Seeding Labs is celebrating their 10th year anniversary this year – and we can all celebrate its impact! They have delivered over $4,000,000 dollars worth of lab equipment to 48 institutions, in 26 countries. Their motto is 'Talent is everywhere'. Seeding Labs finds the best scientists, who trained at world class institutions - but don't have the tools they need to work in their home countries. Researchers have been able to leverage the lab equipment they have received, to secure new funding and develop international collaborations. This translates to scientific progress!
Seeding Labs has a network of over one hundred partners who contribute funds, surplus lab equipment and scientific expertise. They are also looking to develop new fellowships, exchange programs and training platforms!
YOU can easily donate to Seeding Labs by visiting their web site seedinglabs.org
Take a gander at some of the items from their wish list:
Microscopes, glassware, plasticware, consumables, personal protective equipment, racks, HPLC, automated cell counters, bioreactors, bottle rollers, colony counters, cytocentrifuges, flow cytometers, incubators, bunsen burners, freezers (-20°C, -80°C, -140°C), freeze dryers/lyophilizers, hoods, liquid nitrogen dewars, ovens, vacuum ovens, power supplies/backups, refrigerators, vacuum pumps, water deionizers and purification systems, electrophoresis systems and power supplies, gene electroporation systems, gel imager systems, PCR thermal cyclers, UV crosslinkers, analytical balances, densitometers, digital light meters, digital multimeters, fluorometers, pH meters, thermometers, blenders, centrifuges, desiccators, essential oils distillation apparatuses, fraction collectors, freeze dryers, grinders, heating mantles, homogenizers, microplate washers, microtomes, paraffin section mounting baths, pipettors, rotary evaporators, shakers & orbital shakers, stirrers & stir plates, vacufuges & vacuum concentrators, vortexers, water baths.
*please note that the equipment must be in good working condition.
For further information please also see Nina Dudnik's TIME magazine article Why Scientists Should All be Diplomats, and her New England Biolabs Passion in Science Award winner presentation.
Thank you for your efforts to support sustainable labs, green labs and being labconscious!
Have some intellectual fun today for a good cause! Take New England Biolab's Monarch® kits Upcycling Challenge to win either $1,000 in NEB product credit or a $1,000 donation to the charity of your choice. NEB will be donating $10 per submission to the Monarch Joint Venture whose mission is to conserve the monarch butterfly population.
Got used lab equipment? Support your scientific colleagues around the world by using Seeding Lab's easy donation process!
In celebration of earth day this month, here is a list of U.S. university green labs news! Scientists and researchers who use sustainability pratices in their work, are using their funding efficiently, while protecting our environment. This is what being 'labconscious' is all about.
How should the US Microbead-Free Waters act affect our thinking about the proper disposal of microspheres as lab waste? Learn how biotechnology companies are using the bioplastic PHA with good results and further developing its use for other lab applications.
Will you take the "-80 Chill Up" Challenge? Learn why your lab should join in this effort to reduce energy consumption.
Read about KINFix a formalin-free fixative that is optimized for histological, immunohistochemical and molecular analyses of neurosurgical tissue specimens. KINFix is a non-hazardous replacement for formalin with "green lab" attributes. Perhaps your lab work can benefit from switching?
Announcing the UChicago Greenlabs web site! PhD graduate student Erin Fry updates us on their efforts collecting nitrile gloves for Rightcycle.
Dr. Lisa Anderson was kind enough to grant me an interview with her about her experience setting up lab glove recycling programs. Our hope is that this information will present a "how to guide" for launching lab glove recycling programs at university laboratories. Check list and case study poster provided.
Read about the virtues of glass, a material intimately linked with science. Then consider how a 1768 masterpiece expresses the many ways people view scientific progress. As a viewer you are met with the scientist's gaze that questions, should I or shouldn't I? And so today, we must also weigh the consequences of our work.
The new year is upon us!! The little lab upgrades that you put in place now, will catalyze long term sustainability and efficiency. Use this short and sweet list as a reference.