January 15, 2012
With NSF Support, Research Moves Into Science Labs of 2-Year Colleges
© Michael Forster Rothbart Photography
Phil Longyear and his laboratory partner were just a few minutes into their experiment, but they had already gotten ahead of their fellow biology students here at Finger Lakes Community College.
When their classmate Carey Phillips walked over to their lab table, they found out why.
"Did you guys heat your samples?" she asked.
"No," Mr. Longyear answered. "Oh. Darn."
He and his lab partner had skipped a vital step in testing the process they designed to isolate,