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TEDxBerkeley this Saturday, February 4th

January 30, 2012 in Our News

The third annual TEDxBerkeley event is coming up this Saturday, and Tekla Labs will be there! For those of you unfamiliar with TEDx conferences, they are “a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience” throughout the world, and we are excited to be a part of this one being held on the UC Berkeley campus.

Join us in listening to some inspiring speakers, and stop by our table to see our designs in action and hear more about what Tekla Labs has in store for the new year!

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Tekla Labs Session and Discussion at AAAS Meeting – Feb 2012

December 21, 2011 in Our News

Tekla Labs is hosting a symposium track (speaker and discussion session) at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting next February in Vancouver, BC. The annual AAAS meeting is one of the largest and most recognized “pan-science” events and this year’s theme on “Flattening the World: Building the Global Knowledge Society is intended to focus the program on the complex, interconnected challenges of the 21st century and on pathways to global solutions through international, multidisciplinary efforts.” Should be really interesting!

Tekla Labs Session
Toward a Global Lab: Building Science Capacity in Developing Countries

Meeting global challenges requires breakthroughs from the entire global scientific community – not just a selected set of industrialized countries. Unfortunately, the potential of many scientists in developing countries is not being efficiently harnessed because they lack the capacity to advance research in their own labs. Furthermore, without adequate research programs, educational institutions cannot prepare the next generation of scientists. Building sufficient scientific capacity in developing countries must include strengthening the laboratory infrastructure at educational institutions, establishing strong training programs for scientists, and facilitating communication with the broader global research community. This symposium will address these issues through talks that discuss specific needs, propose innovative solutions to laboratory equipment shortages, and describe information networks that reduce barriers to conducting scientific research in the developing world. The participating speakers will contribute a range of perspectives on these issues, drawing from their experiences in international academic collaborations and non-profit organizations.

Date: Friday, February 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Facility: Vancouver Convention Center, Room 213

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Concept Designs for Sample Shaker

December 14, 2011 in Our News

Peter Vasilnak from Rutgers University is working on a sample shaker design for Tekla Labs. We’re really excited about this project since sample shakers are very commonly used in research laboratories.

What are they? Shakers are used to agitate, aerate and mix all sorts of liquid samples that are placed in flasks and tubes on the shaker surface. They are used in many diverse applications in the lab such as to grow non-adherent cells and to stain electrophoresis gels to measure protein purity.

See the initial concept design!

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Visit our booth at the Bay Area Science Festival

November 6, 2011 in Our News

We’ll be at the Bay Area Science Festival‘s Grand Finale at AT&T Park this Sunday, Nov 6, doing science experiments and showing some of our lab equipment and DIY Blueprints.  This free festival is the grand finale of a 10day science extravaganza in the Bay Area and there will be over 170 great demonstrations and projects to look at.

Did you stop by our booth and later get here on our website? Welcome! Send us an email under Contact Us to get in touch! Or to get on our email list, all you have to do is send an email to teklaupdates-join@lists.berkeley.edu

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Tekla Labs in the Sustainable Sciences Newsletter

October 12, 2011 in Our News

Here’s a short introduction to Tekla Labs in the Fall 2011 Newsletter of the Sustainable Sciences Institute. SSI is a great nonprofit that works to ‘develop scientific research capacity in areas with pressing public health problems’. They are based here in San Francisco and have been very supportive of Tekla Labs. Thanks SSI!

Download the PDF.

SSI Newsletter Aug2011

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Tekla Labs at East Bay Maker Faire this weekend!

October 10, 2011 in Our News, Uncategorized

This Sunday, October 16th, we will be demoing some of our designs at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire.  Come experiment with us and check out all the cool projects coming from other bay area makers!

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Science Hack Day SF

October 3, 2011 in Things We Like

We at Tekla Labs are very much looking forward to the second annual Science Hack Day, coming up on November 12 & 13th. Tickets are free but limited, so we suggest you get yours soon! Science Hack Day is a 48-hour event that brings together scientists, designers, hackers, and anyone else interested in problem solving/learning/having fun to collaborate on user contributed science hacks. You can check out the demoed hacks from last year here, and look at what people have planned or add your own ideas to this year’s hacks here. Hope to see you there!

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Welcome Reddit

September 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Welcome all visitors from Reddit. If you’re interested in learning more about Tekla Labs, you can join our mailing list to receive every-few-months update emails about our progress and upcoming events.

All you have to do is send an email to teklaupdates-join@lists.berkeley.edu and you will be on the list! You will be sent a confirmation email once you have signed-up. And no worries, your email address is safe with us and will only be used for Tekla Labs emails.

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Nature’s “Science in Africa”

August 15, 2011 in Things We Like

The June 29th issue of Nature features a really interesting collection of articles on the challenges African countries face in scientific research and development.  The pieces provide a wide range of perspectives and opinions on the state of science in Africa–including first-hand accounts of the issues facing scientific advancement in African nations, and an editorial piece that posits ways in which researchers in wealthier nations can contribute to scientific growth in Africa.  All of the articles are good reads, highlighting the need for sustainable solutions to the lack of scientific funding and research capacity in the developing world, and hopefully getting people thinking about how they can help build a global scientific community.

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Backyard Brains!

July 10, 2011 in Things We Like

We just got word of an exciting project coming from the scientists over at backyard brains.  They have developed a Brain Recording Kit that allows the DIY researcher to see and hear the electrical activity of neurons.  Simple, 3-step video instructions will guide you through building your own Spiker Box, and a series of experiments and tutorials posted will get you started as an electrophysiologist.  For those less inclined to build their own, but who’d like to get in on some DIY electrophysiology, the Spiker Box Kit can be purchased pre-assembled and ready to be used for experiments upon delivery.  And keep checking back in with backyard brains; they just received a grant from the NIH to help develop their project, so you can expect many more tutorials and interesting experiments will be added to their site in the near future.