How to break down cultural and language barriers in the lab (C&EN)

Volume 95 Issue 20 | p. 30
Issue Date: May 15, 2017 | Web Date: May 9, 2017

By Chemjobber

The best science happens when all hypotheses are considered and all voices are heard. Not only that: If important safety information isn’t communicated among all lab members, someone could get hurt.

How can we promote laboratories that bridge languages and cultures? Professors can lead by example, taking time to teach the basics of communication and collaboration as a group. They can work to ensure that project teams are not only doing excellent science but also integrating international students.