Is the AFM2 heading for removal?

Ed Myers edmyers at
Thu Jul 21 11:13:27 PDT 2011

AFM2 Lab Member community,

As stated on the Wiki: "Upon completion of training, all users are 
expected to be available to administer two 1-on-1 trainings themselves".

To date only one recently trained lab member has stepped 
forward.  While the Wiki talks about recently trained lab members, 
there is also an expectation current users of the system also help in 
the training.

We have reached a critical point in the life of the SNF AFM2.  The 
intention was to have the training on the AFM2 be self 
sustaining.  Due to the efforts of three lab members we have made it 
a half of a year.  Without an influx of support, the AFM2 is rapidly 
headed towards shutdown.

So as an individual and as part of the AFM2 community, it is now up 
to you to decide if the AFM2 has value by volunteering your time for 
training or if it is time to retire the system.  If we are not able 
to have a committed core sufficient to sustain the tool by Sept. 1, 
we will remove the system from the facility.

Please note, the training approach was developed by the student 
committee and the potential removal of the system has been approved 
by upper management.


>Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 09:11:52 -0800
>To: afm2 at
>From: Ed Myers <edmyers at>
>Subject: AFM2 Superusers- Second Request
>This is the second request for lab members to step up and become 
>AFM2 super users.  The first request yielded no response, so 
>hopefully that will change with the second request.
>>Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 15:13:44 -0800
>>To: afm2 at
>>From: Ed Myers <edmyers at>
>>Subject: AFM2 Superusers
>>A new training model has been established for the AFM2.  We have 
>>moved away from staff training to lab member training.  This is an 
>>approach recommended by the lab member advisor committee.  If you 
>>look up the AFM2 on the Wiki, you will find the following approach to training.
>>There are 4 steps to complete training on the AFM.
>>1) First, read all documentation on the website pertaining to the tool.
>>2) Second, you must complete a 1-on-1 training with a user assigned 
>>to you by a tool superuser or SNF staff, fill out the form 
>>associated with a 1-on-1 training 
>>here), and submit 1 imaged surface made during this training. Bring 
>>AFM tips of your own to this training (tapping mode recommended; 
>>purchasable from the SNF stockroom).
>>3) Third, you must complete a final sign-off performed by an 
>>approved superuser or staff member. In this sign-off, you will be 
>>expected to operate the tool without prompting from the person 
>>performing the sign-off. You will be asked a few questions that you 
>>must answer correctly, as well. If you fail this sign-off, you must 
>>finish an additional task decided at the discretion of the trainer. 
>>You might be required to (a) ask for help from a co-worker to make 
>>a new image to submit, (b) practice with a superuser the part of 
>>machine operation you missed, or (c) complete another full 1-on-1 training.
>>4) After the previous steps, you will be given the ability to 
>>enable the machine. Your fourth task is to submit 1 image to 
>>demonstrate your ability to run the tool within 1 week of being 
>>able to enable the machine. If this is not done, your machine 
>>access will be revoked.
>>Please help support the lab and your lab member advisory committee 
>>by volunteering to be an AFM2 superuser.  Thank you Jason for your 
>>effort to get this started.

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