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Dr. Mom

A new book explores the challenges of balancing motherhood and a career in science

Vanessa Fogg
When toxicologist linkurl:Rebecca Efroymson;http://www.esd.ornl.gov/people/efroymson/index.html flew to Washington D.C. to defend a grant proposal before a federal agency, she lacked child care options and was forced to bring along her sick toddler. On the day of her presentation, she left her feverish, screaming son in a hotel room in the care of his grandparents, who had taken a train down from Philadelphia to babysit. Fatigued by lack of sleep, Efroymson admits that she did not give her best presentation, and her grant was not funded. "This was the first time that my split life might really have impacted my work and the viability of my job," she writes.The "split life" between work and child rearing is one familiar to millions of working parents. For linkurl:women,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/54852/ balancing work and family can present particularly difficult challenges in the highly competitive, often male-dominated world of research science. Efroymson's story is one of many told...

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