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“Rest and Recover: How ‘Good Rest’ Can Lead to Breakthroughs:" Daniel Wong

October 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

In a fast-paced environment that increasingly measures and prioritizes productivity, it’s no surprise that many people report feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.

Competing claims of work, family, and other responsibilities can contribute to a climate in which being “busy” and “sleep-deprived” are badges of honor, while “vacation” seems like a dirty word.

This workshop presents the counterintuitive claim that good rest -- which we will carefully define -- is not only necessary for maintaining balance in the face of multiple obligations but is also critical to enjoying breakthroughs in research and work alike. We will discuss not only the research behind rest and recovery, but also some of the strategies that can be used to identify and prioritize “good rest.”

Daniel Wong serves as the inaugural director of Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention in the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He and his staff oversee a suite of programs designed to attract and support students, particularly those from populations underrepresented in graduate study at Illinois. He also an in-demand speaker and is regularly asked to facilitate workshops both on campus and nationally on topics including “student-centered mentoring,” “addressing equity and inclusion,” “sustainable productivity” and “conflict resolution.” He received his bachelor's degrees in biochemistry and English from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Illinois.

All are invited to attend. Registration is encouraged.


Science and Engineering Building 1, Room 160

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CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM)