Balancing a Scientific Career with Raising a Family
BY MICHELLE BOND, LAURA S. CARTER, ANNE DAVIDSON, CLARISSA JAMES, AND EMILY PETRUS
Everyone deals differently with how to balance raising a family with moving forward in a career, but such jugglers share common problems and use similar techniques in juggling the demands of family and research. For this issue of the NIH Catalyst, we interviewed NIH scientists of all types, at all levels of their careers, and at all stages of raising their families—from having infants to having grown children.
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