Recent Articles

January 16, 2015 9:55 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
This week's Tales From the Lab is Mangala Gunatilake, an Associate Professor in Physiology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Columbo in Sri Lanka. Mangala organized and conducted the First International Certificate course on Laboratory Animal Science in the Asian Region which was held in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in 2011 in collaboration with the Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
January 13, 2015 10:22 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
ALN recently asked readers what kind of bedding they use in your vivarium. Click here to see the results.                          
January 13, 2015 10:13 am
Stacy Pritt
With limited resources, managers and staff often turn to methods for improving productivity and efficiency within the animal care program. Applying the concepts of continuous process improvement can enable facilities to become more productive and efficient in a sustainable manner.
January 13, 2015 10:11 am
Gerry Sandusky
The NFL has 32 teams, not groups. Teams. All teams are groups, but not all groups are teams. Calling a group a team doesn’t make it one. That’s the team myth. Too many business owners and executives think of “team” as a label. It’s not. A “team” is an achievement; a dynamic process that includes talent, focus, motivation and sacrifice. It has a personality, preferences and a unique culture.
January 12, 2015 4:10 pm
Patrice Galvin
ATA President Teresa Woodger and Past-President Frank Lynch share their thoughts on the role and future of the ATA including support of the industry and spreading the word about vendor contributions to biomedical research.      
January 12, 2015 3:52 pm
Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D.
As a manager, do you sometimes wonder, am I really getting the best from my employees? Even when you see your workers functioning well, there is always the question: might they be doing even better? How can you increase the odds that you are getting the best performance possible from each employee? Here are five rules that smart managers follow in order to ensure that their employees’ are maximizing their potentials.
January 12, 2015 3:42 pm
John J. Sabine, Jr. passed away on October 18, 2014, at 60 years of age. He was born in 1953 in Canandaigua NY. He was raised in Morristown, N.J. and lived in Mendham, N.J. for the past 20 years.         
January 12, 2015 3:27 pm
Ann Marie Dinkel, RLATG
Employee retention and a long term relationship with the organization begins upon hiring and should continue throughout the employee’s career; all aspects of the organization should recognize and participate in it. There are a number of strategies to do this and these change over the employee’s working life. The process begins on the day of hire and continues throughout the years until retirement looms.
January 12, 2015 2:22 pm
David FitzMiller
The use of mice and rats as surgical models for biomedical research represents an investment in resources for the scientific community. To improve chances for successful results, scientists strive to reduce the variables by closely monitoring and maintaining the animal’s physiological status during surgery.
January 12, 2015 2:01 pm
Candace Hedrick, Michael Rowley, and Stephanie Lewis, DVM
One aspect of maintaining and updating an environmental enrichment program is the regular review and evaluation of enrichment devices and their current uses. The program review process includes maintaining an accurate inventory of devices to reflect the current and projected animal census, evaluating species-specific use, determining product sustainability, and the replacement of older items with new and novel devices as needed.
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