Let’s Have An Awesome Time Doing Science! A Discussion on Maintaining Happiness in a Challenging Career

12 Apr 2013
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Take a morning for a discussion about maintaining happiness in a challenging career in a conference for people who do science: graduate students, SRAs, technicians, post-docs and Principle Investigators.

Friday, April 12, 2013

9 am – 1 pm

245 Li Ka Shing Center, U.C. Berkeley

This symposium is free and open to all UC Berkeley Graduate Students, Postdocs, Visiting Scholars, Visiting Student Researchers, Staff and Faculty.

Registration is required for each individual participant.

To register, please go to: http://letshaveanawesometimedoingscience.eventbrite.com

Diana Bautista, UC Berkeley – “Mentoring in Academia”

Henry Bourne, UCSF – “Can the host institution really make your science better?”

Terry Johnson, UC Berkeley – “Curriculum delictorum: a heavily abridged list of failed projects (that paid off in unexpected ways)”

Dan Fletcher, UC Berkeley – “Science at the White House”

Michel Maharbiz, UC Berkeley – “Dreaming of Electric Sheep”

Manu Prakash, Stanford – “Frugal Science: making science useful for billions rather than hundreds of people”

Ingmar Riedel-Kruse, Stanford – “Playing with biotic computers: making biological systems into games so that the public become scientists”

Ron Vale, UCSF – “How lucky can one be? A perspective from a young scientist at the right place at the right time”


We will discuss ways to help make science as impactful, fun, supportive and nurturing as possible. For example:

Encouraging psychological well-being:

• What makes us happy about being scientists?

• How do we deal with stress and uncertainty in science?

Improving our sense of community:

• How can we communicate better amongst ourselves?

• How do we mentor effectively and communicate with our mentors?

The subjective aspects of science:

• How do we select a scientific problem, what is interesting?

The impact of science:

• How can we expand the horizons of our research?

For more details go to: http://awesomescience.wordpress.com/

This event is sponsored by: STEP

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