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QA Boot Camp - Summer 2015

Quality Assurance (QA) is a critical component of the FSES Program. We are committed to providing the highest quality analytical service and research support. In keeping with this commitment, we held an internal QA “Boot Camp” in the summer of 2015. The QA Boot Camp included:

  • 6 classroom sessions with instruction and group discussion
  • Mock audits, led by teams of staff and students, of laboratory operations including:
    • Sample receipt, handling, storage
    • Equipment selection, usage, maintenance
    • Data generation, storage, analysis
    • Laboratory safety, organization
    • Facilities size, maintenance, sanitation
    • Standard Operating Procedures creation, implementation, periodic review
    • Personnel training, documentation
    • Archiving samples, data
    • QA Program implementation, inspection, oversight
  • Successful Boot Camp completion by 15 staff and students

Remodel Nearing Completion

We have completed phase I of our remodel, building out 500 sqft of sample receiving and sample preparation space. Phase II, the addition of a 300 sqft space for instruments, is nearly complete.

NEW Additions to the Program!

Mind the dust, we are amidst a laboratory remodel.  During phase I, we are building a new 500 sqft sample receiving and sample preparation space.  During phase II we will bring down some walls to add 300 sqft of space for instruments.  Other new additions currently being unboxed and installed include JANUS a Liquid Handling Robot from Perkin Elmer.  This new equipment will be a platform to develop automated extraction methods and increase laboratory throughput for repetative pipetting processes.  Stay tuned for more!


Happy Holidays from the FSES Program!

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Research Highlight: Silicone Wristband Personal Monitoring Device

Accurately assessing a person’s exposures to putative environmental toxicants is central to the challenge of determining environmental health effects. The lack of low cost, easy-to-use personal sampling technology hinders our ability to understand the effect of the environment on health.

We are developing common wristbands to serve as passive samplers that quantitate chemical exposure from our environment. We have shown these simple wristbands, when appropriately prepared provide a simple solution for studies into chemical exposures. With our powerful and sensitive analytical techniques refined over two decades, over 1200 common environmental contaminants can be analyzed for low cost.

If you would like to know more, please see the full publication and follow the additional research we are pursuing with the wristbands (see more here). You can also contact us for more information or to suggest a collaboration.

We are also developing a program to make wristbands available to the public. For more information, please visit Citizen Science and signup for updates.