Friday, February 25, 2011

Congratulations Christian!

Congratulations to Christian Clark on becoming the 2011 Rolex Our World Underwater Scholar for North America! 

This is a huge achievement. This diving scholarship is both highly prized and highly fought after, and Christian will now spend the rest of the year traveling around the globe, diving with the world's best and brightest, learning new skills and forging his diving career. 

We all wish Christian the best in this new adventure!

Friday, February 18, 2011

The new laboratory

During the last few weeks the new Waller lab at the Darling Marine Center has been refurbished, and as of this week it is almost complete! Today was a big day, the Leica Microtome took up its new home. Up until this morning it has been living in a crate in the corridor, so it's an exciting moment to get our most used piece of equipment back in the lab and up and running! 

More photos to come as the lab gets unpacked and completed, but here is what it looks like so far. It's also just a week and a half before myself and Christian head to Alaska to work in the fjords just south of Juneau, so i'll start updating that blog next week with where we are with the project! 

Dr. W. 

The old and the new. The microtome on the floor on the right is the one I used when I was a graduate student (no, i'm not that old, but it was what we had available to use!). It's followed me here all the way from the Scottish Association of Marine Sciences (SAMS) in Oban, Scotland, quite the journey! It may be old, but it still works, but with this move i'm hoping to give it some much needed TLC and a place of pride in my office. 

The Leica takes up her new spot in the common use histology facility. Still need to shake up and pack away this part of the lab, but it's great to get the paraffin histology section up and running. 

The main lab, construction has mostly finished and some things have even been unpacked. This area of the lab will be the molecular and microscopy section. 

This paraffin processing station has been up and running for a few weeks now. Sample processing stops for no one!