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The journey of a scientist mother

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Science  19 May 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6339, pp. 774
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6339.774

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  • RE: Between academy and fatherhood

    Dear Dr. Paula, I know exactly what you mean in your letter. After my daughter was born, my academic life also changed completely and it was very hard to keep the pace. Even now, after one year and a half, I find myself sometimes lost in the priorities of research and fatherhood. Traveling is still impossible due to logistics and it will take a time until I manage to go to a congress or a conference. Even so, I think fatherhood is so rewarding. Publishing papers is great, but papers do not go out with out, do not smile at you and do not give you presents on father’s/mother’s day. In addition, children make us happier, which eventually reflects in our research. It was nice to read from a person with the same experiences as us, parents.

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