Researchers cope as labs go quiet
Research labs across the country, and the world, are being shuttered in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As a result, hundreds of thousands of researchers have been forced to put their studies on hold and find a way to cope with an uncertain future.
For Paul Brindley, watching the current public health crisis unfold brought back memories of a time when his own lab – and career trajectory – was altered by forces outside his own control. “I thought this is going to be tough, it’s going to be like what happened in New Orleans,” he said, referring to the days after Hurricane Katrina hit Tulane University, where he had a research appointment at the time.
Like Brindley, other BWF awardees have had their labs closed as a result of natural disasters. Though no one has experienced anything quite like the current viral pandemic, their experiences do offer lessons for scientists as they navigate this new reality.