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  • Graduate School

    Academia in Summertime

    When I was in graduate school, I had a law student as a neighbor for a while. We were both pretty quiet, and got along fine in our respective dinky efficiency apartments, but we couldn’t help but notice some differences between our studies. The biggest one became clear around this time of the year: he… Read More
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    Grad School, Blogged

    I spent the day giving the Wonder Drug Company good value for their money – cranking out a load of intermediate for other folks on the project and getting analytical data on some other samples. And talking about that sort of thing reminds me to link to a chemistry blog that I wasn’t aware of… Read More
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    Arcadia’s Furnishings

    I haven’t worked in a US academic chemistry lab since 1988, so you’ll have to take that into account as you read today’s post. But I don’t think that things have changed enough to invalidate this observation: many grad-school science labs are so depressing as to defy belief. This isn’t universal, but I’ve seen en… Read More
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    Never Came In Handy. Not Once.

    I was trying to think back to the least useful chemistry I ever learned in undergraduate and graduate school, and let me tell you, it’s a tough league to play in. I know, I know, many of you are thinking “Yeah, I hated quantum mechanics, too”, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Quantum stuff… Read More
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    . . .It’s a Wonder I Can Think At All

    When I think back on all the things I learned in grad school. . .well, let’s say that not all of it has come in handy. Chemistry, like all the other sciences, long ago split into all kinds of sub-specialties, so it’s no wonder that I haven’t had to worry much about Tanabe-Sugano diagrams (to… Read More
  • Academia (vs. Industry)

    Industry vs. Academia: The Mental Aspect

    It’s been a while since I returned to this topic. Many differences remain for me to talk about, but I though that it was time to address the biggest one, which is psychological. Some of you probably thought that the biggest difference was money. Can’t ignore that one – it probably contributes to some of… Read More
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    Differences Between Industry and Academia, Pt. 1

    A reader’s e-mail got me thinking about this topic. It’s worth a number of posts, as you’d guess, since there are many substantial differences. Some are merely of degree (funding!), while others are of kind. But the funding makes for larger changes than you’d think, so I’ll get that one out of the way first. Read More
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    Sweet Maybe, But Trouble, Too

    As I mentioned in that last post, I did carbohydrate-based chemistry back in grad school. (I still break out the sugars once in a while, but there aren’t as many opportunities in medicinal chemistry.) Back then, I was on a project that was using them as starting materials to try to synthesize a large antibiotic… Read More
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    A Couple of Days Off

    I won’t be posting for another day or two; I’m taking tomorrow off from the Wonder Drug Factory and heading out with the family. My chemistry can get along without me just fine, and the people that report to me will most likely be even more productive without me around. Leaving the lab for a… Read More