Postdoc Life

Career and Family

For some, the question, “Should I go into science, or do I want a family?” has been transformed into the statement, “I’m going to go into science… and I’m going to have a family. Wish me luck.” The reality of balancing career and family is particularly harsh however, especially for those whose careers have been born out of a kind of obsessive-compulsive joy of discovery (face it, scientists – that’s a pretty fair characterization).  How do scientist parents handle the pressure while still recognizing their children’s faces?  Click here to read  vignettes written by your peers throughout the US and even from a few other countries. Peruse, absorb, and know that you are not alone… https://ceebpostdocs.wordpress.com/postdoc-life/vignettes-on-juggling-science-and-family/

The NSF has recently announced some steps it will take to prevent parents from having to choose between science and family:

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/09/white-house-touts-nsfs-new-family.html

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/26/supporting-scientists-lab-bench-and-bedtime

NIH policies on family and science: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/family_friendly.htm

UO Statement on Family Friendly Practices  http://academicaffairs.uoregon.edu/content/family-friendly-practices-0

Child Care and Family Support Committee  http://www.uoregon.edu/~assembly/FacultyGovernanceArchive/dircom/ChildCare.html

Blogs on being a scientist and a parent

Dr. Mom, My Adventures as a Mommy-Scientist  http://mommyscientist.blogspot.com/

Female Science Professor  http://science-professor.blogspot.com/

ScienceWoman http://scienceblogs.com/sciencewoman/

Mother of All Scientists  http://motherofallscientists.blogspot.com/

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