This document codifies lab practices and expectations for new and existing group members.
This lab guide is divided into three main sections:
- Our values and general responsibilities
- Quickstart manuals for software and tools that we use
- Specific policies for lab activities
This is intended to be a living document and remains a work in progress. Lab and community members are strongly encouraged to contribute to this document! See the README file on of the GitHub repo for detailed instructions.
Our mission is to support the social, environmental, and financial resilience of communities around the world by creatively informing the design and management of infrastructure systems. Through mission-oriented basic research guided by community engagement, we develop tools and methods to accurately, transparently, and collaboratively link decisions, outcomes, and preferences.
As academics, we enjoy the luxuries of freedom and space that allow us to question the status quo and explore new ideas. With this privilege comes a responsibility to imagine new possibilities and speak uncomfortable truths.
We recognize the burdens of systemic inequality and seek to promote fairness and justice.
We strive for excellence in all our activities and aim to be role models in all that we do. We seek to do what is right, not what is easy, and acknowledge when we fall short.
We understand the limitations of our expertise and celebrate the academic and community partners with whom we coproduce knowledge. We overcome our limitations by actively seeking out diverse perspectives and challenging our preexisting assumptions.
Our research is accessible to all levels of society. We approach complex problems with a collaborative mindset. When we make mistakes, we recognize them and do our best to fix them.
The organization and framing of this document borrows heavily from lab guides written by
- Lab Carpentry
- the Advanced Reactors and Fuel Cycles group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- the Andersen Lab at Northwestern University
- the Computer-Oriented Geoscience Lab at University of Liverpool
- the Ocean Transport Group at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
- the Aly lab at Columbia University -- see their Nature Paper on the importance of lab manuals
- the Srikrishnan Lab at Cornell University
Where specific sections borrow not only ideas but also words, specific credit is given. Thanks also to the following contributors for their comments and suggestions:
- Jordy E. Padilla-Solis
- Yash Vijay Amonkar