Category: Important News

The Lab Hack gentle centrifuge

April 28th, 2015 in Important News

Meet the new qPCR plate spinner:

This is a commonly used lab hack where a salad spinner is repurposed into a gentle centrifuge for plates prior to qPCR.

To use:

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Step one

  1. Place your plate flat on the bottom of the green basket to one side of the dimple(1)
  2. Place the lid on
  3. Hold down the top (Don’t press the brake)(2)

    Step Two

  4. Pull the cord all the way out with a steady motion
  5. Repeat about 4 more times
  6. Do not brake, let the drum stop spinning on its own.
  7. Open the top carefully
  8. Your plate will be up against the side wall with all of the liquid at the bottom of the wells

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If you have trouble or questions: blute@


IF YOU would prefer to use a conventional centrifuge, there is one in LSEB 344 on the left most lane of benches.  It has the plate holders.  You will need to bring a blank for balancing as there is not one there yet.






Two things…

December 5th, 2014 in Important News

As the semester winds down and people begin to head off for a well deserved break,there are two important  things to keep in mind.

1. Beginning on December 22nd, there will be  widespread computer maintenance.  To facilitate these efforts, all old data will be deleted.  Anything that is older than 2 weeks will be removed

2. During intersession and until the semester starts, please make extra efforts to prevent accidentally leaving equipment on.  I would recommend not leaving anything on for the next user unless they have specifically asked you to.  When in doubt error on the side of caution and shut it down.  Also turn OFF lights when you are done.

Thank you.  I hope you have a successful end of the semester and very happy holidays!




February 4th, 2014 in Important News

On Sat. Feb. 8, technology staff will be relocating several racks of server equipment in the on-campus data center to accommodate changes to the facility.  Throughout the day on Saturday, all Core Facility scheduling services will be unavailable or sporadically available while the equipment is powered down and relocated.

We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to have all systems back on-line as soon as possible.

Real time #2 PASSWORDS reset!

December 12th, 2012 in Important News

Due to a hard disk failure, all of the passwords have been reset.  Please login as your lab with password abc123.  Change your password to what it used to be, or something new but share it with all of your lab.




Please be sure you properly shut down all equipment

November 19th, 2012 in Important News

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to all,

Please be sure that all systems are shut down properly because there will be far fewer people around.

If you are unsure whether or not to shut something off, error on the side of caution and shut it down.