Labeling Cassettes

Histopathology Tissue Submission Labeling Cassettes

Labeling Cassettes

Label cassettes as shown. Use ONLY a sharp No. 2 lead pencil or a ShurMark or similar histology marker. Don't use
a Sharpie
or similar marker, even if it is supposed to be solvent-resistant.
The combined effects of the xylene, ethanol, and hot paraffin used in processing will remove the labels, and if that happens your samples will be unidentifiable.

Please use no more than 6 or 7 characters. Small characters are hard to read, especially after coating with paraffin, and could result in your specimens being mislabeled. If you need to place more information on the cassette, write on the side(s). Only the label on the label end of the cassette will be placed on the slide.

Our cassette labeller imprints clear, permanent labels as shown on the yellow cassette. We can label cassettes for you for a small charge.


Since it's easier to write on the label end of the cassette with the cassette lying down, we often get cassettes with the labels upside down. It doesn't hurt anything, but if you file your blocks in a block file, which positions the label up, the labels will be hard to read.

Illegible labeling is one of the most common problems we encounter.

You can purchase cassettes from us [fees page] or from vendors of histology supplies.

Additional News and Announcements

  • 2017 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program

    ​​UAB has been invited to nominate an early stage investigator for the 2017 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars ProgramThe full application is not due until January 20, but our office has to formally nominate UAB’s candidate by December 9. 
     
    It is asked that interested investigators please discuss with the Chair or Division Director and then contact Dr Kent Keyser by Wednesday, December 7th with a 1 page summary of the project and a 2 paragraph assessment of the candidate, signed by the Chair or division director.
     
    We apologize for the short timeline. 
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 12/02/16
  • ​Victoria Leslie Cooper, CIP, named Director of the Office of the Institutional Review Board (OIRB)

    Victoria Leslie Cooper, CIP, has been named director of the UAB Office of the IRB (OIRB) effective January 1, 2017.  Leslie comes to this position with over 17 years of experience in human research protections.  Over 13 years of that experience is with the OIRB, having previously held positions of assistant director and associate director in the OIRB.
     
    During her tenure in the OIRB, Leslie has coordinated submissions of industry-sponsored trials to Western IRB (WIRB).  More recently, Leslie has been a leader in the field as human research protection programs develop single and central IRBs.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 12/02/16
  • OSP News and Updates - November 29, 2016

    • Unit Assignments/OSP: OSP Officers are assigned by unit to more evenly distribute the workload.  The listing will help you identify the appropriate contact(s) when you need assistance in proposal preparation, contract assignment, or help with post award issues and questions.
    • Training Needs Survey: OSP would like your feedback on campus training needs in the area of sponsored projects.  We encourage you to complete this short survey so that we can develop a comprehensive training program. 
    • Fee for Service (FFS)- Amended policy for research related FFS to be retroactive to 7/1/16: The F&A rate is changing from 30% to 15%.  Executed fee-for-service agreements assessed at the 30% F&A rate will be retroactively corrected to 15% F&A rate.  To assist the campus in determining to which office to send your FFS, we have developed a decision tree.  Please note submission through OSP requires completion and attachment of the Extramural Checklist including the Responsible Personnel List.
    • Uniform Guidance (UG) Brochure: A Uniform Guidance Quick Guide brochure has been developed with faculty and administrators in mind.  This brochure highlights the most important aspects of UG that faculty need to know regarding federal funding.  We hope you find it useful. Please print 2-sided in color for best effect.
    • At-Risk Accounts for Industry Sponsored Clinical Trial Agreements: Along with three academic departments, OSP, the IRAP support team, and GCA have been piloting a pending account process for industry sponsored clinical trial agreements for the last several months.  “At-Risk Accounts” (aka “Pending Accounts”) are used to assist in tracking the actual cost of conducting a clinical trial, therefore, it is very important that the clinical departments use the At-Risk Account to facilitate appropriate accounting for expenditures associated with study activation including, study start-up fees and personnel expenses. 
      Effective January 1, 2017, this process will be rolled out across campus.

      What is the Process?
      1. OSP receives your complete submission; including a signed Extramural Checklist for an Industry sponsored clinical trial.
      2. The OSP Officer reviews the Extramural Checklist and updates IRAP, which triggers a notification to grants and contracts accounting.
      3. Accounting sets up the At-Risk Account and notifies the PI/department. The start date of the pending/at risk account will be 1 year prior to the receipt date of the checklist by OSP to enable sites to charge activities related to study start up. And the account will remain ‘pending’ for 1 year after creation unless the account is either activated or terminated.
      4. Department/Site applies start-up charges to the new account and then continues to use when becomes active. This includes start-up fees for IRB, Pharmacy, Radiology, etc., as well as personnel expenses associated with the time required for study activation procedures.
    • Reminder Regarding Revised Responsible Personnel List (RPL) Instructions: Revised RPL submissions are submitted when you are adding or removing responsible personnel from an existing project.  When submitting a Revised RPL, please only include the names of those Responsible individuals being added to or removed from the project. For each individual, list the name, BlazerID, and project role and check the Add or Remove box, as applicable.  Do not list everyone on the proposal; only list changes.  For full instructions, please click here.
    Attachments:
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 11/29/16
  • Final RPPR To Be Used Effective Jan. 1, 2017

    The Final Research Performance Progress Report (F-RPPR) will replace the Final Progress Report (FPR) for grants closeout, effective January 1, 2017.  The F-RPPR will be available for use in eRA Commons on January 1, 2017. For small businesses, the new F-RPPR will be in effect at least 2 months later, due to the unique final reporting requirements that they face under the SBIR/STTR policy directive. If you have a final progress report due, and you wish to use the old FPR format of an uploaded document, you must submit the FPR before January 1, 2017. NIH will no longer accept any of the old format FPRs on or after January 1, 2017.
     
    For more information, see Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-022. Visit the NIH RPPR web page, and check out November’s eRA Items of Interest article
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 11/25/16
  • UAB Effort Reporting Policy FAQs Published

    UAB has recently published Effort Reporting Procedures in the UAB Policy Library.  Subsequent to its publication, additional information has been added in the form of FAQs.  These FAQs have been appended to the bottom of the page. 
    The Effort Reporting Pocedures page can be found in the UAB Policies and Procedures  Library here:   
    http://www.uab.edu/policies/content/Pages/UAB-UC-PRO-0000778.aspx.  Please note that additional FAQs may be added over time, so please reference the official page for any updates.
     
     
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 11/16/16
  • NIH Notices - November 14, 2016

    Notices:

    • Adjustment to Stipend Levels for Postdoctoral Trainees and Fellows on Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)
      (NOT-OD-17-002) National Institutes of Health

    See the full web version of these notices and more here.

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 11/14/16
  • NIH eRA items of Interest - November 2016

    The latest NIH eRA Items of Interest for November 2016 is now available.
     
    Included Topics:
    Review the attached PDF or visit the NIH eRA Items of Interest page for more information.
    Posted by | 11/09/16
  • Selection process for UAB NSF Major Research Instrumentation Grant Now Open

    NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant applications are due at NSF on January 11th, 2017.
     
    Further information is available at this link: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5260 
     
    UAB is allowed up to three submissions, two for instrument acquisition and one for instrument development. In the event that more than 3 groups express interest, the VP for Research Office will assemble a panel to select the three UAB proposals.
     
    If you are interested, please submit a letter of intent including an abstract for the NSF MRI proposal, biosketches for each of the lead faculty, and a list of participants, to Dr. Kent Keyser (kkeyser@uab.edu) by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2016.
     
    Submitters will be notified of the selection panel's decision by December 1.
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 11/03/16
  • Call for Proposals: NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)

    UAB is soliciting white paper submissions for NSF EPSCoR published a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC), see: (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17503/nsf17503.pdf), in the following focus area:
     
    “Understanding the relationship between genome and phenome – Our vast and ever-increasing storehouse of genomic data has enabled rapid progress in many fields allied with the biological sciences, but it remains a challenge to mechanistically understand how genotype elicits phenotype. A fuller understanding of the emergent processes underlying this relationship would have profound implications in medicine, agriculture, biotechnology, ecology, evolution, and other fields. Proposals should pursue innovative, interdisciplinary approaches toward quantitative, predictive understanding of the complex interactions between genome and environment that generate variable phenotypic traits. These efforts may include the work of biologists, physicists, chemists, engineers, informaticians, and other scientists. Proposals may use any combination of experimental, computational, and/or theoretical approaches with any appropriate model system(s).” 
     
    Please click here for more information about how to submit, requirements, and deadlines. 
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 10/28/16
  • New NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (NSF 17-1)

    A new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1) has been issued. The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. The existing PAPPG (NSF 16-1) will continue to apply in the interim.
     
    Webinars to review the changes are scheduled for November 7th and January 19th at 1 PM EST. Webinar registration is required on the outreach events website. Questions about the changes should be directed to the NSF Policy Office on (703) 292-8243 or by email to policy@nsf.gov.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 10/26/16
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