At the Helm: Leading Your Laboratory / Edition 2

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Since 2002, the first edition of this best-selling book has helped thousands of newly appointed principal investigators successfully transition to running their own labs. But changes in technology continue to transform the way science is done, affecting ways in which labs communicate and collaborate, organize data and supplies, and keep current on the latest developments. The culture of science has also evolved, as more scientists explore non-academic career paths, seek new ways to communicate information and ideas, and acquire skills and knowledge outside of their field. In the second edition of this book, Kathy Barker has substantially revised the text, offering PIs advice on adapting to the changes and challenges that the years have brought. New topics include collaboration contracts, performance evaluations, communicating with non-scientists, tips for succeeding on the tenure track, and professional development. With this book as a guide, any new or aspiring PI will be well-equipped to manage personnel, time, and institutional responsibilities with confidence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879698669
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 814,866
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Preface to the First Edition ix

Acknowledgments xi

Know What you Want 1

The Lab Where Everyone Wants to be 3

Start in the Right Place 7

Plan the Lab You Want 19

Start Building Relationships 29

Resources 31

You as a Leader 33

I was Trained to do Everything but Run a Lab! 35

Stop Putting Out Fires! 43

Using Your Time 57

Working with an Administrative Assistant 65

Be Proactive in Finding a Mentor 73

Resources 79

Choose Your People 81

Choose Your People 83

The Hiring Process 91

The Effective Interview 99

Evaluating Candidates 113

Resources 123

Starting and Keeping New Lab Members 125

Getting Off to a Good Start 127

Training Lab Personnel 133

Mentor to All? 143

Resources 151

Make Research the Foundation 153

Setting the Course 155

Motivation 167

Writing Papers 181

Resources 193

Organizing the Lab to Support the Research 195

Building a Lab Culture 197

Lab Policies 203

Meetings and Seminars 217

Using Computers to Organize the Lab 231

Resources 245

Communication as the Glue 247

Communication with Your Lab 249

The Pleasures and Perils of Diversity 259

Gender is Still an Issue 271

Learning through Conflict 275

Stress and Depression in Lab Members 281

Resources 289

Dealing with a Group 293

Lab Morale 295

Lab Romances 301

Maintaining Personnel Equilibrium 309

“I Should Have Done it Sooner!” 315

Violence in the Workplace 321

Resources 327

For the Long Run 329

As Your Job Changes... 331

Maintaining Enthusiasm 341

Career Choices 349

Having it All 353

Resources 359

Index 363

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