You've probably noticed at the end of the score sheet we've asked quite a few questions about the number of cold storage units you have, the types of samples stored in them, and generally how you store your samples. Have you wondered why we're asking so many questions?
The data you provide will help us:
This information will help us educate other researchers about current standards. And we will use the data we collect to provide the EPA with valuable insights needed to further the ENERGY STAR effort for lab freezers and refrigerators.
So if you haven't yet completed the Data Gathering section of the score sheet, give it a try this week. Any information you provide will be extremely valuable!
One of the most difficult aspects of the Freezer Challenge involves samples. All those samples. Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of samples shoved in the back of refrigerators and freezers. Whose initials are those? No idea. Does that say 1997 on the box? Ummm...
Inventorying samples can be tough - especially when the samples you're trying to inventory belong to people who have long since left the lab - and it can be tedious work. Even when it means extra points on the Freezer Challenge, it can be tempting to skip the inventory questions altogether. So why bother? Here are a few of our favorite reasons to put on some tunes and settle in for a few days of sample inventorying:
Happy tidying! And don't forget to share pics of your oldest samples on #FreezerChallenge2017!