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The challenges are both logistical and emotional, and if training and productivity are compromised, scientific careers can be derailed.
The trouble is that if you start off without much space, your ability to produce good science is seriously compromised.
"Friendships and work relationships have different social norms, and workplace friendships are fraught with fragility and ambiguity," says organizational psychologist Rachel Morrison.
"Laughter is highly relevant to scientific inquiry because it creates a safe and playful atmosphere for intellectual development." --David Sloan Wilson
"When you have happy employees that know that you care about them, they're more loyal and work hard to show you that they can make things work." --Donna Davila
How should you spend your time if your goal is to be a successful, well-rounded, happy person?
"I have no doubt that I would have more published papers if I didn't have my family, but I wouldn't be as happy as I am now, by any stretch." --Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Boston University
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.
After 30 years split evenly between the Ivy League and the Big Ten, a researcher and administrator reflects on the differences in institutional culture.
Work-related stress is an insidious health hazard, especially for workers who, like scientists, take their work very seriously.
Established and early-career physician-scientists say it's time to focus on solutions, not problems, to advance women in academic medicine.
Recently nominated as the best young scientist in Hungary, chemistry Ph.D. student Imre Miklós Szilágyi has been striving to succeed with the desire to glorify God.
Blending a passion for the arts into a scientific career can greatly enrich both experiences.
A visual artist, a cartoonist, and a winemaker, all with backgrounds in science, are pursuing unexpected--yet hugely satisfying--careers.
Trained as a biologist, Angelo Vermeulen eventually reconciled his talent for the arts with his scientific curiosity.
Humanitarian relief organizations need scientists to work in regions experiencing wars or natural disasters and to support those efforts from home.
Small chunks of dedicated time can help relieve the stress endemic in scientific lives.
There are restrictions and limitations on doing for-profit science, but there are also many advantages to joining industry.
Ruth Ley and Lars Angenent found that two-scientist couples don't have to compromise on independent research careers--but the path isn't always easy.
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