I honestly think that the spirit of the pink team has carried us through the rough points and has gotten us some pretty good results. Our primer was prime, our NU-7441 dose curve was killer, 3' overhangs with sticky ends totally survived NHEJ, and okay maybe our solar cell efficiency wasn't amazing, but we certainly gave it our best shot. We prepared two reports, one memo, and very soon we will have pitched a full presentation for a novel experimental design and completed a mini report on solar cells and the use of phages. We've really covered a lot of ground. Honestly, go pink team.
Back to collaboration on a larger scale - as the semester passed by, it really felt as if we were getting closer as a class as we struggled through modules and papers. It was the module 2 report that really cemented my feeling that we were in this together and we were going to make the best of it. It's easier to see all the amazing, fun things we are doing in lab when you are all excited and invested in the same thing. All the lab groups would help each other with questions regarding the protocol and, more recently, everyone was more than willing to help with brainstorming for the presentations. Everyone's questions after the pitches were really helpful in working out the kinks in the experiments and novel ideas.
I should really include the teaching staff and TAs in this collaboration topic because they were all extremely helpful. I got a sense that the teaching staff was really on our team and willing to help and clarify as much as possible. Just the other day, Noreen helped Sonia and I by finding a really relevant paper for our presentation. Not to mention all the times Leslie and Noreen helped us through the protocol by answering our numerous questions. (Thank you to all the teaching staff and TAs).
Overall, 109 was a really nice display of the power of collaboration in the real world. It also really relates to realistic lab work because, in labs and between labs, grad students and postdocs are constantly working with each other, relying on the expertise of others and constantly asking each other questions to ensure and support the experiments being conducted. Working together to solve problems is much more efficient and also just a lot more fun.
ps go pink team and sorry for overwhelming everyone with all the pictures of Sonia and I on this blog