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Celebrating 25 Years

Eagleson Institute was founded on April 1, 1989. Throughout the past 25 years, the Institute has demonstrated a passion for promoting health and safety. In this anniversary issue of our newsletter, we’d like to express our gratitude to all the individuals and organizations who have shared our passion and partnered with us to make laboratories, and those who work in and near them, safer. Thank you for helping to make the past 25 years a success! Continue Reading

Instructor Spotlight

David Stuart, PhD, known around the world as "Doc," has been one of Eagleson Institute's instructors since its inception. In fact, he began conducting training on Class II biosafety cabinets even before the Institute was founded. We are pleased to profile Doc in this anniversary newsletter.

Growing up on a farm in Maine, working side by side with his father and grandfather, young David Stuart learned to work hard and solve problems as they arose.

When the Maine farm boy went off to Gordon College in Beverly, Massachusetts, a course in microbiology stimulated his interest in the very small. (His fascination with small things remains, as is evident to those who have heard him explain how particles are captured in a HEPA filter!)

After nine years of working his way through college doing various jobs from working on the family farm to operating elevators at Filenes’ Department Store, Dave graduated from Gordon with degrees in Bible Studies and General Biology, and nearly another in Psychology. While at Gordon, Dave also fulfilled the requirements for certification as a school teacher, and has been teaching, in one form or another, ever since. Continue Reading

Where in the World

For the first time, our international guests from warm climates got the chance to experience snow at the Eagleson Institute.  The snow was very dry and powdery, but Institute staff were determined to teach our guests how to build a snowman.  With over 20 gallons of water, and a lot of work, we were able to construct a snowman with the dry snow.  Everyone loved decorating the snowman and playing in the snow.  One question we remember hearing frequently was "Is it ok to touch it [the snow] with my bare hands?"  As soon as they realized it wouldn't hurt them, the snowballs started flying! Continue Reading


In 2013 we had great success with our BSL3 seminar series in our new location at the NC State Public Health Lab in Raleigh.  Once again the series will be offered there with some exciting new additions. 

This year we have many exciting conferences planned.  Details on each can be found on their corresponding webpages.

JAN 25-29: CDC International Symposium on Biosafety
Atlanta GA | www.eagleson.org/CDC

APR 28 - MAY 1: BSL3 Seminar Series
Raleigh, NC | www.eagleson.org/BSL3

JUN 8-10: Occupational Health Colloquium
Providence, RI | www.eagleson.org/OCCHEALTH

OCT 6-10: Total Worker Health & Healthier Federal Workers
Bethesda, MD | www.eagleson.org/TWH

Of course, our complete schedule is listed at www.eageson.org/2014 and our 2014 Interactive Catalog is now live at www.eagleson.org/CATALOG

In this Issue:

Celebrating 25 Years
Instructor Spotlight
Where in the World
2014 At-A-Glance
2013 EI Honor Society
Remember 1989

We are pleased to announce the three members added to the Eagleson Institute Honor Society in 2013.  The Honor Society is for those who have attended five or more of our regular classes.  Congrats to the following:

Bill Mele, Chemistry & Industrial Hygiene, Inc, Wheat Ridge, CO
Louis Raubenheimer, Air Filter Maintenance Services, Kya Sand Randburg, South Africa
Kimberly Coughlin, Microtest Laboratories, Agawam, MA

Looking back to '89


Average Income: $27,450
New Car: $15,350
New Home: $120,000
1 Gallon Gas: $0.97
Postage Stamp: $0.25

First modern-era GPS Satellite placed into orbit

Nintendo Gameboy Introduced

First release of Microsoft Office

Berlin Wall comes down

Toyota launches Lexus brand

The Exxon Valdez hit the rocks

Yugo Cars goes bankrupt

Seinfeld and The Simpsons premire

Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Joe Jonas and Hayden Panettiere are born

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