Well good fucking luck if you get cancer (or numerous other illnesses requiring drug treatment) because you do not get a drug to human trials without mouse/rat trials first (that’s following cell line…
It’s time to end the academic culture that says working yourself to sickness means you’re just working hard enough. It’s time to end the culture that says taking time for yourself and your own health comes at the expense of doing good work. It’s time to end the culture that says sleep deprivation, anxiety attacks, and binge drinking are just part of the game. It’s time to end the culture that says if you’re not getting along with your mentor, then it’s all your fault. It’s time to end the culture that says advisors and faculty don’t have to take responsibility for the health of their students. It’s time to end the culture that says seeking help means you’re weak, or a bad researcher.
I’m not afraid to admit that this is an issue that touched my life during my Ph.D. Thankfully I had amazing friends and family outside my program to help me through tough times. But I know that not everyone has a support system like mine. I also watched in sadness when, after a fellow Ph.D. student committed suicide, our program, university, and health services did nothing to acknowledge that it happened, or that the culture of academia could have contributed to it, and (as far as any of us have been able to tell), has done little if anything to stop it from happening again.
Some graduate programs are putting better student support systems in place, and for every bad advisor we can find an exception that cares and helps their students to the utmost of their ability. But academia, overall, still possesses a culture of acceptance and ignorance when it comes to mental health issues, especially in graduate programs.
I’m sure most of you have seen this article, “9 Disgusting Things You Didn’t Know You’ve Been Eating Your Whole Life,” by now, but in case you haven’t, I’d like to provide you with some entertainment for today.
The article picks a few ingredients found in foods that are also found in other things (e.g., L-cysteine being found both in human hair and in bagels). Can we just take a moment to realize somebody just listed an amino acid as something disgusting we consume? An. Amino. Acid. I heard water is used in paint thinner. I guess we should just avoid water too!
These “ingredients” that are listed are found in such trace amounts that they will not kill you, unless you eat 1000 cakes in one sitting or something. Like Hank Green said, to everyone who doesn’t like the idea of having “chemicals in your food,” everything is chemicals!
I hope everyone gets a good laugh out of this article! I know I sure did.
I AM LAUGHING SO HARD RIGHT NOW. People are so fucking stupid.
This is a serious problem with our society. I’m kind of on the cusp of dedicating my life to advocating science and education, and this is exactly the type of thing I love addressing.
We have all felt the rush and experienced the feeling of happiness, and Speculative Design artist Jessica Charlesworth, along with her husband, Product Designer Tim Parsons, has made it tangible. The couples’ A Form of Happiness project has masterfully resulted in their creation of a wood and magnetic representation of the neurotransmitter responsible for releasing the chemical that fuels our desire for happiness. The effects of the organic chemical, dopamine, are likened to the euphoric feeling and pleasurable physical reaction to things such as searching through sale racks while shopping, enjoying a delicious meal, or the pleasure received from engaging in sexual activity.
A Form of Happiness, displayed as the physical model of dopamine, is part of a kit that allows user to assemble the wooden pieces into the chemical compound strand. Each part is held together by embedded neodymium magnets. The kit includes examples of the various roles that the physical piece could take on and provides a more vivid display of what occurs during moments when dopamine is released. Charlesworth and Parsons pose the question, ‘What makes you happy?’ and while the answers will vary by person, as their model and kit prove, the feeling is the same for everyone. Happiness is a simple chemical reaction we seek it throughout life; a chemical bit of magic.
Bill Nye uses the unlikely pairing of Steve Martin and Carl Sagan as role models to become “the Science Guy.”
Bill Nye is a Cornell-trained engineer who worked at Boeing before winning a gazillion Emmys and turning millions of kid onto science as “Bill Nye, the Science Guy.” The man also totally knows how to rock a bow tie.