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FASEB welcomes all Experimental Biology 2011 meeting registrants to attend the joint-society program, “Creating an Effective Laboratory: Managing and Mentoring Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Trainees.”The April 11th session will address how to manage and mentor research trainees in order to create an effective and productive research team. Speakers include Dr. Jeremy Boss (Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine), Philip Clifford (Associate Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin), and Mary Frank Fox (ADVANCE Professor, School of Public Policy and Co-Director, Center for Study of Women, Science & Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology). They will discuss how investigators can establish and maintain a laboratory environment that promotes independence, creativity, and optimal performance while providing a high quality training and mentoring experience for their graduate students and postdocs. Participants will also learn how they can use individual development plans as tools to help their trainees assess their scientific skills, abilities, and interests, and set and achieve their research and training goals. Finally, because science is an increasingly team-based activity comprised of individuals with varying scientific, ethnic, and cultural perspectives, the session will provide investigators with practical advice for effectively communicating and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Ben Dunn, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Florida (UF) and Director of the UF/Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science for Life program.