Nothing is permanent except change

June 1, 2003
After several years at Nelson Publishing Inc., my new position as editor of MLO is an expanded opportunity to serve the magazines readers and to work with its advisory board. Kudos go to our former editor, Celia Stevens, who steered the magazine through its first two years here. She has elected to undertake a business venture of her own, and we wish her success. In coming weeks, as additional professionals enhance MLOs content, we will continue to have the strong support of our advisory board and a cadre of peer reviewers. Our graphic arts department and our art director are most skilled; our sales team cohesive and energetic; and our publisher determined and supportive. By now, MLO readers have been introduced to the magazines change in the daily LABline on our website to a weekly feature. Although Dr. Barbara Harty-Golder is changing her residence from Sarasota to Chattanooga, her column, Liability and the Lab, along with MLOs Management Q&A, Tips from the Clinical Experts and Letters to the Editor will not change. We continue to encourage readers to send comments and questions to our roster of legal and medical professionals who monitor diverse issues in the world of the clinical laboratory. A fresh twist to the Washington Report is a selection of commentaries by association executives and industry leaders on legislative topics that affect the field. As we move ahead through the summer, the MLO team will be on hand at CLMA in Salt Lake City on June 21-23 for face-to-face meetings with as many folks as we can manage. A panel discussion Expert Opinion: Key Trends in the Clinical Laboratory Industry at CLMA on June 21 features MLOs Editorial Advisory Board member Anne Pontius as moderator, with several of the magazines recent interviewees: Randy Daniel of Dade Behring, Doug Harris of Greiner Bio-One, S. Wayne Kay of Quidel and Cathy Shea of BD Vacutainer Systems.We will be traveling July 20-24 to Philadelphia to AACCs annual meeting and clinical lab expo. Again, our goal is to consult with exhibitors, add to our acquaintances with various experts and attend workshops in order to continue bringing you the most up-to-date knowledge from the clinical laboratory field.Between now and then, we hope you will contact our editorial staff or our sales representatives to meet with you to discuss your interests, your concerns and your needs.As we move ahead in 2003, we will be examining the most up-to-date products and technology in our Industry Update and Product Focus sections. Genomics and proteomics are making a huge impact on the lab and MLO is, of course, adding those areas to its existing mix. So, in our constant efforts to improve our product for you, the reader, we are following Alfred North Whiteheads axiom: The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order. Let us know if we are succeeding!Carren Bersch
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