Science tattoos are all the rage these days. Ever since science writer Carl Zimmer asked whether science geeks were hiding tattoos displaying their love for all things biology, chemistry, and physics, it seems that the ink trend is on the rise. Zimmer put out a book, “Science Ink,” late last year collecting photos of some of the most impressive ones out there. And at the recent Science Online 2012 meeting, in Raleigh, N.C., Zimmer took some attendees to a tattoo parlor to join the club.
This morning, during a talk at the ACS national meeting in San Diego (#ACSSanDiego), a science tattoo in a category all its own was unveiled. Monte L. Helm, a chemistry professor at Fort Lewis College, in Durango, C.O., showed a photo of a certain tattoo sported by his student, undergraduate Andrew W.L. Goodwin.
Helm was speaking in the symposium “Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry.” After talking about the work that Goodwin has done—synthesizing novel phosphorus-containing ligands for transition-metal catalysis—Helm demonstrated just how dedicated the student is to his subject … and to ACS.
Believe it or not, on his upper arm, Goodwin bears a permanent ACS logo.
When Goodwin first unveiled the tattoo at the beginning of this school year, “it was shocking for me,” Helm told Newscripts. “Andrew’s a really excellent student, but he’s also very quiet,” Helm said. “He rarely volunteers things.”
So when Goodwin came into Helm’s office and said, “I have to tell you something,” Helm was worried. And when he said, “I got a tattoo,” Helm was expecting the worst.
But what he got was the ACS logo. “He’s a chemistry major, but I had no idea he was so dedicated,” Helm said. Goodwin explained the tattoo to Helm by saying that he wanted something black—a logo—that had to do with chemistry.
Well, the ACS logo does indeed have to do with chemistry. Now, the question for ACS is, does Goodwin get an automatic membership for life?
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