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2015 News in Brief



CEE Snags Winning Spot in Koch Institute Image Competition

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An image of marine bacteria consuming the carbon from a dying phytoplankton from CEE post docs Vicente Fernandez and Steven Smriga, and Professor Roman Stocker, was selected as a 2015 winner of the Koch Institute Image Awards. Chosen from over 100 submissions, the image is a testament to the way the marine ecosystem functions: “Our image is a snapshot of the oceans’ microbial engines in action. The carbon – or ‘C’ food’! – from the spiny diatom attracts the bacteria, which consume it and recycle it for larger organisms to use,” said the team. The image is now displayed in the Koch Gallery at a greater than 3 meter in size – possibly the largest microorganism on campus!