Cold calling……..

Picture the scene, we are finally generating filter samples for Kelly to work her magic upon and probe them for ice nucleation efficiencies. BUT! we don’t have the necessary solvents to prepare the cold stage. So we get online and start to contact faculty members at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Kelly strikes gold and gets a call back from Dr Hamish Christie who thinks he can sort us out!

This is not the first occasion that cold calling local universities has come up trumps, it has previously been cryogens like solid carbon dioxide and liquid nitrogen (in Fresno and Tromso respectively). It gives a warm feeling that this sort of approach works through the “kinship” of academics who are always keen to see other strike out with research and will go that extra mile to help this happen.

So, all in all, a heartfelt thanks to Hamish, cheers mate!

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About Jim McQuaid

Atmospheric scientist (chemist by birth). Working in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds). Often found in close proximity to the FAAM146 research aircraft. Previously found urrently providing some science (and weighing clouds!) to the BBC Cloud Lab project as well as making clouds for BBC Wild Weather series.... (more... http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/people/j.mcquaid) @jimmcquaid
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