April 25, 2014

Built for Efficiency, Not Speed: Scientists Discover New Propulsive Mechanism in Jellyfish

Moon jellyfish (aurelia aurita), processed data from high speed recordings showing the structure of the vortex. Courtesy of Brad Gemmell.

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, Mass.—Jellyfish may not be fast, but they are one of the most efficient propulsors on the planet—which is why they can “bloom” and overrun an ecosystem by outcompeting much swifter predators like fish, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) visiting scientists report this week. “It seems […]

@MBL: Spring Forward


2013 MBL Employee Picnic

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The annual Employee Picnic, sponsored by the MBL Activities Committee and Sodexo, took place this week under sunny skies. A slideshow of some snapshots is here:

Cassandra Bilogan is First Brown-MBL PhD Awardee in the MBL’s Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering

The African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis. Photo courtesy of Encyclopedia of Life (www.eol.org).

Brown-MBL student Cassandra Bilogan successfully defended her PhD dissertation last August at Brown University. She conducted her doctoral research in the lab of MBL Associate Scientist Marko Horb, making her the first Brown-MBL student to complete her degree in the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering. Bilogan was enrolled in the Department […]

Senator Elizabeth Warren Visits the MBL

MBL President and Director Joan Ruderman, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Dr. Matt Kaeberlein of University of Washington, co-director of the Molecular Biology of Aging course. Credit: Beth Armstrong

Printable version (pdf) U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) toured the MBL on August 2, accompanied by MBL President and Director Joan Ruderman, University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer, Argonne National Laboratory Director Eric Isaacs, and other members of the institutions’ leadership teams. The MBL’s recent affiliation with the University of Chicago, Senator Warren said, […]

“Flukes” is Dedicated in Waterfront Park


Artist and philanthropist Gordon Gund helped to dedicate his already-popular gift to the MBL, his bronze sculpture “Flukes,” at an August 1 ceremony in Waterfront Park, Woods Hole. Since its installation in May, “Flukes” has drawn the admiration of many young visitors to the park who enjoy touching its massive curves (but are asked not […]

University of Chicago and Marine Biological Laboratory Agree to Form Affiliation

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Printable version (pdf) Frequently Asked Questions For Immediate Release: June 12, 2013 University of Chicago Contact: Jeremy Manier, 773-702-8187, jmanier@uchicago.edu MBL Contact: Andrea Early, 508-289-7652, aearly@mbl.edu Initiative will build new collaborative programs and reinforce existing work at world-renowned biology institution The University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. have agreed […]

“Neuron” Article Highlights Grass Program’s Success in Developing Young Investigators at MBL

Jessica Fox, a 2013 Grass Fellow at MBL from Case Western Reserve University, is recording the responses from visual neurons in the fruit fly brain. Photo by Tom Kleindinst.

Printable version (pdf) Pereda, A, Schweizer, F. and Zottoli, S. (2013) On the training of future neuroscientists: Insights from the Grass Laboratory. Neuron 79: 12-15.   By Aviva Hope Rutkin The Grass Fellowship Program at the MBL successfully develops young neuroscientists into independent investigators, according to a recent “Neuroview” article in the journal Neuron. Grass […]

How to Survive Without Sex: Rotifer Genome Reveals Its Strategies

Bdelloid rotifer Adineta vaga, birefringence image, polarized light microscope. Credit: M. Shribak and I. Arkhipova, MBL

Printable version (pdf) Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—How a group of animals can abandon sex, yet produce more than 460 species over evolutionary time, has become a little less mysterious with the publication of the complete genome of a bdelloid rotifer (Adineta vaga) in the journal Nature. Rather than […]

“My Path to a Nobel Prize”: Osamu Shimomura to Give Special Talk at “Discovery Day”