You asked for ‘copy’ workflows and we built them!

If you use a paper lab notebook you've probably gone through the pain of writing and re-writing steps for experiments you frequently repeat. If you're an instructor, you know that getting students to manually copy protocols can be like pulling teeth. Whether you're researching, teaching or learning the scientific method there are many scenarios where … Continue reading You asked for ‘copy’ workflows and we built them!

The 1st experiment: digital lab notebooks

Every job requires a certain set of building block skills. Musicians read notes. Doctors write prescriptions. Builders read blueprints. Developers write code. These tasks become second nature to those who do them. Taking the time to master the essentials, however, usually pays off in the long run. The same holds for scientists. They experiment and … Continue reading The 1st experiment: digital lab notebooks

Curiosity, virology and working together when we have to work apart

When asked if today’s global pandemic is the kind of situation that motivated him to become a virologist, William James replied, “I wish I could say I’d been that starry eyed, but it was really just curiosity that got me started.” James’s virology lab at University of Oxford’s Sir William Dunn School of Pathology has … Continue reading Curiosity, virology and working together when we have to work apart

Doctor Who as data: fandom as a coping mechanism

Time lord, jack-of-all-trades and extra-terrestrial - Doctor Who is an undeniable piece of British pop culture. The show's main character, the Doctor, offers a heroism and never-ending arc that have been winning viewers over since 1963. Hannah Gunderman, Cultural Geographer and Research Data Management Consultant at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, studies the show. Her research … Continue reading Doctor Who as data: fandom as a coping mechanism

Bioinformatics: juggling big data, complex file types and multiple projects

Genomics data sets are highly sophisticated and multi-layered. Now, possibly more than ever before, we need those data sets to be publicly available, reproducible and transparent. It's not an easy task but researchers around the globe are finding a way to make it happen... Eva Chan, bioinformatician at Garvan Institute of Medical Research is an … Continue reading Bioinformatics: juggling big data, complex file types and multiple projects

STEM research and instruction: how to do it remotely

People in all types of industries are thinking about how (and if) they can get their jobs done from home right now. If you're a STEM researcher or instructor there's a good chance you are, too. 'Remote work' sounds reserved for writers, coders, web designers and the like but STEM industries can 'go remote' if … Continue reading STEM research and instruction: how to do it remotely