"Sensible couples should sit down and talk about it in the same way that they talk about whether they want to have children," said McNeil, who is married to a physicist herself. "It's equally critical to their lives."
Intellectual property and technology transfer play important roles in today’s science. A scientist’s career can change dramatically through patents, which can spawn companies or funds for research. Moreover, some scientists create exciting careers by moving from the bench to a technology transfer office in academics, government, or industry.
I've learned that when starting and moving through a career, it is critical to remain flexible and open to all opportunities and challenges, to stay curious and confident, to explore new ideas and areas, and to continually create and nurture networks with colleagues and mentors in related fields.