Light Microscopy Core Facility Sign-up Policies
Each user is limited to a total of 3 prime-time sign-ups* at any given time and no more than 2 prime-time sign-ups per week.
*Prime-time = 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; one prime-time block = 4 hours
This means if you have signed up for two blocks of prime time for the current week (8 hours total), you can only sign-up for one more 4-hour prime time block in the following week.
Once you used one of your prime-time sessions, you can then sign-up for another (third) one in the following week.
Currently, there are no limits when signing up for the following sessions-- evenings, holidays and weekends.
If for any reason you cannot use your session, it is YOUR responsibility to delete the sign-up entry from the reservation calendar on the web as early as possible. Please be considerate and send an email to the "users" mailing list to let others know that your slot is available.
Vacant and canceled time slots can be grabbed by any qualified user 24 hours in advance without being counted against your sign-up quota. The grabbed time should also be entered in the reservation calendar and log-in sheet (please note in calendar and log sheet "grab" for clarity; please do not convert your own regular sign-up into a “grab” to circumvent the sign-up quota).
If a user does not show up after ONE hour from the entered starting time, his/her reservation will be lost. Any qualified user can sign-up or grab this session if they see the scope is free (please check the sign-in/out sheet). Tardy users can also grab their own session upon arrival, if the session is still available.
In order to better match billing to your actual time used, please use the a check in/check out feature for reservations in Booked: check in when you get to your session and log out when you are done. If you do not adjust your time by checking out early, your lab will be billed according to your reserved time. Note: though this will automatically open the schedule for other users, it does not change any of our policies on releasing time and notifying other users that the time is available. Instructions for how to check in and out are included here.
While all of the core facility instruments are available to all users, several of the instruments have priority access days for specific user groups (e.g. owners of the instrument or major users on a shared instrumentation grant). These policies will be communicated during training and are detailed in the Google doc for each instrument (links on the Equipment Page).
In order to be granted access to the calendar and any of the instrumentation, training will be required. Please contact Edward Dougherty.
Sign-in for no more the 4 hour blocks during prime time. If you need more time please contact the lab to make arrangements. If your plans change, cancel your reservation promptly.
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