Press Releases

NJAIHA – October ’17 Dinner Meeting

Don Ewert, Occupational Health Specialist at RJ Lee Group, will be presenting at the New Jersey American Hygiene Association (NJAIHA) October Dinner Meeting providing  an introduction to HazCom 2012 along with a discussion of the impact GHS rules have had on hazard classification of products containing crystalline silica. Using international GHS guidelines and 1910.1200 Appendix ...
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RJ Lee Group, TESCAN and Bruker Steel Inclusion Workshop Focusing on Automated SEM Analysis and Advanced Microanalysis Technology

 
The characterization of inclusions is a critical component of process monitoring and quality control for the steel industry. Automated SEM analysis is playing an ever increasing role in the analysis of inclusions and is evolving into a standard practice in the steel industry.  RJ Lee Group has pioneered the development and evolution of computer ...
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Post-disaster Assessment: Objective Scientific Analyses in the Aftermath

When disaster strikes, whether it is a natural or man-made occurrence, we are faced with many questions that must be addressed. Could the impacts from the disaster have been avoided or lessened? How can we learn from the event to protect people and property in the future? What data should be gathered and analyzed to ...
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RJ Lee Group, TESCAN, and Bruker to Demonstrate at MS&T

RJ Lee Group, TESCAN USA and Bruker are pleased to demonstrate the IntelliSEM automated particle analysis software utilizing a TESCAN Vega3 SEM with a Bruker Quantax system and 60 mm2 SDD.  Included in the IntelliSEM software suite is the rapid inclusion characterization package known as the Automated Steel Cleanliness Analysis Tool (ASCAT). TESCAN and Bruker ...
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Swabs or Stubs? It’s Not Even A Question

Gunshot Residue Analysis
Gunshot residue (GSR) has long been collected during criminal investigations.  Currently, the standard method for collecting primer GSR is using adhesive stubs which can then be analyzed via scanning electron microscopy (SEM).  Prior to SEM analysis, the most common method of analyzing primer GSR was atomic absorption which utilizes cotton swabs for ...
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AIHA – Fall Technical Conference: RJ Lee Group Presentation on Respirable Silica

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) – Rocky Mountain Section will be holding its 23rd annual Fall Technical Conference at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts in Arvada, Co., on September 19-20, 2017.
Don Ewert, IH, and Marc Hugus will be presenting a paper titled “Respirable Silica and the Changing Regulatory Environment” on Wednesday, September 20 ...
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RJ Lee Group Partners with Penn State University, Establishes Analytical Services Laboratory in State College Innovation Park

RJ Lee Group, a leading industrial forensics analytical laboratory headquartered in Pittsburgh, announced the signing of a long-term lease to establish an analytical services laboratory in State College at Innovation Park, along with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Penn State University.
The laboratory will be located in the new 310 Building in ...
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Pittsburgh Chapter – American Foundry Society to Meet on Silica at RJ Lee Group HQ

The Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Foundry Society will be holding a meeting at RJ Lee Group in Monroeville, Pa. on October 2, 2017 on the topic of respirable silica.
RJ Lee Group will be presenting, “In the News: Crystalline Silica and Foundry Operations,” to address the upcoming changes to silica monitoring introduced by OSHA. ...
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PIOGATech Conference to Take Place at RJ Lee Group’s Canonsburg Location

We are happy to announce RJ Lee Group’s Canonsburg location will be hosting PIOGATech’s presentation Tips, Tools and Strategies for Completing a Comprehensive Root Cause Accident Investigation on September 14, 2017. The event will run from 8:30am to 3:15pm. For more information or to register, please click here.

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April Snyder Appointed Vice President of Pittsburgh ACI

RJ Lee Group’s Construction Materials business unit manager, April Snyder, has been elected as Vice President of the Pittsburgh Area Chapter of the American Concrete Institute. April has served on the board for the past three years and has made significant contributions to the organization. She co-chaired the Student Chapter Committee her first year on ...
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Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Produces RJ Lee Group Software Video

The Information Software and Services (ISS) team at RJ Lee Group was recently the focus of a video produced by the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The ISS worked with the Air Force to build the Test Data Aggregation and Analytical System (TDAAS), a system that pulls large amounts of engineering and scientific ...
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Industrial Hygiene Experts to Exhibit at AIHce 2017

Keith Rickabaugh, CIH, Don Ewert, Occupational Health Services, Jerome Schafer, Sales & Client Services Manager, and Marc Hugus, Field Sales Representative at RJ Lee Group will be exhibiting our industrial hygiene services at AIHce 2017 in Seattle, WA on June 4th – 7th. They will discussing our new respirable crystalline silica analysis and how it ...
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Pittsburgh Water Filter Measure Provides Stopgap Lead in Water Protection

Keith Rickabaugh, CIH for RJ Lee Group, was interviewed regarding testing of water for lead by Don Hopey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh has spent the last several months working to reduce the amount of lead in the city’s drinking water, first providing free testing to residents, then handing out free water pitcher filter systems ...
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Heath Low Earns Certified Quality Engineer Designation

We are pleased to announce that Heath Low, Quality Assurance Analyst for RJ Lee Group’s Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories, has been certified by the American Society of Quality (ASQ) as a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE). The CQE designates that the individual understands the principles of service and product quality evaluation control. These principles and applied ...
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Characterizing Powder Metal for 3D Printing: Particulate Contamination

This article is Part 2 of a three part series on Powder Metal Manufacturing Characteristics for 3D Printing written by Stephen Kennedy, Ph.D. of RJ Lee Group.
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is quickly becoming an industry standard for product manufacturing in a variety of applications, including medical devices, aviation and aeronautics ...
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Don Smith Steps Into Laboratory Director Role of Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories

RJ Lee Group is pleased to announce Don Smith has accepted the position of Laboratory Director of Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories (CBAL), the west coast division of the company. Don is stepping into his new role with the goal of expanding the laboratory’s services to include more environmental work, such as PCBs, metals, organics, and ...
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Characteristics of Powder Metal for 3D Printing

In Powder Metals (PM) applications such as 3D printing, the flow and packing behavior of PM is influenced by particle size and shape distributions. These properties can be measured in a statistically meaningful way using computer controlled scanning electron microscopy (CCSEM). In livetime, the SEM program detects a particle, defines its perimeter, calculates its size and ...
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Information Software to Exhibit at PS&S 2017

Anthony Storti, Software Product Manager, and Duane Conley, VP of Business Development for the Information Software and Services division of RJ Lee Group, will be exhibiting at the Propulsion Safety & Sustainment Conference (PS&S) 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. Focusing on SEAMS, our Digital Thread data aggregation tool, they will discuss how this innovative system can ...
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Criminal Forensics Experts to Exhibit at Caribbean Police Commissioners Conference

Stephanie Horner and Joseph Coiro, scientists and gunshot residue experts at RJ Lee Group, will be exhibiting at the annual Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police Conference from May 1st – 4th in Aruba. They will be educating attendees on the services our forensic laboratory offers for gunshot residue, distance determination, and particle characterization.
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TVA Technical Support Group to Present at Annual Conference

Bryan Bandli, Ph.D., Don Ewert, Occupational Health Services, and Brooke Volk, Marketing & Communications Specialist of RJ Lee Group will be presenting on RJ Lee Group’s role as the Technical Support Group for The Vermiculite Association in Quebec May 17th – 19th.

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Enhanced Respirable Crystalline Silica Analysis Surpasses Previous Reporting Limits

Although respirable silica has been regulated for decades, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) put new guidelines into place in 2016, updating the existing 1971 rules.
Across most industries, the new PEL level is 50 µg/m3 over an eight-hour shift, with an action level of 25 µg/m3.
Our AIHA accredited laboratory provides sampling media ...
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Amine Testing for Environmental Safety

Amines are a broad class of compounds that are found in many everyday applications. These applications include corrosion inhibitors, lubricating oils, herbicides, and prescription drugs. The most common amine is ammonia, which is found in many household cleaning agents. There are, however, many forms of amines both naturally occurring and synthetic that are hazardous to ...
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Heinz Huber, Ph.D. and Antonios Tasoglou, Ph.D. Present Poster for the PTR-MS

Heinz Huber, Ph.D. and Antonios Tasoglou, Ph.D. of RJ Lee Group will be presenting a poster titled, “Indoor Air Quality Measurements Using Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS),” at Engineering Sustainability Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. For information about the event, please click here.

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Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories Capabilities Highlighted

A new video highlighting the capabilities of Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories, the west coast division of RJ Lee Group, has been posted to Youtube. This facility conducts mobile and stationary environmental monitoring and analysis, organic and inorganic chemistry, waste form testing, geotechnical analysis, and more.



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Columbia Basin College and RJ Lee Group STEM Partnership Highlighted

Since 2001, RJ Lee Group and Columbia Basin College have partnered to create a STEM-based cooperation. We’ve just produced a new video exploring this dynamic program, which brings science and engineering interns to work in our on-campus laboratory, Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories. Watch the video below to learn more!



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Hank Lentz to Present ASCAT Paper at AIST 2017

Hank Lentz of RJ Lee Group will presenting a paper, “Detection, Measurement and Characterization of Inclusions Using Automated SEM Techniques” at the Inclusion Analysis program for AIST 2017. The presentation will focus on Metallurgy – Steelmaking and Casting, using the RJ Lee Group ASCAT technology. The paper was written by: Henry (Hank) Lentz, RJ Lee ...
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Bryan Byrd Co-chairs “Energy & Environment” and “Fossil Fuel Demands” Sessions

Bryan Byrd, Geologist of RJ Lee Group, will be attending the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Convention in Houston April 2-5, 2017.  He will serve as a co-chair on the “Energy & Environment” session, as well as the poster session on “Fossil Fuel Demands, Environmental and Mitigation Best Practices (DEG).”

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American Concrete Institute Spring Convention 2017

April Snyder, Construction Materials Laboratory Manager at RJ Lee Group, will attend the American Concrete Institute’s Driving Concrete Technology Convention from March 26th through 30th. She will be participating in technical committee meetings in topics of aggregates, cement, and concrete durability, plus the chapter activities committee.

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52nd Annual Section Meeting of the Geological Society Meeting of America

Logan Solotky, a Geologist at RJ Lee Group, will be presenting “Using Multivariate Analysis of Raman Spectra to Improve Thermal Maturity Assessment of Shales” at the 52nd Northeastern Annual Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Pittsburgh March 20, 2017. His notice and abstract can be found by clicking here.
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New Industrial Hygiene Services and Capabilities Video from RJ Lee Group

We are happy to announce RJ Lee Group’s new Industrial Hygiene services commercial. We are an accredited laboratory and consulting firm that offers more than 850 kinds of laboratory analysis. Our new commercial gives a quick overview of the many services we offer to our customers.
 

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EBSD for Crystal Particle Analysis

The analysis of a material’s crystallographic properties can provide a researcher with a wealth of information, including the identification, processing history, and much more. Although many techniques can be used to obtain various pieces of information, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) can give a more complete picture of not only what the substance is, but what ...
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Flow Loop Evaluation of Friction Reducer Performance

A properly designed friction reducer (FR) system provides technical and economic performance that exceeds conventional FR systems in the oil and gas industry, particularly when using recycled produced water.  RJ Lee Group provides flow loop evaluations of friction reducer performance that are free of conflict of interest issues associated with of chemical or completion service ...
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RJ Lee Group Releases 2017 Laboratory Services Guide

RJ Lee Group is pleased to announce the release of its 2017 Laboratory Services Guide. The guide lists many of the methods, equipment, and pricing for laboratory services. To see a full list of our services in a searchable format, please click here. If you’re looking for a type of analysis that isn’t listed in ...
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John Lease to Work with RJ Lee Group to Offer ISO-Based EHS Program Assessment Services

RJ Lee Group has announced it will be working with consultant John Lease, a highly qualified and internationally recognized Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager to offer a new international ISO-Based EHS program assessment services.  John has extensive experience in deploying EHS systems for businesses across the globe, and will be working with our Occupational, Environmental, Health ...
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RJ Lee Group Attains ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation for Materials Characterization

RJ Lee Group has obtained the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation for its headquarters in Monroeville, Pa. This ISO specifies the competence requirements to perform tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. Specifications include calibration and testing performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and lab-developed methods. All organizations that perform testing and/or calibrations may apply for the ISO, including ...
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RJ Lee Group Granted Contractor Approval by NYC SCA

RJ Lee Group is pleased to announce that our laboratory has been granted Contractor Approval by the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA), prequalifying the company to conduct subcontract analysis services and submit bids/proposals for SCA projects for the next three years (October 6, 2019). The scope of our approval includes Laboratory Testing and ...
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ORNL and RJ Lee Group Win R&D 100 Award for Waste Tire Process

R&D Magazine has announced that scientists from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and RJ Lee Group (RJLG) have been presented with an R&D 100 Award for their work on a proprietary process that repurposes discarded automobile tires as a source of carbon powder. The hydrocarbon byproduct can be modified and integrated ...
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Steven Monaco, Ph.D., Joins RJ Lee Group as Senior Consulting Scientist

RJ Lee Group is pleased to welcome Steven Monaco, Ph.D. as Senior Consulting Scientist. He will be working in a variety of materials-related projects with an initial focus on thermal analysis. For over 20 years, Dr. Monaco has led teams and projects while solving complex materials and industrial manufacturing problems. He has extensive experience in process ...
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Jason Lupoi, Ph.D. Joins RJ Lee Group as Consulting Scientist and Analytical Chemist

RJ Lee Group is happy to welcome Jason S. Lupoi, Ph.D. as a consulting scientist and Analytical Chemist for the company. Before joining us, Dr. Lupoi’s research projects mainly focused on the development of data models designed using spectroscopy coupled with other methods, such as chromatography or mass spectrometry, for the analysis of plants, and ...
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Antonios Tasoglou, Ph.D. Joins RJ Lee Group as PTR-MS Specialist

RJ Lee Group has announced that Antonios Tasoglou, Ph.D. has joined the company as Senior Scientist and PTR-MS Specialist (proton transfer reaction. Dr. Tasoglou has worked with several organizations to conduct research for atmospheric pollution in the gas and particles phases. His work also includes extensive air quality measurements for the European Research Council ATMOPACS ...
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Particle Sampling in Space: A New Frontier

Why are we sampling particles in space?
Our understanding of the living conditions astronauts experience in the International Space Station (ISS) may be colored by our exposure to science fiction. Based on this experience, you might assume that an unknown airborne substance in a spacecraft was of alien origin, seeping in by accident or on ...
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Amber Dalley Welcomed to RJ Lee Group

RJ Lee Group welcomes Ms. Amber Dalley as the Director of Business Development – Materials and Environmental Services Groups. Ms. Dalley’s career history began as a Research Engineer with RJ Lee Group, when she worked with scanning and transmission electron microscopy to categorize characterize materials. She went on to work as Senior Materials Engineer for ...
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New York State’s New Legislation Requires School Drinking Water Testing

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed new legislation (S.8158/A.10740) into effect on September 6, 2016, requiring all schools in the state to test their drinking water for lead-copper contamination.  According to New York Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, “We know how harmful lead can be to the health and well-being of young children, and ...
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Keith Rickabaugh, CIH, to Speak on Respirable Crystalline Silica

Keith Rickabaugh, CIH at RJ Lee Group, will be speaking on “Respirable Crystalline Silica Sampling and Analysis Considerations,” at the Silica Summit on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 1:30pm. Hosted at the West Virginia University Erickson Alumni Center, this event highlights and focuses on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and OSHA’s final rule to protect ...
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Penn State STEM Exploration Camp Visits RJ Lee Group

RJ Lee Group was happy to welcome the Penn State STEM Exploration Camp to our facilities with a recent tour. Hosting students from grades 1-12, the camp focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The STEM camp attendees are introduced to various professions that make use of these critical skill sets, such as those ...
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Stephanie Horner Appointed MAAFS Criminalistics Chair


RJ Lee Group Forensic Scientist Stephanie Horner has been appointed Criminalistics Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS) for 2016-2017. She has served as Criminalistics Chair-elect since May 2015.
MAAFS features three divisions, catering to different disciplines within the forensic science field: Biology, Criminalistics, and Questioned Documents. As Criminalistics Chair, Stephanie is ...
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Bryan Bandli, Ph.D. Presents Poster on EBSD (TKD) for Asbestos Analysis Industry

Bryan R. Bandli, Ph.D., will be presenting his poster, titled, “EBSD (TKD) as a Tool for Phase Discrimination of Mineral Particulate and Applications to the Asbestos Analysis Industry” at EBSD 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Al. on May 25, 2016. The poster discusses the details of using the Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction (TKD) method of Electron Backscatter Diffraction ...
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Mobile Detection Lab Testing Underway at Hanford Tank Farms

The Tri-City Herald of Kennewick, Wa. has published an article on the RJ Lee Group’s mobile chemical detection unit. The commercially available van, which is outfitted with a mass spectrometer and other scientific instrumentation that detects and measures chemicals in the environment, is currently being field tested at the Hanford tank farms in Hanford, Wa. Washington ...
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KDKA News Discusses Lead in Drinking Water with Keith Rickabaugh, CIH

The quality of our drinking water is paramount to everyone. Recent events in Flint, Michigan have brought even more scrutiny to the possibility of lead pouring into homes through the water lines. KDKA news in Pittsburgh, Pa. contacted RJ Lee Group to discuss a story that focused not only on the water coming to the ...
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Test Data Aggregation and Analytical System (TDAAS) Aids US Air Force

RJ Lee Group’s Information and Software Services (ISS) group has developed the Test Data Aggregation and Analytical System (TDAAS) for the US Air Force. The TDAAS system takes vast amounts of scientific and engineering information from a variety of disparate sources, and pulls them into a single system so the user can make knowledgeable decisions ...
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Richard Lee, Ph.D., Interviewed for Smart Business Pittsburgh Magazine

Dr. Richard J. Lee, CEO of RJ Lee Group, spoke recently to Jayne Gest of Smart Business Pittsburgh magazine about the company’s strides in expanding existing customer relations. Customer retention and repeat business are necessities for any company’s success, Dr. Lee explained. Although the company already has an excellent reputation for quality of work and customer service, some newly ...
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Donald Ewert to Present on Eliminating Vermiculite Interference from Asbestos Analysis

Don Ewert, IH, will be presenting “Eliminating Vermiculite Interference from Asbestos Analysis; ChemSEM and LAB.055” during Session 18 of the EIA 2016 National Conference and Exposition at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
This discussion focuses on recent improvements in the analytical capabilities available for one of our most hazardous particulates: asbestos. The presentation will ...
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Dr. Jim Duncan to Present on Tin(II)apatite at Hanford Tank Farms

Dr. Jim Duncan, Director at the RJ Lee Group Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories, will be presenting his poster on Tin(II)apatite: Synthesis, Characterization, and Challenge with Pertechnetate – 16194 at the Waste Management Symposium on March 8, 2016. The study is a part of the technetium management initiative to provide data for the safe handling ...
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Dr. Bryan Bandli Presents Case Study on Amphibole Asbestos in Loose Fill Vermiculite

 
Dr. Bryan Bandli of RJ Lee Group will be discussing vermiculite and the LAB.055.1 analysis technique at the 20th Annual Professional Abatement Contractors of New York (PACNY) Conference on Wednesday February 24, 2016. This technical session will address the application of LAB.055.1, the only approved method capable of distinguishing between regulated and unregulated asbestos. ...
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Gunshot Residue (GSR) Workshop – Louisiana Chief of Police Mid Year Conference

RJ Lee Group is pleased to present our “Gunshot Residue Analysis for Law Enforcement” Workshop at the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police Conference on March 10th, from 9:30 to 11:30am. The workshop will provide up-to-date information on GSR, followed by a Q&A session with our criminal forensics experts.

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Supporting Superalloys – A Unique Approach to Powder Metal Cleanliness

Superalloys are nickel-based or cobalt-based alloys that are resistant to high temperatures, perform better, are corrosion and oxidation resistant, and last longer than other metals. Superalloy parts are traditionally produced from powder metals (PM) using subtractive manufacturing techniques. These parts are most often used in heavy industry or in areas having a corrosive environment, as ...
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RJ Lee Group Makes Contribution to Pittsburgh Dream Center

The Pittsburgh Dream Center has made a huge impact on Pittsburgh neighborhoods, reaching out to the community with focuses on community spirit, hunger relief, children’s needs, and discipleship. Continuing RJ Lee Group’s tradition of choosing a charity organization to support for the year, our Group Troop service organization was happy to present Gary Brougher, Founder ...
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RJ Lee Group Scientist, Keith Rickabaugh, Attains Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) Status

Mr. Keith Rickabaugh, Technical Director, has been awarded Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) certification by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). Mr. Rickabaugh has worked in Industrial Hygiene for more than 20 years, conducting field and laboratory work for a variety of industries. In his position at RJ Lee Group, he has implemented his extensive ...
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Keith Wagner to Present “STEM, Building a Bridge” to the Society of American Military Engineers

Keith Wagner, Principal Investigator at RJ Lee Group, will be presenting, “STEM, Building a Bridge,” to the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) on January 12, 2016. This presentation is intended to provide insight into STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math as curriculum choices in schools in order to improve the United States’ competitive ...
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RJ Lee Group’s Group Troop Organization Makes Donation to Make-A-Wish

As early as 2007, RJ Lee Group has helped make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions through the Make-A-Wish foundation. On December 9, our Group Troop organization presented a donation to Shannon O’Halloran, Development Coordinator from Make-A-Wish for a total of $1500.
The Group Troop was founded in 2009 as an ...
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Steve LaZar, Managing Director of Environmental Services and Technology, Joins the RJ Lee Group Team

RJ Lee Group, Inc. is happy to announce that Steve LaZar, Managing Director of Environmental Services and Technology, LLC, (ESAT), has been engaged to provide Business Development services to the company. ESAT is a growing consortium of Environmental Small Business firms for which Steve provides Business Development and Program Management services. Members of the ESAT ...
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Steel and Nitriding: XPS vs SEM – Which is the Correct Tool to Use?

This is the second in a series of blog posts on X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) by Dr. Jerry LaSalle, an expert in XPS surface analysis and physical and powder metallurgy. Dr. LaSalle’s areas of concentration include stainless steel passivation qualification, metallurgical failure analysis, additive manufacturing, and powder metallurgy consultation.
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RJ Lee Group Signs Licensing Agreement for Technology that Turns Tires to Carbon Black

RJ Lee Group, Inc., a scientific consulting laboratory in Monroeville, Pa., has signed a licensing agreement with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for technology that converts waste rubber, such as used tires, into carbon black composites. Developed by ORNL’S Amit Naskar, Parans Paranthaman, and Zhonghe Bi, this innovative technology could introduce ...
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Graphene – Carbon’s Fascinating Allotrope

Article by Mark Sparrow
This is the second in a series of blog posts on Raman spectroscopy by Scientist Mark Sparrow, an expert in Raman Spectroscopy analysis, electron and optical microscopy, EDS, FTIR spectroscopy, thermal methods and mercury porosimetry. 
Carbon has the most allotropes–forms of carbon that differ from each other at the molecular level ...
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RJ Lee Group Opens New Southpointe Location in Canonsburg, PA

RJ Lee Group is proud to announce its new Southpointe location in Canonsburg, PA. The Southpointe development is quickly becoming known as the center of the Marcellus Shale industry, and is about an hour from RJLG’s Monroeville headquarters outside Pittsburgh, Pa. The base for our Information and Software Services department, the new office is in ...
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Free Speaker Series on Scaling and Corrosion in the Oil & Gas Industries

UPDATE: The first installment of our speaker series for the Oil & Gas Industry was a success! Click the button below to download or watch the presentations.





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RJ Lee Group is hosting a free speaker series, “Scaling and Corrosion in the Oil & ...
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How Raman Spectroscopy Identifies the Polymorphs of Silica (SiO2)

Article by Mark Sparrow, an expert in Raman Spectroscopy analysis, electron and optical microscopy, EDS, FTIR spectroscopy, thermal methods and mercury porosimetry.
Why is it Important to Identify the Polymorphs of Crystalline Silica?
Silicon dioxide, or crystalline silica, is one of the most common minerals on earth and is mostly obtained by the mining and ...
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EBSD Challenges Conventional Asbestos Identification Methods

RJ Lee Group has a long history of providing high-quality asbestos analysis and litigation expertise, supported by the research of our subject matter experts.  Brian Bandli, Ph.D., a Principal Investigator with our materials group, presented a paper (Microscopy & Microanalysis, Vol. 20, pp. 1805-1816) that outlines how electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) can successfully identify asbestos ...
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How Sintering Affects a Material’s Variability

This is the first in a series of blog posts on sintering by Dr. Jerry LaSalle, an expert in XPS surface analysis and physical and powder metallurgy. Dr. LaSalle’s areas of concentration include stainless steel passivation qualification, metallurgical failure analysis, additive manufacturing, and powder metallurgy consultation.
Ensuring Uniformity of Properties in Sintered Powder Metal Components
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Stephanie Horner Appointed as MAAFS 2016 Criminalistics Chair-Elect

Stephanie Horner, forensic scientist at RJ Lee Group, was appointed as the 2016 Criminalistics Chair-elect for the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS). Stephanie will assist the 2016 Criminalistics Chair in approving and planning presentations and workshops on topics such as trace evidence, toxicology, drug chemistry, fingerprinting, and more for the organization’s annual conference next ...
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New Staff Contribute to Expanded Analytical and Research Capabilities

RJ Lee Group welcomes two new senior staff members whose expertise will expand the company’s analytical and research capabilities in the identification and characterization of mineral and asbestos particles and in the fields of physical and powder metallurgy.

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The Role of XPS in Determining the Quality of Stainless Steel Passivation

This blog post was written by Dr. Jerry LaSalle, an expert in XPS surface analysis and physical and powder metallurgy. Dr. LaSalle’s areas of concentration include stainless steel passivation qualification, metallurgical failure analysis, additive manufacturing, and powder metallurgy consultation.
The surface of a bulk material is its window to the outside world, and its first point ...
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AASHTO Recognizes Construction Group for Quality and Proficiency

The Construction Materials group of RJ Lee Group successfully completed the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Laboratory Assessment for demonstrated proficiency for the testing of construction materials. AASHTO, the largest accrediting body of construction materials testing laboratories, represents highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and ...
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Allison Murtha Laneve Receives 2015 MAAFS Distinguished Service Award

Allison Murtha Laneve, manager of RJ Lee Group’s Forensic Science Department, is the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS) 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented to those who show dedication to the organization and the forensic science community. MAAFS encourages the exchange and dissemination of ideas and information throughout the fields ...
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Construction Materials Group Accredited by AASHTO for Quality and Proficiency

The Construction Materials group of RJ Lee Group has been accredited by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for demonstrated proficiency for the testing of construction materials. Accredited laboratories must have a quality management system that meets AASHTO criteria and guidelines for “establishing and implementing a quality management system for use ...
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RJ Lee Group Now the Only Lab Certified for Both NY ELAP-Approved Methods to Detect Asbestos in Spray-On Fireproofing containing Vermiculite (SOF-V)

(MONROEVILLE, Pa. – May 1, 2015) The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has approved RJ Lee Group for Method 198.8—analysis of asbestos in Spray-on Fireproofing containing Vermiculite (SOF-V) by Polarized Light Microscopy. With this certification, RJ Lee Group becomes the first and only laboratory accredited to perform both New York state-approved methods: ...
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RJ Lee Group Presents Validation of Automated SEM Technique for Cement Characterization at ICMA

“Validation of an Automated Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Technique for the Characterization of Cements,” a collaborative effort, will be presented at the upcoming International Cement Microscopy Association (ICMA) Conference on Cement Microscopy. The paper is the work of combined resources of the University of Florida (UFL), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and RJ Lee Group’s ...
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World of Coal Ash Conference (WOCA) Includes Session on ASTM Methods to Classify Fly Ash

Dr. Brian Strazisar, Principal Investigator, RJ Lee Group, Monroeville, Pa., will teach a session on methods to classify fly ash at the upcoming World of Coal Ash Conference (WOCA) short course “The Science of Ash Utilization.” In his session entitled “ASTM/Analytical Testing and Classification of Fly Ash,” Dr. Strazisar will provide an overview of fly ...
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Engineering Interns Are Part of a G.R.E.A.T. Program

Meet Our Interns
This year, RJ Lee Group is hosting two interns through Penn State New Kensington’s G.R.E.A.T.1 Program. What is most exciting is that, as a corporate sponsor, RJ Lee Group has mentored these students throughout a high-school-level program that funneled into a college-level program. James (Jimmy) Serra and Meng Huo Tang were both ...
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Crystalline Silica Presentation at MASHA 2015

This year’s Mid-Atlantic Safety and Health Alliance (MASHA) Conference is taking place on April 30th at the Regional Alliance Learning Center in Cranberry, PA. The conference will feature education opportunities in construction, general industry and oil and gas extraction safety. RJ Lee Group expert Keith Rickabaugh will present “Respirable Crystalline Silica – IH Sampling and Analysis Overview, ...
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Synthetic Drugs Detected using PTR-TOFMS Technology

Written by Todd Rogers, Ph.D.
Scientists at IONICON Analytik, Austria-based partners of RJ Lee Group, have demonstrated the ability of Proton Transfer Reaction Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (PTR-TOFMS) to identify several synthetic drugs within 30 seconds of analysis.  Synthetic drugs, sometimes referred to as New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), are artificially produced chemicals that mimic ...
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Benchmark Well Cement / CO2 Publication Surpasses 200 Citations

According to Google Scholar, “Degradation of Well Cement by CO2 under Geologic Sequestration Conditions,” a research paper jointly authored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Carnegie Mellon University, and RJ Lee Group, has now been cited more than 200 times in scientific journals. This first paper in a series of three, focuses on how the ...
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Center for Laboratory Sciences Announces Name Change to Reflect Commitment to Columbia Basin College

(PASCO, Wash., Feb. 18, 2015) The Center for Laboratory Sciences located on the Columbia Basin College campus announced today that it is changing its name to Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories. This change further emphasizes the expanding partnership between Columbia Basin College and RJ Lee Group. The laboratories, which began operation in 2001, will continue to ...
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RJ Lee Group Joins PACNY Amid Conversations on NYS Vermiculite Regulations

We’re here today with Don Ewert, one of RJ Lee Group’s Industrial Hygienists and the person responsible for the provision of Occupational Health services.
Q:    Don, you are the de facto professional liaison with PACNY – the Professional Abatement Contractors of New York. How were you chosen for that role?
Although I’m the one ...
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Asbestos Expert, Dr. Matt Sanchez, to Explore Amphibole Type and Morphologies in Vermiculite at Annual PACNY Conference

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., February 11, 2015) RJ Lee Group, developers of one of the two approved methods for the analysis of vermiculite in spray-on fireproofing in the state of New York, will participate in the 19th Annual PACNY (Professional Abatement Contractors of New York) Environmental Conference in February. As recent members, they will exhibit for the ...
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NYS Vermiculite Webinar Series Part Three: Method 198.8

Recent guidelines issued by the New York State Department of Health regarding spray-on fireproofing containing vermiculite (SOF-V) may affect thousands of structures across the state. RJ Lee Group is helping to clarify these requirements for building owners and inspectors with a webinar series focused on the two accredited analysis methods, LAB.055.1 and 198.8.

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2014: A Year of Discovery and Innovation at RJ Lee Group

2014 was a year that, while demanding, was also challenging and exciting. We adjusted to meet the impact of reduced government spending, the slowing of the global economy, and the overall fiscal uncertainty felt by our customers that eventually reflected in our revenues. Fortunately, we were able to recoup this setback and by the third ...
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The Top 10 Things to Tell Your Petrographer

If you want solid answers to your concrete questions, a petrographer can help. Petrographers use a combination of visual inspection, microscopy, and chemical techniques to examine concrete cores. These analyses provide a basis for understanding the condition of the material, why it failed, or the material’s remaining service life. If you are submitting concrete cores, ...
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Building a Successful Foreign Particulate Matter (FPM) Program

Stories of foreign particulate matter (FPM) found in medication and food products often occur in the news. FPM doesn’t just influence the effectiveness of a product; it can lead to product recall and regulatory action from government entities. Investigating the cause can be expensive, but a carefully designed Quality by Design (QbD) particulate program can ...
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What Can Petrographic Analysis Tell You About the Condition of Concrete Structures?

According to a 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, 1 in 9 bridges in metropolitan areas are structurally deficient. The estimated investment needed to eliminate the backlog of deficient bridges by 2028 is $20.5 billion annually—that’s $8 billion more per year than currently invested. Recently, CBS addressed the topic of crumbling roads and bridges in ...
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Addressing Polystyrene Manufacturing Issues at the Micro/Nano Scale

Challenge: A manufacturer was experiencing production issues associated with polystyrene vessels in a life science application. Our challenge was to investigate the problem, which was impacting multiple product lines, to determine the root cause of failure and provide a means of resolution.
Material: Polystyrene is critical to biomedical research and science. Its optical clarity and ...
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NYS Vermiculite Webinar Series Part Two: RJ Lee Group Method LAB.055.1

The recent changes to the New York State Department of Health’s requirements for vermiculite-containing materials have raised many questions and concerns for building owners and inspectors. Thousands of structures with spray-on fireproofing containing vermiculite (SOF-V) across New York State are affected by these new regulations.

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Webinar Series: New York State Vermiculite and SOF-V Regulations

With several recent changes to the New York State Department of Health’s requirements for vermiculite containing materials, it’s challenging to stay up to speed and in compliance.  Thousands of structures across New York State are affected by these new regulations, in particular, those with spray-on fireproofing containing vermiculite (SOF-V).

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MS&T 2014 – Materials Science & Technology Conference

Something for Everyone at MS&T 2014

Some of RJ Lee Group’s brightest and best will be presenting at MS&T 2014. With subjects that range from nanotechnology and additive manufacturing to the accelerated lifetime testing of high performance concrete, they will present case studies, discuss new technologies, and offer approaches that address current materials and ...
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Hydraulic Fracturing: Better Understood Than You Might Think

Hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas reservoirs (often abbreviated as “fracking”) has received a great deal of public attention and some controversy. While media outlets often imply that it’s a relatively new and poorly understood technology, the first experimental job was performed in 1947 and it has been done over 2.5 million times since then ...
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Laboratory Testing Contract at Hanford Nuclear Site Awarded to RJ Lee Group and PBS Engineering and Environmental

(RICHLAND, Wa., September 29, 2014) The joint partnership of RJ Lee Group, Inc. and PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc. (PBS) was awarded a three-year contract by CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) to provide laboratory analysis of geotechnical engineering parameters for the Hanford Nuclear Site in Richland, Washington. Soil testing performed for the contract will ...
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Exploring the Merit of Non-Destructive nf-HEDM in Characterizing Textured Materials

In his presentation at the 8th International Symposium on Superalloy 718 and Derivatives on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at the 10:00 AM in the Marquis Ballroom of the Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Chris Hefferan will describe an OIM technology, near-field High Energy X-ray Diffraction Microscopy (nf-HEDM), that enables a new way of ...
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Is Area Source Designation for Emissions from Oil & Gas Production Activities on the Horizon?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are carbon-based, chemical compounds that evaporate easily into the air. Long-term exposure and high concentrations of some VOCs can be dangerous to human health and/or cause harm to the environment.
What’s O&G Got to Do with It?
In the United States, the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry is responsible for 12% ...
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New York State Vermiculite Regulations: Decision Time for Building Owners

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has officially certified method LAB.055.1* for the analysis of spray-on fireproofing that contains vermiculite (SOF-V). RJ Lee Group developed LAB.055.1 and is the only laboratory accredited to perform this test.
History: In June 2012, the (NYS DOH) provided guidance that the current methods for analyzing vermiculite-containing ...
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Uncovering the Mysteries of Duplex Stainless Steels

As early as the 1930s, companies were researching the development of duplex grades of steel that were more resistant to cracking and corrosion, but it wasn’t until the 1960s and 1970s when improvement in refining techniques resulted in better product quality, that major progress was made. Since that time, the use of duplex stainless steels ...
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RJ Lee Group’s Vermiculite Analysis Method Approved by NYS Department of Health

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., July 25, 2014) RJ Lee Group, Inc., a materials characterization laboratory and consulting firm, is proud to announce that RJ Lee Group Method LAB.055.1 has been approved by the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) for analyzing asbestos content in spray-on fireproofing containing vermiculite (SOF-V). This new method successfully determines whether ...
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How to Select Polymeric Materials for Medical Devices Produced Using Additive Manufacturing

By Crystal Morrison, Ph.D.
The additive manufacturing community is abuzz with discussions of what the future will look like—for aerospace, for medicine, and for countless other fields. Those who approach additive manufacturing (AM) from a material science perspective are also considering what these advances mean at the material level—how will a polymer or plastic that ...
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When Dealing with Carbon Nanotubes: Does Diameter Matter?

SWCNTs and MWCNTs and Genotoxicity
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are an allotrope of carbon. Since their discovery in 1991 they have been used for a variety of applications including fiber optics, conductive plastics, and molecular electronics, as well as biological and biomedical applications. Their unique properties make them commercially important. They exhibit extraordinary strength and are ...
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RJ Lee Group’s Duane Conley Named Vice President, Business Development and Customer Relations

Mr. Duane Conley, who joined RJ Lee Group, Inc. in early 2013 as the Lead Business Developer for the company’s Air Force and forensic software businesses, has been named Vice President, Business Development and Customer Relations. In his new role, Mr. Conley will have budgetary responsibility for all aspects of RJ Lee Group’s customer outreach, ...
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RJ Lee Group Welcomes Dr. Brian Strazisar as Principal Investigator for Construction Materials

RJ Lee Group, Inc. continues to strengthen its Technical Consulting group with the appointment of Dr. Brian Strazisar to the position of Principal Investigator in the practice area of construction materials. Dr. Strazisar’s technical background and recent research, involving the chemical and mechanical stability of wellbore cement and oil and gas production, will play a ...
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Dr. Heinz Huber Selected to Lead Chemistry Lab at Center for Laboratory Sciences (CLS)

RJ Lee Group, Inc. and the Center for Laboratory Sciences (CLS), Pasco, Washington (on the campus of Columbia Basin College), welcome Dr. Heinz Huber to the position of Senior Scientist. In this capacity, Dr. Huber’s main responsibility will be to oversee all CLS analytical chemistry projects and to facilitate continuous improvement using LEAN process optimization ...
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RAPID 2014: Materials Science, Medical Devices, and more!

When it comes to life-changing technology, additive manufacturing is making its mark on the medical device industry in ways that cannot be ignored. Designers, scientists, and manufacturers are collaborating to produce highly customized devices on demand. Because additive manufacturing is moving into the medical arena at such a rapid pace, many questions from a material ...
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Corrosion Fatigue in Longwall Mining

What is Corrosion Fatigue?
Corrosion fatigue is the combined action of fatigue and corrosion. It can produce a failure in fewer cycles and lower loads than if either corrosion or fatigue were acting alone. Of all corrosion failure mechanisms, it is the most difficult to identify especially in the presence of low-frequency loading. At very ...
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We’ll Be Talking “Concrete and Steel” at the 31st International Bridge Conference

RJ Lee Group’s materials experts will be on hand at the 31st International Bridge Conference (IBC), June 8-12 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference, sponsored by the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP), provides a venue where more than 1500 attendees from throughout the United States and abroad attend ...
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Dr. James Duncan Joins RJ Lee Group’s Center for Laboratory Sciences

RJ Lee Group, Inc., materials characterization laboratory and industrial forensics consulting firm, is pleased to welcome Dr. James Duncan as Director at the Center for Laboratory Sciences (CLS) located in Pasco, Washington. As Director of CLS, Dr. Duncan will be managing the lab’s day-to-day operations with a focus on chemistry and analytical capabilities, assisting current ...
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Asbestos Contamination: Examining Take-Home Exposure Risks

Asbestos contamination has been a prominent inhalation hazard in many occupational environments and, as a result, many studies have been undertaken to measure airborne asbestos concentrations associated with the manufacture and use of asbestos-containing products in hundreds of workplace settings. In addition to concerns about the workplace, exposure to asbestos has been reported for individuals ...
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AIHA Celebrates 75 Years on the Journey to a Safer Tomorrow

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) will celebrate 75 years of protecting worker health and serving the industrial hygiene community at AIHce 2014 (+ Stewardship) “Evolution & Journey to a Safer Tomorrow,” May 31 – June 5 in San Antonio,TX.  The conference will host 135 technical sessions on the latest technologies and presentations relevant to ...
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Exposing Nanoparticles – It’s Gotten Personal

Nanoparticles, microscopic particles with at least one dimension less than 100 nm, are a part of everyone’s daily life. You don’t have to be involved in their manufacture to be exposed to nanoparticles. Walking down the street we are exposed to vehicle exhaust (man-made nanoparticles); while on vacation at the beach everyone has come in ...
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Making the Case: Using the SEM in Glass Delamination Investigations

The life sciences industry faces persistent challenges in assuring glass compatibility with products. One of the most serious challenges is that of glass delamination. Glass delamination, which occurs in vials, is a complex result of various factors including product composition, glass composition, glass forming temperature, and surface treatment. When delamination results in lamellae (flakes) or ...
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Problems with Silicon Wafer Stress? Raman Can Help Identify and Prevent Processing Defects

As a silicon wafer manufacturer, you are faced with pressure to increase yield and speed up the manufacturing process—all while maintaining your product’s quality. Altering even minor processing parameters can generate stress on a wafer’s crystal lattice leading to an increased number of damaged or defective devices on a given wafer. Because most strain patterns ...
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RJ Lee Group Debuts as PTR-MS Distributor at PITTCON 2014

RJ Lee Group, Inc., the premier industrial forensic laboratory, will join IONICON Analytik, the world’s leading producer of ultra-sensitive, real-time trace gas analyzers, at PITTCON 2014 in Chicago for the first time since becoming their U.S. distributor. Dr. Jim Conca and Dr. Todd Rogers, experts in proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS), will be together ...
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Working Together to Prevent Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting

Counterfeit drugs are a significant threat — to patient safety, to public health, to supply chain integrity — raising concerns over potential liability for consumers, manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, governments, and other entities.
As supply chains become more complex and global, efforts to combat the use of counterfeit drugs pose new challenges. In 2010 alone, counterfeit ...
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A Holiday Message from Dr. Rich Lee

During this holiday season, I want to share with you some of the exciting things happening at RJ Lee Group and reflect on a few of our endeavors in 2013. Although it happens “behind the scenes,” our community outreach efforts are always something I’m extremely proud of. Last January, RJ Lee Group staff selected the ...
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ACR Concrete Controversy Continues – Investigation Indicates that ASR is to Blame

Query: Can the main mechanism of concrete distress and cracking in a concrete made with ACR-susceptible aggregates be caused by ASR??
Fact: Alkali Carbonate Reaction (ACR) results when brucite, formed in concrete made with dolomitic (ACR-susceptible) aggregate, crystallizes and expands.
Fact: Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR) occurs over time when the alkalis in cement react with ...
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Nanomaterials and Industrial Hygiene featured in The Synergist

Do you understand how engineered nanomaterial properties differ during production, processing, and disposal? How about the evaluation of potential risks associated with nanoparticle fabrication, handling, machining, or containerizing?
When it comes to nanomaterials, it’s hard to see all the risks that workers encounter, literally and hypothetically. A recent article co-authored by Keith Rickabaugh of RJ ...
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Webinar: Material Challenges in Maintaining Aging Infrastructure – Reinforced Concrete Structures

According to the 2013 Report Card published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), one in nine bridges in the United States is structurally deficient. Tight budgets require efficiencies when selecting work to be done and so priority is often given to those tasks that will make these structures last as long as possible. ...
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New Frontiers in Nanomaterials – Innovation and Safety Concerns

Materials scientists developing nanomaterials have been harnessing their unique properties in remarkable ways creating significant opportunities for innovation. But, the excitement these discoveries generate must be tempered with a concern for the safety of those working with and producing nanomaterials, as well as those who use the products in which they are found.
This year’s ...
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Dr. Matthew Perricone is Honored with ASM 2013 Silver Medal Award

In a recent interview with 2013 ASM Award program recipient, Matthew Perricone, Ph.D., provided some insight into what it takes to be recognized in the company of such distinguished fellowship.
Dr. Perricone, you have been awarded the Silver Medal of the Society. This award recognizes your leadership abilities and your distinguished contributions to both material ...
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Presentation on Vermiculite Analytical Method at Stony Brook University

On November 13th Matthew Sanchez, Ph.D. and Richard Lee, Ph.D. will deliver an educational presentation and participate in a panel discussion on vermiculite containing materials at the Long Island Chapter ASSE meeting at Stony Brook University. If you are a building owner, environmental consultant, industrial hygienist, or safety engineer, this presentation will teach you how ...
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Free Presentation: Integrating Nanotechnology with Point-of-Care Diagnostics

Those of us working in materials, devices, and life sciences are always looking for new techniques to improve disease diagnosis and treatment. That means paying close attention to cutting-edge technology and trying to better understand its role in the life sciences. One area that has shown growth, especially over the last 10 years, is nanotechnology. ...
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Can Raman Spectroscopy Shed Light on your Biotechnology Challenges?

Challenges in the field of biotechnology are always evolving. So, too, must our tools and techniques for solving novel problems. Although Raman analysis has been around since 1928, the scientific community is only now beginning to embrace this technology’s improved capabilities, portability, and low cost. Raman analyses provide insight across the entire product lifecycle, from ...
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Attend the Upcoming AIPG Annual Conference to Gain Unbiased Insights to the Future of Energy

In preparation for the upcoming AIPG 50th Annual Conference, we took some time to discuss the conference with our Senior Geologist, Dan Linder.  Read on for his insights on the hot topics at this year’s conference.
What are you personally most excited about at the conference?
The AIPG represents so many aspects of geology that ...
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Learn the Basics: Creating Vision Across the Polymer Lifecycle

Did you know that Dr. Crystal Morrison’s article, “Creating Vision Across the Polymer Lifecycle,” was recently featured in Medical Plastics News?  In case you missed it, here is a summary from Dr. Morrison and more information on how to access the full article.
In my experience as a material scientist, I’ve noticed that polymers and ...
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Visit Our Booth at AAPS and Learn About Our FPM Educational Materials

The 2013 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exhibition is coming up quickly, and I’m really excited to attend this year’s conference along with John Mastovich and Mike Mazur from RJ Lee Group!   For me, this conference is an opportunity to wrap my head around the latest trends in the industry – ...
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Attend “GSR Basics and Beyond” at the NJIAI 26th Annual Educational Conference

What is GSR?
Why is it important to collect a GSR sample correctly?
How is GSR analyzed?
What can you expect from GSR testimony?
Julia Patterson and I will answer those questions and more at the 26th Annual Educational Conference of the NJ State International Association for Identification (NJ IAI).

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Discover Electron Microscopy’s Role in Glass Defect Investigations at the PDA Visual Inspection Forum

Wow, I can’t believe that fall has arrived – but with the changing of the seasons comes the 2013 Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) Visual Inspection Forum.  After perusing the agenda, I can’t wait to attend the session presentations and learn from industry case studies. I expect there will be many regulatory updates as well – ...
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Download Our Webinar: “From Detection to Investigation: Know Your Product’s Connection with FPM”

In case you missed it, I recently teamed up with Carol Whitinger of SoloHill Engineering to present a free webinar on Foreign Particulate Matter (FPM) entitled, “From Detection to Investigation: Know Your Product’s Connection with FPM.”  I want to invite you to download a copy of the webinar, in case you were unable to attend ...
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Publications Update: Two Papers with RJ Lee Group Co-Authors Earn Significant Recognition

As a company that puts science first, our peer-reviewed publications are very important to us.  You can check out our extensive library of publications to see the variety and depth of subjects on which our scientists have published over the years.
Naturally, we are always excited when our publications make an impact in the scientific ...
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Game Changing Regulation for Respirable Crystalline Silica? New Industries and New Challenges

OSHA has proposed new standards for respirable crystalline silica exposure and a new uniform airborne permissible exposure limit (PEL), calculated as an eight-hour time-weighted average. The agency has identified 25 industry subsectors encompassing approximately 130 industrial and maritime operations in which exposure to respirable crystalline silica is common during operations such as cutting and grinding ...
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Recapping M&M 2013 with Dr. Kristin Bunker and Long Li

Last month, Dr. Kristin Bunker and Senior Scientist Long Li attended the 2013 MSA Microscopy and Microanalysis (M&M) convention in Indianapolis.  I sat down with Kristin and Long afterwards to learn about their experiences at the show.

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New Technique Used for 3D Microstructural Information and Next Generation Materials

Results show great promise for the additive manufacturing and materials modeling community.
Dr. Chris Hefferan, RJ Lee Group Materials Scientist, will be presenting at Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) 2013 in late October on an up-and-coming characterization technique that has led to a notable scientific result in fundamental research. Dr. Hefferan is one of a ...
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Learn How to Properly Implement NSSGA Guidelines at the International Conference on Medical Geology

I’ll be presenting at this year’s International Conference on Medical Geology and I hope to see you there!  This conference is going to be great because the subject matter really has implications beyond academia.
While much of the conference will be focusing on how to identify and address existing medical geology concerns, I will be ...
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Free Seminar: Polymeric Materials in Life Sciences

Do you work in the life sciences?  Have you faced challenges like these?

“Polymers… I don’t understand them but I can’t live without them.”
“I am looking to manufacture a device to be used in the life sciences.  What polymer properties are most important?”
“If I change to a different polymer, will my product ...
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Free Webinar: Uncovering Your Product’s Dirty Little Secrets… Investigating the FPM Connection

RJ Lee Group’s biopharma expert, Karen Smith, will team up with Carol Whitinger of SoloHill Engineering, specialists in cell-based research and manufacturing applications, to present a free webinar on Foreign Particulate Matter (FPM) – how to detect and investigate contaminant.

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Materials Science Bridges the Gap between Catastrophic Event and its Root Cause

Notable catastrophic bridge collapses in Minneapolis and Washington State have garnered public attention related to the structural integrity of many of the nation’s bridges. More cause for concern is the 2013 Report Card published by the American Society of Civil Engineers which states that one in nine bridges in the United States is structurally deficient. ...
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New ASTM Adult Jewelry Standard Treats Adults Like Children

The recently released “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Adult Jewelry” (ASTM F2999) is surprisingly similar to ASTM F2923 which specifies requirements for Children’s Jewelry. The limits are identical for the content of paints and surface coatings for antimony (Sb), arsenic (As), barium (Ba), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), mercury (Hg), and selenium (Se). While the lead ...
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Top 3 Reasons to Watch Additive Manufacturing

If additive manufacturing (AM) has not made its way onto your “topics to watch” list, it soon should.
Unlike traditional subtractive forms of manufacturing (e.g., casting, machining) that have gone through decades of regulatory fine-tuning, additive manufacturing is still in its infancy when it comes to standard development and regulatory requirements. AM describes various production ...
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Chemical Safety Improvement Act – Status and Implications

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) will impact toxic tort cases and pre-empt state regulations and bans, such as California’s Proposition 65 and Green Chemistry Program, if it makes its way through Congress as currently written. Introduced as a bi-partisan bill in the Senate on May 22, 2013, the CSIA (S. 1009) is an attempt ...
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Wash. State Working to Ease Burden on Small Businesses that Use Hazardous Drugs

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries recently released Draft Model Program Templates designed to help employers create the hazardous drug control plan required by the Hazardous Drug rule, WAC 296-62-500. Earlier this year we discussed the State’s new rules for the workplace that handles hazardous drugs including chemotherapy agents. Draft Model Programs were ...
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IONICON Analytik Selects RJ Lee Group as Exclusive U.S. Distributor for Real-Time Trace Gas Analysis Products

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., June 24, 2013) RJ Lee Group, Inc. materials characterization laboratory and industrial forensics consulting firm today announced that it has become the exclusive U.S. distribution partner for IONICON Analytik GmbH’s Trace Gas Analysis products including the Proton Transfer Reaction – Mass Spectrometer (PTR-MS) trace gas analyzer. This highly sensitive analyzer allows real-time monitoring ...
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IAC&ME (International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners) 2013 Training Conference

Members of RJ Lee Group’s Themis team will be attending and exhibiting at the IAC&ME 2013 Training Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We encourage you to stop by our booth to learn more about Themis, our easy-to-use forensic LIMS software!

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4th Advances in Cement-Based Materials 2013

Dr. Christopher Ferraro, Consultant to RJ Lee Group, Vice President, Lynch & Ferraro Engineering, Inc., and Assistant Professor in Engineering, University of Florida, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment, will be presenting at the 2013 – 4th Advances in Cement-Based Materials conference.  The conference will take place on July 8-10 at the University of ...
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MSA Microscopy and Microanalysis (M&M) 2013

Dr. Kristin Bunker, Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group and President of the Microanalysis Society, will be attending the MSA Microscopy and Microanalysis (M&M) convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The M&M conference is the premier meeting for those who use microscopy or microanalysis in their work, spanning the physical, life and analytical sciences.  It brings together ...
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A Strategy for Assessing Workplace Exposures to Nanomaterials


The exposure potential to nanomaterials is a hot topic for industry, government, health organizations and those concerned with the environment. A strategy is needed that can identify the jobs or tasks that carry the risk of potential exposure; one that can ensure that the risks to workers handling nanomaterials are being managed properly. This ...
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Our “Men in Black” at AIHce

Our team has been working hard at AIHce meeting with folks, presenting, and more.  But that doesn’t mean they can’t take a few minutes to have some fun!

Don’t be deceived by their appearance — Keith, Matt, and Jerome are happy to answer your analytical questions at our booth #1224 at AIHce!

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2013 RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Conference and Exposition

Dr. Crystal Densmore, Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group, will attend the 2013 RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Conference and Exposition.   The RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Conference and Exposition is a leading event featuring 3D imaging and 3D printing technologies.  Attendees include buyers, sellers, and users of these 3D technologies, and experts in the use of ...
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AIHce 2013 – American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo

Mr. Keith Rickabaugh, Technical Director at RJ Lee Group, will present a podium session entitled “Evaluation of the Thermophoretic Personal Air Sampler (TPS) for Collection of Nanoparticles” at American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce) 2013 on Wednesday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. during the Nanotechnology II session. In addition, RJ Lee Group will have ...
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MFPT 2013 and ISA’s 59th International Instrumentation Symposium

Members of RJ Lee Group’s Information Software Services (ISS) department will be attending the 2013 MFPT Conference, and they will be exhibiting at booth #7.  The 2013 conference will focus on a theme of “Sensors and Systems for Reliability, Safety and Affordability.”  The conference will take place at the Wyndham Hotel at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland, ...
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European Microbeam Analysis Society (EMAS) 2013 European Workshop on Modern Developments and Applications in Microbeam Analysis

Dr. Kristin Bunker, Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group and President of the Microbeam Analysis Society USA, will deliver a presentation at the European Microbeam Analysis Society (EMAS) 2013 European Workshop on Modern Developments and Applications in Microbeam Analysis at the Centro de Congressos do Alfândega in Porto, Portugal. The conference will take place from ...
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International Cement Microcopy Association (ICMA) 2013 Conference

Ms. April Snyder, Construction Materials Laboratory Manager at RJ Lee Group, will attend the International Cement Microcopy Association (ICMA) 2013 Conference at The Embassy Suites Hotel-O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois from April 28 to May 1, 2013.  The conference is will present practical applications, new techniques, and the latest research efforts in the field of microscopic ...
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Addressing Chemical Concerns with Fire Code Changes

On January 14, 2013, a bill potentially impacting residential fire safety was introduced in the State of California legislature. The proposed bill, AB127, “declares that it is in the best interest of the state to reduce the use of flame retardant chemicals from building insulation, while preserving building fire safety and encouraging healthy building practices.” ...
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The Global Supply Chain: Risky Business for Pharmaceutical Ingredients

By Crystal Morrison, Ph.D.
Diversity within the global supply chain may provide competitive benefits for industry, but its complicated nature may also mask risk and liability. Recent headlines regarding adulterated pharmaceuticals have provided a sobering reminder of the importance of supply chain security and quality control. While regulatory agencies are doing what they can to ...
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What We’re Reading: April 12, 2013

Check out the latest articles, hand-picked by our experts for your reading pleasure:

EPA Announces New List of Chemicals Targeted for Risk Assessment Under TSCA, Including 20 Flame Retardants
A Strike against Fracking in California
Analysts expect nanotech drug delivery boom despite safety concerns
Scientists call for more neurotoxicity tests for PBDEs

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State-of-the-Science Assessment of Non-Asbestos Amphibole Exposure: Is There a Cancer Risk?

In an article published in the peer-reviewed Environmental Geochemistry and Health journal, Mr. Drew Van Orden of RJ Lee Group, Inc., in conjunction with Cris Williams, Linda Dell, Robert Adams and Tracie Rose, discuss amphibole asbestos fibers and non-asbestos amphibole particles, focusing on potential cancer risks and exposure.
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Hazardous Drugs and Worker Safety: Emerging Regulations

In February, California introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1202 that would require its state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to promulgate a standard for hazardous drugs, which includes antineoplastic agents or “chemotherapy.” If enacted, California will become the second state to regulate hazardous drug handling in the workplace, as the state of Washington passed a ...
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Advances in Lifecycle Testing of Medical Devices

Mr. Steve Schlaegle, Director of Biomedical Services at RJ Lee Group, will be speaking at the Advances in Lifecycle Testing of Medical Devices event.  The event will take place on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 1:30 PM to 3 PM, with a Q&A session upon completion, and will be located  on the campus of North ...
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Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS) 2013 Annual Meeting

Members from RJ Lee Group will be attending the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS) annual meeting from May 6 to 10 at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia.  Members of RJ Lee Group’s Criminal Forensics department, including Ms. Allison Murtha, manager of the department and Co-Chair of MAAFS, will be in ...
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AIMS – Aachen International Mining Symposia 2013

Mr. Jim Pellegrino, Senior Materials Consultant at RJ Lee Group, Inc., will be delivering a presentation entitled, “Impact of Corrosion on Mining Equipment” at the Aachen International Mining Symposia (AIMS) at RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany.
AIMS is a regular meeting of international experts in the areas of mining and materials and has taken ...
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2013 Longwall USA Exhibition & Conference

Mr. Jim Pellegrino, Senior Materials Consultant at RJ Lee Group, Inc., will present “Impact of Corrosion on Mining Equipment” at the 2013 Longwall USA Exhibition & Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
The Longwall USA Exhibition & Conference takes place every two years in Pittsburgh, PA.  The conference focuses on ...
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) 2013 Convention and Exhibition

RJ Lee Group will be attending the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) 2013 Convention and Exhibition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in partnership with Horiba at booth #608.  Our team will be highlighting our SEM-EDS and Raman capabilities regarding shale analysis.
Be sure to visit us on the exhibit floor at booth #608!

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RJ Lee Group’s Criminal Forensics Department Earns ASCLD/LAB-International Accreditations in Gunshot Residue (GSR) and Distance Determination

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., March 25, 2013) RJ Lee Group, Inc. is proud to announce that its Criminal Forensics department has received accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) – International Program in the trace evidence sub-disciplines of gunshot residue (GSR) and gunshot distance determination.  RJ Lee Group is one ...
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Leading Investigations into Foreign Particulate Matter

In life science industries, foreign particulate matter (FPM) can affect products efficacy but more important product safety. Traditional ways of dealling with FPM are reactive in nature and are not suited to comply with a quality by design approach to manufacturing. This course will provide an overview of current FPM detection techniques and how to ...
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RJ Lee Group Releases New Laboratory Testing Services Guide

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., February 12, 2013) RJ Lee Group, Inc. is pleased to release a comprehensive update to its Laboratory Testing Guide, which lists the company’s many available laboratory testing services.  The updated guide includes the latest pricing and analytical offerings for service areas included in the previous edition, such as Industrial Hygiene, Environmental and Wet ...
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CPSC’s Decision on Cadmium in Toy Jewelry – Solubility and Accessibility Matter

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently denied a petition asking the Commission to ban “any metal toy jewelry containing more than trace amounts of cadmium by weight, which in a foreseeable manner could be ingested by children” as a hazardous substance. The Commission’s engagement with ASTM committees in the development of ASTM standards (ASTM ...
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Drywall Safety Act of 2012: Increases Regulations on U.S. Manufacturers, but May Not Improve Safety

Amidst the Post-Katrina housing boom in the mid-2000s, a domestic shortage of drywall led the United States to import Chinese-manufactured drywall to meet demand. Only months after installation, homeowners who built or remodeled using imported Chinese drywall encountered sulfur-like odors, failed air conditioning systems, and blackened metal surfaces within their homes. Many affected property owners ...
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Outbreaks Trigger Demand for Stricter Adherence to USP Sterile Compounding Guidelines

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and The National Formulary (NF) publish USP-NF, a book of standards for many areas of pharmaceuticals, medicine, and other therapeutics. Chapter 797 (USP 797), applicable to any U.S. institution that prepares, stores, or dispenses compounded sterile preparations, recommends standards for the sterile compounding environment, process and personnel. Enforcement of USP ...
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PADEP Proposal Would Limit Liability for Using Mine Influenced Water in Fracking Process

Based on a recommendation by Pennsylvania Governor Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) published a white paper in January detailing how the agency intends to review proposals from Oil & Gas drillers on use of Mine Influenced Water (MIW) for drilling operations. MIW includes either water contained in a ...
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What We’re Reading: January 31, 2013

Check out the latest articles, hand-picked by our experts for your reading pleasure:

Class Action Hits Home SPF Insulation
J&J Failed to Weigh Hip Metal Debris Risk, Witness Says
NIOSH Document Recommends New REL for Hex Chrome Compounds
Miss. bill would require more asbestos claim transparency
Understanding wear at the atomic scale

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DRI Product Liability Conference 2013

RJ Lee Group will be sponsoring and members of the company’s litigation support team will be attending DRI’s 2013 Product Liability Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland.  DRI, the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel, hosts the Product Liability Conference, which features sessions on product liability issues from experts ...
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American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Pittsburgh Section January 2013 Meeting

Mr. Keith Rickabaugh, Technical Director at RJ Lee Group, Inc., will be delivering a presentation entitled “Anticipation, Recognition, Evaluation, Control, Prevention and Confirmation With a Focus on Measurement” during the “Industrial Hygiene Considerations for Safe Nanotechnology” session at the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Pittsburgh section meeting on January 24, 2013.  The session will take ...
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Webinar: Prevent Lengthy Foreign Particulate Matter Investigations and Reduce Lost Product

Presented by RJ Lee Group’s Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Services Department
RJ Lee Group’s Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Services Department invites you to join us for a free webinar on ensuring quality biopharmaceutical products throughout the manufacturing process and best practices for investigating foreign particulate matter (FPM).  The webinar will include case studies, characterization techniques derived from ...
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2013 Geological Society of America (GSA) Northeastern Section Meeting

Mr. Dan Linder, Senior Geologist at RJ Lee Group, will deliver a presentation entitled, “The often overlooked use of polarized light microscopy in the mining industry” on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 2:25 p.m. at the 2013 Geological Society of America (GSA) Northeastern Section Meeting in Bretton Woods, N.H.
The GSA Northeastern Section represents the ...
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2013 American Academy of Forensic Scientists (AAFS) Annual Meeting

Members of RJ Lee Group’s Themis software group will be attending the 2013 American Academy of Forensic Scientists (AAFS) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  The Themis team will be at booth #518 sharing information about its upcoming release of the new Themis, easy to use forensic LIMS software.  Be sure to stop by our booth ...
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2013 American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Symposium

Members of RJ Lee Group’s Themis software group will be attending the 2013 American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) in Durham, N.C.  The Themis team will be at sharing information about its new Themis software, easy to use forensic LIMS.
We will be giving away an iPad® Mini — so be sure to visit ...
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RJ Lee Group’s Mr. Casey Bunker Interviewed on Fukushima Cleanup Efforts

The New York Times interviewed Mr. Casey Bunker, Director of Marketing and Business Development at RJ Lee Group, Inc., on a trade mission hosted by the Japanese government, in which the government invited a number of American companies for possible support on remediation efforts following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster.  Mr. Bunker discussed ...
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Dr. Crystal Densmore Joins RJ Lee Group, Will Work in Materials Characterization and Failure Analysis

RJ Lee Group, Inc. materials characterization laboratory and industrial forensics consulting firm is pleased to welcome Dr. Crystal Densmore to its Technical Consulting group.  Dr. Densmore specializes in the areas of coatings, polymers, foams, and composites, and she has a decade of experience working on materials science projects related to national security and defense.  At ...
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XEI Scientific reports on how RJ Lee Group has applied Evactron® plasma technology for specimen cleaning

Nanotechnology Now, a website reporting on developments in the nanotechnology sector, reported that RJ Lee Group, Inc. has used Evactron® plasma technology to clean specimens ahead of analysis in electron microscopes.  The piece details RJ Lee Group’s expertise in a number of areas, including analytical laboratory testing in the nanotechnology arena. Since RJ Lee Group’s ...
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RJ Lee Group’s “Group Troop” Donates to Make-a-Wish for Third Consecutive Year

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., December 20, 2012) For the third consecutive year, RJ Lee Group, Inc.’s in-house Group Troop charitable organization contributed to Pittsburgh’s Make-a-Wish® Foundation for the holiday season.  The donation, totaling $3,443, was raised by having departments within the company create themed baskets and auction them in a Chinese auction.

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Regulatory and Policy Issues to Watch for in 2013

With 2013 quickly approaching, we met with our experts to get their take on some key regulatory and policy issues that may be developing in the new year. Here are the top issues that they identified, in no particular order:
1. ASTM Subcommittee to Address Standards for Fracking

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2013 Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Annual Meeting & Exhibit

RJ Lee Group’s Mr. Dan Linder, Senior Geologist, will present a seminar entitled “Twenty One Questions What You Wished You Asked During Due Diligence” at the 2013 Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.  Mr. Linder’s presentation will take place on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 2:25 p.m., during the ...
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RJ Lee Group Scientists Publish Article on Airborne Asbestos Fibers in The Microscope

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., November 19, 2012) RJ Lee Group, Inc.’s Mr. Drew R. Van Orden, Mr. Matt Sanchez, and Mr. J. Michael Wilmoth wrote and published an article discussing the effects of sample preparation of asbestos in The Microscope.  The article, entitled “Effect of Sample Preparation on Observed Airborne Fiber Characteristics,” was published in Volume 60, ...
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Ms. Alison Murtha, RJ Lee Group Forensic Scientist, Testifies on GSR in Florida Attempted Murder Trial

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that Ms. Alison Murtha, Forensic Scientist at RJ Lee Group laboratory in Monroeville, Pa. and testifying expert on gunshot residue (GSR), provided testimony about GSR testing performed on evidence related to the attempted murder trial of Mr. William Copeland.  Mr. Copeland is accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend’s father.  In her ...
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DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar

RJ Lee Group will be serving as a sponsor for DRI’s Asbestos Medicine Seminar that will take place in Miami Beach, FL.  DRI, the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel, has prepared the Asbestos Medicine Seminar to include sessions led by both scientists and legal experts, and the sessions will focus on providing ...
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RJ Lee Group Provides Rapid, Mobile Monitoring of Organic Contamination and Leaks Caused by Hurricane Sandy

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., November 6, 2012) RJ Lee Group, Inc.’s mobile laboratory is now available to aid in assessing and monitoring organic contaminants that may occur in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Using novel analytical technology, RJ Lee Group can support investigations associated with suspect odors, volatile toxic compounds and organic chemical releases to the environment.  ...
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Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference

Mr. Gary Casuccio, Vice President at RJ Lee Group, will present a seminar entitled “Development and Field Evaluation of the Thermophoretic Personal Sampler (TPS)” at the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference in Arlington, VA on Monday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m.
The conference addresses key aspects of sustainable nanotechnology, including life cycle assessment, green synthesis, green ...
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2012 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting & Exposition

Mr. Daniel Linder of RJ Lee Group’s Geological Services Department will make two presentations, and Mr. Matt Sanchez, Manager of Analytical Services, will also make a presentation, at the 2012 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Charlotte, North Carolina.  On Sunday, November 4, 2012, at 2:35 p.m., Mr. Linder will present ...
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RJ Lee Group Bolsters Geological Services with Boots-on-Ground Support

New services include mining exploration and due diligence for surface quarries and sand and gravel pits.
(MONROEVILLE, Pa., October 31, 2012) RJ Lee Group, Inc., materials characterization laboratory and industrial forensic consulting firm, has expanded its geological services capabilities to include mine exploration, mineralogical site assessments, 3D block modeling, due diligence for mining valuation and ...
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2012 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting & Expo

Mr. John Wyatt of RJ Lee Group’s Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Services division will present the poster presentation “Using Electron Microscopy for Manufacturing Process Development of a Carbon Nanotube Based Diagnostic Device,” authored by Ms. Julie Wolfe, Dr. Kristin Bunker, and Mr. John Wyatt on Wednesday, October 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the ...
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Metal Implant Liability Invigorates Advances in Polymer Alternatives

By Crystal Morrison, Ph.D.
Recalls, regulatory warnings, and legal actions in the United States and abroad have called into question the safety and durability of traditional metal-on-metal (MoM) medical device materials. Hip replacements, for example, have been under intense scrutiny because wear debris for titanium implants pose patient health risks, such as tissue damage at ...
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New and Old Diesel Components Under Scrutiny

Statements by an international agency and recently published research have focused attention on the health and environmental effects of diesel fuel exhaust, opening the door for legal action associated with traditional (pre-1988) exhaust and prompting a closer look at nano-additives in modern, cleaner burning diesel. Recent litigation is related to diesel emissions based on the ...
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Prop 65 Calling Shots for Fire Safety

For 40 years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been attempting to develop a mandatory federal flammability standard for residential upholstered furniture. Now, pressure from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and environmental non-governmental organizations (E-NGOs) on flame retardants are contributing to a race between California and the federal government to develop a ...
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What We’re Reading: October 14, 2012

Check out the latest relevant articles, hand-picked by our experts for your reading pleasure:

The Threshold Length for Fiber-Induced Acute Pleural Inflammation: Shedding Light on the Early Events in Asbestos-Induced Mesothelioma
The Chemical Marketplace: Popcorn lung – the perils of microwave popcorn return

Slicing Polystyrene Produces Problematic Particles

Libby Asbestos Study: Montana ...
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Floor Failure Analysis Reiterates the Need to Consider a Variety of Factors

Alkali-silica reaction (ASR) is often the cause of debonding and blistering of epoxy coatings; however, the presence of ASR gel doesn’t necessarily mean that it is responsible for any degradation. Near-surface alkali reaction (NSAR) gel has been reported to have much the same effects. Like ASR, it appears as blistering in the low permeability surface ...
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RJ Lee Group Assists in Developing Sampler for Collection of Nanoparticles


(MONROEVILLE, Pa., October 12, 2012) RJ Lee Group, Inc. materials characterization laboratory and industrial forensics consulting firm joined forces with Colorado State University Associate Professor Dr. John Volckens, to help commercialize a prototype device for measuring nanoparticles in the air.  RJ Lee Group’s Senior Scientist and Vice President, Mr. Gary Cassucio, Mr. John Mastovich, ...
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American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) 31st Annual Conference

Mr. Gary Casuccio, Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group, Inc., will present “Worker and Environmental Assessment of Potential Unbound Engineered Nanoparticle Releases” at the AAAR Conference in October 2012.  Co-authors of the paper include Mr. Randall Ogle, Dr. Kristin Bunker, and Mr. Keith Rickabaugh.  The presentation session will take place on Thursday, October 11, from ...
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MS&T’12 – Materials Science and Technology 2012 Conference & Exhibition

Dr. Jacqueline Sturgeon, Materials Scientist, Dr. Matthew J. Perricone, Consulting Scientist, and Dr. Kristin Bunker, Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group, Inc., will make presentations at MS&T’12 in Pittsburgh, PA.  Dr. Sturgeon will present “Characterization of SiC Nanostructure Formation and Growth Using In-Situ STEM and Ex-Situ Gas Reaction Chamber,” the co-authors of which include Dr. ...
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RJ Lee Group Corporate QA Analyst Completes ISO Lead Assessor Training

Lindsay M. Heilman, RJ Lee Group Corporate QA Analyst, successfully completed ISO/IEC 17025 Lead Assessor training and has received certificates for completion of this 37-hour course. Completion of this training provides Ms. Heilman with a solid understanding of this ISO standard and the background to plan and lead an ISO 17025 audit as well as ...
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RJ Lee Group Laboratory Adds Raman Technology for Molecular Imaging

(MONROEVILE, Pa., October 1, 2012) With the acquisition of a Horiba LabRam HR high performance Raman technology microscope, RJ Lee Group’s Monroeville laboratory extends its industrial forensics capabilities into the area of molecular imaging.

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RJ Lee Group Provides Training to the U.S. FDA on Managing Foreign Particulate Contamination in Pharmaceuticals

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., September 28, 2012) Members of RJ Lee Group, Inc.’s Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Services Department conducted a training seminar for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) field inspectors entitled “Managing Foreign Particulate Investigations.”  The seminar, presented by forensic scientists Ms. Karen Smith, Ms. Julia Patterson, and Mr. Michael Gorski, focused on proactive measures for ...
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DRI Construction Law Seminar

RJ Lee Group is sponsoring DRI’s Construction Law Seminar in Phoenix, AZ.  The Construction Law Seminar is designed to enhance the practice of construction industry professionals, particularly advanced litigators seeking to hone their case resolution skills.  As a sponsor, RJ Lee Group will include informational materials for attendees as well as have some of its ...
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RJ Lee Group Expert Mr. Alfred Schwoeble Testifies on Gunshot Residue in Maryland Murder Trial

The Washington Post reported that Mr. Alfred “Skip” Schwoeble, Consulting Scientist for RJ Lee Group laboratory in Monroeville, Pa. and gunshot residue expert, testified about the results of gunshot residue testing that was conducted for the trial of former Army ranger Gary Smith.  Mr. Smith is charged with the murder of his roommate Michael McQueen ...
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Safe Nano Design Workshop

Mr. Gary Casuccio and Mr. Keith Rickabaugh, Vice President and Scientist respectively at RJ Lee Group, Inc., will be participating in a panel discussion on exposure monitoring and sample analysis at the Safe Nano Design workshop at the University at Albany in Albany, NY.  The presentation will take place in Session 2 of the workshop, ...
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RJ Lee Group Scientists Publish New Study Impacting Risk Models for Asbestos-Related Disease

Asbestos and environmental health experts, Mr. Drew Van Orden, P.E., Dr. Richard J. Lee, Mr. Matthew S. Sanchez, and Mr. Matthew D. Zock, CIH, at RJ Lee Group, Inc., an industrial forensic consulting firm and analytical laboratory, recently co-authored three asbestos-centered publications that are now available on the Annals of Respiratory Medicine website. These publications, ...
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One Fiber: Why Recent Rulings and Studies May Revive the Asbestos Policy Debate

In a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling on the asbestos toxic tort case Betz v Pneumo Abex LLC, an expert witness simultaneously claimed that asbestos disease is dose dependent and that the inhalation of a single asbestos fiber can cause disease1. The court rejected these contradictory points and stated that use of the single fiber ...
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Flawed Freeze-Thaw Testing Standards Unreliable for Predicting Concrete Tie Failures

The scientific world has achieved remarkable discoveries and innovations responsible for the modern technology we rely on today. Despite our scientific sophistication, the ability to manipulate time—speed it up, slow it down, reverse it—remains largely a figment of our collective imagination, or a plot vehicle in a science fiction novel. This is not a ground-breaking ...
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Opportunities to Improve Oil and Gas Well Barrier Stewardship

The number of widely publicized oil and gas well failures is a reminder of the engineering challenges associated with drilling activities and the importance of safety controls in well operation. These accidents highlight an area of significant engineering and liability concern in a burgeoning industry that is expanding into new geographic locations with local populations ...
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Physicochemical and morphological characterization of nanoparticles from photocopiers: implications for environmental health

In a recent article published in the peer-reviewed Nanotoxicology journal, RJ Lee Group’s Dr. Kristin Bunker, along with Dhimiter Bello, John Martin, Christopher Santeufemio, Qingwei Sun, Martin Shafer, and Philip Demokritou, explores the potential linking of printing and photocopying with environmental health effects by analyzing nanoparticles produced by the technologies.
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What We’re Reading – July 29, 2012

Check out the latest relevant articles, hand-picked by our experts for your reading pleasure:

Next Generation of Consumer Product Rules: California Issues Draft Green Chemistry Regulations
Court Rejects RCRA Citizen Suit Over Diesel Emissions at Railyards
EPA Identifies Substitutes for Toxic Flame Retardant Chemical
Sunlight May Trigger Nanoparticle Formation


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MSA Microscopy and Microanalysis (M&M) 2012

Dr. Kristin Bunker, Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group, Inc., will be making a platform presentation entitled “Portable XRF and Raman Analysis of a ‘Modigliani’ Signature Painting” at the Microscopy and Microanalysis 2012 meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  The presentation will take place on Tuesday, July 31, at 2 PM at Symposium: A13.03 – Micro X-Ray ...
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Symposium on Microscopic Methods and Applications to Ultrafine Particle/PM2.5/PM10 Characterization and Source Apportionment

Mr. Gary Casuccio, Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group, Inc., will conduct a number of sessions at the Symposium on Microscopic Methods and Applications to Ultrafine Particle/PM2.5/PM10 Characterization and Source Apportionment in Xi’an, China.  The symposium, sponsored by The Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, RJ Lee Group, Desert Research Institute, and The ...
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RJ Lee Group Brings Semantics to Forensic Evidence Management with OWLIM

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., July 12, 2012) Pictures from the crime scene, tests on the murder weapon, the toxicology report; all the information a CSI investigator might need can now be retrieved and organized more easily with semantic technology.
RJ Lee Group, a developer of information management systems for law enforcement, has chosen to integrate the OWLIMTM ...
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Ms. Alison Murtha of RJ Lee Group Provides GSR Analysis and Testimony in Bermuda Criminal Trial

Bermuda’s The Royal Gazette Online reported that Ms. Alison Murtha, Forensic Scientist at RJ Lee Group laboratory in Monroeville, Pa. and expert gunshot residue witness, testified about her findings related to the trial of Garriko Benjamin. Mr. Benjamin is being tried for charges including possessing and unlawfully discharging a firearm.  Ms. Murtha explained that gunshot ...
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AIHce 2012 – American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo

Visit RJ Lee Group’s Booth #1125 at the AIHce 2012 conference and expo!
Please visit our website for your free copy of our presentations, our Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory Nanotechnology study or a FREE 30 Minute Consultation with a RJ Lee Group expert!  www.NANO.RJLG.com
RJ Lee Group provides consulting and testing to support product and ...
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RJ Lee Group Scientists Publish Article on Nanotechnology in International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Nanotechnology

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., May 5, 2012) Three scientists at RJ Lee Group, Inc., an industrial forensic laboratory and consulting firm headquartered in Monroeville, PA, co-authored an article on the integration of nanotechnology that will be published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Nanotechnology.  Dr. Kristin L. Bunker, Senior Scientist, Ms. Julianne Wolfe, Manager of ...
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Expert Analysis: The EPA’s Regulatory Changes Regarding Trichloroethylene & Safe Environmental Levels

VOCs may be found in soil and groundwater near industrial plants using solvents and in a variety of industrial and commercial processes including chemical manufacturing and petroleum refining.
In September 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its final health assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE), a chlorinated hydrocarbon commonly used in industrial degreasing solvent operations such ...
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RJ Lee Group Launches Newsletter and Microsite for the Intersection of Science, Policy, and Regulatory Matters

RJ Lee Group, Inc., announced a new initiative that will provide insights from company experts on issues relating to science, policy, and regulation.  The major elements of the initiative will be an e-mail newsletter entitled “Scientific Insights at the Intersection of Policy and Regulatory Matters” and a supporting microsite.  The inaugural edition of the bi-monthly ...
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Mr. Daniel Linder Heads RJ Lee Group’s New Geological Services Department

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., May 15, 2012) RJ Lee Group, Inc., a materials characterization laboratory and industrial forensics consulting firm headquartered in Monroeville, PA, welcomes Mr. Daniel Linder, Certified Professional Geologist to its team. Mr. Linder has worked as a professional in the field of geology for over 20 years, and as Senior Geologist, he will lead ...
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Dr. James Conca Co-Authors Editorial on Nuclear Waste Disposal in Tri-City Herald

In an editorial in the Tri-City Herald, a daily newspaper serving communities in southeast Washington State, Dr. James Conca, Director of RJ Lee Group’s Center for Laboratory Sciences in Pasco, WA, along with co-author Dr. Judith Wright, addresses issues regarding nuclear waste disposal.  The authors discuss a bill produced by the Senate Energy and Water ...
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RJ Lee Group Fields the PTR-MS Instrument for Real-Time VOC Monitoring

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., May 1, 2012) RJ Lee Group, Inc., a materials characterization laboratory and industrial forensics and environmental consulting firm, recently fielded the new Proton Transfer Reaction – Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) instrument that allows for monitoring of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  The PTR-MS does not require a gas supply and is Iight-weight, relatively small and ...
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Energy Expert Dr. James Conca Authors New Forbes.com Blog on Geopolitics of Energy

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., April 28, 2012) Dr. James Conca, international expert on sustainable energy development and Director of RJ Lee Group’s Center for Laboratory Sciences in Pasco, WA, is the author of a new Forbes.com blog “The GeoPolitics of Energy.”

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MFPT: The Prognostics and Health Management Solutions Conference

RJ Lee Group will have four team members in attendance and will be staffing Booth #7 at the 2012 MFPT Conference.  RJ Lee Group’s Matt Sedlak, Harlan Shober and Dr. Matt Perricone will be presenting various topics at the conference.  This year’s conference will focus on “Driving Efficient Operations and Maintenance” to help prevent component ...
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Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium

RJ Lee Group will have an exhibit at the 9th Annual Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium in Pasco, WA.  The Symposium focuses on government contracting and doing business with the Department of Energy in Hanford.

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2012 Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) Annual Meeting

RJ Lee Group will be exhibiting at Booth #111 at the 2012 PDA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  We will highlight our industrial forensic analysis capabilities related to foreign particulate matter (FPM) issues in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, particularly in the areas of quality assurance and quality control, RJ Lee Group’s Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) solutions ...
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RJ Lee Group Expert Provides Gunshot Residue Analysis and Testimony in Jordan Brown Homicide Trial

On April 13, 2012, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covered the trial of Jordan Brown, a juvenile charged with criminal homicide in the death of his father’s pregnant fiancée ( http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/region/jordan-brown-decision-expected-631177/). The victim suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head. In charging Mr. Brown, who was 11 years old at the time of the crime, police ...
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Dr. James Conca, Director of Center for Laboratory Science at RJ Lee Group, will discuss the Geopolitics of Energy at National Nuclear Fuel Cycle Summit as a featured presenter.

Dr. James Conca, RJ Lee Group Director of Center for Laboratory Science, will be presenting a featured seminar entitled “Geopolitics of Energy” at the National Nuclear Fuel Cycle Summit.  Dr. Conca’s seminar will explain that we know how to deal with nuclear waste – and that it’s all about the geology.  He will present the ...
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Hospital Employee Health Interviews Matt Zock on Monitoring Chemotherapy Drug Exposures

In the February 2012 issue of Hospital Employee Health, an industry journal focusing on effective administration of hospital employee health programs, RJ Lee Group Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Mr. Matt Zock, was interviewed about the risk of contamination from antineoplastic (chemotherapy) agents and other hazardous drugs in hospital pharmacies and oncology units. The journal article, ...
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RJ Lee Group’s Drew R. Van Orden Co-Authors Article on Asbestos Exposure in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., April 2, 2012) Drew R. Van Orden, Senior Consulting Scientist at RJ Lee Group, Inc., an industrial forensic laboratory and consulting firm headquartered in Monroeville, PA, is co-author of an article on asbestos exposure accepted for publication in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology.

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Science (Not the Politics) of Marcellus Shale

RJ Lee Group will be hosting the “Science (Not the Politics) of Marcellus Shale” seminar at its office in Monroeville, PA on March 31, 2012.  The event is sponsored by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, and is open to the public.  Rather than addressing the political issues surrounding Marcellus Shale, the speakers will ...
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Dr. Michael Blaszkiewicz Brings Materials Science Expertise to RJ Lee Group

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., March 26, 2012) Dr. Michael Blaszkiewicz has joined RJ Lee Group, Inc.’s  materials characterization laboratory and industrial forensics consulting firm as a Consulting Scientist. Dr. Blaszkiewicz brings an extensive background and expertise in materials science, particularly in the areas of ceramics, metals, and polymers, to the company. His major responsibilities will include contributing ...
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Dr. James Conca, RJ Lee Group Expert, Writes Forbes Editorial Arguing “Fukushima Refugees Are Victims Of Irrational Fear, Not Radiation”

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., March 26, 2012) Dr. James Conca, Director of the Center for Laboratory Science at RJ Lee Group, Inc., and an international expert on the environmental effects of radiation, recently published an editorial in Forbes online entitled “Fukushima’s Refugees Are Victims Of Irrational Fear, Not Radiation.”  Roughly a week after publishing the first piece, ...
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RJ Lee Group’s Gary Casuccio Co-Authors Manuscript to be Published in Environmental Science & Technology

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., March 21, 2012) Gary Casuccio, Vice President and Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group, Inc., is a contributing author to the manuscript “Single Particle SEM-EDX Analysis of Iron-Containing Coarse Particulate Matter in an Urban Environment: Sources and Distribution of Iron within Cleveland, Ohio,” which has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue ...
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Gary Casuccio, RJ Lee Group Scientist, to Present on Nuisance Dust at Platform Session at International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy & Air

Mr. Gary Casuccio, Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group, Inc., will present “A Forensics Approach to Investigations of Nuisance Dust” at Platform Session 3 – Air, Environment, Forensics at the 22nd Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy & Air sponsored by the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS). For more than 20 years, ...
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Elana Somple Will Present Forensic Analysis Seminar at Pittcon 2012

Elana Somple, Manager of the Forensic Science Department at RJ Lee Group, Inc., will be presenting a seminar entitled “Forensic Analysis: From the Lab to the Crime Scene” at Pittcon 2012 on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at at 9:00 AM.  Ms. Somple will discuss how gunshot residue (GSR) is analyzed and identified, including techniques such ...
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RJ Lee Group to Exhibit at Annual Waste Management (WM) Conference (WM2012) in Phoenix, Arizona

RJ Lee Group will be exhibiting at Booth #637 at the WM2012 Conference in Phoenix and Dr. James Conca, RJ Lee Group Senior Scientist, will be a participant on the panel “Assessing the Blue Ribbon Commission Report and Recommendations – What Did They Say and What Does it Mean?” Dr. Conca’s presentation “Deep Geologic Nuclear ...
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RJ Lee Group to Exhibit at 21st Annual CED Life Science Conference in Raleigh, N.C.

RJ Lee Group’s Pharmaceutical and Biotechnical Services group will have a table top exhibit at the 21st Annual CED Life Science Conference in Raleigh, N.C. The exhibit will introduce the newly launched Visual Inspection Particle Standards (VIPs) and highlight the recently published Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Magazine article “Characterizing Foreign Particulate Matter: Using Forensics in QbD,” written ...
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RJ Lee Group Analysis of 9/11 Police Uniform Spurs Demand for Release of Medical Data

In a press release issued on February 12, the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) demanded that the City of New York immediately release World Trade Center (WTC) cancer data. Officer Alonzo Harris, who worked for 700 hours during the rescue, recovery, and cleanup of the WTC, had sent the uniform he wore on ...
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Police Union Displays 9/11 Uniform Tested by RJ Lee Group in Meeting with NY Mayor Bloomberg

The New York Times reported that on February 12, 2012 New York police union leaders took with them the uniform of Police Officer Alonzo Harris, a respondent in the World Trade Center rescue efforts, when they called upon Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Their intent was to request that the Mayor release police medical records for a ...
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Forbes Interviews Dr. James Conca on Report from Obama’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future

In an article for Forbes online, staff reporter, Christopher Helman, interviewed Dr. James Conca, senior scientist with RJ Lee Group’s Hanford, Wash. facility on his thoughts on the January 26th Blue Ribbon Commission’s final report on what to do with America’s hundreds of thousands of tons of nuclear waste. Dr. Conca is a nuclear waste ...
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RJ Lee Group’s Dr. Kristin Bunker Elected Microanalysis Society (MAS) President-Elect

(MONROEVILLE, Pennsylvania) Dr. Kristin Bunker, Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group, Inc., has been elected president-elect of the Microanalysis Society (MAS) and will serve a three-year term (2012-2014) first as president-elect, and subsequently president and past-president.

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RJ Lee Group to be Featured on WQED Pittsburgh 360 Program

RJ Lee Group will be featured on WQED’s show Pittsburgh 360 on January 26th at 7:30 PM.

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[WEBINAR] GSR Testing and Analysis – Separating Fact from Fiction

Join us to discover the “truth” about Gun Shot Residue (GSR) testing and analysis. Our forensic scientists will present three case studies illustrating situations in which GSR testing results proved valuable to the case outcome. This webinar will provide up-to-date information regarding GSR myths and truths as well as an opportunity to question experienced criminal ...
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RJ Lee Group’s In-House “Group Troop” Organization Donates to Make-A-Wish for Second Year

(MONROEVILLE, Pennsylvania – January 11, 2012) For the second year in a row, the Group Troop organization at RJ Lee Group, Inc. made a holiday donation to Pittsburgh’s Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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2012 3rd USAF ASC/AFRL Engineered Nanomaterials Environment, Safety, & Health Workshop

RJ Lee Group Senior Scientist, Mr. Gary Casuccio, will deliver a presentation on “Development of a Thermophoretic Sampler for Collection of Nanoparticles” at the 11:00 – 11:30 AM session on Thursday, January 12, 2012.
The Air Force and the DoD are concerned with the human health and environmental risks of nanomaterials. Regarding the intense focus ...
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RJ Lee Group Corporate QA Manager Receives ASQ-Certified Quality Auditor

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., December 15, 2011) The Certification Board of ASQ (American Society for Quality) has named Ms. Erin Barozzini, RJ Lee Group Corporate QA Manager, as an ASQ-Certified Quality Auditor (ASQ CQA).

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RJ Lee Group Scientist Contributes to Article on Workplace Exposures to Nanomaterials

(December 6, 2011 MONROEVILLE, PA) Keith P. Rickabaugh, RJ Lee Group Senior Scientist, is a contributing author to the article “A Strategy for Assessing Workplace Exposure to Nanomaterials” published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene’s November 2011 issue.

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2011 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting and Exhibit

RJ Lee Group Materials Scientist, Dr. Jacqueline Sturgeon, will present an invited talk in Symposium MM11 “Micro- and Nanoscale Processing of Biomedical Materials” entitled “Formation of calcium-deficient fluoridated apatite from b-tricalcium phosphate at physiologic temperature.” The study was done in collaboration with P.W. Brown of the Intercollege Materials Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University. The talk ...
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RJ Lee Group’s GSR Expert Gives Evidence at Bermuda Supreme Court Trial

Bermuda’s Royal Gazette Online reported that gunshot residue (GSR) was found on the clothes of a man accused of participating in a shooting of two people outside a Bermuda movie theater. RJ Lee Group GSR expert, Keena Zitkovich, testified that gun shot residue was found on a sweatshirt and jeans confiscated from Mr. Sanchay Grant ...
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RJ Lee Group Donates Electron Microscope to Roane State Community College Oak Ridge, TN Campus

As reported on knoxnews.com (YourNews: Roane State receives new microscope), the electronic version of the Knoxville News Sentinel, RJ Lee Group, Inc. donated a scanning electron microscope (SEM) valued at approximately $75,000 to the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge, TN.

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GSR Testing and Analysis – Separating Fact from Fiction

Join us to discover the “truth” about Gun Shot Residue (GSR) testing and analysis. Our forensic scientists will present three case studies illustrating situations in which GSR testing results proved valuable to the case outcome. This webinar will provide up-to-date information regarding GSR myths and truths as well as an opportunity to question experienced criminal ...
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Dr. James Conca Tours WIPP Nuclear Storage Facility in “energyNOW!” Spotlight Segment

RJ Lee Group’s Dr. James Conca, a nuclear waste disposal expert, toured the world’s only deep geologic nuclear repository, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant or WIPP, located in Carlsbad, NM as part of a team hosting the weekly TV news magazine “energyNOW!” Spotlight with correspondent Patrick Lee Sullivan.

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Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners (IACME) Fall Meeting and Education Expo

RJ Lee Group will exhibit THEMIS – Criminal Information Systems. THEMIS is a suite of software applications for managing crime lab, medical examiner, and property room agencies.
THEMIS is a suite of software solutions that supports forensic laboratories with comprehensive management of day-to-day workflow. Software packages are easily and quickly customized to your individual laboratory ...
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2011 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition Look Toward the Next 25 Years

RJ Lee Group’s poster abstract submission, “Incorporating Industrial Forensics into a Quality by Design Approach for Foreign Particulate Matter Characterization,” has been accepted for presentation at the 2011 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition. Ms. Julianne Wolfe, Manager, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Services, will be responsible for the presentation. The anniversary exposition entitled “The Next 25 Years” ...
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Putting Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology into Practice

A professional development course offered by TVS-AIHA and NIOSH and sponsored by RJ Lee Group.
SPEAKERS:   Gary Casuccio and Keith Rickabaugh
11:15-12:00  Nanotech support for EPA-related issues – Gary Casuccio, RJ Lee Group
1:45-2:30  IH Field Practices for Nano-RECON – Keith Rickabaugh, RJ Lee Group
ABIH CM Points: 1.25 Industrial Hygiene Points, Approval#: 11-2457
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MS&T’11 – Materials Science and Technology 2011 Conference & Exhibition

Dr. Jacqueline Sturgeon, Materials Scientist, and RJ Lee Group’s visiting professor Dr. Jennifer Aitken will both make presentations at the MS&T’11 in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Sturgeon’s presentation is entitled “Micro- and nano-structures of I-III-VI2-based materials prepared via solvothermal processes.” Professor Aitken’s topic is “Crystal structure and surface analysis of diamond-like semiconductor single crystals.” Both Dr. ...
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Gunshot Residue (GSR) Techniques, Analysis and Interpretation

Duquesne University CHEM 691 Seminar
PRESENTERS:     Criminal Forensics Department Scientists
Keena Zitkovich and Allison Murtha
RJ Lee Group Forensic Scientists have testified in court numerous times on the subject of GSR including most recently at the Poplawski trial held in Pittsburgh.

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American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) 30th Annual Conference

Mr. Gary Casuccio, Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group, Inc. will make a platform presentation entitled “Characterization of Atmospheric Aerosols and Engineered Nanoparticles using Ultra-High Resolution SEM/STEM Technology, “at the AAAR Conference in October. Co-authors of the paper include Dr. Kristin Bunker, Senior Scientist, Ms. Traci Lersch, Scientist, and Dr. Robert Willis (U.S. EPA). The ...
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RJ Lee Group Website Receives Standard of Excellence Award

(September 27, 2011 MONROEVILLE, PA) RJ Lee Group Inc.’s website (www.rjlg.com) has received a B2B Standard of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development award from the Web Marketing Association.

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Duquesne University’s Celebration of Scanning Electron Microscopy (2011)

“Integrating Nanotechnology into the Life Sciences: Lessons Learned”
SPEAKER:        Dr. Kristin Bunker
The event at Duquesne University will explore the uses and applications of SEM including that of a new Hitachi S-3400N Variable Pressure SEM equipped with the Bruker EDS QUANTAX and CrystAlign EBSD System that the university purchased through an NSF-MRI grant.
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RJ Lee Group Article on Characterizing FPM Accepted for Publication in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Magazine

(MONROEVILLE, Pennsylvania – September 30, 2011) “Characterizing Particulate Matter: Using Forensics in a QbD Approach” has been accepted for publication in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Magazine as a two-part series in both the October and November 2011 issues.

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Dr. Richard J. Lee Recounts RJ Lee Group’s Involvement in WTC Aftermath

Dr. Richard J. Lee, CEO of RJ Lee Group, Inc., an industrial forensics laboratory headquartered in Monroeville, PA recounted in a recent Pittsburgh Tribune-Review interview the company’s involvement in the aftermath of the WTC collapse.

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8th International Corrosion Solutions Conference 2011 – CSC11

Scientists at RJ Lee Group, Inc. will present two papers at CSC11™ to be held in September. Dr. Matthew Perricone, Senior Scientist, will present the paper he authored entitled “Accelerated Alloy Development and Process Optimization through the Combination of Calculated Multi-Component Phase Diagrams.” A second paper, “Materials Failures: The Importance of Validating First Impressions,” co-authored ...
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10th Annual Contract Pharma – Contracting & Outsourcing 2011 Conference and Tabletop Exhibition

RJ Lee Group will host a tabletop exhibition at this two-day conference and one-day exhibition (September 22) organized by Contract Pharma magazine. This exhibition provides the perfect venue to discuss manufacturing, packaging, and laboratory services in the pharma and biopharmaceutical industries. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ, located in ...
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Navigating the Uncertainty of Nanotechnology: Insight from Characterization to Safety

Gary S. Casuccio, RJ Lee Group Vice President and Senior Scientist, will participate in the continuing Nano & Bio Roundtable™ Series presented by the Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN) in collaboration with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and East Carolina University. Mr. Casuccio will be one of three participants discussing the topic “An Ounce ...
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Dr. Kristin Bunker to Present at Duquesne University’s Celebration of Scanning Electron Microscopy (2011)

(MONROEVILLE, Pennsylvania – September 13, 2011) RJ Lee Group’s Senior Scientist, Dr. Kristin Bunker, will give a presentation on “Integrating Nanotechnology into the Life Sciences: Lessons Learned” at the 2011 Celebration of Scanning Electron Microscopy hosted by Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

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RJ Lee Group CEO Remembers 9/11 Project as Massive Undertaking

The Pittsburgh Business Times interviewed Dr. Richard J. Lee, CEO of RJ Lee Group, Inc. industrial forensics laboratory that conducted environmental assessments of buildings at the site of the World Trade Center event. “When you looked at that cloud that morning, you didn’t really think of that as anything more than dust and smoke,” Dr. ...
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“Advanced Forensic Studies of Concrete” to be Presented at Pittsburgh Chapter of International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) Dinner Meeting

Dr. Michael Silsbee, acting Director of Natural Resources and Sustainable Resources at RJ Lee Group, Inc., will speak on “Advanced Forensic Studies of Concrete” at the September dinner meeting of the ICRI in Pittsburgh. Dr. Silsbee has more than 30 years’ experience in the research and forensic studies of cement and concrete materials and in ...
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RJ Lee Group Assists Former NYC Police Officer in Analysis of WTC Dust on Uniform

CBS Pittsburgh KDKA Local online news reported the analysis of a piece of 9/11 history. Officer Alonzo Harris, a former NYC police officer during the World Trade Center collapse, preserved his uniform covered with dust after the event. Ten years later, after suffering respiratory difficulties, he wanted to know if the WTC dust had played ...
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Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 Tragedy

Ten years after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, staff at RJ Lee Group who were involved in assessing the environmental aftermath of the collapse of the Twin Towers reflect on their participation.

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RJ Lee Group’s Dr. Kristin Bunker Teams with 113 Industries as Scientific Advisor

(MONROEVILLE, Pennsylvania – August 24, 2011) Dr. Kristin Bunker, Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group, Inc. joins the team at 113 Industries as a Scientific Advisor. 113 Industries is a consulting company whose mission is to help clients convert new discoveries and technologies into viable products. In her role as scientific advisor, Dr. Bunker will ...
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Integrating Nanotechnology into the Life Sciences: Lessons Learned – Presented by RJ Lee Group and the Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center (BTEC), NC State University

Ms. Julianne Wolfe, Manager, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Services at RJ Lee Group, Inc., and Dr. Kristin Bunker, Senior Scientist, have been invited to conduct a seminar at the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University. This seminar will present a series of targeted case studies providing insight gathered from numerous nanomaterials ...
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RJ Lee Group, Inc. Supports Local STEM Careers and Project SEED

Allegheny Conference on Community Development’s Imagine Pittsburgh Online news blog recently named RJ Lee Group, Inc. as a local company supporting careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in Project SEED’s program to help grow the next generation of STEM leaders. Project SEED is an eight-week program that provides high-potential, underrepresented and economically challenged ...
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MSA Microscopy and Microanalysis 2011

Dr. Kristin Bunker, Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group, Inc, will be making two poster presentations at M&M 2011 in August. Dr. Bunker’s first paper entitled “Nanocharacterization of Carbon Nanotube Biosensors for Point-of-Care Diagnostics,” will be presented on Monday, August 8 from 3:30 PM – 5 PM at Symposium: P04P1 – Imaging and Spectroscopy of ...
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RJ Lee Group to Present Seminar on Nanotechnology Characterization for the Life Sciences

(MONROEVILLE, PA – July 15, 2011) Ms. Julianne Wolfe, Manager, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Services at RJ Lee Group, Inc., and Dr. Kristin Bunker, Senior Scientist, have been invited to conduct a seminar at the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University. As the life sciences incorporate nanomaterials into their Quality by ...
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RJ Lee Group Expert Witness Testifies at Poplawski Trial in Pittsburgh, Pa

WTAE.com in Pittsburgh reported on the fifth day of testimony in the homicide trial of Richard Poplawski accused of killing three Pittsburgh police officers. Friday’s first witness was Ms. Keena Zitkovich, a forensic science expert at RJ Lee Group, a materials characterization laboratory in Monroeville, Pa. Ms. Zitkovich testified about the gunshot residue found on ...
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Alex Sciulli, RJ Lee Group CEO, Suggests Manufacturing Demonstration Center for Pittsburgh

In a recent interview for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that discusses suggestions area manufacturers would add to a wish list for President Obama, Alex Sciulli, President and CEO of RJ Lee Group, noted, “I think Pittsburgh would be the perfect spot for a manufacturing demonstration center involving government, industry and the universities.” Mr. Sciulli described Pittsburgh ...
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RJ Lee Group and Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center (BTEC) Presents: Managing Foreign Particulate Matter (FPM) Investigations

Free Seminar: Managing Foreign Particulate Matter (FPM) Investigations
An Industrial Forensic Approach to Particulate Characterization for Manufacturing and Quality Assurance Investigations
Julianne Wolfe, Manager, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Services at RJ Lee Group, Inc., will conduct a free seminar on understanding how an Industrial Forensics approach can aid in new and existing foreign particulate matter (FPM) ...
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RJ Lee Group COO Interviewed on Growth as a Pittsburgh Impact Company

RJ Lee Group, Inc. was recently designated as a Pittsburgh Impact company – a company defined by its growth – by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. During a recent YouTube video interview by ImaginePgh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTcrgiRQoPs&feature=related , Mr. Alex Sciulli, President and COO of RJ Lee Group, Inc., was asked to discuss the company’s growth over the ...
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North Carolina Chinese Business Association (NCCBA) to Present Seminar “Beyond the Horizon” The Application of Nanotechnology in Personalized Medicine

Nanotechnology and Personalized Medicine are two of the most rapidly developing areas of biomedical research and the most promising technologies for improving healthcare and human life.
Dr. Lin Wu, Director of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Services at RJ Lee Group Inc., Monroeville, PA and one of the founding trustees of NCCBA will be the featured speaker in ...
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RJ Lee Group Sampler Included in the PA NanoMaterials Commercialization Project Portfolio

RJ Lee Group, Inc. in partnership with the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center, is commercializing a novel sampling technology for collection and analysis of airborne nanoparticles. The Personal Thermophoretic Nano-Particle Sampler (Nano-Sampler) will assist in monitoring workplace environments for nanoparticles. This lapel-mounted device deposits nanoscale particles directly upon sampling grids suitable for analysis in an electron ...
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Dr. Richard J. Lee Defines the Concept of Industrial Forensics in R&D Magazine Editors Picks Article “The Rising Phoenix”

(MONROEVILLE, PA – June 10, 2011) “The Rising Phoenix,” written by Dr. Richard J. Lee, CEO of RJ Lee Group, Inc., and published in the May/June issue of R&D Magazine, describes the evolution of the industrial forensics laboratory.

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RJ Lee Group Abstracts Accepted for Presentation at MS&T’11 – Materials Science & Technology 2011 Conference & Exhibition

(MONROEVILLE, PA – May 25, 2011) Three abstracts co-authored by RJ Lee Group scientists have been accepted for presentation at MS&T’11 – Materials Science & Technology 2011 Conference & Exhibition to be held October 16-20 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

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RJ Lee Group, Inc. Recognized as a “Pittsburgh Impact” company by Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

In a June 2 article, “Pittsburgh Impact Companies Share Ideas,” the Pittsburgh Business Times listed RJ Lee Group, Inc. as one of two dozen organizations recognized by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) as “Pittsburgh Impact” companies. According to the PRA, these are companies that have at least five employees, are engaged in almost every industry ...
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REGULATION OF NANOTECHNOLOGY – Where Innovation and Environmental, Health, and Safety Concerns Intersect

The program is being presented at RJ Lee Group, Inc. as part of the Nanotechnology Innovation Executive Briefing Series and will examine two major points of interest dealing with nanotechnology: regulatory and environmental. Mary Beth Deemer of the law firm Jones Day will begin by discussing the existing and proposed regulation of products containing nanoscale ...
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Bermuda’s Royal Gazette Online Recounts RJ Lee Group GSR Expert’s Testimony in Murder Trial

Keena Zitkovich, RJ Lee Group gunshot residue expert (GSR), gave evidence in the murder trial of David Cox in Bermuda as reported by Bermuda’s Royal Gazette Online (www.royalgazette.com). Ms Zitkovich explained that GSR consists of particles expelled from a gun when it is fired and the particles settle on people and objects near the gun. ...
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Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists

Visit us at Booth #21 at the MAAFS show in May in Virginia Beach, VA. The show workshop schedule includes such topics as “Microscopical Thinking and Trace Evidence” & “Laser Microdissection Methods and Techniques,” among others.
For more information, please visit our website www.GSR.RJLG.com . We offer free downloads on step-by-step guides regarding how to ...
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RJ Lee Group to Host Nanotechnology Innovation Executive Briefing Series on Regulation of Nanotechnology

(MONROEVILLE, PA – May 25, 2011) RJ Lee Group, Inc. will host a presentation in the continuing Nanotechnology Innovation Executive Briefing Series at their Monroeville Headquarters on Thursday, June 2, 2011. The title of the presentation is ”REGULATION OF NANOTECHNOLOGY― Where Innovation and Environmental, Health, and Safety Concerns Intersect, and it will be presented in two ...
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RJ Lee Group Will Present Seminar on Managing Foreign Particulate Matter Investigations at BTEC, North Carolina State University

(MONROEVILLE, PA – May 25, 2011)  Ms. Julianne Wolfe, Manager, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Services at RJ Lee Group, Inc., has been invited to conduct a seminar at the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University. The seminar entitled “Managing Foreign Particulate Matter (FPM) Investigations” – An Industrial Forensic Approach to Particulate ...
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AIHce 2011 – American Industrial Hygiene Association Conference

RJ Lee Group to Exhibit and Present Podium Session
ABSTRACT:  “Evaluation of the Potential Release of Unbound Engineered Nanoparticles at Laboratory Research Facility,” K. Rickabaugh, G. Casuccio, K. Bunker, R. Ogle
RJ Lee Group will host a special podium session that will present a multiphase pilot lab study that assessed the potential for worker exposure ...
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Bermuda Sun Highlights RJ Lee Group GSR Expert Testimony in Murder Trial

The online edition of the Bermuda Sun recounted the testimony of Ms. Allison Murtha, RJ Lee Group gunshot residue (GSR) expert, as she explained how she determined the distance between the shooter and victim in the ongoing Martin murder trial. After testing for the presence of lead on the victim’s jacket, Ms. Murtha noted, “We ...
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RJ Lee Group Forensic Scientist Gives Expert GSR Testimony at Bermuda Murder Trial

Online Bermuda news magazine, www.bernews.com , reported the testimony of Ms. Allison Murtha, RJ Lee Group, Inc. forensic scientist in an ongoing Bermuda murder trial. Having been confirmed by the Crown Counsel as a Gun Shot Residue (GSR) expert, Ms. Murtha went on to describe the chemical make-up of GSR and how, through analytical results, ...
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Dr. Richard J. Lee to Participate in PBI Seminar on Product Liability Trials

(MONROEVILLE, PA – May 11, 2011)   Dr. Richard J. Lee, CEO of RJ Lee Group, Inc. and expert witness, will present on expert witness preparation and testimony for products liability trials at two upcoming Jones Day PBI seminars. Dr. Lee will join Chuck Moellenberg, partner at Jones Day and PBI Session Program Chairman, whose law ...
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MFPT: The Applied Systems Health Management Conference 2011

RJ Lee Group will deliver a presentation and staff Table 1 at the MFPT Conference to discuss our flagship product – swift – web services integration framework tools. This year’s conference topic “Enabling Sustainable Systems” covers the technologies and applications to monitor equipment condition, health and degradation in the promotion of failure prevention technology. The ...
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Data Management and Nanotechnology Highlight RJ Lee Group’s Participation at Upcoming Industry Events

(MONROEVILLE, PA – April 25, 2011) RJ Lee Group’s participation in two upcoming industry conferences, the Applied Systems Health Management Conference 2011 sponsored by the Society for Machinery Failure Prevention Technology (MFPT) and the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce), will address leading hot topics in industrial hygiene and machine failure prevention.
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Engineering Sustainability 2011 – Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line

Dr. Michael Silsbee, Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group, Inc., will make a presentation on “Service Life Assessment of Concrete Materials” April 10 at Engineering Sustainability 2011 – Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line. The conference will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. and brings together engineers and scientists ...
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Dr. Linxian (Lin) Wu Joins RJ Lee Group BioPharma Group as Director

(MONROEVILLE, PA – April 4, 2011)  RJ Lee Group welcomes Dr. Lin Wu as Director of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnical Services at their Monroeville headquarters. As Director, Dr. Wu will be expanding RJ Lee Group’s forensic approach to biopharma foreign particulate identification and characterization as well as nanotechnology efforts in materials characterization pertaining to product R&D ...
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Pittcon 2011 Conference and Expo

Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA – March 13-18, 2011
RJ Lee Group to Host Technical Session and Present Papers
TECHNICAL SESSION:
“New Advances in Microscopic Imaging Techniques”, Monday, March 14, 2011
RJ Lee Group will host a special technical session that will cover some of the latest advances in high-resolution electron microscopy instrumentation, techniques, ...
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Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice (JOPP) Publishes Article on Hazardous Drug Preparation Systems Co-Authored by RJ Lee Group Scientists

Matthew D. Zock, CIH and Senior Scientist Keith P. Rickabaugh of RJ Lee Group, Inc. co-authored an article with Scott Soefje of the University of Texas Health Science Center that was published in the March 2011 issue of the Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice (JOPP). The article on closed-system transfer devices (CSTDs) is titled “Evaluation ...
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PACA’s 2011 Plant Operations Workshop and Tradeshow

Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA – March 2-3, 2011
RJ Lee Group to Host Presentation and Exhibit
BOOTH:  #18
ORAL PRESENTATION:
“Concrete Science Investigations”
SPEAKER: Michael R. Silsbee, Ph.D
DATE:  Wednesday, March 2, 2011
TIME:  1:15 pm -1:30 pm
LOCATION: Exhibit Hall, Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA
Dr. Michael Silsbee of RJ Lee ...
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Bermuda Sun Details RJ Lee Group Forensics Team Participation in Bermuda Police Department’s Crime-Solving Network

The Bermuda Sun online newspaper reported that RJ Lee Group’s forensic team, headed by Alfred (Skip) Schwoeble, is a vital part of the “collective and collaborative” effort of the Bermuda Police Department in solving gang-related gun crimes. According to the Bermuda police, forensic evidence is playing a crucial role in helping them win the war ...
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American Academy of Forensic Scientists (AAFS) Conference

VISIT RJ LEE GROUP AT BOOTH 703
RJ Lee Group’s forensic scientist, Allison Murtha, will introduce you to the many services we provide in support of Forensic Science professionals. Our services include gunshot residue and trace evidence including human hair comparison, paint comparison, animal hair identification and fiber identification.

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Dr. James Conca Co-Authors Policy Memo for U.S. Government

Dr. James Conca of RJ Lee Group, Inc. proposes a framework for future energy and climate legislation in his co-authored policy Memo “Getting Real About Energy: A Balanced Portfolio for America’s Future.”  Dr. Conca has also co-authored the book The GeoPolitics of Energy: Achieving a Just and Sustainable Energy Distribution by 2040.

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RJ Lee Group’s Systems Reliability Services Team Awarded SBIR Navy Contract

(Monroeville, Pa. – February 21, 2011) – The Department of Defense Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) recently awarded a Navy Phase I contract to the Systems Reliability Services team at RJ Lee Group, Inc. The goal of this Phase I contract is to develop life cycle and reliability prediction techniques for propulsion systems used in ...
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RJ Lee Group’s Allison C. Murtha in Cape Gazette

RJ Lee Group Inc. forensic scientist, Allison Murtha, was one of several expert witnesses who provided testimony in a recent Delaware murder trial. Ms. Murtha, who holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Science and Law from Duquesne University, testified on gunshot residue evidence found on the suspects in the murder of a Georgetown, DE Patrolman.

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Delaware Online Features Forensic Scientist, Allison C. Murtha

RJ Lee Group’s forensic scientist and expert witness, Allison Murtha testified in a Delaware murder trial on the results of gunshot residue tests taken from the suspects. Ms. Murtha concluded that although equal amounts of gunshot residue were present on both suspects this could not be interpreted to mean that one of the two fired ...
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RJ Lee Group Successfully Completes Phase III Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Unbound Nanoparticles Study

(MONROEVILLE, Pa. – January 25, 2011) RJ Lee Group, Inc., materials characterization and analytical services laboratory, successfully completed a multi-phase study on unbound nanoparticles (UNP). The study, conducted in collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), evaluated worker exposure and potential environmental release of UNP.

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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Cites Alex Scuilli in Leading Role to Remake Seagate Building in Strip

RJ Lee Group’s president and COO, Mr. Alex Scuilli, is leading the effort to establish a nonprofit organization to permit companies to lease spaces in the vacant Seagate building in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. The organization, known as Advanced Materials Business Creation Education and Research facility or AMBER, hopes to bring together companies with new ideas ...
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American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo (AIHce) Accepts RJ Lee Group’s Keith Rickabaugh Abstract for 2011 Portland Session (1)

“Evaluation of the Potential Release of Unbound Engineered Nanoparticles at a Laboratory Research Facility,” an abstract by RJ Lee Group’s Keith Rickabaugh, has been accepted for presentation at AIHce 2011. Mr. Rickabaugh will make the presentation at a special podium session on May 18 at the Oregon Convention Center.
The handling of unbound engineered nanoparticles ...
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RJ Lee Group’s In-House ‘Group Troop’ Organization Makes Single Largest Donation of $3,600 to Make-a-Wish

(MONROEVILLE, Pa. – January 26, 2011) The Group Troop organization at RJ Lee Group, Inc. contributed $3,600, its single largest donation of the year and the result of its blockbuster holiday Chinese auction, to Pittsburgh’s Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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Seagate Transformation; The Pittsburgh Business Times Notes RJ Lee Group’s Involvement in the AMBER project

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports RJ Lee Group, and president and COO Alex Scuilli’s leadership, in a project involving the Seagate Building in the Strip District in downtown Pittsburgh.

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RJ Lee Group Exceeds 2010 Expectations with Sales Growth of 33% to Kick-Start 2011

MONROEVILLE, Pa. – January 17, 2011 – RJ Lee Group, Inc., experts in materials characterization and testing and scientific analysis announces a 33% increase in revenue growth for the past year.

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Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Invites RJ Lee Group President & COO, Alex Sciulli, to Join PRA

RJ Lee Group President and Chief Operating Officer, Alex Sciulli, will join the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) as one of a select group of Private Sector Partnership members.

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Dr. James L. Conca Joins RJ Lee Group’s WSCF Operation

Dr. James L. Conca was named Director of Laboratory Operations at the DOE Hanford Nuclear Site’s Waste Sampling and Characterization Facility (WSCF). RJ Lee Group is a sub-contractor to Mission Support Alliance (MSA) at this facility and responsible for its management.

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Newly designed RJ Lee Group website showcases Industrial Forensics and testing capabilities from the macro to the nano scale

(MONROEVILLE, Pennsylvania – January 5, 2011) RJ Lee Group Inc., leading experts in materials characterization, testing and scientific analysis, has launched its completely redesigned corporate website. This new website reflects RJ Lee Group’s proven approach to scientific resolution and is designed to engage and interact with customers while providing them with valuable and up-to-date information.  Alex ...
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RJ Lee Group makes Top 10 Largest Pittsburgh-area Life Sciences/Medical Device Firm

RJ Lee Group makes the Top 10 largest Pittsburgh-area life sciences/medical device firm, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.  Mr. Alex Sciulli, RJ Lee Group’s COO, is also highlighted in the newest edition of the Book of Lists.

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EPA Awards Contract to RJ Lee Group

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded RJ Lee Group, Inc. an 800K contract to develop an expert particle analysis system (EPAS). The EPA’s Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division (HEASD) will use the system for quantitative analysis of air particulate samples in support of air pollution research, source apportionment and human exposure programs. ...
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American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting & Expo

VISIT RJ LEE GROUP AT BOOTH 1654
At RJ Lee Group, we investigate manufacturing inconsistencies, identify and source foreign material, participate in OOS investigations, and examine surface material abnormalities.
The AAPS Annual Meeting offers scientists the opportunity to see late-breaking research, scientific methodology and the latest technology, services, and supplies.

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Anna Maria Workshop XI

Dr. Michael Silsbee will represent RJ Lee Group at this year’s focus group to discuss the technical issues that arise when substitution rates of supplementary cementing materials are 50% or higher in cement.
The Anna Maria Workshop brings together professionals from different sectors involved in the concrete industry to discuss technical issues and to provide ...
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PDA Web Seminar: Coupling USP Methods and Automated Characterization Techniques to Facilitate a Quality by Design Approach

RJ Lee Group’s Julianne Wolfe will speak during a Coupling USP Methods and Automated Characterization Techniques to Facilitate a Quality by Design Approach PDA Web Seminar
Seminar Overview: This presentation will follow a scenario in which an industry standard is coupled with automated characterization techniques for foreign particulate matter analysis. The scenario will track the ...
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International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference: Orlando, FL

Visit RJ Lee Group’s Allison Murtha and Keena Zitkovich at booth 714 at this year’s IACP Conference in Orlando, Florida.
RJ Lee Group services more than 400 crime laboratories nationwide, offering a variety of forensic analyses which includes paint, hair, fiber, condum lubricant, gunshot residue, and headlamp examination. We ensure timely results that are reliable, ...
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ACI Convention and RJLG Laboratory Tour

RJ Lee Group WILL EXHIBIT AT ACI AND HOST TOUR Visit our team at the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Convention, October 24 – 26 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel and David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. RJLG will also be holding a live demonstration at the event on Tuesday, October 26 at ...
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AVS 57th International Symposium & Exhibition 2010: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Visit RJ Lee Group’s Brian Strohmeier and John Mastovich at booth 334 at this year’s AVS Symposium and Exhibition in Albuquerque, New Mexico. October 19 – 21,2010.
Our services are based on the highest level of expertise in optical and electron microscopy, surface analysis, analytical instrumentation, and software development. Leading organizations come to RJLG for ...
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RJ Lee Group’s WSCF Lab Earns Longest Standing Safety Record in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Complex

In Streamline’s November 2010 publication, the Mission Support Alliance (MSA) commended the Waste Sampling and Characterization Facility (WSCF) on their outstanding safety record.  The WSCF laboratory located in Pasco, WA, managed by RJ Lee Group, has safely worked one million hours, or approximately 12 years, without injuries.  The WSCF laboratory has added 18 new employees ...
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The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) 38th Annual Symposium

Visit our team in booth 203 at The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) 38th Annual Symposium, September 13th – 15th, 2010 in Baltimore, MD.
RJ Lee Group offers a suite of software applications for crime lab, medical examiner, and property room agencies that allows easier management of evidence and automation of workflow, chain ...
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PDA Webinar on the Use of Nanotechnology Instrumentation for Particle Size, Shape and Morphology in Drug Development

Dr. Kristin Lee Bunker, a Senior Scientist at RJ Lee Group, will share her expertise during a PDA Web Seminar on the Use of Nanotechnology Instrumentation for Particle Size, Shape and Morphology in Drug Development
Seminar Overview: This web seminar will highlight the use of electron microscopy for the analysis of nanomaterials within the pharmaceutical ...
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Energy, Inc.

Energy Inc. is a half-day conference, trade show and networking event that will focus on business opportunities in western Pennsylvania’s energy sector, including natural gas, nuclear and coal. Stop at booth #225 to see how RJLG can provide scientific resolution to your concerns about material failure, environmental impact, data management, and waste characterization, contract research ...
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RJ Lee Group’s COO, Alex Sciulli, Featured in Smart Business Pittsburgh Article

President and chief operating officer, Alex Sciulli, recently had the honor of being interviewed for an article in the locally-based publication, Smart Business Pittsburgh.  The article, entitled “Working Chemistry: How to Build Connections between Employees and Customers” explores employee-client relationships. 

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Web Seminar: Particle Contamination Issues in Manufacturing

RJLG’s Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology Group hosted a half day pharmaceutical webinar presented by experienced scientists in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, forensic, and materials characterization industries. These analytical and industrial experts paired up to give you timely information from both a manufacturing and laboratory perspective.
• “The Role of Forensic Analysis in the Biotechnological Manufacturing Industry”
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Pittcon

Abstracts
“Characterization of Nanomaterials Using Advanced FESEM/STEM and XPS Techniques,” Brian R. Strohmeier, Kristin L. Bunker, Jacqueline L. Sturgeon, John D. Piasecki, James P. Marquis, Jr., Traci L. Lersch, and Keith Wagner, Oral presentation on February 28, 2010, 3:15-3:35 PM, Room 206B.
“XPS and FESEM/STEM Surface Characterization of Activated Carbon, Carbon Black, and Carbon Nanotubes,” ...
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A to Z of Nanotechnology Recognizes Dr. Kristen L. Bunker as a Thought Leader in the Nanotechnology Community

RJ Lee Group’s Dr Kristin Bunker was featured on A to Z Nanotechnology’s website as a Thought Leader in the Nanotechnology Community. Dr. Bunker’s article, “Unbound Engineered Nanoparticles (UNP) – Evaluation of Unbound Engineered Nanoparticles from a Worker Exposure and Environmental Release Perspective,” addresses concerns about nanotechnology,  UNP safety, and reducing risks to the worker ...
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State-of-the-Art Instrumentation from Hitachi

RJ Lee Group has added several pieces of instrumentation to its collection of high-end analytical equipment, including the Hitachi HD-2300 field emission scanning transmission electron microscope (FE-STEM). The HD-2300 200kV FE-STEM is the newest high resolution, high throughput STEM/SEM designed for quick, comprehensive sample evaluation, with unmatched analytical capabilities and consistent high-end performance with the ...
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RJ Lee Group Launches New Service for Laboratory Clients

(Monroeville, PA – May 29, 2009) RJ Lee Group, Inc. has recently announced the launch of its latest innovation, RJLG connect. Powered by  RJ Lee Group’s  own eLIMS (Enterprise Laboratory Information Management System), this service creates a link (or builds a bridge) between customers and the lab, thereby enhancing the customer experience by improving their access ...
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A to Z of Nanotechnology, Recognizes Dr. Richard J. Lee’s Nanotechnology Expertise

Dr. Richard J. Lee was recognized by A to Z Nanotechnology as a Thought Leader in the Nanotechnology Community. In his article, “Nanomaterials – Securing the Future with Lessons from the Past,” Dr. Richard J. Lee explains the importance of Nanotechnology and how RJ Lee Group maintains a safe working environment.

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RJ Lee Group Welcomes New President and COO Alex Sciulli

(Monroeville, PA – May 6, 2009)  RJ Lee Group, Inc. announced today that its board of directors has appointed Alex G. Sciulli, P.E., D.E.E. as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Sciulli joins RJLG having most recently served as executive vice president, director of corporate real estate services at National City Corporation in ...
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RJ Lee Group Responds to New Legislation Regarding Consumer and Children’s Product Safety

RJ Lee Group’s Consumer Product Safety Services is a comprehensive series of testing programs for manufacturers, importers and retailers of consumer products and children’s products.  New legislation, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), signed August 2008, imposes new limits for lead, heavy metals, and phthalates, and widens the range of responsibility and liability for ...
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RJ Lee Group Completes Circle of Work at Ground Zero Location

RJ Lee Group became involved at Ground Zero, site of the September 11, 2001 attacks, early in the area’s rebuilding phase.  Today, as experts with sensitivity to the area’s history, RJ Lee Group is completing the circle of work as it partners with a group of experts involved with the One World Trade Center Project.  ...
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RJ Lee Group Announces Work on Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link Project

Twelve Mile Project Links Germany to Denmark for Improved Commuter and Economic Access
RJ Lee Group’s Niels Thaulow will continue his work in concrete analysis with the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link Project, which will connect Germany to Denmark across the Fehmern Straight by 2010. The proposed 12 mile stretch of tunnel will significantly reduce the travel ...
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RJ Lee Group Teams with Lockheed Martin, Wins $3 Billion Mission Support Contract (MSC) at Hanford Site

Pasco, Washington – RJ Lee Group is one of several pre-selected subcontractors participating in a multi-billion dollar contract to provide support services for the environmental cleanup mission at Hanford nuclear reservation. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on April 28, 2009, that Mission Support Alliance, LLC, has been selected as the mission support contractor for ...
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RJ Lee Group Meets with Congressman Tim Murphy, Representative for the 18th District of Pennsylvania to U.S. House of Representatives

Congressman Tim Murphy visited RJ Lee Group, Inc. headquarters in Monroeville, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 15, for a tour of the laboratories, a chili cook-off, and a discussion of the company’s current initiatives and his priorities in Congress.  The Congressman was wrapping up his Spring District Work Period by spending time with businesses located in ...
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RJ Lee Group Receives $2.5 Million towards Tire Recycling Plant Construction in Greene County

RJ Lee Group has received $2.5 million from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to be used towards building a cutting-edge tire depolymerization plant in Cumberland Township. During a presentation on October 24 at RJ Lee Group’s EverGreene Technology Park facility, Dr. Richard Lee, president, accepted a ceremonial check for monies that will be applied ...
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RJ Lee Group Improves Capabilities in X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy with Purchase of K-Alpha System

RJ Lee Group, a Pittsburgh-based scientific analysis, consulting, and development firm, announces the upcoming launch of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s K-Alpha X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) system in their analytical work.  XPS is a surface spectroscopic technique that measures elemental composition within the topmost 2-10 nanometers of a material surface.  XPS can also provide important oxidation state ...
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RJ Lee Solutions and RJ Lee Group Join Forces

Pasco, WA – RJ Lee Solutions, LLC (RJLS) announces today the beginning of a transition to join RJ Lee Group, Inc.  Both companies have worked closely for nearly a decade. RJ Lee Group and RJLS have combined resources to become a destination for criminal forensic laboratory analysis, renowned gunshot residue expertise and information technology solutions. ...
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RJ Lee Group and CBC Add Value to Local Workforce

As the fall semester of a new school year is once again upon millions of college students, RJ Lee Group announces how its partnership with Columbia Basin College (CBC), located in Pasco, Washington, is adding value to the Tri-Cities.

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RJ Lee Group’s CLS and Columbia Basin College Make Investment in the Future of Wine Analysis

PASCO, WA – RJ Lee Group’s Center for Laboratory Sciences (CLS), in partnership with Columbia Basin College (CBC), announces the purchase of a new, state-of-the-art ThermoFisher Konelab 20XT Arena analyzer. This automated laboratory instrument will be used primarily in the analysis of wine and juice, as well as agricultural products and byproducts. The analyzer will ...
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“Artful Asbestos” Wins Best Overall Image

The “Artful Asbestos” image, taken and submitted by RJ Lee Group’s Matt Sanchez, was awarded Best Overall Image at the Inter/Micro 2008 Photomicrography Competition at the Inter/Micro Conference.

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Delta-Energy Awarded for Resource Recovery Technology Innovation

Delta-Energy, one of RJ Lee Group’s spin-off companies, is the recipient of the 2008 Frost & Sullivan Award for Resource Recovery Technology Innovation for its development of the DEPolymerization(TM) process, a breakthrough technology to capture all the carbon possible from scrap tire shred.

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RJ Lee Group’s Education Initiative Goes National

WAYNESBURG, PA, May 7, 2008 – RJ Lee Group announces today that they will bring their education platform to a national level through a potential partnership with Northwest Missouri State University (NMSU).

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Satellite Sites: WA

RJ Lee Group’s satellite sites are busy moving, gearing up for seasonal work, adding new staff and developing and supporting large contracts. RJ Lee Group is a subcontractor to work that Fluor Hanford is performing in Hanford, WA.

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What’s New in the Laboratory – Criminal Forensic Services

The Criminal Forensics Department has had a busy 4th Quarter. The Group added two employees, presented at training for law enforcement officers who investigate cold cases, and testified in a trial where an alternate light source was used to view gunpowder residue.

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RJ Lee Group and Waynesburg University Showcase Economic Development at the State Capitol

House Resolution 406 designated October 16, 2007, as “Independent College and University Day” in Pennsylvania. This, as the State has the second largest number of private colleges and universities in the nation; and those schools enroll 266,000 of the students in higher education in this Commonwealth. On that date, a special event was to take ...
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Conference Corner – RJ Lee Group’s Pharmaceutical Group Exhibits at AAPS

RJ Lee Group exhibited at The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Conference November 12-14, in San Diego, CA. The show provided a dynamic international forum for the exchange of knowledge among scientists to enhance their contributions to health. Karen Sutch, Ellen Martin and Tricia Egry fielded questions from potential clients on topics such as particle ...
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PROJECT UPDATE: Greene County (EHM+DRC)

The RJ Lee Group team at the EverGreene Technology Park in Waynesburg, PA is hard at work supporting current system deployments and developing the next generation of Air Force software systems.  The team is currently underway supporting IV&V (testing) on the recently developed Air Force Propulsion Community portal system supporting a Federated and Service Oriented ...
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RJ Lee Group Names New Manager of Corporate Chemistry

RJ Lee Group announces the promotion of Dr. Lykourgos Iordanidis to Manager of Corporate Chemistry. In this role, he is responsible for day-to-day management of the laboratory operations in Monroeville, PA and Pasco, WA. His primary objectives in the near term are to accelerate the integration of analytical chemistry production between Washington and headquarters. This ...
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RJ Lee Group Names New COO

RJ Lee’s Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Richard J. Lee announced today the naming of Charles Spangler, Jr. as new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Former COO and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) David James will continue in his role as RJ Lee Group’s CFO, as well as assume the Senior Vice President (SVP) ...
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RJ Lee Group Receives Grant to Implement Depolymerization Process for Greene County Tire Pile

PITTSBURGH – RJ Lee Group has been awarded a $250,000 grant to perform a study on tires that will be removed from the Kiger tire pile in Perry Township in Greene County, PA. Here, significant numbers of scrap tires are currently being stored. The Kiger grant will help to define the quality of the end ...
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RJ Lee Group Experts Exhibit Spinal Implant Services at NASS

RJ Lee Group’s (RJLG) medical device experts exhibited at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS) in Austin, Texas, October 23-27, 2007, at the Austin Convention Center.

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RJ Lee Group Spin-off Introduces Product Line

RJ Lee Group’s spin-off company, Delta-Energy, LLC. – a petroleum-based resource recovery company, at the 2007 Rubber Expo, introduced its first commercialized product, D-E Black®, a carbon black based product recovered from tire shred and used as an alternative to virgin carbon black in rubber and plastic compounds. The commercial introduction of D-E Black marks a significant ...
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RJ Lee Group’s Criminal Forensic Director Invited to Join SWGGSR

A.J. ‘Skip’ Schwoeble, director of RJ Lee Group’s Criminal Forensic Department, has been invited to become a member of a Scientific Working Group of Gunshot Residue (SWGGSR). This group developed out of the FBI GSR Symposium in Quantico, Virginia, in June of 2005.

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RJ Lee Group Senior Staff Presents at M&M 2007

Two members of RJ Lee Group’s senior staff attended the Microscopy and Microanalysis 2007 Conference, the annual meeting of the Microbeam Analysis Society (MAS) and Microscopy Society of America (MSA). It was held August 5-9 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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RJ Lee Group Partners with Chemistry Program for High School Students

RJ Lee Group is one of several local businesses that has partnered with Duquesne University to support a program that provides research opportunities to outstanding local high school students. Project SEED, which is in its fourth year at Duquesne, exposes economically disadvantaged high school students to hands-on research as they work one-on-one with faculty and ...
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RJ Lee Group Hosts Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo

RJ Lee Group recently sponsored the first Greene County Business Expo hosted by the Waynesburg Chamber of Commerce. The theme was ‘Discover Greene County’s Hidden Treasures’.

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PROJECT UPDATE: Greene County (EHM+DRC) (1)

 
Air Force EHM+DRC Program update
Since program inception in 2004, the Engine Health Management Plus Data Repository Center Program continues to maintain momentum and grow. RJ Lee Group’s success on the program is attributed to ongoing top performance and commitment to the Air Force. Our current EHM+DRC contracts extend through 2012 valued at $15.5M.
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Building America’s Communities Through Community and Economic Development

RJ Lee Group and Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) have formed a partnership to help local and state governments leverage federal funding to improve their communities through innovative and collaborative community and economic development programs.

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RJ Lee Group’s Education Group Awarded NSF Phase 1 SBIR Grant

RJ Lee Group has been awarded another Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 grant with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to demonstrate the feasibility of developing an innovative virtual analysis environment to educate, train and test post-secondary students and professionals in the use of microscopic analysis of materials in the areas of geology, forensic ...
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RJ Lee Group Acquires Licensing Agreement to Manufacture and Distribute the UNC Passive Aerosol Sampler

RJ Lee Group has recently been granted the exclusive license to manufacture and market the University of North Carolina (UNC) Passive Aerosol Sampler. This innovative and cost effective device can be used to collect particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) in indoor and ambient air environments. The sampler is about the size and weight of a ...
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RJ Lee Group’s Forensic Group Assists National Geographic in Expert Analysis for Production of ‘The Great Inca Rebellion’ Documentary

A cemetery containing burials from the last days of the Inca Empire tells a very different story of the Spanish Conquest than that told by the conquistadors. See RJ Lee Group’s expert analysis of one of those burials whose well-preserved skeleton reveals horrific injuries.

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RJ Lee Group Scientist to Represent at National Level of ASM International

RJ Lee Group’s Dr. Matthew J. Perricone has accepted a seat on the Chapter Council of ASM International (The Materials Information Society) representing District 10, which encompasses most of the state of Pennsylvania, including the Pittsburgh, Penn State, and Philadelphia chapters. Dr. Perricone has been heavily involved with ASM, most recently as the chair of the ...
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RJ Lee Group’s Quality, Validation and Compliance Solutions Highlighted at INTERPHEX 2007

RJ Lee Group, Inc., a leader in pharmaceutical and biotechnology problem solving, showcases its complete range of analytical laboratory and consulting services at INTERPHEX in New York City, April 24-26, 2007.

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RJ Lee Group Scientist Named a MAS Director

RJ Lee Group’s Dr. Kristin Lee Bunker has been elected a Microbeam Analysis Society (MAS) Director for 2007-2009. Dr. Bunker is a scientist in the technical consulting group at RJLG. Most recently, she has been focused on a project involving the characterization and identification of minerals from mining deposits using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning ...
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RJ Lee Group Readies for Permanent Residence in Greene County

RJ Lee Group is due to have a huge 2006, filled with milestones and major achievements, an executive for the high-tech defense contractor announced Thursday.
Glenn Harmon, vice president for RJ Lee Group, presented an update on the company’s plans to Greene County commissioners as well as members of the media. “We are extremely optimistic ...
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