|New Lab, New Gripes
||[Jun. 3rd, 2002|06:14 pm]
(1) This lab does both Wet and Dry. I'm a biologist with a bit of perl background, so the PI gave me a project which includes, at its first phase, pure perl work. I inherited 15Gb of data, "living" in a Unix environment. I think I have hundreds of files in each folder there. The student who did this lab, he graduated (M.Sc.) a year and a half ago. So i'm relearning my Unix - which I haven't used for six years - and the data in one go. And nobody has a clue what's going on there. At least the file names are highly informative.
(2) I'm in love with this lab. The other students are adorable. The PI is a pro, and a really nice man. However, can we say "micro-management"? Six of us Dry-side students moved to a room just assigned to this lab. Brand-new everything, which means we need to decide on the sitting arrangement. Yesterday when I arrived at the lab - still heading to the main room 'cause the comps here weren't ready yet - I found what I laughingly called "an eviction notice" on the keyboard i've been using, saying the new room is all set, as a Ph.D. student I get a first pick of where to sit (4 M.Sc. students + me + a pre-established Ph.D. student), and he recommends the corner comp.
So I went to that room, and decided that i'm not too fond of the corner spot for a number of reasons, though it has its pluses. Also, one of the M.Sc. students had already said she prefers that spot, so, permission to override or not, that's not a nice thing to do. Later today I was gone from the lab for a couple of hours, and when I returned i found three bemused fellow students who wondered why the PI had told them that I wanted the corner spot. I explained, they said he wanted to talk to me about it.
Long story short, I moved to the corner position. Because though the wording was that of a recommendation, we all got the strong sense that the PI won't leave us be until I move to the corner.
I'm more amused than anything, but serioulsy...
(This PI is known for keeping students on a leash so short you can't see it. Mostly I don't mind it, because his idea of work hours is the same as mine and I don't need to be motivated so he mostly leaves me be. This is my first run into this aspect of his.)