Collecting Net, Winter 2014

MBL-UChicago Affiliation News

Earlier this month, about 50 MBL scientists joined University of Chicago faculty for the first MBL-UChicago scientific retreat. The hugely successful event gave scientists from each institution a chance to interact, often for the first time, through scientific talks, thematic roundtables, and brainstorming sessions geared to enhance collaborative research and teaching for UChicago, the MBL year-round and visiting scientists, and faculty from around the world. More >>>

Employee Spotlight

Meet Barbara Burbank

Center Administrator, Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering; Program Administrator, Program in Sensory Physiology & Behavior; Administrator National Xenopus Resource; IACUC Recording Secretary

The list of titles behind Barbara Burbank’s name says a lot.  Like many MBL employees, Barbara has a unique set of responsibilities covering everything from research administration, to financial management of grants, to hiring staff.

Originally from Philadelphia, Barbara received both her bachelors and masters degrees in geography at UMASS Amherst where she studied coastal hazards along the mid-Atlantic coast. In 1985 she moved to the Cape with her husband and young daughter.  “I had hoped to pursue my research interests on Cape Cod, but decided to put it on hold while I raised my family,” says Barbara. more > > >

Employee News

New Employees
Mananjo Jonahson, Lab Assistant, Education
Susan Kilmer, Senior Grants Coordinator, Office of Sponsored Programs
Robert Lewis, Lab Assistant, Education
Mary Loftus, Director of Foundation Relations, External Relations

Jonathan Gitlin, Deputy Director for Research and Programs
James Nelson, Assistant Research Scientist, Ecosystems Center
Jane MacNeil, Administrator for Research and Programs
Kristin Gribble, Assistant Research Scientist, Bay Paul Center


Kate Morkeski, Research Assistant II, Ecosystems Center, and her husband Howie Roche welcomed a baby boy, Adrian Joseph Roche on December 24, 2013.

Fernando Rodriguez, Postdoctoral Scientist, Bay Paul Center, and his wife, Elena Lopez Peredo, a former Bay Paul Center Postdoctoral Scientist, welcomed a baby boy, Oliver Rodriguez Lopez on January 9, 2014.

Cordelia Roth, Grants Coordinator, Office of Sponsored Programs, and her husband, Andy Roth, welcomed a baby girl, Yvette Maria Roth on December 16, 2013.

Trevor Wardill, Assistant Research Scientist, Marine Resources, and Paloma Gonzalez Bellido, former Marine Resources Postdoctoral Scientist, welcomed a baby girl, Abril Kathryn Bellido Wardill, born December 19, 2013.

Other Employees News

Michael Shribak, Associate Scientist, Cellular Dynamics Program won second prize in the “Cellular Oscars,” the American Society for Cell Biology’s 2013 Celldance Video Contest. Michael’s time-lapse video, produced with colleague James LaFountain of the State University of New York at Buffalo, shows the metaphase stage of meiosis in a crane fly spermatocyte. Metaphase was captured by using a newly developed orientation-independent differential interference contrast technique. Watch the winning video here.

Ecosystems Center Senior Scientist Gus Shaver will speak at the 2014 National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research Mini-Symposium on February 21 at NSF headquarters in Arlington, VA. Presentations will address social and ecological change; ecosystem vulnerability, resilience and adaptability; and why long-term data are essential to understanding and predicting future responses to natural and human-caused environmental changes. Shaver will speak about the implications of wildfires on climate change in the Alaskan tundra, where he has worked for more than three decades.

Holiday Giving Programs

A big “Thank You” goes out to everyone who participated our 2013 Holiday Giving programs. Below is a summary of donations from the MBL community to local organizations servicing our neighbors in need:

Falmouth Service Center
3 cartloads of food delivered through Food Drive; 36 gifts delivered through Holiday Gift Drive

Cape Cod Housing Assistance Corporation Adopt-a-Family/Food Card Program – 13 Families Adopted; 175 Gifts Donated to 44 Individuals; $1,300 in Grocery Store Gift Cards

Approximately 200 employees attended the MBL Holiday Party on December 12. The MBL Activities Committee collected and raffled off more than 30 donated items from local businesses featuring everything from MBL parking passes to restaurant gift certificates. The Sodexho staff once again did a wonderful job preparing and serving a variety of holiday treats. The Activities Committee helps to support the Holiday Party and Summer Picnic with proceeds received from the summer Artisan Fairs. Special thanks to the party committee:

Deb Deering, Cheryl Greene, Melanie Hayn, Kelly Holzworth, Lori Horb, Lisa Hunt, Molly Kelleher, Sue Livingston, Liz McCarthy, Becky Mountford, Katie Newhall, Nancy Stafford

Wii Bowling Returns to the MBL!

The MBL Wii Bowling League started its sixth season on February 12. Games are held during lunch in the Starr classroom. Last-minute replacements are sometimes needed. Team rosters will be posted in the Starr break room for the duration of season, along with scores and standings. If you are interested in joining a team, contact one of the team members. Spectators are welcome!