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Five Tips to Being a Better Manager

October 17, 2013 5:05 pm | Comments

Follow these suggestions to be a better and more relaxed manager. Being open to new ideas, available for questions, and able to laugh at yourself go a long way in keeping things in perspecetive and earning your employee's respect. 

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Planning for Emergencies

October 14, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

It's important to develop plans and conduct drills for dealing with emergencies such as fire, explosion, poisoning, chemical spill, vapor release, and personal contamination. The list is incomplete. Let's add bleeding, burns, medical situations, electric shock, and weather emergencies.

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Environmental Toxicology: Detection of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Water Sources

October 3, 2013 2:59 pm | by Lata Gautam, Sarah W Hall, Moses Banyeh, and Michael D Cole | Comments

The forensic community requires a paradigm shift to include environmental analysis and monitoring of pharmaceuticals and personal care products to prevent serious health and environmental consequences. The risk that these chemical pollutants pose to the environment and human health has been a major concern for environmental scientists and other researchers.

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In Track Evidence Photography Placement is Everything

October 3, 2013 11:00 am | Comments

To position a camera for impression evidence photography, place it on a tripod, position the focal plane parallel to the impression, and ensure the camera is at a sufficient distance from the impression to avoid using a wide angle. Wide angle views can create distortion around the edges of the photograph.

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Lead Through Listening

October 3, 2013 9:22 am | Comments

Listening is an art and a skill. It requires discipline and focused attention. When you give the gift of silence, you allow others the chance to think and process their thoughts. The time required to do this varies tremendously, depending on whom you’re talking to.

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Do the Most Important Thing First

October 2, 2013 9:13 pm | Comments

When you sit down to work in the morning, spend an hour on the most important thing on your to-do list. This is a great idea because even if you can’t get the whole thing done in an hour, you’ll be much more likely to go back to it once you’ve gotten it started.

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Transportation and Storage of DNA Evidence

October 2, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

The first responding officer may be called upon to transport evidence from a crime scene.They should be aware that direct sunlight and warmer conditions may degrade DNA, and avoid storing evidence in places that may get hot, such as the trunk of the police car. To best preserve DNA evidence, store in a cold environment.

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Know Your Chemicals

October 2, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Chemical safety begins with a good working knowledge of the chemicals you use and their hazardous properties. When incompatible materials contact each other, the result can lead to explosion, the evolution of toxic or flammable gas, or both.

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Balance Energy Efficiency with Safety

September 30, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Before considering money saving solutions for energy efficiency, the laboratory must first be designed for the safety of its occupants. Fume hoods are the major line of defense in the utilization of chemical hazards in a toxicology laboratory. By definition, fume hoods are not energy efficient, but their inefficiency serves the purpose of safety.

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Casting Materials can be Used to Obtain Fingerprint Evidence

September 26, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

There are several common problems that crime scene evidence technicians and detectives encounter. One such problem is that of preserving fingerprint evidence on rough surfaces, human skin, blood prints, and curved surfaces. Hard to lift prints can be accomplished by using magnetic powder and casting silicone. 

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Being the Bearer of Bad News

September 25, 2013 8:50 pm | Comments

As a manager, there are many opportunities to share good news, recognize staff members for accomplishments, and to enjoy a few moments focusing on a job well-done. However, not all news is good news and, unfortunately, delivering bad news is part of the job.

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Avoid Purchasing Unnecessary Quantities of Chemicals

September 23, 2013 8:29 pm | Comments

You need to know what you have and where it's located. Whether you decide to do it with sheets of paper, index cards, or computers, you need to have a chemical inventory. It's pretty hard to comply with OSHA and EPA regulations without one. It's pretty hard to know what to order without one.

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Book Excerpt: What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs

September 23, 2013 3:41 am | by Cat Warren | Comments

Working dogs’ success is far from a given: It takes imagination, deep knowledge, and constant work to train and handle dogs who work with their noses for a living. These are the dog people whose lives and careers are so interwoven with working canines that it can be difficult to see where the person ends and the dog begins; they complete each other.

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Assembling a Fingerprint Kit

September 19, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

Let’s take a look at what you need for basic fingerprint kit. This kit should include different types of powders and brushes to identify prints on different surfaces. When working with any of the powders, you need disposable dust masks and nitrile or latex gloves. You also need a small hand-held magnifier to view the prints.

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Screening a Candidate by Phone

September 18, 2013 8:00 pm | Comments

The telephone interview or candidate screen allows the employer to determine if the candidate's qualifications, experience, workplace preferences, and salary needs are congruent with the position and organization. The telephone interview saves managerial time and eliminates unlikely candidates.

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