chemical biology

chemical biology

Allen Aloise: What Does A Student Gain by Working In An Efficient Academic Lab?

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Allen Aloise, Director of Laboratories and Co-Director of Graduate Studies in the Harvard Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Significant progress has been made in the design and equipping of academic laboratories to minimize energy consumption and conserve resources. The fiscal and environmental benefits of these actions for the buildings and universities these labs reside in have been well documented. Yet when our students are unaware of these benefits and are not engaged in efficient laboratory operations, they can be left to wonder: What will I gain by working in an efficient lab? Will my experiment progress more quickly? Will I achieve additional publications in more prestigious journals? While students' immediate paybacks are less tangible than an improved reaction, they are perhaps more significant in the long run. In the Harvard Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, when researchers, from undergraduates to post-docs, are included in the design, equipping, and operation of efficient and sustainable laboratories, they gain knowledge and and learn principles that will inform the decisions they make as they embark in their professional careers around the world. This learning process is consistent with Harvard's educational mission and is now considered an essential part of our curriculum. The Green Labs Symposium brought together lab experts from the higher education, health care, and biotech sectors to explore shared challenges and solutions to making labs more sustainable. Hosted by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Higher Education and Health Care Working Groups.