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September 7, 2012
Think About It: Nobel Prize Winner Sir Harold Kroto Throws Down the Gauntlet

Copernicus, Galileo and Giordano Bruno fought for us to have the freedom to doubt and question those who claim authority on dogma unsubstantiated by evidence. This is the fundamental basis for the ideas expressed by Sir Harold Kroto, as he speaks to international groups ranging from Nobel Laureates to the up-and-coming scientists and other young decision-makers of the future. It will be a major theme of his SLAS2013 keynote presentation "Science and Society in the 21st Century," Tuesday, January 15 in Orlando, FL.

August 28, 2012
From Laboratory to Clinic: Novel Skin Sampling Technique Simplifies Disease Detection

For the first time, SLAS is collaborating with the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), whose clinical focus is on molecular diagnostic and prognostic medicine, to bring two speakers from the organization to SLAS2013.

August 14, 2012
Nanodiamonds Battling Cancer: The New SLAS Endowed Fellowship at UCLA

From his lab at the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry, Professor Dean Ho, Ph.D., talks about his promising nanodiamonds research and reveals how it embraces the collaborative, multidisciplinary spirit of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening.

August 2, 2012
Member Profile: Ali Khademhosseini Sets a Pace for Tissue Engineering

Physician Joseph P. Vacanti and engineer Robert Langer first introduced the concept of tissue engineering in the early 1980s. Today, they are among a Boston/Cambridge stronghold of scientific researchers making advances in that seminal work. Also propelling progress is biomedical researcher and SLAS member Ali Khademhosseini, associate professor at Harvard-MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School as well as an associate faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

July 17, 2012
Member Profile: David Pechter

A fascination for all aspects of science and a life-long practice of surveying the work landscape for new opportunities have served David Pechter well throughout his 30-plus-year-career. He quickly adapts his skills set to suit the prospect.

July 2, 2012
Mobile Devices: On the Move from Laboratories to Clinics

In May, SLAS Education Director Steve Hamilton, Ph.D. (aka The Lab Man), described in his blog a smartphone application that allows users to monitor their labs remotely and make system adjustments if needed. This advance, which is beginning to transform the way companies manage their compound screening and profiling systems, is but one way that mobile technology is changing the entire healthcare landscape, from drug discovery to patient care. Other advances promise to improve disease detection and diagnosis, as well as healthcare delivery, by turning familiar devices such as cell phones and video game consoles into platforms for data collection and point-of-care analysis. A number of challenges must be met before many of these mobile devices are ready for prime time, according to experts interviewed for this article. But they also agree that—especially for laboratory science and technology professionals—the trend offers many opportunities for innovation.

June 25, 2012
Dan Dongeun Huh: Beauty in the Design

Dan Huh recognizes great engineering when he sees it. The precision workings of everything from engines to insects to the tiniest portion of an organ in the body, give him inspiration for solving bioengineering conundrums.

June 18, 2012
Extra Credit for Students: SLAS Supports Next Generation of Scientists

"In many ways, the SLAS community is like an extended family. You care about one another and wish each other well. While passionate about some similar interests, there are others meaningful only to portions of the family. You stay in touch throughout the year and get together in person once in awhile to catch up. And, all members of the family have a vested interest in helping the next generation succeed." – Jeff Paslay, Ph.D., SLAS Vice President, Kirkland, WA

June 1, 2012
Mahendra Rao: Taking it All in

Whether ascending slopes in a pair of hiking boots or descending them on skis, Mahendra Rao is creating a path and renewing his perspective. His approach to stem cell research has taken a similar course. From stints in academia, industry, regulatory affairs and government, he has gathered more than 20 years' experience for his next endeavor with the National Institutes of Health.

May 25, 2012
Encouraging Young Scientists: It's Olympics Gold at GSK!

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London are almost here. Fully involved from the business end of the spectrum by providing facilities and equipment to enable operation of a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory as official laboratory service provider, GlaxoSmithKline chose to leverage this monumental international sporting event to open the minds of young people with its Scientists in Sport program.

May 18, 2012
Member Profile: Jan Wagner

Working in laboratory automation and playing in a local rock band complement one another nicely, says SLAS member Jan Wagner.

May 3, 2012
Member Profile: Peter Banks Summits Kilimanjaro

How many people can say they spent 15 hours climbing while experiencing more than 13,000 feet of elevation change on just one day of their vacation? Following his journey to Kilimanjaro earlier this year, Peter Banks can!

April 27, 2012
Laboratory Products Purchasing Trends Take a Step Back for 2012

The Laboratory Products Association and SLAS jointly sponsor the annual North American Survey of Laboratory Purchasing Trends Report. The January 2012 report reflects the overall economy by revealing somewhat discouraging news for those providing products and services to the laboratory science and technology community. SLAS members: use the detailed information in this 304-page report to better understand the road ahead.

April 13, 2012
Negotiating Work and Life – How to Find the Joy

Work/life balance. Is it truly possible to bring all aspects of our lives under control? Balance is a myth – we are all (women and men) constantly negotiating our energy and attention. The goal is to maximize the time you are enjoying both work and personal life.

April 9, 2012
Advice for Published Journal Authors: Now is Not the Time to be Shy

Congratulations! Your original scientific research has been published (hopefully in JALA or JBS). Now…don't just let it sit there. Spread the word!

April 3, 2012
Challenges and Collaborations: Biomarkers Play Key Role in New Drug Discovery and Development Paradigm

In the raging war against disease, now more than ever before, the leading minds in drug discovery and development recognize that joining together in battle means more effective outcomes. In fact the wonder, and complexity, of the human body demands it.

March 19, 2012
A Season for Open Source

Coming to a lab near you…open source technology. Resources, software and instruments in the SLAS community model the end results of successful open source platforms. The time is right for user collaboration, but is the profession ready to embrace it?

March 9, 2012
JALA & JBS Art of Science Contest Uncovers Beauty of Meaningful Work

Every day, SLAS members work hard on important scientific projects in their labs, and sometimes, they take a step back simply to enjoy the beauty that can surface through the process. This year, SLAS was fortunate to have many of its members share some of their most mesmerizing scientific images.

February 23, 2012
The NIH's Molecular Libraries Program - What's Next?

The National Institutes of Health's Molecular Libraries Program is ending. Was it a success? Did it fail to live up to its expectations? It depends on who you ask.

February 1, 2012
New SLAS Board Members Talk about Life, Career, Responsibility

Frank Fan, Ph.D.; Robyn Rourick, M.S.; and Daniel Sipes, M.S., elected by SLAS members, began three-year terms on the SLAS Board of Directors in January 2012. Despite varied backgrounds and interests, they share a similar commitment to serve the SLAS membership dutifully, creatively and with the energy required to drive the young organization's success. They join six other leaders on the 2012 Board of Directors. Take a few moments to learn a bit more about each of them as you read their answers to the questions below.