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  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    Sneaking Out for an Interview

    There was a good question asked in the comments to the previous post on first job interviews: what do you talk about when you work at one company and you’re interviewing at another? Well, I’ve done that myself, more than once (note to my current co-workers: not in the last few years, folks.) And it… Read More
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    Getting A Job

    I’ve been seeing quite a few candidate seminars recently, so allow me to pass on some advice to those of you out on the first-job-in-the-drug-industry trail. First off, some presentation tips: Speak up, if possible. I hear ten too-soft seminars for every too-loud one. Don’t give your talk to the screen – either the one… Read More
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    More on Question Four

    I thought I’d briefly explain one of my “Ten Questions” from the other day. The old-fashioned qualitative organic tests that I mentioned in #4 are things that were used in the 1960s and before to identify classes of compounds. Various brews can give you color indicators for the presence of double bonds, methyl ketones, aldehydes… Read More
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    Getting a Faster PhD?

    Being a harmless science blogger, I’ve stayed out of the whole Harvard/Summers/women-versus-men tar pit. (Proof that I don’t spend all my time fishing for traffic, as if posts on patent law weren’t enough evidence already.) If you want, you can find more discussion of that controversy than you could want on any of the current-affa… Read More
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    The Bones of the World

    These two posts (here and here) over at Uncertain Principles are well worth reading if you like discussions of the divide between people who understand science and people who don’t. Chad Orzel, being a physicist, instantly translates “doesn’t understand science” to “doesn’t understand math”, which is fair e… Read More
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    Don’t Become A Scientist?

    Over at Sean Carroll’s “Preposterous Universe”, there’s a post on a physicist’s advice to students who want to become scientists. Don’t even try, he tells them. No jobs, no money, no thrill, no hope. It’s depressing stuff. Carroll is a physicist himself, so he has quite a bit to say on the topic. (Link foun… Read More
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    Like Moving Furniture Across a Tightrope

    You know what I don’t miss about chemistry after years in the drug industry? Big, long, multi-step syntheses. Oh, we’ll gear up to do eight- and ten- and thirteen-steppers here, even though some of those steps are just things like hydrolyzing methyl esters, stuff that blindfolded grannies should be able to do. But what I’m… Read More
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    Gumming Up the Amyloid Works

    The October 29th issue of Science has an interesting article from a team at Stanford on a possible approach for Alzheimer’s therapy. The dominant Alzheimer’s hypothesis, as everyone will probably have heard, is that the aggregation of amyloid protein into plaques in the brain is the driving force of the disease. There’s some well- Read More
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    The NIH in the Clinic

    OK, I couldn’t resist. Let me reiterate that I completely admire the NIH’s commitment to basic research; it’s one of the real drivers of science in this country. But they’re not a huge factor in clinical trials. Academia does more basic research than pharma; pharma does more clinical work than academia. Here are some statist… Read More
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    One More On Basic Research and the Clinic

    OK, one more on this topic before moving on to other things for a while. The Bedside Matters medblog has a better roundup of the reactions to my post than I could have done myself. And “Encephalon” there also has one of the longer replies I’ve seen to my initial post, worth reading in full. Read More
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