Useful Books

Useful books for having a career in science, being a woman in a scientific career, running a laboratory, getting a job… and pretty much anything else I find interesting as it relates to science and/or public health…

Currently reading:

1. Why so Slow. Virginia Valian. This is a depressing, but essential, read so it is taking me a while.

2.  Faculty Incivility: The rise of the academic bully culture and what to do about it. Darla Twale and Barbara De Luca. Well, DrMrA stole it from me… so I’ll get back to it when I can snatch it back!

Will read next….

3.  Beyond Bias and Barriers:  Fullfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering. by Committee on Maximizing the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine (National Academies Press)

Have already read…

1. Women Don’t Ask- Negotiation and the Gender Divide: by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever, Wow- a must read for women in the job market, women training other women, and for women raising girls!

2. At the Helm, A laboratory Navigator. Kathy Barker. All the basics on running your lab, and running it well. Makes me think about things I don’t usually think about … different learning styles, how to motivate people, and all different kinds of pitfalls…

3. Lab Dynamics. CM Cohen & SL Cohen. Lab Management, People Management, Boss Management. (I love that) … for scientists.

4. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 unconscious mistakes women make that sabotage their careers: by Lois P. Frankel, Crosses over with #1 in a strange sort of way.

5. Making the Right Moves, A practical guide to scientific management for postdocs and new faculty. Burroughs Wellcome Fund/ HHMI. This is an excellent book for understanding the things you should be doing to find a career in science. It is available for free from Howard Hughes Medical Institute- either as a hardcopy or a download.

6. To Recruit and Advance: Women Students and Faculty in Science and Engineering, National Academy Press.

7. Motherhood, the white Elephant in the Laboratory. I’ll tell you the author when I have the book in front of me..

8. The Republican War on Science: by Chris Mooney, What can I say about this one ….Very true and Darn depressing.

9. The Forgotten Plague, how the battle against tuberculosis was won and lost: by Frank Ryan, Excellent book for anyone interested in the history of TB.

10. Betrayal of Trust, The collapse of global public health. by Laurie Garrett – this is an excellent and VERY long book so it could be up here a while!

11. The Coming Plague. Also by Laurie Garrett and about emerging infectious diseases – excellent and sobering.


1 thought on “Useful Books

  1. Thanks for the list DrDrA….I knew there were some books I wanted to peruse in preparations for ‘PinusLab’…couldn’t remember the titles…here they all are!

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