• Question: If u could change one thing about ur job what would it be and why?

    Asked by edge12bed on 27 Apr 2022.
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      Ronan Lordan answered on 27 Apr 2022:

      For my daily job, I would change the start time… I am not a morning person 😀

      For my area of work in general, I think there needs to be more investment in Science! When the world was put on hold and lives lost due to the pandemic we turned to medicine and science for the answers. Without previous funding in basic science and the determination of inspirational scientists like Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman, who knows where we would be today!

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      Andrew Scarpelli answered on 27 Apr 2022:

      I love communicating science, and I wish that I was able to be at work but still communicate science to other people. It’s why I’ve started a nonprofit trying to reach out to more individuals. I also wish a semester was just a little bit longer so that my students and I could discuss a bit more complicated topics.

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      Srishti Baid answered on 27 Apr 2022:

      I would say making time for taking small breaks between work to do other things and increase discussion and thought experiments! 👩🏻‍🔬

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      Rebecca Smith answered on 27 Apr 2022:

      I wish there was less politics/power-plays and more collaboration. Historically, science has operated under the assumption that there are geniuses who make big discoveries and then the rest of us. That means that some people work really hard at looking like they belong in the genius group, and those people can be quite selfish. But that was never the way it worked – we all work as parts of a team, and I’d love to see more people acknowledge that!

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      Alexey Soshnev answered on 27 Apr 2022: last edited 27 Apr 2022 4:05 pm

      I sort of agree with @Rebecca – science traditionally is very “personified” (e.g., Darwin = evolution, Einstein = relativity, Watson/Crick = DNA) – but the more we move from XIXth century science (which even then wasn’t really done by a single individual – Darwin had a crew of HMS Beagle, and also there was this Alfred Wallace bloke most people have no idea about…) – anyway, the more we get into “present day” science, the less individual credit makes sense. Very few (almost no) discoveries are made by a single individual – even a single group (lab). Consider projects like LIGO (gravitational waves telescope, basically), or even CRISPR (gene editing tech) – they are done by enormous international teams, and/or many (dozens of) labs worldwide. Is it fair that Doudna and Charpantier get a Nobel prize for it (CRISPR), and the students, postdocs, technicians who actually did the grunt work (as well as a hundred collaborators) do not? I am not sure (D&C are phenomenal scientists and well deserving, but just as deserving are many, many more nameless scientists). So, I’d do away with these individual prizes altogether – they are pretty misleading, imho 😉

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      Diego Guevara Beltran answered on 29 Apr 2022:

      I would like to see greater merging between departments/disciplines at the institutional level. Grad students/faculty gather within departments, and even more so within areas within departments. Holding scheduled, expected, meetings between different areas and departments might lead to greater collaboration and potentially more exciting research!