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AuthorSindermann, Carl J. author
TitleWinning the Games Scientists Play [electronic resource] / by Carl J. Sindermann
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1982
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Descript 304p. online resource


The interpersonal strategies that surround the act of doing good science--hereafter referred to as scientific game playยญ ing-have received some published attention, and many of the game rules are almost axiomatic among successful pracยญ titioners of science. There is a need, however, to review peยญ riodically what we know and what we think we know about the art, and to add new insights that become available. This book is a response to that need; it has been written for science practitioners and grandstanders of the 1980s, drawing on inยญ Sights and perceptions gained from victories and defeats of the 1970s. It seems especially important that the strategies and rules of scientific game playing be reviewed critically as we move into the decade of the 1980s, since many of those rules have changed during the 1970s--in fact each recent decade has seen significant changes. The 1950s were expansionist, when sciยญ entific jobs were relatively easy to find, when faculties were expanding, when students were plentiful, and when federal grants were readily available. The 1960s began as a period of stabilization, and then became one of unrest and reexamiยญ nation of purpose. The climate was still good; students were v vi PREFACE still abundant, but there was less growth in faculty size, and federal grants reached a plateau. In the 1970s the student population started to decline, and federal funding for research began to dry up


Prologue: The Importance of Interpersonal Strategies in Science -- One: A Primer For Scientific Strategists -- 1: The Scientist as a Writer: Publishing Scientific Papers -- 2: The Scientist as a Performer: Presenting Scientific Papers -- 3: The Scientist as a Face in the Crowd: Attending Scientific Meetings -- 4: The Scientist as a Concertmaster: Chairing Scientific Sessions -- 5: The Scientist as a Producer/Director: Organizing Scientific Meetings -- 6: The Scientist as a Negotiator: Participating in Committee Meetings -- Two: Critical Issues for Scientific Strategists -- 7: The Scientist in Transition: Moving Up, On, and Out -- 8: The Scientist in Control: Getting and Using Power -- 9: The Scientist in Doubt: Defining Ethics in Science -- Three: Special Interest Areas for Scientific Strategists -- 10: Evaluating the Roles of Women and Men in Science -- 11: Coping with Bureaucracy and Bureaucrats -- 12: Dealing with External Forces: News Media, Lawyers, Politicians, and the Public -- 13: Relating to Industry -- Epilogue -- References

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