HotAIR - MAY WE RECOMMEND -- How To Welcome a New Lab Member

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MAY WE RECOMMEND--
How To Welcome a New Lab Member

A glance at history

by A.S. Kaswell, AIR staff

Many readers have asked us for advice about how best to welcome new colleagues to the laboratory. While we are loath to tell anyone what to do about anything, we are happy to pass on information about how things are customarily done.

Click here to see a film of Professor Deptford's traditional "Welcome, welcome" ritual that was enacted whenever a new scientist joined his chemical research laboratory. The scene was recorded by Thomas Edison in 1898. (Thanks to the Library of Congress for making this available.)

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