Scenairo that discusses proper use of data and record keeping policies in a lab.
A student has entered a laboratory in which the record`keeping procedures and practices have not been formally reviewed, and each member of the lab seems to use his/her own style. The new student often works late in the evening and sometimes writes data down on paper towels or yellow pads. After several exciting months of results, the student writes up several tables and graphs to be put into a manuscript. While the preceptor is reviewing these materials, he raises a question about the details of the protocol used for one of the experiments. To his horror, the student can no longer find the particular piece of paper on which those data were written.
A student who is in her third year as a PhD student is working with Professor X in a very active laboratory. One evening when she returns to the laboratory to stop an incubation, she finds Professor X and one of the postdocs reading her lab notebook. She is instantly angry and defensive.
Terry Ann Krulwich, Dean of Graduate School
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY