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"Abused" scientists

Julia Frugoli jfrugoli at bio.tamu.edu
Wed Aug 4 13:04:39 EST 1999

>Karen Allendoerfer 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.

>Can anyone point me to some for my students to look at? In science, 
>it seems as if "Arrowsmith" is still the pattern, at least in 
>literature and films. There is always the NIH and Scripps scientist
>who was interviewed on the "Paris Fall Fashions" show last night, I 
>suppose, but I missed her name.
>Pat Bowne

I suggest Corey Goodman from Berkeley.  He came and talked to the grad
students here at A&M a few years ago and was not afraid to talk about
keeping his weekends for his family, having a personal life, and limiting
the size of his lab, yet his work is top of the field.  I'm sure there are
more out there, but they're "in the closet".  Admitting to a personal life
is still taboo in some circles.  The head of a department here at A&M brags
about needing only 5 to 6 hours sleep and not knowing how old his kids are,
and a recent "humorous" article in the HMS Beagle, titled "Are you a real
scientist?" scored "real scientist" as inability to know the names of their
children, where the children went to school, or who one's spouse was.  While
extreme for the point of humor, there's a sad kernel of truth there.  

Julia Frugoli
Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
Texas A&M University
Southern Crop Improvement Facility MS#2123
College Station, TX 77843
phone 409-862-3495
FAX 409-862-4790

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