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    December 04, 2009

    Mind Matters: In Defense of Downtime

    Working longer hours doesn't necessarily mean getting more done.

    January 23, 2009

    Mind Matters: Stress, an Uninvited Lab Visitor

    Work-related stress is an insidious health hazard, especially for workers who, like scientists, take their work very seriously.

    September 04, 2009

    Mind Matters: A Low-Stress Semester

    September brings inevitable but manageable stress for scientists in academia.

    September 10, 2010

    Mind Matters: Anxiety in the Workplace

    Everyone feels a bit nervous from time to time, and a little anxiety can improve performance -- but excessive anxiety can be disabling and derail careers.

    September 23, 2005

    Mind Matters: Managing Conflict in the Lab

    "Conflict over science and issues can be beneficial to productivity and development. Conflict over working styles and personalities can be destructive," says John Baldoni, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, management consultant.

    April 29, 2005

    When You're Shy, All the World's a Stage

    Shyness can easily be mistaken for aloofness, coldness, or disinterest. So make the extra effort to smile and to make eye contact to help put the other person at ease.

    April 20, 2007

    Mind Matters: Culture Shock

    The challenges are both logistical and emotional, and if training and productivity are compromised, scientific careers can be derailed.

    August 24, 2007

    Mind Matters: The Complex Biochemistry of Laboratory Friendships

    "Friendships and work relationships have different social norms, and workplace friendships are fraught with fragility and ambiguity," says organizational psychologist Rachel Morrison.

    January 18, 2008

    Mind Matters: Leaving a Lab Gracefully

    "Go through the work in progress and come to an agreement about which parts of it are nearly complete and which parts may be completed by others." --Frederick Maxfield.

    January 27, 2006

    Mind Matters: Driven to Distraction

    "Attention is our way of devoting a limited resource (our time and energy) to the most important information. By almost any measure, productivity hinges on this most basic of skills," says G. Andrew Mickley, professor of psychology.

    July 22, 2005

    Mind Matters: On Balance

    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.

    March 19, 2010

    Mind Matters: Back to Work After a Baby

    Dropping off an infant at daycare is very stressful for new mothers returning to work.

    September 01, 2006

    A Case Study of a Mom-Scientist: Canopy Meg

    "As I look back at my busy life, I would not have been happy giving up either—career or family," says Margaret Dalzwell Lowman.

    July 28, 2006

    Forty Winks: Science and Sleep

    Given how important sleep is to your health and emotional well-being, it makes sense to monitor your own schedule and make sure you aren't operating at a loss.