Today is the high point (at least as far as activity goes) for summer bioscience in Woods Hole–the first Friday in August when the annual Corporation meeting coincides with the hallowed traditions of the Friday Evening Lectures. This morning, the campus of the MBL is pristine, the ocean deep blue and the next three hours will bring together the elected scientists who make up the MBL Corporation–I’m proud to call myself one of them.
MBL is such a unique asset for biology–the tag-line “Biological Discovery in Woods Hole” pretty much telegraphs what has been going on here for 120 years. During the summer, with the internationally recognized educational program, the summer investigators who move their labs here to take advantage of both the marine diversity but also the scientific diversity of thought, and the distinctly non-hierarchical milieu–new biological discoveries, really paradigm breaking discoveries, have happened here regularly.
Perhaps there is a lesson here for the academy.