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Finding Success as a New Manager

November 14, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

Shari Lifland, Editorial Communications Manager for the American Management Association (AMA), says that, “According to a new survey by CareerBuilder, more than one-quarter (26%) of managers said they weren’t ready to become a leader when they started managing others. Even more disturbing, 58% said they didn’t receive any management training.”

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On the Quality of Cleanroom Wipers

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | by Sandeep Kalelkar, Ph.D.Jay Postlewaite, Ph.D. | Texwipe | Comments

In assessing the quality of cleanroom wipers, it is vital to consider the consistency of their cleanliness as an integral property that allows the expected performance measures to be achieved.                            

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Superfluous or Essential: Part 2

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | by Barbara Kanegsberg and Ed Kanegsberg | BFK Solutions, LLC, Cleanroom Consulting, LLC, Clean Rooms International, Inc. | Comments

In the first installment, we discussed how to avoid superfluous materials and activities in cleanrooms.                                                  

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From The Editor: As We Bid Farewell to 2011…

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | by Mary Williams | Comments

Controlled Environments experienced some great changes in 2011, with new additions and revamping of existing products ensuring we are constantly finding meaningful ways to get you the information you need when you need it.                      

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In Development of Technology, Patience is Key

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | by John B. Durkee, Ph.D., P.E. | Comments

Most of my industrial career with a large chemical company was spent doing development work.                                                     

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How It Works: Hygienically Clean Lab Floors

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | Comments

While research laboratories must be clean, labs performing biotech work involving cell cultures and molecular biology must be pristine—if not sterile.                                          

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How Do I Develop a Disaster Recovery Plan?

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | by Richard Bilodeau, PE | SMRT - Architects and Engineers | Comments

When General Dwight Eisenhower reflected on the monumental task of planning the invasion of Normandy in World War II, he summed up my core advice regarding the development of a disaster recovery plan in six words.                                 

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Thermal Decontamination: The Key to Effective Culture

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | by Verena Ruckstuhl | Thermo Scientific | Comments

When culturing various organisms it is vital that they do not become cross-contaminated compromising their viability.                                                

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Principles of Cleanroom Validation

November 6, 2011 7:00 pm | by David Muchemu | Comments

A cleanroom must be validated and certified to a particular class before operation.                              

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Are You a Manager or a Leader?

October 27, 2011 10:52 am | Comments

All leaders are managers but not all managers are leaders. Both managers and true leaders get things done through others, but managers do so by virtue of their specific position within their organizations, while true leaders— regardless of their official rank—do so by inspiring others.

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Advantages of Modular Cleanrooms

October 27, 2011 10:43 am | Comments

Modular, free-standing cleanrooms have many distinct advantages over their fixed wall counterparts. Using modular rooms greatly reduces design, engineering, and construction time, thereby reducing costs.

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A Bestiary of Difficult Employees

October 17, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

Bestiaries, books that listed and described certain animals and their characteristics, were popular in the Middle Ages. Stories about each “beast” were designed to teach important moral lessons.

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Choosing the Right Cleanroom

October 17, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

Regulations, cost, location, size, performance—how do you choose the right cleanroom? Selecting a cleanroom for a new business or product is not a difficult process. There are many considerations and options, but focusing first on requirements will help make the decision-making easier.

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The Cost of USP 797 Compliance

October 2, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

The costs related to USP 797 compliance can vary greatly. Your specific needs will depend on your current compounding environment, as well as the types of CSPs being prepared. A key consideration, however, is the cost of non-compliance in the event that a contamination is tracked to your facility.

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The Myth of Work and Life Balance

October 2, 2011 8:00 pm | Comments

A recent survey of North American employees found that 87 percent of respondents say their work/life balance is negatively affecting their health. If you’ve been killing yourself trying to achieve daily work/life balance, it may be a pipe dream.

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