LabNotes, Summer-Fall 2013

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September 20
Semester in Environmental Science Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series
“Food Webs in Warming Rivers,” Mary E. Power, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Speck Auditorium, 3:00 PM

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Affiliation News

• On July 1, the MBL-University of Chicago affiliation took effect. You can visit our new MBL-UChicago affiliation website for FAQ and other information. Questions or thoughts about the affiliation? Please send them to

• The MBL has begun a strategic planning process in conjunction with the University of Chicago. Two working groups—one scientific and one operational—have been convened at the MBL, which will work in parallel with similar groups at Chicago. The Operations Group began its work in mid-summer. In August, a team of 20 University of Chicago staff members visited Woods Hole to meet with their counterparts at the MBL. The Scientific Group began its work in early September with the formation of two faculty committees, one at Chicago and one at MBL. Associated working groups that focus on the courses, visiting research, and resident research are in the process of being formed. MBL Director Joan Ruderman will be providing members of the MBL Community with regular updates as the strategic planning process continues.

MBL in the News

Welcome to the Plastisphere

125 Years Old and Still Cutting Edge

Woods Hole Partnership Can Help Diversify Cape Economy

Rising from the Depths

Fate of Independent Research Institutes Hangs in Budgetary Balance

Scientists and Their Families Happily Flock to Woods Hole for Summer

MBL Catalyst Magazine


A Collaboration Called the MBL
For more than a century, the world’s biologists have known they can come to the MBL, meet up with colleagues from far-flung institutions, roll up their sleeves and accomplish much in an environment devoted to scientific inquiry and discovery. More >>>

Senator Elizabeth Warren Visits the MBL
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) toured the MBL on August 2, accompanied by MBL President and Director Joan Ruderman, University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer, Argonne National Laboratory Director Eric Isaacs, and other members of the institutions’ leadership teams.


MBL Science

How to Survive Without Sex: Rotifer Genome Reveals Its Strategies
Ivan Valiela Receives Odum Lifetime Achievement Award
Cassandra Bilogan is First Brown-MBL Ph.D. Awardee in the MBL’s Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering

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MBL News & Updates

Statue of Rachel Carson
A life-sized bronze statue of environmentalist and writer Rachel Carson was unveiled this summer at a ceremony at the MBL’s Waterfront Park. The statue commemorates Carson’s ties to Woods Hole and Cape Cod.
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MBL Celebrates Anniversary at Discovery Day
Hundreds of people gathered at the MBL on July 17 for Discovery Day, a free family science fair and MBL 125th anniversary party. The outdoor event was held on MBL Street and in the MBL Quadrangle and featured hands-on science exhibits from MBL scientists and students, live music, kid’s activities, and anniversary cake. As part of the celebration, Dr. Osamu Shimomura, 2008 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, gave a special talk—”My Path to a Nobel Prize”—in the Lillie Auditorium.

MBL Celebrates Completion of Successful Catalyst Campaign
The MBL was honored to thank the many Catalyst Campaign and Whitman Society leadership donors at the annual Whitman Society reception on August 1. This event was the culmination of the six-year Catalyst Campaign, chaired by Trustee Jeff Pierce, which raised over $125 million for MBL programs. In addition to remarks from Pierce, MBL Director Joan Ruderman and Board Chairman Jack Rowe, MBL scientists Chris Neill and Jen Morgan, and summer investigator Ron Vale described how their research and education programs have benefited from gifts to the Catalyst Campaign. The event was hosted by MBL Trustee Saul Pannell and his wife Sally Currier, who graciously welcomed 200 guests to their home on Penzance Point.

MBL Director of Human Resources Susan Goux Departs After 24 Years
HR Director at the MBL, Susan Goux will be leaving the MBL after 24 years. The MBL will host an open house in the Homestead building on the afternoon of September 18 from 4 pm to 5:30 pm.  While a search is underway for a new Human Resources Director, Jerry Abarbanel is serving as Interim HR Director.  Jerry comes to MBL from the corporate and consulting world with extensive experience in all phases of the Human Resources function.  An engineer by training  (Rutgers), he holds an MBA and PhD in Organization Behavior & Theory from Cornell.

MBL Facilities Director Rich Cutler Retires
After 26 years of service to the MBL, Facilities Director Richard Cutler retired on July 18. The MBL is grateful to Richard for leading the MBL through major construction projects including the renovation of Loeb and Rowe laboratories and the construction of the Starr Building. Richard also ably led our facilities staff through many snowstorms, Nor’Easters, hurricanes. and other difficult weather situations during his tenure. Read More >>