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    March 31, 2006

    The Secret Passions of Scientists

    "Take time for family or for whatever your passions are. If you’re mentally relaxed, your work will be more effective," says astrophysicist Charles Danforth.

    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 25, 2008

    Mind Matters: Get Moving

    If your supervisor expects everyone to be on deck all day, make the case that a brief respite to recharge your batteries will benefit both you and the laboratory.

    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.

    December 02, 2005

    When You Run Into Brick Walls: Coping With Frustrations In The Lab

    "Rarely does science run a straight, predictable course. Some of the detours and accidents proved to be the greatest breakthroughs," says Debbie Mandel, stress management expert.

    December 04, 2009

    Mind Matters: In Defense of Downtime

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

    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.

    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.

    November 09, 2007

    Mind Matters: Laughter in the Lab

    "Laughter is highly relevant to scientific inquiry because it creates a safe and playful atmosphere for intellectual development." --David Sloan Wilson

    September 04, 2009

    Mind Matters: A Low-Stress Semester

    September brings inevitable but manageable stress for scientists in academia.

    March 02, 2007

    Making the Leap to Independence

    "Those who succeed are well-grounded people who have seen success and believe they can do it too. They are not the type of people who worry too much or are easily intimidated," says Virginia Tech professor Michael Hochella.

    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 22, 2006

    Bosses Who Bully

    By making concessions to her supervisors and by working hard to keep her own frustrations in check, Barbara was ultimately able to complete her doctorate.

    November 24, 2006

    Mind Matters: Getting Yourself Mentored

    The challenges of scientific career advancement can be especially daunting for women, foreign trainees, racial and ethnic minorities, and first-generation college students; mentorship can help bridge this gap.

    May 26, 2006

    Scientific Success: What’s Love Got to Do With It?

    Several forum contributors saw marriage as a source of emotional and financial stability rather than a dangerous undertow.