Recent Articles

April 14, 2015 8:26 am
There’s something about Marie. For one thing, she’s almost always late arriving for work. Not terribly late, not enough to make a big deal of it, but still . . . and another thing: she is somehow never responsible for her lateness. She always has an excuse. But it leaves others to do the preliminaries. Marie always says she’s sorry, but her apologies never quite ring true.
April 13, 2015 3:04 pm
Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D.
You’ve probably heard it many times, the command to “catch ‘em doing something right!” There’s a good reason this has become a common catchphrase. It’s because “catching” your employee doing something right—performing well—provides a golden opportunity for you to reinforce that “right” behavior.
April 13, 2015 2:52 pm
Ann Marie Dinkel, RLATG
While baby boomers are working longer, at some point they will retire, taking years of historical knowledge with them. This loss of corporate memory is a drain on organizational resources, making succession planning and knowledge transfer essential to business survival.
April 13, 2015 2:38 pm
Stacy Pritt, DVM, MS, MBA, CPIA, DACAW
In laboratory animal science, we are very concerned about animal health and behavior which makes us naturally very cognizant of animal welfare. However, we also need to be aware of current concepts in the field of animal welfare and how those concepts should be appropriately applied.
April 13, 2015 12:33 pm
Jim Fredericks
In today’s smart buildings where thousands or tens of thousands of parameters are being measured, the amount of data can quickly become overwhelming. Fortunately, solutions are evolving in terms of remote data storage, diagnostic analytics, and data visualization, which can relieve users from having to cope with these large volumes of data to achieve some productive benefit.  
April 13, 2015 9:47 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
This week's Tales From the Lab is Meri DuRand, a Certified Senior Veterinary Technican at Research Animal Resources at the University of Minnesota. Her passion for laboratory animal science began at university, and she was quickly hired as a technician after showing her enthusiasm as an intern, even as her family dealt with a health crisis.
April 10, 2015 4:47 pm
Victor Cardona, AIA and Scott Kreitlein, AIA
In the realm of the single-building research enterprise, the research focus can fluctuate greatly from cancer center to translational to genomics while the range of subjects can be as equally diverse. Flexibility becomes essential to build and operate these unique facilities efficiently and cost-effectively.
April 10, 2015 3:57 pm
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
The 12th annual TurnKey Conference, scheduled for May 7 & 8 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, offers two days full of everything you need to know about designing, building, renovating, and operating laboratory animal facilities. If you’re still on the fence about attending the conference, here are the top 10 reasons you need to be there.
April 10, 2015 9:41 am
Robert A. Taft, Ph.D.
Maintaining valuable research mice as live colonies is financially draining and carries many potential risks, including disastrous loss due to disease outbreaks, breeding cessation and facility failures. Cryopreservation followed by cryorecovery is a powerful colony management tool, assuring strains are available upon demand.
April 7, 2015 8:49 am
Lean management is not a single program or process. “Lean” is a set of concepts, principles and tools used to deliver the most value from the customer’s perspective while consuming the fewest resources overall.
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