Every other Thursday: stories and strategies from successful women scientists /
Ellen Daniell.
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New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, c2006.
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xxvi, 268 p.
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0300113234 (alk. paper), 9780300113235 (alk. paper)
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New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, c2006.
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0300113234 (alk. paper)
9780300113235 (alk. paper)
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5900500
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-07-01:
Although the subtitle of Daniell's book suggests that it will present "stories and strategies from successful women scientists," in no way does it reveal the highly unusual way in which this is accomplished. Essentially, it is the history of a group of distinguished women scientists who have met for more than 25 years on a bimonthly basis and shared their feelings and experiences by engaging in a form of group therapy inspired by radical psychiatry. To call it simply a history, however, ignores the personal stories, self-revelations, and advice that permeate its pages. It is certainly an easy read, and for some it will serve as an inspiration to start and participate in such a group: there is a chapter suggesting how to do that. For others it will sound too much like pop psychology in which a safe, caring, supportive environment, allowing its members to share their professional and personal problems, is better left to the psychotherapists. It does, however, discuss the stress and isolation that women scientists in the contemporary world often experience and offer some guidelines for mutual sharing and empowerment in a structured setting. Summing Up: Optional. Graduate students through professionals. M. H. Chaplin Wellesley College
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2006-01-30:
Molecular biologist Daniell and fellow women scientists created a support network to commiserate and strategize about the difficulties of being female in the still male-dominated world of science. Founded on the precepts of radical psychiatry, the group (called simply Group) gathers every other week with a format that will be familiar to anyone who's sat through a women's group session: time is set aside for each member to discuss issues in her life, and others encourage her to verbalize all of her emotions while offering support. The lesson that a feminine support system is important to a modern career-driven woman is not new, nor is it limited to science. But the book's real failing is that instead of addressing Group members' journeys through science as women, it focuses on the same career roadblocks, personal disasters and need for self-empowerment that one finds in any self-help book ("I am entitled to be myself. I'm entitled to be successful"). Rather than hard-nosed help for aspiring young women scientists, this book, while it includes interesting passages on the machinations of university politics, essentially offers material that should best have remained within the Group. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-03-15:
Part engaging memoir, part career advice, this volume tells the story of "Group," a long-running "professional problem-solving group" of seven women scientists who help each other deal with the challenges inherent in a successful scientific career (e.g., salary discrimination, tenure, managing difficult employees) and provide support for the trials faced in their personal lives. Conceived in the model of radical psychiatry, the group offers a venue for members to help themselves rather than turning to doctors and therapists. Daniell, a scientist, writer, and longtime Group member, follows the personal narratives with a discussion of Group procedures, maintaining the engaging tone that enlivens the entire volume. Chapters are organized around the type of support provided. Although the narrative focuses on women scientists in academic careers, the appeal of this empowering work will go beyond that circle. The support system described would be very valuable in a wide variety of venues. Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries.-Barbarly Korper McConnell, California State Univ., Fullerton (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"This is an excellent book. I wish I had had a copy to read when I started my career."Rita Colwell, University of Maryland
"This is an excellent book. I wish I had had a copy to read when I started my career."--Rita Colwell, University of Maryland
"This is an excellent book. I wish I had had a copy to read when I started my career."�Rita Colwell, University of Maryland
"In a clear, readable style, Ellen Daniell provides an understanding of how a group like hers can assist members with difficult decisions in both the workplace and personal life."-Joan A. Steitz, Yale University
"In a clear, readable style, Ellen Daniell provides an understanding of how a group like hers can assist members with difficult decisions in both the workplace and personal life."Joan A. Steitz, Yale University
"In a clear, readable style, Ellen Daniell provides an understanding of how a group like hers can assist members with difficult decisions in both the workplace and personal life."--Joan A. Steitz, Yale University
"In a clear, readable style, Ellen Daniell provides an understanding of how a group like hers can assist members with difficult decisions in both the workplace and personal life."�Joan A. Steitz, Yale University
"In an era in which science, especially biological science, tends to be portrayed as a series of exciting, mind-boggling, disease-curing, and even ethically disturbing discoveries, this book returns attention to the human strains of being a scientist, especially a woman scientist, in an academic environment that increasingly places extraordinary demands on its denizens." -Harold Varmus, President, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
"In an era in which science, especially biological science, tends to be portrayed as a series of exciting, mind-boggling, disease-curing, and even ethically disturbing discoveries, this book returns attention to the human strains of being a scientist, especially a woman scientist, in an academic environment that increasingly places extraordinary demands on its denizens." Harold Varmus, President, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
"In an era in which science, especially biological science, tends to be portrayed as a series of exciting, mind-boggling, disease-curing, and even ethically disturbing discoveries, this book returns attention to the human strains of being a scientist, especially a woman scientist, in an academic environment that increasingly places extraordinary demands on its denizens." --Harold Varmus, President, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
"In an era in which science, especially biological science, tends to be portrayed as a series of exciting, mind-boggling, disease-curing, and even ethically disturbing discoveries, this book returns attention to the human strains of being a scientist, especially a woman scientist, in an academic environment that increasingly places extraordinary demands on its denizens." �Harold Varmus, President, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
"This is an excellent book. I wish I had had a copy to read when I started my career." - Rita Colwell, University of Maryland
"Every Other Thursdayis brilliant. This is a page-turner for scientists and psychologists, for professors and for students who would be professors."-Thomas Cech, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
"Every Other Thursdayis brilliant. This is a page-turner for scientists and psychologists, for professors and for students who would be professors."Thomas Cech, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
"Empowering...The support system described would be very valuable in a wide variety of venues. Highly recommended."--"Library Journal "
"Empowering...The support system described would be very valuable in a wide variety of venues. Highly recommended." Library Journal
�Empowering...The support system described would be very valuable in a wide variety of venues. Highly recommended.��Library Journal
"Empowering...The support system described would be very valuable in a wide variety of venues. Highly recommended."- Library Journal
"Empowering...The support system described would be very valuable in a wide variety of venues. Highly recommended."Library Journal
" Every Other Thursdayis brilliant. This is a page-turner for scientists and psychologists, for professors and for students who would be professors."Thomas Cech, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
"Every Other Thursday is brilliant. This is a page-turner for scientists and psychologists, for professors and for students who would be professors."�Thomas Cech, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
""Every Other Thursday" is brilliant. This is a page-turner for scientists and psychologists, for professors and for students who would be professors."--Thomas Cech, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
"Daniell writes with great style. Fascinating reading."Margaret Lowman, author of Life in the Treetopsand It''s a Jungle Out There
"Ellen Daniell's book is extraordinarily interesting, articulate, timely, moving, and inspiring. It will be of absorbing interest to a great many women (and men who are interested) in any of a variety of professional settings."-Elizabeth Blackburn, University of California, San Francisco
"Ellen Daniell's book is extraordinarily interesting, articulate, timely, moving, and inspiring. It will be of absorbing interest to a great many women (and men who are interested) in any of a variety of professional settings."Elizabeth Blackburn, University of California, San Francisco
"Daniell writes with great style. Fascinating reading."Margaret Lowman, author ofLife in the TreetopsandIt''s a Jungle Out There
"Daniell writes with great style. Fascinating reading."--Margaret Lowman, author of "Life in the Treetops "and "It''s a Jungle Out There"""
"Daniell writes with great style. Fascinating reading."-Margaret Lowman, author of Life in the Treetops and It's a Jungle Out There
"Daniell writes with great style. Fascinating reading."�Margaret Lowman, author of Life in the Treetops and It's a Jungle Out There
"Ellen Daniell's book is extraordinarily interesting, articulate, timely, moving, and inspiring. It will be of absorbing interest to a great many women (and men who are interested) in any of a variety of professional settings."--Elizabeth Blackburn, University of California, San Francisco
�Ellen Daniell�s book is extraordinarily interesting, articulate, timely, moving, and inspiring. It will be of absorbing interest to a great many women (and men who are interested) in any of a variety of professional settings.��Elizabeth Blackburn, University of California, San Francisco
"Daniell's sharp writing style and focus make this a pleasurable and informative read."- Booklist
"Daniell's sharp writing style and focus make this a pleasurable and informative read."Booklist
"Daniell's sharp writing style and focus make this a pleasurable and informative read."--"Booklist "
"Daniell's sharp writing style and focus make this a pleasurable and informative read."-Booklist
"Daniell's sharp writing style and focus make this a pleasurable and informative read." Booklist
�Daniell�s sharp writing style and focus make this a pleasurable and informative read.��Booklist
"Daniell writes with great styl e. F ascinating reading."- Margaret Lowman, author of Life in the Treetops and It's a Jungle Out There
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Main Description
This book tells the story of a professional problem-solving group that for more than 25 years has empowered its members by providing practical and emotional support. The objective of "Group," as Ellen Daniell and six other members call their bimonthly gatherings, is cooperation in a competitive world. And the objective of Every Other Thursday is to encourage those who feel isolated or stressed in a work or academic setting to consider the benefits of such a groupa group in which everyone is on your side. Each of the high-achieving individuals in Group (including members of the National Academy of Sciences, a senior scientist at a prestigious research institute, and university professors and administrators) has found the support of the others to be an essential part of her own success. Daniell provides detailed examples of how members help one another navigate career setbacks or other difficulties. She shows that group support, discussion, and application of common experience bring to light practical solutions and broader perspectives. In an inspirational conclusion, the author offers advice and practical guidelines for those who would like to establish a group of their own.
Main Description
This book tells the story of a professional problem-solving group that for more than 25 years has empowered its members by providing practical and emotional support. The objective of "Group," as Ellen Daniell and six other members call their bimonthly gatherings, is cooperation in a competitive world. And the objective of Every Other Thursdayis to encourage those who feel isolated or stressed in a work or academic setting to consider the benefits of such a group--a group in which everyone is on your side. Each of the high-achieving individuals in Group (including members of the National Academy of Sciences, a senior scientist at a prestigious research institute, and university professors and administrators) has found the support of the others to be an essential part of her own success. Daniell provides detailed examples of how members help one another navigate career setbacks or other difficulties. She shows that group support, discussion, and application of common experience bring to light practical solutions and broader perspectives. In an inspirational conclusion, the author offers advice and practical guidelines for those who would like to establish a group of their own.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The story of a professional problem-solving group that for more than 25 years has empowered its members by providing practical and emotional support. It provides detailed examples of this support, how the sharing of common experience can help and offers advice and practical guidelines for those interested in setting up similar groups.
Long Description
This book tells the story of a professional problem-solving group that for more than 25 years has empowered its members by providing practical and emotional support. The objective of "Group," as Ellen Daniell and six other members call their bimonthly gatherings, is cooperation in a competitive world. And the objective of "Every Other Thursday" is to encourage those who feel isolated or stressed in a work or academic setting to consider the benefits of such a group--a group in which everyone is on your side.Each of the high-achieving individuals in Group (including members of the National Academy of Sciences, a senior scientist at a prestigious research institute, and university professors and administrators) has found the support of the others to be an essential part of her own success. Daniell provides detailed examples of how members help one another navigate career setbacks or other difficulties. She shows that group support, discussion, and application of common experience bring to light practical solutions and broader perspectives. In an inspirational conclusion, the author offers advice and practical guidelines for those who would like to establish a group of their own.
Table of Contents
Introduction : working toward diversity
Every other Thursday : a meeting of groupp. 3
Evolution : how each of us came to groupp. 17
Facing disaster : Ellen's storyp. 35
Accepting ... liking ... celebrating : appreciating ourselves and being entitled to successp. 71
A serious mind and a light heart : respecting instinct and personal goalsp. 82
Off balance and out of control : managing time and establishing equilibriump. 91
Flying furniture : choice and changep. 101
Best friends, harshest critics : working with other womenp. 108
Life is a limited resource : taking care of ourselvesp. 118
Permission to feel : being professional does not mean turning off all emotionp. 127
Boss, mother, friend, role model : working with students and employeesp. 138
Putting it out there : writing and giving talksp. 149
Nobody taught us this in school : institutional politics and strategyp. 161
Anticipating changes : growing older with gracep. 177
Going home : interactions with spouse, partner, mother, and childrenp. 184
Pigs, contracts, and strokes : group process and historyp. 201
Maintenance and repair : working to keep group workingp. 227
Another change of direction : letting go and moving onp. 239
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