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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.

January 23, 2012
The Intricacies of Technology Transfer: Shaping Future Laboratory Work and a New SLAS Special Interest Group

If the pharmaceutical workplace model were a shapely wedge of clay ready to be retooled, contract organizations might be the hands that create its next form. How will science professionals cope with the transition of their roles and the transfer of technology to these core components of a decentralized model?

January 16, 2012
Navigating the Oceans and Prepping Young Explorers – A Good Day's Work for Bob Ballard

It's about the tools. Underwater discovery has been fascinating explorers for years but the risks to personal safety, costs to dive and time commitments so high it hindered progress. Enter SLAS2012 Keynote Speaker Bob Ballard and his amazing team of scientists, technologists and plain old big thinkers. Add a remotely operated vehicle or two and incredibly powerful Internet capabilities and the game is completely different. It is played on man's terms and much of it happens above water.

December 27, 2011
Epigenetics: Working Toward the Answers

Epigenetics. You can hardly glance at the scientific literature – and even mainstream media – without seeing something about epigenetics pop up. A simple Google search turns up more than 3 million entries. It has been heralded by most as "so much larger than the genome space." But, what does epigenetics mean to SLAS members involved in laboratory science and technology?

December 19, 2011
Chipping Away at the Future: Labs, Lungs, Livers and Perhaps Even Humans On-a-chip

"Drug toxicity is one of the most common reasons why promising compounds fail. We need to know which ones are safe and effective much earlier on in the process. This is an unprecedented opportunity to speed development of effective therapies, while saving time and money." – Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director, National Institutes of Health (NIH News, September 16, 2011)

December 6, 2011
Bridging the Valley of Death: How Can Academia and Pharma Best Work Together?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) calls the process of translating basic research into a viable product the "Valley of Death." They define it as the period of transition when a developing technology is seen as promising, but is too new to validate its commercial potential and unable to attract the necessary funding for its continued development.

November 22, 2011
Member Profile: Shalini Prasad

She compares her job to a stage performance: Capturing the audience, inspiring their imaginations, putting in a bit of sparkle so they will share her vision. Like a performer, she will travel thousands of miles and entertain many audiences before the year is over. Like a great actor, she will smile through life's challenges, including removing her shoes through one more airport security check.

November 10, 2011
Ready to Forge a Career Outside of Pharma?

It's fair to say that currently, the majority of SLAS's 15,000+ members are working in drug discovery and/or drug development in pharmaceutical companies, biotechs, academia and government. However, a growing percentage of the membership is made up of scientists and laboratory automation specialists who are forging careers in other industries—notably, clinical diagnostics, food and agricultural sciences, forensics and security sciences, petrochemical and energy and even consumer products.

October 27, 2011
Member Profile: Kamlesh Patel

Kamlesh Patel, Ph.D., is currently the department manager for the Advance Systems Engineering and Deployment group at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA. At LabAutomation2011, he won the SLAS Innovation Award for his outstanding podium presentation, "Preparation of Nucleic Acid Libraries for Ultra High-Throughput Sequencing with a Digital Microfluidic Hub." He serves SLAS2012 as both a session and track chair.