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The Pocket Card Monthly QR Exclusive - March 2024

Thank you for ordering one of our popular STEM Pocket Tools and scanning the QR code to reach this page! This page is exclusively for holders of these cards and will have new content, freebies, resources and discounts every calendar month.

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March Discount: 15% off any Pocket tool!

Know a friend, classmate, or coworker who could use their own Pocket tool? We're limiting this to the first 10 orders because we don't typically discount these as single items: 

For March, get 15% off any Pocket tool with code: POCKET4MYFRIENDS.Find them in our Pocket tool collection here.

March Resource - Mastering Lab Meetings:

A new Reddit thread resurfaced the topic of lab meetings and I wanted to pull out the best advice I found, to share with you. Of course, there's no one-size fits all. But these are some fundamentals you should work towards. 

  1. Meeting Structure: Try shorter but more frequent meetings, maybe 1 hour, with a mix of presentation, journal club, and troubleshooting sessions. This will keep it more interesting and create more frequent touchpoints for collaboration.
  2. Content: Give time for open discussions, constructive feedback, and sharing of recent updates and issues. Encourage presenting both successful and unsuccessful experiments for troubleshooting. Learn from failure, not just success.
  3. Agenda and Participation: Have a clear agenda for the meeting sent out at least 1 day beforehand and allow all lab members to actively participate. Consider a pre-set, rotating schedule so everyone can be well-prepared coming into the meeting.
  4. Note-taking: Make sure at least one person is taking detailed notes on the presented updates, issues discussed, feedback provided, and any action items or follow-ups required. Send this out to everyone immediately after the meeting and make the notes available in a shared cloud document. Anyone receiving feedback should also be taking copious notes in real-time. 

              Just for fun:

              A little Easter candy in the lab never hurt anyone, right? 

              Easter science cartoon

              Science cartoons by Tom Gauld

              March behind-the-scenes news:

              Our first 2000 lab coats just docked in LA on March 4th and should get to our warehouse by mid-March so we can start shipping them out! Over 1000 of them have already been pre-sold. Follow us on Instagram for behind the scenes details on the manufacturing process!

              We're also almost finished with updating our branding. New colors and styles will match better with our mission and identity. So you might notice a few updates!

              Did you miss last month? Check out our archive:

              *Note: Discount codes will no longer be active and some links may be broken.

              February 2024 - Mastering Schlenk Lines

              January 2024 - Time-saving Excel shortcuts you didn't know

              December 2023 - Virtual coworking with scientists

              November 2023 - Data plots for colorblind scientists

              October 2023 - Crowdfunding your experiments and The Lab Coat Project finale

              September 2023 - How to quickly find info on chemicals and molecules

              August 2023 - An intro to quarterly planning for research

              July 2023 - Using AI to search research papers

              June 2023 - The easy button on literature reviews

              May 2023 - Negotiating vacation and Pocket Paleontologist launch

              April 2023 - Job interviews and lab coat updates!

              March 2023 - Lab coats affect your mental health?

              February 2023 - STEM books that won't put you to sleep

              January 2023 - AI Chat and SciArt

              December 2022 - SciComm video editing tools

              November 2022 - Focus timer 

              October 2022 - Career skills workshops

              September 2022 - Conservation in the laboratory

              August 2022 - Join a study to help scientists

              July 2022 - Lab Coat Materials Ultimate Guide

              June 2022 - Neuroscience Podcasts and Lab Coat Update

              May 2022 - Science Learning Centers near you

              April 2022 - The Pocket Physicist Launch and Best Math Blogs

              February 2022 - Fantastic Physics Blogs

              January 2022 - Pleasure reading for engineers

              December 2021 - Easy lab process diagrams

              November 2021 - Free STEM icons for your presentations

              October 2021 - WebPlotDigitzer and Lab Coats

              September 2021 - Engineering Podcasts

              August 2021 - STEM Holiday Calendar

              July 2021 - STEM on TikTok

              June 2021 - Productivity resources

              May 2021 - SciComm on Social Media

              April 2021 - Sustainability in the lab

              March 2021 - Gifts for Engineers

              February 2021- Focus on reading papers

              January 2021 - Focus on interviewing

              December 2020 - Inspirational reading for graduate students

              November 2020 - Graduate application resources

              October 2020 - Voting for Science

              September 2020 - New Lab Art Photography

              August 2020 - The Pocket Chemist Exam Edition launch!

              July 2020 - Word Magnet Launch!

              June 2020 - Constant giveaways and learning to code

              May 2020 - Time to get writing?

              April 2020 - Quarantine life and a new retro sticker!

              March 2020 - Focus on Best Chemistry Blogs

              February 2020 - Focus on Digital tools for chemistry

              January 2020 - Focus on Outreach

              December 2019 - Focus on Social Media Accounts for Scientists

              November 2019 - Focus on Helpful Reading for Grad Students

              October 2019 - Focus on Chemistry and Chemistry Resources

              September 2019 - Focus on Science Podcasts

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