Stephen J. Stepenuck, Ph.D.
Professor of chemistry emeritus
Keene State College
Keene NH 03435-2001
I know you guys lo ve this kind of stuff! So send me your favorite gory images. I h ave a collection of my own I’m going to send to her but it’s goo d to be a hunter gatherer. If I get a good selection, I’ll put i t into a powerpoint (or similar) and post it on our website.
I am the instructor for BIT161A – Genetics and Biotechnology Lab. This is a 6 unit molecular biology lab that is held in the Winter Quarter and the labs are on average 6 hours long.
Recently we increased class enrollment from 14 to 24 and because of this, i t is harder to monitor the students to ensure that they use safe practices. I have changed the lab so that we use few harmful chemicals. Now, the bigges t hazards are ethidium bromide which we use often, open flames for steriliza tion, and melting agarose gels in the microwave. We go through lab safety fo r 30-45 min on first day of class and for the first few weeks the students a re diligent. However after that things get a little sloppy and I constantly have to remind people to be careful, to think and to be watchful etc.
I was wondering if you had a few slides I could use to show the consequences of not being attentive in the lab. Accidents caused by seeming ly silly mistakes. Wonderfully gory images will be especially effective I th ink.
Please let me know your thoughts.
Debbie M. Decker, Campus Chemical Saf ety Officer
Environmental Health and Safety
University of California, Davis
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
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