Not to beat a dead horse, but I thought I would just take a post to point out the results of Friday's poll. For those of you scoring at home, with well over 150 responses it appears as though roughly 1 in 3 people have taken some sort of prescription drug to function at a competitive level in academia. So for those of you who are questioning whether you may have an issue with anxiety or depression, you are not the only ones. Chances are that someone in your lab and many in your department are facing the same issues. Maybe the opportunity to talk with a therapist would go a long way in helping you out. Maybe your best results will come from your doctor. I have no idea, but if you're questioning it there is no harm in talking to someone. You're not weak and you're not improperly dedicated. You are just a person, like 1 in 3 others on this path.
I am a junior faculty member working in a field of evolution, using a variety of different study organisms. The term ‘spandrels’ was adopted by Lewontin and Gould in a 1979 paper “to designate the class of forms and spaces that arise as necessary byproducts of another decision in design, and not as adaptations for direct utility in themselves”. I think this term can also be applied to life as a junior faculty member. email: proflikesubstance[at]gmail.com
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