At the Helm: A Laboratory Navigator

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CSHL Press, 2002 - Medical - 352 pages
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Newly appointed principal research investigators have to recruit, motivate, and lead a research team, manage personnel and institutional responsibilities, and compete for funding, while maintaining the outstanding scientific record that got them their position in the first place. Small wonder, then, that many principal investigators feel ill-prepared. In this book, a successor to her best-selling manual for new recruits to experimental science, At The Bench,Kathy Barker provides a guide for newly appointed leaders of research teams, and those who aspire to that role. With extensive use of interviews and a text enlivened with quotes and real-life examples, Dr. Barker discusses a wide range of management challenges and the skills that promote success. Her book is a unique and much-needed contribution to the literature of science.

  

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Contents

Building a Lab Culture
181
Lab Policies
187
Meetings and Seminars
201
Using Computers to Organize the Lab
213
RESOURCES
229
COMMUNICATION AS THE GLUE
231
Communication with Your Lab
233
The Pleasures and Perils of Diversity
243

Working with a SecretaryAdministrative Assistant
57
Staying Integrated
63
RESOURCES
69
CHOOSE YOUR PEOPLE
71
Choose Your People
73
The Hiring Process
81
The Effective Interview
89
Evaluating Candidates
103
RESOURCES
113
STARTING AND KEEPING NEW LAB MEMBERS
115
Getting Off to a Good Start
117
Training Lab Personnel
123
Mentor to All?
133
RESOURCES
141
MAKE RESEARCH THE FOUNDATION
143
Setting the Course
145
Keeping Up
157
Writing Papers
167
RESOURCES
177
ORGANIZING THE LAB TO SUPPORT THE RESEARCH
179
Gender Is Still an Issue
255
Learning through Conflict
259
Stress and Depression in Lab Members
263
RESOURCES
271
DEALING WITH A GROUP
275
Lab Morale
277
Lab Romances
283
Maintaining Personnel Equilibrium
291
I Should Have Done It Sooner
297
Violence in the Workplace
303
RESOURCES
309
FOR THE LONG RUN
311
As Your Job Changes
313
Maintaining Enthusiasm
323
Career Choices
331
Having It All
335
RESOURCES
341
INDEX
345
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