Well, I for one can say that I would be using the equipment, fairly
regularly, so that's at least one issue taken care of ;) The exception
to this of course is that it would be a single user at this point rather
than a community, which I see as a problem, as well. That said, tying
educational components to it- much like trainings on the SEM- would be
what ultimately determines use in the long run rather than just having
If you don't mind me saying, I find it funny that the statement keeps
being made that I need to build a community when that's the explicit
purpose of sending these emails, i.e. to get people to say they want to
work with it and then go from there. We're definitely on the same
page. Pardon the reflexive statement, I'm just wondering what you think
needs to be done beyond this (my thoughts are below) at the moment.
I'm willing to work with you to build open (applied) science at PS:One,
and looking at doing things in baby steps might not be a bad idea. My
main desire in this is to make it an active course of action, meaning
having people commit to working on the project. I'd put a few ideas on
the table for an action plan 1) a motion to install the fume hood
(honestly, my dues lapsed at the space, mainly because the money I had
for it is now tied up in storing the hood- will be resolved if a plan
gets formed-, so I need a full member to sponsor said motion), 2)
meeting up to brainstorm the argument for doing so, and 3) finding time
to regularly discuss the direction of the project and scheduling
accordingly. I'm also going to slap a 4th point on- getting at least a
flammable and acid storage cabinet- just because I like to think
responsibly :) and I think it would be good for the space to have those
anyway, noting some of the chemicals stored around there.
I know a few folks outside of PS:One that I could potentially convince
to join forces with all this from other areas where I've been talking
about it. I'm not sure whether some of them can become dues paying
PS:Oner's at this point, but they'd at least be able to help with
getting it together.
Otherwise, once a hood is installed, I will be able to begin working out
of it immediately. Again, I'm concerned about the cleanliness issues,
especially for some of the projects I'm thinking of up the road, but if
we can start making things happen at PS:One earlier than opening a new
space, then I think I can at least think of some engineering controls in
the meantime to help deal with those issues. As for the instruments, I
have access to some as it is that I can probably hop on at will- so it's
less an issue for me. It's a vision I have to have this stuff
accessible and available to the novice outside of standard settings,
just like the SEM. Can it wait? Sure, I guess.
Side point, how possible would it be to used the EDX for powders? I can
imagine scintering them to a substrate as an option. Anyway, I need to
do some trace metal analysis for part of what I'm interested in doing,
and not having access to an ICP-Mass Spec I thought using the EDX might
be a good option...
So, when would you want to talk beyond email?