Ready for some personal news? Here goes. . . after a great deal of thought (and therapy), I’ve decided to close my lab down and leave academia. I know this type of thread is now verging on the predictable, so just a few details. 1/5

Jun 27, 2022 · 12:18 PM UTC

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This is not in response to specific issues with our research program (#mechanobiology forever!), past or current lab members (they are ALL AWESOME), with my department, Wash U, or with my harasser. There are truly too many inter-related reasons to summarize them easily. 2/5
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I can only say that, while I've been fairly happy and fairly successful as an academic, this job no longer gives me the joy that it used to--and I have less energy and enthusiasm to give in return. I'm ready to break this feed-forward loop! 3/5
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I am not sure what is next. I do know that I will keep promoting curiosity-driven research, advocating for a better understanding of plant biology, and trying to dismantle structural inequities within the scientific enterprise. 4/5
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I don’t have a timeline, but expect to be be wrapping things up over the next 6 months or so. I’m genuinely happy to talk about this decision, and the next steps as I discover them, with anyone (whether we know each other IRL or not!). Just drop me a line. 5/5
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Replying to @ehaswell
Wow! Liz, huge congratulations! I'm sure this was a incredibly difficult and complex decision! You are an absolute star and all of "academia" will miss you (all your colleagues here will miss you tremendously too!) but you have our complete support!
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thank you, Farsh! You are such a great example of all that is good in academia--thank you for being such a great role model!
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Replying to @ehaswell
Wow, Liz! Huge congratulations 🎉 and please know how much I admire you for being such a brilliant person yet so kind and always willing to share things that make all of us better. Thank you truly and best wishes! 💗
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Thank you! I'll always remember our early @taprootpodcast days--the notebook you gave me has a place of honor in my office!!
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Replying to @ehaswell
When you and Ivan started the Taproot podcast, it was a great source of motivation that helped me a lot as a graduate student. Thanks for inspiring and supporting group of scientists through your research and service. Wish you all the best for the next adventure!
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Thank you, Arif! It's been wonderful to see your science and your science communication grow over the years! ❤️
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