A Chemist And A Physicist Are Swinging in A Hammock …

Unfortunately, this is not the intro to a bad joke. It is a recap of Sunday night’s episode of “Big Brother” on CBS. (Did anyone else know that this show is still on TV? How is that possible?) Bill Schulz, C&EN’s news editor, tipped me off to the fact that there was some chemistry going on between two of the houseguests—and some sexy talk about science. Bill says: “On the latest episode of CBS’s “Big Brother 12,” houseguest Rachel Reilly revealed that she has a degree in chemistry and is a member of the American Chemical Society. She was speaking with fellow houseguest Brendon Villegas, who indicated that he has studied physical chemistry and intends to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical physics at UCLA. The steamy encounter between the two houseguests—who both said that they find intelligence sexy—spurred talk of a “showmance” in bloom. Alas, it may not happen because both Reilly and Villegas have been nominated for eviction.” Damn, I was hoping for some more hot and heavy talk about ACS. Perhaps the most priceless moment of this clip is when Villegas announces his membership to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Reilly, now a Vegas cocktail waitress, looks as though he just told her that he’s a billionaire and wants to take her shopping and then to his house in the clouds.

Author: Lauren Wolf

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  1. Update: Oh the intrigue! I’ve confirmed that Rachel Reilly does in fact have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Western Carolina University. She is not, however, a current member of ACS. We here at the society feel used, SO used! This must be the first time ACS has been heartlessly taken advantage of just to impress a boy.

  2. Her bio at CBS says she’s a chemistry graduate student. The site doesn’t give a school, but I’d think it would have to be UNLV.

  3. OMG, such great chemistry! I think that the publicity will be good for the profession and the Society?

  4. Another Mulder and Scully?

    I wonder how many guys said their weekend job is piloting commercial jets?

  5. I realize that this wasn’t your intention, but a joke based on the assumption that a girl’s wildest dream is to shop and settle down is trite and could be perceived as belittling and alienating.