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    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.

    June 29, 2007

    Mind Matters: Working Space

    The trouble is that if you start off without much space, your ability to produce good science is seriously compromised.

    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.

    April 30, 2010

    Mind Matters: Back to Work After Baby, Part 2

    On returning to work, new mothers can minimize stress and maximize productivity by adapting to their new and different circumstances.

    March 11, 2011

    Mind Matters: Troubled Colleagues

    When a scientist is confronted with a colleague who is struggling with personal problems, there are no easy answers.

    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 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.