Author: Stephanie McPherson

MBL Scientist’s Invention Aims to Ease the Aching Backs of Adventurers

MBL Scientist’s Invention Aims to Ease the Aching Backs of Adventurers

By Stephanie M. McPherson Imagine you could pack your backpack to bursting for a hike and not worry about the weight pulling at your shoulders as you navigate tricky rocks. Or that you could carry all of your books in your backpack without it jostling up and down as you take the stairs. Through his

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Five Boundary-Pushing MBL Affiliates Receive HHMI Investigator Awards

Five Boundary-Pushing MBL Affiliates Receive HHMI Investigator Awards

Among the most-appreciated awards in biology are the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator Awards, which provide outstanding scientists with generous and flexible research funding for significant periods of time (and a reprieve from the time-consuming cycle of grant-writing). Five of the 19 scientists recently named 2018 HHMI Investigators are members of the MBL’s research,

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MBL Affiliates Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

MBL Affiliates Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Eight members of the MBL education and alumni communities are newly elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Biological Sciences division. Founded in 1780, the Academy honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators and engages them in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing the world. The new class will be inducted at

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Study of Marine Microbial Metabolic Expression Receives Grant Award

Study of Marine Microbial Metabolic Expression Receives Grant Award

The Simons Foundation has awarded a collaborative grant to MBL Senior Scientist Joseph Vallino to study how local marine environments affect the organization and function of microbial communities. The grant is part of the larger CBIOMES project funded by the Simons Foundation and led by Michael J. Follows at MIT. Vallino is applying principles of

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MBL Fellow to Study Evolution of Cardiovascular System in Pygmy Squid

MBL Fellow to Study Evolution of Cardiovascular System in Pygmy Squid

MBL Research Fellow Eric Edsinger has been awarded a collaborative grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) to explore the evolution of the cardiovascular system in cephalopods (squid, octopus and cuttlefish). In the process, the team will advance the pygmy squid, Idiosepius, as a new model system for genetic and biological research. The unusual

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MBL Fellow to Assess Impact of Microplastics on Sea Scallop Populations

MBL Fellow to Assess Impact of Microplastics on Sea Scallop Populations

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded MBL Fellow Linda Amaral-Zettler and colleagues a grant to study the impact of microplastics on sea scallop populations.  Eight million metric tons of plastic winds up in the ocean every year, and scallops are one of the most important fisheries in the US Northeast. Some of the

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