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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

March 28, 2008

Mind Matters: Too Perfect?

"No one is perfect, ... that's why pencils have erasers." --Author Unknown

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 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.

May 08, 2009

Mind Matters: 10-Minute Tools for Managing Stress

Small chunks of dedicated time can help relieve the stress endemic in scientific lives.

September 04, 2009

Mind Matters: A Low-Stress Semester

September brings inevitable but manageable stress for scientists in academia.

December 04, 2009

Mind Matters: In Defense of Downtime

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

April 29, 2005

Mind Matters Index

Irene S. Levine, PhD looks at issues from shyness to work alcoholism, and gives advice on how to lead a more successful and fulfilling worklife.

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.

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.

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.

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