Oct 18, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra(ordinary)

Glasgow, Scotland, taken on various dates

For this week’s challenge, I decided to do what I did for a challenge a while back and post an image from my work with the atomic force microscope. It isn’t a typical optical image, but you can’t deny what the chemical instrument “sees” on the atomic scale, heh. In my work, experiments often fail and characterization becomes very mundane when you have to deal with plain, old, boring images of well…nothing. That’s why I always look forward to getting humourous images that resemble interesting objects, even if it meant that the experiment didn’t work. To me, at least that was a form of extraordinary “scientific art”, though I didn’t create it – I was discovering it. For example, the top image looks like a happy family of turtles that appeared after a failed solvent wash, and the bottom one is a top-down view of a volcano that is really a polycaprolactone film surface. My collection is growing – another proof that failure doesn’t have to be negative!

Sep 27, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, taken on May 10, 2011

This may be a bit of an unconventional photo to illustrate this week’s challenge, but let’s go for it. Whenever I work in the cleanroom at the lab, whether at my current work place or back in Belgium (photo), I had to change into a bunny suit (cleanroom attire), which entirely makes me look like I’m up to no good. Then inside the cleanroom itself, everyone looks the same and it sometimes intimidates me. To get to the cleanroom from the change room, I had to go up some stairs and there was a large mirror before the entrance where I suppose you could check if you were dressed properly…? I think its sole purpose was for people to be able to snap a quick photo of themselves though, before selfies even went really popular. Then again I probably shouldn’t even have my phone out…shhh!

Sep 21, 2015 – [Monday] The Places I Called Home: Biochemistry

South Bend, USA, taken on August 7, 2009

I’ve only worked in one real biochemistry lab throughout my entire “career” as a researcher, and let’s just say…it was a mess. Now that I think about it, my grad school lab spaces were so much more comfortable to work in, even though we often complained about clutter and the lack of cleanliness. I guess everything is relative 😛