Volume 4 Issue 1 | January 2009

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Cover Story

Surviving Challenging Times

By Samuel H. Liggero

Most people dislike uncertainty. Therefore, the first priority of a manager should be to reduce uncertainty in the workplace by replacing fear, anger, and rumors with facts, sensitivity to employee concerns, and clarity of group goals and objectives.


Leadership and Staffing

Invention, Innovation and Lab Management

“Invention and innovation are quite different things,” declares John Dr. Lienhard. To promote invention, a lab manager has to devise methods of instilling a sense of freedom in the research staff.

Acting Out

A unique management workshop allows lab managers to resolve issues in a simulated and safe environment.

Laboratory Technology

Lab Design and Furnishings

Business Management

Strategic Procurement

Long considered a back-office function, procurement has emerged as an important asset in effective lab management.

Laboratory Technology

Research-Specific Labs

Producing Fuels from Plants

The U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Research Center does everything from chemical and biochemical analyses to bioengineering to process scale-up to microbial strain development.

Lab Health and Safety

How it Works

How Microwave-Assisted Extraction Works

Extracting compounds from various samples using traditional methods involves some give and take. You can choose to use Soxhlet, which is relatively inexpensive for equipment but uses a tremendous amount of solvent and takes hours to run. 

How Point-of-Use Ultra Pure Water Works

Slow production of laboratory-grade ultra pure water necessitates storage in large carboys. Many lab technicians will fill carboys up to 30 liters to locally store and dispense ultra pure water. High purity water stored in such large volumes will quickly degrade in quality. Learn about one solution to this problem.

Multicolor Flow Cytometry

Flow cytometry is a powerful technology that allows researchers and clinicians to perform complex cellular analysis quickly and efficiently by analyzing several parameters simultaneously. Learn about one key problem in this area of technology and one way to resolve it.

Lab Health and Safety Tips

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