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How to Deal With Challenging People In Your Lab (and Beyond)

#69 — Challenging people. You get them everywhere. Your lab—and beyond.There's the one who block-books instruments for two weeks straight. There's the one who barely s...

How to Earn Respect In Your Lab, and In Your Field

#68 — Respect is an interesting measure of a career. We all know colleagues we respect personally, or professionally, or intellectually. Sometimes one person captures ...

How to Motivate Yourself In Scientific Research

#67 — Staying motivated while doing research is hard! It can be repetitive, with bouts of frequent failure and some complete dead ends. But your research is beneficial...

What To Do If Your Love of Science Is Fading

#66 — Do you ever think: "I don't love science anymore"?Many of us have doubts during our scientific career and question whether the passion or enthusiasm is still the...

The Happy Scientist Live: You, Yes YOU, Need To Learn To Accept Praise

#65 — Do you feel awkward responding when someone genuinely compliments your work? Have you ever had a backhanded compliment or dubious praise? It seems like it can be...

Catalysts for Advancement In Your Scientific Career

#64 — Catalysts aren't just for chemists anymore! The best practices you bring to the bench can be invaluable tools beyond it. In this episode of The Happy Scientist, ...

Focus — Your Lab Superpower

#63 — Discover the art of focus. Dive into its macro and micro applications. Begin with the bigger picture—your career, then ripple inward to your organization, team, ...

The Most Effective Way to Protect and Expand Your Own Interests

#62 — Looking out for number #1 was fashionable in the 80s. Now it's almost a rude comment. But if you're not looking out for yourself, who is? And what's the best bal...

Work and Well-Being in Science

#61 — Join us on the latest episode of The Happy Scientist podcast for a conversation with Dr. Brandon Vaidyanathan, Associate Professor at the Catholic University of ...

Dropping Grudges Will Change Your Life. Trust Us.

#60 — Have you been wronged? Are you righteously indignant? Are you that most popular of characters today: a Victim? In this episode, we will give you the keys to set ...

The Importance Of Questioning The Status Quo

#59 — “It’s always been done that way.” Maybe that works for double-entry accounting (which hasn’t changed in a thousand years), but not in the lab. We humans may love...

The Importance Of Unlinking Your Identity From Your Work

Rene Descartes famously wrote, “I think therefore I am.” Have you cleverly upgraded that to “I science therefore I am”? It turns out that might not be the shining achi...

What You Can do to Improve Yourself and Your Science

Remember when you were a wide-eyed child and you dreamed of being the person who would invent some world-changing gizmo? You had lots of ideas back then. But now that ...

How to Become Senior Managing Editor for Bitesize Bio

In this episode, we interview the Ph.D. pharmacologist and biocurator, who became Senior Managing Editor for Bitesize Bio, Dr. Adam Pawson. How did he escape the lab, ...

How to Do Labwork with Minimum Stress

Is your lab a pressure cooker? You’re not a pot roast, so such an environment is not for you. But can you do anything about it? Fortunately, yes! This episode will unp...

How to Hotwire Your To-do List for Maximum Progress

In this episode, we will offer you a simple test that will clarify the proper priority for any item on your to-do list – or reveal that it shouldn’t be on your list at...

There’s No Such Thing As a Comfort Zone

Who was that wise, compassionate, brilliant person who decided for you what is comfortable and what isn’t? Oh, they weren’t so wise, compassionate, or brilliant? And t...

What Can Science Learn from Other Disciplines?

Maybe you think there is too much to know about science without having to incorporate other fields. In fact, your own sub-sub-specialty is overwhelming enough! But thi...

The Risks of Having to Be Right

Unless we’re wrong, having to be right all the time will lead to lots of problems. (See what we did there?) In this episode, we will explore the risky nature of needin...

I Hate Math (and Organic Chemistry and Applied Physics)

Early on, you discovered you liked science class better than other classes, say composition, or history, or literature. There is nothing wrong with preferences. You ma...

Things to Love About the Lab

While it’s easy to complain about what’s lacking, it’s productive to focus on what’s going for you, what’s working for you, and what’s supporting you. Awareness of the...

Coping With The Parts of Your Job You Hate

If it wasn’t for the tasks, the people, the bureaucracy or the pressure, you would love your job. After all, no other careers have these demands… Hmm, perhaps your exp...

How to See Your Blind Spots

And the blind shall see! It’s easy to acknowledge we don’t know everything but it can be hard to admit we don’t know when things get specific. It’s even harder when we...

How to Reason With the Unreasonable

Ah, reason. It can be so comforting. But to the uninitiated it can be quite frightening. In this episode, learn how to spread your hard won reason without causing a pa...

Can There Be Freedom In Science?

Freedom has been associated with politics, philosophy, lifestyle, morality, relationships, even guns. But what about science? In this episode, we will posit the import...

Something Better Than Work—Life Balance

Ah, the elusive fantasy of work — life balance. Think about it, can you name anyone who consistently delivers on it? If you have ever experienced a magical moment that...

How to Deal with Burnout

In this episode, we will decide whether you need a break, a nap, a vacation, a new job, or a new career. You don't have to burn the candle at both ends to make a succe...

Let’s Talk About That Voice In Your Head

Do you have someone chattering at you all day long and that someone is you? If so, you're in good company. This is the common human condition. Sometimes though it feel...

Do You Listen?

If your closest friends were instructed to list your three most prominent qualities, would “good listener” be among them? If not, tune in to this episode to learn how ...

Does Humility Harm Your Career?

In this episode, which was recorded live, you'll learn how to properly wield humility—and still get credit where credit is due. How on earth will people ever know how ...