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Faculty: Making Your Research Count

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Science  30 Jan 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6221, pp. 561-564
DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6221.561

Summary

Managing an academic research group means keeping an eye on the big picture—long-term goals, funding agency priorities, and a publication plan. Faculty members are also charged with training students and postdoctoral fellows. To meet these dual demands, principal investigators must match people to projects in way that gets the group to its goals while encouraging its members to mature as scientists. Faculty members don't usually get formal training in research program management, but that might be changing.