Recent Articles

March 11, 2015 11:57 am
Mark Compo
Cleaning and sanitization of the vivarium requires the use of multiple chemical compounds. Whenever you’re working with these types of products wearing the appropriate PPE is not only required through OSHA, it just makes good common sense as well. PPE provides the cleaning technician the best protection needed against inadvertent chemical contact or in some situations, inhalation of the hazardous compounds being applied.
March 10, 2015 1:55 pm
Elizabeth Doughman
ALN recently asked subscribers when their present vivarium was constructed or last renovated. Nearly a third of respondents indicated that their vivariums were older than or had not been updated in more than ten years. Click here to see the rest of the results.
March 10, 2015 11:17 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
Prenatal exposure to low doses of the environmental contaminants PCBs causes rats to gain weight, and the effects are apparent even two generations later, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin. The effects were only passed along only in the descendants of female rats exposed in the womb.
March 9, 2015 8:46 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
This week's Tales From the Lab is Mario E. Dance, a Clinical Veterinarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. He told ALN, "the lab animal world draws individuals from all corners of the globe and collaborations across cultures is an assumed aspect of the profession."
March 6, 2015 4:17 pm
Teresa Woodger
Writing this column, I am working my way through applications for various meetings and exhibitions, membership renewals, planning schedules, and so on as the business cycle continues for many of us. Early in the new year is often a time for reflection and summarizing highlights from the previous year; 2014 was a notable year for the Allied Trade Association (ATA).
March 6, 2015 4:10 pm
Martin Seidenfeld, Ph.D.
Corporate leaders at the highest level focus on continuous improvement. Managers, therefore, must focus on continuous motivation. Motivating employees must be a constant, ongoing managerial concern. When a managers thinks, “How can I get Charley to do his job better?” he is really asking himself, “How can I better motivate Charley?” Here are seven important ways for achieving that.
March 6, 2015 3:52 pm
Ann Marie Dinkel, RLATG
The last column focused on welcoming the new employee, cementing the organizational relationship, and allowing the new hire to quickly become a productive member of the team. Once established, the next step in employee development is centered on retention by establishing a career path within the organization.
March 5, 2015 11:39 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
This year’s TurnKey Conference has a Focus on Innovation. But sometimes, and especially when you’re in the middle of the process, innovation is hard. If you are used to doing things a certain way, it can take a while to retrain your body and brain. In that vein, our keynote session for the Conference is called “Helping Staff Cope with Innovations, Novel Technologies, and Other Complexity in the Animal Facility.”
March 4, 2015 10:49 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
ALN recently asked subscribers what role they want architects/lab designers to play in the design/build or renovation process. Click here to see the results.
March 3, 2015 8:48 am
Culture matters. It is the glue that holds a company together by providing guides as to what employees should say and do. It also helps employees to commit to something larger themselves. Members of a culture develop a shared sense of identity—and that identity serves to differentiate them from other organizations in the same industry or profession.
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