March 20, 2012
Bigelow Laboratory Research
on NPR’s Radiolab
Senior Research Scientist Dr. Willie Wilson worked with reporter Ari Daniel Shapiro over the
past several months as part of Shapiro’s assignment for Radiolab, National Public Radio’s popular
weekly science talk show. Broadcast earlier this month, A War We Need is about phytoplankton
blooms and marine viruses, and focuses on the dynamics and importance of one of the major, yet
microscopic, processes occurring throughout the world’s ocean every day. The program is available
on the Radiolab website.
Cracking the Ocean Code
Spring Café Scientifique
A free screening and discussion of the Discovery Science Channel film Cracking the Ocean Code is scheduled as the
Laboratory’s first 2012 Café Scientifique on Wednesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. in the Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 86
Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. The 60-minute documentary follows genome pioneer J. Craig Venter’s expedition
aboard the 95-foot Sorcerer II from Nova Scotia, to the Galapagos Islands, to Antarctica to collect the ocean’s
microbial DNA and search for new life forms and genetic resources to help solve energy and climate change
challenges. Senior Research Scientist Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas, director of the Laboratory’s Single Cell
Genomics Center, will join filmmaker and Compass Light Productions executive director David Conover to lead a
discussion about the film and the science behind it. Bigelow Café Scientifique events are free and open to the
public. Beer, wine, and sodas are available for purchase.
Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean Undergraduate Research Program Funding Renewed
Amy Langdon, REU Class of 2009. Photo by Greg Bernard.
The National Science Foundation has renewed funding for the Laboratory’s Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean Research
Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The award of nearly $275,000 will continue the intensive 10-week summer
residency program through 2014. The REU program selects undergraduates from across the United States to conduct
independent research with guidance from a scientist mentor. Directed by Senior Research Scientist Dr. David Fields,
the program is designed to give students a laboratory-based research experience with an emphasis on hands-on,
state-of-the-art methods and technologies. The 2012 program will run from June 3 through August 10 and will be
held at the Laboratory’s new Ocean Science and Education campus in East Boothbay.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences …exploring the world’s ocean, from microbes to global ecosystems
Wilson on ABO Slate of Board Candidates
Bigelow marine virologist and NCMA Director Dr. Willie Wilson has been
nominated for election to the Board of Directors of the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO). The
organization’s mission is to “promote the development of viable technologies and commercial
markets for renewable and sustainable products derived from algae.” Membership is open to
for-profit and non-profit organizations and all individuals, including investors, researchers,
producers, end-users, and technology suppliers. ABO members will vote to elect new board members
over the next two weeks, and results will be announced in April.
April 6 Deadline for 2012 BLOOM High School Program
Photo by Greg Bernard.
The 2012 Keller BLOOM Program for Maine high school juniors is accepting
applications through Friday, April 6. The program will be held from Sunday, May 20 to Thursday,
May 24, 2012, offering participants hands on experience in a research environment, including
field sampling, data analysis, and an opportunity to learn what a career as a scientist involves.
Sixteen students from around the state will be selected for the program. More information and the
online application are available on the BLOOM web page.
Join the Bigelow Discovery Team and Help Us Meet Our Challenge!
Photo by Rebecca Fowler.
Thanks to the tremendous response from our generous donors, the Laboratory generated
$296,000 for its Annual Fund between July 1 and December 31—a substantial increase over last year. As we move
into spring, $25,000 in additional challenge funds is still available to be matched by new and increased
gifts before June 30. If you haven’t been part of the Annual Fund Challenge yet, it’s not too late to double
the impact of your gift! Your contributions provide essential support for key research, education, and
outreach initiatives, and help us forge new partnerships for a sustainable future. Donate Now.