Starting Up

I’m attempting to start my own business and it is right on the edge of moving from concept to start-up.

It has been difficult. As someone who recently graduated and has been unemployed (full-time-wise) for a little while now, I have had, and still am having, a hard time getting it up and going. I have little savings and am not eligible for traditional financing. I’m not setting it up as a non-profit, so grant-money is difficult to find. As a result, I’ve been focusing on what I can do with what I have while applying for grants and fellowships I’m eligible for.

But I want to start right now! So bad!

So here’s my business in a nutshell:

Name: Marine Science for Maine Citizens

URL: mecmsc.org¬†(the website is in its infant stages…advice welcome!)

Tidepool

  1. Tours of Maine’s unique rocky shoreline and tidepools – learn about the Gulf of Maine and take photos using portable, digital microscopes of tiny animals!
  2. Classes on scientific method, art in science, scientific writing, using free data software, etc.
  3. Co-working laboratory space for marine researchers and citizen scientists

The goal is to make science more accessible and use the Gulf of Maine, which is a local resource for many people, as a learning venue. It’s important for people to know how science is involved in such a resource and therefor, their everyday lives.

Where am I at now?

Everyone I’ve talked to seems to be very excited about the prospect of such a business.

I recently won $500 through a small business contest and will be using that money to purchase portable digital microscopes like the one I already own.

That means I’ll be able to start tours in May!

It’s going to take a while to get the laboratory/research part up and running. I need microscopes and light sources, tanks and all the trimmings (chillers, filters, etc.), calipers, refractometers and/or a YSI sounde, and many other marine science-y things. I want to do all of this now! Now! But then again, it’s STILL cold outside.

Researchers/citizen scientists may also contact me at the CONTACT link above if interested in renting lab space for research!

If this business venture sounds cool and you would like to donate, please click below. I’m also open to equipment donations. Please be advised that this is not a 501(3)(c) and your donation is not tax-deductible. However, think of it as an investment!

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Pencast Introduction! (pt. 1)

Hi!

So I discovered something new recently. I have this fancy schmancy new-fangled technology called a Livescribe Pen. What this pen does is transport my notes from special “dot paper” to Evernote through Wifi, where I can then have my physical notes in digital form. I can also record audio while taking notes and they will sync to each other.

I had the BRILLIANT idea to use this to express myself in a new way on my blog. Apparently that’s not a new thing for Livescribe pen users because this type of thing is called a Pencast. It’s essentially a podcast for your pen strokes. Which is pretty cool since I’m not extremely video-friendly.

My very first Pencast is a test. You can watch me grow and get better with them through time! This one is an introduction to myself in a scientific context. Below, you will find photographs of animals I’ve referenced in the pencast. Note:¬†clicking on the image below will open a new window where you can view the pencast.

Science Megan Pencast

Ignoring my beginner status, isn’t that some cool technology? If you think so and want to get your own Livescribe pen, CLICK HERE to go to their website. By clicking on this referral link, you get 15% off any smartpen! Whoaaaa! Also I get a $15 Amazon gift card, which I promise I will use to support either my research or business

References:

Bryozoans on Barnacles

Bryozoans on Barnacles

Thesis project slug: Corambe obscura

Thesis project slug: Corambe obscura

NRCC Cuttlefish

NRCC Cuttlefish