Communications from the Executive Vice Dean

Research Excellence Initiative and Electronic Lab Notebooks


Dear Members of our Research Community,

We are seeing increased focus on documenting the important work we do.  Fortunately, we are also seeing increased resources for the management of our lab activities, collaborations, and data. 

I would like to highlight the below message regarding the LabArchives Electronic Research Notebook system, which is being supported by the University.  I hope you will consider moving in this direction.  If you have not already adopted some form of an electronic lab notebook, you may find the two training sessions being offered next week helpful.

Thank you,

Jon Epstein, MD


Dear Colleagues,

As you may recall, last summer the Vice Provost for Research and the Vice Provost of Education began offering the LabArchives Electronic Research Notebook system for researchers, instructors, and students. LabArchives offers Penn Researchers free access to a modern, secure, cloud-based method of managing their lab activities, collaborations, and data. It also offers Penn instructors a robust collaboration and instruction platform.

As part of our Research Excellence program, we will be offering two days of training to support best practices for data management and adoption of LabArchives.  Sessions will target investigators new to the electronic research notebook system as well as those interested in learning its more advanced capabilities.

Training sessions will take place on the following days:

Thursday, September 19, 2019 – 9am Intro Session; 11am Advanced Session; 1:30pm Classroom edition (Location information)

Friday, September 20, 2019 – 9am Intro Session; 10:30am Advanced Session; 1:30pm Open house (Location information)

For location, details, and registration, visit:

You may add yourself to a Penn email list for our community of LabArchives users, which is an opt-in list to share ideas, templates, and help, as well as to receive periodic updates on the service at Penn. To sign up, enter your email address in the purple "Subscribe" box on the research notebooks homepage.

Finally, you may always find LabArchives support in its KnowledgeBase, from video tutorials, or via the Penn Research Notebooks website.

Please circulate this notice to your community.

Thank you.


Dawn A. Bonnell
Vice Provost for Research
Henry Robinson Towne Professor of Engineering and Applied Science
College Hall, Suite 118
The University of Pennsylvania, PA  19104


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