banner
You are not using a standards compliant browser. Because of this you may notice minor glitches in the rendering of this page. Please upgrade to a compliant browser for optimal viewing:
Firefox
Internet Explorer 7
Safari (Mac and PC)
Post Archive
2017 (0)2010 (241)
December (20)

Have a little personality on Friday...
Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday is going to be epic...
Thursday, December 9, 2010

Good Night, and Good Luck
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Child Birth
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday is definitely a rollercoaster
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

12 Months of Blogging Meme
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 13
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Don't Run Around On A Tuesday
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A rhetorical question and science fail...
Monday, December 6, 2010

Sue
Monday, December 6, 2010

It definitely doesn't feel like summer...
Monday, December 6, 2010

A Friday Recipe... Stuffed Jalapenos
Friday, December 3, 2010

A Friday morning haiku for you...
Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday better not be your time of dying...
Friday, December 3, 2010

Music Warz--Fuck all you emos--Punk is where its at...
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Is this a sign of things to come...
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Speaking to the next generation...
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Apparently we must have used hypocritical evangelical coders...
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Have an Unbelievable Thursday
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Don't ge a Gigolo on Wednesday, its just not right.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
November (44)

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 12
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It Might Get Loud On Tuesday
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Do you know what the Spellcheck button is?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Update: I think I'm dying...Science in Motion...
Monday, November 29, 2010

Feel The Noise On a Monday
Monday, November 29, 2010

The jail story...
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Don't be talking that shit on a Wednesday..
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The dark danger and human cost of drug development
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 11
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thrift Store T Shirt Tuesday
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Request for Reprint...Should I put on my throwback jersey too?
Monday, November 22, 2010

Moving Boxes, we aren't going a damn place...
Monday, November 22, 2010

Does your brain feel like its going to Pop on a Monday?
Monday, November 22, 2010

Friday Wrap-Up and Links
Friday, November 19, 2010

Believe Me, Its Friday
Friday, November 19, 2010

An Open Letter To The Guy Who Tried To Mug Me...
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Who the hell said it was Thursday?
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Retractions.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Are you in the house?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pay me fuckers
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 10
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Don't Feed the Animals
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Tuesday Morning Book Review...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

On which I make my return
Monday, November 15, 2010

One of the best discussions on Climate Change...Ever.
Monday, November 15, 2010

Guess who's back?
Monday, November 15, 2010

Lets keep on Rocking on a Friday...
Friday, November 12, 2010

Don't Rock the Boat on a Thursday
Thursday, November 11, 2010

Don't get too Hooked on Wednesday
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Don't Wine on a Tuesday
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Caribbean Monday
Monday, November 8, 2010

I'm out...
Monday, November 8, 2010

We call this a teachable moment...
Friday, November 5, 2010

Can't help that its Friday
Friday, November 5, 2010

A comparative study on pain medication reactions (n=2)
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dear students applying for fellowships...
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Don't be Tempted on a Thursday...
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Elections
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Working it out from home on Wednesday...
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 8
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hope you find Satisfaction on a Tuesday...
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tales of the Genomic Repairman: DNS
Monday, November 1, 2010

The fall of Agamemnon and the rise of Ajax: Is the PI being cheap?
Monday, November 1, 2010

Don't be Trippin on a Monday...unless you want to.
Monday, November 1, 2010
October (47)

Is the PI being cheap?
Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Save
Friday, October 29, 2010

Nobel Prize Blunder...
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Don't be gray on a Thursday...
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Be a Wiz on a Wednesday
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom.... Vaccines
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Things learned from my Society meeting...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 7
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Attack my Site...I'm Gonna Knock You Out...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Write, write, write...
Monday, October 25, 2010

Hold on I'm Coming to play you some music on a Monday...
Monday, October 25, 2010

Get off this Friday...
Friday, October 22, 2010

Dear Graduate Student, let me list the reasons why I shall beat you with a stick...
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Slow down, you don't have to Run on a Thursday...
Thursday, October 21, 2010

Could you be loved on a Wednesday...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ask Genomic RepairMom...Big Bang Theory...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It was only a matter of time before I got off my ass...
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 6
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Is Everything Zen on a Tuesday?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

10 Commandments of Poster Presentations...
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Shout it out on Monday
Monday, October 18, 2010

Pinch me its Friday...
Friday, October 15, 2010

Donor's Choose: Give me your lunchmoney!
Thursday, October 14, 2010

So I know I slagged off on a vendor but now its time to give one props...
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Did you see Fireflies on a Thursday?
Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Series: Ask Genomic RepairMom...Stem Cells
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Make Wednesday A Magic Moment...
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Tribe of Science loses a Warrior
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 5
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hey Man, quit Ramblin on a Tuesday
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cocaine is not a good way to start the week off...
Monday, October 11, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Last one out gets the lights...
Monday, October 11, 2010

Who would have ever thought that Gatorade was pro-evolution...
Sunday, October 10, 2010

Candidacy Exam: I think I'm qualified.
Friday, October 8, 2010

Giving you guys some culture...One Semester of Spanish, Spanish Love Song
Friday, October 8, 2010

I'm sorta Research Blogging...Insight into the function of PALB2
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Chances Are I'm bringing you old guy radio today
Thursday, October 7, 2010

You only knew it was a matter of time before I went off again...
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Welcome to Wednesday
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 4
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What I'd be doing, if I wasn't doing this: A fishing story!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Keep Moving on Tuesday
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A little Dave Holland recommendation for Tideliar
Monday, October 4, 2010

My mom reads my blog, Happy Birthday Genomic RepairMom
Monday, October 4, 2010

More than a feeling on Monday Morning: I rocked this song in Rock Band
Monday, October 4, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Fourth and inches...
Sunday, October 3, 2010

I'm running late because I got caught on the Radar Gun
Friday, October 1, 2010
September (45)

A man can only take so much bluegrass, time to rock!
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Don't be running down the street hungry as a hound on Wednesday...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How not to foster a scientific collaboration...
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football: Week 3
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In Spite of Tuesday
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Someone check his pulse
Monday, September 27, 2010

Stomp it out on a Monday
Monday, September 27, 2010

Update: To the coworker who saw me lose my shit tonight...
Friday, September 24, 2010

Hoping for No Rain on a Friday
Friday, September 24, 2010

Don't have a bad Thursday
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Don't be Greedy, enjoy your Wednesday
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What is your opinion on reuse of a figure in a journal? Misconduct?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 2
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Taking it back old school with The Tokens on a Tuesday
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I've got a case of the Mondays...
Monday, September 20, 2010

A little Rebel Yell on Monday
Monday, September 20, 2010

An Open Letter to Bio-Rad...This is going to fuck up any chance of a sponsorship...
Sunday, September 19, 2010

A lawyer is calling stem cells outmoded?
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Mexican Independence Day & Potential Darwin Award
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Is Science the Love of Your Life?
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Got it made in the shade on Wednesday?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Can you go the distance on Tuesday?
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

LabSpaces Fantasy Football Challenge: Week 1
Monday, September 13, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Damnit go away!
Monday, September 13, 2010

Don't break down on a Monday.
Monday, September 13, 2010

Good grief, its Friday!
Friday, September 10, 2010

Guest Post: The Easy Pub
Thursday, September 9, 2010

You don't know how it feels on a Thursday
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Funniest Comment Contest Part 2
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Stay with me on a Wednesday
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I wish I knew: A Tale of 2.5 stories...
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lets just be friends on a Tuesday...
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In case you weren't signed up...
Monday, September 6, 2010

Come on ride that train on a Monday...
Monday, September 6, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Clocks ticking yo!
Monday, September 6, 2010

You want to guest post on LabSpaces?
Friday, September 3, 2010

Watch out for the small print on a Friday
Friday, September 3, 2010

Are you actually working with a neuronal line?
Friday, September 3, 2010

Groups
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Whats that smell and how should I mentor it?
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Travelling Riverside on a Thursday
Thursday, September 2, 2010

LFG...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Contest Winners!!!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Go Your Separate Ways on a Wednesday
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My first (and best ever) conference...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
August (75)

Mentoring a mentor?: Get it in writing.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Warning: Its Tuesday
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I've survived a month of blogging.
Monday, August 30, 2010

New Yorker Article on Francis Collins and the Stem Cell Ruling
Monday, August 30, 2010

Crunch!
Monday, August 30, 2010

Can't Relate to a Monday
Monday, August 30, 2010

Female Science Bloggers...
Monday, August 30, 2010

Potential blogger drink err meet up?
Friday, August 27, 2010

Candidacy Exam: Scheduling, scheduling, scheduling
Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday morning special...
Friday, August 27, 2010

Dear IACUC inspector...
Thursday, August 26, 2010

The State of My Blog
Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Genomic Repairman's Book Club
Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wishing you were home on a Thursday
Thursday, August 26, 2010

Here is where you get to win the liquor
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Epic Fail on a macroscale level.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Some recent big news in the DNA Repair field
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Don't get caught asleep at the wheel on a Wednesday morning
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Funniest comment, formerly most obnoxious contest...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dear Trainee, the clock is ticking...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cleanliness is next to...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday morning got you feeling numb
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

An Open Letter to Core Director
Monday, August 23, 2010

Conference Calls
Monday, August 23, 2010

Don't be blue on a Monday!
Monday, August 23, 2010

LabSpaces NFL Pick 'Em Challenge
Friday, August 20, 2010

Its Friday In Spite of Ourselves
Friday, August 20, 2010

The Genomic Repairman gets a pat on the back from the boss and a boot in the ass
Friday, August 20, 2010

Legit Science Question Here Folks
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Rise up on a Thursday Morning
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dumping on technicians...
Thursday, August 19, 2010

Antibody Naming Contest Winners
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Trying to find some music for tomorrow, like yesterday
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

ncRNA: Oh the splendor, oh the horror!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Still want in on Battle of the Science Blogs
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Another twofer on a Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Linked Out?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Data Embargos
Monday, August 16, 2010

I need a remedy for this sunburn
Monday, August 16, 2010

Cell culture question for the readers...
Monday, August 16, 2010

A letter to the other graduate student in my lab...
Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday morning groovin by the Fratellis
Friday, August 13, 2010

The Apprentice: The Finale!
Friday, August 13, 2010

Candidacy Exam: The Runaround
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shake off them shoes if you got the Thursday morning blues...
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Update to the aged RO1
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Candidacy Exam: The Series
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Shameless product plug
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Quality is when you...
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Honestly I didn't think I'd make it to Wednesday
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A LabSpaces Prayer
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A two for Tuesday with the boys of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

You can hold an RO1 for 27 fucking years!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Name my antibody!
Monday, August 9, 2010

Antineoplastons? You gotta be kidding me!
Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday morning beats by Morcheeba
Monday, August 9, 2010

So I'm at work today so I figure I owe you a song...
Sunday, August 8, 2010

Well since I'm working on a Saturday
Saturday, August 7, 2010

So I got tagged in a damn meme
Friday, August 6, 2010

What are you doing to promote science to the public?
Friday, August 6, 2010

A chilled tune for Friday and an extra track
Friday, August 6, 2010

Say goodbye to film.
Friday, August 6, 2010

Long Lost Paper
Thursday, August 5, 2010

Feel alive with Live on a Thursday morning.
Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Forum For Discussion
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Some Wonderful Music for a Wednesday Morning
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Is this really elevating your science?
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Helen Larson my ass!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

2010 LabSpaces NFL Challenge & Banner Contest
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Balance...You gotta be kidding me.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Feeling Stuck on a Tuesday?
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Note On Peer Review
Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday Morning Soothing Tunes and Moving Music
Monday, August 2, 2010

Candidacy Exam Blues
Monday, August 2, 2010

How do you balance the job and life?
Monday, August 2, 2010
July (10)
Rate This Post
Total votes: 2
Blogger Profile

Genomic Repairman

The Genomic Repairman is currently a Ph.D. student who escaped from the deep south, and studies DNA damage and repair through biochemical and genetic approaches. He intends to use pine away about his scientific interests and rant about the things (and there are lots of them) that annoy him.

My posts are presented as opinion and commentary and do not represent the views of LabSpaces Productions, LLC, my employer, or my educational institution.

Blog RSS Feed
RSS Add to My Yahoo Add to Google
Awesome Stuff
Thursday, August 19, 2010


So I carpool to work with a technician in the lab that is adjacent to our space. This guy is relatively new having been here for a little over 7 months and is kind of hitting his stride. Watching him, he does a good job with his own work and pitches in to help others out. Right now he is covering his stuff as well as bailing out the project of a postdoc who is on maternity leave. This guy is slowly but steadily ascending the technician ladder to peak of technician Everest which is solidly held by Damn Good Technician. The only thing hampering this guy is a slacker postdoc who seems incapable of doing anything on his own and always needs someone to "show me how to do this really quickly." So Slacker Postdoc was getting ready to leave on vacation and two days before drops a note off on the desk of said technician that reads,
"Going on vacation in two days, taking tomorrow off as a personal day. Can you do these plasmid preps for me before I leave and submit for sequencing analysis. There are over 50 preps to do and I'm not sure of the numbering. If you have any questions, email me."

So with no prior notice, the Slacker Postdoc dropped 60 plasmid preps (and I'm not talking small scale) off to the semi-noob technician who is already valiantly trying to cover his responsibilities and those of the postdoc on maternity leave. Not to mention semi-noob technician is sick and looks like he is the only survivor of the original black plague and might be relapsing. The kid looked like he was about to die, he did that thing where sick people try to stand upright and sway around in the air like Michael Jackson in Smooth Criminal.


Figure 1: Vertical Stability of sick Semi-Noob Technician

He does not discover this note until around lunch time and looks like he has lost the will to live. And since I'm a decent bastard and finished up early, I pitched in to help out with the preps since the poor bastard carpools with me and I want to get home before the 11 o'clock news.

Low and behold today Slacker Postdoc stops in today before leaving on vacation to check on technician and his invaluable plasmid preps. Slacker Postdoc finds out I helped and wonders aloud why? Technician explains that he did not find his note until the afternoon and needed help to get it done. So here is where it gets juicy.

Slacker Postdoc comes to find me and ask why I helped semi-noob technician do something he should do on his own. I breather deeply and start off by asking Slacker Postdoc WTF in his tiny mind makes him think it is alright to drop that many plasmid preps off on someone who is not responsible for his stuff with absolutely no freaking notice at all. Also I informed him that I didn't think he could do anymore of a piss poor job of labeling his samples, nor could he deign to get off his ass and fill out the paperwork for the sequencing. By this point Slacker Postdoc is apologetic, I dismiss him with a waving of the hand tell him that he is probably more useful to his lab by not being present and told him to enjoy his vacation. What made Slacker Postdoc cringe was my comment of we need to talk about some authorship when he gets back since we pitched in on the plasmid preps and help with the sequencing, so come find me first thing when you get back, or I'm going to find your PI (who I am on extremely good terms with).

Doing 60 plasmid preps...Super crappy.
Going off on a Slacker Postdoc...Incredible.
Involuntarily adding my name to his paper...Damn Near Orgasmic.

Note: I will never ask a technician who is not working on my project to do anything without advance notice and their agreement. Even technicians working on my project I ask in advance for their assistance, I believe this to be a basic tenant of being a good labmate. And for goodness take care of your technicians, I routinely take technicians that assist me on my project to lunch or get them a gift certificate. A little good will goes a long ass way as is my experience.

Coldplay - The Scientist
Uploaded by itami. - See the latest featured music videos.

This post has been viewed: 192 time(s)

Blog Comments

Thomas Joseph
Rate Post:

Like 0 Dislike
Yah, that was pretty assholish of the postdoc, and he deserved a good ass-ripping. On a serious note, where I work there are some pretty strict criteria for inclusion on a manuscript. Such that technicians do not get their names on manuscripts very often. My place of employment insists on an intellectual contribution, and they don't consider the daily grind and grunt work of the lab to be such a contribution. To get my support scientist's name on manuscripts (and he's on every one I've written here to date) I have him design a few of the experiments he's to run, as well as write up his M&M sections. That qualifies him for inclusion on the publications and I can write up the justifications (which are kicked up the ladder for approval) without any ethical qualms about it.

Damn Good Technician
Rate Post:

Like 0 Dislike
Well gee, GR, that's mighty kind of you. I have been a tech for at least ten times as long as your kid there. He's bound to learn the unpleasant lesson that showing a modicum of competence gets you rewarded with all the work that everyone else is too goddamn stupid to do themselves. (Or, to look at it another way, all the work that he's stupid enough to agree to do.)

Genomic Repairman
Rate Post:

Like 0 Dislike
I don't want any authorship, I just wanted to shake the asshole up. I agree that you need to contribute intellectually to a paper as well as with blood/sweat/tears for a spot on the authors list. Other PI's will shove anyone and everyone onto papers, our labs will credit techs as an author if they do the design and lion's share of the experimental work and get their hands dirty with analysis. DGT, he is still figuring out the fiefdoms and the spheres of influences in the lab, but he'll get there.

Lab Mom
Rate Post:

Like 0 Dislike
I like DGT learned long ago in my tech career to tell slacker Post docs to eff off if they think it is MY job to do THEIR work. That sounds like a lesson the greenhorn is to young to have learned, but he will with time. It is easy to get pushed around as a tech when you are new, but you quickly learn there is a fine line between HELPING someone out and DOING someone's work. You also tend to forget when a big intimidating post doc is demanding things from you that you in fact work for the PI, as much as postdocs and other lab members want to think otherwise.

As a senior tech it is especially true. My time is just as valuable (if not more so) than a lazy ass postdoc. Now, is that the case with a junior tech, whose sole job may be as a set of hands? Maybe not. But in either case neither of us is a doormat. All techs deserve to be treated with respect and given the appropriate amount and type of work.

Give the noob time. If he is good, it won't be long before he is standing up to jerkwards and making them pull their own weight. Since he is till relatively new, and the postdoc is clearly being an ass, the behavior is sorta like hazing. A senior member wants to see what he can get away with, and how much the greenhorn will put up before it is too much.

Right now, he is putting up with a lot. I doubt that will last. I know if it were me, it wouldn't. Unless postdoc douche started treated me a little better, I know I would be going out of my way to make his life just that much suckier. ("oooohh? You wanted those samples today?! I must have misunderstood. I'll get to those as soon as I can!")

All is fair in love and mini-preps.

Suzy
Rate Post:

Like 0 Dislike
Good story. The postdoc really needed to learn a lesson on how to treat people you work with. I can imagine the kind of bad boss this postdoc will be one day- but maybe because of you, they'll actually treat their grad students and technicians a little nicer.

Well done.

Disgruntled Julie
Rate Post:

Like 0 Dislike
Some of our techs seem to have the same problem in that certain post-docs from our lab don't ask ahead of time... it's just "Oh, I have 12 cell lines that need to be split today, do it in the next hour" and run off. It really irritates me because when I need assistance, I will schedule a time with the tech a day or two before, we'll be all set to go do something, and then the post-doc drops a bunch of experiments on her and she can't help me anymore. I always go call the post-doc out on it, but since I'm the piddly grad student, she feels like she gets priority over the techs 100% of the time. So I do the responsible thing and schedule ahead of time... and then wind up left high and dry with no one to help.

biochem belle
Rate Post:

Like 0 Dislike
Some people have no sense of lab etiquette. It's up to peers and supervisors to at least try to teach them... just don't expect it to stick. NoobTech will hopefully figure out when to say "no" or "yes-but not now".

Genomic Repairman
Rate Post:

Like 0 Dislike
I feel like the PI and the lab manager need to set the ground rule for the techs and how they should be used ahead of time and any pecking order that is set in place. When we want a tech tasked to us for a while we go through our PI usually if its going to be something that takes them away from what they are doing for more than a day or so, but we always get the tech's blessing first.
Add Comment?
Comments are closed 2 weeks after initial post.
Friends