Career Building

Volume 5 Issue 8 | October 2010

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Cover Story

Career Building

By John K. Borchardt

While technical ability is essential to becoming a successful laboratory manager, it is not sufficient. Many outstanding scientists or engineers have failed as lab managers. It takes more than just technical ability. What is this more that outstanding lab managers have?



Leadership and Staffing

Performance Appraisals

Done well and consistently, performance appraisals can be one of your most important tools in becoming an excellent manager. Accuracy, truthfulness, objectivity and courage are the keys to effective performance management through performance appraisals.


Science Matters: Survey Reveals Employee Satisfaction Criteria

For the fourth consecutive year, the annual Lab Manager Magazine - Kelly Scientific Resources® Salary & Employee Satisfaction Survey revealed valuable and interesting findings that can assist managers and their employees in improving efficiency and morale.

Leadership and Staffing


A 2004 USA Today article said that the professional science masters (PSM) degree promised to be the hot degree no one seems to have heard ofyet. Six years later, 96 institutions now offer recognized PSM programs and approximately 2,700 students have earned this degree.

Laboratory Technology

Mind Mapping

Mind maps are used as an aid in organizing ideas and tasks, problem solving, and decision making. Lab managers can use mind mapping to design R&D projects to develop new products or process innovations and track progress of the work.

Product Focus

Laboratory Technology

Lab Design and Furnishings

Modular Labs Going Mainstream

How can a lab conduct multidisciplinary research under one roof? What is the most efficient and cost-effective way to add a new lab? Flexible modular laboratories have evolved as innovative answers to these often-daunting questions.

Product Focus

Product Focus

Product Focus: Pipettes

It is not much of a stretch to say that the 1961 introduction of the plunger-operated pipette revolutionized laboratory work.

Product Focus: Fume Hoods

It would be difficult to imagine a chemistry laboratory without at least one fume hood. Despite their ubiquity and the notion that they are not “sexy” lab products, a great deal of innovation has occurred in fume hoods during the last decade.

Product Focus: HPLC Autosamplers

Chromatographers who learned their craft twenty years ago may not have been familiar with autosamplers then, but today nearly every high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) instrument includes an autosampler as standard equipment.

Product Focus: RNAi Reagents

Delivering interfering RNA into whole organisms (vs. cells) presents even greater challenges, but the potential rewards are also high.

Lab Product

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Food Safety Laboratory

The requirements for sophisticated instruments and well-trained, experienced analysts in food safety laboratories are essential factors in making certain that food is safe from chemical contamination.

Ask the Expert

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Proper Eye Protection

Given the economical cost, performance and myriad styles of today's safety eyewear, there is no excuse for not wearing proper eye protection.

Business Management

Buying a Pre-Owned SEM

With the cost of an upper echelon field emission scanning electron microscope approaching $1 million, a pre-owned SEM becomes a cost-effective possibility. But before purchasing any SEM, new or used, a couple of questions need to be answered.

Laboratory Technology

Laboratory Technology

BioTek Multi-Mode Microplate Reader

Monochromator-based reader for UV-Vis absorbance, top/ bottom fluorescence and luminescence assays can be upgraded to a “hybrid” reader with the addition of a highperformance filter module.

Shimadzu GCMS-TQ8030

High-sensitivity analysis allows a wide variety of measurement modes, including MRM, scan, combination scan/MRM, and neutral loss scan

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