The Pathway to Management

Volume 8 Issue 1 | January 2013

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Cover Story

The Pathway to Management

By John K. Borchardt

Step one, change your mindset.

Featured Articles

Perspective On: A Food & Beverage Lab

By Rachel Muenz

Growing Up: A Laboratory that Got Its Start in Food Twenty Years Ago Continues to Expand


Editor's Buzz

Editor's Note : More New Year's resolutions

Perhaps you’ve made your usual New Year’s resolutions: Get to the gym more often, be a better friend, eat more fruits and vegetables, for which I commend you. However, if you’re looking to make resolutions that will have a direct impact on your job performance and career development, you’ve come to the right place.

Business Management

What's the Risk?

Strategies for reducing risk and growing your business.

Leadership and Staffing

Mentoring Matters

An often overlooked practice critical to passing on key aspects of scientific knowledge. Mentoring is broadly acknowledged within academia, government agencies, and commercial enterprises as an effective tool for the development and nurture of scientific and technical personnel— one that also provides important economic advantages. Yet in numerous public and private sector research and service laboratories in the United States, mentoring activities are hardly situated anywhere near center stage.

Business Management

Science Matters: What it Takes to Have Successful Vendor Relationships

Nurturing good relationships in business is a lot like doing the same in our personal lives. And just like in our personal lives, a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to any type of relationship usually won’t work. However, it can be wise to take at least a page or two from the book of successful relationship strategies when you’re considering how to best manage a business relationship.

Management Tips

Lab Manager Academy: A Positive Approach to More Successful Relationships and Communications

The solution to effectively offering criticism is to seek out the positive in the other person—or in the other person’s position—before making any comments or suggestions.

Laboratory Technology

Labs are from Mars, IT Departments are from Venus

Understanding each other's needs and priorities is key to a good working relationship.

Fixing the Top 8 Lab Chemical Management Errors

 Jon Webb, senior technical specialist and inventory consultant at ChemSW, discusses best practices in chemical inventory.

Lab Health and Safety

Winning with LOTO

How to design and implement a successful lockout/tag out program for your facililty.

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Safety Tip: Have a Written Safety Policy

This is the cornerstone of a good safety program. It’s a statement endorsed and supported by the administration that speaks to the fundamental responsibilities for health and safety in the academic institution or company.

Ask the Expert : Trends in Bioinformatics

Joel Dudley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Director of Biomedical Informatics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, talks to contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, Ph.D. about the current changes impacting bioinformatics.

Time to Upgrade?

Time to Upgrade? - Fume Hoods

There are many different signs that it’s time to upgrade your fume hood, but vendors say safety is the number one reason.

Product Focus

Product Focus: Stirrers

Bar-Based and Overhead Platforms Make New Ways to Mix.

Product Focus: Analytical Balances

Connectivity, Compliance Leading Features.

Product Focus: Automated Liquid Handling

Central Component for Lab Automation.

Product Focus: Filtration

Technologies Even Enhance Samples for Specialized Assays.

Product Focus: Refractometers

Old Solution to New Analysis Problems.

How it Works

How it Works: A Sample Lysis & DNA Extraction Workstation

Problem: Forensic labs in the US are faced with backlogs of samples waiting to be processed.

How it Works: Cell Line Authentication

Cross-contamination of human cell lines with other cell lines and/or misidentification of cell cultures is reported to be 18-36 percent. Find out one way to prevent contamination in your lab.

How it Works: A Pipetting System

Pipetting is a fundamental activity for a laboratory scientist. Almost every experiment requires small and precise volumes of liquid to be transferred from one container to another.


Technology News

The latest equipment, instruments and system introductions to the laboratory market.


Are You In the Market For An Electronic Laboratory Notebook?

Electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs), one component of a lab’s information infrastructure, help laboratories capture and manage knowledge, streamline data management, protect intellectual property and foster collaboration.

Are You In the Market for a Rotary Evaporator?

A rotary evaporator, found in every chemistry lab, allows users to perform chemical separation or purification using heat and agitation—or stirring—under vacuum. Key applications for evaporators include sample concentration, solvent recycling, extractions, and separation of solvent mixtures.

Are You In the Market for a Mass Spectrometer?

Mass spectrometers, measuring the mass-to-charge ratio of charged particles to determine their molecular weight, have not quite become a routine acquisition for every lab that might benefit from them. Four parts are standard in all mass spectrometers: a sample inlet, an ionization source, a mass analyzer and an ion detector.