• Question: Whats your biggest challenge with being a scientist👺

    Asked by CameronC on 11 Feb 2022.
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      Melissa Hess answered on 11 Feb 2022:

      My biggest challenge was getting back into science after I took 9 years off to raise kids. That was hard.

      My biggest challenge on a daily basis is how fast people want results. Science takes a lot of time to fully understand things, and it moves on a different timescale than everything else.

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      Kaveri Sawant answered on 11 Feb 2022:

      Working with others.

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      Leah Sutton answered on 11 Feb 2022:

      Doing the things that are not science related but help support doing the cool stuff. I have recently had to read a lot of state and federal environmental regulations which can be really boring but necessary to understand so we can come up with solutions that will solve the problems the regulations are trying to address.

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      Amelia Grose answered on 13 Feb 2022:

      My biggest challenge is staying focused when I have to do parts of the job that are less fun. Writing isn’t my favorite thing to do, so I get easily distracted when I have to write. I try to solve this by setting aside about 30 minutes at a time where I will just write and not do anything else until that 30 minutes is up!

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      Phu Phan answered on 14 Feb 2022:

      My biggest challenge in being a scientist is to accelerate scientific innovation. It’s hard to make the product cheaper and more affordable for everyone. As a chemist, we come to work together to tackle these challenges step by step.

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      Lauren Haygood answered on 17 Feb 2022:

      My biggest challenge is imposter syndrome. I am lucky, though, to have supportive colleagues who understand!