
MBL In The News
Arsenic Exposure Aids the Swine Flu Virus, UPI.com
Village of Big Science, Big Water, Small Pleasures, The Boston Globe
New Protein Offers Inside View, The Scientist
Fire Ants Invade High School Biology Classes, HHMI
Woods Hole Consortium Formed, Cape Cod Times
Climate Change Messes with the Food Chain, The Christian Science Monitor
Supporting the MBL
Gifts & Grants
The MBL has received a number of new gifts and peer-reviewed federal grants since LabNotes was last published... More>>>
Annual Fund Challenge
Matching funds are available for gifts received from new or returning donors, or from those who increase their 2008 gift by 20% or more.
Making a Charitable Bequest
The MBL benefits enormously from charitable bequests from individuals who choose this approach to investing in the Laboratory's future. Fellowships and scholarships have been funded, gifted scientists have been recruited, laboratories have been modernized and new research programs launched advancements all reinforced in some measure by charitable bequests... More>>>
Shawmut Design and Construction Sponsors the MBL Gala
Shawmut Design and Construction has agreed to generously sponsor the 2nd Annual MBL Gala...More>>>
The Associates Annual Meeting & Brunch, held on Saturday, June 28th was a great success at its new venue, the Landfall Restaurant in Woods Hole.
The MBL Associates are thrilled to have David Pogue, New York Times personal technology columnist and Emmy-winning CBS News correspondent back again this summer! Dave describes his talk as half talk, half magic show. He will present and demonstrate the latest and most amazing mobile gadgets and offer his mini-critiques. Prepare to have your mind blown and your credit card stressed!
Special Summer Falmouth Forum featuring David Pogue
Daves Mobile Show-and-Tell
Wednesday, July 22nd at 8 PM
Lillie Auditorium, MBL
Suggested donation of $10
to fund the Falmouth Forum Endowment
MBL Gift Shop Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4:30 PM. Come check out the new toys, books and sweatshirts while you stock up on the MBL classics.
The Biological Bulletin
The April 2009 issue of The Biological Bulletin features as the Editors Pick an article by Peter D. Vize entitled, Transcriptome Analysis of the Circadian Regulatory Network in the Coral Acropora millepora. This article has been made available free without a subscription.
The June 2009 issue contains a virtual symposium entitled, Biology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae. Larval biology is a very broad, very active, and very rich area for exploration of basic scientific questions. Editor and organizer of the symposium is Richard Emlet, Biological Bulletin Editorial Board member, and guest editors Alan Shanks, Svetlana Maslakova, and Craig Young. The entire symposium of 13 articles is available free without a subscription.
The Biological Bulletin thanks Olympus America Inc., Carl Zeiss, Inc., and Sutter Instrument for advertising in these issues.
Announcements & Accolades
Gary Borisy was elected to National Academy of Sciences.
Gary Borisy was recently a judge for the Nikon Small World Photo contest with several other distinguished judges.
Ecosystems Center Senior Scientist Jerry Melillo co-led a team of climate experts from across North America commissioned by the U.S. government's Climate Change Science Program. Their report, Global Climate Change: Its Impacts in the United States, showed "unequivocal" warming of the global climate.
Ecosystems Center scientist Christopher Neill has been awarded a Bullard Fellowship by Harvard University for 2009-2010. He plans to spend his time in residence at Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, combining his interests in Amazon science and journalism.
Scientist Raquel Sussman was recently asked by the editors of the Journal of Biological Chemistry to contribute to the journal's "Reflections" series. Reflections is authored by biochemists whose contributions have helped mark the many advances in biochemistry and molecular biology. Dr. Sussman's Reflections article, titled "Serendipity," appeared in the December 2008 issue. Link | PDF
Falmouth Academy junior Caroline Cotto won first place in the Massachusetts State Science Fair in May at MIT. Caroline, who was an intern in Gary Borisy's lab, won for her project "Where in the World is WWE3: probing for microbes in a new bacterial division."
The following members of the MBL community have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences:
Lorena Beese (Duke University), alumna, Ecology
Jay Dunlap (Dartmouth College), alumnus Botany; Physiology
Caroline Harwood (University of Washington), former co-director, Microbial Diversity
Jonathan Weissman (University of California, San Francisco), faculty, Physiology
Paul Sternberg (California Institute of Technology), faculty, Embryology
The following members of the MBL community have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences:
Stevan Arnold (Oregon State University), alumnus, Molecular Evolution
Sean Carroll (University of Wisconsin), faculty, Embryology
Scott Edwards (Harvard University), faculty, Molecular Evolution
Marianne Bronner-Fraser (California Institute of Technology), former co-director, Embryology
James Truman (HHMI), faculty, Neurobiology; Neural Systems & Behavior
Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology:
William Reznikoff, senior research scientist, Bay Paul Center
Four MBL course alumni given HHMI Young Investigator Awards:
Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University
alumnus, Methods in Computational Neuroscience course
Mark A. Frye, University of California, Los Angeles
alumnus, Neural Systems & Behavior course
Anita Sil, University of California, San Francisco
alumna, Molecular Mycology course
Ryohei Yasuda, Duke University Medical Center
alumnus, Neurobiology course