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November 29, 2010

Bigelow REU Students Receive Grants to Attend 2011 ASLO Conference

April Klein in the Marine Virology laboratory.

Five of Bigelow Laboratory’s thirteen 2010 REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program students have received funding to attend and present their research at the 2011 ASLO (American Society of Limnology and Oceanography) Aquatic Sciences Meeting this coming February in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Congratulations to Rachelle Campbell (Southern Maine Community College), Ileana M. Freytes Ortiz (University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras),ÊApril Klein (University of Texas, Arlington),ÊBrandon Walus (University of Maine, Orono), andÊWhitney Westman (Florida Institute of Technology). Support for their attendance has been provided by theÊCenter for Great Lakes StudiesÊof the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the ASLO Multicultural Program (ASLOMP), and Bigelow Laboratory.ÊThe Center for Great Lakes Studies and ASLOMP are funded by the National Science Foundation. More information about the Laboratory's REU Program is available online.

Beaufort Gyre Expedition

Carlton Rauschenberg preparing to deploy O-Buoy4.

Bigelow Senior Research Associate Carlton Rauschenberg, a member of Dr. Paty Matrai’s Ocean and Atmospheric Chemistry research team, has just completed a 34-day expedition to the Beaufort Gyre in the Arctic Ocean. Rauschenberg and 24 other scientists from the United States, Canada, and Japan joined the Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker Louis S. St. Laurent in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, a remote Inuit hamlet in the Canadian Arctic. Rauschenberg’s role in the expedition was to assemble and deploy an autonomous buoy for atmospheric chemistry measurements, part of the National Science Foundation-funded O-Buoy Network. This is the fourth successful installation of an O-Buoy in the Arctic in the last two years. Eleven additional O-Buoys will be deployed over the next four years to measure changes in atmospheric conditions over the Arctic Ocean. The goal of the O-Buoy project is to understand the behavior of ozone and carbon dioxide, two of the most important greenhouse gases.

Bigelow Laboratory Appoints Mark Bloom as Director of Corporate Alliances and Technology Transfer

We are delighted to announce that Mark G. Bloom has been appointed to lead the Laboratory’s new Department of Corporate Alliances and Technology Transfer (DCATT). He will be working with the Senior Research Scientists to build marketable technology portfolios and to establish commercial and research relationships with the private sector. Mark is an internationally-recognized intellectual property attorney and technology transfer professional. He received a B.S. in Microbiology from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center (Concord, NH). He is designated as a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP®) and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Previously, he was Associate General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at the Cleveland Clinic and earlier served as a Licensing Associate with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation—the technology transfer management organization for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before attending law school, Mark worked in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.

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Shedding Light on the Ocean’s Biological Pump
Dr. Barney Balch, his research staff, and colleagues from the National Oceanography Centre in the United Kingdom have just published a paper in Geophysical Research Letters (VOL. 37, L22605, doi:10.1029/2010GL044640) demonstrating for the first time that particulate inorganic carbon (calcium carbonate), rather than chlorophyll, is responsible for a major fraction of backscattering of light in vast subtropical gyres of the Atlantic Ocean. Calcium carbonate is also a major driver of the ocean’s biological carbon pump. These findings are the result of three trans-Atlantic research expeditions. The research was funded by NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Research Program) and NERC (the Natural Environment Research Council of the UK).

Library Catalog Now Available Online
Bigelow Librarian Pam Shephard has announced that the new Bigelow Laboratory and Maine Department of Marine Resources Library Online Catalog is now live, free, and ready for users. The catalog can be reached directly through, or by navigating to it from the library’s electronic resources page. There are currently more than 10,000 books, periodicals, DVDs, and technical publications focusing on the biological and physical study of the world’s oceans in the library’s collection. Subjects include marine productivity, aquaculture, fishery history, and commercial species of the Gulf of Maine. No login ID or passwordÊare needed to use the search engine. If you have any questions or are in need of assistance, please contact the Librarian at 207-633-9551 or by email at Funding to make the library’s catalog available to the public online was provided by a grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation.

Watch Us Grow: Introducing the Ocean Campus Construction Blog

Laboratory Manager and Clerk of the Works Marty Getrich has created a blog to report on the (very exciting) progress of construction at the Laboratory’s new Ocean Science and Education Campus in East Boothbay, Maine. We invite you to keep track of these historic developments along with us, and welcome your comments and questions. Take a look and let us know what you think!

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