Congratulations on adopting a scientist! Regardless of their field they will require much coffee, free food, and love. Here are some field specific tips for keeping your scientist happy and healthy!
- Biology: make sure they don’t get overly invested in their model organism by reminding them about the flaws inherent in their system on a regular basis, but also make sure to join in when they criticise other models in favour of their own
- Chemistry: don’t let them do that ‘just one more reaction’ at 10 pm. make sure they get out of the lab and see the sun on a regular basis. Try to keep them from partying too hard when they do leave the lab
- Geology: humour their rock puns but don’t let them lick the rocks (they will tell you they need to lick the rocks to identify them, but don’t fall for it)
- Astronomy: try not to let them become completely nocturnal. Point out nice stars to them and look suitably impressed by their “pictures” of planets that don’t look like anything to you
- Physics: take them to the park on a regular basis to remind them that things larger than subatomic particles exist. Bring a Frisbee or a ball to play catch with and be impressed by their ability to calculate trajectories
- Math: always make sure to have free batteries for their calculators and a Mathematica user guide on hand. Humour them when they tell you why space without angles is important
- Ecology: make sure they remember to wear sunscreen and keep an eye on them in the field. Remind them to come inside and analyse their data occasionally
- Psychology: don’t mention Freud or ever call them a soft or social science, but make sure you gently remind them that social factors can impact reproducibility and try to keep them from drawing sweeping conclusions about the inherent nature of humanity
- Neuroscience: be suitably impressed by their newest experiment and then remind them that people are not mice as often as possible
- Computer Science: make sure they take breaks while debugging by limiting their supply of coffee. Nod and smile when they go off on indexing and arrays. Make sure they always have a rubber duck.
Make sure to keep your scientist away from engineers unless they have been properly socialised to interact in a translational household. The most important thing is to remember to hug your scientist on a regular basis and remind them that there is life outside the lab.
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