Policies and Scheduling

Acknowledgment and adherence to the user agreement (PDF), and these policies are required to access the BRIC and CMF laboratories.

Users who wish to run an instrument independently must complete appropriate instrument training and obtain prior approval by core laboratory staff. Instrument training is available by appointment. Contact the lab manager at pbothwell1@niu.edu to make arrangements.

The CMF and BRIC laboratories use an online scheduling system, BookkIt, to reserve instrument time. Please contact the lab manager at pbothwell1@niu.edu to be sent an electronic invite to the BookkIt reservation system.

All CMF and BRIC users are responsible for backing up their data. Several instrument workstations do not have WiFi access in order to protect older software from problematic operating system updates. Please remember to bring a USB drive to collect your data.

Different workstations may have unique cleanup protocols that core users are required to perform at the end of their work. Users are also responsible for leaving the facility areas they access in the same working condition as when they arrived.

If any problems arise during the course of your work, please notify the lab manager at pbothwell1@niu.edu as soon as possible.

Users and visitors to the lab agree to follow all required safety procedures including the use of face masks, safety glasses, gloves, and lab coats. In room 119, when the sonicator is in operation, all users within the room are required to wear ear protection. Please send any inquiries about PPE cleaning protocols to pbothwell1@niu.edu. Before performing a new protocol or employing any new reagents, all users are required to review to the relevant MSDS information to that work. All users are required to report all chemical/physical accidents as well as equipment failures immediately to the lab supervisor: pbothwell1@niu.edu and file an accident report to NIU ORCIS.

In the case of fire, please exit the laboratory immediately, avoid using the elevator, exit the building via the Eastern doors directly out of the building and call 911. In addition, please report the incident immediately to NIU’s Fire and Life Safety Officer, Nicholas Campbell, 815-753-3905, ncampbell4@niu.edu, and to the laboratory manager, pbothwell1@niu.edu

In the case of a tornado warning, stay on the first floor of Montgomery Hall. This is the safest place in the building.

Current COVID-19 policies: All laboratory rooms have a maximum occupancy of two users at all times. Please maintain a distance of six feet from other users at all times. Tape markers on the floor of all core spaces should be used to help with proper distancing and indicate the direction of walking when two users are working in the same room at a time.

Work surfaces (benches, equipment, computers and keyboards) will be sterilized before and after all activities with university approved sterilization agents and reusable green towels found at the front of room. When wiping down any electronic equipment, please spray the green cloth first and then gently wipe the equipment. Never spray the equipment directly. Single use, disposable masks are available to any users that forget to bring their own masks.

At the first sign of an increase in pandemic severity, all users will be notified by email and all core activities will be terminated. As core laboratory manager, Paige Bothwell will be responsible for cleanup and shut down procedures, including, but not limited to, the preparation and storage of critical samples and general clean up.

Should a user violate the terms and conditions of the BRIC and CMF user agreement or these policies, their privileges to the laboratory shall be revoked. Appeals may be directed to the BRIC and CMF Laboratory director, Dr. Barrie Bode, bodebp@niu.edu.

Contact Us

Barrie Bode, Ph.D.
Core Lab Director
COVID-19 Waste Water Surveillance
Professor, Biological Sciences

Paige Bothwell, Ph.D.
Research Scientist and Lab Manager