These events are part of the MVP (MBL Virtual Programs) webinar series. This virtual series ran from July 6-17, 2020 and included offerings from many of our summer programs including the advanced research training courses and the Logan Science Journalism program. We are very excited to reconnect with our friends and colleagues, learn from distinguished speakers, and engage in lively scientific discussion. Webinars were recorded and are available for viewing via the links below.

July 6, 2020
Embryology Course Webinar
Embryology Course Directors David Sherwood and Carole LaBonne host speaker Dr. Mansi Srivastava of Harvard University for a talk entitled, "Into the Unknown: Probing regeneration and development in a new research organism".
July 6, 2020
Frontiers in Reproduction Course Webinar
Join FIR Course Director Rafael Fissore and guest speaker, Dr. Paolo Rinaudo (UCSF).
July 7, 2020
Cytoskeleton Club
Join Clare Waterman (NIH), Amy Shaub Maddox (UNC), and Amy Gladfelter (UNC) for the first session of the Tuesday Cytoskeleton series.
July 7, 2020
Zebrafish Course Webinar
Join Zebrafish Course Directors Sharon Amacher and Deborah Yelon along with their guests, Andrea Pauli (IMP Vienna) and Jan Huisken (Morgridge Institute).
July 7, 2020
Neural Systems & Behavior Course Webinar
Join Neural Systems & Behavior Course Directors Stephanie White, Robert Froemke, and Alberto Pereda along with guest Dr. Michael Brecht (BCCN Berlin), for his talk “Positive emotions, tickling and play.”
July 8, 2020
STAMPS Course Webinar
Please join STAMPS Course Directors Tracy Teal and Mihai Pop.
July 8, 2020
SCARE Course Webinar
Join Frontiers in Stem Cells and Regeneration Course Directors Jennifer Morgan and Ina Dobrinski along with guest speaker Dr. Labib Rouhana (Wright State University).
July 9, 2020
Physiology Course Webinar
Join Physiology Course Directors Dan Fletcher and Nicole King along with guest speaker, Dr. Amy Gladfelter (UNC)
July 9, 2020
Neurobiology Course Webinar
Join Course Directors Diana Bautista, Ellen Lumpkin and Marc Hammarlund along with guest speaker, Dr. Theanne Griffith (Rutgers).
July 10, 2020
SPINES Course Webinar
Join SPINES Course Directors Gina Poe and Gerald Downes who will welcome Dr. Julio Ramirez (Davidson College) for the Martinez-Townsel Endowed Lecture.
July 10, 2020
Methods in Computational Neuroscience Course Webinar
Join MCN Course Directors Stephen Baccus and Xiao-Jing Wang for Dr. Wang's talk entitled, "Neural circuit models of decision-making and its impairments."
July 13, 2020
Biology of Parasitism Course Webinar
Join BOP Course Directors Barbara Burleigh, Freddy Frischknecht and Flaminia Catterucia for Dr. Frischknecht's talk, "Plasmodium: unique biology of an amazing protozoan".
July 13, 2020
Microbial Diversity Course Webinar
Please join Microbial Diversity Course Directors George O’Toole and Rachel Whitaker for their presentation, “Bringing Microbial Diversity into View.”
July 14, 2020
Optical Microscopy Course Webinar
Join Optical Microscopy Course Directors Alison North and Joerg Bewersdorf for the talk “Recent developments in super-resolution microscopy to interrogate single molecules in their sub-cellular context”.
July 14, 2020
Cytoskeleton Club
Join Clare Waterman (NIH), Amy Gladfelter (UNC) and Amy Shaub Maddox (UNC) for the second session of the Tuesday Cytoskeleton series.
July 15, 2020
AQLM Course Webinar
Join AQLM Course Directors Wendy Salmon, Peter Kner, and Paul Maddox with guest speaker Justin Taraska (NIH/NHLBI) for a talk, “Imaging the nanoscale structure of the plasma membrane with light and electron microscopy”.
July 15, 2020
Gene Regulatory Networks Course Webinar
Join GERN Course Directors Isabelle Peter and Scott Barolo along with guest speaker, Dr. James Briscoe (Francis Crick Institute).
July 16, 2020
Molecular Mycology Course Webinar
Join MOMY Course Directors Robert Cramer and David Andes along with guest speaker, Dr. Aaron Mitchell (University of Georgia).
July 16, 2020
Brains, Minds & Machines Course Webinar
Join Brains, Minds & Machines Course Directors Boriz Katz and Gabriel Kreiman along with guest speaker, Nancy Kanwisher, (MIT).
July 17, 2020
Logan Science Journalism Program Webinar
Join Logan Science Journalism program Course Directors Anne Giblin, Javier Lloret, Brad Shuster, Phong Tran, and guests.
July 17, 2020
Physical Biology of the Cell Course Webinar
Join Physical Biology of the Cell Course Directors, Hernan Garcia and Rob Phillips along with guest speaker: Julie Theriot (Univeristy of Washington) - “Combining experimental measurements and mathematical modeling to understand how cells move.”
July 21, 2020
Cytoskeleton Club
Join Clare Waterman, Amy Gladfelter and Amy Shaub Maddox along with guest speaker Jadranka Loncarek, for the third session of the Tuesday Cytoskeleton series.

These free virtual lectures are part of the MBL’s endowed lecture series. The MBL’s endowed lectures, a core component of the Advanced Research Training Courses, have been established by friends and family in honor of esteemed scientists or loved ones. This year, we are livestreaming one lecture per course, as available, to reconnect with our friends and colleagues, learn from distinguished speakers, and engage in lively scientific discussion. Webinars are recorded and are available for viewing post-lecture. If you are interested in establishing a lecture in honor or memory of someone, please contact the Development Office (

June 11, 2021
The John Saunders Endowed Lectureship in Embryology
“Vignettes from a Dev Bio/Evodevo Lab: What Makes a Limb Cell a Limb Cell? And how did Birds Evolve the Capacity to Vocalize?” Dr. Cliff Tabin, Harvard University
June 16, 2021
The John G. Nicholls Endowed Lectureship in Neural Systems and Behavior with special “Live from the Lab” event
“Theme and Variations: Evolution of Mate Choice in Drosophila” Dr. Vanessa Ruta, Rockefeller University
July 3, 2021
The Tay Hayashi Lectureship in Cell Physiology
“Emerging Imaging Technologies to Study Cell Architecture, Dynamics and Function” Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus
July 5, 2021
The Thomas Sargent Reese Endowed Lecture in Neurobiology
"An Eye For Biological Structure: Lessons from Tom Reese" Dr. Ronald D. Vale, Executive Director, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
July 14, 2021
Roger D. Milkman Endowed Lecture in Microbial Diversity
“Symbiosis in Sippewissett: Microbial Ecology and Evolution of the Pink Berry Consortia” Dr. Lizzy Wilbanks, University of California, Santa Barbara
July 15, 2021
The Joe L. Martinez, Jr. and James G. Townsel Endowed Lectureship in SPINES
“Broken Brains and Breaking Barriers: Lessons from the Hippocampal Formation and Life” Dr. Julio Ramirez, Davidson College
July 17, 2021
Gail and Elkan Blout Endowed Guest Lectureship - Biology of Parasitism
“Physiology and Biochemistry of Saliva in Vectors” Dr. Jesus Valenzuela, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Aug 16, 2021
Massey Family Endowed Lectureship - Methods in Computational Neuroscience
“Deep Reinforcement Learning and its Neuroscientific Implications” Dr. Matthew Botvinick, DeepMind

Join the MBL Ecosystems Center scientists as they explore critical problems in environmental science. Inspired by their research, seminars will touch on topics covered as part of the Semester in Environmental Science at the MBL, and span diverse ecosystems ranging from Arctic tundra to temperate forests, coastal marshes and wetlands to the open ocean, deserts to Cape Cod’s salt ponds. Deepen your knowledge about global change, and unexpected consequences of human activity on our planet.

Oct 29, 2020
Sea-level Rise and the Fate of Coastal Salt Marsh Buffers
Anne Giblin, Ecosystems Center Director, MBL; Senior Scientist and Inke Forbrich, Research Scientist
Nov 10, 2020
A Changing Climate, A Changing Ocean
Maureen Conte, MBL Fellow; Senior Scientist, Bermuda Institute for Ocean Science and Rut Pedrosa Pàmies, Research Scientist
Nov 17, 2020
Death Defying Down-regulation Among Algae Living High and Dry in Desert Ecosystems
Zoe Cardon, Senior Scientist and Elena Peredo, Research Scientist
Dec 1, 2020
Human Impacts on the Global Nitrogen Cycle and Nitrogen in the Coastal Zone: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Jim Galloway, Sidman P. Poole Professor, Univ. of Virginia; MBL Trustee; Javier Lloret, Research Scientist and Ken Foreman, SES Program Director
Dec 8, 2020
Breathing Without Air: The Microbial Superheroes of our Backyard
Joe Vallino, Senior Scientist and Emil Ruff, Assistant Scientist
Dec 15, 2020
Will Land Feedbacks to the Climate System Accelerate Global Warming?
Jerry Melillo, Distinguished Scientist, Ed Rastetter, Senior Scientist and Gus Shaver, Senior Scientist Emeritus