Debbie Knight

A Day in the Life: August 23, 2012

In A Day in the Life, research log on August 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm

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. These entries I will call “A Day in the Life…” 

The past two days I’ve been busy wearing a “catcher’s mitt.”

A newly-hired faculty member shipped his irreplaceable research specimens from California to me. He shipped them in two overnight shipments on dry ice. The dry ice was to keep the samples frozen during their journey.

He sent the samples in all 15 styrofoam boxes shown in the photo. This kept me busy as I had to unpack and transfer everything in these boxes to the -80C freezer — without getting frost bite, I might add.

While everything arrived in great condition and the packages could easily be tracked on the Internet, he still worried about them. I received phone calls and emails from him before and after the packages arrived. First to give me a head’s up the samples were on their way. And then, after the packages arrived,  asking if the samples were okay and reminding me yet again where to store them.

I guess I can’t fault him. The samples are, after all, irreplaceable. I suppose I would have done the same if the roles were reversed.


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