2020 was a challenging year. The pandemic brought health, financial, and psychological problems to far too many. It also demonstrated what our industry can accomplish with the rapid development of vaccines and new treatments.
The next several months will remain challenging with the surge in cases after the holidays and the emergence of a more virulent corona virus strain. There are also temporary difficulties with the roll out of vaccines. All of this coupled with political turmoil in the U.S. and the continued economic and emotional costs of the pandemic may cause desperation for some, but we will get through these challenges.
The more we all work together for the common good, the better it will be for all of us. This is a rather obvious statement; but in the current situation, it is worth remembering. Approaching each other with kindness, trying to understand the challenges that may evoke others to behave in a certain manner, and looking more deeply into our own motivations. In the end, one of the best ways to help yourself is to help someone else.
As scientists, we can help others to understand the benefits of science and improve our world. Those of us who have had the benefits of education can help to provide these benefits to others. This can have a positive impact on society and individual lives. There are many ways to accomplish this such as mentoring, writing, teaching, or donations to organizations that promote learning and scientific education. To the end, we at ABS will begin discussing how ABS can be more effective in advancing these efforts in 2021, and we look forward to suggestions from readers.
All of us at ABS wish you a very healthy, successful, and Happy New Year!