EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 1, 2012

Lab given geneticist's Nobel prize, diploma

New England in Brief

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The granddaughters of pioneering geneticist Thomas Hunt Morgan have donated his Nobel Prize and artistically decorated Nobel diploma to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.

Morgan was a student at the lab starting in 1889 and later returned nearly every summer to conduct research.

Morgan was a pioneer in using fruit flies for genetic research, proving hereditary material was located on chromosomes.

He received the first-ever Nobel Prize in the field of genetics in 1933. His granddaughters said there was no better place than the laboratory to leave the gold medal prize and diploma.

The diploma was created by artist Jerk Werkmaster. It depicts buildings with gold roofs and a woman with a laurel wreath floating under the sun. In 1965, certain Nobel diplomas were simplified to omit art.

Mass. woman killed in Nashua crash

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire police say a 55-year-old woman was killed and a 47-year-old man was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident in Nashua.

Officials say the car driven by the man veered off Searles Road about 11:25 p.m. Saturday and crashed into a tree.

The woman passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the man was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he’s listed in critical condition.

Officials say the man and woman were from Massachusetts, but their names have not been released.

Mass. 2013 hunting licenses go on sale

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife says hunting, sporting, fishing and trapping licenses for 2013 are now for sale.

The licenses became available Saturday for purchase online at www.mass.gov/massfishhunt and at various vendor locations and MassWildlife offices.

State officials are reminding online shoppers to check the proper box for a 2013 license, since 2012 licenses are also still available.

Anyone 15 years old or older needs a license to fish in fresh water or hunt.

Freshwater fishing licenses for teens ages 15 to 17 are free, but can’t be bought online.

NH officials offer snowmobile

safety classes

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are offering free snowmobile safety classes at locations around the state.

The daylong class is required for all snowmobile riders who don’t have a valid driver’s license.

Officials say those under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a licensed adult when operating a snowmobile, unless they are on their own property.

Many of the volunteer instructors are members of the more than 100 snowmobile clubs in New Hampshire.

Fish and Game officials say that more than 2,500 snowmobilers take the safety class each year.

Laura Bush, daughter to appear in Lowell

LOWELL — Former first lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush Hager will be appearing at Middlesex Community College next year to help the Lowell school raise money for scholarships.

The Lowell Sun reports that the two women will headline the college’s annual Celebrity Forum at Lowell Memorial Auditorium June 14. Tickets are set to go on sale Dec. 10.

Jenna Bush Hager, a correspondent for NBC’s “Today Show,” will interview her mother during the forum, and Laura Bush will answer questions from the audience. College officials say it will be the first-ever such public appearance by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager.

Actor Michael J. Fox was last year’s celebrity speaker at the MCC event.