Collecting Net, November 2012

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Collecting Net 2.0

Welcome to the new Collecting Net! To keep you regularly updated about MBL news, events, and announcements the Communications Office is now publishing a monthly (online only) version of our Collecting Net employee newsletter. Please let us know what you think (

Leadership Message

On October 22nd Gary Borisy announced that he will retire as MBL President and Director at the end of this year. Thanks in large part to Gary’s leadership, the MBL has made great strides over the past six and one-half years toward advancing the MBL’s scientific and educational mission.

As part of the transition process, the MBL board is moving quickly to identify a new leader who, like Gary, embodies the commitment to biological discovery that is at the heart of the MBL, and who will lead us forward to a strong and sustainable future. This leadership transition will be the focus of the Board meeting in early November.

A meeting for all staff and scientists will be held soon after the board meeting to provide more information about the transition as well as the next steps for the ongoing strategic planning process, which continues to make significant progress. Full details about when and where the meeting will take place will be available soon.  In the meantime, staff are encouraged to reach out to members of the MBL’s senior staff, and scientists can contact MBL CASO Josh Hamilton with questions or concerns.

MBL Updates

• MBL and Stanford Scientists Receive Lasker Award
Michael Sheetz, James Spudich, and Ron Vale cited for groundbreaking discoveries related to biological motors

• Hurricane Sandy Update
A huge thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who helped fill sandbags prior to the storm; POM, custodial, and watch staff who prepped the campus and were on site during the storm; and the following staff who were on location around-the-clock to keep MBL safe: Jon Carr, Richard Cutler, Jon Henderson, Mike Little, Jim Marcello, Don Settlemire. Thanks also go to MBL IT staff for shoring up Internet and conferencing services, as well as Conferences, Housing, and Dining (and Sodexo) staff, who were on hand working the RUNN conference!

• MBL “All Stars” Raise More Than $9,000 at Falmouth Road Race
Ten MBL employees and friends ran for the MBL at the 40th Annual Falmouth Road Race on August 12 as part of the “Numbers for Non-Profits” program, which offers runners the opportunity to raise funds for their favorite non-profit organization. The MBL All Stars raised $9,326 in support of the MBL Annual Fund.

2012 MBL All Stars
Michael Bennett
Kaitlin Doucette
Bill Huyett
Teddy Koide
Kevin Lee
Rudolf Oldenbourg
Esther Pearl
Kate Shaw
Suzanne Thomas
Michael Zigmond

Meet Jonathan Gitlin, Senior Scientist, Cellular Dynamics Program

jonathan gitlin

For more than 35 years, Jonathan Gitlin’s career combined pediatric medicine, research, administration, and teaching at such renowned institutions as Boston Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  More….

Employee Updates

New Scientific Staff hired since May 29
Susan Banks, Postdoctoral Scientist, Bell Center
Samantha Bond, Research Assistant I, Ecosystems Center
Jacqueline Figueredo, Student Worker
Stephanie Fogerson, Research Assistant I, Bell Center
Elizabeth Forbes, Research Assistant I, Ecosystems Center
William Jeffery, Adjunct Senior Scientist, Bell Center
Yueyang Jiang, Postdoctoral Scientist, Ecosystems Center
Reena Joubert, Student Worker, Bay Paul Center
Andrew Latimer, Assistant Research Scientist, Cellular Dynamics Program
Cristy Lewis, Research Assistant II, National Xenopus Resource
Xiaoliang Lu, Postdoctoral Scientist, Ecosystems Center
Casey Lynch, Student Worker, Bay Paul Center
Jennifer Morgan, Assistant Scientist, Bell Center
Molly Phillips, Research Assistant I, Bell Center
David Remsen, Manager, Marine Resources Department, Marine Resources Center
Abraham Rosas Arellano, Postdoctoral Scientist, Bell Center
Beth Slikas, Scientific Informatics Developer, Bay Paul Center
Rylie Walsh, Research Assistant I, Bell Center

Other New Staff Hired Since May 29
Richard Boudreau, Media Services Coordinator, IT
Mark Griffin, Watchperson, Facilities & Services

Staffing Changes
Pam Wilmot, Administrative Assistant in the Communications Office, is now working half time, mornings, as the Administrative Assistant for Richard Cutler. She will replace Joyce Enos who will be retiring at the end of the year. Pam will continue to work half time, afternoons, for Communications.

Linda Amaral Zettler to Associate Scientist in the Bay Paul Center
Mark Alliegro to Senior Scientist in the Bay Paul Center
Irina Arkhipova to Associate Scientist in the Bay Paul Center
Christine Bizinkauskas to Project Coordinator for Discover the Microbes Within!: The Wolbachia Project
Nicholas Bland to Research Associate in the Bay Paul Center
Carol Coughlan to Accounts Receivable Specialist
David Gallagher to Associate Director of Development
Kristin Houtler to Research Associate in the Bay Paul Center
Diane Rielinger to Co-Director of the MBLWHOI Library
Steven Silva to Watchperson Supervisor
Suzanne Thomas to Senior Research Assistant in the Ecosystems Center

Retirements and Departures
Michele Bahr, Project Coordinator for the Discover the Microbes Within!: The Wolbachia Project, retired in September after 21 years at the MBL.
Holly Miller, MBLWHOI Library Director, left to take a position as library collections director at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Other Employee News
Jeff Beaudoin, Network Systems Administrator, and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed a baby girl, Madelyn Lil Beaudoin, on September 19, 2012.  She joins two older sisters, Ashlyn and Kylee, both age 4.
Leslie Murphy, Research Assistant in the Bay Paul Center, and her husband, Tom, welcomed a baby girl, Keira Christensen Murphy, born July 2, 2012.  She joins big brother Graham, age 3.
Sheri Simmons, Assistant Scientist in the Bay Paul Center, and her husband, Michael Desai, welcomed a baby girl, Karis Arya Desai, on June 19, 2012.
John Hobbie, Ecosystems Center Distinguished Scientist, co-authored Land of Extremes, A Natural History of the Arctic North Slope of Alaska, a comprehensive guide to the natural history of the only arctic tundra in the United States. John and co-author Alex Huryn, both long-time principal investigators at Arctic Long Term Ecological Research project at Toolik Lake, reveal the arctic tundra as an ecosystem teeming with life.

HR Update

• Flu Clinic
November 8, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
MBL Club

Free for members of a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan;  $23 for all others.  Contact Molly Kelleher, ext. 7422 if you are interested in getting the shot this year.  Family members are welcome to attend.  Please note, members must bring their BCBSMA member ID card with them when getting their flu shot at our flu clinic or any other participating clinic.

The MBL Benefits website has been up and running for almost a year.  It contains information about the MBL’s benefits plans—Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Account, Dependent Care Reimbursement Account, and Retirement Plans—as well as general information about wellness topics, healthcare reform, and other miscellaneous topics.

You can email Cathy Schmidt ( to obtain the website password. Note that it is different from your LDAP password.

Visit the staff pages on the MBL website to find all HR Forms as well as forms for Travel, Accounts Payable, Independent Contractors, and the MBL’s CV template.  In addition to the MBL Policy Manual and other general HR information, guidelines for hiring an employee, sample interview questions, and a new employee checklist are also included.

EEO Update

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and MBL is committed to creating a workplace where all employees are encouraged to work to their full capacity, regardless of any disabilities they might have.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month began in 1945 when Congress designated the first week in October each year as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.”  In 1962 the word “physically” was removed from the week’s name to acknowledge the employment needs of those with mental disabilities as well. Then, in 1988, the week was expanded to a month and the name was changed to “National Disability Awareness Month,” since the word handicapped was considered politically incorrect.

The theme for this year’s program is “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can You Do?” 

For questions about EEO topics or issues, contact Jane MacNeil Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator x7378.

How to Promote an MBL Event or Seminar

Below are several ways the MBL Communications Office can help you publicize your event or seminar to the MBL community. 

Website Calendar and Electronic Bulletin Board Postings:

Important note: As of today, the Communications Office will no longer post paper event flyers.

The MBL online calendar is accessed from the MBL home page.
MBL electronic bulletin boards are located in the Swope Center, in the Lillie Lobby, and on every floor of Loeb. You can also view the electronic bulletin board here.

To post your event, send your listing to Beth Liles ( and specify whether you would like it posted on the web calendar, the electronic bulletin boards or both and provide the date range for when you want it posted (i.e. from November 15-November 20, 2013). It is recommended that you post your event a week in advance. 

Laballs and Classifieds:

Please Note: All Classifieds and Laball emails are moderated; it is not possible to send out your own Classifieds ads or Laballs.

Laballs are sent to the entire MBL community and can be used to promote an MBL- sponsored seminar or event. Anyone with an MBL email addresses will automatically receive laballs. It is recommended that you send out two laballs: one about a week before the event or seminar and a second one the day before.

To send a laball, simply draft an email containing the details of the event with your detailed contact information to (To send an emergency laball on the weekend, please contact the watch staff at:

Classifieds are sent only to people who subscribe to the classifieds group.

To send a classifieds ad, send your event information with your detailed contact information (images in jpg format) to

Note: To receive classifieds ads you must sign up by sending an e-mail to with “subscribe” in the body or subject line. If you would like to remove yourself from receiving classifieds, send an email to with “unsubscribe” in the body or subject line.