A fantastic book for anyone who teaches or works in science

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Sandra Porter

My husband brought this fantastic book home from the ASHG* that I think many of you will find interesting.

The book is: Making the Right Moves A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, published in 2006 by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

You can download the book for free at the HHMI site and there's even a video of Tom Cech.

In fact, this book has such great information, that if it weren't for the interesting discussions in the comment section, I truly think this book would put Drug Monkey Comrade PhysioProf, and Isis the Goddess, out of the blogging business. There would be no need.

What does the wonderful book cover?

Here's are some example topics:

  • How to staff your laboratory
  • Asking staff to leave
  • Managing conflict in the lab
  • Gender and Culture Issues
  • Time Management
  • Project Management
  • Understanding the NIH funding process
  • Interpreting the Summary Statement
  • Understanding Technology Transfer
  • Setting up a collaboration
  • Indirect and Direct Costs

There are even teaching topics. Like

  • The principles of active learning
  • Case-based learning
  • Clicker technology

There's something in there for everyone connected with a science career.

*ASHG is the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics.