Science  16 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6074, pp. 1286

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  1. The Global Work-Life Juggle

    A majority of scientists in a new global survey say that family responsibilities clash with their professional duties at least twice a week. For U.S. and U.K. scientists it is three out of five, and two-thirds of Canadian scientists face that problem. The data come from a survey of how 4225 active researchers (70% male) are balancing work-life issues. Preliminary results released last week by the Washington, D.C.–based Association for Women in Science (AWIS) show few gender differences in the attitudes and experiences among younger scientists, says AWIS's Donna Dean, confirming anecdotal evidence from workshops and conferences. The association plans a detailed breakout by country and discipline of the 19-question survey, which had a response rate of 9%.