Going Green – Solvents

In Cohen labs we have been looking at ways of decreasing our environmental impact and improving safety for our lab users. One aspect of this is looking at our use of non-aqueous solvents.

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Science technicians and the management of trouble

The role and status of the science technician has followed many of the twists and turns of the history of science and society. Technicians have historically been both servants and invisible experts, not only understanding but also possessing a ‘feel’ for machine or process; translating and acting on every output, be it the reading on a dial, a sound, or a smell. In more recent years to become a technician has meant joining a profession, a vocation with training and a professional body; however, the characterisation as servant-expert is one I think many would still recognise.