July 24, 2014

MBL Offers Free Screening of New PBS Series YOUR INNER FISH, April 2

PBS Your Inner Fish

Contact: Gina Hebert, MBL 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu Melissa Mills, PBS 703-739-8134; mkmills@pbs.org MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—Why does the human body look the way it does? Why do our hands have five fingers instead of six? Why do we walk on two legs instead of four?  Tangled Bank Studios and PBS invite the public to a free […]

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 […]

Author of “Einstein’s Dream” Discusses New Book at MBL Falmouth Forum, April 4

Alan Lightman

  Contact: Susan Joslin 508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The next presentation of this season’s MBL Falmouth Forum will be held on Friday, April 4 with a talk titled “The Accidental Universe,” presented by Alan Lightman, physicist, writer, social entrepreneur, and professor of humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The event will be held […]

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 […]

The Influence of Guano on Global History to be Discussed at MBL Falmouth Forum, March 21


MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The fifth presentation of this season’s MBL Falmouth Forum will be held on Friday, March 21, with a talk titled “Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History” presented by author and professor Gregory Cushman. The event will be held at 7:30 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, […]

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


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


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 […]

Biographer of Famed Naturalist Louis Agassiz at MBL Falmouth Forum, March 7

Christoph Irmscher

Contact: Susan Joslin 508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.eduWOODS HOLE, MA—The MBL Falmouth Forum will offers its fourth presentation of the season on Friday, March 7 with a presentation by author and professor Christoph Irmscher titled “Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science.”  The talk will be held at 7:30 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods […]

February 14th MBL Falmouth Forum Cancelled

Contact: Susan Joslin, 508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu Woods Hole, MA – The MBL Falmouth Forum originally scheduled for February 14, 2014 has been cancelled. The event will be rescheduled on a date to be determined. Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn was scheduled to speak at 7:30 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, but had to cancel his […]

Hot Issues in Climate Change Research to be Debated at AAAS Annual Meeting


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2014 Contact: Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139 or 508-685-3525 CHICAGO—The “big issues” in climate change science have shifted over the past 4 to 6 years, with several difficult problems resolved while new research challenges rose to the fore. Scientists who are leading advisors on climate change to federal […]