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The Journal of Struggling Scientists
By The Struggling Scientists • Issue #2 • View online
Welcome to the 2nd issue of The Journal of Struggling Scientists.
I’m not going to lie, I was genuinely afraid no one would subscribe or bother reading this newsletter, and yet here we are currently with 15 subs and growing each day so thank you for that everyone😃!
With that said,
Things you’ll find in this newsletter:
  • 🔦 TSS Highlights from the previous month
  • 🤯 Mental Health-related stuff
  • ⚒️ Interesting Tools & Resources
  • 😎 Cool Science
  • 📤 Out of the Box
  • 🤣 Exclusive TSS Memes

🔦 TSS Highlights:
So a lot happened in the last month 😅.
Here is a bulleted TLDR list:
  • Our Webshop is up and running 🥳👕☕️!!!!
  • We won a giveaway 🥳!!!
  • We interviewed the Co-founders of the awesome bioinformatics startup BigOmics 🎙️🤓
Our Webshop is up and running 🥳👕☕️!!!!
It took a bit to sort out all the details but it’s finally here!
Our webshop went live on social media on the 20th of April and we couldn’t be happier with it.
Unfortunately, we are only able to ship to countries within the EU, but we will continue to add countries to our shipping list as soon as we figure out all the tax details.
So stay tuned for more updates as we continue to make our webshop available to more and more countries including the US. We will also continue adding new and awesome designs made by Suzanne herself to the webshop as well.
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🛍️The Struggling Scientists Webshop is live🥳!

At least in Europe, but don't worry we're working on making it available worldwide!

For now at least those in Europe, we hope you enjoy our webshop 🙂

The full catalog below!

#science #fashion #merch

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We won a giveaway 🥳!!!
Courtesy of our Podcast hosting Platform RedCircle.com.
We will definitely be making great use of the amazing Rode Procaster microphone🎙️!
RedCircle
Big congratulations to our giveaway winner @TheStrugglingS4 ! It's a privilege to be able to support creators like you two! We are honored to have you in the RedCircle family. We hope you enjoy your new @rodemic procaster microphone. #podcast https://t.co/eMbfsafaIr
Interview the Co-founders of BigOmics 🎙️🤓
On the 14th of April, we had the privilege to interview Murodzhon Akhmedov (CEO) and Ivo Kwee (CTO), the Co-founders of BigOmics.
BigOmics is a Swiss-based bioinformatics software platform that provides analytics solutions for biologists and bioinformaticians to analyze their data.
In our interview with Murodzhon and Ivo we discussed many things including:
  • Their academic careers
  • What led them to start BigOmics
  • What’s it like to lead a startup
  • and so much more
If you’re interested in this interview then stay tuned for our episode with them which will be out soon 🙂.
🤯 Mental Health: Impostor Syndrome
The term Imposter syndrome loosely refers to people doubting their abilities and feeling like a fraud.
Impostor syndrome is something that predominantly affects high achievers leading to insecurities about their achievements and abilities.
It manifests in several ways including fear of failure, perfectionism, anxiety, and self-doubt.
It is well-known that impostor syndrome is common among PhD students and people in academia, but despite this awareness little is set up to help or treat impostor syndrome.
Like many things during the PhD, it’s generally assumed it is something inevitable that you will experience and simply overcome as part of the PhD experience.
The unfortunate part is that by accepting it as the norm we devalue the struggle of the person while adding the pressure that they should inevitably just “get over it” without others having to help.
This at least has been my experience in dealing with impostor syndrome throughout my PhD.
I hope one day this changes as I do see more groups forming to discuss impostor syndrome and listen and help instead of just expecting you to get over it.
Mental Health in academia is a big topic on Twitter especially and I hope honestly more people find their way to it in their time of struggling through impostor syndrome.
On that note, here are some tips that have helped me in dealing with my impostor syndrome.
  • Talk to others around you, odds are they’re experiencing it as well but don’t dare to bring it up either.
  • Accept that it might never fully go away but it will get better over time as experience breeds confidence.
  • Keep track of your gains. One of the reasons you suffer from impostor syndrome is because you keep discounting your achievements and focussing on what you’re missing instead. It gets harder to do that if you have all your wins written down in front of you where you can see the amount of progress you’ve made. For more on this, I suggest reading The Gap and the Gain by Dan Sullivan and Benjamin Hardy. This book is undoubtedly one of my favorite books and the book I keep returning to every time I’m struggling with the feeling of failure or not being enough.
⚒️Tools & Resources: Todoist
If you’re someone who follows us on Twitter then you will know that on several occasions we recommended Todoist as a great app to help boost your productivity.
Important to note we are not sponsored or anything by them … ( I wish though 🤣).
Todoist is an app/online tool that helps you make to-do lists and in doing so helps you manage your work for the day and big projects over time.
The app is simple and free to use and is available on both IOS and Android.
It comes equipped with many features such as labeling, scheduling, and natural language processing to help you schedule your tasks more efficiently and get them done.
I (Jayron) personally use Todoist to keep track of all the things I need to do on a given day that aren’t habits, or routine but are very important.
These include my experiments, meetings, podcast-related stuff, or any random aspect of life that come up that day such as appointments.
If after reading this you are considering checking out Todoist yourself here is a nice beginner-friendly Youtube video on how to get started.
Todoist Tutorial For Beginners 2021 - How To Use Todoist as Productivity Tool!
Todoist Tutorial For Beginners 2021 - How To Use Todoist as Productivity Tool!
😎Cool Science: Vinculin
Huveneers Lab
Vinculin controls endothelial cell junction dynamics during vascular lumen formation https://t.co/i3J6aJNj9G

Result of an exciting collaboration with the Belting lab: vinculin responds to forces from blood flow during angiogenesis! Credits to Maria Kotini and @MiesvdStoel ! https://t.co/QNxOT1R947
Really amazing paper published in Cell Reports in collaboration with @Huveneers_Lab and @MiesvdStoel on vinculin in endothelial cells and its role in junctional dynamics. Definitely worth a read!
📤 Out of the Box:
I’m not going to lie. I never thought I would see the day that the keyword “Heavy metal music” would be used for an article on Pubmed, but here we are and I love it 🤣.
Link to the article if you want to read it yourself.
🤣 Exclusive Memes
In Conclusion,
I hope this sequel has lived up to the first issue of the Journal of Struggling Scientists Newsletter. This month’s issue was a bit longer with all the highlights but hope you enjoy them.
Thanks again to all of you for subscribing to our newsletter. It’s been a pleasure to see the number of subscribers go up for this and we hope you continue enjoying and getting value out of it.
Let us know what part(s) of the newsletter you enjoy most via social media or by hitting us up at thestrugglingscientists@hotmail.com.
See you in May, everyone!
Kind regards,
Your fellow Struggling Scientists
Suzanne & Jayron
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