Prospective Professor: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Posted on behalf of the Prospective Professor When I started the process of finding a job, I assumed that the most challenging aspect would be the endless grilling during the interviews. I imagined that during my individual meetings with faculty members they would challenge my basic chemistry and biology knowledge, test me on my familiarity with their work and just generally attempt to check the integrity of my fundamental scientific knowledge. I expected that the proposal defense seminar (or “chalk talk”) would be filled with impossible questions, many that could only warrant the answer, “That’s an interesting question, I will  … Read more

President of What?

If you’re living in the United States (or if you’re following the race to the White House from another country/overseas), you’ve probably noticed that – while the presidential candidates have talked about a broad range of important issues – they haven’t spent a great deal of time discussing scientific topics/science policy… You might be interested to learn that, a grassroots organization, has been calling for – and has apparently now organized – a presidential debate on science and technology.  Read more

ACS: Hello… Are there any bloggers out there?

I only have time for a quick post, but I wanted to mention a few other blogs/bloggers that are at the fall ACS meeting – most of you know that Paul and Kyle are here, but it looks like journalists from C&EN and Chemistry World are blogging from the meeting (including Carmen Drahl, who used to post at She Blinded Me with Science/who now works for C&EN…)  … Read more

Hail to the Chief

It’s been ages since I’ve posted, but I saw this news this morning and thought it’d be worth mentioning on the blog – the board of directors recently decided to continue Nature Publishing Group’s foray into the chemical sciences, and has just announced that it is searching for a Chief Editor to launch Nature Chemistry:  … Read more