"I remember the evening that the concept of a network of lean adaptors was born at an ACLAM Forum in Idaho. The diversity of those three individuals, Steve Niemi, Sai Tummala and myself is worth noting because everything about our brainstorming was about the content of our ideas (character) and not the color of our skin. Too many times, I’ve participated in conversations where the opposite of that was true. As an African-American woman who understands the personal toll of racism and brutality, I wanted to acknowledge that the origin of the VOEN was grounded in equality and inclusion from the very start.
So, what can be done about these issues? As many have already said around the nation, it’s going to require work to improve. As an Organizational Leader, I have made a personally committed to performing a “deep dive” into my department’s culture and the plight of our staff who are People of Color, especially those who are African-American. I charge all VOEN members to do something similar. Remember to include the right stakeholders in your problem-solving and then implement improvements that are measurable and meet your anticipated goal. Resolving the inequities associated with these conditions will require continuous attention and adjustment.
The strength of the VOEN has always been based on the participation of its member organizations. I’m asking that all members continue to emphasize that lean’s philosophy at its core is based on inclusion and that racism and exclusion should not be tolerated in any form.
It’s time for a change,"
Donna Matthews Jarrell
Big July Event:
COVID Research has brought new animal models and operational challenges to our facilities. This session addressed the various operational challenges brought with the introduction of new species.
Thank you to our special guest
Dr. Kath Hardcastle from Montana State University (Previously from Boston University)
Zoom Link TBD
Additional Important Resources for working with COVID models:
Interim laboratory biosafety guidelines for handling and processing specimens associated with covid-19:
The search for a covid animal model:
ACE2 mouse strain info sheet:
Animal models of mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 pathology (pre-publication):
A review of genetic methods and models for analysis of coronavirus-induced severe pneumonitis (2015 article):
Animal models for emerging coronavirus:
Mice, hamsters, ferrets, monkeys. Which lab animals can help defeat the new coronavirus?
Lean Belt Certification Training is a great way to get your staff, new and not-so-new, on the same page and to mobilize them to identify waste in operations and processes. When finished with belt certification classes, the successful candidate will be able to participate in lean activities as a stakeholder and customer.
The VOE Network is proud to offer online self paced lean certifications. Over 100 members have already taken advantage of this great opportunity to learn and grow.
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Practice makes perfect...
Author Michael Balle gives us a an idea of the how preparing for the small daily crises can help with dealing with the large-scale crises like COVID-19.
Michael reminds us that
"Faced with any problem, our instinct is to correct, rework, or reschedule. What lean asks us to do is look at the smallest incidents and ask “why?” so that we can create recognizable repeated experiences and learn to do the task with less risk of a glitch, a breakage or an outage. In my wine-glass analogy (in the article), this would be realizing the wine glasses are stored in a really awkward place and tricky to grasp.
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