I make it a habit to record and watch back any presentations I do to see where I can improve. I think I nailed the "lively and animated" brief I set myself, given that I'd been sick the entire week preceding the heats and was determined not to let that show.
We are definitely our own worse critic though, and there were moments I was not proud of - but very happy overall, cos I'm through to the Faculty Finals!
When your samples go undercover as a cocktail
I had just fed my cells after a resazurin timepoint. The media (which carries all the nutrients to the cells to consume) was therefore bright reddy pink and the substrate the cells were growing on had taken up some of the resazurin dye, making each well look like a mini Fruit Tingle cocktail!
Big sky country
Wandoan Regional Conference for Wonder of Science was held on the most gloriously sunny winter's day - only in Queensland!
My job takes me to pretty amazing places...
... it can just take a while sometimes, wading through the cows who call the open paddocks either side of the highway "home"
A different kind of cell-fie
This was just my camera-phone held over the eyepiece of our regular microscope while I was doing a cell count. The grid in the centre holds a (tiny) known volume of liquid, so by counting how many cells fall within the grid, we can work out how many cells we have in the entire sample.