"Abused" scientists

bmartin at utmem.edu bmartin at utmem.edu
Mon Aug 2 16:39:00 EST 1999

In article <1278850891-374764735 at mail.ontogeny.com>, Karen Allendoerfer
<kallen at ontogeny.com> wrote:

> But I've also found that these assumptions are just that:  assumptions.  
> Over the years, as I've questioned them and stopped buying into them, 
> I've found that people come out of the woodwork who don't share them 
> either.  Men and women.  Postdocs and grad students.  PI's and non-PI's.  
> People who have big Thanksgiving dinners at their houses, who put up 
> Christmas decorations at their bench or observe the high holy days.  
> People who know about taxes.  People who cook and enjoy their food.  Even 
> a few people who get 8 hours of sleep a night on a regular basis.  These 
> people often aren't the scientific stars or the favorites in the lab.  
> But I started to realize that who makes the favorites, anyway--I can have 
> my own favorites.   More often they are the quiet ones, the ones whose 
> work, both scientifically and otherwise, may fall outside the mainstream. 
>  It can be lonely there, but more and more, I think I've come to see that 
> it may be, all in all, a better place to be.  

I would agree that, in most situations, these are just myths.  Two

1. New graduate often think they have to act this way and don't get
sufficient counseling from older students to just act normally; and 

2. There are PIs who do believe these assumptions are true and do act
on them.  

B. Martin

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