The Journal of Struggling Scientists - Issue #4





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The Journal of Struggling Scientists - Issue #4
By The Struggling Scientists • Issue #4 • View online
Welcome to the 4th installment of The Journal of Struggling Scientists!
I too am surprised that I keep writing this, but more surprising still is that people keep signing up to read it😅
Just a friendly reminder to check your spam folder at the end of every month as Newsletters often end up there!

🔦 Highlights:
TLDR list:
  • I had both an oral presentation and poster at the Dutch Translational Metabolism Meeting (DTM) in Wageningen, The Netherlands 💪
  • TSS in collaboration with Maastricht Instruments supplied prizes for the best presentations at the DTM 🏆
  • I’m one of the paranymphs for a colleague and friend who defended her thesis 🥳🥳🥳
  • New customizable shirt on the Webshop🥳👕☕️!!!!
  • We recorded another episode with the wise and wonderful Dave Speijer 🎙️🤓
  • The end of my PhD is nigh
  • Oral presentation and poster at the Dutch Translational Metabolism Meeting 💪
The oral presentation went well and had some nice talks with people at the poster as well.
Also managed to network a bit and got to see some very interesting talks and posters which is always nice 😁.
  • TSS in collaboration with Maastricht Instruments supplied prizes for the best presentations at DTM 🏆
This is why you should never skip the party and fun games at a conference.
I happened to be in the same pub quiz group with a product manager of Maastricht Instruments (Freek).
We got to talking and came up with the idea to add TSS merch as prizes for the best presentations so everything turned out great.
  • I’m one of the paranymphs for a colleague/friend who defended her thesis 🥳🥳🥳
Had to film several scenes with people from the department saying some quotes of her’s in order to make a movie for her.
In the end, I think we have some great footage now just need to turn it into something awesome for her.
Also, I needed to get a fancier suit so I look like a penguin now FYI😅
P.S. This newsletter releases on the same day as her defense so she won’t know what hit her until it does 😎
Also avaliable for Postdocs 😃
Also avaliable for Postdocs 😃
  • We recorded another episode with the wise and wonderful Dave Speijer 🎙️🤓
Look forward to episode 33 where Dave will tell us all about how eukaryotes and mitochondria evolved!
  • The end of my PhD is nigh
Yes, that is correct my PhD is coming to an end. June is my last month as an official PhD candidate.
Honestly looking forward to just being able to focus on writing instead of experiments, meetings, and random fires needing to be put out daily.
Can’t believe I’m saying this but genuinely looking forward to just being able to do some writing.
🤯 Mental Health: Negative Role Models
I always say I want to know where I would die so I can never go there.”
-Charlie Munger
For the longest time if you would’ve asked me who I look up to I wouldn’t have been able to name anyone.
I had no positive role models growing up, which made deciding what I wanted in my life rather difficult.
What I did have fortunately or unfortunately were several negative role models.
Despite not knowing what I did want to do, something was clear in my life and that was that I knew what I definitely did not want.
I did not want to continue living and working in Aruba (my home country/ Island), I did not want to stop learning, and I did not want to turn into an ignorant selfish person exploiting others for my benefit (lots of personal backstory embedded in here but just go with it for now 😉).
To most people reading this, it will probably come across as very negative and resentful, but to me, while those emotions may be there there are still things I learned from them.
Being deliberate with your life and choices is hard and it’s even harder to feel like you’re making correct decisions along the way without a map or blueprint to guide you.
However, once you become clear on what it is you value it gets easier. From here you can find someone who has achieved the things you want (or similar) and effectively model some of your decisions based on theirs.
This person is known as a positive role model, mentor, teacher, etc.
But what if you had some pretty shitty people in your life? Are you just out of luck and is your life ruined?
uuhh.. maybe…
Just kidding of course 😉!
This is where negative role models come in. While they don’t directly help us reach our goals in life they help us to come to the realization of the paths and actions we don’t want to take as we’ve seen the poor outcomes they have.
Whether it’s bad parenting, teaching, leaders/bosses, friends, or relationships there is always something you can learn from the experience.
Had a terrible parent and wondering if you will be the same?
Just avoid making the same mistakes they did and you will by definition be doing better than they did.
Always take the time to reflect on the negative role models in your life because their poor decisions/outcomes are your advantage moving forward in life.
You got to see what the outcome of their decisions and actions ended up being, now do and be better!
⚒️Tools & Resources: TickTick
Just so you know we aren’t sponsored by TickTick. I just use the free version of it to track and do all my habits alongside Todoist for managing my projects.
Both are great To-do list apps each with their own pros and cons but given that I’m cheap and am okay using 2 apps for free vs 1 paid I use both of them.
For a guide on using TickTick check out the video below.
I will, however, say that if I had to pay and use only 1 of them it would be TickTick for the reasons listed below.
The reasons :
  • Has Natural language detection for scheduling (which IMO works better for me than Todoist)
  • Great for scheduling habits and routine activities such as doing something every other day at a specific time.
  • Very good overview of your tasks and habits in a day or upcoming days (IMO better than Todoist)
  • Easier and quicker to learn and use than other To-do list apps.
  • Chrome extension and app that works very well across platforms.
  • Very customizable and provides several customizable views such as Eisenhower matrix and calendar view (paid version).
  • Setting priorities and assigning tasks to specific categories like Sports or work feels easier to me on TickTick.
  • Detailed statistics overview of your productivity
  • Offers discount on a premium version for students/ teachers which comes out to $21 a year vs Todoist which has no discount at will cost at least $36 a year.
How to use TICKTICK for Getting Things Done (GTD)
How to use TICKTICK for Getting Things Done (GTD)
😎Cool Science: IC7Fc treatment for diabetes
I came across this paper thanks to a presentation by Milena Schönke on this designer cytokine and I just needed to look it up.
It is amazing but there may very well be a drug on the market soon that can treat both diabetes and obesity.
Link to the paper here
📤 Out of the Box: Dog breed & behavior
We came across this story in popular science articles and actually discussed it in episode 32 of the Podcast if you rather hear us talk about it instead.
🤣 Exclusive Memes
Just an average day for a PhD student
Just an average day for a PhD student
Everyhting is great ... why do you ask????
Everyhting is great ... why do you ask????
In Conclusion,
Thanks again for taking the time to read this issue even though I’m sure most of you just skip to the memes 😂.
Hope you found something here interesting and we will see you, next month folks!
Suzanne & Jayron
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