Leadership and Staffing
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?
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.
Lab Manager Academy: Don't Just Do Something S.I.T. There!
Success ultimately depends on the “something” that we do, not a flurry of misguided activity.
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.
The Fourth Annual Salary & Employee Satisfaction Survey
In reviewing this year's survey results, it is not surprising to discern a noticeable belt-tightening on the part of management and a rise in the subsequent stress felt by lab employees.
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.
You Need a Pipette...Now What?
Lab Manager has compiled the responses of 464 lab professionals regarding their pipettes, their purchasing habits and what is important to them in their decision-making process. Get those responses here.
You Need a Fume Hood...Now What?
Lab Manager has compiled the responses of 274 lab professionals regarding the operation and maintenance of their fume hoods. Continue reading to find out what those responses were.
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.
MIND MAP for Increasing HPLC Analysis
Using a MIND MAP to provide mental prompts when running specific HPLC processes can be more effective and efficient.
High-sensitivity analysis allows a wide variety of measurement modes, including MRM, scan, combination scan/MRM, and neutral loss scan
Autoscribe LIMS with ELN Functionality
Provides a complete laboratory data management capability that combines features that would be expected in either a LIMS or an ELN.
USA Scientific Pipettes
New ergonomic pipette.
HPLC Columns for Peptide Purification
Available in 3 different surface chemistries, covering range from hydrophobic peptides to hydrophilic.
October 2010 Technology News
The latest equipment, instrument and system introductions to the laboratory market.
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.
Product Focus: Milling and Grinding
No shortage of methods; the choice depends on the sample.
Product Focus: Laboratory Ovens
“Nobody gets excited about lab ovens,” comments one vendor, “but ovens are definitely essential lab components.”
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 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.
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.
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Lab Health and Safety Tips
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.
How it Works
How to Reduce Operator Time for Rotary Evaporators
The Centrifan PE is a portable, easy-to-use centrifugal evaporation system that provides safe, rapid drying of purified fractions and lab scale reaction mixtures.
How Pasteurization in a Laboratory Glassware Washer Works
With the PG 8536 from Miele, temperatures can be raised step-by-step, then held for a specific time interval and reduced.
How it Works: Efficient Oligonucleotide Analysis and Design
In order to address the need for a quick and easy-to-use method of oligo optimization, Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) offers the SciTools suite of free, online oligo analysis and design tools.
How a Biological Safety Cabinet Exhaust Canopy Works
The Baker Company's FlexAIR canopy exhaust connection saves energy and improves overall safety performance.
Lab Manager Magazine's Independent Guide to Purchasing a Pipette
There are many different features of a pipette to take into consideration before making your purchase, including ergonomics, low force, fitting, ease of use, reliability, accuracy and precision.