May 15, 2012
A Conversation between
a Scientist and a Journalist
May 24 Café Scientifique in Rockland, Maine
Join Laboratory Executive Director Graham Shimmield and author and journalist Colin Woodard at 6 p.m.
on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Strand Theater, 345 Main Street in Rockland, Maine for Changing Seas, Human Challenges—an open discussion
about the vital connection between the ocean and our lives, the role of science in future ocean policy,
and the consequences of environmental change, both in the Gulf of Maine and throughout the global ocean.
The conversation will focus on current ocean issues including extraction pressures on the ocean for food,
energy, and new products; ocean acidification as a result of climate change; and the effects of melting
ice caps and harmful algal blooms such as red tides. The talk will be followed by a reception at the
theater from 7 to 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Know Technology, LLC, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and
a cash bar. Café Scientifique events are free and open to the public, but please let us know if you are
planning to attend. RSVP to 207.553.9803 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Homestretch
The Annual Fund
The Bigelow Center for Blue Biotechnology. © 2011 Christopher Barnes.
With the help of a $75,000 challenge gift from a Bigelow board member, the Laboratory’s Annual
Fund drive is in its final lap. Our goal is to raise over $300,000 by June 30, 2012, and, with
more than 240 gifts, we are almost there! But another $10,000 in donations is needed to match
the challenge before the deadline. The Annual Fund is the Laboratory’s primary source of
unrestricted funds and is vital for our research, education, and technology transfer programs,
especially during this period of growth and transformation. All donors making new or increased
gifts will be invited to be among the first visitors to the new campus’s Center for Ocean
Biochemistry and Climate Change (opening in June) and the Bigelow Center for Blue Biotechnology,
which was completed last December. Please donate now online, or by mail to:
P.O. Box 380
East Boothbay, ME 04544
Thank you to all the Annual Fund challenge participants who are generously helping to
build the future of ocean science, both here in Maine and worldwide.
Keller BLOOM Class of 2012
A recent BLOOM student research cruise. Photo by Greg Bernard.
We are delighted to announce that the following Maine high school juniors have been selected
for the 23rd annual Keller BLOOM Program.
• Briar Bragdon, Hall-Dale High School
• Sarah Caron, Boothbay Region High School
• Taylor Church, Catherine McAuley High School
• Sadia Crosby, Morse High School
• Sarah Finnemore, Skowhegan Area High School
• Michael Frazier, Lewiston High School
• Brandon Howlett, Presque Ilse High School
• Chelsea Hunter, Camden Hills Regional High School
• Kaleija Inniss, Brunswick High School
• Leah Jones, Bangor High School
• Jacob Leeman, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School
• Abigail Onos, South Portland High School
• Kalista Rattray, Houlton Junior/Senior High School
• Raina Rauch, Erskine Academy
• Allison Scully, Waterville Senior High School
• Mylie Warlick, Kennebunk High School
The students will work with Bigelow scientists from May 20 through May 24, 2012,
exploring the biological, chemical, and geological characteristics of the local
marine environment through field and laboratory work. Participants learn what a
career as a scientist involves and are immersed in a research environment, including
field sampling, data collection, synthesis, and analysis, culminating with a half-day
public presentation about their research. More information about the program is
available on the Keller BLOOM webpage.
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences …exploring the world’s ocean, from microbes to global ecosystems
Attention High School Science Teachers!
Registration Open for Exploring Oceanography Summer Workshop—July 24 through July 27, 2012
Boothbay Regional High School science teacher and 2011 workshop participant Lauren Harkins. Photo by Rebecca Fowler.
This summer, the Laboratory is once again offering a professional development workshop for
Maine high school science teachers interested in collaborating with Bigelow scientists to
enhance ocean science education in the state. The four-day Exploring Oceanography workshop
will run from July 24 to July 27, 2012. Led by Dr. David Fields and Dr. Nicole Poulton,
the sessions will provide teachers with hands-on research experience, training, and tools
for teaching fundamentals of ocean science in a local and global context. Topics covered
include the history of oceanography, the ocean’s biological pump, primary productivity,
and climate change. Attendees receive curriculum materials, aquatic field sampling and
laboratory equipment, and follow-up academic year support, as well as 3 Continuing Education
Units. The cost of the program is $100. More information and registration forms are
Save the Date(s)!
Planning for the 2012 Café Scientifique series of “Summer Science Conversations”
is well underway. The regular talks are scheduled for every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the
Boothbay Harbor Opera House from July 10 through August 28, 2012. An additional Café Scientifique
will be held at the new campus on Thursday, July 19 at 6 p.m. The complete program will be online
and in the June issue of enews. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Laboratory Receives 2012 Business Improvement Award from Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce
We are very proud to announce that on May 4, the Boothbay
Region Chamber of Commerce presented the Business Improvement Award of 2012 to
Bigelow Laboratory. Over 100 members and friends of the Chamber attended the event,
which also featured awards for community service and community improvement. Executive
Director Graham Shimmield accepted the Business Improvement award on behalf of the
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