Debbie Knight

Photo of the Week

In photo log on June 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

The pictures above were taken a few years ago when my lab went to a scientific conference in Reno, Nevada. We decided we should try our luck at raising research funds at the slot machines. The photo at the top is of the three of us pulling the handles on the slot machines at the airport. The bottom photo is of my boss “winning” at a slot machine at a casino in our hotel.
(We got in trouble for taking a photo in the casino. Oops!)

It was my first time to a gambling town, and for some reason I found myself mesmerized by the slot machines. I could be found at the slots at every session break. Of course it took my lab mates a few search missions but eventually they figured out I could be found somewhere in the sea of slot machines.

Note: we didn’t come home with our pockets overflowing with casino dollars. We were way too conservative  with our betting strategies to make the trip lucrative. But we did come home with a little pocket change.

The reason I’ve posted these photos here today?

My boss and I (and our chemistry collaborator) are headed to Las Vegas for a scientific conference. So once again we’ll try raising research money — although this time, the need for research dollars is much greater than it was a few years ago. Will we bet any differently this time? Probably not, although I think I’ll hit the roulette wheel or the blackjack tables instead of the slots this year.

Of course, it all depends on how long the breaks are between sessions and how close the casino tables are to the conference rooms.

Wish me luck!
(We need the funding!) 

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