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  • Graduate School

    How Not To Do It: Water Aspirators

    You need access to vacuum if you’re going to work at the bench in chemistry. In fact, you need more than one kind. Reasonably hard vacuum (well, by our standards, which is laughable by the standards of the physicists) is down in the single Torr or below – that is, less than about 1% of… Read More
  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    Scrape Off Some Attitude

    There is a pecking order in chemistry. That’s because there’s one everywhere. If it’s a human endeavor, staffed by humans, you’re going to have hierarchies, real and perceived – who you did a post-doc with, what huge company you’re a big wheel in. But that doesn’t mean that we have to bow down to them… Read More
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    And It Goes Like This!

    I had a hard drive failure the other day, which naturally got me to thinking about backing up data, and about the times I’ve been more paranoid about it. I wrote my PhD dissertation back in those far-off days (1988) when you could put Mac versions of Word and Chem-Draw on one 3.5-inch disk (yes… Read More
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    Looking Backwards

    A colleague reminded me the other day of a project that he and I had worked on back at the Wonder Drug Factory seven years ago. “Seven years ago”, I thought. . .I was the project leader on that one, trying to keep things alive as weird toxicology kept torpedoing everything. In the end, we… Read More
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    Understanding Dawns

    My graduate school lab, like most of them, had an assortment of people from different countries. That kept things at all sorts of hours, since we’d get the occasional Japanese post-doc who never really seemed to get off JST and worked the zombie schedule. It also made for some adventures in communication. English was the… Read More
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    Cheer Up

    This is the first post from the new Blogging Room of Stately Lowe Manor here in Massachusetts. The internet is hooked up, the lights are on, and I’m surrounded by boxes no matter where I turn. I had a few requests to do more posts on graduate school and what goes on there. Problem is… Read More
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    “. . . Jobs That Don’t Exist”

    The FASEB folks have collected a large amount of data on training and employment in the life sciences (start here), and see the discussions over here at the AAAS). Many of the conclusions are not going to surprise people, but it’s good to have some data to back up everyone’s impressions. I can sum the… Read More
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    Pilferage

    One of the comments to my brief post earlier today brought back some memories. Back in graduate school, we were a comparatively well-off group. That is, we graduate students lived off grant money after our first year – no more teaching assistant duties. Compared to some of the other professors, whose students were TAing in… Read More
  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    The Doctorate and Its Discontents

    The doctorate-or-not discussion is roaring along in the comments to the last post, and they’re well worth reading. I have a few more thoughts on the subject myself, but I’m going to turn off comments to this post and ask people to continue to add to the previous ones. One thing that seems clear to… Read More
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    Doctorate or Not?

    There’s been a lively discussion in the comments thread to this post about the differences between hiring PhD and associate-level chemists. Anyone who’s interested in the topic should have a look, because there are a number of issues in play: chemical knowledge, ability to manage direct reports, adaptability, and more. There’s lit… Read More
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