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2022 Student Fellow Photo Album

On August 5th, we said goodbye to our high school and undergraduate summer fellowship students. They presented their research projects at the two-day Summer Student Symposium, a culmination of the student’s hard work and learning over the past 10 weeks. Faculty, staff, friends and family came together to witness the success of the program and this year's talented cohort. Each student articulated a deeply impactful, positive, and fun experience in their talks and presentations. Several of the students in the 2022 cohort were returning for their second summer with MDIBL, and many more are looking forward to coming back in the future.

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Education

Fall 2022 Graduate Students

The MDI Biological Laboratory has a long and distinguished history of graduate and postgraduate education. Ph.D. students pursue their thesis research in faculty laboratories in partnership with the University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, the University of Maine Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences and Hannover Medical School. Our fall 2022…

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Education

Zoe Reflects On Her REU

You may remember when she first shared what drew her to MDIBL in June at the beginning of her National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) working in the Rollins lab. With the conclusion of the fellowship in August, Zoe presented her research project alongside her colleagues at the two-day Summer Student Symposium,…

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Philanthropy

What Philanthropy Makes Possible

On a summer night in July, Dr. Bob Morris led a group of special guests, including Kingsley Society and Star Point Society members, through a series of colorful food courses and experiments at MDIBL’s A Taste for Science event, which focused on the importance of color in food and its role in scientific research. For…

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Education

Family Science Night Returns!

In the 1938 book The Evolution of Physics, published by Leopold Infeld, Albert Einstein said, “Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.” While Albert Einstein may have found the fundamental idea of science to be simple, the translation of…

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Aging

Beyond the Naked Eye

My interest in microscopy started when I was young – I loved small critters like bugs, worms, and all manner of things you can find under a rock. My grandfather sent us a small microscope to use, and I spent hours looking at my little treasures with it. As I got older, I developed a…

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Education

Here’s Why Zoe Pursued a Summer Fellowship at MDIBL

My journey was a mix of time spent in the classroom, on trails, and with my face pressed close to a desk. I found the process of learning exhilarating and would frequently lose myself in stories and science. The books that piled around my bed helped me find that feeling of home that I got…

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Environment

Healthy and Safe Swimming on MDI

Maine Healthy Beaches is “a statewide effort to monitor water quality and protect public health at Maine’s participating coastal saltwater beaches”. Each week, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, volunteers and staff from the Community Environmental Health Lab at MDIBL and Acadia National Park test many of the most popular swim spots on MDI. Each…

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Education

Our Sixteen Newest Scientists

Sixteen undergraduate students from seven states, representing ten institutions, arrived at MDI Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) two weeks ago. They are taking part in our popular and highly competitive ten-week summer fellowship programs, through either the INBRE or REU programs. These student fellows infuse the MDIBL campus with energy; our labs are bustling, the curiosity is…

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General News

Pilot project funding opportunity

Funding of up to $60,000 for one year (total costs) is available for scientifically meritorious projects. Pilot grant applications should focus on a one-year plan with experiments feasible for this time frame. Scientists and clinicians working at all Maine R&D organizations and education institutions are eligible to apply. Eligible investigators must hold an academic faculty…

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