Much has been made of how time has no meaning in the era of COVID-19, but time plays a major role in the scientific process. It shapes funding, research, even lab set-ups. Time is also the fundamental way we organize our lives. Clocks, watches, calendars, and the other tools we use to measure time tell us what to do when to do it. But what happens when the fundamental ways we experience time are disrupted?
Join us as we think about the ways life under quarantine has changed our routines including how we measure the hours, days, and months we spend in isolation. We’ll consider how typical timekeeping methods may feel arbitrary and talk about how the rhythms of the natural world are a more fitting way to notice time passing. By examining the ways we mark time when disconnected from “the clock” we’ll be able to ask real questions about how we observe “progress” and growth and what that means for scientific research.