I’ll get around to procrastinating later
Jan26

I’ll get around to procrastinating later

Do you tend to put things off until the last minute? I do, and I know I’m not alone. Sometimes this urge to procrastinate makes us behave in ways that are detrimental to our future well being, yet this happens all the time. In science, we find ourselves waiting until the last minute studying for an exam, preparing a presentation to our peers or writing a grant proposal. In a broader scope, we fail to save early and/or often enough for...

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25 years of American Chemical Society goodness
Oct22

25 years of American Chemical Society goodness

As I arrived home from work last Friday, awaiting me was a small package from the ACS Membership Affairs Committee. What could it be, I wondered. I excitedly opened the box. Inside was an even smaller box, and a letter addressed to me. The letter began: “It is my great privilege to congratulate you on your 25th anniversary as a member of the American Chemical Society.” They remembered! Well, I am embarrassed. I didn’t get them...

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How far will you go to stay in science? Let C&EN know!
Oct04

How far will you go to stay in science? Let C&EN know!

As I’ve mentioned previously, I went through a job search last year, and had been preparing for the possibility of a career change after 20+ years as a medicinal chemist. I was able to stay surprisingly positive through it all, and managed to land a new position in May of last year as….a medicinal chemist. So much for the career change, right? Well, not so fast. Because much has changed. First, there’s the setting....

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On the Continually Bleak Chemistry Job Market
Aug14

On the Continually Bleak Chemistry Job Market

You’ve probably seen the numbers. On August 3rd, the July unemployment figures for the US were widely reported. Relatively stagnant, again, with an overall unemployment rate of 8.3% Last month, here at C&EN, Rudy Baum presented his take on unemployment figures for ACS members, which fell from 4.6% in March 2011 to 4.2% for March 2012. He pointed out that this rate was still “well below” the national unemployment rate, which was at...

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The light at the end of the tunnel
Dec11

The light at the end of the tunnel

I’ve been a bit spotty with blogging recently, so I apologize. I’ve been pretty tied up with collecting and analyzing data for what will be the last (I repeat, last) chapter of my dissertation. It is a wonderful feeling to be close to the end— I can’t overstate that!! Anyone who has gone through grad school can probably relate to the feeling of utter elation you get when you realize that you will in fact graduate with your Ph.D. in...

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Why women leave science (and what’s being done about it)
Oct14

Why women leave science (and what’s being done about it)

Women in their mid-thirties with careers in science, engineering and technology are twice as likely to quit their jobs as men– and studies on women and work-life balance suggest that it will take more than surface-level changes to put a dent in this statistic. In 2008, the Harvard Business Review wrote about a research study that explored the reasons why women leave behind STEM careers: “The Center for Work-Life Policy, a...

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