Monthly Archives: January 2011

Collaboration in the Laboratory

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I just came upon a blog on that asked the question How Scientist Really get Trained?  They asked the readers to select from a list of resources including classes, journals, bosses, and lab mates/ colleagues. With 72% of the popular vote it was lab mates/ colleagues followed by: the internet 44%, PI/Boss 41%, journals 38%, product manuals 20%, classes 15%, textbooks 12%, conferences 10% and finally seminars with a popular vote of 5%. The results of this poll are parallel to what I have observed in my own profession as an Architect.


Hypothesis: Architects and Scientists Have a lot in Common

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Growing up in a house with a research chemist and designing laboratories for the last 15 years I have observed firsthand that  we share many similarities in what we do and our process.    I guess that my initial predisposition to the above hypothesis starts with a belief that architecture is the marriage between artistry and science.  Architects are trained to manipulate and coordinate materials and technology to creatively design space that is informed by people.  Scientists are trained to symmetrically study and acquire knowledge which leads to solving a problem.


Social Dynamics in People at Work | Part 1

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Understanding People and Process Resulting in Design of Place

Over the next few blog entries, we will be discussing how individuals interact with others and their environment at work and how this affects the planning behind design of space.

How do we choose a place to work?  What drives us to join and stay with a company?  It is a complex answer that stems from functional, emotional, physical and social aspects of being a human being at work.  The balance needed to maintain a positive value proposition between an individual and an organization is in constant flux.  Likely the most complex issue that a company should be concerned about is the social dynamics of the work created.

The science of social dynamics is the study of the ability of a group of people who are in relation with each other to react to inner and outer changes.  This mathematically inspired approach to people comprises an analysis of the group’s ability to deal with its regulation mechanisms.  Workplace design builds upon the systems, sociology and individual behaviors of the group in order to shape space to affect positive results in the dynamics of the group.


AIHA Wish list for 2011 and 2012

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Today I was reading the EHS today (Environmental, Health and Safety) for December and read that the American Institute of Hygiene Associations, AIHA, Unveils Top EHS Public Policy Issues for 2011-2012 based upon a member survey. 

The top issues for 2011 and 2012:

Updating Permissible Exposure Limits (PELS): 

Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2)

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)/Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

OSHA Reform and NIOSH Recognition

Laboratory Accreditation (only 250 labs qualify now)

Three of these perked my interest to expand upon.