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  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Press; 2 edition (13 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879698667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879698669
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 2.3 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 nonacademic 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 nonscientists, 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.REVIEWS FROM THE FIRST EDITION OF AT THE HELM "In At the Helm, Kathy Barker provides a handbook to guide new P.I.S past some of the pitfalls and problems of starting and managing a research laboratory. She skillfully weaves material from interviews, scientific memoirs and management theory into a valuable and unique discourse on the many challenges facing the laboratory head, with practical guidance and suggestions for meeting these challenges….” —Trends in Genetics "This book clearly lays out guidelines for those making the transition from their training and bench work as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to running their own labs. Written in a straightforward style, the book provides vital information needed to avoid common mistakes and get off to a good start. . . .The chapter "Choose Your People" was particularly telling. Advice about the hiring process is covered comprehensively. . . .What surprised me most about the book was that it was not just a list of basic management mantras. Each chapter includes anonymous voices from many researchers around the country expressing candid opinions, anecdotes and ideas. These quotes include real solutions to some of the unusual problems that one might encounter as a new principal investigator. . . . I believe experienced managers will also find some useful advice in it to help keep their labs running smoothly." —Nature Medicine "The numerous practical ideas make At the Helm a valuable read for many scientists embarking on their careers. But Barker also offers, implicitly, a compelling argument that young researchers have the right—and, indeed, the responsibility—to chart their own course, deciding for themselves how to do good work while seeking rich and meaningful professional and personal lives." —Science "I fully recommend At the Helm, especially for people who have just started, or are planning to start, as a new P.I. The major strength of the book lies in its near-comprehensive treatment of the issues pertaining to laboratory personnel, and it is in these sections that the book should prove invaluable to inexperienced lab managers." —ASM News

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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.

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