July-August 2011 eNews

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
News for July and August, 2011

Building a Gateway for Technology Transfer: Kennebec River Biosciences and Fluid Imaging Technologies
The Laboratory has signed an Exclusive Technology License Agreement with Kennebec River Biosciences, Inc. (KRB) of Richmond, Maine and a Master Professional Research Services Agreement with Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc. (FIT) in Yarmouth, Maine. The new agreements will facilitate access to and collaboration with Bigelow scientists in the Provasoli-Guillard Center for Culture of Marine Phytoplankton and the J. J. MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry on advanced research in a range of areas including particle analysis and aquaculture technology. KRB is a source of aquatic animal health products and services, and performs diagnostic and certification testing on aquatic species from cultured and wild sources. FIT produces industry-leading particle analysis instrumentation based upon digital imaging, with markets that include the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, chemical, abrasives, and plastics industries, among many others.

ICESCAPE Expedition to the Arctic Ocean
NASA’s Arctic Voyage Focuses on Impacts of Melting Ice

From left to right: Research Technician Laura Lubelczyk, Colby?College student and Research Expedition Intern Michael Stephens, Research Associate Bruce Bowler, and Senior Research Scientist Barney Balch. Photo courtesy of Barney Balch.

Dr. Barney Balch and members of the Laboratory’s Ocean Observing and Optics team were among 47 scientists aboard the 420-foot U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker R/V Healy in the Arctic Ocean’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas along Alaska’s northern and eastern coasts this summer. The five-week research mission was part of the multi-year, interdisciplinary ICESCAPE (Impacts of Climate change on the Eco-Systems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment) Project of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The researchers used a combination of satellite remote sensing and state-of-the-art chemical, physical, and biological sensors to assess the impact of melting sea ice on the health of the Arctic Ocean region. The Bigelow research team left Dutch Harbor, Alaska aboard the R/V Healy on June 25, 2011.

“Exploring Oceanography” with Maine High School Teachers

Photo by Rebecca Fowler.

Nine science teachers from six Maine high schools participated in a residential workshop held at the Laboratory from July 19–22, 2011. Funded by grants from the Horizon Foundation, the Betterment Fund, and the Ingalls Foundation, the workshop, called “Exploring Oceanography,” was taught by Bigelow scientists Drs. David Fields and Nicole Poulton. The program included seminars on various aspects of ocean science, a one-day research cruise, data analysis, and hands-on ocean science activities that could be used in high school classrooms. Attendees included teachers from Belfast Area High School, Boothbay Region High School, Catherine McAuley High School, Falmouth High School, Islesboro Central School, and Madawaska Middle/High School. More information is available on the Laboratory’s Teacher Development Program webpage.

O-Buoy Update

©O-Buoy 2011

Scientists from the Ocean and Atmospheric Chemistry research team at Bigelow Laboratory are part of the multi-institutional
O-Buoy Project that is deploying a network of robust, unattended and self-contained monitoring buoys in the Arctic Ocean to measure carbon dioxide, ozone, and other chemicals in the atmosphere above the ocean surface. The O-Buoy network is providing the first systematic measurements in history of the atmospheric conditions and gases influencing climate conditions over Arctic sea ice. Follow the progress of buoy deployments and data collection through the newly launched O-Buoy website. More information is also available on Dr. Patricia Matrai’s
O-Buoy pages

Did you attend a Café Scientifique this summer? We need to hear from you!
The 2011 Summer Science Conversations have been the best-attended Café Scientifique gatherings in the Laboratory’s history. We would like to hear from you about this summer’s program, along with any advice you have for future events. Please take a few moments to respond to a brief online survey and let us know how what you think. All responses will be kept confidential. In return we’ll send you a plankton refrigerator magnet (!) as a token of our appreciation. We hope to organize additional caf?s over the months ahead, and will keep you informed about the schedule as it develops.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences …exploring the world’s oceans, from microbes to global ecosystems


Major Grant Received from Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation
We are extremely proud to announce the award of a $100,000 operations grant from the Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. This grant will be used to help support the expanding operations of the Laboratory—a direct result of the implementation of our Strategic Plan. Bigelow Executive Director Dr. Graham Shimmield describes the award as “critical support to the Laboratory during its current, unprecedented period of growth, helping us to recruit new Senior Research Scientists, establish our new Corporate Alliance and Technology Transfer Office, and cover the growing operating costs of the organization.”

Research Results: New Scientific Papers
The past weeks have witnessed the publication of a series of research papers co-authored by Bigelow scientists:

Joaquín Martínez Martínez, Nicole J. Poulton, Ramunas Stepanauskas, Michael E. Sieracki, and William H. Wilson. Targeted Sorting of Single Virus-Infected Cells of the Coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi. PLoS One. 2011; 6(7): e22520. Published online 2011 July 26. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0022520

Mónica V. Orellana, Patricia A. Matrai, Caroline Leck, Carlton D. Rauschenberg, Allison M. Lee, and Esther Coz. Marine microgels as a source of cloud condensation nuclei in the high Arctic. PNAS August 16, 2011 vol. 108 no. 33 13612-13617.

William M. Balch, David T. Drapeau, Bruce C. Bowler, Emily Lyczkowski, Emily S. Booth, and Danielle Alley. The contribution of coccolithophores to the optical and inorganic carbon budget during the Southern Ocean Gas Experiment: New evidence in support of the “Great Calcite Belt” hypothesis. Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 116, C00F06, 14 PP., 2011 doi:10.1029/2011JC006941. A summary of this paper has just been featured as a research spotlight in Eos, the weekly newspaper of the American Geophysical Union.

It’s a Tie! Two Former BLOOM Program Students Receive 2011 Maureen Keller Scholarship

Sophie Ouellette (left) and Kaitlyn Alley (right).

The Laboratory is delighted to announce the award of the tenth annual scholarship in memory of Dr. Maureen D. Keller to Maine high school graduates Kaitlyn Alley of Jonesport and Sophie Ouellette of Frenchville. Normally, the $1,000 Maureen Keller Scholarship is awarded annually to one Maine high school senior or first-year college student majoring in science. This year, however, the scholarship selection committee declared a tie, so both Alley and Ouellette will receive a $1,000 scholarship, to be used for college expenses. Both women were participants in the Laboratory’s 2010 BLOOM Program for high school juniors, which brings 16 students from across the state to the Laboratory each spring for four days of hands-on ocean science.

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