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With the right support, it is possible to succeed in science after a family-related hiatus.
"As I look back at my busy life, I would not have been happy giving up either—career or family," says Margaret Dalzwell Lowman.
The challenges are both logistical and emotional, and if training and productivity are compromised, scientific careers can be derailed.
There are restrictions and limitations on doing for-profit science, but there are also many advantages to joining industry.
State OSHA investigations of a fatal fire at UCLA point to changes needed to make academic labs safer.
Archaeologist and naturalist Jordi Serrallonga has developed an unconventional career for which research and travel are both adventures.
When a principal investigator dies, it leaves behind a scientific gap, practical problems, and grieving colleagues.
Sarah Bridle has carved out a successful career while resisting long hours and personal sacrifices.
The 50-year partnership of Donald and Ada Olins is based on good communication and a shared passion for chromatin structure.
Research suggests that many able women view careers in hard science as inimical to important values.
Physician-scientist Rebecca Jackson's enthusiasm for research is matched only by her passion for Ohio State football.
Who better than Nobel Prize–winning scientists to offer advice for scoring science's top prize for yourself?
Biologist Mary-Rose Hoja has forged a career as a consultant in strategic networking, social media, and mingling.
The key to understanding the way the media covers science is to know the rules science journalists adhere to.
Sports biomechanics researcher Barry Mason works on improving wheelchair design for basketball and rugby athletes.
A husband-and-wife team studies the brain areas that allow us to feel what others feel.
I no longer define myself as a "failing scientist", but as someone who does science as well as a myriad of other things--including a vicious rugby tackle!
"I have to make a choice between making a total career change and giving science a chance in a different environment."
You may be able to do it for days, weeks, or even months, but over the long haul, no one can continually juggle an unrealistic set of roles and responsibilities.
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