At the Helm: Leading Your Laboratory, Second Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-04-13
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

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Since 2002, the first edition of this bestselling book has helped thousands of newly appointed principal investigators successfully transition to running their own labs. In the second edition, Barker has substantially revised the text, offering principal investigators advice to the changes and challenges that the years have brought.

Author Biography

Author is well known as speaker & tutor on these topics. Dr. Barker trained as a microbiologist and received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and the 5 College Program. She was an assistant professor in the Laboratory of Immunology and Cell Physiology at Rockefeller University before leaving the lab to investigate and document the non-research problems that seemed to be so much of the typical researcher's life. Her first book, At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator (CSHL Press, 1998), gives instruction on protocols and techniques that are usually relegated to a difficult-to-retrieve oral tradition, and also explains the culture of the research laboratory to the new scientist. At the Helm: A Laboratory Navigator (CSHL Press, 2001) is a guide for new principal investigators, based on interviews and conversations with PIs of varying experience and disciplines. In addition to newspaper and magazine publications, Kathy Barker has given lectures and workshops on dealing with people in the lab, and is currently finishing a book for scientists on communication and negotiation beyond the laboratory.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Preface to the First Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Know What you Wantp. 1
The Lab Where Everyone Wants to bep. 3
Start in the Right Placep. 7
Plan the Lab You Wantp. 19
Start Building Relationshipsp. 29
Resourcesp. 31
You as a Leaderp. 33
I was Trained to do Everything but Run a Lab!p. 35
Stop Putting Out Fires!p. 43
Using Your Timep. 57
Working with an Administrative Assistantp. 65
Be Proactive in Finding a Mentorp. 73
Resourcesp. 79
Choose Your Peoplep. 81
Choose Your Peoplep. 83
The Hiring Processp. 91
The Effective Interviewp. 99
Evaluating Candidatesp. 113
Resourcesp. 123
Starting and Keeping New Lab Membersp. 125
Getting Off to a Good Startp. 127
Training Lab Personnelp. 133
Mentor to All?p. 143
Resourcesp. 151
Make Research the Foundationp. 153
Setting the Coursep. 155
Motivationp. 167
Writing Papersp. 181
Resourcesp. 193
Organizing the Lab to Support the Researchp. 195
Building a Lab Culturep. 197
Lab Policiesp. 203
Meetings and Seminarsp. 217
Using Computers to Organize the Labp. 231
Resourcesp. 245
Communication as the Gluep. 247
Communication with Your Labp. 249
The Pleasures and Perils of Diversityp. 259
Gender is Still an Issuep. 271
Learning through Conflictp. 275
Stress and Depression in Lab Membersp. 281
Resourcesp. 289
Dealing with a Groupp. 293
Lab Moralep. 295
Lab Romancesp. 301
Maintaining Personnel Equilibriump. 309
“I Should Have Done it Sooner!”p. 315
Violence in the Workplacep. 321
Resourcesp. 327
For the Long Runp. 329
As Your Job Changes...p. 331
Maintaining Enthusiasmp. 341
Career Choicesp. 349
Having it Allp. 353
Resourcesp. 359
Indexp. 363
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