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More New Year's Resolutions

Perhaps you’ve made your usual New Year’s resolutions: Get to the gym more often, be a better friend, eat more fruits and vegetables, for which I commend you. However, if you’re looking to make resolutions that will have a direct impact on your job performance and career development, you’ve come to the right place.

Business Management

The Pathway to Management

Step one, change your mindset.  There are five mental attitudes or mindsets that aspiring managers need to develop.  Uses this article as a walk-through.

What's the Risk?

What's the Risk?

Strategies for reducing risk and growing your business

What it Takes to Have Successful Vendor Relationships

Nurturing good relationships in business is a lot like doing the same in our personal lives. And just like in our personal lives, a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to any type of relationship usually won’t work. However, it can be wise to take at least a page or two from the book of successful relationship strategies when you’re considering how to best manage a business relationship.

Leadership and Staffing

Mentoring Matters

An often overlooked practice critical to passing on key aspects of scientific knowledge

Management Tips

A Positive Approach to More Successful Relationships and Communications

The solution to effectively offering criticism is to seek out the positive in the other person—or in the other person’s position—before making any comments or suggestions.

Laboratory Technology

Labs are from Mars, IT Departments are from Venus

Understanding each other's needs and priorities is key to a good working relationship

Fixing the Top 8 Lab Chemical Management Errors

Fixing the Top 8 Lab Chemical Management Errors

 Jon Webb, senior technical specialist and inventory consultant at ChemSW, discusses best practices in chemical inventory.

Technology News January 2013

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

Lab Health and Safety

Winning with LOTO

Winning with LOTO

How to design and implement a successful lockout/tag out program for your facililty.

Lab Health and Safety Tips

Have a Written Safety Policy

This is the cornerstone of a good safety program. It’s a statement endorsed and supported by the administration that speaks to the fundamental responsibilities for health and safety in the academic institution or company.

Ask the Expert

Trends in Bioinformatics

Joel Dudley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Director of Biomedical Informatics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, talks to contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, Ph.D. about the current changes impacting bioinformatics.

Time to Upgrade?

Time to Upgrade? - Fume Hoods

Time to Upgrade? - Fume Hoods

There are many different signs that it’s time to upgrade your fume hood, but vendors say safety is the number one reason.

Product Focus

Product Focus: Stirrers

Bar-based and overhead platforms make new ways to mix

Product Focus: Analytical Balances

Connectivity, compliance leading features

Product Focus: Automated Liquid Handling

Product Focus: Automated Liquid Handling

Central component for lab automation

Product Focus: Filtration

Technologies even enhance samples for specialized assays

Product Focus: Refractometers

Old solution to new analysis problems.


2013 ELN Survey Results

Electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs), one component of a lab’s information infrastructure, help laboratories capture and manage knowledge, streamline data management, protect intellectual property and foster collaboration.

2013 Evaporator Survey Results

A rotary evaporator, found in every chemistry lab, allows users to perform chemical separation or purification using heat and agitation—or stirring—under vacuum.  Brought to you by:    

Research-Specific Labs

Growing Up

Growing Up

A laboratory that got its start in food twenty years ago continues to expand

How it Works

How a Sample Lysis & DNA Extraction Workstation Works

Problem: Forensic labs in the US are faced with backlogs of samples waiting to be processed.

How Cell Line Authentication Works

Cross-contamination of human cell lines with other cell lines and/or misidentification of cell cultures is reported to be 18-36 percent. Find out one way to prevent contamination in your lab.

How a Pipetting System Works

Pipetting is a fundamental activity for a laboratory scientist. Almost every experiment requires small and precise volumes of liquid to be transferred from one container to another.