Resilience: The Art of Failing Forward

Earth scientists and communicators dealing with or studying climate change face many potential stressors. They need support and resources to maintain and improve their emotional well-being. A Federal Emergency Management Agency worker holds a disaster victim’s hand. In addition to members of the public who suffer mental and physical consequences of climate change impacts, scientists and communicators whose work involves climate change also need support to maintain and improve their emotional well-being. Credit: Kevin Galvin, Federal Emergency Management Agency Full story:


Computer Model Simulates Ancient Climate Change, Migration

MANOA, HAWAII—Live Science reports that scientists led by Axel Timmermann of the University of Hawaii at Manoa have developed a new computer simulation, spanning a period of 125,000 years, of how rainfall, temperature, sea levels, glacial ice, vegetation, carbon dioxide levels, and the migration patterns of modern humans might have been affected by Milankovitch cycles, or wobbles in the planet’s orbit and tilt that occur every 21,000 years. The model suggests that modern humans may have traveled between northeastern Africa and other parts of the world through periodic “habitable green corridors” in the Sahara and Arabian deserts. Timmermann says these results align with archaeological and fossil…


SUO 2019: Resilience: The Art of Failing Forward

Burnout has a lasting impact: 20% of physicians experience mental health problems over their career, which has also lead to a 2.3x increased suicide rate (women 2.3x risk; men 1.6x risk). In a survey of 7,288 physicians, compared to 3,442 working US adults, physicians were more likely to have symptoms of burnout (37.9% vs 27.8%; p < 0.001) and to be dissatisfied with work-life balance (40.2% vs 23.2%; p < 0.001).2 Compared with high school graduates, individuals with an MD/DO degree were at increased risk for burnout (OR 1.36; p < 0.001), whereas individuals with a bachelor’s degree (OR 0.80; p = 0.048), master’s degree (OR 0.71, p = 0.01), or professional or doctoral degree (other than an MD/DO) (OR 0.64; p = 0.04) were at lower risk for burnout. According to Dr. Shillcutt, the most common pathway that leads to burnout starts with empathy loss (highest as a first-year attending), as well as increased stress (secondary to a low level of work control, acuity of patients, and work compression), eventually leading to burnout. Burnout leads to exhaustion, cynicism, disengagement, and inefficiency…



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