Querying the Brain with State-of-the-Art Technology: The MBL Neurobiology Course

By Sarah Lawhun Every summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory, the seaside campus is teeming with scientists from around the world, including more than 540 pre- and post-doctoral trainees from about 40 different countries. It’s like an exuberant, intensely exploratory United Nations of Science. Since the MBL’s founding, it has fostered both breakthroughs in the […]

University of Chicago Pilots Undergraduate “September Courses” at MBL

“It’s intense—and enjoyable,” University of Chicago undergraduate Savy Johnson says of the new course that has landed her on the MBL’s Woods Hole campus for three weeks this September. Johnson is taking “Observing Proteins in Action: How to Design and Build Your Own Instruments,” one of three new courses at MBL offered to UChicago undergraduates […]

Innovative UChicago, MBL Training Program in Quantitative Biology Garners Federal Award

By Rob Mitchum As biology transforms into a discipline driven by ever-expanding datasets and computational analysis, students need new forms of training to follow best practices and build a successful research career. With a new award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division (BSD) will test an innovative curriculum […]

MBL Announces New Education Director

Rae Nishi, Ph.D., Professor of Neurological Sciences at the University of Vermont (UVM), has been named the Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education at the MBL, a title that recognizes a gift to the MBL from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Nishi succeeds William Reznikoff, Ph.D., who has been the MBL Director of Education since 2010. Her […]

UChicago Lab School Students “Get Their Hands in the Water” at MBL

By Rachel Buhler Taking a break in a lounge in Loeb Laboratory, the two high-school science teachers looked sunburned, tired, but very happy. Daniel Calleri and Sharon Housinger of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools had spent the prior day with 12 of their students on Naushon Island, off the coast of Woods Hole. Nets […]

What is a “Discovery Course?” HHMI Program Alumni Find Out

By Diana Kenney After spending two days and evenings observing the MBL Physiology class in action, Juan Pablo Ruiz texted to his mother, “This is the way science should be — curiosity, freedom, and intensity.” Ruiz was visiting the MBL with 11 other alumni of the Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP), an initiative of the […]

Can’t Believe Their Eyes: Grass Fellow Explores Puzzling Discovery of Light-Sensitive Cells in Zebrafish Tails

MBL’s Semester in Environmental Science Open to UChicago Students

College Students to Present Environmental Science Research Results at MBL Symposium, December 12

Contact: Gina Hebert 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—The public is invited to attend a symposium featuring the research results of 21 undergraduate students who are participating in the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Semester in Environmental Sciences (SES) program. The symposium will be held from 8:20 AM to 3:30 PM on Friday, December 12 in […]

Tarantula Toxin is Used to Report on Electrical Activity in Live Cells

MBL Neurobiology Course Students Contribute to Probe’s Development With Scientists from UC-Davis and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Contact: Diana Kenney 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu WOODS HOLE, Mass.—Crucial experiments to develop a novel probe of cellular electrical activity were conducted in the Neurobiology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in 2013. Today, that optical probe, which combines […]