Marianas Spinning Disk

The rules for the spinning disk are poorly disseminated, so here they are.

1. You have to get trained by Ed

2. He will add you to the calendar so you can reserve spots, and to the listserv so you can hear about last-minute openings or problems

3. You must follow Ed's rules for signup, below. Please don't get our lab kicked off the instrument.

Hi all I just want to remind you about signing up in advance. The scopes are

very busy and time is tight please help out

Confocal Systems

Sign-up and Usage

Each user is limited to a total of 3 prime-time sign-ups* at any given time and

no more than 2 prime-time sign-ups per week.

* Prime-time = 9AM – 6PM ; one prime-time block = 4 hours;

This means if you have signed up for two blocks of prime time for the

current week (8 hours total), you can only sign-up for one more 4-hour prime

time block in the following week or weeks ahead.

Once you used one of your prime-time sessions, you can then sign-up for

another (third) one in the following weeks.

Currently, there are no limits when signing up for the following sessions--

evenings, holidays and weekends.

Cancellation and Time Grabbing


If for any reason you cannot use your session, it is YOUR responsibility to

delete the sign-up entry from the reservation calendar on the web as early as

possible. Please be considerate and send an email to the "users" mailing list

to let others know that your slot is available.

Grabbing Time:

Vacant and canceled time slots can be grabbed by any qualified user 24 hours in

advance without being counted against your sign-up quota. The grabbed time

should also be entered in the reservation calendar and log-in sheet (please

note in calendar and log sheet "grab" for clarity; please do not convert your

own regular sign-up into a “grab” to circumvent the sign-up quota).


If a user does not show up after ONE hour from the entered starting time,

his/her reservation will be lost. Any qualified user can sign-up or grab this

session if they see the scope is free (please check the sign-in/out sheet).

Tardy users can also grab their own session upon arrival, if the session is

still available.

NEW RULE about time, 9/2014:

We will now be charged for the time we sign up for, NOT the time we use.

So if you forget to send around an email canceling your time, and/or you forget to delete your reservation on the calendar?


Please let's not do that - when you know you'll be late/can't make it, email the list and change the calendar.