Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
I have learned, sometimes the hard way, that science isn't always about the science. Sometimes it's about personalities, egos, competition, and occasionally really troubling behavior. However, having excellent mentors, friends who are also scientists, and supportive colleagues, much of the unpleasantness can be avoided most of the time. I *have* learned that assuming you're the only one experiencing negative aspects of our job is usually a mistake, and that most academics have encountered similar things and can offer support, someone to listen, and maybe even a good solution. Cultural issues in science can be a serious challenge, and I think it's important to discuss them as openly as possible for the sake of future scientists.