FNH Teaching Lab

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MCML 220a
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DO NOT attend labs if you are sick - you can contact your instructor to make alternative arrangements.
MCML 230a
Caption: MCML 240a

FNH Teaching Lab is located in rooms 220 - 240 at the H.R. MacMillan Building. The teaching lab currently hosts lab courses APBI 327 (Thursday 9 - 11 am and 1:30 - 3:30 pm), FNH 325 (Tuesday 1 - 5 pm), FNH 425 (Monday 1 - 5 pm) in term 1, and FNH 326 (Tuesday 1 - 5 pm), FNH 425 (Monday 1 - 5 pm) in term 2. The FNH teaching lab contains 3 major rooms: MCML 220 contains mainly 3 lab benches that can comfortably accommodate 10 - 12 students (max: 24 students); MCML 230 has 2 lab benches that can fit around 8 students; and MCML 240 contains 4 large lab benches that can accommodate 30 - 40 students (max: 48 students).

Aside from the bench space, the teaching lab also features many instruments such as autoclave, BUCHI digestion and distillation system, pH meters, water baths, ovens, incubators, Labconco Goldfisch fat extraction apparatus, microplate readers, muffle furnace, rotary evaporator, portable induction cooktop, spectrofluorometer, spectrophotometers, centrifuge, microcentrifuge, stomacher, vacuum pumps, heat and stir plates, vortex, vacuum oven, viscometer, microscopes, etc. Some of these instruments can be reserved online via QReserve. User will need to set up an account with an email address and has a smart phone with the QR code app to begin booking these instruments. The QR code is available on each instrument and users can scan the QR code to be directed to the reservation calendar to book the specific instrument. Some portable items can possibly be loaned out temporarily by submiting the online Equipment Loan Form. For more details, please contact the FNH Teaching Lab Technician at Imelda.Cheung@ubc.ca.

The standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been posted near the instrument for guidance but training to use each instrument is available and can be scheduled with the FNH Teaching Lab Technician at Imelda.Cheung@ubc.ca. Some of the experimental procedures, sample calculations, statistical analysis or equipment SOPs have been prepared as demonstrations in videos. Students and researchers are highly encouraged to review the use of instruments and experimental protocols using these demonstrative videos.

The FNH Teaching Lab also adopts an online inventory system to keep track of chemicals, supplies and other resources available. Users can sign up an account on Quartzy to gain access to the database and check conveniently whether specific chemicals/supplies are available, then further inquire whether they can be provided by the FNH Teaching Lab. FNH Teaching Lab strongly encourages the share of chemicals/supplies/resources to reduce hazardous and non-environmental friendly wastes. Furthermore, users can use the order module in the database to request reagent/supply ordering, or select items in the inventory to re-order, as long as a valid speed chart is provided.

Safety is of utmost important in a laboratory environment and it is no different in the FNH Teaching Lab. Each user who will work independently in the FNH Teaching Lab will be required to take the Chemical safety training course offered by UBC Safety & Risk Services. The user is also strongly encouraged to take the Mandatory Training for all workers including New Worker Safety Orientation, Preventing and Addressing Workplace Bullying and Harrassment Training, and Workplace Violence Prevention Training. A specific lab safety orientation (video on YouTube and in person walk-through) will be provided to introduce the safety features at the FNH Teaching Lab as well as any particular rules that need to be obeyed when working in the FNH Teaching Lab. Users are strongly encouraged to also review the Lab Etiquette and Lab Safety as well as the Lab Golden Rules before beginning work at the FNH Teaching Lab.