January 7, 2010
Welcome to the first
Bigelow Laboratory enews.
This electronic letter to our friends and supporters is a quick way for us to communicate
with you about time-sensitive events and developments at the Laboratory. You’re receiving
this email because you are either a donor, a past program participant, or have given us
your email address. But if you’d rather not hear from us this way, let us know by “unsubscribing”
through the Safe Unsubscribe link at the bottom of this message. There’s lots of news ahead,
though, so we hope you’ll want to stay on board...
East Boothbay Ocean Campus
After receiving a $4.45 million award for the Bigelow Center for Blue Biotechnology
from the Maine Technology Asset Fund last summer, the Laboratory’s trustees, scientists,
and staff began intensive planning for the new Ocean Science Campus on our 63-acre
property in East Boothbay. The design and permitting process is well underway, with
the help of architectural firms WBRC and Perkins+Will, and construction management
provided by Consigli. We are very gratified to have the support of the Town of East
Boothbay following a meeting with its residents in October. Stay tuned for more detailed
information about this major project in the upcoming Transect newsletter.
Thanks to You: Annual Fund Update
Since July 1, 2009, over 100 people have donated to the Laboratory’s Annual Fund,
raising more than $80,000 in unrestricted gifts. For over 35 years, Bigelow Laboratory
has benefited from the generosity of donors who believe in our mission to understand
the world’s oceans through research and education. With your help, we can do so much more...
Online Donate Now
If you haven’t been on our website recently, you may not know that
we now have a secure way to make donations online. Contributions help our scientists
secure matching funds needed for specific research projects, and support education and outreach activities. Your help
is key to our ability to understand the ocean’s role in providing life support for our
planet. There has never been a more critical time to ask you to help. The icon above
will take you to our donor’s information webpage. Thank you very much, from all of us.
Application Deadline January 29
Bigelow Laboratory is accepting applications from undergraduates throughout
the United States to be part of our 10-week National Science Foundation-sponsored 2010 Gulf of Maine and the
World Ocean Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The REU Program offers undergraduates the
opportunity to work closely with scientists on current research projects, and is designed to give students
a meaningful research experience with an emphasis on hands-on, state-of-the-art methods and technologies.
Applications and more information about this intensive research mentoring program in ocean science can be
found on our website’s REU pages, or by contacting Education Coordinator Rebecca Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be accepted through January 29, 2010, and can be submitted by email. Minorities, women, and students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Above: REU students and mentors, 2009. Photo by Dennis Griggs.
Keller BLOOM Program
Application Deadline April 2
The Laboratory’s twenty-first annual Keller BLOOM (Bigelow Laboratory Orders Of Magnitude)
Program for Maine high school juniors, giving students a week of real world ocean research,
including a day-long research cruise, will run from Sunday, May 16 through Thursday, May 20,
2010. Sixteen students from across the state are selected to participate each year.
Applications are available for download on the Laboratory’s Keller BLOOM webpage and are
due on Friday, April 2, 2010.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences ...exploring the world’s oceans, from microbes to global ecosystems
Tuesday, January 19:
A Winter Café Scientifique
You are invited to a special Café Scientifique evening on Tuesday, January 19 at 6 p.m.
in the Boothbay Harbor Opera House (86 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor). Bigelow Laboratory’s Dr. Mike Sieracki
will lead a discussion about the Tara Oceans expedition. The 118-foot schooner Tara is in the first months of a
3-year voyage to explore the changing environmental conditions of the world’s oceans. Dr. Sieracki was Chief
Scientist aboard the Tara during the month of November, and was interviewed by MPBN public radio reporter
Tom Porter during the cruise. Café Scientifique is free and open to all. Click on image above to find more
information on our website.
Special Issue of Oceanography Magazine co-edited by Barney Balch
Bigelow Laboratory’s Dr. Barney Balch is one of four co-editors of the December 2009 special issue
(Volume 22, Number 4) of Oceanography, the magazine of The Oceanographic Society. Other co-editors
are Dr. Scott Doney of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, California State University’s
Dr.Vicky Fabry, and Dr. Dick Feely, principal oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory). The issue is focused on “the future of
ocean biogeochemistry in a high CO2 world.” It features 16 articles about the impact of ocean
acidification on the world’s oceans, and current research about the changing biogeochemistry of
the marine environment. The magazine is available online, and individual printed copies can be
ordered from The Oceanography Society for $10 per copy.