Beads in May

some notes from AQLM

Friday, May 08, 2009

Everything you need to know...

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Official Start

Smartfood, Family Size AND bbq Fritos (sadly, original size) are opened...

We have started another round.

Bead slides are cooking.

AQLM 2009

Day 2, time to start blogging!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Another great ride...

After an all-night flight home, a very blurry day, and a long night's sleep, finally an afternoon to sit and reflect.

Yes, it is a pretty good student-faculty ratio. Most importantly, an amazing group with a shared passion. On the one hand, the student's endless enthusiasm is inspiring. On the other, this team of specialists have dedicated themselves to the understanding and development of our shared passion, this occhiolino.

Thanks to all for another great year. For the students, always consider the bead, and what it can do for you and your work. For all the faculty, well, can't wait to do it all again...after a rest.

Friday, May 16, 2008

To the students

Thanks to the enthusastic, fun, and wonderful students of AQLM 2008!! You all did a great job and were a pleasure to work with.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Quantification in Loving Microscopy

Student:instructor::33:72 +/- a few beers
Number of Swope meals: decaying exponential
Cases of beer: 56  cases +/- 12 or 24 bottles 
Number of pizzas: 30 +/-1
Number of disco balls: 1 
Number of rotations: still spinning
Number of holidays missed: 1
Number of phone calls home: 0.00001
Number of hats: 7
Number of questions: Alex * 9 days
Number of hours of sleep per night: 2 +/- 4 with offset = 2
Cups of coffee: billions and billions served
Number of beads counted: only the TA's know for sure +/- 30,000


Thanks for letting me drive the scopes
now I'm going home to drive my thesis.

Microtubules in May

Live Cell Imaging
Capture the images fast!
Follow their motion.

What is your error???

Numbers are floating in. Please don't neglect to propagate your error!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Are we in a time warp?

The blog says it's 11pm, but it's 12am. How long has this been going on?

Jason in a zebra print hat?

Jason to Jennifer: "Your wish is my command."

I'd take a picture, but I'm not good at taking pictures of big things...

Sans Hat

Jason, where is your hat???

I have a new love

Move over Funions.

Oreo Cool Mint Creme Double Stuf, where have you been all my life?

I am the Queen Bead

4 hours left 'til curfew. We are making the rounds, donning our hats (thanks Kim!). There are footballs on every monitor and confused and/or exhausted looks on nearly everyone's face.

Dr. Suess would tell us that a bead is a bead, no matter how small.

Truly, it is...

....the night of the bead. We are well into it, and there is notable state of balance, or as Wendy as pointed out, an eerie calm. Maybe the one before the storm.......

The Ultimate in Beads

John has presented the bead paper and shown what one can do. Just a few wows. Awesome.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Spectral Conflict

Of course it's beads. What else is there?

Fear of Spheres...

According to Jennifer, there is no such thing. But maybe after tonight we will have to contact the local Falmouth psychoanalysts and warn them to expect some phone calls.


Streaming chloroplasts
Confocal microscopy....
In the "thick" of it.

Things Faculty are Not Allowed to do at AQLM

1. Brag about how good the food is at Phusion.
2. Appear well rested.
3. Take responsibility for mistakes in our lab handouts or lecture notes.
4. Admit that we own stock in the company that makes Funions.
5. Restrict Aleks to no more than 10 questions per lecture.
6. Admit that we all use Vectashield with DAPI. It's so easy!
7. Tell the students about the down comforters and jacuzzi in the faculty wing of Swope.
8. Admit that we have NO idea what Rainer is talking about.
9. Chortle and wink while saying "That's a really good question..."
10. Admit that we don't know how to do the spectral conflict either.