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Research lab ramp-up plan & real-world tips to lower COVID-19 risk

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My lab and I are fortunate that in our Sacramento-Davis area there are relatively few COVID-19 cases, but what kind of COVID-19 risk mitigation plan should one use for a careful lab ramp-up plan? COVID-19 shouldn’t be the “elephant in the lab”, but should be discussed openly. Communication is probably one key to optimal ramp-up. …

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What do you like & dislike most about being a scientist?

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When my kids were younger, sometimes they’d ask why I am a scientist. How did you make that decision? Do you still like being a scientist? My answer would generally be along the lines of, “because I like figuring out how things work and maybe my research can help people”. What do you like about …

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Elephant in the lab series: common science excuses

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In this Elephant in the lab series we discuss the most taboo topics in science. Past Elephant in the lab examples include such pieces as the following: Dirty dozen easy steps to killing a paper Scientist’s guide to insulting other scientists  Followed by insults 2.0 that was a post including even nastier science insults Top 10 reasons …

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Ten lab pet peeves: elephant in the lab series

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Today I’m posting about pet peeves in the science lab. Who doesn’t have some of those? And, yeah, we are all probably guilty at one time or another of driving other people a bit nuts with our own idiosyncrasies that are their pet peeves. This post is another in my “Elephant in the Lab” series about difficult, but important …

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Stupid scientist tricks: what we do that we shouldn’t

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I’ve been doing a series of blog posts about scientists called “The elephant in the lab” in which I discuss taboo, but important topics in science. Today we are focusing on the top 10 dumbest things that scientists do…and hence today’s entry in this series might be called “Dumbo in the Lab” instead of “Elephant in …

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Fears of academic scientists: elephant in the lab series

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What scares scientists? What fears keep them up at night worrying? What makes them scream (if only in their heads)? As part of my elephant in the lab series tackling difficult but important topics for scientists, today I am talking fear! Earlier posts in this series included taboo topics about iPS cells, the dirty dozen …

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Taboo topics about iPS cells: the elephant in the lab series

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Wait, what’s that taboo elephant doing in the IPS cell lab? You don’t see it? I’m starting a new series called “The Elephant in the Lab” where I discuss controversial laboratory topics that people are usually too afraid to publicly discuss. We are starting with iPS cells. (for a description and definition of iPS cells …

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