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Where photography and mathematics intersect with some photography, some math, some math of photography, and an occasional tutorial.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

People Behind the Numbers

A guest presentation by Linnea Hoover, Laboratory Supervisor 2012

Ever wonder how the quality of your drinking water is ensured?  A combination of good water sources, regulations that set the standards, water treatment infrastructure, and a testing laboratory.  But it takes people to operate the infrastructure and chemists, microbiologists, and technicians to test the water quality.  Who are these people?

Linnea Hoover, A former colleague who supervises a chemistry section at the East Bay Municipal Utility District's Laboratory, has combined her interests in science, photography, and art to show the human side of the laboratory.  In a gallery of photographs that display the many faceted personalities in the laboratory, Linnea has matched her staff with icons of art and history in a creative collection you can view at:

While the photographic display shows that humor and science can coexist, it is important to remember that the people you saw in the gallery take their jobs seriously and understand the need to maintain and calibrate their instrumentation; perform tests to ensure the results are reproducible and correct; and that when the numbers say a substance is not analytically present its analytical absence is confirmed.  When coworkers understand their profession,  work as a team, and can even express joy in their work the product will show it.  

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