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At the Helm: Leading Your Laboratory, Second Edition


Subject Area(s):  Career DevelopmentHandbooksLaboratory Techniques

By Kathy Barker, Seattle, Washington

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© 2010 • 372 pp., illus. (2 b/w), index
Trim size: 7 x 10
Hardcover • $61.00 (click here to price in UK Pounds)
ISBN  978-0-879698-66-9

   

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Description

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.

About the author: Kathy Barker received her B.A. in Biology and English, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Microbiology, from various branches of the University of Massachusetts. She did her postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Viral Oncology at Rockefeller University and was an Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Cell Physiology and Immunology at Rockefeller University. She is now based in Seattle, where she writes and gives workshops on various aspects of running a lab.

Dr. Barker invites you to send any comments or questions to her.

Contents

Preface
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
 
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
The Lab Where Everyone Wants to Be
Start in the Right Place
Plan the Lab You Want
Start Building Relationships
Resources
 
YOU AS A LEADER
I Was Trained to Do Everything But Run a Lab!
Stop Putting Out Fires!
Using Your Time
Working with an Administrative Assistant
Be Proactive in Finding a Mentor
Resources
 
CHOOSE YOUR PEOPLE
Choose Your People
The Hiring Process
The Effective Interview
Evaluating Candidates
Resources
 
STARTING AND KEEPING NEW LAB MEMBERS
Getting Off to a Good Start
Training Lab Personnel
Mentor to All?
Resources
 
MAKE RESEARCH THE FOUNDATION
Setting the Course
Motivation
Writing Papers
Resources
 
ORGANIZING THE LAB TO SUPPORT THE RESEARCH
Building a Lab Culture
Lab Policies
Meetings and Seminars
Using Computers to Organize the Lab
Resources
 
COMMUNICATION AS THE GLUE
Communication with Your Lab
The Pleasures and Perils of Diversity
Gender Is Still an Issue
Learning through Conflict
Stress and Depression in Lab Members
Resources
 
DEALING WITH A GROUP
Lab Morale
Lab Romances
Maintaining Personnel Equilibrium
“I Should Have Done It Sooner!”
Violence in the Workplace
Resources
 
FOR THE LONG RUN
As Your Job Changes...
Maintaining Enthusiasm
Career Choices
Having It All
Resources
 
Index

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