Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Making Science Possible: Technicians and Others

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Environmental & Science Education
Nature of Science
Art and Environment
Edward Hessler

Craft & Graft is a new, well new to me, exhibition at the Francis Crick Institute in London (1 March 2019 to 30 November 2019).  I wish I had discovered it earlier. It is about the work of the technicians, engineers and other specialists who make science possible at the Crick--from fruit-fly breeders and maintainers, to glass washers, to engineers, and microscopists.

The link takes you to a short video but below this video is as good an exhibition as I know on what these people do: who some of them are, their qualifications, career paths, and work. Find out about

--how the engineering team keeps the science running;
--the Crick's specialty fly facility;
--how the Glasswash team (750,000 washes per year) keep the Crick running
--how cell services nurtures billions of cells; and
--what the microscopy team does.

Francis Crick, with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962.

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