Quarterly summary: the COVID-19 lockdown and the importance of scientists – University Affairs

Posted: June 24, 2020 at 8:46 am

The Black Hole

Both David and Jonathan hope that many new and good things can come from this period of lockdown.

BY DAVID KENT | JUN 23 2020

This quarter has been different there is no doubt about that. Both Jonathan and I have spent lockdown with working partners (medical doctor and scientist) and two little ones each (all four kiddies under the age of five) and we were chatting the other day about how odd it is that he and I have only ever met physically in person three times. Sometimes people just get on and have aligned goals and ambitions, and The Black Hole has been a tremendous pleasure to share with Jonathan (and Beth Snow before!). This period of enforced online interaction has led to some serious Zoom fatigue, but we both hope that many new and good things can come from this period of lockdown as youll see from the range of posts below.

This quarters most popular posts were my recent post on career considerations during lockdown and Joanthans post from last summer entitled You are not a failure for wanting to leave academia which we imagine also got some extra readers during lockdown for similar reasons as the career considerations post. We hope that readers enjoy these and others. We also hope to write more on the positive things that might emerge from the introspective journey that many of us have been on over the last months (or the one well go on after life gains some semblance of normality!). Our recent posts are listed below:

This quarter Dave has also written some more science-y stuff with a series of articles exploring recent scientific advances in blood stem cell gene therapy for a wide range of diseases over on the Signals blog:

Were looking forward to getting back to normal (even to whatever the new normal will be) and as always, encourage our readers to contribute their own articles to this column to gain some exposure for issues near and dear to their hearts.

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