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SLAM: Science Leadership and Management


SLAM Fall Seminars are returning this fall, kicking off on September 14th with Professer Peter Alaimo speaking on teaching at an undergraduate institution. We have an exciting lineup of speakers this fall, so be excited. Fall seminars take place on Mondays at 5:30pm in Stanley Hall 106.

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What is SLAM?

Grad school is a great place to gain scientific expertise – but that's hardly the only thing you’ll need in your future as a PhD. Are you ready to lead a group? Manage your coworkers? Mentor budding scientists? To address the many interpersonal issues that arise in a scientific workplace, grad students from Chemistry, Physics, and MCB founded SLAM: Science Leadership and Management.

This is a seminar series focused on understanding the many interpersonal interactions critical for success in a scientific lab, as well as some practical aspects of lab management.  The target audience for this course is upper-level science graduate students with broad interests and backgrounds, and the skills discussed will be applicable to a variety of career paths. Postdocs are also welcome to attend.

SLAM is sponsored by QB3 and VSPA, with additional support from the Department of Chemistry and the LBNL Chemical Sciences Division.

For more information, please contact SLAM leadership at berkeley.slam@gmail.com.

Resources for "Positive Feedback Mechanisms" workshop


Sloan, W. (2007) Feedback That Works: How to Build and Deliver Your Message. Center for Creative Leadership.

Kirkland, K. & Manoogian, S. (1998). Ongoing Feedback: How to Get It, How to Use It. Center for Creative Leadership.

Cognitive and emotional dynamics in feedback

Cannon, M. & Witherspoon, R. (2005). Actionable feedback: Unlocking the power of learning and performance improvement. Academy of Management Executive, 19(2), 120-134.

Interpersonal challenges and difficult conversations

Cartwright, T. (2003). Managing Conflict with Peers. Center for Creative Leadership.

Sharpe, D. & Johnson, E. (2007). Managing Conflict with Your Boss. Center for Creative Leadership.

Gallagher, R. (2009). How to tell anyone anything: Breakthrough techniques for handling difficult conversations at work. New York: AMACON.

Dealing with difficult people HBS Results-driven Manager Series

Cultural norms and work

Grove, C. &  Hollowell, W. (2002). The seven balancing acts of professional behavior in the United States. Focus Europa.http://www.grovewell.com/pub-usa-professional.html

Conflict and teams

Smith, D. (2008).  Divide or conquer: How great teams turn conflict into strength. New York: Penguin Press.

SLAM Organizers
Organizers (From Left to Right): Bob Bergman, Matt Kapelewski, Eva Nichols, Shion Lim, Sophie Arlow, Irene Cai, Rebecca Durr, Anna Harley-Trochimczyk


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