18 January 2013

Photo Friday #82: relics

Maybe every scientific institution is like this, or maybe it’s just my current one. Either way, at my new workplace, there is a culture of highly revering famous scientists who once worked there. At my old institution, conference rooms were called by their room number; here it’s the So-and-So Library and Whats-His-Name Auditorium. Every invited lecture is named for a past scientist, and there’s a giant display of Nobel Laureates faces in the lobby of a neighboring building.

It even extends to the lab spaces themselves. My lab space was once, many remodelings ago, the laboratory of a famous scientist. And that’s why we still keep his fifty-year-old tape dispenser in our break room.

This may be a little odd, right? It’s not just me?


Oh well. I suppose this is an incentive to do great work every day that I’m there, so that one day scientists will gather around the Sarah P Memorial Coffeepot.

4 comments:

Christal said...

I see the memorial coffee pot in your future! We acquired http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Prusoff 's centrifuge, and we originally used it For Awesome Bonus Good Science Fortune, and then we finally had to admit the centrifuge sucks. So we just keep it on our bench for inspiration. :-)

Rachel C said...

I love that it's a tape dispenser instead of something science related.

Tina said...

That is soooo cool...

Shanna said...

I'm thinking your memorial will be something better than a coffeepot! Unless it's a Keurig one-cup fancy-pants unit, of course, that would be okay.