Mala Radhakrishnan is a scientist-poet and a professor of chemistry at Wellesley College, USA. She writes and performs chemistry-themed poetry, including poems based on biochemistry, and has published two poetry books. In this interview, she shares insights into how science and poetry can be integrated into education.
In this article, a student remembers a phenomenal educator, researcher and mentor from her undergraduate days, who inspired generations of students. The author portrays the strong personality of this leader and her lesser-known softer side.
Anuradha Lohia is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the Presidency University, Kolkata. She served as the founding Chief Executive Officer of the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance from 2009-2012. She is the recipient of several prestigious national and international grants and awards. In this interview, she chats with IndiaBioscience about her thoughts on leadership.
In the second article as part of community voices for international grants and fellowships, Savneet talks about the impact of an international collaboration early on during her independent research career and how it turned out to be an invaluable mentoring experience too.
Enam Reyaz, a student at the Jamia Hamdard Institute of Molecular Medicine (JH-IMM), recounts her physical and emotional roller-coaster of experience embracing pregnancy and motherhood while pursuing a PhD degree; what helped her challenge the taboos and what more can be done by research institutions to support expectant mothers.
While considering the issue of mental health in academia, it is important to remember that existing societal structures have a significant impact on the lives of researchers and these effects vary from community to community. In this next article in our series on mental health, Nazia discusses how trying to balance the expectations of a patriarchal society with their scientific aspirations affects the mental health of women in science and some possible solutions to this problem.
Becoming a parent can be an exhilarating experience for many researchers. However, it can also bring challenges, both on the professional and personal front, especially if one is in the early-career stage. In this article, Swarna and Madhumala discuss the "baby-penalty" and some strategies that early-career researchers can use to better prepare for this stage in their lives.