Tyler Ford

Tyler J. Ford is an Outreach Scientist at Addgene. His professional duties include helping maintain the Addgene blog (blog.addgene.org), talking to people about Addgene, and improving Addgene's services. His non-professional duties include running, biking, drawing, hiking, playing tennis, reading, and writing.
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SciComm with the Experts at Science in the News Part 1

Posted by Tyler Ford on Mar 16, 2017 9:06:22 AM

This is the first half of a two-part interview with Vini Mani and Amy Gilson from Science in the News at Harvard University.

Effective science communication is required to promote public support for research and to keep useful discoveries coming. At Addgene, we’re huge supporters of science communication. To help you think about ways to effectively communicate your science, we sat down with Vini Mani and Amy Gilson from Science in the News, a graduate student organization that works to promote science communication. Science in the News hosts a podcastseminars, a blog, conferences, and more for non-scientists. These programs are all run and organized by graduate student researchers. That’s right, #ActualLivingScientists, eager to communicate their science. In this first half of our two-part interview with Vini and Amy, we’ll discuss the types of programs SITN runs and learn how they think about communicating science.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing, Science Communication, Podcast

Quick New Way to Deposit Plasmids: The Deposit Spreadsheet

Posted by Tyler Ford on Mar 8, 2017 10:15:21 AM

We've been updating our plasmid validation processes to make it easier for you to find what you need in the repository, but we're also making it easier than ever to deposit with Addgene. Our plasmid deposit process can be broken down into three simple steps:

  1. Send Plasmid Information to Addgene
  2. Materials Transfer Agreement approval (MTA)
  3. Send Plasmids Addgene and Quality Control 

Steps 2 and 3 are usually very easy - our tech transfer team will communicate with your university directly to make sure the MTA is taken care of and, once we have all of your plasmid data, we’ll send you prepaid shipping materials (i.e. a deposit kit) with instructions on how to send liquid DNA or bacterial streaks of your plasmid back to us. Our scientists will contact you if any issues arise during the QC process. As the depositing scientist, you will have the most involvement with step 1 and, while data entry can be a chore, we’ve made it easier than ever to send us your plasmid information with the Deposit Spreadsheet.

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Topics: Inside Addgene

5 Science Rap Videos & Their Creator: Tom McFadden

Posted by Tyler Ford on Feb 9, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Science rap mastermind, Tom McFadden, recently worked with high school students in the bay area to create a plasmid rap video for us (If you’re new to plasmids, we highly recommend checking out the video). Tom has made many more Science rap videos to teach students around the globe and is pushing SciComm further with his new company, Science with Tom. In this podcast, we learn more about Tom and pick his brain for advice on how to dive into new forms of science communication.

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Topics: Interview, Science Communication, Podcast

Plasmids: Simplified

Posted by Tyler Ford on Jan 20, 2017 10:26:04 AM

We recently worked with YouTuber, Tom McFadden, to create a Plasmid Rap and introduce newcomers to the world of plasmids. As part of this process, we sent Tom a primer on plasmids and some of the ways that they can be used. We present this primer to you now with the hope that you can use it to introduce plasmids to any novice molecular biologist. You can find much more information about plasmids and their uses in our Plasmids 101 series. Happy reading!

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Topics: Plasmids 101

Michael Davidson and Roger Tsien Commemorative Travel Awards

Posted by Tyler Ford on Jan 5, 2017 10:55:23 AM

 

UPDATE (February 1, 2017): THE TRAVEL AWARD IS NOW CLOSED - AWARDEES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED AND WILL BE FEATURED IN A FUTURE POST

To commemorate their innumerable contributions to the development and use of fluorescent protein tools and their dedication to scientific sharing, Addgene is opening applications for the Michael Davidson and Roger Tsien Commemorative Travel Awards. These $2,000 USD awards will be open to any masters students, PhD students, or postdocs traveling to an academic conference in 2017 who can demonstrate that fluorescent proteins have or will have an impact on their research.

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Topics: Fluorescent Proteins

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