Safer Science

Volume 10 Issue 5 | June 2015

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Off Course

Last month I took a mini vacation to Northern New Mexico, a place I fell in love with years ago when I drove from my home state of California to New York after college. Taos and the surrounding area offer some of the most enchanting landscapes I’ve ever seen.

Leadership and Staffing

Are You In Style?

Style. Not what color shoes to wear with blue pants. The style I’m referring to is behavioral style. Yes, we all have a behavioral style and understanding this will help you realize why that person down the hall makes you crazy and more importantly, what you can do about it.

Business Management

The SMART Lab

Many organizations encourage the use of SMART goals. There are many guides readily available, but they tend to be general, with no laboratory-specific examples.1, 2 Some contain a sample laboratory SMART goal but are otherwise general.3

Leadership and Staffing

The Introverted Manager

The business world is a web of interactions revolving around social events, social media, open office environments, work teams, and group activities. Extroverts dominate the business world and thrive in that environment. 

Laboratory Technology

Well in Hand

Advances in miniaturization and microfabrication have resulted in handheld and portable instruments that are increasingly rapid and reliable.

Lab Health and Safety

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Develop Specific Work Practices for Individual Experiments

This simple idea preceded by 15 years the requirements of the OSHA Lab Standard for "Standard Operating Procedures," "Control Measures," and "Special Provisions for Working with Particularly Hazardous Substances." Today it's not just a good idea, it's the law!

Lab Health and Safety

Hazardous Spill Protection

Ursus Remediation Testing & Technologies is an environmental services lab specializing in heavy metal and organic treatability studies, customized testing, and remediation services for engineers, scientists, and regulators to determine the most effective alternatives for achieving the remediation goals of a specific project. Services include sampling design, testing protocols, bench-level treatability testing, field dosage optimization, and in-field remediation implementation.

Ask the Expert

How to Develop Validated HPLC Methods

Michael Rummel has held the position of chief operating officer at InSource Diagnostics, an independent laboratory that focuses on medication monitoring and compliance testing, for several years. Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, Michael has pursued a career working in the analytical and clinical sciences. He has expertise in analytical chemistry assay development specifically with liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry, assay optimization, and sample preparation optimization and development.

Product Focus

UHPLC for Biopharma Workflows

In biopharmaceutical research and manufacturing, many processes involve sophisticated separations. One of the most advanced separation technologies is ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC). “There are two reasons to use UHPLC,” says Ken Cook, sales support expert, bioseparations and bio market Europe for Thermo Fisher Scientific (Waltham, MA). “The first is speed, and the second is resolution.”

Surveys

2015 pH Meters Product Survey Results

The expanded features in today’s pH meters reflect the broad use of this technology. Researchers use pH meters in a wide range of research fields—including biological and chemical, agricultural and environmental, and more—and virtually all kinds of manufacturing.

Ask the Expert

Tools for Gene Editing

Dieter C. Gruenert, PhD, (bottom left) is a professor of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and pediatrics at the University of Vermont (UVM). He has a PhD in biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow in carcinogenesis at L’Institut Suisse de Recherche Expérimentale sur le Cancer in Lausanne. He was co- director of the Gene Therapy Core Center at UCSF, director of the Division of Human Molecular Genetics at  UVM, and head of the Stem Cell Research Program at California Pacific Medical Center. His research focuses on development of gene editing and cell-based therapies for inherited diseases and cancer. He has developed novel diagnostic and oligonucleotide-based therapeutic strategies to ameliorate disease pathology.

INSIGHTS

INSIGHTS on Neuroimaging

Accessing the brain to unravel its structure and function is one of the greatest scientific challenges. This delicate structure consists of many regions—all made from many, many parts and even more connections—that communicate through chemical and electrical mechanisms.

Product Focus

Focus on Cell Disruption

Renewed interest in cell biology has created the need for techniques that efficiently disrupt cells’ outer membranes while sparing their contents.

Surveys

2015 PCR Product Survey Results

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is a technology used to amplify a piece of DNA across several orders of magnitude. This technique employs thermal cycling, which consists of repeated heating and cooling of the reaction for DNA melting and enzymatic replication. PCR has found applications in a variety of fields including medical and biological research, cloning, functional genetic analysis, forensics, and disease diagnosis.

Product Focus

Fume Hood Add-Ons to Consider

To most lab workers, even those who spend much of their days at or near fume hoods, these safety enclosures are part of the furniture or infrastructure. A hood is a hood is a hood—except when processes require special services or utilities. While many hoods are indeed production-level, off-the-shelf products, almost any productivity- or safety-enhancing feature may be added to standard models.

Product Focus

Viscometers Vs. Rheometers

The need to measure a material’s fluid behavior varies based on what it is and how it will be used. That leads to a fundamental question: How do you know if you need a viscometer or a rheometer?

Surveys

Are You in the Market for an... Evaporator?

Evaporators have for decades been staples in labs and industries performing chemistry, including labs in the chemical, environmental, materials, life science, and forensics industries. Key applications include sample concentration, solvent recycling, extractions, and separation of solvent mixtures.  Brought to you by:    

2015 Mills and Grinders Survey Results

In a laboratory, most materials required for sampling are, in practice, nonhomogeneous mixtures. The best method of obtaining a small representative sample of the nonuniform whole is to take a quantity of the material large enough to be compositionally representative and reduce it to a fine homogeneous powder. For this purpose, a laboratory mill or grinder is usually used.

How it Works

How a Moisture Analyzer in Food Safety and Quality Control Labs Works

Problem: U.S. food testing labs are closely monitoring discussions over proposed legislation regarding food safety. This year, lawmakers could approve more stringent safety standards. That means food laboratories will be looking for efficient and affordable equipment to help them adhere to regulations.

Laboratory Technology

Chromatography, Unified

First-of-its-kind system looks to increase speed and efficiency while reducing human error in analysis workflows

Products in Action

Designing an Ultra-Low Freezer You Can Trust for Your Sample Storage

Understanding "How It's Made Matters" was the tenet around which the Helmer Scientific Ultra-Low Freezer was designed and developed.  Care was taken to focus on each aspect of the product to ensure that every component works together to create an optimized system that instills confidence in the user.