Collecting Net, December 2012

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A Holiday Gift for MBL Staff and Scientists

Dear Colleagues,

We have decided to close the lab on December 24, so you can spend the long weekend with family and friends. The 24th and 25th will be considered paid holidays.

With best wishes for the holiday season,

— Joan Ruderman

MBL Updates

• MBL Staffers Welcome Joan Ruderman

Nearly two hundred MBL staffers gathered in the Meigs Room on November 14 for an afternoon tea to meet Joan Ruderman, the MBL’s new president and director. — More

• MBL Receives T. H. Morgan’s Nobel Prize Medal and Diploma

• Falmouth Forum Season Kicks Off December 7 with Poet Linda Pastan

Meet Joyce and Ed Enos: A Tribute on the Eve of Their Retirement

When Joyce Enos started working at the MBL, the average cost of a new home was under $14,000, America was in the height of “Beatlemania,” and the Vietnam War was escalating at a rapid pace. The year was 1965. Joyce was hired as a secretary for the Supply Department, a precursor to today’s Marine Resources Center. Besides handling the orders and billing for specimen shipments, Joyce was responsible for selling supplies in the stockroom. “It was very informal in those days,” says Joyce. “Everybody knew everyone else and pitched in when needed.” — More

Watch a video of Ed aboard the RV Gemma.

Employee News

New Employees

Caroline Fortunato, Postdoctoral Scientist, Bay Paul Center

Pamela Lescault, Postdoctoral Scientist, Bay Paul Center

Joan Ruderman, President and Director


Pamela Wilmot, Assistant to Director of Facilities

Facilities Update

After a series of emergency measures to keep sea water flowing to the MRC and other labs on campus, the MBL is faced with the restoration of the seawater intake structure that juts out into Great Harbor and the adjacent sea wall, both of which sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy. While the intake structure probably couldn’t be damaged any more than it is already, facilities staff are most concerned with the sea wall as another major storm could cause serious damage to the already weakened wall. The hope is to have them both repaired by February, 2013.

Activities Committee Upcoming Events

• Holiday Giving Programs

The MBL Activities Committee is proud to sponsor the following giving opportunities this holiday season:

Adopt-a-Family for Christmas – Sponsor a child, a parent, or an entire family! You’ll receive their first name, wish list and their clothing sizes and will bring in the purchased gifts wrapped and labeled. Or you can buy a grocery store gift card for their holiday meal.

Holiday Gift Drive – We are collecting unwrapped gifts for the Falmouth Service Center’s Gift Distribution program. New unwrapped gifts for local children are due to Swope front office by end of day, Monday, December 10.

Coat Drive – Whether you are up in the attic or in the basement getting out your holiday decorations, we encourage you to also pull out any coats or jackets you may have that you no longer need. Maybe it was last years style or perhaps your kids outgrew it. Whatever the reason, the cause for donating a coat will be one in the same. One Warm Coat works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need. Help keep others warm this holiday season by donating a new or gently used coat.

Holiday Elf Program – Want to help and have time, but no money? Or money, but no time? Contact us and let us know that you’re interested in being one of our elves and we’ll find a way for you to get involved!

Deadlines vary according to programs. Visit for more information.

• MBL Holiday Party

December 13, 4:00 PM

Meigs Room, Swope Center

Come and enjoy holiday music, food, beer, wine and sweets with your fellow employees. Food Donations to the Falmouth Service Center will be accepted.

MBL Diversity News

• MBL Director of Education Attends Annual Diversity in Science Conference

SACNAS, an organization devoted to advancing Hispanics, Chicanos, and Native Americans in Science, just completed another successful national conference in Seattle, WA. The theme of this year’s program was “Science, Technology, and Diversity for a Healthy World.” MBL’s Director of Education Bill Reznikoff was in attendance as well as David Burgess of Boston College who is Chair of MBL’s Committee on Courses and recent course co-director for the MBL Science Journalism Program’s Biomedical Hands-On Laboratory.

Human Resources Update

Open Enrollment for 2013 has begun and will continue until December 14. You should have received your open enrollment packet in house mail.

There are three changes being made to the dental insurance for most employees. For those who are not part of the Bargaining Unit the following changes will take effect January 1, 2013.

1. The contribution strategy will be changing. While the MBL will continue to pay 100% of the cost for individual insurance, employees will pay the cost for dependent insurance.

2. We will be adding an Employee +1 tier to the dental plan so the coverage options will be Individual, Individual + 1 and Family.

3. The maximum age to cover children will match the medical plan and will increase to age 26. There is no longer a full time student requirement.

There are no changes being made to the plan design or to the coverage tiers for the medical plan.

There are no changes being made to the medical or dental plans for members of the Bargaining Unit. Under the dental plan, the maximum age for children will remain 19; 23 for full time students. If your child is no longer eligible, please indicate that on the enrollment form.

All employees must complete and return an Enrollment Form this year.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Cathy Schmidt, Human Resources Coordinator, x7122;

EEO Update

With the announcement of Joan Ruderman as our new President and Director, the MBL proudly celebrates its first woman Director in 124 years. To some this may seem to have taken a very long time. However, it’s not that long when you consider it wasn’t until the Equal Pay Act of 1963 that employers were required to pay equal wages to men and women for performing similar work and not until Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that discrimination in all areas of employment was prohibited based on gender. And, as you know, attitudes can take a long time to change, which is why we, as an institution, must stay vigilant to our commitment to inclusion and diversity.

For information on other first females in science, see a great article from the Smithsonian on “Ten Historic Female Scientists You Should Know.”

— Jane MacNeill, EEO Coordinator, x7378