Fwd: Re: histotechs

From:"Dr. Ian Montgomery." <ian.montgomery@bio.gla.ac.uk>

<html> Rob,<br> <x-tab>        </x-tab>My opinion of your Lecturer would offend the ladies but let's say it's not flattering. I have a first degree and a PhD and since the 12th September 1966 have been a Technician here in Glasgow. Technicians do what they are told - give me a break. Scientists have to understand and interpret - well, well, touch of the Steven Spielbergs here.<br> <x-tab>        </x-tab>In my experience who actually trains the scientists, the technicians of course. So if the technician doesn't understand what they are training what sort of scientists are we producing. Interpretation, the first line of experimental interpretation is the technician. Without the technician telling the scientist that the experimental protocol is good, bad or indifferent science would grind to a halt. Technicians can quickly interpret results simply by being technically competent and be good scientists. <br> <x-tab>        </x-tab>Science is moving on at an alarming rate but who has the core skills needed to keep this momentum, yes, it's the technician. So if the technician doesn't understand or have the ability to interpret science is doomed. <br> <x-tab>        </x-tab>Your former Lecturer was a snob, yes, an academic snob.<br> Ian.<br><br> <br> <blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 16:03:35 +1000<br> From: Robert Wadley <r.wadley@unsw.edu.au><br> Subject: Re: histotechs<br> To: histonet@pathology.swmed.edu<br><br> <br>         My personal bias is to consider those people with degrees as professionals & those without as technicians.  The difference was best summed up by one of my University lecturers; "Technicians do what they are told, scientists have to understand & interpret."  Thus as scientists we were not in a position to blindly accept any result provided (particularly by electronic instrumentation) but to interpret the result in the context of the other clinical data supplied.<br><br>         Regards<br><br>         Rob W.<br><br> At 15:13 05/23/2001 -0400, JHoffpa464@aol.com wrote:<br> <blockquote type=cite class=cite cite>a survey:  should histotechs be considered professionals?   if so why?  if<br> not why?</blockquote><br> Robert Wadley,<br> Laboratory Manager<br> Cellular Analysis Facility  *** Services now available 24 hrs/7days ***<br> School of Microbiology & Immunology<br> UNSW, New South Wales, Australia, 2052<br> Ph (BH)         +61 (2) 9385 3517<br> Ph (AH) +61 (2) 4323 3367<br> Fax     +61 (2) 9385 1591<br> Mobile  0411 874 470<br> E-mail #1       r.wadley@unsw.edu.au<br> E-mail #2       rbwadley@hotmail.com<br> www     <a href="http://www.micro.unsw.edu.au/" eudora="autourl">http://www.micro.unsw.edu.au/</a><br><br> </blockquote> <x-sigsep><p></x-sigsep> <font color="#0000FF">Dr. Ian Montgomery,<br> West Medical Building,<br> University of Glasgow,<br> Glasgow,<br> G12 8QQ.<br> Tel: 0141 339 8855.  Extn:6602.<br> Fax: 0141 330 2923<br> e-mail: ian.montgomery@bio.gla.ac.uk</font></html>
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