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"You have to think long and hard about what you need--not just what you want, but what you cannot do without."
Despite the geeky stereotypes, some of us scientists are interesting and--dare we say it?--sexy in our own peculiar way.
Although the vast majority of universities surveyed by the Max Planck Institute stated that they would try to support dual-career scientists, the issue is still delicate.
"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."
"Growing up hooked on science, it was only a matter of time before I was overcome by the temptation to run my own experiments."
In addition to providing a platform for discourses, the Resability Forum will soon set up an administrative and organizational service for the realization of personal study and research projects.
I finally got the "PI thing" figured out--and have started believing that maybe I'll make it to tenure someday soon.
"I have to make a choice between making a total career change and giving science a chance in a different environment."
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!
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.
In an ideal situation, social support in the workplace from sensitive colleagues can help you cope with your illness and better meet the demands of your job.
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.
"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.
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