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  • Graduate School

    ChemDraw Days

    Here’s a look back at the beginnings of ChemDraw, and you won’t be surprised to hear that its origins go back to someone (Dave Evans’ wife!) who’d had way too much of the old-fashioned style of structure drawing. As I’ve mentioned here before, my grad school experience ended up being timed to experience both worlds. Read More
  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    Changing A Broken Science System

    Here’s a suggestion for a total reform of the graduate student/postdoc system of scientific labor and training. It’s from a distinguished list of authors, and appears in a high-profile journal, and it says without any equivocation that the system we have is in major trouble: In the context of such progress, it is remarkable that… Read More
  • Graduate School

    Suing Your Grad School, And Your Professor

    As anyone who’s negotiated with them knows, Harvard plays hardball when it comes to patent rights. But so do the university’s students, apparently. C&E News has a report on Mark Charest, a former graduate student in the Myers lab, who is suing the university over patent royalties. Myers, Charest, and others reported a new synthetic… Read More
  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    Too Many Scientists: A “Pyramid Scheme”

    Chemistry World has really touched a lot of nerves with this editorial by economics professor Paula Stephan. It starts off with a look back to the beginnings of the NIH and NSF, Vannevar Bush’s “Endless Frontier”: . . .a goal of government and, indirectly, universities and medical schools, was to build research capacity by trainin… Read More
  • Graduate School

    More on Grad School Pressures

    The next entry in the discussion on grad school and mental heath is up here, at Not the Lab. It’s a very realistic look at what the pressures are; I think that most organic chemists will nod in recognition. And I particularly enjoyed the first comment on the post, from a reader outside the US: Read More
  • Graduate School

    Grad School in Chemistry – The Mental Health Aspects

    ChemJobber is starting a series of posts today on grad school and its effects on the mental health of grad students. I have to say, the story he relates sounds very similar to some of my own experiences during my third year or so. I didn’t break any household items, but I recall (for example) Read More
  • Business and Markets

    The Supply of PhDs

    Check out this graph from a recent ACS Webinar, as reprinted by Chemjobber. It shows PhDs awarded in the US over a forty-year period. And while chemistry degrees have been running a bit high for a few years, which surely hasn’t helped the employment situation, they’re still in the same rough 2000 to 2400 per… Read More
  • Graduate School

    Accident Report, or One Damn Thing After Another

    I have this from a lab-accidents-I-have-known discussion over on Reddit. It is, of course, unverified, but it’s depressingly plausible. As a chemist, this one is guaranteed to make you bury your head in your hands – it’s the second law of thermodynamics come to take vengeance, with the entropy increasing as you go along: “A… Read More
  • General Scientific News

    Chem Coach Carnival: A Few Questions

    Over at Just Like Cooking, See Arr Oh has been organizing a “Chem Coach Carnival“. He’s asking chemists (blogging and otherwise) some questions about their work, especially for the benefit of people who don’t do it (or not yet), and I’m glad to throw an entry into the pile: Describe your current job My current… Read More
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    More on Getting a Science PhD

    An article in Slate on science PhDs and scientific employment has been creating a stir among people who think about such issues. (This topic has come up around here a few times, naturally). It’s titled “Is a Science PhD a Waste of Time?”, and I’ll spare you any suspense and tell you that the author’s… Read More