Dispatches E-News: Oysters Part 2, Lionfish & Colwell Wins International Prize for Biology (11/15/17)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Mardi Gras, Jazz, and Oysters (Part 2)

Dr. Sean Powers is chairman of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama. He and his colleague, Meagan Schrandt, are studying oyster reefs along the Gulf coast. One of their key missions is to discover why Louisiana oyster reefs haven’t recovered since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Invasion of the Lionfish!
Dr. Will Patterson has a truly amazing story to tell: The invasion of alien predators has reached epic proportions.
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Colwell to Receive 2017 International Prize for Biology

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative congratulates its Research Board Chair Dr. Rita Colwell on her selection as the 33rd laureate of the International Prize for Biology. The prize, managed by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, honors outstanding contributions to research advances in fundamental biology and is one of the most prestigious honors a natural scientist can receive.

The award honors Colwell as a pioneer in using computational tools and DNA sequencing to identify and classify marine bacteria and other microorganisms, work that helped lay the foundation for the bioinformatics revolution. The prize also recognizes Colwell’s life-saving contributions to the understanding and prevention of cholera.

Photo courtesy of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.

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