You Gotta Know When To Fold ‘Em: Announcing CENtral Science’s Closure

There are so many ways to gently ease into an announcement about change, but I’m just going to dive right in: CENtral Science, as we know and love it, will be going dark at the end of this month.

This decision has been a long time coming, with many reasons driving it. But at the heart of the matter is that this network is heavily dependent upon contributions from C&EN’s staff writers, and their talents and interests are now needed to pursue some other exciting ventures for the magazine.

Even though the network is closing, The Safety Zone will remain an active blog. The information Jyllian provides is an important resource to the chemistry community. No need to update bookmarks or feeds. The Safety Zone will take over the main page with a snazzy new look over the next week or so, but you’ll still be able to access all of the wonderful content CENtral Science contributors have created over the past few years. Comments, however, will be turned off for our archived blogs on June 30.

We’ll also continue with our two Tumblr blogs, The Watch Glass and Chemistry In Pictures. And we’ll keep up our “Tweet of the Week” tradition, but we’ll announce them on Twitter. Keep a look out for our favorite picks on @cenmag.

As for the other blogs and bloggers, look for David Kroll on his Forbes blog, “Take As Directed.” Glen Ernst was going to retire Just Another Electron Pusher due to professional and personal demands on his time. However, he, David, and several of the other CENtral Science bloggers can regularly be found on Twitter.

Finally, a public “Thank you!” to all the bloggers–staff and freelancers–who have contributed to the CENtral Science network over the past four years. I really appreciate all of your many efforts, big and small: Lisa Jarvis’ suggestion that we take on a network format; Carmen Drahl’s co-overlording; David Kroll’s cheerleading and loyalty; Glen Ernst’s and Alex Tullo’s brilliantly bloggy voices; Lauren Wolf’s unwitting fame as a urine writer; Sarah Everts’s artful posts; the truly amusing aliquots by Jeff Huber, Sophia Cai, and Beth Halford; Melody Voith’s cleantech updates from fake meat to solar news; Rick Mullin’s insights into the fine chemicals business; and Jyllian Kemsley’s pulse-keeping of the safety world. You all rock.

Author: Rachel Pepling

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