It’s fall, y’all.

The colors are changing, the leaves are falling, and pretty soon snow will come! Around this time every year (sometimes a bit earlier), the USMC hosts a family day. This year, we went to Eckert’s Farm and my baby fever was going haywire! All of the tiny babies on tiny pumpkins! Granted, the farm was 4.5…

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Work-life balance: Building boundaries in academia

Can you separate your work life from your home life? Is it possible to have a work-life balance, especially as a researcher? From my experience, the answer is yes, but it can get difficult. Undoubtedly, you will go home and think about work. There is no way around it. And you will probably think about your family/home life…

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How to improve science writing skills

Do you want to improve your science writing skills? In science (& most fields), one of the most important skills involves communication. Writing succinctly, and clearly, is key to having a conversation with your audience. The better they understand your ideas, the easier it will be for you to “sell” your work. Whether it’s an essay, a…

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5 Tips on Staying Motivated

Sweet like Sunday morning! I wish that this whole week were the same! This week has been hectic, to say the least. In between writing my dissertation proposal, and trying to finish up some behavioral experiments–life has been kind of crazy. I wake up thinking about writing, go to sleep thinking about traumatic brain injuries,…

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Fourth of July: Weekend Writing

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! I celebrated Independence Day by sleeping in, eating home-made lasagna, and buying some much-needed jeans from American Eagle. I typically get my denim from Target, but I’ve found that the quality of clothes has really deteriorated. I usually love walking into Target and grabbing a cute shirt/dress/pair of jeans as I grocery shop, but…

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Practicing self-care in science

Happy Monday! If you’re like me, you went into work over the weekend, tried to catch up on reading new publications in your field, and were too tired to treat yourself to a much-needed haircut/manicure/nap. Or was that just me? Being in a STEM-related field can get tiresome, and it can also get lonely. For example,…

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