Via my lab’s website (bioteach.ubc.ca). Note that all revenue from this workshop goes towards our outreach programming.
To inquire about registration, please contact Dr. David Ng at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Excellent workshop!! Great balance between lecture and lab, and I was very impressed on the volume of content squeezed into the five days. Dave’s delivery was very good, nice amount of light hearted humour mixed in. Highly recommended!”
David Dunn, Head, Chemistry Services Laboratory, Pacific Forestry Centre, NRC
“Great bootcamp format! I enjoyed the vast range of topics and the balance of lecture and practical hands-on techniques”
Robert Kowbel, Scientific Support Technician, Pacific Forestry Centre, NRC
More can be found here.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. David Ng
DESCRIPTION: This intense 5 day workshop will focus on a myriad of different techniques used in the molecular manipulation of DNA (general cloning, transformation, silica kits, pI kits, PCR, qPCR), RNA (isolation, reverse transcription) and protein (SDS-PAGE, 2D gels), as well as lectures that will describe some high throughput technologies such as SNP analysis, and next generation sequencing. Primarily aimed at researchers who are new to the area, familiar but require a quick updating, or theoretically familiar but lacking in practical bench training.
PHILOSOPHY: Whilst molecular techniques have evolved at a blindingly fast rate over the last few decades, the underlying biochemical principles behind the vast majority of them have actually changed little. This workshop therefore combines opportunities to perform the latest, as well as commonly used older techniques, with particular attention to the chemical nuts and bolts behind them. In all, this allows the researcher to not only gain needed practical hands-on familiarity with the techniques, but also achieve a comfortable theoretical level to allow for both (1) that all important skill of troubleshooting, and (2) the often undervalued skill of judging the utility of “tricks” that aim to speed up, or lower costs of a given methodology.
Located in the heart of the UBC campus, the Michael Smith Laboratories is a testament to the vision of its founding Director, Dr. Michael Smith. Under his leadership, a gifted team of young scientists were recruited. These scientists have gone on to develop internationally renowned programs of research and training. The second and third floors of the new building are dedicated to the research facilities of the former Biotechnology Laboratory. The Stewart and Marilyn Blusson Education Forum is located on the ground floor and is open to the public. The molecular techniques workshops are held in the teaching lab, room 105 of this forum.
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Registration is essentially through first: an email inquiry for space (contact Dr. David Ng at email@example.com), second: a verbal/email commitment and then third via an invoiced payment. Your place is essentially secured with payment, which more or less equates to a first come first serve mechanism. This payment would be a CAN$1400 cheque (or equivalent) payable to “The University of British Columbia” and sent to
Dr. David Ng
Michael Smith Laboratories
301-2185 East Mall,
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, CANADA V6T 1Z3
Note that we can accommodate a maximum of 16 clients, but on occasion up to half of these spaces are already reserved for predetermined group clients. Therefore, it’s best to put your name down as soon as possible if you are interested in the workshop.
Your spot in the workshop is secured when we receive your payment. The deadline for receipt of payments is 30 days after the invoice date unless otherwise arranged. Note that refunds are made available until 2 weeks prior to the workshop start date – we are unable to issue any refunds after this deadline has passed.
DAY TO DAY SCHEDULING DETAILS:
Workshop will begin each day at 9am sharp and usually end between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. A detailed final schedule and syllabus will be released to clients as the date draws nearer.
All paper materials will be provided on the first day of the workshop. Downloadable versions will be available about 3 weeks before the workshop begins. Whilst we do not require the clients to “study” these documents, we do ask that clients take a moment to peruse the first day practical materials. All safety gear (including lab coats) is provided at the workshop.
Here are some accommodation options that are basically on campus. Costs involved would vary (I think the most budget option would be the Vancouver Youth Hostel which is about a 15minute bus ride away). The closest would be those of Gage through UBC conferences. The others (except for point grey house) are all a relatively short walk away.
International Youth Hostel at Jericho Beach
UBC accomodations (on campus – note there are only 47 available)
St. John’s College (on campus)
Green College (on campus)
St. Andrew’s Hall (summer only)
Point Grey House (off campus, but only 10 minute bus ride away)
Alternatively, Downtown Vancouver offers a variety of accommodation options, but would entail about a 30-40minute bus ride each way. Depends on your preference since the Campus is pretty quiet at night time, whereas other areas would be more interesting. Go to www.expedia.ca, and select:
hotel > near an attraction/vancouver > type in “University of British Columbia”
Usually the out of town clients make use of a little extra time after or before the workshop in visiting some of the sights Vancouver has to offer. I often strongly recommend this since the city and surrounding locale are really quite spectacular. In particular Whistler-Blackcomb is a world famous ski/outdoor resort, and is only a 2 hour drive away. Ski season usually opens in mid November (click here for more info)
I feel like this needs to be an official scientific thing – you know in terms of climatology trends or a specific biodiversity habitat.
Via Futility Closet.
This is really nicely done*
Crash Course Big History episode with John Green, Hank Green, and Emily Graslie (link).
* I caught one small error during the lifting weights bit.
Once more, here is our Year in Review mix tape collecting our songs of 2014. These were played often in a way that (for my family) “informed” the year. As per usual, many of the songs on this mix are somewhere on this blog somewhere, and I’ve tried to provide links accordingly. Take a peek, click, listen and hope you enjoy. Hope you have a great holidays and a Happy New Year!
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01. Recluse | Neil Finn
02. Wide Eyes | The New Pornographers*
03. I Want You Back | Lake Street Dive*
04. Lonsdale Line | Streets of Laredo*
05. Girls Chase Boys | Ingrid Michaelson*
06. This Is How I Let You Down | The Franklin Electric*
07. Get You Back | Meaghan Smith
08. All About That Bass (feat. Kate Davis) | Scott Bradlee
& Postmodern Jukebox*
09. Hot Tonight | Tokyo Police Club*
10. Just One of the Guys | Jenny Lewis*
11. I Wanna Get Better | Bleachers*
12. Moving On | James
13. Heart’s Content | Brandi Carlile*
14. Holding On for Life | Broken Bells*
15. Lotus Flower | Radiohead
16. Stay Alive | José González*
– In which Ben is now fully en francais.
– In which Hannah is now in High School land.
– In which Kate now has her new kitchen (mostly)
– In which Dave has accidently stumbled upon being an academic on games.
– In which the house happily adds 2 cats (plus several decapitated mice).
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(previous mixes: 2013 | 2012 (includes the origin story and gist of these mixes)
Employee: AMBL, Michael Smith Laboratories, UBC (link)
Contract/Term Duration: ~12 weeks (January to March)
Hours Per Week: ~9
Job Title: Women in Science Game Content Designer
Job Sector: Education, Training and Teaching
Job Location: University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus.
Job Description: These positions will require hires to research and design content towards the production of a playable card game that explicitly embeds a variety of important learning objectives around the subject of women in science and engineering.
We have funds to hire a team of 2 senior undergraduate or graduate students who will work part time with the lab (wage at approximately $15.91/hour over a one semester timeline), and using existing resources and game mechanics from another science card game project (http://phylogame.org).
Specifically, this team will be given the following objectives: (1) to research, evaluate and design the content presented on the cards; (2) to determine whether modification of existing game mechanics is required; (3) to produce a playable and playtested beta card game; and (4) to create a number of prototype lesson plans that can be used with the resource in light of existing provincially determined IRP requirements.
Job qualifications: Upper undergraduate or graduate students with knowledge or background around science culture and gender issues are preferred. Being a game enthusiast is also a plus, though not required in this case.
Please send cover letter and resume to David Ng at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 6th, 2015.