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The rock and ice mechanics lab at Lamont-Doherty is led by PIs Heather Savage, Christine McCarthy and Ben Holtzman. We are in the process of growing our lab and building our experimental program. Along with a team of postdocs, undergrads, grads, and longtime staff engineer Ted, we are rehabilitating and revamping some of the old equipment and building new rigs for exciting new experiments on both rock and ice. You can follow along with our progress here.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

a little outreach

This weekend I volunteered at the Maker Faire in Queens. The event is a big collection of folks interested in science, engineering, do-it-yourself home projects, crafts...the list goes on and on.
Next to the home-still biodiesel guy was Dr. Buckner from Science for Citizens talking about dinosaur teeth and a mastodon fossil that was found here in New York.
Science-Cheerleaders were there, along with Gen-Space (a DIY science lab in Brooklyn), to help kids and adults do some hands-on science experiments.
The project was to extract the DNA from strawberries using everyday household items. Here's a primer on how you can do it at your home!  That's me in the lab coat below.

I also brought some of the rock and mineral samples from the lab for kids to play with.

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