MBL Society Members Thoru Pederson and James P. Collins, who also co-directs the MBL-ASU History of Biology seminars, are among 14 MBL-affiliated scientists who have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. All were elected to the Academy’s Biological Sciences division. These
Otto Myerhof received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1922 for describing the “relationship between consumption of oxygen and metabolism of lactic acid in muscle.” After fleeing Nazi Germany, he was offered a position at the University of Pennsylvania and began spending summers at the MBL as a researcher (1941) and Library Researcher
Giro Miesenböck, an alumnus of the MBL’s Optical Microscopy and Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences course (1994), is a co-recipient of the 2020 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine for conducting fundamental research in the development of optogenetics, a revolutionary tool in neuroscience research. Miesenböck, who is based at the University of Oxford, shares
This series features MBL community members who in some way are addressing the coronavirus crisis. Suggestions for future profiles may be sent here. By Diana Kenney From their Bay Area home, Amanda Martinez and Rob McGinnis read news reports, with growing unease, on the dire lack of protective gear for medical workers as COVID-19 raced
Twelve members of the MBL’s research, education, and alumni communities have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of their “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.” Election to the Academy is widely considered a mark of excellence in science, and is one of the highest honors a scientist can attain.
Promega supports the MBL in a variety of ways, including donating molecular cell biology resources to the MBL courses through the Scientific Vendor Partnership program. By Shelley K. Mesch A Promega Corp. product received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be used in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s test for
The late Shinya Inoué was widely known for his scientific brilliance as well as his generosity, a legacy that continues to this day. Last summer, a few months before his death, Inoué blessed the transfer of the centrifuge polarizing microscope that he invented and built at MBL in collaboration with Olympus Optical and Hamamatsu Photonics.
Congratulations to several members of the MBL community who have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a lifetime honor in recognition of their extraordinary achievements in advancing science. New Fellows of the AAAS Sections on Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Neurosciences include: Section on Biological Sciences Peter Beerli,
Graduate students from Brown University headed to the MBL for NeuroPracticum—an immersive eight-day workshop where students gain hands-on neuroscience experience. By Brown University News Staff Meghan Gonsalves, a first-year neuroscience graduate student at Brown University, spends most of her time studying imaging techniques used to measure brain activity in humans. So when she was asked
By Mark Dwortzan On December 3 and 4, Boston University convened a workshop exploring how synthetic biology—the engineering of genetic “circuits” in living cells and organisms to enable them to perform specified tasks—can help address climate change. Participants, who included thought leaders in science, economics, policy and ethics, considered a wide range of complex challenges