A scientist on any schedule

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At times, my life as a scientist has resembled what many see as the archetype: available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to go to the lab or out to the field, with no personal responsibilities that can't be sacrificed or taken care of by others. I have lived this life—and enjoyed it. But since becoming a single mother, I've realized that it is only one of many ways to be a scientist. Now, I have a satisfying career as a professor with a reasonable work schedule, and I've come to appreciate that there is no one schedule that best produces excellent science or demonstrates dedication to its practice.

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© 2017 AAAS. Publisher’s version of record: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.355.6323.426

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