I learned a lot about biology and biosafety in this discussion since I have not been in a biology class or lab. I honestly thought it was going to be quite boring but it was really interesting. I never knew there was a difference between a chemical fume hood and a biological safety cabinet, to me they both look the same. I learned the difference between biowaste and trash and how to dispose of them. Did you know there are also proper procedures for the autoclave? When I saw a student use it there did not appear to be any particular procedures, maybe I was not fully paying attention since it was not equipment I used and knew little about.
Faculty: Dr. Julie Zwiesler-Vollick
PSC 3001 Spring 2014 – Basics of Biosafety_ZV
This morning started off watching a nice chemical explosion and ended in how to properly put on and remove gloves. In between all the fun and excitement we discusses personal protection equipment, hand washing, and understanding how to obtain information from MSDS sheets.
Faculty: Dr. Nicole Villeneuve
PSC 3001 Spring 2014 – Environmental Health and Safety and Chemical Hygiene_Villeneuve
While a lot of this seemed rather elementary, the main focus was “work hard, but remember to have fun.” As so many people get so caught up into seeing results they do not always have as much fun as they could working on their project. Being a serious student, this was good to hear for an hour straight. I am often one of those people so caught up in “doing well” and getting “desirable results” that I do not take enough time to realize how awesome it is to be at Lawrence Tech. Lawrence Tech isn’t just another private university, it’s home until graduation, even for those who do not live on campus. We spend so much time there it is definitely our home during the school year. The relationships we form with are professors are so wonderful and they are just as much family to us as our friends are. It’s a place you go for an education and in the process are transformed into a person you never thought you could be.
Faculty: Dr. Shannon Timmons
PSC 3001 Spring 2014 – Tips for a Successful Project