Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Ocean Life, Planet Health

October 2011 eNEWS

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
News for October 26, 2011

NASA Satellite Launch: The Next Generation
Technicians at Vandenberg Air Force Base perform final testing on NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite. Photo courtesy of Ball Aerospace.

Led by Dr. Barney Balch, the Laboratory’s Ocean Observing and Optics team is one of seven research groups in the U.S. funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to work with ocean data products from the new VIIRS instrument, aboard the NPP (NPOESS Preparatory Project) satellite platform, scheduled for launch from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California on October 28 (launch window 5:48 a.m.–5:57 a.m. EDT). The launch is the latest step of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) and is a critical part of building a Joint Polar Satellite System, the next generation of earth observing satellites. The Bigelow team will use information from the new satellite sensor to study calcium carbonate and chlorophyll-containing phytoplankton in the ocean—a major part of the global carbon cycle. They will also contribute to long-term records of global environmental data critical for understanding the dynamics of climate change. Note for early risers: The launch will be televised on NASA TV beginning at 3:01AM EDT.

The National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota
A New Name for the CCMP
The Laboratory announced the new name for its internationally known library of phytoplankton cultures at the 2011 Algal Biomass Summit in Minneapolis this week, reflecting the addition of marine bacteria and viruses to the center. Now called the Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota, or NCMA, the facility acquires and preserves strains of marine phytoplankton, seaweeds, marine bacteria, and marine viruses throughout the ocean, growing and shipping live cultures and related products to scientists around the world. First established at the Laboratory by phytoplankton culturing pioneer Dr. Robert Guillard in 1981, the center became known to the international scientific community simply as the “CCMP,” short for the Provasoli-Guillard Center for Culture of Marine Phytoplankton. The CCMP identifier will remain on all NCMA’s algal strains, ensuring continuity with current, past, and future research. The NCMA is relocating to the Bigelow Center for Blue Biotechnology on the Laboratory’s Ocean Science and Education Campus this November. Read more…

Mainebiz Names Graham Shimmield to the 2011 Next List
Bigelow Executive Director and President Dr. Graham Shimmield has been named by Mainebiz magazine as one of ten people “shaping the future of Maine’s economy in a significant way.” The list of 2011 Next Awardees appears in the October 17 issue of the magazine, and documents a “mix of diversified businesses that collectively strengthens Maine’s economy, helping to propel the state forward.” The magazine’s profile of Graham Shimmield describes his leadership role in guiding the Laboratory “through the biggest transition it’s ever undergone.” A reception honoring this year’s awardees will take place on Thursday, November 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine. Registration for the event is available online.

Photo by Dennis Griggs.

Consigli Announces Groundbreaking for the Third Science Wing on the New Campus
The recently excavated site of the Center for Ocean Health. The Center for Ocean Biogeochemistry and Climate Change is in the background. Photo by Marty Getrich.

Portland-based Consigli Construction Co., Inc., the construction management company for the Laboratory’s new Ocean Science and Education Campus, has broken ground for the Center for Ocean Health (COH), the third science wing on the 64-acre East Boothbay site. Due to be completed in November 2012, construction of the COH was made possible by a major grant from the National Institute for Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Recently ranked #1 as the “Best Place to Work in Maine” in the “large company” category (250+ U.S. employees), Consigli is a full-service construction manager and general contractor, serving academic, healthcare, corporate, institutional, life sciences, landmark restoration, and federal clients. It is a leader in sustainable construction practices, with 69 LEED Accredited Professionals on staff and over 35 LEED or sustainable projects in its portfolio.

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Take the Healing Challenge!

Photo by Stuart Gilbert.

In recognition of the importance of unrestricted gifts in supporting the growth of the Laboratory’s research and education programs, Bigelow Trustee Bob Healing and his wife Marge have generously offered to match all new and increased Annual Fund gifts made before June 30, 2012 with an equal donation, up to a total of $50,000. The Healing Challenge is a special opportunity to double the impact of every new or increased Annual Fund dollar and help build the Laboratory’s future at a pivotal time in its history. Learn more and make your donation online today.

Bigelow Team @ Algal Biomass Summit

CCMP332 Cyclotella cryptica. Reimann, Lewin, and Guillard.

Drs. Pete Countway, Nicole Poulton, and Willie Wilson, along with Director of Corporate Alliances and Technology Transfer Mark Bloom, are in Minneapolis, MN this week at a major meeting of the Algal Biomass Organization. The meeting is bringing hundreds of researchers and industry representatives together to facilitate the development of new technologies and commercial markets for renewable and sustainable products derived from algae. During the meeting, the Laboratory is featuring its National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota at a shared exhibit with the University of Texas’s freshwater culture collection of algae, providing “a combined expertise of 88 years in the algal culturing business.”

Summer Café Scientifique Videos Online

Photo by Pete Countway.

Seven of the ten 2011 Café Scientifique discussions held in the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor last summer are now available on the Laboratory’s website. We hope you’ll have a chance to catch up with some of the Cafés you missed, or enjoy them again, online. Information about upcoming Café Scientifique events will be also be posted on the web page, and announced in future issues of eNEWS.

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