Archive for January, 2015

Bill Klimm, captain of the Gemma, the MBL's collecting vessel. Credit: Daniel Cojanu

Bill Klimm, captain of the Gemma, the MBL’s collecting vessel. Credit: Daniel Cojanu

When Nature began pursuing a story on “unsung heroes” in science — the behind-the-scenes staff who make the whole operation happen — it became clear that plenty of people at the MBL fit that bill. One is Bill Klimm, captain of the Gemma, who as a longtime fisherman knows not only how to operate the boat, but where to find the elusive fish and other marine organisms used for MBL research. Nature published a wonderful profile of Klimm this week, including the video below. Thanks to Bill, Dave Remsen, Dan Sullivan, and everyone who works hard every day to make the MBL’s collecting operation succeed!

 

By Jennifer Walton

Would you like to spend part of your summer at the MBLWHOI Library studying or writing?

Karush-photo-for-webThe Fred Karush Endowed Library Readership provides the recipient with a study desk and library services in the MBLWHOI Library for one summer month, with limited funds granted for travel and/or housing. Applications are being accepted now for summer 2015; the deadline to apply is February 15.

The MBLWHOI Library has long been a working home for scholars and researchers in Woods Hole, offering a unique and historic environment for scientific study and writing. A Library Reader desk in the book stacks is a quiet space in the middle of the vibrant MBL community.

Here are a few comments from researchers and scholars on the MBLWHOI Library Reader experience:

“Every time I have a big writing project, grant proposal, or review paper, I try to find an excuse that will allow me to do it at a desk in the MBLWHOI Library. In many ways, the library is the most valuable feature of the MBL. It contains one of the largest, most comprehensive, and most complete collections of biological and oceanographic primary literature in the country, perhaps the world …  Although it comes as a surprise to my students, not everything is available on the Internet or for free—but it is usually in the stacks of the MBLWHOI Library.”

Sidney K. Pierce, Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Maryland and Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of South Florida

“The MBL journals collection is one of the most inspiring library collections I’ve ever encountered. It’s the perfect source for anyone interested in current biological research and its historical origins, valuable not only to biologists, but also to historians and philosophers of science like me.”

Florian Huber, University of Vienna

Questions? Please contact Jen Walton, Coordinator of Library Services, at 508-289-7452; .

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 2015
CONTACT: Diana Kenney
dkenney@mbl.edu; 508-289-7139

Get Your Hands On Research! Apply Now for a Fellowship
In the MBL’s Science Journalism Program

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international center for research and education in biological and environmental sciences and an affiliate of the University of Chicago, invites journalists to apply for a fellowship in its Logan Science Journalism Program, to be held May 27 to June 5, 2015. The deadline to apply is March 2.

Since 1986, this program has plunged journalists into laboratory or field research in one of the most dynamic settings for scientific discovery in the world. Fellows choose between one of two courses: the Environmental Hands-On Research Course or the Biomedical Hands-On Research course. The main emphasis is on research activities, enriched by discussions, scientific talks, and excursions.

“This kind of [research] experience should be a requisite part of the career of any science journalist.”
—Erik Olsen, The New York Times (2013 MBL Environmental Fellow)

Alumni of the MBL’s Logan Science Journalism Program include hundreds of prominent journalists from U.S. and international media outlets. Read some of their testimonials here.

Salt marsh at Plum Island, Mass. Credit: DS Johnson

Salt marsh at Plum Island, Mass. Credit: DS Johnson

Fellows in the 2015 Environmental Hands-On Course will experience field and laboratory science immersion both at the MBL and at the Plum Island Long Term Ecological Research site north of Boston, Mass., where they will discover firsthand how human activities are shaping the health and functioning of a coastal ecosystem.

Fellows in the Biomedical Hands-On Course will gain exposure to the fundamental techniques and concepts of cell and molecular biology that underlie many approaches to current biomedical research.

Limited extended-stay fellowships will be awarded to Biomedical fellows to remain in Woods Hole during the dynamic MBL summer season, and to Environmental fellows to travel to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska (pending program funding). Completion of the relevant Hands-On Course is a requirement to apply for an extended-stay fellowship.

To apply, please visit http://www.mbl.edu/sjp/ and submit an application by March 2, 2015. Domestic travel, room and board, and all course and activity fees are underwritten by the fellowship.

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The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.