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Archives for October, 2008

What strange things happen in the lab on Halloween? Read part I and part II to find out what’s going on. (Reposted in honor of Halloween) “All those beauties in solid motion All those beauties, gonna swallow you up Hi hi hi hi hi hi One time too many Too far to go I –…

Strange things happen when it’s Halloween week in the lab. (reposted in honor of Halloween) Catch up on the story by reading part I.

Tales from the lab

Reposted in honor of the holiday. What’s it like when you work in the lab on Halloween? It started out innocently enough. “Go get some BHK cells,” he said, “then transform the cells with these plasmids and use G418 to kill the cells that didn’t get transformed.”

A bit of unsolicited advice for workshop presenters I’m currently in Washington, D.C. at the Advanced Technology Education conference co-sponsored by National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges. The people here are an interesting mix of instructors teaching high tech stuff and instructors who sometimes seem more advanced in age than technological…

Experimenting with on-line worksheets I know some people who always teach their classes the same way, semester after semester, year after year.. Not me. I always want to experiment and try new things. This fall, I’m experimenting with using a wiki in the classroom, in addition to my blog. This wont be my first wiki…

Why should professional scientists have all the fun? Researchers have been engineering glowing cats, and selling glowing fish at pet stores. High school kids can do genetic engineering too, if they have the right equipment. And you can help them get the equipment by contributing to our DonorsChoose fund drive. If you’re willing to help…

I probably shouldn’t find this amusing, but… Back a few years ago, a friend of mine worked at a biotech company in Seattle that had large windows looking out onto Puget Sound. They always cheered when the Navy ships came in, ’cause they knew it meant they’d have more work. Tom Joe has a funny…

This video from WDSU shows Mr. Green Genes, the transgenic kitty, in the dark and in the light. There’s also an interview with Dr. Betsy Dresser, who very briefly talks about the work at the Audubon Center for Research on Endangered Species. Other than clips of the cat, and Dr. Dresser, the video mostly shows…

Two interesting events are happening, Monday night, Oct. 27th. At the UW: Josh Rosenau from the National Center for Science Education will be speaking at 6 pm about Creationist attacks on science education. (Josh is also a Science Blogger). In Ravenna, at Third Place Pub: Ted White from the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute will be…

Are you interested in global health? The Washington Global Health Alliance is looking for an education professional, with a life science or science education background (BS or higher) to help train faculty and students at the high school level. The complete announcement is below, the appointment would be at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute in…