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Welcome Chad Teubert, Facilities Technician! Change
Please join me in welcoming Chad Teubert (pronounced Tie-Bert) to the Russell Labs Facilities and Instrumentation Team.
Chad may look familiar as he was with FP&M for the past 4 ½ years and has had Russell as one of his assigned buildings.
We are looking forward to having Chad help us with the many requests and challenges that are related to our 3 departments.
Chad is currently setting up shop in Tom’s old shop, B54G, but he will be moving into my shop/office B81 in the near future. We are working to get him up and running with cell phone, office phone, and email as soon as possible. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be patient with us as we get him acclimated to the Russell Labs team.
Thank you all for helping keep Russell successful!
Congratulations to Tim Lorenz, Our New Hub Facilities & Instrumentation Manager Change
Please join us in warmly congratulating Tim Lorenz, our new Hub Facilities, Instrumentation and Building Manager!
Tim started at Russell Labs in 2016 as an Instrument Maker and was promoted after John Wipperfurth’s retirement.
His contact information and schedule can be found on the staff page of the Hub website.
You can find a full list of the services Facilities and Instrumentation offers on their area homepage.
UW-Madison’s annual benefits enrollment period is happening 9/25/2023 – 10/20/2022. Annual Benefits Enrollment is the only time you can make changes to certain benefits without having an eligible life event (for example, marriage, birth, or divorce) or qualifying employment change during the year.
Certain benefits (like High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) require re-enrollment each year.
You can also access the form by clicking the beige Request Service from Facilities button on the Hub homepage.
Please use this form as an alternative to direct emails or phone calls or stopping the Facilities crew in the hallways and asking us for help. This is new to all of us, so we ask for your patience with this as well. And, as always, constructive criticism is welcome.
How to Reserve Department Vehicles Resource
Check out our new KB doc on how to reserve department vehicles. It includes:
Lower Your Lab Repair Bills: A Little Training Goes a Long Way Tip
Fall brings new lab members, and a great opportunity for training them on how to use lab equipment safely.
Lab equipment is expensive and could be problematic to replace. Equipment repairs or replacements could delay work for days or weeks.
Help keep your lab equipment up and running with the following tips.
At a lab meeting, discuss shared equipment like autoclaves, cold rooms, and refrigerators. Describe where the lab managers keep the operating instructions.
Detail the cost of the lab equipment to new lab members.
Explain that broken lab equipment could delay the lab’s work for days or weeks.
Have an existing lab member demonstrate how to use the equipment, and shadow new lab members until they are comfortable using the equipment.
Encourage new lab members to ask for help if they have questions, and not to attempt any repairs.
If you have a -80 degree freezer – check and clean the condenser filters on your freezer every three months. If you don’t know how to do this, please contact Tim Lorenz (email@example.com).
Dispose of dry ice properly:
Do NOT leave dry ice in lab sinks. It will break the sinks due to the temperature differential, and your lab will have to pay to replace the sink. You will also have to wait for the sink to be ordered and installed.