Creative collaboration – When did you stop drawing on walls?

Can you remember how fun (and forbidden) it was to draw on the wall when you were a kid? Or how excited you were when the teacher allowed you to use the classroom board? I’m so happy I have started doing it again – several times a week! I cannot imagine a day in my office without using our dry erase boards for creative collaboration. Aside from computers, they are the most useful and productive tools we have.

Negotiate or Haggle? How Would You Buy a PCR Machine?

Are you a haggler or a negotiator? I was talking with a research colleague, and she was certain that she was a negotiator- but the more we discussed her actions and intents as she tried to purchase a PCR machine, the less certain we both became. While we may want to think we are good negotiators the truth is that we might actually be hagglers. To find out if you are a haggler or negotiator, answer two quick questions.