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This week: Plymouth Training Session

2012-06-18 09:09


The Plymouth CASE training session is divided in two parts: a specialized and technical session which focus on Laboratory investigation of IP25 and other biomarkers and a Generic session (Research skills) which focus on communication. This training session is organized by Simon Belt.


Specialized course “Marine biotic proxies, organic geochemistry, biomarkers and application to paleoceanography”

Content: This course will focus on giving students first-hand experience in carrying out extractions of biomarkers from Arctic marine sediment and analysis using mass spectrometric instrumentation. The investigation will begin with an introduction to the laboratory methods and each student will work with a standard sediment with known biomarker composition. The students will also work with procedural blanks to ensure that quality assurance measures can be assessed. Students will work with dedicated software to interpret the analytical data and this will also be used to highlight aspects of quantification and possible contamination. Having established the principles behind the basic methodology, students will work with sediment with unknown composition and contribute to the construction of some down-core lipid profiles.


Generic course “Skills development program”

Content: Students will receive training in presenting their research to different audiences and especially with the media. Students will practice radio interviews and will be filmed for possible TV presentations. Students will be given the opportunity to put their experiences into practice later in the week when there will be some interviews about their CASE work for local media. Students will also be given training in writing for journal articles and this should be of particular benefit for those with limited experience of this style of communication and those who are required to write peer-reviewed papers for their PhD programs.


Host Institution: Univ. Plymouth

Duration: 5 days

Date: 18-22 June 2012


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