As much as I show here our urban garden on our tiny wee balcony as well as my mixed media creation - I work as a scientist in research. I just read an essay in #laborjournal
and it was a pladoyer that we working in research should try to show more of our work. No, I don't have the time (or nerves next to a really time-intensive job) to write long and easy to understand blog posts or so. I also honestly don't see it as my duty! I actually give talks about my work, science and stem cell biology for a general audience in my spare time. But that is still not my duty. Just to be clear because I hear this demand to scientists so often. I have more than enough to do with writing grants because most contracts are limited, to supervise students, to write publications, to try to fit this in between the administrative tasks, and, beware, actually also do some research. So... a way too long introduction and one that sounds a little bit like “heck no!“. ;) But... the author in the essay agreed with me, but also said, maybe in an age where facts don't count anymore, lies are easily propagated, and “feelings“ are more worth than trained experts, maybe it would help if we at least interact in small ways like posting a picture from work. So, yes, no excuse not to do this from time to time. Because after all I love science and nothing compares (for me) to research! That is the camera control of our BD Influx - a cell sorter. What you see are 5 streams of a six-way sort I did today. Six way sort means that I sorted 6 different kind of cell types from one cell sample from one person. The fluid stream is broken up in small drops using a piezo element and every drop gets charged. Depending whether the charge is negative or positive and how high the charge is, the drops can then be deflected to one side or the other. And yes, the cells will survive the sorting process!
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