In 2013, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, joined the University of Chicago. The rich collaborations that have resulted include a book series with the University of Chicago Press. The books are connected in some ways with the MBL science and scientists, including volumes by, about, with, for, inspired by, or otherwise related to the MBL. The intention is that these books “highlight the ongoing role the Marine Biological Laboratory plays in the creation and dissemination of science, in its broader historical context, as well as current practice and future potential.” Each book will reflect the creativity of discovery at the MBL.
The first two volumes have also a close connection with Arizona State University. University Professor Jane Maienschein, who directs ASU’s Center for Biology and Society and is also a Fellow at the MBL, serves as series editor. Visions of Cell Biology, the first book to appear in January 2018, is edited by Maienschein, ASU’s President Professor Manfred Laubichler who also directs ASU’S Santa Fe Initiative, and University of Chicago Professor Karl Matlin. The volume grew out of a series of workshops held at the MBL with funding from the University of Chicago, the National Science Foundation, Arizona State University, and the Webster Foundation.
The second volume, appearing in February 2018, is co-edited by ASU’s Arizona Zoological Society Endowed Chair Ben Minteer, Maienschein, and ASU’s Ullman Professor James Collins. The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation, is an interdisciplinary volume on the history, science, ethics, and practice of zoo and aquarium conservation. This book also originated from a series of workshops. The MBL History of Biology seminar, carried out for over 30 years as a collaboration between the MBL and ASU, led to a series of working events including onw with the Phoenix Zoo through Minteer’s endowed chair position. Minteer is organizing two upcoming public book launch events at the Phoenix Zoo on March 21, 2018 and at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago on April 19, 2018.
Other volumes are in preparation, some of which also in collaboration with ASU, and a number of ASU students and graduates are also playing important roles in those editorial efforts. A volume underway on marine research explores the move From The Beach to the Bench and is led by Karl Matlin. Another, organized by Manfred Laubichler, examines the contributions of Caltech developmental biologist Eric Davidson. A third book will focus on regeneration research and is led by ASU PhD graduate Kate MacCord and Maienschein.
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