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21st Century Learning using an Ancient Model Applied to Flow Cytometry Training

There are so many things I'd love to learn.  I always imagined myself playing the guitar, or executing a no-hands backflip, or even writing a mobile application, but so far, I still cannot do any of those things. Of course, each of these things are certainly in the realm of possibilities for me.  I'm actually somewhat musically inclined, I can do many gymnastic-type flips, and I know a thing or two about the languages of the coding world, and yet, I can't amend my CV with any of these (click on title for more...)

Submitted: 29 January 2014, 11:05 am

He said, She said, PEBCAC?

In flow cytometry core facilities, scenarios such as the one that follows are commonplace.
The first thought that comes to me
after a user reports a problem.
An end-user is attempting to collect data, for some reason there's an issue, the end-use (click on title for more...)

Submitted: 18 November 2013, 8:48 pm

10 Tips for purchasing your next cytometer

So you've got some money to spend and you figure, heck, I do so much flow, maybe I'll just buy a(nother) cytometer.  Presented here are some tips to avoid buyer's remorse, see though the marketing spin, and make an educated decision on which instrument to purchase.  But, before we get into that, let me first state that I'm NOT going to make this decision for you and tell you which instrument to buy.  I am merely going to provide you with the tools to make as good a decision as you (click on title for more...)

Submitted: 23 July 2013, 12:29 pm

A Cell Sorter in Every Lab. Can Core Facilities Survive?

 It happens in every industry across all times - What initially requires sophistication and expertise becomes simpler and more accessible to the masses and the former "experts" feel threatened and rail against the advancements.  For many years, Flow Cytometry core facilities cornered the market on ALL cytometry taking place (click on title for more...)

Submitted: 6 June 2013, 7:48 pm

ABRF 2013 Recap - A flow cytometrist's take.

On the ABRF about page, it states, "The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities is an international society dedicated to advancing core and research biotechnology laboratories through research, communication, and education."  But, if you know anything about ABRF, you're likely involved in a molecular biology-based core facility, namely a genomics, proteomics, or related facility.  I gu (click on title for more...)

Submitted: 11 March 2013, 10:35 am

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