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Discussing Work-Life Balance in the Lab

Work-life balance has been a concern for researchers for many years. Chemistry is a demanding field and it takes special effort for researchers to maintain a healthy equilibrium. But this challenge can look very different, depending on where one works and what stage of their career they are at, which is why ACS Publications recently hosted the webinar on work-life balance in the lab, as part of their ongoing Changing the Culture of Chemistry series.

This one-hour program featured a panel of engaging speakers, including:

  • Devin Swiner, Ph.D. Candidate, expected 2021, Ohio State University, who spoke about maintaining balance as a student. She shared her tips for spotting potential burnout and strategies for carving out time for yourself.
  • Dr. Dan Hickman, DOW, spoke about his personal experiences as a chemical engineer working in industry, discussed the philosophical underpinings of a balanced life, and shared his advice for attaining balance in your career.
  • Professor Lynne S. Taylor, Retter Professor of Pharmacy, Purdue University College of Pharmacy, discussed her approach to leading a lab that values work-life balance and shared her advice for creating an organizational culture that values balance.

Dr. Laura Fernandez of ACS Publications acted as the program’s moderator, fielding questions from attendees at the end of the event.

Watch the full presentation of Changing the Culture of Chemistry: Work-Life Balance in the Lab:

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