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At The Helm: A Laboratory Navigator (Handbooks) Hardcover – January 15, 2002

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'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.' --Trends in Neurosciences

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"In her new book, At the Helm: A Laboratory Navigator, Kathy Barker provides a handbook to guide new PI 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.

… 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." --Trends in Genetics

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  • Series: Handbooks
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; 1st edition (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879695838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879695835
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Steve M. Potter on February 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book. The author interviewed about a hundred new and seasoned lab leaders, and not only summarizes their advice clearly and succinctly, but also includes lots of anonymous quotations presenting a spectrum of opinions on any particular issue. And the book covers _many_ issues of interest to those setting up a lab, and those who wish to improve the way they run their lab. It focuses mostly on academic labs, but also presents some issues peculiar to industry. It really goes into every detail about people-managing issues.
Each chapter has tens of references to other useful books and articles. Kathy really did her homework. I can say nothing bad about the book. Get it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 3, 2005
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This is the book all grad students should read because this book discusses the things that you typically don't learn in grad school. The book is meant for new faculty, but anyone interested in learning practical lab management issues is encouraged to read this book. There is something useful in this book for both green rookies and experienced veterans.

There is nothing in the book that is earth-scattering information; most of it is common sense. But nowhere else have I seen such a variety of practical information on lab management compressed into one book. There are even a variety of quotes from other professors about specific situations that are quite enlightening.

The author includes many topics such as conflict resolution, time and management, recruitment skills, and general management skills. Of course none of these topics are covered in dramatic detail (and likely don't need to be) but each one is broken down into very manageable, independent sections. I found myself applying immediately the things I had learned, realizing ways I can supervise my students better than I had before.

The text is also geared more towards academic life sciences, but even as a physicist I found this book invaluable. Highly recommended to anyone working in a lab, and in particular to anyone charged with management responsibilities in a laboratory setting. The author is to be congratulated!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2002
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Scientific faculty are chosen for their ability to do science; not to manage it. Indeed, many young scientists fail precisely because they are unable to shift from the bench to the office. Kathy Barker's book provides a wealth of information for new investigators. The advice, gleaned from interviews with a great many scientists, from Nobel laureates to those that have failed miserably, provides an outstanding road map for those embarking on this critical new phase of their career. No postdoc will leave my lab without receiving a copy as a parting gift.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mohamed A. F. Noor on December 31, 2003
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I love this book and only wish it was published when I was first starting a faculty position. Definitely a biologist's perspective (and a lab-oriented one at that), but it covers many of the trials and tribulations of starting a new faculty position: setting up a lab, assessing priorities, making hires, managing committees, managing colleagues, etc.
The worst part of the job is often maintaining harmony in the lab (which, of course, we're never taught in graduate school), and Barker has great advice on building or rebuilding lab morale, dealing with lab member disputes, and the dreaded firing process. I recommend this book wholeheartedly!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mock on November 3, 2012
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I purchased this book when I worked as a graduate student in North America. I first started reading it then, but quickly put it aside, fairly disappointed, because it seemed to contain only trivial and obvious advice. Now, years later, working as a postdoc in Europe, I finished reading the book in its entirety. Lo and behold: it is a useful book indeed. In a nutshell, my opinion is as follows: what should be trivial information is actually not at all obvious to many advanced scientists, especially Principal Investigators (the main target group of this book). Thus, Kathy Barker's book contains many useful hints and suggestions for senior people at different stages of their career. For more junior people, the same hints and suggestions may prove useful on their way to becoming Principal Investigators.
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By M. G. on July 2, 2010
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This book is one of the most frequently quoted ones when it comes to the management in biomedical sciance. It is written for young investigators who just established their resarch groups. However, it is also useful for early stage scientists (graduates and postdocs) - it helps them to prepare for what is coming and to understand their boss better. The book covers most of relevant topics, however, I would not take this book as a Bible in scientific management, more like a set if guidelines - each reader must take his/her own stand. I recommend this book.
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