Air sampling for BIOL4125

Today, with Professor Gary King’s help (who also teaches BIOL4125 but during the Fall), we did some sampling of the air in and around our classroom building, Lockett Hall. We have samples from multiple classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, and outdoors near the building. Some photos below. Students will be picking colonies next week, and later we’ll id them via 16S. Not terribly scientific, since we didn’t include appropriate controls, but it definitely scores high on nerdy coolness scales (I’ve checked them all).

The impactor sampler, into which we stuck plates with minimal medium:
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The basic supplies:
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One of the BIOL4125 students sampling the classroom- (glad Gary bought an impactor that was Tiger colors):
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Gary King processing some samples:
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-jct

The lab is coming together…

The lab is slowly coming together, and at this point most of the initial major equipment is present, if not unwrapped yet!

A panorama standing in front of the fume hood, the door to the culturing room is in the center.

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The culturing room without it’s crown jewel (Guava).

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But it’s here and ready for install…

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We’ve got a few other working items recently arrived:

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Mmm… water….

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My office

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-jct