Chemical Tanker Pirated
Nov13

Chemical Tanker Pirated

Some updates in piracy news: A chemical tanker was hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Monday, according to the International Maritime Bureau. IMB is not releasing any details about the attack or the ship's contents. In the first six months of this year, IMB received 144 reports of actual or attempted pirate attacks. The interaction between the military and pirates in general is becoming increasingly heated. In other action in the region, two foreign nationals, believed to be Somali pirates, were shot and killed in self defense by the Royal Navy during a routine maritime security operation on Tuesday, according to the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy was approaching the ship—which the pair was on—because it was believed to have been involved in a pirate attack earlier that day. These operations are meant to curb the large number of pirate assaults in the...

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Chemists In The House
Nov06

Chemists In The House

The already low number of scientists holding seats in the House of Representatives took a hit on Tuesday. Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.) lost her seat to Republican Lynn Jenkins. Boyda earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from William Jewell College in 1977, and worked for the Environmental Protection Agency as an analytical chemist before being elected to the House in 2006. Fortunately, Congress’ lone chemistry Ph.D. was able to keep his seat. So Rep. John Olver (D-Mass.) will become the sole chemist on Capitol Hill next year. He was reelected on Tuesday, receiving 73% of the votes cast in his district. Olver is a Ph.D. electrochemist from MIT and has been in the House since...

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Science Policy
Nov04

Science Policy

Last week, I was interviewed by Bradley R. Smith, manager of grassroots and member involvement in the American Chemical Society’s Office of Public Affairs, for OPA's blog, act4chemistry.org. Brad says the blog was created to bridge the gap between chemistry and Congress, and it provides a forum for ACS members to communicate their views and experiences to other members. OPA uses the blog to keep members updated on science policy issues and activities. Stay tuned for the next video blog when Brad will discuss the election results with Caroline Trupp Gil, OPA’s assistant director for advocacy. The video is scheduled to post on Thursday November...

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