Measuring the small with precision Bill Weaver, Ph.D. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , offered the truism "It's always best to start at the beginning." Consequently, on their journey to a four-year undergraduate degree, the first discussion I have with our new freshman students is the question of "How Many?"
A comprehensive security policy for your organization's laboratory data can reduce vulnerability to attacks Michael H. Elliott In February of this year, ChoicePoint, a service provider of information for identification and credential verification, revealed that in October 2004, up to 145,000 consumer profiles were obtained by thieves using phony identities
A laboratory information management system can provide secure interoperability between laboratories and governing bodies Devender Gandhi In the United States, with 55,000 water systems in place, the possibility of a coordinated disturbance in water sources is remote. However, the vulnerability of local treatment and supply infrastructure remains high, especially those supplying water to large metropolitan areas
Regaining access to accounts with forgotten passwords John R. Joyce, Ph.D. It’s likely that, at one time or another, we’ve all gone through that embarrassing and frustrating experience of having forgotten our login password. If we’re running on one of the NT-based versions of Microsoft Windows, this has probably meant calling tech support and having one of their people log in under the administrator account and reset our password
A new LIMS provides greater control over chemical plant processes and variations Claudia Lukac-Deliman Ethyl Corp. develops, manufactures, blends and delivers leading-edge additive technology for fuels and lubricants around the world. The company produces fuel additives engineered to improve the performance of gasoline, diesel and other fuels
Use cases provide essential business process focus and requirements foundation John Graham There are many great articles on how to design the laboratory processes for a paperless lab, and process design is a critical part of a paperless laboratory implementation. However, going from the theoretical
What will become of big conferences, and what can be done to save them? Randy C. Hice The Lincoln Town Car is a soulless behemoth of a vehicle with all of the storied agility of a coal barge. What passes as a poor man’s limo in some circles, glows as a beacon of poor judgment in terms of the driver having mistaken raw tonnage with automotive quality
Now, I know a good chunk of my readers won't have the slightest idea of what I'm talking about. These are the ones who chucked all of their installation CDs and paperwork into a box somewhere when they received their new computer. The rest of you are probably cringing in terror that one of them is going to ask you to help them re-install their system, since there is no way to do this without the Product Key.
The LIMS-LIS equation Randy C. Hice I was searching the dark corners of my mind for a little parable differentiating versatility from mediocrity. I was complaining to a friend that I fell short of my goals in athletics. But he said, “you weren’t mediocre, you were versatile!”
Alex Mera Sr. Product Marketing Manager Systat Software, Inc. SigmaStat is an easy-to-use, wizard based, statistical software package designed to expertly guide users through the statistical analysis of their data.
The HIAPER Project for environmental research Bill Weaver, Ph.D. The other day, I was reading an e-mail from the comfort of home on my wireless PDA. The topic was the appropriateness of a high-tech focus in an elective course for business majors. The authors did not think it was a great
Five guidelines to help ensure your system will stand the test of time. Kristi Hobbs I walked into my favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant a few weeks ago and, as I scanned through the entree selection, my eye caught a small insert in the corner. It said, "Free wireless Internet here."
Advanced computational modeling helps improve protective gear designs Tomas Friend, Ph.D. American war fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan face a high risk of serious injury or death from mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Since the end of conventional warfare in Iraq, blasts have killed more than 1,000 Americans
Developers share their insights about where the new releases are heading. I eagerly agreed to write this article on mathematical software trends, since it is one of the areas where readers should be as interested as I am and willing to comment. I have my own ideas
John Joyce, Ph.D. Pittcon returned to Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center again this year. After Chicago, many were looking forward to a nice break from winter, only to be caught by surprise by a sudden cold snap