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Ever wonder what it takes to keep MBL scientists working away? Here’s a clue, in the form of a time-lapse video of the daily upkeep required for the many zebrafish being studied at the MBL this summer. University of Chicago undergraduates Melissa Li and Clara Kao pressed “go” on a video camera and then went about their daily routine of feeding, cleaning, and generally caring for all the fish in the Zebrafish Facility. “We basically make sure everyone is happy and healthy,” Kao says. The 24-second video went up on a blog they’re keeping on their summer of research at the MBL: Summer People, Some Are Not (tagline: Some Are Zebrafish).

These two rising juniors are working in Jonathan Gitlin’s lab this summer, a change from the labs they work in back in Chicago. “When you switch labs for the summer, you get a different sort of snippet of the scientific world,” Li says. Both are interested in coming back to the MBL after the summer is over- Kao is in fact here for her second summer, and is interested in coming back for the Physiology course. With any luck, the blog and video collection will get a chance to expand.

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The MBL-UChicago-Argonne Exploratory Research Fund provides seed funding for UChicago/Argonne collaborations with MBL resident and Whitman scientists. Congratulations to the first recipients of these awards, who are listed below. The University is accepting a second round of proposals until February 20. Please see a feature article about the program here.

First Recipients of MBL-UChicago-Argonne Exploratory Research Fund Awards

  • Jocelyn Malamy and Joel Smith: “Clytia hemisphaerica, a New Marine Model for Regeneration”
  • Patrick La Rivière, Hari Shroff, and Daniel Colón-Ramos: “Improving diSPIM Microscopy Through Advanced Computational Methods”
  • Stephanie E. Palmer and Roger T. Hanlon: “Quantifying Cuttlefish Camouflage”
  • Gordon Kindlmann, Rudolf Oldenbourg, and Nicola Ferrier: “Light Field Imaging of Anisotropic Materials”

The University of Chicago’s Neil Shubin, along with Michael Rosenfeld from Tangled Bank Productions and David Dugan from Windfall Films, will share the 2014 Kavli Science Journalism Award for “in-depth television reporting” for their three-part PBS series:
“Your Inner Fish.”

Neil Shubin, center, at the first University of Chicago-MBL Scientific Retreat in February 2014. Credit: Rob Kozloff/University of Chicago

Neil Shubin, center, at the first University of Chicago-MBL Scientific Retreat in February 2014. Credit: Rob Kozloff/University of Chicago

The coveted Kavli awards, administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science since its inception in 1945, go to professional journalists for distinguished reporting for a general audience.

Please see the University of Chicago press release here. Shubin, a fish paleontologist, provides faculty leadership for the University of Chicago-MBL affiliation. His title at the university is Senior Advisor to the President and Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor of Anatomy.