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    June 10, 2011

    Mind Matters: Resilience

    A growing body of research and experience suggest that individuals possessing personal resilience are more likely to overcome career roadblocks.

    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.

    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.

    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 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.

    January 29, 2010

    Mind Matters: Gossip in the Lab -- Proceed with Caution

    Workplace gossip may have its positive effects, but it needs to be handled with care.

    December 04, 2009

    Mind Matters: In Defense of Downtime

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

    September 04, 2009

    Mind Matters: A Low-Stress Semester

    September brings inevitable but manageable stress for scientists in academia.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    March 28, 2008

    Mind Matters: Too Perfect?

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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.