Lab Character(s)

May 25th, 2017

Chapel Hill, NC – Every scientist who works in a lab knows that labs have unique characters. The Isotope Geochemistry lab at UNC Chapel Hill was bustling with Ph.D. researchers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and researchers from other institutions, including Appalachian State University and The College of Wooster. We could tell it was a happy lab community by all of the happy faces. The faces weren’t just on the researchers; they were drawn on windows, hoods, and sticky notes.  Here are few to brighten your day.

There was a single angry face in the bunch. We called this Samarium Face (Sm-face) because Sm is apparently a finicky element to analyze by mass spectrometry. Maybe someone should make a Sm-face emoji.

One Response to “Lab Character(s)”

  1. Mark Wilsonon 25 May 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I think Samarium Man is just sad, not angry. He’s more thoughtful than those flighty, lighter elements. He’s also getting old. He’s lost a lot of fellow isotopes to relentless decay, and wonders if his turn will come.

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