New calendar page

Good News Everyone!

Let me introduce a new lab calendar.

It is accessible from the site Menu and has a simple interface to add a new event:

The plan was to replace a Meetings section flat view and bring more interactivity (for example, you can export this calendar as iCal) so you can easily add new events and maybe avoid additional emails.

I’ve added a few upcoming events and you are welcome to add more if you have something to share with the colleagues!

Blog comments closed!? Short term fix


For some reason, caused by either WordPress or an associated plugin, comment sections are closed for all the current and new posts, as far as I can tell. The ultimate solution may require a bit of work. But for the moment, if you write a post or want to comment on a post, do this to turn on the comments:

  1. Log in.
  2. Go to the RLR blog dashboard (dial icon, top left of screen).
  3. Click on Posts/All Posts on left-side panel.
  4. Find the slug of the post you are interested in. Click the “Quick Edit” link under the post’s title.
  5. Click the box “Allow comments”. Comments should now be turned on, go to post and comment at will.

If anyone feels inclined to come up with a universal or permanent solution, this might be a place to start.

Lab Safety training

UBC offers two levels of safety courses.

For those who work under supervision (i.e. undergrads), there is a basic online course found here
This is a requirement for all undergrads who will be working in the lab. Once your student has taken the course, it is expected that you (their supervisor) will follow up with reviewing lab safety training specific to our lab. Please remember that these students need supervision at all times when working in the lab.

For lab personnel who do not require supervision there is a more advanced course,, it includes an online and practical component. This course is mandatory, unless you’ve had similar training at a previous institution. Megan will provide in lab follow-up for new personnel to cover safety features of the lab.

UBC also offers other specific training, although the courses aren’t likely relevant to the type of lab work we do; such as Radionucleotides, and biohazards, please see