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MSMS 5060 Scientific Communication: Getting Started: Management Skills

Course guide for the OC Course in Scientific Communication (MSMS 5060)

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Management Skills Library Resources

Project Management


Asana is a project management tool that allows teams to work together more effectively.  This task based project management tool allows you to assign tasks to yourself and others, create project boards, and track completed tasks through reports over time.  You can eliminate the amount of emailing you do with teammates by following and unfollowing certain projects that pertain to you, adding progress notes, attachments, conversation, and subtasks to your projects.  

The free version of Asana allows you to create a project board with up to 15 members.  College student groups can get the premium version of Asana for free if you request it.  


Evernote is a multi-functional tool that allows a user to use it as a digital file-cabinet, note-taking tool, daily journal, task or project management system, recipe-keeper, and more.  It has a large capacity that allows you to store pretty much anything you need to store in one place - any type of document, photos, webpages, videos, etc.  It will take your physical handwritten notes and decipher the text within the photos. It acts as a digital Reference Tool that makes research collection easier and more effective.  


Stress Management

Insight Timer

A collection of meditation and guided imagery resources, some of them led by celebrities like Gisele Bündchen and Russel Brand.  Insight Timer helps you to build healthy habits by prioritizing your mental wellbeing.  The app features 150,000 guided meditations, nature sounds, ambient music, and bedtime stories to help you sleep, and breathing exercises to help bring calm to your life. 

ICLA Mindful App

Practicing mindfulness can help reduce anxiety and depression, build positive emotions, and alleviate some of the negative impacts of stress on our bodies. Backed by the expertise of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Center, this app helps guide users through the process of mindful meditation to help improve overall health and well-being.