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How to get a job in a medical lab without a degree (or just an AA)?

I remember an old roommate told me that she had a job in a medical lab with a bachelor's in art history (not related to lab work). I have an Associates in Arts degree and am working on my bachelors degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. I will start volunteering at the medical lab in the hospital on Thursday. Are there any jobs in the lab for people like me? Maybe after I've volunteered for a few months? Thanks.
posted by eq21 on May 25, 2014 - 5 answers

What is the best flatbed scanner for a biological laboratory?

I am in charge of buying a flatbed scanner for my lab. I am looking for a stand-alone scanner — as in, no connected computer required. Ideally, we would push a button on the scanner and then the image would be loaded directly onto a USB stick. (I have no idea what to call this type of scanner, which makes make using the Google difficult.) Also required: at least 200mm x 200mm size, and not a document-feeder type of scanner (as we will be using this for petri dishes). Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish on Jan 28, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I grad school: management skills edition

I'm a grad student in the sciences, going into my (mumble) year. I've been assigned an incoming grad student to show the ropes. Great! What the hell do I do? [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Aug 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Day in The Life of a professor or research scientist

I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on the daily experience of a university researcher in either psychology or the basic sciences as well as a meta-review of the job as a whole. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Mar 14, 2013 - 5 answers

New job selling laboratory equipment, but have no lab/science experience

I recently accepted a sales position within a company that sells laboratory equipment. (i.e. centrifuges, GC's, HPLC's, Thermal Cyclers, etc) I have no previous lab or science experience, so learning about a myriad of highly technical products/methods is a quite challenging. My main challenge comes from the fact that I need to engage in conversations with scientists, chemists, biologists on a daily basis. With no previous lab experience, I've been having a hard time talking to them on technical level. [more inside]
posted by AMWKE1984 on Feb 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Clinical lab paper

I need to write a paper for my clinical laboratory sciences class, but being that the teacher was unclear in her instructions, I'm not sure what qualifies as a separate laboratory and what doesn't. Something like " the hematology lab" is very broad. Can I focus on JUST histology, for example? Is there such a thing as a histology laboratory, even if it's under anatomical sciences? Or does that refer to a technique. What to do here? How would you structure this paper? Any advice is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 12, 2012 - 17 answers

Destructopup strikes again!

Please recommend an indestructible dog bed for our 18 month old chocolate lab. [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Dec 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me prank my PI

When I first started my current job as a graduate researcher at a nominally Catholic university as an American in Belgium, my boss played a quick prank on me where he came into my office, plopped down a copy of the New Testament in Flemish, and told me I needed to study up to pass some kind of religious test. The way he did it, it was pretty funny and I’m looking for ways to prank him back. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Nov 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Best pipettors for a biology lab

Lab workers: With which brand of pipette driver / pipettor should we stock our lab? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Nov 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Simplify the kids' computer experience

I want to make an elementary school computer lab just work, magically if possible. I am Windows deficient and could use guidance. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Jul 5, 2012 - 4 answers

How are well-dressed lab rats shod?

Classy, not-too-ugly shoes. Level of difficulty: for a lady, chem and clean room lab appropriate (no heels, foot completely covered). [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Apr 13, 2012 - 22 answers

Kill them all! Or at least prevent their birth.

I need to keep scientific samples (chips) in solution for weeks at a time, and they're growing bacteria. I suspect biologists have a good way of dealing with this, since they tend to do more solution work than I do; are any of you out there able to point me in the right direction in terms of UV lamps or something similar? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Apr 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Bad Laboratory Experiences

How do I bow gracefully out of this volunteer project with a professor that just isn't working out? And should I even? [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Apr 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Using a speaker to create a vibration table?

How do I create a vibration table using a speaker? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Feb 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Forensic Hydrology?

How can you tell where water came from? Lets say I give you a bucket of water taken from a local water source (river, lake, etc). There's some plants and maybe a fish in it as well. What could you tell me about where this water came from, could you pinpoint which body it came from, and how would you come to this conclusion? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 1, 2011 - 21 answers

Meth Lab Blues

Meth Lab Blues. [more inside]
posted by HabeasCorpus on Aug 29, 2011 - 7 answers

How do you set up a new molecular genetics lab?

A question for all the molecular geneticists out there: how did you go about setting up your first lab? [more inside]
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace on Aug 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Single Elderly Centrifuge seeks well-preserved hanging-bucket rotor

Hi, it's your friendly neighborhood biotech lab-equipment-monkey again. In a continuation of the centrifuge saga, now that we've confirmed the unit will probably work with a proper rotor installed, I am on a quest to track down and acquire said rotor. Nobody seems to be selling it new anymore, and the ones I've found used are all missing crucial parts! Do I need better search-fu, or is it time to call the glue factory for this big old spinny beast? Halp! [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Aug 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Novel about Harvard research lab?

Help me find the name of a novel about a Harvard research lab. [more inside]
posted by thomascrown on Jul 24, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I replicate this cold coffee dripper thingy with off-the-shelf components?

This doesn't look like $265 of laboratory glassware, but that could be because I don't know the first thing about buying laboratory glassware beyond buying some $5 borosilicate flasks once for making yeast starters, and ignorance breeds confidence. How would one go about effectively replicating this device with off-the-shelf components from an online lab supplier? Extra lives for links!
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jul 6, 2011 - 24 answers

Does University Philippines at Diliman offer organic chemistry lab?

Does University Philippines at Diliman offer Organic Chemistry Lab? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on May 25, 2011 - 8 answers

What does an undergraduate biology lab inquiry look like?

What does an undergraduate biology lab inquiry look like? Help me work for free. [more inside]
posted by momus_window on May 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Profitable Plant Extracts

I have a chemist friend who specializes in extracting compounds and chemicals from organic matter. I was thinking of running some numbers around to find the feasibility of creating a profitable endeavor with his skill and lab equipment. What is a very profitable plant extract that is legal (well.. legal to sell in most states in the US)?
posted by digdan on May 16, 2011 - 15 answers

What's it like to interview for a government research position?

After a rather disappointing year on the academic job market, I've been contacted for a phone interview at Big Government Laboratory for a position in Research Area of My Expertise. What to expect? How to prepare? [more inside]
posted by logicpunk on Apr 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Where to mail 35mm film for developing?

Yes, it's true, there are still Luddites out here using 35mm film. The local concern which still develops films charges a queen's ransom to do so. Can anyone recommend a mail-in film developing lab which does good quality work, is reliable and is at least somewhat reasonable as far as price? (Costco in this area has stopped taking film...sigh). (can't think of any snowflakes to add).
posted by Ginesthoi on Mar 21, 2011 - 12 answers

What do I say to a professor about why I want to drop out of a lab project with a professor without burning relations?

What do I say to a professor about why I want to drop out of a lab project with a professor without burning relations? [more inside]
posted by proficiency101 on Jan 26, 2011 - 11 answers

Witch Art?

What do you call this kind of setting (in art)? What are your favorite examples? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Dec 2, 2010 - 10 answers

Carol never wore her safety goggles...

In a few weeks I'll be giving a talk to my research group about chemical safety. Please help me find stories, videos, and photos to make it interesting, awe-inspiring, and informative! [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Nov 2, 2010 - 19 answers

How do I choose a research group for my PhD?

I'm a first-year Ph.D student (in chemistry), and I'm having a hard time choosing what lab I want to work in. What factors are most important to look at? [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Oct 26, 2010 - 12 answers

The science of sitting, and vice versa

I want to upgrade the chairs in my lab-- the ones that our human (well, undergrad) subjects sit in to do experiments. Priorities: stability, comfort, adjustability (with a caveat). [more inside]
posted by supercres on Oct 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Seriously, I can wash a sample without burning down the lab.

I'm a rising sophomore in college, and I've been working in an awesome bio research lab for the past four months or so. I'm worried that I might be coming off as incompetent to my colleagues. [more inside]
posted by flawsekno on Jul 16, 2010 - 27 answers

WHICH tech lab?

I'm looking for a specific "craft center" sort of business in or around San Jose, California where one can use industrial and high-tech machinery. [more inside]
posted by agentofselection on May 1, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I meet Japanese Junior Faculty in Biomedical Science?

How can I find a Japanese biomedical scientist within his/her first five years of starting a lab who will collaborate with my 'nanocluster biochemistry' lab? [more inside]
posted by u2604ab on Feb 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Where do all the supervillains shop?

I'm trying to outfit my organization with a tiny science lab, but don't know everything I'll need or where to buy it! [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Jan 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Help my start my biology research on the right foot

I'm starting a 3 month research project in a neuroscience lab as part of my Masters program. What should I know/do in order to make it go as smoothly as possible? [more inside]
posted by snoogles on Dec 27, 2009 - 15 answers

How does this microtome work?

Has anyone here used a porter-blum mt2 microtome? What do the adjustments do? [more inside]
posted by 12%juicepulp on Nov 13, 2009 - 3 answers

What should I know for a UK College Lab Assistant job interview?

What should I know and what could help me in a job interview for a UK College Lab Technician? [more inside]
posted by D J Robertstein on Nov 10, 2009 - 4 answers

mystery diagnosis

Did the hospital save my blood samples and could they be retested? Would swine flu cause a positive test for regular flu? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Oct 9, 2009 - 6 answers

Are PhD students responsible for a lot of general lab work (4 out of 5 days of work)?

My girlfriend is a PhD student and is wondering how much general lab work (not related to research) is normal for a student (not a lab employee). Her PI does not pay her anything, all her income (stipend, lab expenses) come from other sources like grants. She is not paid extra for doing the general lab work. [more inside]
posted by mallow005 on Oct 7, 2009 - 28 answers

What should I do with a giant ballroom on a Tuesday morning?

I have a gigantic ballroom reserved for a very small lab meeting. What crazy-cool things can we do to make use of this space at 9:30am on a weekday? Party? [more inside]
posted by tr0ubley on Sep 24, 2009 - 19 answers

How to chose an server for a small mac digital media lab?

I'm trying to figure out my options for setting up a small digital media lab for a new non-profit, but I have no idea how to set a minimum level of server specs! How much CPU and RAM do I really need? What determines this? The server will be used to administer local user accounts, and store files (including large media files). We may also end up using it to host our website and mail, if it makes sense (unlikely). All the main client computers will be macs, so I assume I should make life easier and just get an XServe. But I'm open to other suggestions. See below for some prices and models for various XServe's I'm trying to choose between. How low can I go? How much CPU/RAM do I need? Let me know if you need more information... [more inside]
posted by yuletide on Aug 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Learning about already awarded grant money?

How can I learn more about the grant money my lab already has? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2009 - 17 answers

Any kind of liquid resistors out there?

What to coat connectors with to create a high resistance connection? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Mar 27, 2009 - 23 answers

Free LAB colorspace alternative to Photoshop

I'm looking for a free alternative to Photoshop that supports a LAB colorspace-intensive workflow. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Mar 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Can I make it as a lab tech?

Is it realistic for me to expect that I can pay off my student loans with a lab tech job? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Feb 19, 2009 - 14 answers

How to get work in science as a layman?

What sorts of science-y work are available for a non-professional? [more inside]
posted by lholladay on Feb 18, 2009 - 16 answers

Methanol will make you blind. The antidote is ethanol. Drink hard liquor if you can't get to a hospital.

Good resources for rules-of-thumb for laboratory dangers and chemical safety? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Jan 26, 2009 - 13 answers

Kicked out. Please help me get back in

I recently was asked to turn in my keys to a university research lab, and have a week to convince him why I should be allowed to return. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2008 - 24 answers

Why won't my dog eat regularly? Help!

Why won't my dog eat regularly? It started when my roommate moved out, who had friends over a lot. Over the past few weeks it's progressed into serving him canned food, to some days where he doesn't eat at all except for treats and any kind of cooked meat. [more inside]
posted by philrj on Jul 11, 2008 - 18 answers

Starting a PhD, time to start a lab notebook?

I'm about to embark on a PhD in cognitive neuroscience (imaging genetics, to be specific). It's going to be a long 4 years, is keeping a lab notebook going to ease the discomfort? [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan on Apr 28, 2008 - 18 answers

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