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July 27, 2018

R21 is funded from next month! The resubmission was somehow reviewed and got very good score. This was redundant information, but it was good to know that what we were trying to do was actually well-received.

May 25, 2018

I received an email from NINDS requesting JIT document for the application I submitted almost a year ago. I ignored the automatic email request from NIH long time ago because my score was out side of successful range. The request is very specific to my application, so...

April 3, 2018

The cause of the laser failure was overheating due to accumulated dusts on the air-filter of the power supply unit. I have to make sure that the filter is vacuum-cleaned every 6 months. Laser is originally purchased in 2005. The service contract (12k per year) would ha...

March 21, 2018

I've never thought of analyzing videos of behavior experiments until yesterday, when my big boss and a graduate student were talking about a problem of matlab software developed by other lab. I started investigating the procedures involved. For a simple task like track...

March 15, 2018

I have a special feeling for R21. When I changed my research focus from material science to neuroscience, the project I was recruited for was an R21 project. 1st NIH project my boss got at chemistry dept was also an R21 project. Since my research focus is developing me...

January 12, 2018

I have not had a chance to see Pinnacle's seizure detection analysis package until yesterday when one of researchers at Penn contacted me. Considering convenience of video reviewing process, Pinnacle's package is nice, and can do many basic analysis such as power calcu...

January 5, 2018

So, the estimates for the laser repair is $10k, including service visit fee and parts. They think it is a power supply failure inside of the controller. Considering the original price of the laser (~150k) and the cost of annual service contract fee (~10k per year; whic...

January 2, 2018

In my undergraduate research project, I learned about Förster resonance energy transfer. I was assigned to synthesize pyrene-based organic compounds and conducted fluorescence imaging. Fluorescence bleach started from small domain, and the hypothesis was that the oxida...

January 2, 2018

On the last day of work last year (a week ago),  I put the sample on the stage, setup the electrode for recording, and started to image, then the MaiTai laser controller suddenly shut off and started to smell like circuit-board burning! The fan shut off, LCD status ind...

October 1, 2017

An old Prairie Technologies' two-photon microscope found dead in summer.  I am guessing it started as a PC's power supply failure but spread to the mother board and DAQ board death  - I used another PC to test the DAQ board and was not recognized, while another DAQ boa...

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