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Doing scientific experiments: experiment design

Peter van Calsteren Tuesday 23 March, 2.45pm-3.45pm Workshop 3C 2nd floor library

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13 March 2010

Peter van Calsteren

Tuesday 23 March,
Workshop 3C
2nd floor. library, research meeting room

The ‘official’ guidance to Designing Experiments is in STM895, and various aspects are also discussed in other sessions; this talk is based on my personal experience and practice in doing experiments. I will talk about:

  • Excellence and Impact
  • Research methods and approach
  • Practical aspects of sample collection and laboratory work: methods and protocols
  • Data reduction and evaluation, significance, wider implications
  • General principles of: personal conduct, reduction of variables, reproducibility,  and Risk Assessment
  • Sir David King: code of conduct

Peter van Calsteren did his PhD in Leiden, The Netherlands in 1977 and came to the OU in 1980 on a 3 year research fellowship for the Petrogenesis Research Group. He has been a Senior Research Fellow since 2001 in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

His main research interests are in Isotope Geochemistry and include a wide range of topics related by the use of short half-life uranium daughter isotopes. This includes applications to the evolution of volcanic rocks, dating paleo-climate archives and paleo-anthropology. It also includes the related analytical methods, mostly mass spectrometry and laboratory methods and their design and safe application. He is running a NERC-funded facility at the OU to do collaborative research projects with other UK HEI colleagues and usually he has a large input into the design of these projects. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the NERC Peer Review College.

He would like to see himself as a field and experimental scientist, although he doesn’t see much of the inside of a chemistry lab these days.

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