Author: Diana Kenney

A life in vision: John Dowling

A life in vision: John Dowling

John E. Dowling, Gund Professor of Neurosciences at Harvard University, has contributed extraordinarily to MBL research, education, and governance since the late 1960s. A distinguished vision researcher and MBL Emeritus President Trustee, Dowling also co-founded three MBL courses: Neurobiology, which he started with Michael Bennett in 1970; Fundamental Issues in Vision Research, launched in 1992;

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Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig brings his light sheet to MBL

Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig brings his light sheet to MBL

By Diana Kenney and Raleigh McElvery Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig was back at the MBL in June with one of his latest innovations in microscopy. Betzig and his group members, Wesley Legant and Ved Singh of HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus, installed the lattice light sheet microscope Betzig designed in the Physiology course, where it was

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Strengthening coastal food webs by counting the microbes too | Science Life

Strengthening coastal food webs by counting the microbes too | Science Life

Coastal ecologists from the MBL and the University of Chicago convened last fall to explore the “invisibles” in coastal food webs. How do plants and animals in the food chain interact with microbes in the environment, and how do those interactions affect the cycling of elements, such as nitrogen, through the coastal ecosystem? Read more

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“Neuron” editor-in-chief kicks off SUCCESS career workshops

“Neuron” editor-in-chief kicks off SUCCESS career workshops

By Raleigh McElvery The Marine Biological Laboratory’s summer lunchtime lecture series, SUCCESS, kicked off its fourth year on June 22 with a talk by Katja Brose, editor-in-chief of the journal Neuron. SUCCESS presents speakers on an array of career-related topics and is designed to advance the professional development of both burgeoning and established scientists—from high

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Decoding the Woods Hole July 4th parade

For the non-scientific onlooker, the Woods Hole July 4 parade is both hilarious and mystifying. What exactly are these zanily costumed, dancing MBL students and scientists representing? #FourthofJuly @MBLScience #parade “The participants are elated to show #science on parade while the observers are a tad mystified” – my dad — Julie Silver (@JulieAnnSilver) July 4,

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Neil Shubin on finding a fish with limbs

Neil Shubin on finding a fish with limbs

By Bonnie Kircher MBL Embyology Course When you look across the fossil record at the evolution of life, an instinctual response is one of awe. How did natural selection, an entirely passive force, direct monkeys onto their hind legs or fish onto land? When comparing fish and tetrapods (limbed vertebrates) that are alive today, it’s

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Scientists Just Doubled the Number of Known Contagious Cancers | The Washington Post

Scientists Just Doubled the Number of Known Contagious Cancers | The Washington Post

By Sarah Kaplan All along the western Canadian coast, mussels are dying. Their blobby bodies are swollen by tumors. The blood-like fluid that fills their interiors is clogged with malignant cells. They’re all sick with the same thing: cancer. And it seems to be spreading. For all its harrowing, terrifying damage, the saving grace of cancer has

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