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February 25, 2005

Mind Matters: Are Science Trainees Driven to Drink?

"I'll admit to occasional heavy use of both alcohol and marijuana when my experiments go bad, my relationships suck, and my car needs new brakes and tires, but do I have a problem with it?" says postdoc B.

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.

April 29, 2005

When You're Shy, All the World's a Stage

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.

April 29, 2005

Mind Matters Index

July 22, 2005

Mind Matters: On Balance

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.

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.

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.

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.

March 17, 2006

Making the Most Out of Life

"This is a great time to be an economist. Interesting, socially relevant, and empirically grounded research is now widely appreciated in the discipline." --Christina Fong

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.

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.

July 28, 2006

Forty Winks: Science and Sleep

Given how important sleep is to your health and emotional well-being, it makes sense to monitor your own schedule and make sure you aren't operating at a loss.

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.

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.

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