MBL Catalyst, Summer 2015

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MBL Catalyst, Summer 2015

P. 1: Computational sperm image: This figure shows superpositions of the beat of the flagellum from an Arbacia sperm. The flagellar beat is symmetrical and sperm swim on a straight path. Sperm navigate by changing the asymmetry of their beat. If it’s highly asymmetrical, sperm turn around and are heading for a new direction. Credit: U. Benjamin Kaupp

P. 3: “The MBL Welcomes a New Director”

Huntington F. Willard biosketch and CV

Pp. 4-5: “When Sperm Meets Egg”

Pichlo M et al (2014) High density and ligand affinity confer ultrasensitive signal detection by aguanylyl cyclase chemoreceptor. J. Cell Biol. DOI: 10.1083/jcb.201402027

Reinhard S et al (2014) The CatSper channel controls chemosensation in sea urchin sperm. EMBO Journal DOI:10.15252/embj.201489376

Alvarez L, Friedrich BM, Gompper G and Kaupp UB (2013) The computational sperm cell. Trends Cell Biol. DOI: 10.1016/j.tcb.2013.10.004

Kaupp UB (2012) 100 years of sperm chemotaxis. J. Gen. Physiol. DOI: 10.1085/jgp.201210902

Frank Rattray Lillie, Problems of Fertilization. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1919.)

Lillie FR (1913) The mechanism of fertilization. Science DOI: 10.1126/science.38.980.524

Lillie FR (1912) The production of sperm iso-agglutinins by ova. Science DOI: 10.1126/science.36.929.527

Pp. 6-7: News and Notes

“New UChicago-MBL Educational Programs in Woods Hole”

The Whale: Biology, Culture and Evolution on Nantucket Sound (University of Chicago undergraduate course at MBL)
MBL Boot Camp (University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division)
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

“Squid Enrich Their DNA Blueprint Through Prolific RNA Editing”

Alon S et al (2015) The majority of transcripts in the squid nervous system are extensively recoded by A-to-I RNA editing. eLife DOI: 10.7554/eLife.05198

“Sewage Provides Insight Into Human Microbiome”

Newton RJ et al (2015) Sewage reflects the microbiomes of human populations MBio DOI: 10.1128/mBio.02574-14

“A Good Reason to Go Out and Play? Scientists Study Immunity and Exposure to Limited Microbiota”

Lax S, Nagler CR and Gilbert JA (2015) Our interface with the built environment: immunity and the indoor microbiota. Trends Immunology DOI: 10.1016/j.it.2015.01.001

“Measuring Photosynthesis Over Large Areas”

Yang X et al (2015) Solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence that correlates with canopy photosynthesis on diurnal and seasonal scales in a temperate deciduous forest. Geophys. Res. Lett. DOI: 10.1002/2015GL063201

Pp. 8-9 “Unfrozen”

John E. Hobbie and George W. Kling, eds. Alaska’s Changing Arctic

Ecological Consequences for Tundra, Streams, and Lakes. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.)

Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research Site

Toolik Field Station

Pp. 10-11 “Building Intelligence”

Brains, Minds and Machines course (MBL)

The Center for Brains, Minds & Machines (MIT)

Pp. 12-13: MBL Moment

“From Climate Change to Fish Eyes to Microbes: Make Way for Supercomputing”

Ian T. Foster profile (University of Chicago/Argonne Computation Institute)
University of Chicago Research Computing Center
Beagle supercomputer (UChicago/Argonne Computation Institute)
Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

P. 15: Alumni Spotlight
“A Diversity of Gifts”

Dianne K. Newman, California Institute of Technology
Dianne K. Newman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
MBL Microbial Diversity course

P. 16: Scientist’s Eye View
“The Wisdom of the Unexpected”

William (Bill) Reznikoff, Director, MBL Education
Reznikoff lab (MBL)
William Reznikoff CV (Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison)

P. 17: Foundations
“Cornelia M. Clapp: The School of Life”

Clapp CM (1891) Some points in the development of the toadfish. J. Morph. DOI: 10.1002/jmor.1050050306

Clapp, Cornelia Maria. The Lateral Line System of Batrachus Tau. D.Phil. Dissertation, University of Chicago. (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1896.)

Cornelia Maria Clapp (March 17, 1849-December 31, 1934): An Adventure in Teaching. Mt. Holyoke Alumni Quarterly, Vol. XIX, No. 1, May 1935.