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Marine Microbiology Initiative

GBMF Marine Microbiology Investigator Dave Karl and team awarded Cozzarelli Prize by National Academy of Sciences

A team of oceanographers from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and Montana State University have had their paper selected to receive the 2009 Cozzarelli Prize. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Editorial Board selects six PNAS papers to receive this prize, an award that recognizes outstanding ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Phytoplankton diversity: an ecological balancing act

By Morgan Bettex MIT News March 3, 2010

Phytoplankton diversity depends on a balance between competition and the ocean’s physical dynamics, new research suggests.

Phytoplankton are single-celled organisms that serve as the base of the marine food web and provide half the oxygen we breathe on Earth. They also play a key role in global climate change by ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

More than one: long-reigning microbe controlling ocean nitrogen shares the throne

National Science Foundation February 25, 2010

Marine scientists long believed that a microbe called Trichodesmium, a member of a group called the cyanobacteria, reigned over the ocean's nitrogen budget.

New research results reported on-line today in a paper in Science Express show that Trichodesmium may have to share its nitrogen-fixing throne: two others of its ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech scientists find first physiological evidence of brain's response to inequality

By Lori Oliwenstein Caltech February 24, 2010

The human brain is a big believer in equality—and a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, has become the first to gather the images to prove it.

Specifically, the team found that the reward centers in the human brain respond ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Genome analysis of marine microbe reveals a metabolic minimalist

By Tim Stephens University of California, Santa Cruz February 21, 2010

Flightless birds, blind cave shrimp, and other oddities suggest a "use it or lose it" tendency in evolution. In the microbial world, an unusual marine microorganism appears to have ditched several major metabolic pathways, leaving it with a remarkably reduced set of genes.

This metabolic minimalist is a specialist uniquely ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

USC microbiologist Katrina Edwards named PI of new NSF Science and Technology Center

By Susan Andrews University of Southern California Dornsife February 19, 2010

"USC has a strong track record of success in winning these types of center excellence awards across the university,” said USC Executive Vice President and Provost C.L. Max Nikias. “We have built a reputation for quality research that leverages our strengths in multidisciplinary collaboration between our schools, other institutions and ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

West Coast Aquatic launches Barkley Sound Knowledge Symposium

January 19, 2010

A new Barkley Sound knowledge community is being created and will kick off with the first-ever Barkley Sound Knowledge Symposium on February 9-11. This exciting initiative will support planning and result in new opportunities and partnerships in Barkley Sound.

Tony Bennett is co-chair of West Coast Aquatic, the local organization ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

An historic three-year, statewide patient safety collaborative

Anthem Blue Cross January 19, 2010

Anthem Blue Cross, along with California's three regional Hospital Associations, and the National Health Foundation, announced today that they are joining together in a three-year, 6 million dollar effort to improve the quality and consistency of care Californians receive. The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center hosted the launch of Patient ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

GBMF Marine Microbiology Investigator Mary Ann Moran named AAAS Fellow

By Sam Fahmy UGA Today December 17, 2009

A record nine University of Georgia faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon them by their peers for “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”

The UGA faculty members are among 531 new AAAS ...

California Institute of Technology

Caltech scientists film photons with electrons

By Kathy Svitil Caltech December 16, 2009

Techniques recently invented by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)—which allow the real-time, real-space visualization of fleeting changes in the structure of nanoscale matter—have been used to image the evanescent electrical fields produced by the interaction of electrons and photons, and to track changes in atomic-scale structures.

Papers ...