How-to Guide

Facebook: Best Practices


A "how-to" guide on Facebook Best Practices developed by Ocean Conservancy.  Presented by Shannon Crownover at the September 2011 Cohort training

Fellows' Perspectives on Teaching across Disciplines: 2012 All Cohort Reunion Curriculum Resource Exchange


These resources on inter- and multidisciplinary graduate training were presented during the Curriculum Resource Exchange session at the 2012 All Cohort Reunion.

Chris Field: Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving. A collaboratory for postdocs & grad students to work on a real-world issue: mountain lions at Jasper Ridge

Karen Lips: Multidisciplinary Training in Environmental Sustainability including course descriptions & syllabus. Collaborative problem-solving course for business and biology students at University of Maryland

Graduate Student Expectations and Milestones


This is a sheet passed on through multiple labs. Edit it for your own program, and make it a living document with your students, adding their insights as well as yours!


Leading change handouts: June 2011


Collection of handouts and materials used by Peter Redstone and Martin Bloxham during the June 2011 training (June training website includes the presentation slides and the facilitators' bios).

See also the packet of strategic thinking handouts.

Mindmapping handout


Handout from a 2010 All Cohort Reunion session facilitated by Peter Redstone and Martin Bloxham.  It is useful in multiple contexts:

• An alternative to brainstorming as a way for a group to explore a whole idea

• Structured decision-making

• Deconstructing or analyzing a problem: causes, stakeholders, symptoms, etc.

Tony Buzan, a creativity expert, is credited with originating the tool.

Mission Vision: Defining Your Research Group


During the Curriculum Resource Exchange session at the 2012 All Cohort Reunion, Jessica Hellmann presented this poster on creating mission and vision statements with your research group to help motivate everyone's best work. Jessica provides additional context about how her lab created and uses their statements in a post on her blog. You may also be interested in this Nature interview with Jessica on how the mission and vision statements shape her activities as a scientist.

Preparing for DC meetings


Packet of workshop materials that include:

• Guidelines for setting up appointments in DC

• Presentation developed by Chad English on writing a one-pager and setting up meetings (2010 All Cohort Reunion)

• Guidelines for writing a one-pager

You may also want to look at the sample one-pagers from the 2009 cohort and the AAAS resource "17 Cardinal Rules for Working with Congress."

Running a Departmental Retreat


Karen Holl provided these tips about running department retreats and meetings most efficiently during the Curriculum Resource Exchange session at the 2012 All Cohort Reunion.

Sample one pagers


Sample one-pagers written by 2009 Fellows as part of a session facilitated by Chad English.