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BRL Participates in IAEA Scallop CRM Certification

Brooks Rand Labs participated in a recently-published interlaboratory certification campaign for trace metals and methylmercury in scallop samples for the Marine Environmental Studies Laboratory (MESL) of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Environment Laboratories (IAEA-NAEL). Of the sixteen laboratories that participated in the study, Brooks Rand Labs was the only one whose results were used in the certification of every analyte that appears on the resulting IAEA-452 CRM Certificate. View the Certification Report for CRM IAEA-452 (Scallop). In this report, Brooks Rand Labs is referenced as Laboratory Code 9.

Arsenic Speciation Poster Presentation at the 2014 Winter Conference

In case you missed us at the 2014 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry in Florida from January 6 through January 11, our Trace Metals Research Chemist, Tamas Ugrai, presented a poster on a Brooks Rand Study, entitled “An International Intercomparison Study for Arsenic Speciation in Food”. The study focused on arsenic speciation in four food matrices: brown rice flour, white rice flour, kelp powder, and apple juice. Read more about the study by downloading the poster and the final study report. Brooks Rand Labs specializes in Arsenic Speciation and metals analyses of food products. To find out more contact us today!

Announcing Our New Website

Brooks Rand Labs is pleased to announce that we have launched a new website. It is our goal to provide a high level of service for our customers everyday and our new website was designed with you in mind. This new site will make it easier for our customers to find information about our servicesexpertise, and even our team. We love what we do, we are active in the science community, and we are passionate about the services we provide. Visit our new website today and follow our news stream to find out what we are up to! While you are there, don’t miss our orange ‘Quick Question’ link on the bottom of each page, which allows you to easily send a question to one of our experts and receive a real-time answer quickly via email!

Mercury Gurus Endeavor to Map North America

The daunting question of how to manage land and wildlife with respects to impacts made by mercury cycling and bioaccumulation are difficult to address on a local, regional, national, and international level. In a collaborative effort lead by the Biodiversity Research Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey, with involvement of mercury researches from many agencies and institutions, the Western North American Synthesis (WNAMS) Project was created to take on these questions. WNAMS is comprised of the world’s leading mercury researchers who are compiling data (sediment, water, invertebrates and other biota, emissions, mining, etc.) and formulating a holistic synthesis of the western regions of the U.S., Canada, and parts of Mexico. The intent of this project is to better determine the factors which drive mercury methylation and accumulation. This knowledge is essential for management and long term planning, and will hopefully reduce mercury impacts.

An endeavor such as this worthy of much more coverage; Brooks Rand Labs would encourage you to read about this project further at the Biodiversity Research Institute website. Also, data sets that have not been made publicly available would be welcomed for evaluation; please contact one of the four principal investigators listed on the website regarding submittal.

For more than 25 years, Brooks Rand Labs has been involved in supporting vital mercury research such as the WNAMS project with our specialized mercury speciation services.