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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.
Fall 2020 SLAM Workshops
Mind the gap: Disrupting educational inequities in university STEM classes
The Dark Side of Science: Misconduct in Biomedical Research
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your Own Research Lab
From Bench Science to the CEO Office in Under 5 Years (or: tips on how to escape academia and combat imposter syndrome)
Building a company in a tech-intensive and heavily regulated field. Experience with a nuclear startup.
Finding my place and my voice in science.
From bench to bar: A career in patent law
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.