Michael Gaylor

Michael Gaylor

Madison, SD

Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, Dakota State University

Associate Research Professor

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Published on Jul 23, 2017

Our First State-of-the-Pumpkin-Science Address

Our First State-of-the-Pumpkin-Science AddressWe’ve been a bit negligent keeping you updated on our efforts to characterize the chemical and microbiological composition of our precious 1920 (and no...

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Published on Dec 09, 2016

Tune in to SDPB's Dakota Midday: Innovations Radio Today (Dec 9) @ 12:30 pm CDT

Greetings Gracious Supporters!Just a quick "lab note" to remind you that we will be talking all things Pumpkin Science with host, Cara Hetland, on South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Dakota Midday: ...

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Published on Nov 23, 2016

PUMPKIN SCIENCE CAN NOW HAPPEN!! INFINITE THANKS TO ALL OUR BACKERS!!

We are elated to report tonight that, thanks to the gracious giving of well over 100 enthusiastic backers, we have now met and exceeded our project funding goal of $6000! This is nothing shy of AMA...

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Published on Nov 15, 2016

PUMPKIN or POMPION pie?

As Thanksgiving, one of the most American of holidays, fast approaches we find our minds wandering towards thoughts and images of pilgrims, a table groaning from the weight of a feast featuring a l...

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Published on Oct 29, 2016

Let's Raise a Glass (Jar) to John Landis Mason!!

In our previous installment of “Pumpkin Science Lab Notes,” we explored the rich history and uniqueness of the so-called lightning jars. Our continued conversations about all things early 20th cent...

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Published on Oct 25, 2016

What on Earth is a "Lightning Jar?"

Though perhaps not a traditional “lab note” (we seem to have a knack for these), inspired by our ongoing conversations with our friends and collaborators at the Moody County Historical Society, we ...

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Published on Oct 23, 2016

Developing Methods on Modern Jelly Jars

Though we still lack the sophisticated equipment needed to begin our systematic investigations of the microbiology and chemistry of our preserves (the reason we are here on Experiment.com, of cours...

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Published on Oct 18, 2016

Preserved Pumpkin Science Meets the Press!!

Though perhaps not much of a lab note as such, we did want to take a moment to share with you the UBER cool front page press coverage we were blessed to receive yesterday (October 17) in the Madiso...

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Published on Oct 15, 2016

The Pumpkin Plot Thickens!

This project has captivated our scientific imaginations, and those of our enthusiastic investors, from the start. When the jar was brought to our lab by the Moody County Historical Society accompan...

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Thanks Kalara! We're super psyched about this cool phase of the project and the resulting student-authored article in a well respected international journal! Stay tuned for me and keep doing all the awesome things awesomely!
Feb 25, 2019
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Hey dude... the stickers are AWESOME! We've got em plastered all over the offices and instruments in the lab. Thanks so much for sending! you rule!
Aug 07, 2017
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Awesome Denny! You're a veritable cosmic deity of awesomeness! I'll ping you when they touch down. Nerd strong my friend!
Jul 27, 2017
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Thanks Marlys! Looking forward to visiting with all you kids real soon to talk all things pumpkin science! Just let us know when you'd like us to come over. Thanks for your enthusiastic support! DSU Pumpkin Team
Jul 24, 2017
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Love it!! I feel a new nerd shirt design coming on. HA! That guy nerds WAY strong!
Jul 24, 2017
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I'm a bit slow on catching up in here, but huge thanks for listening Lizbeth! And uber thanks for your kind review! After listening to the replay, the inimitable Dr. Videau and I concluded that none of us sounded too terribly dysfunctional. HA! And we were especially proud of Hope and Vaille's performance! They really made us proud, and are well on their way to becoming amazing scientists in their own rights! Their futures are bright! Thanks again for tuning in and for your exuberant support overall! You rule unequivocally! MG (and the entire Pumpkin Science Team by proxy)
Dec 19, 2016
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Thanks Nick! You rule!
Nov 02, 2016
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Thanks Steph! You rule!
Nov 02, 2016
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Certainly a great new way for us to think about our sequencing ambitions on this project Jacob! Thanks for planting that seed (oh that was bad!) in our minds! :-)
Nov 01, 2016
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So many thanks for your enthusiastic backing Lizbeth! You hit the proverbial nail on the head....we're all about Unanticipated results!...the golden honey (or perhaps pumpkin)-sweet nectar of scientific inquiry, right? What it's all about! Your awesomeness coefficient is fast approaching infinity! Thanks again! The DSU Pumpkin Science Team
Oct 31, 2016
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HA! An interesting historical nugget to chew on for sure Denny. Thanks for sharing! The Ben Franklin nerd in me really like the first idea though! :-)
Oct 29, 2016
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Thanks for your interest in our musings Denny! Pretty darned cool stuff ain't it!? We are super blessed to be working closely with a stellar historical research historian (and museum director), Ginger Gaylor, at the Moody County Historical Society. She's got mad historian skills and has really expanded the knowledge base of our team of not-so-historically-hip scientists! :-)
Oct 29, 2016
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