Resources (under construction)

Over the years I’ve found a number of useful resources. I’ll try to link to them here. This page is still very much a work in progress. Please feel free to point out errors and omissions by contacting me.

Updated 2021-01-28

Diversity

Mental Health

Academia isn’t always the best place for your mental health. Almost everyone I’ve talked to about this agrees, but you don’t have to take my word for it: there is a lot of evidence. Obviously we need to all take good care of our mental (and physical) health. In my experience taking the time to do so makes me more productive, not less.

Even doing that may not enough for you and you may find that you need professional help. If you need help with your mental health I cannot recommend more strongly that you seek it out. Mental illness is as serious as physical illness and in the most extreme cases it can be fatal. The good news is that help is available and mental illness is very treatable.

  • Your campus mental health center. These are often free and usually provide a limited amount of short-term counseling and can refer you to an outside therapist.
  • Internet counseling (such as BetterHelp): a great option that doesn’t require you to leave the house. This is especially good if you do not have good health insurance.
  • Great article on setting goals and getting feedback from Nature: “Twenty things I wish I’d known when I started my PhD”
  • Voice of Academia
  • There is also a private slack group mental health issues in physics (with resources and emotional support) contact me if you would like an invitation. All are welcome!

If you are in a mental health crisis and are at risk of harming yourself, call 1-800-273-8255 for free confidential help in the US, or consult this list of crisis resources available worldwide.

Accessibility

We all have a legal obligation to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities according to the ADA, but we have a moral responsibility to go beyond that bare minimum to make everything as accessible as possible. I’m not an expert on web accessibility issues. Fortunately, my friend, Ben Robertson is. Some of his recommendations for testing your website for accessibility and some resources I’ve used for this site are below.

If you happen to spot any accessibility issues with my website please let me know and I’ll do my best to fix them.

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