February 8, 2010
Growing Green: Bodega Algae LLC and Bigelow Laboratory Collaborate to Develop Algal Biofuel Technology in New England
Massachusetts-based renewable energy company
Bodega Algae and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, have received a six-month, $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research
(SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and test a prototype for growing high
concentrations of algae for use as biofuel. The grant is titled Light Delivery Enhancement of
Photobioreactors and will be used to develop advanced photobioreactors that can be used in the
nation’s quest for a carbon-neutral fuel source and energy independence. Read more...
Inset: Botryococcus is a single-celled green marine algae that produces large amounts
of oil. Individual cells form aggregates surrounded by oil droplets. Image courtesy of the Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Culture of Marine Phytoplankton (CCMP) https://ccmp.bigelow.org.
What Marine Invertebrate
Do You Want To Be and Why?
Announcing the 21st Annual Keller BLOOM* Program for Maine High School Juniors (BLOOM=Bigelow Laboratory Orders of Magnitude)
Sixteen students from across the State of Maine will be selected to participate in five days of hands-on scientific research that includes a
day-long research cruise, field sampling, and experience with the latest technology in use at the Laboratory. Selection criteria include
academic record, level of interest, an essay answering the question above, and letters of recommendation. The 2010 program is scheduled
from May 16 through May 20. Applications must be received by April 2, 2010. More details are available on the Keller BLOOM webpage.
A Special Café Scientifique: Aboard Tara Oceans—The Beginning of a Trans-Global Ocean Biodiversity Expedition
March 9, 2010 at The Opera House in
Boothbay Harbor 86 Townsend Avenue, 6 p.m.
The January 19 winter storm forced us to reschedule this event, but we hope you will
be able to attend on March 9 instead (considerably closer to spring). Join Dr. Mike
Sieracki for a conversation about his experiences on an early leg of this far-reaching
international oceanographic expedition. Read more...
Inset: Tara. ©J. Girardot-Fonds.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences ...exploring the world’s oceans, from microbes to global ecosystems
Senior Research Scientist Willie Wilson Featured on NPR’s Soundprint: The Bucket
Dr. Willie Wilson, marine virologist and interim director of the Laboratory’s Provasoli-Guillard National Center for
the Culture of Marine Phytoplankton was interviewed on the January 14, 2010 National Public Radio broadcast of Soundprint.
Wilson discussed recent research about the importanceÊof marine viruses in microbial ocean communities and their role in
global ocean processes. The program can be heard online with RealPlayer.
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