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Cover Story |  Volume 7 - Issue 5  |  June 2012

Hazcom 2012: Are You Prepared?

What lab managers need to know about new labeling, compliance dates, MSDS, training and more


Editor's Buzz

Managing Projects

According to PMI (the Project Management Institute), project management is the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently.

Lab Health and Safety

Hazcom 2012: Are You Prepared?

What lab managers need to now about new labeling, compliance dates, MSDS, training, and more.

Waste Not, Want Not

Waste Not, Want Not

Characterize chemical waste correctly to ensure safety & avoid fines and penalties.

Laboratory Technology

Streamlining the Chemical Inventory Process

Streamlining the Chemical Inventory Process

A cost-benefit case study explains the benefits of implementing material tracking software using bar code technology.

Building Transparency – A Top-Down View

Drug discovery is an inherently collaborative venture that necessitates the interaction and integration of people, processes, laboratories, and technology. This is easier said than done, however.

Business Management

Science Matters: Getting the Project Method Right

Business has changed across virtually every industry in this post-recession era. Companies must simply do more with less, and this is especially true in the sciences where, among many other factors, the expiration of valuable drug patents and the dawn of personalized medicine are impacting the way things get done on a daily basis in labs around the world.

Smart Project Management

Five rules for maintaining stakeholder support, managing costs and achieving goals.

Killing the Project

The traditional view is that the project manager is the project champion who defends the project against budget cuts and maintains the support of project team members and stakeholders. However, sometimes the right decision is not to continue the project but to terminate it.

Evolving Training Programs

Whether your lab is growing or shrinking, training programs need to stay in sync with your changing requirements.

Leadership and Staffing

Lab Manager Academy: Getting Employees to Give Their All

Do your employees simply show up for work or are they committed to making a difference? Your employees’ passion, ideas, feedback and enthusiasm are your lab’s greatest asset.

Computing and Automation

Concerning The Cloud

While cloud computing is merely a metaphor to signify the abstraction of technology, resources and locations, the possibility of your laboratory missing out on the biggest technological leap ever is real. There has been a lot of hype over the

Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert: Choosing the Right ELN for the Right Application

Contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, Ph.D., talks to two scientists—one from a large pharmaceutical company and the other from a large academic institution—about their experiences with transitioning from paper to electronic lab notebooks (ELNS).

Research-Specific Labs

Perspective On: A Food and Beverage Lab

Perspective On: A Food and Beverage Lab

Headquartered in the Livermore Valley in Northern California, the National Food Lab (NFL) is more than just a food and beverage testing facility.

Lab Product

The Right Choice: Centrifuges

The Right Choice: Centrifuges

An essential piece of basic laboratory equipment, the centrifuge applies thousands of gravitational force equivalents to a sample while spinning in order to separate structures and particles suspended in a liquid.

June 2012 Technology News

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

Product Focus

Product Focus: Electronic Laboratory Notebooks

As a component of a lab’s information infrastructure, ELNs help laboratories capture and manage knowledge, streamline data management, protect intellectual property (IP), and, as a central repository, foster collaboration between and among groups and locations.

Centrifuges: Adding Safety and Versatility to High-Speed Separations.

Centrifuges: Adding Safety and Versatility to High-Speed Separations.

Increasing centrufuge comfort, efficiency, and safety

Product Focus: Freeze Dryers

The use of freeze dryers extends from applications in academic labs to zoos. Moreover, this technology contributes to basic research and manufacturing.

Product Focus: PCR Reagents

Product Focus: PCR Reagents

To get enough DNA for processing, such as sequencing the chain of nucleotides, researchers turn to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A series of reagents drive this process, and that includes polymerase, buffers, and so on.

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Provide Secure, Adequately Spaced, Well Ventilated Storage of Chemicals

Provide Secure, Adequately Spaced, Well Ventilated Storage of Chemicals

In academic institutions, the most serious issue is the restriction of access to hazardous chemicals to appropriate personnel. Students and others will steal chemicals.


The Third Annual Laboratory Safety Survey

Three years ago we began surveying our readers to find out about their lab safety practices and to track how those practices change moving forward.

2012 Titrator Product Survey

Find out what our readers had to say about the titrators in their labs.

2012 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer Survey Results

Find out what our readers had to say about the UV-Vis spectrophotometers in their laboratories.

Survey Says: Are You in the Market for a Gas Generator?

If you’ve had to lug a tank of gas to an experiment station and secure it in place, you know the hassle and danger involved. Many lab managers are turning to generators for convenience; cost also plays a part.

White Papers and Application Notes

Improving Performance and Sensitivity of LC/MS Instruments Using Optimized LC/MS Solvents

Increasing the sensitivity and resolution of LC/MS instruments has been an ongoing focus for instrument manufacturers.

VACUUBRAND® BVC Family of Fluid Aspiration Systems

The new family of BVC fluid aspiration systems offer the perfect solution for safe, sensitive and efficient aspiration of supernatants for a modern Biology laboratory.

Extending Homogeneous ELISA Screening in the High Throughput World

Developments to Support Alphalisa Detection in Array Tape™ ELISA is widely used for screening and quantification of substances in biological samples.

Accelerating 3D Microtissue Production

Preclinical drug development relies on advanced in vitro models with a high degree of standardization to achieve maximal predictivity for an efficient compound de-risking strategy.

Sensitive, High-Throughput DNA Measurement with the µMax Low Volume Microplate

Quantitation of nucleic acids is commonly performed using UV absorbance. Molecular Devices’ µMax Low Volume Microplate allows users to read up to 64 samples per plate on Spectra- Max® Microplate Readers, with sample volumes as low as 2 μL.

Establishing Good Ergonomic Work Practices when Pipetting

Ergonomic injuries are widely recognized as a major factor in work place health. About one-third of all occupational injuries and illnesses stem from over exertion and/or repetitive motion.

Products in Action

Captair® Flex™– Ductless Mobile Fume Hoods with Modular Filtration Column

From the people who brought you the energy saving GreenFumeHood®, ERLAB, the one and only inventor of the ductless filtering fume hood and worldwide leader since 1968 innovates once again with the low cost Captair® Flex™ Technology.

i.C3 ™ from Helmer: Download · Acknowledge · Access Control

The next generation of i.Series® monitoring features the i.C3 User Interface which offers constant temperature monitoring and control on all i.Series refrigerators and Freezers.

How it Works

How Parallel Protein Purification with Improved Yield and Concentration Works

Protein affinity purification is typically carried out in a miniaturized format using spin columns or gravity flow methods. Both techniques have limitations.

How IR Spectroscopy for Protein Quantitation Works

How IR Spectroscopy for Protein Quantitation Works

Classical methods for protein quantitation rely on colorimetric assays, such as those involving protein-copper chelation (bicinchoninic acid (BCA) and Lowry assays) and dye-binding based detection (Bradford and “660 Assay”) or ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopy.

How it Works: Total Nitrogen/Total Sulfur Analysis in Low Value Crude Products Using Direct Spray Injection

With ever increasing regulatory requirements, the balance between the declining quality of incoming crude oil and the heavily regulated quality of outgoing products makes refining a very quality- conscious operation.