Jennifer Bachman, Laboratory Coordinator for the Chemistry Department at Sewanee: The University of the South, gave a presentation at NAOSMM about chemistry experiments that can be done outside the lab – she was kind enough to share some of her presentation with us here.
We had a great conversation with Linda Perez-Saldana, the President of the National Association of Scientific Materials Managers.
Here, she tells us a little bit about the benefits of joining the organization (we REALLY like NAOSMM!).
The National Association of Scientific Materials Managers trade show started this morning in Boise, Idaho.
We’re excited to see several old friends and make quite a few new friends.
Many are thrilled to see our new color HPLC columns and learn about our propietery SAM chemistry.
Several supply managers have reported to us that they started using our TLC plates after meeting us at a previous NAOSMM show and how satisfied they are with both our products and our customer service.
It’s a great experience for us to be able to meet so many of our customers, share stories, and explore new applications for chromatography.
More information and videos coming tomorrow!
Next Tuesday, we’re heading to Boise, Idaho for the 36th Annual NAOSMM Conference.
The National Association of Scientific Materials Managers (NAOSMM for short and pronounced Nay-O-Sum) is:
- A group of approximately 500 individuals involved in purchasing, receiving, warehousing, distribution, and inventory control of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, glassware and plasticware, instruments and special services in research, teaching, and R & D fields.
- We work in academia, industry or research.
- We hold positions such as storeroom managers, laboratory managers, teaching lab coordinators, purchasing or procurement personnel, and business managers.
Members include representatives from universities, colleges, manufacturers, research laboratories, and pharmaceutical companies. We all have one thing in common: we have unique questions for which we seek workable answers. NAOSMM allows us to exchange ideas, information, contacts, and leads with people who understand our challenges and can offer solutions.
We’re looking forward to seeing all of our current friends and making some new ones while we’re in Boise – if you’re going to the NAOSMM conference, please stop by to see our new color HPLC Columns.
The good people at the University of Nottingham have put together one of the best Periodic Tables we’ve ever seen – with each element, there’s a video explanation – kudos to the people who put this together!
Joseph Sherma is the John D. and Frances H. Larkin Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania. Professor Sherma has taught courses in analytical chemistry for more than 40 years, was head of the chemistry department for 12 years, and continues to supervise research students at Lafayette College. He is author and coauthor of over 600 papers and the author, coauthor, editor, and coeditor of over 60 books and manuals in the areas of analytical chemistry and chromatography.
Professor Sherma recently authored the article, “Thin Layer Chromatographic Analysis of Counterfeit Drugs” – which is featured in the Encyclopedia of Chromatography, Second Edition.
Here’s a look at the Abstract:
Economical and reliable thin layer chromatographic (TLC) methods for rapid screening of counterfeit drugs that can be carried out by analysts in the laboratory or in the field by inspectors with limited analytical expertise using portable kits, with standard reference tablets to eliminate weighing, are described. Separations are performed on silica gel layers containing fluorescent indicator; separated spots are detected under ultraviolet lamps and with iodine detection reagent. Development and iodine detection are carried out in polyethylene bags, glass jars, or closed TLC tanks. Sample spots are compared with reference standards developed on the same layer to identify the ingredients and determine if their content is within the specification range.
WHYY Senior Health and Science Reporter Kerry Grens’ report on research by University of Delaware Doctoral Student Christina Cole on the composition of dyes used by Native Americans using chromatography. The report features an explanation of chromatography by Analtech General Manager Steven Miles and an interview with Delaware State University Prof. Claytrice Watson about forensic science.
The U.S. Pharmacopieal (USP) Convention has just released a first-of-its kind collection of standards designed to assist dietary supplements manufacturers in providing quality products to consumers.
The USP Dietary Supplements Compendium (DSC) is a comprehensive resource containing quality specifications (identity, strength, purity, and performance characteristics) of more than 500 dietary supplements and ingredients. In addition to these standards, the DSC includes general and regulatory information, guidance documents, appendices, and macro/microscopy, thin layer chromatography (TLC) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) full-color images that greatly simplify the analysis of ingredients of botanical origin—making it a central repository of necessary information for dietary supplements manufacturers.
The DSC serves as a tool for manufactures in:
- Developing, manufacturing and testing new products;
- Qualifying raw materials;
- Preparing for international quality control and cGMP audits;
- Setting and validating standard operating procedures;
- Collecting in-process and batch-release tests; and
- Accurately packaging, labeling and storing products.
Excerpts from a research article published at Plosone.org:
Pilot Study of Essential Drug Quality in Two Major Cities in India
India is an increasingly influential player in the global pharmaceutical market. Key parts of the drug regulatory system are controlled by the states, each of which applies its own standards for enforcement, not always consistent with others. A pilot study was conducted in two major cities in India, Delhi and Chennai, to explore the question/hypothesis/extent of substandard and counterfeit drugs available in the market and to discuss how the Indian state and federal governments could improve drug regulation and more importantly regulatory enforcement to combat these drugs.
Random samples of antimalarial, antibiotic, and antimycobacterial drugs were collected from pharmacies in urban and peri-urban areas of Delhi and Chennai, India. Semi-quantitative thin-layer chromatography and disintegration testing were used to measure the concentration of active ingredients against internationally acceptable standards. 12% of all samples tested from Delhi failed either one or both tests, and were substandard. 5% of all samples tested from Chennai failed either one or both tests, and were substandard.
We can’t believe it – this time last year we were getting together costumes, make-up, swords, pineapples, and ducks!
It was on June 21, 2008 (summer solstice, longest sunlight day of the year), that dozens of us gathered at Mt. Cuba Center and worked from before sun-up until past sun-down to create “The Adventures of Ana L’Tech“
Written & Directed By Christopher Stout
Ana L’Tech Stacey Ann Shevlin
Baker Betsy Gage
Cloth Dyer Marcie Weigelt
Brewer Tom Wagner
Baldric Jim Jones
Sheriff Dan “Risk” Sutton
Lackey Micky Jones
(no relation to Jim Jones)
First Guard Bill Berger
Second Guard Gus Miller
Third Guard Joe Zilcosky
Fourth Guard Justin Grant
First “Witch” Ann-Marie Jordan
Second “Witch” Eleonore S. Thomas
Third “Witch” Dr. Merle Edelstein
The Royal Duck Howard
Turkey-leg guy JJ Brannon
“No Clue” guy Matt Lamkin
(founder and president of the company)
“She’s French” woman Rebecca C. Faber
(Executive Director of World Trade Center DE)
“burn her” woman Sara DiSabatino
“Stay on Task” guy Phil Jones
(no relation to Micky or Jim)
Clapping Guy Alok Patel
Alchemist, Dr. Lamkin Phil Amico
Ironic commentator Rick Jensen
(Famous Talk Show Host on WDEL)
“Good PR” guy Mike Castle
(U.S. Congressman – DE)
The rest of the “Olde Angrye Mobbe”
(General Manager for the company)
(yes, we’re OK with nepotism when it comes to film productions)
(yep, more nepotism)
(Erica’s sister-in-law: see nepotism comment above)
Sarah Carnish Berry
Kathy Leigh Samson
Announcer Ken Grant
(Kristin Grant’s husband)
Lab Tech Micky Jones
(yes, he also played the Lackey – he’s just that talented)
Adoring Blonde Erica Sarver Swift
Adoring Brunette Laurie Jones
(that’s right – even more nepotism)
Best Crew in the world
Cinematography Blake Eichenseer
Assistant Camera David Rivera
Sound Recordist Jamie MacPherson
Sound Mixer Patrick Mulrooney
Cowboy Brian Sowards
Key Grip Max Kulish
Grip Bonnie Von Duyke
Gaffer Kevin Lane
PA Timmy Von Duyke
Costumes Gina Scarnati
(for rentals at Opera Delaware, go to www.operade.org)
Make Up Freda J. Carson
Duck Provider Dr. Rob Teti, Founder and Executive Director of Chenoa Manor – www.chenoamanor.org
Filmed Entirely on the grounds of Mt. Cuba – www.mtcubacenter.org – near Wilmington, Delaware – this is one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth with the nicest staff ever, seriously, these folks are the best, they let us in before sunrise and helped with anything we asked for all day long – if you get a chance, check out these incredible gardens!
Catering Bella Vista Restaurant – www.bellavistatrattoria.com
Finally, a HUGE Thank You to Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin – we truly appreciate your collective genius!