"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." - Friedrick Nietzsche
Atheist, scientist, secular Buddhist, rat lover, etc.
Originally from Iowa,I am a biology graduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Well, just sent my protein samples to UVic for analysis. A year’s worth of work and $100,000 of funding are resting on this. Please, please let the plane not crash.
Guess who has two thumbs and might have just found a new clavulanic acid-producing species? This kid right here! Science for the win!
Note: results are all very preliminary, much more work needs to be done, and then a paper shall be written and published. Can’t give away too much info until that happens. :)
Guess who won (two-way tie) the research portion of the conference I presented at this weekend? That’s right, this kid! The title of my presentation was “Towards a better understanding of antibiotic biosynthesis: A proteomics study of Streptomyces clavuligerus”. It was a super-simplified overview of my research on clavulanic acid biosynthesis geared towards a general audience with no molecular background. I’m pretty excited to win this, not just because I get $500 to apply towards travel to future conferences, but because communicating scientific research to the general public is something I really want to excel at. I might not be as good as Bill Nye or Neil deGrasse Tyson, but I’m getting there!
Also I did a pretty bang-up job at my oral presentation to the bio graduate student society today. And I submitted my abstract to this year’s CSM conference. All of the science communication one can handle in one day.
Anyone going to the CSM (Canadian Society of Microbiologists) Conference this year? Because this kid is! And will probably be presenting. You wouldn’t want to miss that.
So, there’s this $87,000 incubator sitting in my office right now. It emails you when your cultures are ready. Beautiful.
This summer I really need to get my study on for the CCM certification exam (Canadian College of Microbiologists). Has anyone taken it? Any study tips?
edit: I will likely be taking the RM exam.