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Heather Richard

Heather Richard

Tiburon, CA

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Published on Apr 25, 2016

Featured in Chemistry World because of YOU!

http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2016/04/crowd-fu... This link is about you guys! The Royal Society of Chemistry interviewed me about my crowdfunding experience back in December. Just yesterday...

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Published on Feb 14, 2016

One Year Later...

Twelve months ago, I launched this crowdfunding campaign, and the world seemed to spin faster, in a good way. Is it February again?! How is it possible?I'm getting ready to share my results at the...

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Published on Jul 01, 2015

The Drama of Data

It was terrifying and exciting to get the metal results back from my first experiment, especially since I was SO worried about contamination issues. The great news is that I did not experience ver...

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Published on Jun 05, 2015

Samples sent off to be analyzed for metals

I finished the metal analysis for one of my experiments! Now I just have to wait for my results to find out if things turned out as I expected. In the meantime, my biofilm analysi...

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Published on May 15, 2015

The Plastisphere

Across 2.5 mm of a polylactic acid bead (industrially compostable material) we see a community of microorganisms. These guys, including the even more microscopic bacteria and unice...

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Published on May 08, 2015

Here we go! On the road to getting data...

150 samples of beads await metal analysis in the lab freezer. From the conception of this project, now is the time I longed for and dreaded at the same time. Analysis! I've ordered all the supplies...

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Published on Apr 10, 2015

Newspaper worthy!

Front Page Article in the Marin Independent Journal!It's been a month since the campaign finished; four weeks packed full of excitement and tension, checking the seawall almost daily to make sure m...

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Published on Mar 10, 2015

One day left to pledge!

Wow, what a day at the lab. It began with me finding the perfect weights for my experiment in the bay next to a dumpster. I bought some temperature and light sensors, and mixed up an acid strong e...

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Published on Mar 05, 2015

Why I became a scientist

Going back to graduate school at the age of 30 was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Now in year 3 of my research, thanks to those of you who have helped me reach my goal, I can finally se...

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Published on Feb 25, 2015

What's next? Reaching for $3500

What a week it has been! I can say enough how grateful I am that I will be able to afford metal analysis for my research. You might be wondering what I'm up to now that I've reached my funding go...

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Published on Feb 22, 2015

Funded! But still time to go...

Thank you all!! Needless to say, I am completely overwhelmed with gratitude that my goal was reached so quickly! I spent today saying thanks in my own way; I hope you enjoy this video 100% inspir...

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Thanks so much! You were absolutely right about the glass being negatively charged, well, I think it's the most likely explanation anyway. Thanks for your kind words :-)
Feb 22, 2016
Are biofilms responsible for heavy metals on plastic debris?
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haha, less than a week!
Feb 14, 2016
Are biofilms responsible for heavy metals on plastic debris?
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Thanks so much! We have a device here that neutralizes charges of particles, it's most commonly used to discharge powders so that you can weigh out an exact amount and have none of it stick to the weigh boat. I tried using that, but I saw no difference, and tried soaking the beads in salt water to neutralize any charge, but also had no luck there. I'm working on trying to clean the beads in different ways to see if it's a coating that causes the beads to stick...so interesting and frustrating at the same time!
Jun 07, 2015
Are biofilms responsible for heavy metals on plastic debris?
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HA! -OOC is the new +OOC
Jun 05, 2015
Are biofilms responsible for heavy metals on plastic debris?
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Ha, volunteers in the name of science!
Feb 16, 2015
Are biofilms responsible for heavy metals on plastic debris?
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Thanks so much Peter! I made the video by myself. I dressed up in different halloween costumes I had and edited it together :-)
Feb 16, 2015
Are biofilms responsible for heavy metals on plastic debris?
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Go find at least 300 of your kind! From dream to reality, make it happen.
Feb 04, 2015
Are biofilms responsible for heavy metals on plastic debris?
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