Date: March 3, 1997

A few researchers have started to address the need to discuss the various ways of setting up and running a lab. At the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting last November, Women in Neuroscience-an independent organization supported in part by the society-sponsored a symposium called "Running a Laboratory: Issues in Scientific Style." One of the speakers was Vivien Casagrande, a professor of cell biology and psychology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. As part of her talk, she listed some of the common mistakes that she and her colleagues have encountered. Casagrande expounds on her list for The Scientist.

    TEAMWORK: Vivien Casagrande, upper right, shown here with her lab workers, advocates making time for celebrating a group’s scientific successes, as well as personal milestones like birthdays.
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