Recent Articles

September 22, 2014 8:16 am
Vince Mcleod, CIH
I am one of the Safety Guys. I was not at work. I was at home. A few months back I purchased a couple gallons of muriatic acid to clean up some floor tile after a poor grouting job. I used up one and set the other jug at the side of the house away from pets and people.
August 28, 2014 5:50 pm
Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D.
As a manager your job is to get things done through others. Your effectiveness therefore depends on your ability to communicate to those “others”—your employees. To be a good communicator, obey these rules! This is one of the hardest skills for managers to practice. Being friendly means letting your employees know that you care about them—not just as the workers on whom you depend, but as human beings.
August 28, 2014 5:59 pm
Frank Lynch
Election Time for the ATA, ATA Sponsors Men and Women in Uniform at AALAS National Meeting, ATA Representative Selected for LAMA/ATA Annual Meeting                   
August 28, 2014 5:46 pm
Daniel J. Ferguson
Calculating appropriate dilutions and doses for mouse injectable analgesics and anesthetics can be an intricate and time-consuming process. Determining the correct amount to administer to a mouse is dependent on several variables including animal weight, acceptable injection volume, and simultaneous administration of multiple drug agents.
September 3, 2014 9:58 am
Alison D. Pohl, Ron G. Wallace, Roberta Romeo, and James Watras
At our institution, UConn Health in Farmington, CT, Principal Investigators (PIs) had been requesting an online method of submitting protocols for a number of years. We therefore examined the advantages and disadvantages of an online system (Table 1).
August 28, 2014 6:01 pm
Elizabeth Doughman
The upcoming TurnKey Conference, held May 7–8, 2015, in beautiful San Diego, CA, will focus on innovation. What does that mean? Wikipedia defines innovation as “finding a better way of doing something.” As always, the TurnKey Conference will be two days of information that’s absolutely essential for anyone building, renovating, or operating a laboratory animal facility.
August 28, 2014 5:34 pm
Christie Ferrecchia, DVM and Roger Van Andel, DVM, Ph.D., DACLAM
The University of California, Berkeley recently switched bedding types. This switch was made to facilitate the transition from static to individually ventilated caging across campus. Over the next four months, various laboratory personnel and animal care technicians began to report that hooded rats and dark mice had gradually developed lighter coats.
September 2, 2014 11:32 am
Walt Grassl
Hard-working, talented people make the best employees. As an employee, we must consider what is in our control and what can we influence. We cannot control how much talent we have. But we can control how hard we work and how hard we persevere when times get tough.
August 27, 2014 8:11 am
Ann Marie Dinkel, RLATG
It has long been said that when you need a network, it is too late to build one. How do you build a network for the next job, a new career path, or just to meet people with similar interests? According to one source, successful networking is building “sincere relationships based on mutual generosity.” You can’t build a network in a few days or on a tight schedule; it requires a long view and some work.
August 22, 2014 8:06 am
Stacy Pritt and Alison D. Pohl
Many animal researchers are familiar with electronically based protocol management systems used by Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs). These systems are either created and sold commercially or written internally by an institution for its own use. The former system is usually referred to as “commercially available” while the latter system is usually referred to as “home-grown.”
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