We live in an age where working in science or engineering offers tremendous professional opportunities - the pace of scientific development is truly breathtaking. Yet many researchers struggle with the pressures of the fast-paced academic workplace, and struggle to harmonize their work and personal lives. The result can be burnout, exhaustion, and stress on a personal level, and difficulty in recruiting and retaining talented, diverse people to science and engineering. This book, written for graduate students and researchers at all stages of their careers, aims to help scientists by identifying and questioning the core beliefs that drive a culture of overwork, and provides real-world examples and exercises for those wishing to do things differently. Written in a lively narrative style, and including interview excerpts from practicing scientists, social scientists, and engineers, this book serves as a guide for those seeking to practice the seven traits of the joyful scientist.
Roel Snieder holds the Keck Foundation Endowed Chair of Basic Exploration Science at the Colorado School of Mines. He received a Masters degree in geophysical fluid dynamics from Princeton University, New Jersey in 1984, and in 1987 a PhD in seismology from Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands. He has a strong interest in teaching professional development, and has developed classes on The Art of Science, Research Ethics, and Teamwork and Leadership. He is co-author of the textbooks A Guided Tour of Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences, 3rd edition (Cambridge, 2015) and The Art of Being a Scientist: A Guide for Graduate Students and their Mentors (Cambridge, 2009). Professor Snieder is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and Honorary Member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Jen Schneider is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Boise State University, Idaho, where she teaches and advises in the graduate program, and holds affiliate appointments with the College of Innovation and Design and the Public Policy Research Center. She serves as Associate Director of the Boise State University Experimental program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program. She has published widely in the fields of environmental and science communication, energy studies, and engineering studies, including co-authoring the books Engineering and Sustainable Community Development (2010) and Under Pressure: Coal Industry Rhetoric and Neoliberalism (2016).