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The Journal of Struggling Scientists

The Journal of Struggling Scientists
By The Struggling Scientists • Issue #1 • View online
Welcome to the very first issue of The Struggling Scientists Newsletter 😃!
Normally it would cost ~$11000 to get access to this but for you it’s free 😉
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

🔦 Highlights: TSS Starts a Newsletter
Welp, everyone March has been a pretty eventful month, to say the least. Between Putin basically trying to start WW3, to us contracting Covid it’s certainly been a rough couple of weeks.
With that said we’re guessing many of you are probably also struggling with everything happening in the world and personally so while it’s not much we thought we could provide something that helps out if even a tiny bit.
To that end, in addition to our obviously fun and exciting podcast, our memes, and all the other miscellaneous posts we do, we also wanted to make a newsletter.
We hope this newsletter:
  • Keeps you up to date with all the random shizzle we do.
  • Provides you with some useful insights into mental health concepts that helped/continue to help us.
  • Highlight tools and resources we use or think others might benefit from if they knew about them.
  • Spotlight some cool research out there that we might not get to with our podcast, but still wanted to draw attention to.
  • Provide you with something completely out of the box that maybe you never knew you wanted or needed 😂.
  • And lastly, high-quality memes that only the most innovative fans will be able to see (the stuff that didn’t make it to Twitter or Instagram cuz Instagram is difficult when it comes to aspect ratios 🙄).
🤯 Mental Health: Making Slow Progress
“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”
- Plato
Plato being a badass
Plato being a badass
While it is debated whether Plato ever truly said this, one thing that is for sure is that the idea of making slow progress resonates strongly with people today.
This holds true, especially for people doing a PhD where you are continuously exposed to failures, feelings of inadequacy, and many other negative emotions with very few successes and milestones along the multi-year path.
However, despite knowing the arduous path of the PhD by either having gone through it ourselves or currently going through it we often forget to be kind to people in the learning phase.
Instead of measuring how much they’ve learned or grown we instead set arbitrary goals/expectations/benchmarks that people often fall short of.
For an example of this, think of doing all the work and learning that goes into doing experiments and staying up to date with the literature but the only thing you are being measured by is whether or not all the effort you put in has led to a paper or not.
This can have disastrous effects on a person’s mental well-being when they continuously feel like they just aren’t measuring up to the standards that are set.
Why should it matter whether someone publishes 2 or 3 papers, the impact factor of the journals they publish in or meeting arbitrary deadlines?
What we should be valuing is people’s growth and progress in order to truly get the best out of people in the long run.
I think back to a quote and idea from the book Atomic Habits from James Clear that really helped me understand this concept of slow progress the best.
“Getting 1 percent better every day counts for a lot in the long-run.”
-James Clear
While only getting 1% better every day doesn’t sound like much you quickly realize that over the course of a year (365 days) 1.01^365 = 37.7.
And yes, while a 37.7X improvement from who you were at the start doesn’t sound realistic it does give me hope that big achievements can come from very little progress made every day.
⚒️Tools & Resources: Notion
Notion Dashboard
Notion Dashboard
Let’s not kid ourselves, the PhD is hard, and going it through it using only one brain is nigh impossible. That’s where the idea of a “second brain” comes in.
A second brain helps store up a ton of information and ideas you come across and in doing so frees up your brain to play with the information and create something new.
It’s thanks to the second brain concept that we manage to keep track of our podcast episodes, our social media, guests, our hectic schedules, and information that comes in handy at a later date… like how to start a Newsletter😉.
If I could recommend one tool/resource that made all the difference and that I wished I knew about when I started the PhD it would hands down be Notion.
Notion is a project management and note-taking software with a ton of features like lists, databases, galleries, and integrations allowing you to connect your calendar and other apps with it.
Had I known about Notion earlier I would have been better at managing my projects, kept better and more easy-to-use notes, and been able to connect ideas and knowledge much easier than I do now.
And while that by no means would have solved all the difficulties that come with doing a PhD I think anything no matter how small if it helps is great.
If you are interested in trying out Notion to see if it lives up to the hype I’m giving it it’s free to get started with it right away.
At first, it might seem a bit daunting to get started since there are so many options so if you are unsure and feeling overwhelmed just look up some readily available templates either to use immediately or for inspiration.
For more information specifically regarding Notion as a second brain check this video 😃
Should Notion Be Your Second Brain? | Notetaking App Ratings (ft. Thomas Frank)
😎Cool Science: Endothelial cells and adiposity
OMG…….Finally out!!!!!!!!!! The endothelial control of adipose tissue expansion by metabolites.

Thank you @FundacionBBVA for make it possible!

Tutorial below👇
I recently came across this Nature Metabolism article published by Monelli et al which was shared on Twitter.
As someone who is currently doing research into how fat tissue surrounding the blood vessels (PVAT) can communicate with the endothelial cells and the smooth muscle cells, this article made me realize that communication is a two-way channel and that nothing is ever simple.
Be sure to check out this article if you’re interested in how the endothelial cells (cells lining the innermost layer of the vessel) are able to regulate the surrounding fat tissue.
Angiocrine polyamine production regulates adiposity | Nature Metabolism
📤 Out of the Box: Liver Baby
Turns out its possible to have a baby in your liver…. the more you know 😅
Just wow though… Link to the article below!
Primary hepatic pregnancy
🤣 Exclusive Memes
Not gonna lie this was my feeling ... Like just give me the poster presentation instead XD
Not gonna lie this was my feeling ... Like just give me the poster presentation instead XD
Enough said
Enough said
In Conclusion,
We really hope you enjoyed reading this Newsletter as much as we enjoyed making it. It’s our first time doing it so if you have any suggestions or tips or just want to stay up to date just go to our website, check out our Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn. If you want to go directly to the Podcast feel free to check it out on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, or Stitcher.
Thanks for the support and see you next time fellow Struggling Scientists!
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