What 25 Years in Science Have Taught Me

  1. Do it for the love. You'll make a living and love your work, but the UPS driver probably makes more money.
  2. Experiments that do something unexpected are the ones from which you learn most.
  3. Fear of failure is a larger impediment than the lack of knowledge.
  4. Scientists as a group are frequently really funny people.
  5. I've worked with scientists from all over the world and am hugely thankful for the collateral education I have received about culture, religion, and politics.
    Scientists seem to be capable of discussing these things without getting mad, even when opinions differ sharply.
  6. It's better to work in a lab staffed roughly equally by women & men. Women communicate better; guys are handy for opening tightly closed reagent bottles.
  7. Scientists are frequently surprisingly good cooks. We can also brew beer, make wine, and make moonshine.
  8. If labcoats are sexy, safety goggles are not.
    Rubber gloves can go either way.
  9. Science isn't a job. It's a way of life.
  10. Nerdicles are a thing. Scientists have them.
  11. The simplest explanation is most often the correct one, but it's not always the case.
    I once saw what appeared to be a straightforward chemistry problem actually end up being a biology problem.