We want to keep life and work in the Flow Cytometry Lab as informal and flexible as possible. We also need to make sure that the cytometers are reliable and maximally available to a large and varied group of scientists. With this in mind, we have a short set of rules. The rules are designed to be helpful for most of the people most of the time. If the rules make life difficult for you, let us know (but follow them anyway, until you convince us to change them).
1. The Lab is available for your use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. "Normal hours" are 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. "Other hours" are other than normal hours.
2. If you use the instruments during "normal hours," you can expect them to be warmed up and QCed, ready for your use.
3. Although we are usually in much earlier and much later than "normal hours," you can’t necessarily count on it. Therefore, if you want to use the instruments during "other hours," life gets a bit more complex:
4. The instruments are often heavily used and time is at a premium. Last minute cancellations of time booked are a real inconvenience to people who are trying to plan experiments (not to say lives) around availability. For this reason we have a lab policy that YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR ALL THE TIME YOU BOOK AS WELL AS ALL THE TIME YOU USE, unless you check with Gary at least 24 hours in advance for approval of a cancellation.
5. Misuse of Instruments Policy
Contact numbers: Flow Lab: (603) 650-7907 (Gary Ward)
DartLab User AgreementThe undersigned user agrees to take reasonable care of the instrumentation and computers in DartLab. You are responsible for:
You agree that if you damage the instruments through clogging or other improper procedures that you (or your PI) are liable for the cost in time and parts required to unclog the instrument (up to $200 per incident).
As the existence of core facilities depends in part on proper acknowledgment in publications and in grant writing, you agree to acknowledge Dartlab in all publications and presentations, together with Grant applications using pilot data generated in the Shared Resource as follows:
"................. was carried out in DartLab: Immunoassay and Flow Cytometry Shared Resource at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth”.
You agree to consider co-authorship if DartLab staff provide significant experimental design, data interpretation, or other intellectual contribution (as evaluated by the PI).
Co-signed by PI: ________________________ Date:__________