Debbie Knight

A Day in the Life: April 12, 2012

In research log on April 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

From time to time, I will give a glimpse into the “glamorous” life of a research associate and talk about what I’m doing in the lab on a particular day. These entries I will call “A Day in the Life…”

We had a little kindergarten-style show-and-tell in our lab meeting today.

Usually we bring pieces of paper showing our data all neatly graphed, but the chemical engineering graduate student literally brought his experiment with him. The vials were passed around for all to see.

He brought them because he wanted to discuss the experiment, how the experiment looked and what should happen next. I must say it felt a little strange to see the vials out of the lab setting. But it was equally cool to see the results rather than just hear his verbal description of what the product looked like.

Vials from an experiment. Before the experiment (left) the contents look "milky." And after the experiment (right)? The contents still look milky but now some stick to the sides of the vial.


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