November 21, 2014

@MBL: “Plastisphere” Paper is Honored by Environmental Science & Technology Journal

University of Chicago Undergraduates Visit MBL

Sensing Gravity with Acid: Scientists Discover a Role for Protons in Neurotransmission

The toadfish (Opsanus tau) is a model organism used by the Highstein lab to study hearing, balance and synaptic transmission. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—While probing how organisms sense gravity and acceleration, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and the University of Utah uncovered evidence that acid (proton concentration) plays a key role in communication between neurons. The surprising discovery is reported this week in Proceedings of the […]

UChicago and MBL Announce First Recipients of Lillie Awards for Collaborative Research

Erik M. Jorgensen and Clare Waterman are the first two recipients of the Frank R. Lillie Research Innovation Awards. The awards will provide funding for scientists to develop novel, collaborative projects based at the MBL that will lead to transformative biological discoveries.

Printable version (pdf) Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) today announced the first two recipients of the Frank R. Lillie Research Innovation Awards. The newly established grant program honors Lillie, the early 20th-century embryologist who served as the MBL’s second director and as […]

“Done by Noon!” A Tribute to Anne Giblin After Her Election as AAAS Fellow

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First MBL-UChicago Retreat Explores New Ideas for Joint Research and Programs

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Quest for Jellyfish Robot Leads to Discovery of Common Bending Rules for Wings, Fins, and other Natural Propulsors

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CONTACT: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139 or 508-685-3525; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. —A Navy-sponsored project to design a biologically inspired, swimming jellyfish robot has led scientists to the surprising discovery of common bending rules for the tips of wings, fins, flukes, mollusk feet, and other propulsors across a broad range of animal species. The […]

Harvard-MBL Bioengineering Collaboration Uncovers New Reflective Mechanism in Cuttlefish Skin

A cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) camouflages on the ocean floor. Credit: Roger Hanlon

  CONTACTS: Caroline Perry, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (617) 496-1351, cperry@seas.harvard.edu Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu High-resolution images are available upon request. Cambridge, Mass., and Woods Hole, Mass.—Scientists at Harvard University and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) hope new understanding of the natural nanoscale photonic device that enables a small […]

Different Sponge Species Have Highly Specific and Stable Microbiomes, MBL Scientists Report

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Contact: Diana Kenney 508-2897139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass. —The sea sponge is about as simple as an animal can get, but its associated bacterial community—its microbiome —is known to approach the complexity of the diverse microbiome in the human gut. Now, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have shown that different species of Hexadella […]

Julie Huber Named Associate Director of NSF Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations

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MBL microbial oceanographer Julie Huber has been appointed associate director of the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), an NSF-supported Science and Technology Center at the University of Southern California. Huber continues in her present positions at MBL, which include associate scientist and associate director of the Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology […]