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Volume 8, Issue 2

Text version of articles for Volume 8, Issue 2

  • Congratulations to the recipients of the Leveraging/Collaboration Awards
  • Science in the State of Preparedness:A look at the Biological Threat Team
  • Bottles with Bar Codes: Testing Texas drinking water, one sample at a time
  • Meet your Scientist: Todd Borowski, Chemist 
  • The More You Know: Facts on Water and Anthrax, Mass Spectrometers 101

Volume 8, Issue 1

Text version of articles for Volume 8, Issue 1

  • Testing for Zika in the State of Texas
  • Joseph Hancock: Microbiologist, Arbovirus-Entomology 
  • Sending Out an S.O.S.: An infant doesn't know Morse Code, yet with a few dots dashed on a card, they can give us an S.O.S. about a major health condition within the first hours of life
  • Texas Lab History: Vaccines, geese, sheep, and petri dishes 
  • The More You Know: Laboratorian facts
  • The 5-Second Rule: Germs can't tell time (but they prefer watermelon to hard candy)
  • Texas Lab Selected to Lead Mountain Region of the AR Lab Network

Volume 7

  • Special Chemistry Team Celebrates Full Year since Implementing Cutting-Edge Sysmex XN Series Technology
  • IT Updates & Upgrades
  • Lab Tour: Clinical Bacteriology

May 2015 - Volume 6, Issue 3

  • A Public Health Lab in Action: The Blue Bell Ice Cream Scoop
  • Lean Corner: CQI Happenings
  • Lab Tour: 2015 Lab Week Scavenger Hunt - Virtual Edition -

October 2014 - Volume 6, Issue 2

  • DSHS Laboratory Meets the Challenges of Ebola Testing
  • Lab Tour: Laboratory Reporting
  • CQI Project Update: Completed Green Belt Project Saves $23,565 per year

July 2014 - Volume 6, Issue 1

  • Lab Tour: Galactosemia and Biotinidase Screening
  • First Annual Texas NBS SCID Pediatric Immunology Consultants Meeting
  • Influenza Detection and Subtyping Workshop
  • First Responder BioThreat and ChemThreat Training

    April 2014 - Volume 5, Issue 4

    • Lab Tour: HIV/STD
    • Texas Laboratory Response Network Meeting
    • Don’t Be Snow White – Test Your Apples First

    January 2014 - Volume 5, Issue 3

    • Lab Tour: Viral Isolation 
    • Newborn Screening Tour Aids India
    • Celebrating 10 Years in the Laboratory Building

    October 2013 - Volume 5, Issue 2

    • Lab Tour: Medical Parasitology
    • Flu Shot Facts
    • Newborn Screening Tour Aids Angola

    July 2013 - Volume 5, Issue 1

    • Lab Tour: Specimen Acquisition
    • Newborn Screening 50th Anniversary Celebrations
    • Laboratory Response Network: Texas Style

    April 2013 - Volume 4, Issue 4

    • Lab Tour: Consumer Microbiology
    • Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Newborn Screening
    • The Question of Mutual Tuberculosis Transmission
    January 2013 - Volume 4, Issue 3
    • DSHS Laboratory Celebrates New Life-Saving Test for Newborns
    • Laboratory Aids in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
    • Celebrating Immunizations

    October 2012 - Volume 4, Issue 2

    • Laboratory Testing Key in West Nile Virus Surveillance
    • Gen Probe Testing for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia
    • Laboratory Building Named for Former Legislator

    July 2012 - Volume 4, Issue 1

    • SCID Coming in Fall to Texas Newborn Screening Panel
    • Chagas Disease and Laboratory Diagnosis
    • BSL-3 Students Learn to Work Safely

    April 2012 - Volume 3, Issue 4

    • New "Opt-In" Decision Form an Important Step for Newborn Screening
    • Communicating Newborn Screening Data Efficiently
    • The Secret (And Amazing) World of Public Health Laboratories
    • Improving Laboratory Efficiency: Lean in the DSHS Laboratory
    • Laboratory Analytical Testing Auditors: Understanding Who, Why and How
    • Introducing iPassport for Document Control

    January 2012 - Volume 3, Issue 3

    • Investigating Listeriosis
    • Presenting Newborn Screening and Clinical Chemistry Process Improvements
    • Improving Laboratory Efficiency: Implementing Lean Six Sigma Principles

    October 2011 - Volume 3, Issue 2

    • The Rabies Laboratory: Never a Dull Day
    • Texas Drinking Water Watch: Ensuring Drinking Water Safety
    • Remote Data Systems: An Overview of Online Results Reporting
    • Fighting Infection Through Handwashing

    July 2011 - Volume 3, Issue 1

    • Improving Health Outcomes for Children: Texas Newborn Screening Performance Measures Project
    • Improving Health Outcomes for Children: Blood Lead Screening
    • Innovative Blood Test for Tuberculosis Infection
    • Laboratory History: Growing and Improving Specimen Testing
    • Emergency Preparedness Branch: "Travelling Road Show" Wet Workshops

    April 2011 - Volume 2, Issue 4

    • Mumps Outbreak Testing at the DSHS Laboratory
    • Laboratory History: Establishing a State Laboratory
    • Correlation of Pap Smear and Cervical Biopsy Results
    • Container Preparation Group: Going Beyond the Scope
    • Student Programs in the Laboratory

    January 2011 - Volume 2, Issue 3

    • Laboratory Awarded for 2009 H1N1 Response and for Outreach on Chemical Threats
    • Laboratory History: The Development of Public Health
    • New Package Tracking System Yields Specimen Receiving Improvements
    • The Pap Test at Women's Health Laboratory

    October 2010 - Volume 2, Issue 2

    • NBS Begins Pilot Study Testing for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder
    • Medical Parasitology Laboratory
    • Action and Reaction: Chemistry at WHL

    July 2010 - Volume 2, Issue 1

    • DSHS Laboratory Receives APHL Healthiest Lab Award
    • Radiological Laboratory Testing Means Safe Water
    • Electron Microscopy
    • Public Health Intern Analyzes H1N1 Laboratory Data

    April 2010 - Volume 1, Issue 4

    • Newborn Screening for Cystic Fibrosis Begins in Texas
    • Clinical Chemistry and the Texas Health Steps Program
    • South Texas Laboratory

    January 2010 - Volume 1, Issue 3

    • Tuberculosis Hospital Re-Emerges
    • Laboratory Finds Lead in Imported Dried Plums
    • Laboratory View of Texas Flu Vaccinations
    • Biosafety: Maximizing Control Over Potentially Infectious Material
    • Laboratory Recycling Update

    October 2009 - Volume 1, Issue 2

    • Fighting the Flu
    • Newborn Screening Expansion Update
    • Camp PHever: Summer Camp with a Mission
    • Studying Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

    July 2009 - Volume 1, Issue 1 (PDF 214kb)

    • Laboratory Green Team Embodies Recycling Success
    • The Best Defense is a Good Offense: DNA Analysis for Galactosemia
    • Pandemic Influenza Grant
    • Laboratory H1N1 Influenza A Response
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