Regular Member Meeting 2018 02 13

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Time and Location

Date February 12, 2018
Called to order at by
Members present:
Members remote:
Others present:
Quorum met?

Approval of Previous Meeting's Minutes


New Members

Old Business

Need an annual meeting and board election date.

New Business

Enrique - I'd like to be reimbursed for the $340 CFC application fee.

Project Awesome Reports

Project SUPPLIES - Mirage

Project EXPANSION - Mirage

Project HAMRADIO - Jeff

Project Electron Microscope (SEM) - Julia

Enrique - I purchased a vacuum valve, tee and other minor hardware. We could 1) mount the gauge on the rough pump to see how low that pressure goes, 2) blank off the gauge flange and tee the gauge between the pumps to measure turbo backing pressure.

Project Optical Table Robot (OTR) -Julia

Project CRISPR -Enrique

Our last experiment was a failure: the unmodified bacteria thrived on the antibiotic-free plate but not the antibiotic plate. Of note, we failed to culture the bacteria properly to start with, although the growth on the plain plate shows lots of bacteria were present in the CRIPR'd solution. Also the single run used up all the Cas9 protein and templateDNA; the free sample the vendor sent was unexpectedly one-fifth of the regular amount. Nancy C. Wolfson and Enrique Cobas

Project SpaceBlimp -Enrique

We're having biweekly meetings in anticipation of February launch date, also a big work-meeting on a Saturday to work building payloads. We've incorporated Unallocated Space so this is now officially a three-hackerspace launch. Nancy went to SilverSat to see how far along they are building CubeSats. For many more details, subscribe to

Project IT Infrastructure - Tom

Member Reports

Enrique - the CFC campaign is in the Fall. Federal employers host 'fairs' where charities are invited to set up booths that their employees can peruse and hopefully donate money to. We need to find out about these and get invited. I can do NRL and maybe NASA. There are many other labs and agencies in DC that might have amenable employees: NIST, NIH, NASA, NSA, ARL, FDA, EPA, DoD, etc. If you know federal employees, try to remember to ask them about their CFC coordinators. We'll also need volunteers to staff such booths at each fair.

Director Reports (Governance related stuff)

President's Report

Vice President's Report

Treasurer's Report

Secretary's Report

Director-at-Large Reports




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