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Panel discussion presented by Carrie Masiello, Joff Silberg, Hadley Wickham, and Junghae Suh at the 2010 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 19-21, 2010

Carrie’s week

a screenshot of a schedule

Junghae’s day

a screenshot of a google calendar schedule

Joff’s day

a screenshot of a schedule

Hadley’s week

a screenshot of an iCal schedule

Think about how your ideal time distribution differs from how you really spend your time

Ideal (hrs) Real (hrs)
Lab Work (experiments) 15 ???
Reading&writing (grants/papers/editing) 20 ???
Teaching (preparation/lecture/grading) 10 ???
Staff Management (guidance/support/etc) 5 ???
Service activities (committees/meetings/reviewing) 2 ???
Care giving (partner/child/pets/parents) 23 ???
Self care (boot up/eating/exercise/cleaning) 5 ???
Transportation 2 ???

If your ideal and real time use are different, think about strategies to protect your time

Time for Self:

  • Make time for other interests (sports, music, reading, etc.)
    • Stay healthy (eat right, exercise)
  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Make commitments

Lose the Guilt:

  • Understand limitations, be realistic, expect imperfection
  • Don’t compare yourself to others
  • Accept your work style (regular 8-5er or work binger)

    Saying “no”:

  • Never commit immediately. Ask for time to consider.
  • Is the work something important? Something you care about?
    • Something that will help you in the future?
  • Saying “No” enables you to say “Yes” in the future.
  • When “yes”, then follow through with time, energy, and conviction.

There are numerous strategies to protect your time!

  • control your vortex of activity:
    • it feels a lot different when you decide what’s important.
    • don’t let others’ emergencies determine your day.
  • be mindful of how much service you sign up for
    • easy to sign up for too much
  • actively limit your teaching preparation time. You can’t do everything perfectly
  • you have the right to say “no” to many things; don’t hesitate
  • limit your review requests, panels, and talks
    • choose strategically
  • while service matters for tenure, you must publish solid research
    • conserve enough energies for this

Additional considerations when thinking about work-life balance

Being present

Enjoy the moments, appreciate the “now”.

Creating a new life

Become a social organizer! It’s easy to gather a few people for a happy hour out on the town, a game night at your place, or a special TV event (the debates, TV show finale, etc.).

Change of pace

Find alternate places to work besides your home, office, and lab. Look for internet cafes or a park with great picnic tables, etc.

Educate others

Educate family, friends, significant others, and students about your job and your work style. Some may not entirely understand academia or the tenure process or how you in particular are working toward your goals. These people play a very important role in balancing your life so it really helps to have them fully on board!

No one is perfect!

  • At some point you will feel
    • Incompetent (as a PI and/or as a spouse/parent)
    • Disorganized
    • Overwhelmed
    • Unable to cope
  • You will wonder if this is all worth it
  • You will wonder if you are alone
    • YOU’RE NOT!!
  • Take time to regroup, talk with people you trust
    • Regain that balance
    • Focus time on what you enjoy!

Questions & Answers

what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
Daniel
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Maciej
characteristics of micro business
Abigail
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Anassong
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
Tarell
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Harper
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
s.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
SUYASH Reply
for screen printed electrodes ?
SUYASH
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
Ebrahim
or in general
Ebrahim
in general
s.
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
tahir
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
Cied
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
China
Cied
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
Porter
many many of nanotubes
Porter
what is the k.e before it land
Yasmin
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
Cesar
I'm interested in nanotube
Uday
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
AMJAD
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
how to synthesize TiO2 nanoparticles by chemical methods
Zubear
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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