CauseScience Friday!! February 6th #science #selfie

psgurel – I’ve just spent most of my morning in lab meeting, and will spend my afternoon going to a few lectures.  Presenting work and getting feedback is a critical part of science.  Lab meetings are somewhat more informal sessions where the entire lab can get together and discuss specific details on members’ projects. It’s helpful for all involved in terms of troubleshooting, fine tuning direction of the research project, etc.  It’s fun, but can also be somewhat tiring.  Here’s my post lab meeting selfie 🙂

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crestwind24 – This morning I came into lab very early to make sure I got all of my experiments done before heading to Philadelphia in the afternoon. One of the things I needed to do was run 4 PCR reactions and then image the products of the reactions using gel electrophoresis. Or more simply, I needed to make specific fragments of DNA from the C. elegans genome, and then make sure I made the correct DNA by looking at its size. When I visualized the PCR reactions separated by size on an agarose gel (top panel), I did not see the size DNA I was making with the PCR. Instead I saw a bunch of randomly sized bands and smears (hence my grumpy face when sitting at the gel imager, bottom left). Luckily, since I was in lab so early, I redid the PCR at a different temperature and got nice crisp bands at the exact size I expected (right bottom panel)!!! I love when molecular biology works!!!

If you missed them, be sure to check out previous CauseScience Fridays!!

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Win $250 and get famous by entering AIBS ‘Faces of Biology’ photo contest! #AIBS_Policy

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American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is sponsoring a ‘Faces of Biology’ photo contest. Check the link for more info and past winners. Submit photos now! open until September 30th.

The theme of the contest is “Faces of Biology.” Photographs entered into the contest must depict a person, such as a scientist, researcher, technician, or student, engaging in biological research. The depicted research may occur outside, in a lab, with a natural history collection, on a computer, in a classroom, or elsewhere.

 

The First Place Winner will have his/her winning photo featured on the cover of BioScience, and will receive $250 and a one year membership in AIBS, including a subscription to BioScience.

AIBS public policy is a great resource for science advocacy and keeping up to date on legislation of interest to science and scientists. Check out their Public Policy website here. Current science legislation here.