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SmartTalk presentation by Dr. Milton Love: One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, Rockfish -
A Simply Fabulous Introduction to the Most Magnificent Fishes on Planet Earth

April 30, 2015

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SmartTalk at Ventura Harbor - A free life science presentation series for the public

April 15, 2015

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SmartTalk presentation series kick-off event by Dr. Charles Mazel: The Magic of Fluorescence in the Sea  A Story of Discovery, Beauty, and Cool Science

March 26, 2015

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Co-hosted by Coastal Marine Biolabs and the Ventura Port District, "SmartTalk" presentations at Ventura Harbor bring new life to science

March 4, 2015

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CMB receives commendation from the Mayor and City Council of the City of San Buenaventura

February 9, 2015

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CMB co-authors research manuscript based on student data contributions

November 23, 2014

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Coastal Marine Biolabs leverages Edison support to obtain two prestigious Federal awards

October 16, 2014

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Future of Science in Ventura Harbor

October 1, 2014

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Center for science research and education thrives in Ventura

August 16, 2014

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Coastal Marine Biolabs Announces a $1.1 Million Award from the National Institutes of Health for Project that Blends Neuroscience Research and Science Education

August 6, 2014

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Ventura Port District Commissioners Grant New 5-Year Lease to Coastal Marine Biolabs

June 11, 2014

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Ventura students work with rare fish samples

January 19, 2014

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Oarfish barcoders featured on local NPR station

January 13, 2014

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CMB interns from local high school assemble barcode records for the elusive oarfish

January 9, 2014

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A CMB signature program is highlighted during a plenary presentation delivered at the Fifth International Barcode of Life Conference in Kunming, China

October 31, 2013

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CMB students barcode groundfish of the Aleutian archipelago

May 12, 2012

In 2013, students participating in CMB's Barcoding Life's Matrix project will generate a reference DNA barcode library for selected species of Alaskan groundfish. Specimens will be collected by CMB laboratory assistant Megan Burwell, who will volunteer three-weeks of her time to assist scientists at NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center in conducting a biennial trawl survey of groundfish resources in the Aleutian archipelago. Click here for cruise announcement and survey objectives.


DNA barcoders from Los Altos High School are recognized for their contributions to the iBOL project

May 2012

High school students participating in the NSF-funded Barcoding Life's Matrix project are credited with their contributions to iBOL in a recent article that appeared in the Mountain View Voice. Click here to read the article.


CMB students to discuss their contributions to building a DNA barcode library of local marine fish species

Event date: August 7, 2011

High school students participating in the July 29 to August 7 session of CMB's Integrative Biosciences Program will discuss their efforts to create a DNA barcode library of fish species that inhabit the waters surrounding California s Galapagos Islands. Their presentation will form part of a public engagement event that will be hosted at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center. Click here for additional details.

Speakers:

Milton Love, Ph.D., Marine Biologist, UCSB
John Hyde, Ph.D., NOAA/Southwest Fisheries Science Center


CMB students to present their work in building a digital genetic registry of kelp forest fish and invertebrates

Event date: July 17, 2011

Students participating in the July 8 to July 17 session of CMB's Integrative Biosciences Program will discuss how DNA barcoding can assist scientists in their efforts to catalog and monitor life in our oceans. Their presentation will form part of a public engagement event that will be hosted at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center. Click here for additional details.

Speakers:

David Kushner, Biologist, Channel Islands National Park
Sujeevan Ratnasingham, Director of Informatics, Barcode of Life Data Systems,
University of Guelph, Ontario


Students in CMB's Genomes to Connectomes program to present their work during a public engagement event at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center

Event date: June 19, 2011

Students participating in the June 10 to June 19 session of CMB's Genomes to Connectomes program will discuss how marine-derived fluorescent proteins can shed new light on the molecular logic of nervous system hardwiring. Their presentation will be preceded by guest lectures from leading scientists in the field of marine bioluminescence. Click here for additional details.

Guest speakers:

Steven Haddock, Ph.D., Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
Dimitri Deheyn, Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Coastal Marine Biolabs receives an education innovation award from the National Science Foundation to engage high school students in the world s largest biodiversity genomics initiative

June 2, 2011

On June 2, 2011, Coastal Marine Biolabs (CMB) received an award from the National Science Foundation to launch the Barcoding Life s Matrix Project. Funded through the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program, the three-year project seeks to address science education reform agenda by enlisting the participation of high school students in building a reference DNA barcode library of fish and invertebrate species that inhabit the kelp forests of California s northern Channel Islands (often called the North American Galapagos because they are home to over 150 endemic or unique species).

Over the last two years, CMB students representing 20 California cities and four states have helped biologists at the Channel Islands National Park (CINP) create the first DNA record of species diversity in a U.S. National Park. They have also generated and submitted reference DNA barcodes for a number of marine indicator species monitored by CINP biologists, including rockfish, echinoderms, gastropods, and hydrocorals.

The Barcoding Life s Matrix Project will broaden student engagement in these efforts through interdisciplinary residential experiences hosted at CMB's harbor-based biosciences lab, and a comprehensive professional development program for high school science teachers. Teachers who participate in the project will receive in-depth laboratory training, instructional materials, and lab equipment needed to guide their students through the DNA barcoding workflow in their own science labs. Through these experiences, students will submit complete DNA barcode records to the Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD), and utilize their barcode data to explore a variety of real-world questions with scientific and social relevance.

The project also involves the creation of new technology resources that integrate with BOLD. New tools to capture and manage specimen metadata, streamline the sequence editing process, and validate student-generated data are currently under development through an ongoing collaboration with the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and the BOLD informatics team.

The Barcoding Life s Matrix project leverages an extensive partnership network that includes the CINP, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the Ventura Unified School District, the Ventura County Office of Education, the California Regional Environmental Education Community, the California Applied Biotechnology Centers Initiative, Ocean Genome Legacy, the Consortium for the Barcode of Life, and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario.


CMB students help create the first DNA record of species diversity in a U.S. National Park

April 2011

In collaboration with biologists from the Channel Islands National Park, CMB students helped deposit genomic materials for a complete set of kelp forest indicator species monitored by the Channel Islands National Park. The new collection is archived in the Ocean Genome Resource of Ocean Genome Legacy and will be available for non-commercial research. This project represents the first effort to create a permanent DNA record of the diversity of species in a U.S. National Park. Click here for more information.


Coastal Marine Biolabs and Bio-Rad Announce Collaboration to Develop DNA Barcoding Activities for the Classroom

December 20, 2010

Ventura, CA and Hercules, CA  Coastal Marine Biolabs (CMB), a recognized leader in its ongoing efforts to engage students in DNA barcoding, and Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., a multinational manufacturer and distributor of life science research and clinical diagnostics products, today announced a collaboration to co-develop DNA Barcoding instructional activities for the classroom.

The collaboration merges Bio-Rad's expertise in the development of instructional tools, offered through its Biotechnology Explorer!" program, with CMB's expertise in engaging students in the generation and submission of real DNA barcode data to the International Barcode of Life Project (iBOL), the world's largest biodiversity genomics initiative. The result of this collaboration will provide instructional activities and resources that will equip educators with innovative tools to promote bioliteracy and increase their students' interest in scientific discovery.

About DNA Barcoding and the International Barcode of Life Project
Inspired by commercial barcodes that are used to track consumer items, DNA barcoding is a digital identification system that uses a short segment of a mitochondrial reference gene to distinguish animal species. iBOL is a multinational alliance of scientists and institutions that have cataloged approximately 1 million DNA barcode records for approximately 85,000 species in the Barcode of Life Data Systems, a public access workbench and data repository. Formally launched in September 2010, iBOL seeks to expand the registry and assemble 5 million barcode records from 500,000 species by 2015. In addition to addressing basic issues in taxonomy research and accelerating the discovery of new species, DNA barcoding promises to be a valuable tool to address a variety of important environmental problems.

About CMB
Based in Ventura, CA, CMB is a private educational organization that was founded by academic research scientists to address key recommendations for science education reform. CMB's life science curricula immerse high school students in active research that connects them to relevant, real-world issues that affect their everyday lives. CMB's interdisciplinary programs are designed to complement and expand the academic knowledge that students derive from their formal education, and provide opportunities for them to apply this knowledge in pursuit of contemporary research questions. To learn more, visit www.coastalmarinebiolabs.org.

About Bio-Rad
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) has remained at the center of scientific discovery for more than 50 years, manufacturing and distributing a broad range of products for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. The company is renowned worldwide among hospitals, universities, major research institutions, as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies for its commitment to quality and customer service. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is headquartered in Hercules, California, and serves more than 85,000 research and industry customers worldwide through its global network of operations. The company employs over 6,800 people globally and had revenues of nearly $1.8 billion in 2009. For more information, please visit www.bio-rad.com.

For more information, contact:
Linda Santschi, Ph.D.
Coastal Marine Biolabs
Phone: 805-289-9275
santschi@coastalmarinebiolabs.org

Tina Cuccia, Corporate Communications Manager
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
Phone: 510-724-7000
tina_cuccia@bio-rad.com


Professional Development Seminar for High School Science Teachers

December 4, 2010

High school science teachers are cordially invited to attend an informational seminar that explores the educational merits of DNA barcoding as a multidisciplinary STEM teaching and learning tool. The seminar will be hosted at Coastal Marine Biolabs  harbor-based biosciences laboratory on Saturday December 4, 2010. Click here for more information.


District-wide biotechnology course development meeting

November 17, 2010

In collaboration with Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) teachers and administrators, CMB will host a planning meeting that aims to establish DNA barcoding as the cornerstone of a multidisciplinary, district-wide biotechnology course for high school students.

The course will build upon the success of a professional development program that was implemented in 2009 by VUSD high school science teachers with support from CMB scientists.  Through this program, students applied DNA barcoding to generate, analyze, and submit BOLD-compliant DNA barcode records for local marine taxa to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)/GenBank.

The meeting will be held at CMB's harbor-based biosciences laboratory on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 from 5:00  7:00 p.m.


CMB students join a statewide consortium of citizen scientists participating in a marine biotoxin monitoring and control program

November 7, 2010

Sponsored by the Environmental Management Branch of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Marine Biotoxin Monitoring and Control Program is intended to provide an early warning of shellfish toxicity by assessing coastal marine resources for the presence of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins and domoic acid. Under the supervision of CMB scientists, high school student interns will contribute to the program by submitting phytoplankton and shellfish samples for toxin analysis by the CDPH lab. Student interns will also generate and submit different types of scientific data that will assist CDPH scientists in their monitoring efforts.  Interns for this program are currently being recruited through CMB's partnership with Oxnard City Corps and Ventura City Corps.


Life Technologies extends its support of CMB's student DNA barcoders

October 27, 2010

Product donations from Life Technologies (Carlsbad, CA) will help support CMB's ongoing efforts to bridge life science education and biodiversity genomics research by engaging students as citizen scientists in the International Barcode of Life Project.  With this generous support, high school students will help build a digital genetic registry of Earth s plants and animals by generating and submitting reference DNA barcode records for select marine taxa to the Barcode of Life Data Systems


California high school students present their work at a public engagement event co-sponsored by the Channel Island National Park.

August 2010

High school students who participated in a recent Biomes to Genomes program session presented their barcoding work as part a larger public engagement event that included seminars from international scientists. Click here for a press announcement describing the event.


CMB hosts planning meeting that seeks to broaden the participation of high school students in the world s largest biodiversity genomics project.

August 2010

As a recognized leader in ongoing efforts to recruit the participation of students in iBOL, CMB was recently selected by the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) to host a panel of scientists, educators, and media experts to develop a framework for the widespread engagement of high school students in creating a genetic registry of Earth s plants and animals. The planning meeting was held at CMB on August 2  3, 2010 with support from CBOL and our partners at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (the birthplace and worldwide headquarters of iBOL). We anticipate that the meeting outcomes will lay the groundwork for the formation of more extensive partnership networks to facilitate the replication of our educational model and future scale-up efforts. Click here for the meeting report.


CMB receives renewed support from Edison International to engage high school students in the international Barcode of Life project.

July 19, 2010

Edison International began supporting CMB's efforts to engage high school students in the landmark Barcode of Life Initiative in July 2009. Through this support, and generous contributions from the Ventura Education Partnership, the California Applied Biotechnology Centers Initiative, New England Biolabs, and Life Technologies, students from 18 California cities have joined scientists around the globe in their efforts to create a massive genetic encyclopedia of Earth s plants and animals. Edison International renewed this support on July 19, 2010, which will enable CMB scientists to broaden the participation of high school students in the world s largest biodiversity genomics project.


CMB students assist scientists at the Spanish National Research Council in developing a pattern recognition system that links otolith contours to fish species ID s

March 23, 2010

The AFORO database recently announced the availability of high-resolution images and corresponding contour data for 140 rockfish otoliths. Representing 21 species of California rockfish (Sebastes), this data was generated from otoliths submitted by CMB students conducting combined field and laboratory work at CMB. The AFORO database is populated with complete morphometric information obtained from high-resolution images of fish otoliths, and contains a shape analysis module that provides mathematical descriptors of otolith shapes. This database, along with a rapidly expanding archive of otoliths from fishes around the world, is a potentially powerful new resource for sex, age, population, and species identification studies.


CMB formalizes a partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

February 24, 2010

In an effort to inspire talented pre-college students from around the nation, CMB recently formalized a partnership with the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. In summer 2010, CTY students will participate in CMB's Genomes to Connectomes program, an interdisciplinary field and laboratory experience that provides a unique opportunity for high school students to explore how scientists use marine-derived fluorescent proteins to examine various aspects of nervous system development and other biological processes. The Genomes to Connectomes program will be also offered in an expanded format to students who are accepted for regular enrollment through CMB's nine-day resident biosciences program.


The Biodiversity Institute of Ontario to support CMB's student-led DNA-based bioinventory of California s northern Channel Islands kelp forest fish and invertebrates

February 2010

The worldwide DNA barcoding initiative is supported by the sequencing facilities at the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (CCDB), which is based at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO). BIO also maintains the Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD), an online digital interface and data repository for the international DNA barcoding community. To help CMB encourage the participation of high school students in creating a genetic library of kelp forest fish and invertebrates, the CCDB will perform automated DNA sequencing of 2000 COI amplicons generated by students in CMB's biosciences laboratories. The Institute s bioinformatics team will also take a lead role in creating a pre-BOLD user interface to remotely manage and interrogate data generated by students and other non-professionals through our educational programming.


Students initiate a combined ultrastructural and genetic study of Pacific Coast hydrocorals at CMB

January, 2010

In collaboration with Dr. Milton Love (University of California, Santa Barbara) and under the supervision of CMB scientists, local undergraduate students initiated a research project aimed at exploring the phylogenetic relationships among Pacific coast hydrocorals using a combined ultrastructural and genetic approach. This unique, research-based educational experience is made possible through a U.S. Department of Education College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) STEM grant awarded to Ventura College. As an organizational partner in the grant, CMB is providing the scientific training and mentorship needed for students to apply scanning electron microscopy and various molecular genetic techniques in pursuit of their project goal.


The achievements of CMB's citizen scientists highlighted on NPR s Morning Edition

January 18, 2010


CMB students from fourteen cities and two states have joined scientists around the globe in their efforts to create a DNA-based inventory of all life on the planet. Their participation in the landmark Barcode of Life Initiative was highlighted in a feature story that aired on NPR s Morning Edition on January 18. Click here to view a slide show of CMB's DNA barcoders in action.


CMB's Environmental Water Quality Monitoring program cited as an exemplary environmental education program by the California Regional Environmental Education Community

December 2009

Funded by the California Applied Biotechnology Centers Initiative, this pilot program provides opportunities for youth volunteers to apply molecular and genetic techniques to monitor the levels and host source of fecal indicator bacteria in Ventura Harbor and the Ventura Keys. Click here for more information.


CMB students tour the submersible Delta in Ventura Harbor

September 20, 2009

The Seattle-based research vessel (R/V) Velero IV arrived in Ventura Harbor carrying the Delta, a two-person submersible, as its cargo. The arrival of Velero IV marked the start of an extensive, deep-water survey of fishes, invertebrates, and seafloor habitats. The research expedition was led by Dr. Milton Love (University of California, Santa Barbara), who took time from his last minute preparations to describe his research expedition, lead an in-depth tour of the Velero IV, showcase the submarine it supports, and tell some entertaining stories to our students. Click here to view a video of the tour.


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