May 11, 2022
Two members of the MBL community have been elected to the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals. Keith Yamamoto of the University of California, San Francisco (MBL Embryology faculty '87 and '88) was named President-elect of the AAAS board, and MBL Fellow Jane Maienschein of Arizona State University was named a board member. Maienschein also directs the MBL History Project in collaboration with the MBL. Read the full AAAS announcement here.
March 4, 2022
MBL Research Scientist Irina Yushenova has been named to the Early Career Leadership Program by the Genetics Society of America (GSA). Participants receive training and mentoring while serving on committees charged with understanding the needs, interests, concerns, and challenges of early career scientist members of the GSA. Read rest of the story here.
February 15, 2022
Congratulations to recipients of the 2021 Kavli Science Journalism Awards, presented by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Awardees include the producers of the film “Human Nature,” which tells the story of the discovery of CRISPR and was a project first nurtured in meetings in Woods Hole (Gold Award, Video In-Depth Reporting) and MBL Logan Science Journalism alumnus Michael Werner (Gold Award, Video, Spot News Reporting).
February 3, 2022
Clifford Brangwynne of Princeton University has been awarded the 6th annual Okazaki Award from Nagoya University, Japan, for his pioneering work in “Liquid Phase Condensation in Cell Physiology and Disease,” which had origins as a 2008 MBL Physiology course project.
January 7, 2022
Undergraduate Ella Lemely-Fry (Lawrence University) received the “Friends Award” for excellence in her MBL Semester in Environmental Science (SES) symposium presentation. For her 2021 SES research project, Lemely-Fry used novel fluorescent imaging techniques to explore the association of soil minerals with organic matter, considering implications for carbon storage and nutrient cycling. This award is bestowed annually to a student enrolled in SES by the Friends of the MBL.
November 30, 2021
The American Society for Cell Biology has received a National Science Foundation grant of more than $701K to establish a collaborative network of experts to identify evidence-based inclusion strategies that scientific societies can deploy to address persistent cultural challenges preventing inclusive practices from taking root. Among the members of the network are Linda Hyman, Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education, Marine Biological Laboratory, and Jennifer R. Morgan, Senior Scientist and Director for The Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering, Marine Biological Laboratory.
Nancy Hopkins of MIT was awarded the 2021 STAT Biomedical Innovation Award, presented to “biology and medicine researchers whose work has helped define their field.” Hopkins co-directed the MBL Zebrafish Development and Genetics course (1998-2000) and taught in the course in 2001 and 2003.
September 27, 2021
Sergio Iñiguez, a 2009 student in the MBL’s Summer Program in Neuroscience, Excellence, and Success (SPINES), received the National Award for Excellence in Innovative Advances in Health Research from the National Hispanic Science Network. He runs the Iñiguez Behavioral Neuroscience Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso.
September 17, 2021
Leslie B. Voshall of The Rockefeller University has been named Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Voshall has long been a member of the MBL community, having served on the faculty of the Neurobiology course (1994) and the Neural Systems and Behavior course (2005-2007) and presented Friday Evening Lectures in 2012 and 2020. Her first scientific experiences were at MBL in 1982, when she assisted in the Whitman Center labs of Philip Dunham and Gerald Weissmann. An enlightening interview with Voshall produced by the MBL History Project is here.
September 3, 2021
Every year, the Society for General Physiologists (SGP) awards a $500 scholarship and a one-year SGP membership to students accepted to one of the following MBL Advanced Research Training Courses: Embryology, Neural Systems & Behavior, Neurobiology, or Physiology. This year’s SGP-MBL Scholars are: Isabella Geata, PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University; Hannah Martin, PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago; Louis Prahl, Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania; and Priscilla Yevoo, PhD Candidate, Stonybrook University.
August 26, 2021
Incoming University of Chicago President Paul Alivisatos accepted the Priestley Medal this month, the highest honor bestowed by the American Chemical Society, for his “foundational contributions” to nanoscience and chemistry.
August 6, 2021
Lily Hall, an undergraduate who is participating in the NSF-REU Biological Discovery in Woods Hole program at MBL this summer, has been named a Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Hall is a student at University of Minnesota-Duluth mentored by Allen F. Mensinger and Monte Stewart. Her career goals are to obtain a Ph.D. in ecology, conduct research in mammal spatial ecology, and work with the next generation of scientists as a university professor.
June 11, 2021
Wendy and Eric Schmidt recently announced the 2021 cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows, “a group of 28 early-career scientists committed to harnessing interdisciplinary science to make a positive difference in the world.” Among them are Fatima Hussain of Harvard University (alumna, MBL Microbial Diversity, 2017) and Manuel Razo-Mejia of CalTech (alumnus, MBL Physiology, 2015; faculty, Physiology course and Physical Biology of the Cell course).
May 28, 2021
Falmouth High School junior Axsel Jensen is a winner of a 2021-22 student competition for environmental grants awarded by The Marjot Foundation of Falmouth. Jensen achieved top honors with his proposed work on the toxicity of road runoffs in the Waquoit Bay estuarine system. Jensen will be mentored by Kelsey Chenoweth of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. The nonprofit Marjot Foundation supports environmental research proposed by and carried out by high school students from grades 9 through 11.
April 29, 2021
Kate MacCord, co-principal investigator of the McDonnell Initiative at MBL, has received the 2021 School of Life Sciences Faculty Teaching Award from Arizona State University, where she teaches courses in the history of biology, history of medicine, and science and society.
October 16, 2020
Two members of the MBL community have been named 2020 Allen Distinguished Investigators by the Paul G. Allen Foundation. This program supports “early-stage research with the potential to reinvent entire fields” with grants between $1 million and $1.5 million to individuals and scientific teams. The MBL affiliates who received awards are GW Gant Luxton of University of California-Davis (Whitman Scientist 2018; Analytical and Quantitative Light Microscopy course alumnus 2012) and Maho Niwa, University of California, San Diego (Optical Microscopy and Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences course alumna, 2003).
September 16, 2020
Cell Mentor/Cell Press recently published a list of “100 Inspiring Hispanic / Latinx Scientists in America,” which includes many familiar faces at MBL. Among them are MBL Fellows Daniel Colón-Ramos and Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado; the late Joe L. Martinez Jr., co-founder of the MBL SPINES course; Veronica G. Martinez Acosta, co-director of the Biological Discovery in Woods Hole Summer Opportunity for Undergraduate Research Program (NSF-REU); and Ulises Ricoy, director of outreach initiatives at the Grass Foundation; and many others. Congratulations to all!
Catherine Dulac of Harvard University/HHMI, a Whitman scientist at MBL in 2018, is one of four recipients of the prestigious Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Dulac was recognized for her work identifying brain circuits that control parenting behavior.
August 21, 2020
Daniella Hanacek of University of Maryland, a research assistant at the MBL Ecosystems Center in Ivan Valiela’s lab in 2017-2019, has received a Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship to conduct research at the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Maryland. Her work will focus on greenhouse gax fluxes and carbon sequestration in tidal marshes of Chesapeake Bay.
July 22, 2020
Clifford Brangwynne, Princeton University professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, is one of three recipients of 2020 Blavatnik National Awards in Life Sciences, the nation’s largest unrestricted scientific prize ($250,000) for young, faculty-level researchers. Brangwynne, a Whitman Center Fellow at the MBL, was recognized for “a discovery that upends previous understandings of the internal organization of cells,” which originated in the MBL Physiology course in 2008.
From the award announcement:
“Brangwynne has transformed the field of cell biology through a discovery that upends the understanding of the internal organization of cells. Brangwynne discovered that inside cells, biomolecules can merge to form liquid-like droplets that allow for the localization and compartmentalization of molecular interactions. The ability of these droplets to smoothly fuse and separate is critical for cell division and the development of embryos. Errors in this physical property may result in the formation of solid structures, such as the tangles and fibers found in Alzheimer’s disease, which can cause cell damage and death.
The Life Sciences Jury noted that Brangwynne’s work has influenced many areas of biology. “Clifford Brangwynne has fundamentally changed the way we think about scientific problems and biology,” said Elaine Fuchs, PhD, Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor at The Rockefeller University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and Chair of the 2020 Blavatnik National Awards Life Sciences Jury. “Scientists, including myself, have become increasingly fascinated with thinking about how his findings relate to the scientific problems we study and how they relate to other kinds of fundamental biological processes.”
May 1, 2020
MBL Fellow A. Murat Eren (Meren) of the University of Chicago has been named a 2020 Sloan Fellow. These two-year research fellowships recognize the potential of early-career scientists to make substantial contributions to their fields. Meren combines state-of-the-art computational strategies and molecular approaches to shed light on the ecology and evolution of microbial populations in a wide range of habitats.
Meera Subramanian, alumna of the MBL’s Logan Science Journalism Program (2015) and former instructor in the MBL’s Semester in Environmental Science program, has been named president of the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Deepak Krishnamurthy of Stanford University (MBL Physiology course, 2017) and Ben Winer of Princeton University (MBL Analytical and Quantitative Light Microscopy course, 2018) have been named 2020 Schmidt Science Fellows. These fellowships recognize early-career scientists who aim to harness interdisciplinary approaches to tackle long-term societal challenges.