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Archives for November, 2009

A small sense of accomplishment

Last week was demo week here at the Palazzo lab. Both Zeiss and Nikon dropped off their latest equipment and we had the chance to image some RNA. In addition we finally completed some badly needed lab renovations and as a result had an operation tissue culture area. I went ahead and transfected COS7 cells…

Map that Campus L

This week we have a special edition of Map that Campus. A few weeks ago I I wrote about my new voyage on the HMS Palazzo Lab. Well the resident of this campus had some advice on this topic: In a moral point of view, the effect ought to be, to teach him good-humoured patience,…

After a frantic couple of weeks, the lab seems to be finally coming together. This afternoon I sat down and started to peruse the past few issues of Cell Science, Nature, JCB, PLoS etc. and a few of the blogs that I like to check out. And then I read this strange article in the…

Scientific Careers and Job Security

From Study Finds Science Pipeline Strong, But Losing Top Students, Science 30 October 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5953, p. 654 A new study finds little evidence for leaks in the U.S. pipeline for producing native-born scientists except for a steep drop in the percentage of the highest performing students taking science and engineering jobs. The…

Olympus BioScapes 2009 Winners

Like Nikon, microscopes manufacturer Olympus has a yearly microscopy photo competition, this years winners are up. First place: Dr. Jan Michels Christian-Albrechts-University, Institute of Zoology Kiel, Germany Specimen: Daphnia atkinsoni (Water Flea) Technique: Confocal laser scanning microscopy For more go to the Olympus BioScapes 2009 Winners Gallery

When I was a postdoc at Harvard Medical School, I was a founding member of the New England RNA Data Club. We organized a monthly meeting, where RNA researchers from around the New England Area would get together and present data. Over three years, we were lucky enough to hear exciting talks and catalyze many…

I’ll be giving a talk on Thursday

Seminar Series of the CIHR Training Grant in Protein Folding Dr. Alexander Palazzo Department of Biochemistry University of Toronto Specialized Nuclear Export of mRNA Encoding Secreted and Mitochondrial Proteins Thursday, November 12, 2008 – 12:15pm Medical Sciences Building, Rm. 4279 University of Toronto I’ll see you there

The value of having large public award ceremonies for scientists, is that it gives their work some exposure to the public. Take for instance Shinya Yamanaka. His discovery of iPS cells in 2006 was one of the most important discoveries this past decade. It not only taught us how to generate stem cells from any…