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The Lieber Institute for Brain Development | Research & Discovery
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Brain.
Translating genetic insights into next generation treatments
jhu  maltz  research  laboratories  brain  development  genetic  treatments 
may 2018 by gdw
Zeitschrift GAIA im oekom verlag
Theresia Bauer: Research on Real-World Laboratories in Baden-Württemberg –
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Felix Wagner, Eric Miller: The Background and History of Real-World Laboratory Funding in Baden-Württemberg –
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Interview: 12 QUESTIONS TO … Helga Nowotny –
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Niko Schäpke, Matthias Bergmann, Franziska Stelzer, Daniel J. Lang (Guest Editors): Labs in the Real World: Advancing Transdisciplinary Research and Sustainability Transformation – Mapping the Field and Emerging Lines of Inquiry
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Uwe Schneidewind, Karoline Augenstein, Franziska Stelzer, Matthias Wanner: Structure Matters: Real-World Laboratories as a New Type of Large-Scale Research Infrastructure – A Framework Inspired by Giddens’ Structuration Theory
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Sebastian Rogga, Jana Zscheischler, Nadin Gaasch: How Much of the Real-World Laboratory Is Hidden in Current Transdisciplinary Research? –
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Mandy Singer-Brodowski, Richard Beecroft, Oliver Parodi: Learning in Real-World Laboratories – A Systematic Impulse for Discussion
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laboratories  labs  smart_cities  urban_design  participation 
march 2018 by shannon_mattern
Why do we Talk about Cities as Laboratories? – Andrew R. Schrock – Medium
"In many ways, cities are quite unlike laboratories. Scientific laboratories are carefully controlled environments. Cities are unruly spaces that resist measurement and management. Where did this vision of come from, and what are the implications of its rise?"




"Latour and Woolgar were interested in the idea of border crossing, but were even more concerned about how laboratories held a particular power in society."



"The prevailing wisdom of the day was that cities were harmful and dehumanizing. Park, by contrast, situated cities as beneficial ecosystems. Cities could be mapped and studied much an oceanographer would research a coral reef or a forester would approach a forest. The empirical “bottom-up” approach to social research Park and his collaborator Eve Burgess suggested was enormously influential on urban sociology."



"Approaching cities as laboratories provided insight into human collectivity and made social problems visible, but also controllable."



"Latour would warn us that scientific authority is the true power structures that undergirds more formalized Politics. Vague but persuasive combinations of mobile media, “civic tech,” and urban design are starting to be taken seriously by academia, political institutions and funding agencies.

It is not yet clear how these new players will achieve their most audacious hope. This hope is often not about a new mobile app, or even technology itself. City-lab hybrids don’t want to just work around cities and city government. They want to change how they function. They are never just tinkering."
cities  laboratories  2017  andrewschrock  brunolatour  stevewoolgar  collectivism  collectivity  ecosystems  sociology  politics  scientism  academia  policy  government  governance  robertpark 
may 2017 by robertogreco
Why do we Talk about Cities as Laboratories? – Andrew R. Schrock – Medium
Robert Kohler’s book Landscapes and Labscapes traced the lab-field border in biology in the late 19th — 20th century. The boundary between lab and field was frequently crossed and re-crossed. Dirt from the field was brought into the laboratory, while researchers took tents full of research instrumentation into the field. A labscape was a “cultural zone with its own complex topography of practices and distinctions.” The hybrids Kohler traced over time enabled ways to balance control and openness while translating research to the broader public. Biologists in the late 19th century used a lineage of natural history to solidify public appeal. By the 1930s and 1940s “practices of place” emerged where biologists augmented field practices to treat particular places as sites for making causal claims through systematic observations and interpretations. The flow not only went both ways, but enabled new hybrid research concepts such as the “natural experiment” to enter the scientific world.
Perhaps the most famous study of the laboratory is Latour and Woolgar’s Laboratory Life from 1979. They approached labs with an anthropologist’s eye. Most radically, they suggested that facts were socially constructed through instrumentation, lab talk, and publications. While the copious volumes in “laboratory studies” they founded evades easy summary, the distinction between inside and outside is particularly important....

In 1915’s The City, sociologist Robert E. Park described cities as complex, autonomous environments. They were “the natural habitat of civilized man” — living environments composed of traditions, cultures, behaviors and machinery mutually influencing one another. Cities also gave tangibility to the most pressing social problems. Chicago was the site of research and the Chicago School of Sociology that advocated an egalitarian and organic perspective on urban life.
To Park, the laboratory metaphor denoted the city simultaneously as a field site, source of empirical data, and site of experimentation. The prevailing wisdom of the day was that cities were harmful and dehumanizing. Park, by contrast, situated cities as beneficial ecosystems. Cities could be mapped and studied much an oceanographer would research a coral reef or a forester would approach a forest. The empirical “bottom-up” approach to social research Park and his collaborator Eve Burgess suggested was enormously influential on urban sociology....

In 1937, around the same as “practices of place” were taking off in biology, Park explicitly started framing cities as “social laboratories.” At the time, sociology was searching for legitimation as a social science. He took an ecological perspective on cities, framing them as living organisms. This was exciting and cutting-edge stuff at the time: thinking about all the moving parts of transportation, individuals, housing, and businesses that comprise cities as being “alive.” Approaching cities as laboratories provided insight into human collectivity and made social problems visible, but also controllable.

Park used scientific methods of maps and surveys to gain insight on human attitudes and behavior. These data, then, could capture the various moving pieces that constituted urban life.

The history of “city as lab” gives coherence to the range of public and private actors that adopt the metaphor. They seek recognition as authorities with empirical knowledge and the ability to intervene in unruly cities. They are activated by a bundling of ideas that reminds us of Park’s interest in cities simultaneously as a “truth spot,” a site for experimentation, and an opportunity for legitimizing reform. City-lab enthusiasts want to show that that particular interventions can lead to tangible positive results for residents. “City as laboratory” is a perfect metaphor for progressive improvements to civic life.
cities  urban_planning  laboratories  chicago_school 
may 2017 by shannon_mattern
City as Living Laboratory
CALL // MISSION

Increase awareness and action around environmental challenges through the arts.

CALL // OBJECTIVES

1 // CALL attention to natural and man-made systems that sustains our lives often, focusing on the unseen, under-recognized, or threatened. 
2 // CALL to create collaborations between artists, scientists, and citizens to address specific needs through citizen engagement, community action, and policy change.
3 // CALL to affirm the value of artists to re-vision the public realm to enable positive environmental change and replicate successful programs in neighborhoods and cities across the country.

CALL // FRAMEWORK

CALL’s aim is to foster public understanding of the natural systems and infrastructure that support life in the city. Its strategies are grounded in place-based experience that makes sustainability personal, visceral, tangible, and encourages citizen and governmental action. Ultimately, CALL’s goal is to establish a FRAMEWORK that nurtures such multi-discipline and multi-layered teams in processes that can bring about greater environmental awareness and envision more livable cities of sustenance.
social_practice  infrastructure  ecology  laboratories 
may 2017 by shannon_mattern
Digital Collections and Data Science | The Signal
Data labs

A variety of digital research centers, scholars’ labs, digital humanities labs, learning labs and visualization labs are opening in libraries, universities and other institutions. But, despite their variety, these data labs are congealing into identifiable, standardized components that include

A work space
Hardware resources
Network access
Databases and data sets
Teaming researchers with technologists
Powerful processing capability
Software resources and tools
Repositories for end-result data sets.
A work space
A quiet room or rooms should be available for brainstorming. Whiteboards and easel pads enable people to quickly jot down ideas and diagram half-formed thoughts. A brain dump, no matter how unfocused, contains bits of value that may clump into solid ideas and strategies. The room also needs enough tables, chairs and power outlets.


Hardware resources
The lab should provide computer workstations, monitors, laptops, conference phones and possibly a net-cam for video teleconferencing....

Databases and data sets
The data may need to be cleaned. Web harvesting, for example, grabs almost everything related to the seed URL – even with some filtering — and the archive often includes web pages that the researcher does not care about. Databases and data sets, if they are to be accessed over the network, should be small enough so they can be moved about easily. A researcher can also download large databases in advance of the scheduled work time.

Teaming researchers with technologists
In a complimentary collaboration between a researcher or subject matter expert and an information technologist, the researcher conveys what she would like to query the data for and the technologist makes it happen. The researcher may analyze the results and make suggestions to the technologist for refining the results. Some workshops such as Ian Milligan’s web archiving analysis workshop, require their researchers to take a Data Carpentry workshop, which is an overview of computation, programming and analysis methods that a data researcher might need. The researcher could either conduct data analyses for herself or become more conversant in data analysis methods in order to better understand her options and communicate with the technologist.

Powerful processing capability
Processing large data sets foists a load on computational power, so a lab needs ample processing muscle.
libraries  big_data  data_labs  laboratories 
september 2016 by shannon_mattern
Storage Techniques for Art Science & History Collections | Keeping your collections safe
This website provides information and tools so that institutions of all types, sizes and resource levels can learn how to create safe and appropriate storage solutions. These solutions were written by and for collection care professionals in all fields.  In some cases there are multiple examples to demonstrate that there is no single best solution for storage, it is about meeting the needs for your collection, in your space with your resources. Together we can build a resource where varied solutions are presented for adaptation and use across our field.
storage  archives  intellectual_furnishings  shelves  laboratories  artifacts  specimens 
august 2016 by shannon_mattern
The City is Not a Lab | ARPA Journal
THE CITY IS NOT A LAB
In most academic fields, laboratories are controlled environments for experimental research. They allow certain conditions to be held constant while others are intentionally manipulated through calibrated control mechanisms, ultimately to offer the unfettered opportunity for reactions to occur in a way that also allows precise measurement. Such environments are specifically designed to eliminate the presence of confounding variables and to mitigate the effects of bias, as well as other internal and external validity concerns. They produce conditions for a specific form of research that rarely produces, let alone measures, externalities. By this definition, the lab is both a spatial and methodological construct, comprised of environmental enclosures at multiple scales and a set of stochastic means by which to model and measure isolated conditions....

The city is not a model of a thing, but the thing itself. As base and reductive as it seems, this is a crucial distinction for applied research on urban systems conducted within and upon the city. It is not merely a question of nomenclature, but one with increasingly profound effects on the meaning of our findings, the modes of research design, and the social products of research when applied. Not only does the city fail to produce the necessary conditions for controlled inquiry, it also produces the opposite in abundance. Cities are dynamic spaces. Their control mechanisms are not calibrated against absolute baseline values; they are modulations in complex systems yielding both relative and relational results. Researching urban systems is itself a study in bias, operational confounding, variable interdependence, and four-dimensional hyperspecificity, to such an extent that typically conceived validity concerns are rendered moot and generalizability is not only imprudent, but often downright impossible....

As techniques for urban information sensing, creation, collection, storage, and sharing continue to proliferate, we are often confronted with the hope that more datadata

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big data may help flesh out our models such that they come to represent (rather than abstract) the city itself. While the promise is alluring, “more information” is not synonymous with “more informed.” Instead, it is quite likely that more data without better methods will exacerbate our analytical shortcomings and ameliorate only the research community’s anxieties about what we simply do not know. The ethical implications of this are twofold: (1) the danger of false knowledge claims, and (2) the likelihood of very real and very human unforeseen effects of the research when actively applied to urban contexts.
urban_research  urban_planning  laboratories  methodology  big_data 
july 2016 by shannon_mattern
Art Science Tech – Sherry Dobbin in conversation with Christiane Paul « Creative Technology Week
“Artists in Labs” have a long history. One of the more notable examples would be the collaboration between artists and technologists at Bell Labs in the 1960s and 1970s, which brought together people such as Ken Knowlton, Leon Harmon, Stan Vanderbeek, Lillian Schwartz, Laurie Spiegel, and Emmanuel Ghent. A lot of the experimentation at Bell Labs focused on software-based image manipulation, and the collaborations resulted in the development of several programming languages. Another example would be Xerox’s interdisciplinary Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and its Artist-in-Residence Program (PAIR), which paired new media artists with researchers who used the same media in different contexts. And Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) is most important as an organization explicitly devoted to creating collaborations between artists and engineers.
art_tech  laboratories  collaboration 
may 2016 by shannon_mattern
Bell System Memorial- Bell Labs Science Kits
Bell Labs produced some very sophisticated kits which included manuals (and books) written by Bell System employees with PhD degrees.  These weren't your typical kits like you buy today where you just snap part A to part B and hook up a 9 Volt battery.  No, these were in a class of their own.  The books themselves go into great depth on the subject material.
infrastructural_literacy  pedagogy  kits  telecommunications  laboratories 
april 2016 by shannon_mattern
Peter Lunenfeld on “Art and Technology” - artforum.com / in print
the show “From the Archives: Art and Technology at LACMA, 1967–1971,” which commemorates the pioneering exhibition launched by LACMA curator Maurice Tuchman to “bring together the incredible resources and advanced technology of industry with the equally incredible imagination and talent of the best artists at work today.”....

Tuchman joined LACMA in 1964 as a transplant from New York, and he initiated A&T two years after his arrival to harness the future-forward, techno-positive ethos in his new town. The exhibition revolved around an elaborate program to embed blue-chip artists—including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, Robert Irwin, and James Turrell—within corporations such as Lockheed, IBM, Teledyne, Ampex, and Kaiser Steel, as well as entertainment companies and research centers including Universal Studios and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. ...

The new miniretrospective at LACMA, curated by Jennifer King, delves deep into the archives to offer a fine-grained, behind-the-scenes look at the program as it unfolded. Materials on view include records of the sometimes antagonistic relationships between the artists and the corporations, such as the combative missives between the trickster John Chamberlain and an increasingly intolerant collection of RAND Corporation technocrats: “I’m searching for ANSWERS. Not questions!” “There is only one answer. You have a . . . warped, trashy idea of what beauty and talent is.” The show also includes extensive documentation—some of which the curator had to go to great lengths to hunt down—of the process behind several of A&T’s best-known projects, providing a reminder of the bubbling creative energy that propelled the program, as well as of the sheer eccentric originality of the work that it produced....

One is left to wonder about the historical reception of the program and the broader context of the global boom in art-and-technology collaborations in the 1960s, from Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), which famously paired hundreds of artists with engineers, to the technological experiments of Group Zero. A larger show might have been able to account for the very resurgence of interest that has made a reexamination of the initiative so relevant today. More specifically, understanding A&T’s long and seemingly unlikely rise to its current iconic status requires a closer examination of its relationship to Southern California’s economy and culture....

The fundamental problem facing Tuchman was that the nation’s attitudes toward technology transformed between 1966, when he first proposed A&T, and 1971, when it opened. Through the mid-’60s, technology carried the sheen of modernity, with such figures as R. Buckminster Fuller, Marshall McLuhan, and Nam June Paik expressing utopian aspirations for expanded modes of communicating and new ways of living. By the early ’70s, however, artists, audiences, and even museum patrons had turned against the war in Vietnam, and technology had become synonymous with the military-industrial complex: faceless think-tankers directing Lockheed bombers as they rained Dow Chemical napalm onto the bodies of Vietnamese villagers....

How is it possible, then, that a few decades later A&T has achieved something like cult status? And why is A&T not only being historicized with the current retrospective but also rebooted with a new Art + Technology Lab at the museum, this one supported by twenty-first-century companies including Google, Hyundai, and SpaceX? The answer is simply that the original A&T went viral long ago and still hasn’t left Southern California’s system....

Indeed, conditions have long been just right for a techno-pandemic in Southern California. Local art fabricators like Jack Brogan and Peter Carlson were patient zero: From Brogan’s work with Light and Space and Finish Fetish artists in the ’60s and ’70s to Carlson’s partnering on contemporary sculpture with Charles Ray, Liz Larner, and Doug Aitken, the region’s fabricators have introduced everything from auto detailing to injection molding to surfboard glassing into fine-arts practice, extending the A&T model into a new role of fabricator as cocreative spirit.... Local technology companies remain not just willing but eager to work with artists...

The A&T virus infects not just works but also spaces. While MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Study and the Exploratorium in San Francisco are also legacies of the ’60s art/tech boom, it was in Southern California that the innate hybridity of the A&T process mutated the art world enough to alter the very mechanics of viewing and display. While the original A&T was a hierarchical affair, its descendants are more feral, egalitarian, and hackerish. True to A&T, these venues often embrace an engineering sensibility as much as an artistic one, favoring the “kludge”—an engineer’s term for a quick and dirty workaround—over the fixed solution. They are also resolutely idiosyncratic outgrowths of their founders’ obsessions, which are themselves usually rooted more in science (or at least sci-fi) than in art history. There is the justly famous Museum of Jurassic Technology, and right next door, clui, Matthew Coolidge’s Center for Land Use Interpretation... Most directly channeling A&T is Echo Park’s Machine Project—which falls on a continuum spanning twenty-first-century maker spaces, self-sustaining relational-aesthetic experiments, and sui generis SoCal eccentricities. Founded and directed by Mark Allen, Machine Project hosts everything from hackathons that explore the programming of Arduino robotic controllers to workshops on DIY cat architecture. Allen acknowledges his debt to A&T, especially those projects where the artist came to master the technology him- or herself, rather than relying on help from technologists. Yet there is an evolution of the A&T legacy, too: The critic and painter Peter Plagens maintained that A&T was about “hardware,” where Machine Project tends toward software, if only because it is more easily distributable and encourages a DIY spirit....

A&T was part of a much broader transformation that is tied specifically to the intersection of West Coast counterculture with the new spirit of entrepreneurial capitalism that sprang up in Silicon Valley. Engineers in California don’t present as straitlaced company clones anymore. Today’s “creative industries” employ coders who look, and claim to think, like artists. Art, or at least artifice, has hybridized with technology
art_technology  collaboration  critical_design  critical_engineering  laboratories  trendy_theory  DIY 
february 2016 by shannon_mattern
Amrita Online Lab
Biology, Physics and Chemistry online labs for CBSE
aleena  science  laboratories 
january 2016 by sitereader
The Extrapolation Factory
The Extrapolation Factory is an imagination-based studio for design-led futures studies, founded by Chris Woebken and Elliott P. Montgomery. The studio develops experimental methods for collaboratively prototyping, experiencing and impacting future scenarios. Central to these methods is the creation of hypothetical future props and their deployment in familiar contexts such as 99¢ stores, science museums, vending machines and city sidewalks. With this work, the studio is exploring the value of rapidly imagined, prototyped, deployed and evaluated visions of possible futures on an extended time scale.
methodology  speculation  simulation  experimentation  laboratories  temporality 
december 2015 by shannon_mattern
Makerspace: Towards a New Civic Infrastructure
But despite huge attendance at the Maker Faire and a stream of upbeat articles in Make Magazine, the makerspace concept is experiencing growing pains. TechShop, a commercial chain, recently announced plans to seed 1,000 locations nationwide, even as it struggles to raise the funding to support such ambitions. And observers acknowledge, “it’s difficult to figure out how the individual craftspeople … will ever have decent pensions or other forms of security associated with more traditional employment.” A popular makerspace in Brooklyn, 3rd Ward, closed abruptly in 2013 after an ill-fated expansion into Philadelphia; no matter that some had already paid several thousand dollars for “unlimited lifetime memberships.” 2 And the movement is struggling with lack of diversity; according to Maker Media’s own surveys, the movement is overwhelmingly male, well-educated, and affluent. 3 With the maker economy projected to hit $8.41 billion by 2020, it is worth asking whether we are witnessing the birth of a durable movement or another trendy notion about civic innovation. 4....

Yet the potential for makerspaces is high. In America there are almost 120,000 libraries, 2,600 YMCAs, and 1,100 community colleges, most of which provide education and access to shared resources. 5 For makerspaces to become similarly ubiquitous and sustainable platforms, they need to offer the kind of institutional stability that will support meaningful community programming, educational opportunity, and grassroots economic growth. A glance at the history of makerspaces illustrates both the challenges and opportunities of building communities, and businesses, around the ethos of shared making....

San Francisco is currently the epicenter of innovation in the United States; it’s also a city with a history of maker movements. In March 1855, the Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco was organized for “the diffusion of knowledge at the least expense to the seeker.” 6 Part of a global movement that began in Scotland in the early 19th century, Mechanics’ Institutes combined libraries, lecture halls, laboratories and, in an era before widespread artificial lighting, illuminated reading rooms. The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore’s oldest college, was founded in 1826 by Benjamin Latrobe as the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts. The Institutes were supported by subscription fees, and meant to educate working-class “mechanics” — today’s engineers, tradesmen, and builders. The San Francisco branch also organized industrial arts fairs, where “manufacturers, inventors, and merchants came in touch with the public.” 7 An early fair, in 1857, hosted over 900 exhibits, highlighting new Californian industries like paper mills as well as the first beetroot sugar plant on the West Coast. Not exactly schools or libraries, Mechanics’ Institutes were ur-makerspaces: member-based public workshops where people could learn, collaborate, and build things for a reasonable price.

In that same era, another kind of early maker space was forming around the activities of major inventors. In 1876, after he sold the rights to the quadraplex telegraph to Western Union, Thomas Edison used the proceeds to establish a research lab — what he would soon call his “invention factory” — in Menlo Park, New Jersey. A year later, in Washington, D.C., after winning the Volta Prize for the invention of the telephone, Alexander Bell started the Volta Laboratory, which would later inspire the creation of the storied Bell Labs. Despite the popular myth of the lone genius-inventor, Edison and Bell both recognized the value of collaboration and invested in well-equipped lab spaces. Other enterprising businesses and inventors took up the idea, and from 1900 to 1940 approximately 350 research labs were founded in the United States.
laboratories  makerspaces  making  infrastructure 
december 2015 by shannon_mattern
Micro-very-very-soft: Audio Lab Crowned World’s Quietest Place
What do you hear in the quietest place on Earth? The beating of your heart as loud as Edgar Allan Poe’s tell-tale organ; the gurgling of your stomach like an angry animal’s growl. The anechoic chamber (meaning a place without echoes) at Microsoft’s Building 87 in Redmond, Washington was crowned the world’s quietest place last month by Guinness World Records, reaching a new depth of total silence....

George Foy described his experience in the Orfield Labs chamber for the Guardian in 2012:

As the minutes ticked by, I started to hear the blood rushing in my veins. Your ears become more sensitive as a place gets quieter, and mine were going overtime. I frowned and heard my scalp moving over my skull, which was eerie, and a strange, metallic scraping noise I couldn’t explain. Was I hallucinating? The feeling of peace was spoiled by a tinge of disappointment — this place wasn’t quiet at all. You’d have to be dead for absolute silence....

Why does Microsoft need such a place of extreme quiet? It’s an ideal lab to test audio of devices, both microphones and speakers, as well as their digital assistant Cortana by experimenting with different voice recognition commands and interfering background noises. According to Reuters, Eckel Noise Control Technologies, which created the anechoic chamber at Orfield, designed and built the Microsoft space. It’s detached from other buildings, to eliminate any vibrations from foot traffic or other movement, and every element designed to be a consistent place of silence.
sound_space  quiet  acoustics  laboratories  testing 
november 2015 by shannon_mattern
San Diego Opens First Public Library Biotech Lab
"The world’s first biotech lab in a public library celebrated its grand opening September 1 in the La Jolla-Riford Branch Library of the San Diego Public Library (SDPL). The Bio Lab is part of the library’s Life Science Collaboratory, which has hosted a variety of classes and talks from visiting scientists since it opened its doors in April. The Bio Lab, however, promises to take Collaboratory’s citizen science mission a step further.

Outfitted with used and donated equipment from local sources, the Bio Lab meets Basic Safety Level (BSL) 1 standards, the equivalent of a high school laboratory. It currently offers microscopes, centrifuges, DNA copying machines, electrophoresis gel boxes, a vortex mixer, and other basic molecular biology equipment, as well as access to the branch’s 3-D printer lab and a 50-person classroom. Drawing on San Diego’s thriving biotech community, the Collaboratory has assembled an enthusiastic volunteer staff to helps lead demos, lectures, workshops, and hands-on participation for users of all ages.

All-ages workshops are held monthly, as is a lecture aimed at adults. Workshops, offered by volunteers from the Wet Lab, a local citizen science facility, have included lessons in DNA extraction using a strawberry; lectures have covered topics such as the sensory system of sharks and rays, alternative energy sources, the intestinal parasites Giardia lamblia, and gene splicing.

The Wet Lab has been a critical partner, helping branch manager Shaun Briley set up the laboratory, creating the initial programming, and serving as its advisory board. The Collaboratory has also formed a partnership with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, as well as local organizations Biomimicry San Diego and the San Diego Barcode of Life Initiative."



"SDPL director Misty Jones is pleased with the program’s reception. “The Library’s mission is to inspire lifelong learning through connections to knowledge and each other,” Jones said in a statement. “We are naturally technology facilitators and guides to the future. We know that fun and educational workshops pique the interest in the sciences among young people. She has already expressed interest in setting up a similar lab space in another branch.

While the regional biotech industry has helped ensure the success of the Collaboratory and Bio Lab, Briley feels that the program could be tweaked to serve any type of community—substituting an emphasis on environmental science or conservation, for example. Hyland agrees. “We want to make sure that this isn’t just something that happens once,” she told LJ, “that we set up a model that can be picked up by other communities.”

“What’s happening in biotechnology and how it’s going to impact everyone’s life is revolutionary,” said Briley, “and in order for there to be a proper civic debate about it, people who aren’t biologists need to understand it. We’re positioning ourselves as a place to do that. Most of what’s available right now is institutional laboratories in universities or in corporations, so one facet of this is that we’re providing public education to enable that civic engagement; the other is that we’ve actually created a Maker space for biology.”

“I love how everyone’s gotten into this, even people who don’t have a background in science,” Hyland said. “That’s why I think this is so fantastic—it’s allowing people who aren’t scientists to make science a part of their everyday life. And it’s not just people coming down from the ivory tower talking for half an hour and going back. This is actually something that’s going to be a part of people’s lives.”"
2015  sandiego  biotech  biotechnology  libraries  laboratories  hacking  citizenscience  science  lajolla  biology  biohacking  edg  srg  glvo 
october 2015 by robertogreco
San Diego Opens First Public Library Biotech Lab
The world’s first biotech lab in a public library celebrated its grand opening September 1 in the La Jolla-Riford Branch Library of the San Diego Public Library (SDPL). The Bio Lab is part of the library’s Life Science Collaboratory, which has hosed a variety of classes and talks from visiting scientists since it opened its doors in April. The Bio Lab, however, promises to take Collaboratory’s citizen science mission a step further....

All-ages workshops are held monthly, as is a lecture aimed at adults. Workshops, offered by volunteers from the Wet Lab, a local citizen science facility, have included lessons in DNA extraction using a strawberry; lectures have covered topics such as the sensory system of sharks and rays, alternative energy sources, the intestinal parasites Giardia lamblia, and gene splicing.

The Wet Lab has been a critical partner, helping branch manager Shaun Briley set up the laboratory, creating the initial programming, and serving as its advisory board. The Collaboratory has also formed a partnership with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, as well as local organizations Biomimicry San Diego and the San Diego Barcode of Life Initiative....

While setting up the branch’s Maker space with the help of Uyen Tran, emerging technologies librarian at SDPL’s Central Library, Briley mentioned wanting to do something with biotech. A couple of years ago, Tran told him, she had been at San Diego’s Fab Lab—a nonprofit community design and fabrication facility based in San Diego’s Maker’s Quarter and the force behind SDPL’s 3-D printer lab—and met Wet Lab founder Cameron Clarke, a biologist “with a tiny lab tacked on the back of Fab Lab, who does algae research with a few other people.”
libraries  3D_printing  making  maker_labs  biomedia  laboratories  hacking 
september 2015 by shannon_mattern
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march 2015 by neerajsinghvns

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