Dr. Carl M. Cohen has over 30 years of biomedical research and management expertise in both the public and private sectors.
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Carl M. Cohen, Ph.D.
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June 2012

Dr. Carl M. Cohen ran a one day workshop entitled "Essentials for the Scientific Supervisor" at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, on June 7, 2012. The workshop was attended by lab directors and supervisors from the National Cancer Institute and focused on providing a core set of skills for emerging leaders at the NCI.

Dr. Carl M. Cohen ran a one day workshop entitled "Lab Dynamics: Communication and Management Skills for Scientists" at the Naval Research Laboratory Institute for Biomolecular Research in Washington D.C. on June 27, 2012. The workshop was attended by NRL research scientists and focused on providing tools to optimize scientific productivity and communication. 

March, 2012

The workshop Leadership in Bioscience run by Dr. Carl M. Cohen and Dr. Dannielle Kennedy at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has received an excellent review in the March 28th, 2012 issue of Nature.  Written by husband and wife faculty members who attended the February 2012 workshop, the article gives their personal perspective on why the skills they learned are so important and why more workshops like this are needed throughout the academic and scientific communities.  Entitled "Scientists must be taught to manage," it can be read HERE.

February, 2012

Dr. Carl M. Cohen and Dr. Dannielle Kennedy ran the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory workshop on Leadership in Bioscience, February 23-27, 2012.  This workshop, attended by 27 scientists from the US and abroad,  was supported by a generous grant from the American Express Foundation and will be offered again in 2013 and 2014. The workshop is specifically targeted to young scientists who have just assumed or are about to assume a position of leadership in their group or organization. The workshop focuses on techniques, situations and challenges that relate specifically to leading and managing in the scientific workplace.   Attendance at the workshop is limited. More information.

May 2011

On May 25, 2011, Dr. Cohen gave the closing address, entitled
"Leading and Managing in Biomedical Research" for an all-day leadership conference at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.   At the same event, he also conducted a one hour workshop "Lab Dynamics: Leading scientific team meetings."

Science Management Associates provides management and leadership training for scientists as well as guidance in managing scientists and scientific teams.  We consult to scientific organizations to help them create organizational structures that optimize productivity. Dr. Carl M. Cohen, President of SMA, provides on-site assessments to science executives seeking to improve their effectiveness and that of their organizations. Dr. Cohen provides experience- based evaluations of scientific managers and leaders and delivers actionable advice to improve performance. SMA operates in the United States as well as internationally.
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What people are saying about Dr. Carl M. Cohen and Dr. Suzanne L. Cohen's book Lab Dynamics: Management Skills for Scientists (First edition, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2005)

"..this book has been one of the most sought-after titles at MIT libraries. People often have to wait for 1-2 months in queue to get it.."

"I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to increase productivity in their lab."

"'..a very enjoyable read and one of the most valuable contributions  to the slowly growing collection of books on laboratory management"

"Scientists who work in settings ranging from industry, government, or academia will likely find the book interesting and useful"

"..this book should be required as a part of any scientific curriculum, particularly at the graduate levels, for students as well as laboratory directors and academic mentors."'
Written by Carl M. Cohen, Ph.D., President of Science Management Associates, and Suzanne L. Cohen, Ed.D., a psychologist, every chapter in the second edition of Lab Dynamics has been revised and expanded.  The second edition, now entitled "Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists," contains two new chapters: 

New: Chapter 5,
"Team Meetings: Who's in charge here" is a comprehensive guide to managing teams or groups of scientists in meetings of all types. It covers how to structure meetings for maximum productivity, how to keep meetings on track and how to manage behaviors that limit group productivity. 

New: Chapter 10
"Leading Science: Empathy rules" presents the elements of effective leadership in a scientific setting. It delves into the all important distinction between being a leader of science and a leader of people. Using case studies and examples, this chapter shows how to apply the skills presented throughout the book to engage, motivate and inspire scientists. 

Order now: Lab Dynamics, second edition, can be ordered now through Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press or Amazon.  Lab Dynamics is also available in a Kindle edition.
Announcing the second edition of Lab Dynamics - the premier guide to management and leadership skills for scientists - available now!
February 21, 2014. Science Management Associates featured in Science Magazine..  Science Management Associates was prominently featured in an article in the February 21, 2014 online issue of Science Careers. Carl M Cohen, SMA President was interviewed by Science staff writer Lucas Laursen for the article, which highlights the growing recognition of the importance of management and leadership training for scientists in all disciplines. Read the article here