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Aging gracefully as a scientist: An idiot's guide

from The Guardian

A vivid memory of my own first week as a Ph.D. student: overhearing the senior members of the lab talk about the scientist in charge — a frighteningly brilliant woman they joked was "out of touch" in the lab. I was shown — somewhat reverentially, with a warning to steer clear — a tidy, approximately two-foot square section at the end of one lab bench dedicated to her infrequent forays to the coal face. The boss reserved a few hours a month from writing successful grants and high-profile papers for risky, exploratory experiments that allowed her to keep her hand in, generate new lines of enquiry, and keep an eye on our wayward exploits. more

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