News for December 20, 2011
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks the Grand Opening of the Bigelow Center for Blue Biotechnology
Plus: Live coverage of moving day on WCSH6
Dr. Nicole Poulton on moving day. Photo by Ramunas Stepanauskas.
The formal opening of the Bigelow Center for Blue Biotechnology (BCBB), the 24,740-square-foot first wing
of the Laboratory’s new Ocean Science and Education Campus in East Boothbay, took place with a ribbon-cutting,
lunch, and laboratory tours on December 16, 2011. More than 120 people, including scientists, staff, and
construction project team members, gathered in the sunlit commons of the new facility to celebrate a new
chapter in the Laboratory’s history and the significant economic benefit that the new campus is bringing
to the region. Guests at the event included representatives from U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan
Collins; State Representative Bruce MacDonald; Maine Technology Institute President Betsy Biemann; state
officials from the Departments of Labor, Labor Standards, and Marine Resources; Boothbay Town Manager
Jim Chaousis; and members of the Bigelow Board of Trustees and Trustees Advisory Board. The BCBB houses
the Single Cell Genomics Center, the Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and
Microbiota, the J. J. MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry, and the Geomicrobiology Research Laboratory.
Research teams began moving into the new building on December 5, and WCSH6, NBC’s Portland affiliate, was
on hand to cover the first stages of the move. Construction of the BCBB, completed 15 months after
groundbreaking in the fall of 2010, was made possible by a $4.45 million award from the Maine Technology
Asset Fund and the people of Maine who voted to pass a $50 million research and development bond in 2007.
A Bangor Daily News story about the opening is available online.
Inset: Bigelow Executive Director Graham Shimmield and Maine Technology Institute President
Betsy Biemann officially open the doors to the science laboratories in the BCBB. Photo by Robert Mitchell.
Colby Semester at Bigelow Laboratory to Begin in Fall 2012
Bigelow Senior Research Scientist Dr. Pete Countway with REU2012 Colby College student Louisa Walker. Photo by Bridget Besaw.
Working in partnership with Colby College, the Laboratory will begin offering a semester-long in-residence
program for Colby College students “interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of oceanography and
hands-on research experience through immersion in a professional laboratory environment.” The program,
called Changing Oceans, will combine time in the classroom with field and laboratory experience using
advanced oceanographic techniques including genomic tools, remote sensing, single-cell analysis, and
monoclonal culture studies. Courses in the 2012 program are Ocean-Atmosphere-Geosphere Interactions,
Ecology and Evolution in a Dynamic Ocean Environment, Ocean Biogeochemistry on a Changing Planet, and
Field Methods: Life on the Ocean Wave. For more information about the Changing Oceans semester, contact
Bigelow Education Director Rebecca Fowler.
Best wishes for the holidays and a wonderful new year from all of us at Bigelow Laboratory!
Photo by Robert Mitchell.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences …exploring the world’s ocean, from microbes to global ecosystems
Next summer’s Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean Research Experience
for Undergraduates (REU) Program is scheduled from June 3–August 10, 2012. The REU Program
is open to undergraduates from around the United States interested in conducting independent
research with guidance from a scientist mentor. Applications will be accepted for 8 openings
for this intensive ten-week residency program. Successful applicants receive a stipend, free
housing, food allowance, and funds for travel to and from Bigelow Laboratory. The application
period runs from January 15–March 1. For more information, visit the Laboratory’s REU
The $50K Annual Fund Challenge
A chance to the double the impact of your gift
“Before we can preserve the ocean for future generations, we first have to understand it. That is what Bigelow does.” –Bob Healing. Photo by Stuart Gilbert.
In recognition of the importance of unrestricted gifts in supporting the
growth of the Laboratory’s research and education programs, Bigelow Trustee Bob Healing and his
wife Marge have generously offered to match all new and increased Annual Fund gifts made before
June 30, 2012 with an equal donation, up to a total of $50,000. The Healing Challenge is a
special opportunity to double the impact of every new or increased Annual Fund dollar and help
build the Laboratory’s future at a pivotal time in its history. Learn more and make your donation
Scientific Publications and Stories in the News
The Great Calcite Belt
A recent paper by Dr. Barney Balch and members of the Ocean Observing and Optics Laboratory
team has been selected as a “Research Spotlight” in Eos, the newspaper of the American
Geophysical Union. The paper, titled “The contribution of coccolithophores to the optical
and inorganic carbon budgets during the Southern Ocean Gas Exchange Experiment: New
evidence in support of the ‘Great Calcite Belt’ hypothesis,” was co-authored by Barney
Balch, David Drapeau, Bruce Bowler, Emily Lyczkowski, Emily Booth, and Danielle Alley,
and published in the Journal of Geophysical Research/Oceans, VOL. 116, C00F06, 14 PP.,
Connecting Ice and Air
Dr. Paty Matrai and her research team’s O-Buoy Project is part of the December 5, 2011
issue of Chemical & Engineering News (Volume 89 Issue 49), which discusses current research
about the role of sea ice in the atmospheric chemistry of the warming Arctic environment.
Boots on the Ground
Colby College’s fall 2011 magazine includes a feature story about the College’s growing
environmental science program, citing educational opportunities stemming from the College’s
partnership with Bigelow Laboratory as an example of the hands-on environmental science
experience necessary in training future marine researchers and policymakers.
New Year’s Day: Barrett’s to Bigelow First Day Hike
Boothbay Region Land Trust (BRLT) is organizing a hike on January 1 from
Barrett’s Park in Boothbay Harbor to the Laboratory’s new East Boothbay campus. BRLT volunteer
Rupert Neily will guide the hike, which will start at 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Barrett’s
Park, follow the shoreline of Linekin Bay, cross the historic Indian Trail, and arrive at the
Ocean Science and Education campus approximately two and half hours later. BRLT is a sponsoring
member of the Boothbay Region Community Trails Partnership, and promotes outdoor opportunities
on more than 30 miles of trails in 17 preserves. BRLT asks that hikers preregister for the walk
by calling 633-4818, “but anyone inspired to show up will be welcomed.”
Join the Bigelow Discovery Team!
Photo by Rebecca Fowler.
Our donors provide essential support for key research, education, and outreach
initiatives, and help us forge new partnerships for a sustainable future.
Bigelow Laboratory Board of Trustees
David Coit, Chair
Richard Morrell, Vice Chair
Trustees’ Advisory Board