I Was Trained to Do Everything but Run a Lab!
In this session, you will learn how to prepare yourself to succeed as a research lab manager and leader, by focusing on the skills you need to be an activist for your own career and for the people in your lab − such as mentoring, hiring, and evaluating research potential.
Participants: This course is designed for postdocs and GSRAs. Scientists are also welcome to attend.
New principal investigators are eager to do research, but often stunned at the administrative and personnel tasks that seem to take up so much time when running a lab. By learning more about the requirements of being a lab manager and practicing "soft skills" such as time management, communication and conflict mediation and establishing their own practical and ethical frameworks, postdocs and graduate students can better prepare themselves to succeed in getting and keeping academic, industrial, and non-traditional jobs.
The instructor is Dr. Kathy Barker, author of At the Helm: Leading Your Laboratory. Dr. Barker has helped thousands of researchers transition to running their own labs by offering advice on the leadership skills needed for success.
Dr. Barker received her B.A. in Biology and English from the University of Massachusetts/Boston and her M.S. in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. She did her Ph.D. work in Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and her postdoc at Rockefeller University in the Laboratory of Viral Oncology with Saburo Hanafusa.
Dr. Barker was an assistant professor at Rockefeller in the Laboratory of Cell Physiology and Immunology when she left the lab to write her first book, At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator. She continues to write and give lectures and workshops to address the critical but often unsaid issues that are the foundation of scientific success and happiness.
To see course date(s) for the next three months and to register, go to Employee Self-Service, click on Training Enrollment, then check Employee Skills Development. To see course dates for beyond the next three months, change the end date at the bottom of the Training Enrollment page.