Commencement 2009

In case you like to plan way ahead, the schedule for Commencement in May has been released. The main ceremony will be at 10:30 am. The Life Sciences mini-Commencement will be at 1:30 pm in the Gosman Main Arena.

Holiday Party Friday

The Annual Life Sciences Holiday Party will be held on Friday Dec 12 2008. The fun starts at 7pm in the Faculty Club.

I know of four skits in preparation. Skits have often been surprising in the past. Prepare to be awed and amazed!

(actually, there were five, and they were all pretty good…)

Centrifuge Safety

On December 18th, from 2:00-3:00, Tom Egan from Thermofisher will be presenting on centrifuge safety.  The session will be held in Rosenstiel 118.

Centrifuges are potentially the most dangerous piece of equipment in a lab. You should go to this talk if you use a centrifuge.

Structural diversity of amyloid fibrils

Amyloid fibrils are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. In a recent study published in J. Mol. Biol., Nikolaus Grigorieff and coworkers used electron cyro-microscopy to study these structures and show that these fibrils coexisting in solution can be extremely polymorphic.

Dance your PhD

Heard a story about the Dance your PhD competition on NPR’s Only A Game this morning. Basically, you compose and execute a dance based on the topic of your PhD research. It’s very funny and even vaguely informative. At least one recent seminar speaker was represented.

I may need a large crowd to help me realize my vision for a dance to represent my PhD thesis…

Annual Radiation Safety Talk on Dec 19

Robin Bell will do the annual radiation safety talk on Dec 19th at 2:00 pm in Gerstenzang 121.

Attendance is generally required if you work in a lab that uses radioactive materials. Check with your PI.

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