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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/workshop 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.
Spring 2020 SLAM Workshops
Fall 2019 SLAM Seminars
Seminars are held in 106 Stanley Hall, from 5:30-6:30 pm. Join our mailing list to receive workshop details, reminders, and opportunities to sign up for dinner with the speakers.
Radically Reimagining a Less Toxic World
Monday, September 9
Joe Charbonnet, Green Science Policy Institute
Entrepreneurial Leadership: From Scientist to CEO
Monday, September 16
Arman Zand, Farmstead
From the Bench to the Bar: Patent Law with a STEM PhD
Monday, September 23
Meg Fasulo, Bartlit Beck LLP
Addressing Stress and Mental Health in (Chemistry) Graduate Education
Monday, September 30
Phil Buhlmann, University of Minnesota
Engaging Undergraduates in Research and the Classroom
Monday, October 21
Allegra Liberman-Martin, Chapman University
Alanna Schepartz recently joined the faculty in the department of chemistry at UC Berkeley after 30 years on the faculty at Yale. Her lab works in several areas of chemical biology, and she is leading a complex, multi-PI effort to synthesize unusual and interesting new molecules using the ribosome: a wonderful combination of Science, Leadership, & Management!
Commercializing Advanced Materials
Monday, November 4
Ajay Virkar, C3Nano
In this talk, C3Nano’s progression from a university spin-out into a fully operational advanced materials company with the industry’s leading technology, a global footprint, and a successful track record for commercialization of various products, will be discussed.
Building a Biotech Startup- Challenges and Lessons from my Journey with Juvena Therapeutics
Monday, November 18
Hanadie Yousef, Juvena Therapeutics
Dr. Yousef will discuss the stages of creating and building a biotechnology startup, from generating an idea and business model, networking, laying the foundations, fundraising and recruiting a team. She will share tips and lessons learned from the last 3 years on this journey.
Why the “5-Year Plan” is Stupid: a Career Path in Drug Discovery and Commercialization
Monday, November 25
L.-C. Campeau, Merck
We are often taught that the best plan wins. We see it in movies and sports all the time. From high school, career counselors help us plan to get into the best college, then best graduate school and ultimately through to our professional lives. L.-C. Campeau’s experience is quite the opposite. This talk will meander through the peaks and valleys of his formal training and professional career. He will share some of his thoughts on personal development and key insights from his last 12 years in professional life.
Monday, December 2nd
Jen Heemstra, Emory University
This seminar will be a lively discussion about work approaches in graduate school, benefits of proper communication with your peers, and how to navigate the long academic journey. You can follow Jen on Twitter @jenheemstra for her experiences and leadership advice!
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.
Conflict and Teams
Smith, D. (2008). Divide or conquer: How great teams turn conflict into strength. New York: Penguin Press.