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June 1st, 2015:

Stress in Academia

In a previous study, the impact of giving a presentation to a group of several hundred maize geneticists was reported by (James et al. 2015)

Here we report a longer term study on the effects of academic stress: a comparison of heart rate (beats per minute (BPM)) on an academically stressed day (ie the day prior to the deadline for submitting an major grant to the National Science Foundation) and a control day (the day immediately following submission of said grant). Heat rate was quantified using a Basis Peak watch.

Heart Rate Before and After Grant Submission

Timepoints where the Basis Peak watch concluded the subject was “asleep” were excluded. Potential confounding variable: My first graduate student arrived on campus the same day as the “day before grant due” dataset was collected.