Jonathan Gitlin for the Chronicle of Higher Education

7/21/14 — WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Jonathan Gitlin, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, poses for a photo on the docks of the MBL's Woods Hole campus on July 21, 2014. Gitlin led the charge to affiliate the MBL with the University of Chicago in 2013 and now has several undergraduates rotating through his research laboratory in the summer. (Kelvin Ma)

7/21/14 — WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Jonathan Gitlin, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, poses for a photo on the docks of the MBL's Woods Hole campus on July 21, 2014. Gitlin led the charge to affiliate the MBL with the University of Chicago in 2013 and now has several undergraduates rotating through his research laboratory in the summer. (Kelvin Ma)

I headed down to Woods Hole last month for a quick portrait of Jonathan Gitlin, a scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, to accompany a story in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the growing trend of major universities partnering with independent research institutions. In the case of Gitlin, he led the charge for MBL to partner with the University of Chicago.

Gitlin talked up the partnership big time, and was enthusiastic with his praise for the U of Chicago students he had interning for him over the summer. Having the beautiful waterfront campus as a backdrop, and Gitlin hamming it up big time, was a nice bonus, too.

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