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This Week On CENtral Science: Percy Julian, #sherisangji update and more

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Before we head to the network highlights, just a note that this overlord will be taking a spring break, so Grand CENtral will, too. And no, we are not headed to party central in Cancun with Beaker.

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Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots and Tribute To A Numerical Inorganic Icon: Kenneth Wade

Terra Sigillata: Google Features Percy Julian, Legendary African-American Chemist and The Case Of The Malodorous Metabolite

The Chemical Notebook: Coke Committed To Plant Bottle Despite JBF’s Bio-based Ethylene Glycol Cancellation

The Safety Zone: People v Patrick Harran: Opposition to the appellate court petition and Chemical safety tidbits and papers, from OPRD

The Watch Glass: Birthdays abound: Percy Julian and Robert Burns Woodward, plus Liner laminate

This Week on CENtral Science: fake meat, #chemsafety videos and more

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Cleantech Chemistry: Fake Meat as Cleantech Investment

Newscripts: Chemists Save King’s College Choir and Amusing News Aliquots

The Chemical Notebook: Momentive On The Verge Of Bankruptcy and Siluria Is Looking Pretty Sharp

The Safety Zone: Safety videos, courtesy of a department contest and Boost your lab ergonomics IQ

The Watch Glass: Cupcakes & Eggshells and Chromosomes (1968)

Last Week on CENtral Science: #ACSDallas smorgasbord and more

Sorry for the belated round-up folks. Back to usual this Friday. In the meantime, enjoy this ACS national meeting-heavy roundup of CENtral Science goodness.

Tweet of the week, from economist Paula Stephan’s chemistry job placement talk at #ACSDallas:

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ACS Meeting Updates: Roundup of Wednesday #ACSDallas News and Dallas: A Structural Analysis and Safety professionals: On the outer fringe or the leading edge? (cross post) and Roundup of Tuesday #ACSDallas News and Economist Paula Stephan Talks Chemistry Job Placement at #ACSDallas and Liveblogging First-Time Disclosures of Drug Structures from #ACSDallas and Roundup of Monday #ACSDallas News and Going Green On St. Patrick’s Day

Cleantech Chemistry: Help Solve a Water Problem

Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots

The Chemical Notebook: The U.S. Cracker Leader Board

The Safety Zone: Safety professionals: On the outer fringe or the leading edge? (cross post) and Another acid leak at Tesoro refinery

The Watch Glass: Cephalopod camouflage and New York St. Patrick’s Day parade’s signature green stripe

This Week on CENtral Science: #ACSDallas, Terra Sig returns, and more!

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ACS Meeting Updates (new!): #ACSDallas, Here We Come!

Cleantech Chemistry: The Biology in Green Chemistry

Fine Line: DCAT Week 2014

Grand CENtral: CENtral Science network update

Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots

Terra Sigillata: Colorado Marijuana Product Potency: Just Another Herbal Medicine

The Chemical Notebook: BASF’s Climate Change Schizophrenia

The Safety Zone: #Chemsafety at #ACSDallas

The Watch Glass: Calculate pi with frozen hot dogs and Priestley’s birthday and Daylight Savings Time

This Week on CENtral Science: Happy #chemvalentine Day!

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It’s been a pretty quiet, snow-filled week at the network:

Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots

The Watch Glass: Valentine’s Day Potpourri and tissue-engineered Olympic rings and Olympic Science

Not Part of Generation Sputnik? What’s Your Chemistry Set?

C&EN’s managing editor, Robin Giroux, sent around the following email to the staff (shared with her permission):


If you were drawn to science/chemistry when you were young, and you’re not one of the Sputnik generation (like I am), what was that intrigued you? What drew you in?

For my generation, the response is a resounding, “I had a chemistry set.” (And if you don’t believe me, read just the Feb. 10 ACS National Award vignettes!)

That made me wonder, was there a “chemistry set” for younger generations? If so, what?

So I’m asking the question of you – and feel free to ask others outside of C&EN – but I need to hear from you by next Tuesday (Feb. 11).

And tell me, if you will, how old you are, you can use “–ish”. (I won’t share, I won’t laugh, but I may be amazed :))


So I’m asking others outside of C&EN – what intrigued you and drew you into chemistry? Share in the comments below or send a note to Robin at r_giroux at acs.org.

For me (Yes, yes — I know I’m not a proper chemist, but I’ll still share), it was the hands-on experiments in my high school chemistry classes.

This Week on CENtral Science: chemistry sets, lab safety culture and more

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Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots and Heirloom Chemistry Set and In Print: Balloon Returns Home, Earthshaking Stadium

The Safety Zone: CSB report on Chevron refinery fire urges new regulatory approach and Assessing changes in lab safety culture and Is academic lab safety culture improving?

The Watch Glass: Toys—Growing Outlet for Plastics and Flu Fighters and Chemistry Sets (1970) and Antifreeze Proteins Help Snow Fleas Get Through Winter

This Week on CENtral Science: World Cell Race, #chemsafety galore, and more

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Cleantech Chemistry: Genomatica Partners up the Slope of Enlightenment and Big Companies Binging on Microbes

Newscripts: In Print: Mushroom Wrapping And Sound Zapping and Amusing News Aliquots and Aaaaaand They’re Off: The 2013 World Cell Race Results. And congratulations to Lauren for landing a spot in Nature Chemistry’s Top 10 Chemistry Blog Posts of 2013!

The Safety Zone: Unforgettable reagent moments and Lab safety is critical in high school, too and The University of Minnesota shows off its safety culture

The Watch Glass: Phosphonitrilic Chemistry and Strip Mines and Biochemical Studies of Aging and Crayons

This Week on CENtral Science: solar news, ionic liquid hazards, and more

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Cleantech Chemistry: Easy Holiday Shopping for Positive Solar News

Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots and In Print: #ButtScan And Bulletproof Suits

The Safety Zone: Beware drying nitrate-containing protic ionic liquids

The Watch Glass: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Eating Safely in a Dirty World and Optical Fibers and AIDS Research and Bouncy Tank and “Mini-Q” spectrometer

This Week on CENtral Science: #CPhI, a heated swimsuit, and more

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Cleantech Chemistry: Gates Invests In KiOR, Elevance Coming to U.S.

Fine Line: CPhI Day Four: Clean-up and CPhI Day Three: All the King’s Horses? and CPhI Day Two: Complexity Prevails and CPhI Day One: Theme Time

Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots

The Safety Zone: New OSHA tools for controlling chemical exposure

The Watch Glass: Frog Eggs and Preserving the Past and Heated Swimsuit and Agent Orange’s Legacy and Man, Space, and Life Support Systems