A few days ago, I received a tip from a trusted source about the 'sudden passing' of a (very) young professor. A brief search confirmed the worst: Prof. Daniel Havey, a physical / atmospheric chemist at James Madison University, dead at 34. Requiescat in pacem. Further reports, passed along from the JMU Breeze, indicated that he had committed suicide. He was found in his lab.
What a tragedy.
We don't yet know why Dan felt such grief. I'm sure more details will emerge in the coming weeks. However, on the heels of our discussions earlier this month, I must speak up: we work in a highly stressful field, and the mental health of yourself and your coworkers should be of utmost concern. If you've ever felt like you can't go on, get help! Please.
In an ideal world, we'd all be writing fewer posts like these. Be well, everyone. -SAO