It's All Subjective

Objectivity may be science's holy grail, but the experiences of its practitioners have a large effect. Here are first-person essays from the front lines of STEM research

Featuring 7 articles by 7 scientists


I’m a Russian scientist. Why can’t Americans see past my citizenship?

In my adopted home, I've found distrust divorced from the reality of my work

Ana Gorelova

Molecular Pharmacology

University of Pittsburgh

People ask about my experiments on mice. The answers are … complicated

Behind most breakthroughs is animal research. Let's stop pretending otherwise

Ashley Juavinett


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

The beautiful merger of art and science that inspired generations of neuroscientists

"Perhaps only an artist's eye could have seen so much in a slice of brain"

Elle O'Brien

Computational Neuroscience

How I realized that LGBT+ scientists like me can inspire others in their field

Far too many LGBT+ scientists still report fear in their workplaces, but I have hope for change

Andrew Scarpelli

Molecular Biology

National Louis University

How theater, startup culture, and business history helped us become better neuroscientists

The sciences would benefit enormously from applying lessons from art and business

Gonçalo Lopes


Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

Danbee Kim

Comparative Neuroscience

Champalimaud Foundation

I had to learn assembly language to truly understand my grandfather

He didn't process the world like the rest of us

Elle O'Brien

Computational Neuroscience

The time I solved a tricky lab problem with Google and Vaseline

Yup, scientists use search engines, too

Louisa Cockbill


University of Bristol