Become your own best friend

Become your own best friend

Is high self-esteem the be all and end all of mental health?

Maybe not. This piece is an invitation to consider befriending yourself, and an introduction to the concept of self-compassion and how it may be solution to many of our modern mental ailments.

Create your matplotlib style sheet in 10 minutes

Create your matplotlib style sheet in 10 minutes

Are you tired of writing the same lines of code to prettify your matplotlib every time you make a plot? Are you trying to find a semi-productive activity to delay returning to your actual responsibilities for another 10 to 15 minutes?

If the answer the either or both of these questions is, LET’S MAKE A STYLE SHEET!

Let's talk about Homesickness

Let's talk about Homesickness

Scientists often have to move for their jobs, sometimes internationally, and a lot of people move alone, leaving their friends and families behind. Given this state of affairs, I am quite surprised that the topic of homesickness does not come up more often, especially since mental health is such a hot topic in science. 

So let’s talk about it!

Codes of conduct: How do we write them?

Codes of conduct: How do we write them?

After reading “Codes of conduct: Why do we need them?” I hope that I have convinced you that they are a useful tool to foster welcoming and healthy work environments to all members of a community.

In this second piece, I will recount the story of the code of conduct of the Physics and Astronomy department of the University of Sheffield. I will tell you why it took over 7 months between me sending the first draft and posters appearing on the walls.

Finally, I will tell you what we learnt along the way, in the hopes that it may serve others.

This is part II of a two-part series of blogs on codes of conduct.

Codes of conduct: Why do we need them?

Codes of conduct: Why do we need them?

Codes of conduct are being talked about more and more in astronomy. Why might that be? And why do we need them: isn’t good behaviour just common sense?

In this piece I hope to convince you that codes of conduct are a fundamental step to fostering a healthy working space for all members of a scientific community.

This is part I of a two-part series of blogs on codes of conduct. Part II, covers the story of how we wrote a code of conduct of our department, and the lessons we learnt from this experience.