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Cover Story |  Volume 8 - Issue 8  |  September 2013

Job Satisfaction

Lab managers & researchers weigh in


Editor's Buzz

Employees don’t quit jobs. They quit managers.

Poor management leads to poor morale, which leads to lack of focus, which leads to failure

Business Management

Job Satisfaction: Lab Managers and Researchers Weigh In

Job Satisfaction: Lab Managers and Researchers Weigh In

Job satisfaction is often an elusive concept: performing— for pay—a task or a series of tasks that truly fulfill a person. Fulfillment, however, carries a different meaning for each individual. Some may find that competitive compensation provides satisfaction on the job, while others find gratification in recognition from their peers.

Leaving Helium Behind

The business benefits of on-site hydrogen generation for gas chromatography


The Seventh Annual Salary & Employee Satisfaction Survey

This year’s survey indicates new growth in the lower ranks of organizations

2013 Lab Balance Survey Results

Choosing the correct balance for your application, or a series of balances that suit all of your application needs, is the first step in good lab weighing practices. If you choose the correct balance, calibrate it regularly, including any time the balance is moved to a new location, and keep it clean, your balance will reward you with many years of accurate operation.

2013 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.

2013 Pipette Survey Results

Pipettes can be found in almost every laboratory and, if you’re looking to buy one, there are many options— manual or electronic, single or multi-channel. Luckily, a few main considerations can help in deciding whether or not to buy the latest pipette technology.

Lab Design and Furnishings

Lab Equipment Procurement Models and Trends

Life sciences, health care, and chemical companies are the major end users of lab equipment. Cash flows of major companies within these sectors are increasingly subjected to higher scrutiny due to a rise in M&A activities and their increased investments in emerging markets. 

Leadership and Staffing

Cultivating Long-Term Loyalty

Five employee retention strategies for a high-performance environment

Embrace the 'Celebration Mind-Set'

Embrace the 'Celebration Mind-Set'

Why failures can and should be celebrated

Laboratory Technology

Planned Maintenance Optimization

Taking the guesswork out of lab equipment failure

Evaluating Contaminants

A conversation with sample extraction experts Dr. Kang Xia and William Ickes

September 2013 Technology News

The latest equipment, instrument, and system introductions to the laboratory market

Management Tips

Nurturing Top Talent

What is it that really works when it comes to keeping your top employees fully engaged? What is it that will keep them from looking someplace else?

Ask the Expert

Trends in Mass Spectrometry

Contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, PhD, talks to Sunia Trauger, PhD, director of the Small Molecule Mass Spectrometry facility at Harvard University, about the recent trends in mass spectrometry. Advances in instrumentation, automation, and remote access seem to be leading the way to improved detection, faster results, and more diverse applications. While challenges in sample prep and data analysis remain issues, access to emerging informatics tools and experience handling and analyzing samples seem to mitigate some of the problems.

Lab Health and Safety

Blood, Sweat & Fears: Blood-Borne Pathogens, Part III

Blood, Sweat & Fears: Blood-Borne Pathogens, Part III

This month we wrap up the ECP discussing housekeeping, laundry, waste handling, and PPE

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Conduct Periodic, Unannounced Laboratory Inspections

Conduct Periodic, Unannounced Laboratory Inspections

Inspections get people involved in thinking about hazards and unsafe practices in the workplace. These should be done at least four times a year (monthly is better).

Product Focus

Product Focus: Laboratory Furniture

The most significant trend in modern lab furniture is the move away from fixed casework and lab benches toward modular benches, tables, and worktops.

Cold Storage: How Low Can You Go?

Cold Storage: How Low Can You Go?

Despite the “old tech” reputation of cold storage products, customer-driven innovation has been ongoing and steady. 

Freeze Dryers: From Storage to Sample Preparation

Freeze Dryers: From Storage to Sample Preparation

Freeze drying faces new challenges in storage and sample preparation.

Product Focus: Laboratory Ovens

The market for high-temperature ovens, operating between around 400ºC and 600ºC, is heating up, says Scott Miller, marketing manager at Carbolite (Watertown, WI).

Adding More Automation and Raising Accuracy in Titration

Controls make up some of the most obvious advances

Research-Specific Labs

A large framed image of the periodic table of the elements in stylized script hangs over a lab bench

Perspective On: An Art Museum Laboratory

A diversity of materials and objects keeps this lab focused as much on the chemistry as the artwork


INSIGHTS on Starting and Running an Environmental Lab

INSIGHTS on Starting and Running an Environmental Lab

Environmental testing had been a sleepy marketplace until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began issuing strict regulations for air, soil, and water in the 1970s. Environmental law spawned thousands of large and small laboratories, many of which had been operating in nonenvironmental industries.

Time to Upgrade?

Is it Time for a New CO2 Incubator?

As the heart of the lab and its workflow, CO2 incubators can make or break the facility’s overall productivity. Douglas Wernerspach, business manager of CO2 and constant temperature at Thermo Fisher Scientific (Waltham, MA), says researchers depend on CO2 incubators to be reliable and provide uniform conditions for cells.

How it Works

How Compact Mass Spectrometry Works

Problem: Detecting impurities in any chemical reaction has always been important to the chemist and it is becoming increasingly important to detect those present at low levels, (e.g. 0.5%).

How to Maintain Sample Integrity and Precise Delivery Volume While Pipetting

Problem: Liquid retention in pipette tips and interaction between the materials with which the tip is made and the sample it contains are a great concern. Sample loss percentage and the subsequent cost for purchasing additional sample becomes significantly more important when expensive reagents such as antibodies and siRNA inhibitors are being pipetted.