ACS National Meeting Dress Code
Aug20

ACS National Meeting Dress Code

The national meeting program comprises over 400 pages of information, some of which is actually useful. It tells you where to see talks, what hotels to book, where to catch the bus, and how to find free food. One thing it does not tell you is what to wear—and I wish it would. It’s high time for the ACS to either establish a dress code or at least provide guidance on the matter. Since I expect no such by-law will weave its way...

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Cardbored
Jun03

Cardbored

There are some things that chemists seem to do just for the sake of doing them.  These acts ostensibly once served a purpose, but now have little obvious value. For instance, why the hell do we still have Ph.D. students write bound doctoral dissertations?  I admit, the idea of having a single massive document that represents the entirety of one’s graduate research seems nice, but the reality is that the volume has little more than...

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Proper Usage Of PTNs
Jan16

Proper Usage Of PTNs

Editor’s note: We’ve managed to coax ChemBark’s Paul Bracher out of his blogging blackout. Welcome back, Paul! Other erstwhile bloggers looking to come out of retirement for a guest post or two should email me at r_pepling at acs dot org. –Rachel I received a periodic table necktie for Christmas, which doubles my tally of PTNs to two.  Look at it over there—absolutely hideous.  Nevertheless, I will keep it, and when the...

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