The design criteria and strategies for new academic research labs have changed in the past several years. Cost-effectiveness, sustainability and flexibility have become the new drivers for academic research labs.
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The Academic Sourceguide supplement is chock-full of exclusive articles about the state of science in colleges and universities. Check out the cover story on a Passive House-certified lab, a feature on safety, conversations with National Medal of Science winners and more.
The frequency of both serious and fatal lab accidents in academic chemistry labs in the past few years has become increasingly alarming. Two new sets of guidelines are taking lab safety to an elevated level, seeking to change an organization’s culture rather than rule set.
The National Medal of Science, created by Congress in 1959, is the country’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. A 12-member presidential committee, presented by the National Science Foundation, selects the award recipients. Recently announced by President Obama, the editors catch up with 2014 National Medal of Science winners to get their thoughts on the award.
The Univ. of Chicago recently opened the first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America. The 2,800-sq-ft Warren Woods Ecological Field Station is only the fifth Passive House-certified laboratory in the world and the first outside of Germany.
The American Association of Chemistry Teachers is the first organization of its kind in the U.S. dedicated to improving chemistry education and providing specialized resources to more than one million K-12 chemistry and physical science teachers nationwide.
The success of an experimental tobacco-based pharmaceutical in saving the lives of two people with Ebola may finally force big pharma to take plant-based drugs seriously.
Jocelyn Dunn, an industrial engineering doctoral student at Purdue Univ., is a part of a project to live on a landscape mimicking Mars for eight months. Along with five other researchers, she will be living in a domed habitat emulating what settlers might have on Mars. While exploring the environment, they will wear spacesuits and their communications will be delayed by 20 minutes to emulate the drag they would experience on the Red Planet.
This annual May supplement from the editors of Laboratory Equipment magazine goes beyond new products and technologies to bring readers even more important information on the state of laboratories in the United States, and beyond.
The cover story of the April Academic Sourceguide details Penn State's new Pell Lab, and the extremes taken to turn a BSL lab into a pleasant place to work. Other articles include: federal funding for universities, academic rankings, the top biotech leaders, sustainable lab programs and more. New products specifically designed for academic labs can also be found inside.
Penn State’s advanced bio lab provides natural light to a normally windowless bunker-like biocontainment facility.
Not every laboratory has the luxury of a brand-new centrifuge or thermal cycler, especially labs in poorer parts of the world. Lina Nilsson set out to do something about that by employing a do-it-yourself (DIY) technique. Nilsson is the founder of Tekla Labs, an innovative website that enables scientists to construct their own high-quality lab equipment using readily available, off-the-shelf items.
We once thought the Earth was flat—and we were wrong. We once thought Earth was one giant supercontinent on only one occasion—and we were wrong then, too, as proven by Ohio Univ. professor R. Damian Nance and his colleague Prof. Thomas Worsley. When Nance and Worsley proposed their theory of a supercontinent cycle—a series of supercontinents forming, breaking up and reforming over time—in 1982 the scientific community scoffed at the idea.
On April 1, 2014, Peter Littlewood took the helm at Argonne National Laboratory, being selected to serve as the national lab’s 13th director. Littlewood, a Professor of Physics at the Univ. of Chicago and the previous Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering at Argonne, brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and a plethora of new ideas to the table.
Katherine Ayers, Director of Research for Proton OnSite, was just awarded an American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Women Chemists Committee 2014 Rising Star Award for her work in developing gas generation technology. For the last seven years, Ayers has worked to develop bigger and better Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) hydrogen gas generators.
Asian R&D is ascendant at the expense of U.S. and European efforts.
A slew of complex issues, procedures and equipment await the purchaser.
Workload and staffing are concerns, while outsourcing has taken a backseat.
Slight enhancements will make analyses faster, easier and better.
Extensive lab facilities and a real-world learning approach at a Texas community college has put students and their algae research on a path to success.
Universities are teaming with various departments, industry and non-profits in the fight against energy-hogging campus laboratories.
What are the qualities that go into a top life science research university?
A plethora of academic ranking systems reveal “old school” traditions and new school limitations.
Slowing federal investments in academia first surfaced in 2012, and likely will remain as federal spending cuts continue.
State-of-the-art visualization systems are opening up a whole new world—and dimension—to researchers everywhere.
Laboratory Equipment's Pittcon Digest issue features the annual Purchasing Intent Study, a look into the minds of users and manufacturers as portrayed through reader surveys from January 2013 to January 2014.
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