Category Archives: Lab Tours

Festival of the Mind – volunteers?

Most of you are probably aware already of the Festival of the Mind, happening in Sheffield soon (http://festivalofthemind.group.shef.ac.uk/).

We (the lab) are running two events on Researcher’s Night (Friday 28th Sept).
I’ll be helping out on Kids’ Labs, in the B1 teaching labs, where we will be extracting our own DNA and playing Genome Top Trumps.

Andy will be showcasing research in the TABLAB as part of the Department’s Research Demonstrations.

It is likely that both of us would benefit from some helpers, so please get in touch if interestesd.  Even if you cannot help out on the night, I’m keen to trail a fruit juice/washing-up liquid/salt method of DNA extraction and it would be great to get some volunteers for that. I’d like to try it out at 2.30 PM on Thursday. Meet in the locker room if you want to give it a go.

Jon

Demonstrators for UCAS days

Hi all,

UCAS visit days are a successful part of our undergrad recruitment program, not least because of the excellent demonstrations that our PhD students put on. One of these is the Mol Ecol lab demo, which I’m sure many of you will be familiar with. We could do with some new demonstrators because the current crop are either nearing the end of their PhDs or are switching to new, alternative demonstrations. I already have a few names but it would be great to grow the pool. Any volunteers?

We have a well-rehearsed demonstration that can easily be tailored to reflect the interests of whoever is demonstrating. You get paid the usual practical demonstrating rate, and of course it looks good on a CV.

Our summer open days (Fri June 15th, Fri July 6th, Sat July 7th and Tue Sept 4th) all involve around 30mins of your time. The winter/early autumn open days last around an hour. Typically you give the presentation/demo around 3 or 4 times during a single slot.

I always make sure that the workload is distributed fairly between demonstrators so that nobody is overburdened.

Any volunteers or possible volunteers please get in touch.
Many thanks
Jon

UCAS Open Day: Thursday 11th Feb 2-3pm

Hello!

Tomorrow (Thursday) I will be doing a UCAS demonstration in the Mol Ecol Lab, lasting for about 1 hour. This will be at the central entrance to the lab and I will need access to the sequencer room at this time.

It will get really busy, so can I please please ask that you collect the plates/tips/septa/pipettes you need BEFORE 2pm tomorrow. The sequencer will be OUT OF BOUNDS during this time, so please load your plates before 2pm or after 3pm.

I get a bit nervous about this, so the usual rules apply or face my wrath… in particular, don’t barge through the group and don’t vortex loads of tubes on a machine 1 metre away from the talk like the BeadExpress man dared to do… or prepare to be scowled at. Severely.

Thanks for your understanding!

UCAS Open Day: Thursday 10th Dec 2-3pm (Tomorrow!)

Hello!

Tomorrow (Thursday) I will be doing a UCAS demonstration in the Mol Ecol Lab, lasting for about 1 hour. This will be at the central entrance to the lab and I will need access to the sequencer room at this time.

It will get really busy (there are a lot of people coming tomorrow), so can I please please ask that you collect the plates/tips/septa/pipettes you need BEFORE 2pm tomorrow, and please try not to put plates on between 2 and 3pm. It’s a bit stressful giving the presentation and especially so when lab members are charging through large groups of students and parents… also people with benches around the sequencer, if you need somewhere quiet to work, you can use my lab bench (next to the PCR machines).

Thanks for your understanding!

New posters

Please could you give me a shout if you have a nice poster that you would like to be displayed in the corridor. It would be nice to put up some of the new ones made for ESEB if possible.

Ta, Debs

UCAS Open Days – IMPORTANT!!!

Every year we have students visiting the Molecular Ecology Lab as part of the UCAS open day tours.

As part of this, some of us (Katie, Susan, Ian, Emily, Jamie) do several short presentations using the ABI 3730 computer.

Therefore, this is a polite reminder that the ABI 3730 sequencer room is *OUT OF BOUNDS* for loading plates and retrieving data between 2-3pm on the following days:

Tuesday Jan 27th (Tomorrow!)
Tuesday Feb 3rd
Thursday Feb 5th
Tuesday Feb 10th
Thursday Feb 12th
Tuesday Feb 17th
Thursday Feb 19th
Tuesday March 3rd
Tuesday March 10th

PLEASE NOTE: it is fine to have plates running during this time, but make sure that they are loaded BEFORE 2pm. You will have to wait until after 3pm to collect your data.

The Open Day events are run on a very tight schedule and it is important that as little disruption occurs for everyone involved. We would also be very grateful if you keep the entrance to the lab and the sequencer room clear.

UCAS Open Days

Hi Everyone! Katie and I will be doing UCAS Demonstrations between 2 and 3pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. We would really appreciate if everyone can avoid using the sequencer room at this time (it is fine to have plates running so long as you put them in before 2pm) and perhaps try and keep the benches next to the sequencer room free (where Catherine, Alain, Camille etc. sit).

It is fine to work at the computers and if anyone needs a temporary lab bench for the afternoon, you can use mine, it’s the one next to the PCR machines with the magnetic crab on it.

Thanks!