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April 29, 2015 3:35 pm
Walt Grassl
Paul and Sara were attending a luncheon that brought together colleagues from their office as well as recently retired colleagues. Sara commented to Paul that some of the retirees seemed very happy and others were looking a bit lost – just as it was back at the office. She asked Paul if he had any idea why: she could understand the differences in the workplace, but in retirement?
April 27, 2015 8:32 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
This week's Tales From the Lab is Sandra Burlock. She is the Director of Technician Operations at Wuxi AppTec Co., Ltd. in Suzhou, China. Sandra is originally from New Brunswick, Canada.
April 23, 2015 9:41 am
Brett Field
In the past 25 years, halogenated anesthetic agents, primarily isoflurane and sevoflurane, have become indispensable tools in laboratory animal science. Since the beginning of their widespread clinical use, the health effects of halogenated agents have been the subject of numerous studies and by now, the importance of monitoring and limiting operator exposure has become common knowledge.
April 20, 2015 10:06 am
Elizabeth Doughman, Editor-in-Chief
This week's Tales From the Lab is Jason Michael Cowan-Brown, a Research Specialist, Lead, at Emory University - Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Lawrenceville, GA. Jason works in the behavioral management division, which means that he spends a good portion of his time focused on promoting species typical behaviors through socialization, training, enrichment design and implementation, and prescribing operational changes.
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 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 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.  
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