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08/24/09
Watch-outs 12. Random lasers, Blogs in Reviews and Lab management
Filed under: First Year on Job, Leadership
Posted by: site admin @ 4:03 pm

RANDOM LASERS - FUTURE TOOL
Source:  Yale Stone Group
An old radiation tool (laser) with unique
properties
has been demonstrated recently. 
The “random
laser” one with single-
wavelength, multiply-scattered
emission
await technical experiments and

applications (biomedical and micro-
identification)

USING BLOGS FOR BROADER REVIEW
OF PUBLICATIONS
Source:  C&EN 8-17-09, Communication
dot com
  1  2 
“Blogs haven’t replaced peer review.  But
they
are a supplement that is growing
in importance…”

“Becoming part of the process of science…”

WOLFRAM ALPHA BLOG
Source: BLOG
Calculation tool for chemical phenomena.

LABORATORY MANAGEMENT
Source:  HHMI
Human Interactions with scientific personnel
is beyond the general scope of science course
work, but not the business of science.  Most
miss out on this, one of the most important
parts of productive careers.  The learning comes
harder and sometimes more slowly, as a
result.

Academia prides itself in getting credit for
doing things first.
Teamwork-focused companies force conflict
that can be under the surface and avoid
dealing
with it.  Carl Cohen ushers in good
discussion
in his book.

Several insights about science trained
include:

Get:
Solid data and supporting evidence before
making a claim (preference),
Get as much information as possible before
making decisions (preference),
But these are not always possible….

Advise to
Listen to concerns, reason and persuade
rather than being authoritative

Models to motivate based on performance
outcomes
are common but do not always
apply to such
“knowledge workers.”

 

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