I spent last year navigating various offices meant to support research trainees at my institute. This was almost as distressing as my supervisor’s abuse itself. Below, I provide lessons learned from my experience for others considering reporting misconduct. Continue reading
An excellent article has just been published on the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) blog, by Pinar Gurel and Adriana Bankston, summarizing recent efforts by the Future of Research and collaborating organizations on mentoring. In the article, they provide great advice for graduate students and postdocs seeking to expand and improve their mentoring networks or looking to begin in a new lab.
Barbara is a currently a Research Assistant at Oxford University, and is also the mother of two children, aged 6 and 10.
Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara of King’s College is an incredibly successful researcher who runs a great lab. He also happens to practice Buddhism too. In this incredibly insightful blog post for PhD students, he explains how the philosophies of equanimity and responsibility can be applied to a PhD (or any academic career) and therefore find peace within oneself despite the incredible amount of external pressure creating stress and inner turmoil.
In the post, he describes the difference between achievement and accomplishment as applied to publication in a journal, and how one can use rejection from a journal for learning, growth, and ultimately, satisfaction and peace.
We at Labmosphere tip our hats to Dr. Nanayakkara, who, despite the pressures of being an academic, finds the time to work on his inner growth and peace and strives to help students do the same.
This excellent article in Lateralmag explores the same phenomena we have been noticing and exploring. It’s becoming increasingly clear through anecdotes and surfacing data that the problem is pervasive, and the problem is big. Dialogue about the issue must occur if something is to be done about this.
Our friends over at Two Photon Art are working on an amazing initiative that combines art, scientists, and the type of story-telling we at Labmosphere absolutely love. But don’t take it from us. Here’s what they have to say:
“Are you a scientist part of a group that is underrepresented in the sciences? Would you like to share your story to inspire the next generation to become scientists?”
Check out their site here, and stay tuned for more news. We’ll definitely be hearing from them in the near future.
We have become aware of an amazing initiative taking place that aims to bring light to the struggles of PhD students suffering from mental health issues during their studies through a documentary. If you or anyone you know might be interested in this, please see the advertisement below for more information. We look forward to seeing the finished piece and partaking in the much needed dialogue that it will bring to this topic.
Welcome to Labmosphere, a social experiment and resource in the making. We are currently a small team of graduate students in the academic sciences who also have a wide array of interests in psychology, mindfulness, organizational behavior, and human wellbeing and happiness. We care about our fellow man (one of the many reasons we joined scientific exploration) and dislike seeing some of our best and brightest going through difficult and stressful times.