This Week on CENtral Science: Whale Fossils, Oscar Noms, UC Davis bailout, and more
Feb22

This Week on CENtral Science: Whale Fossils, Oscar Noms, UC Davis bailout, and more

Tweet of the Week: I’ve been thinking about it, and I’ve decided that getting a Ph.D. is like trying to run a marathon while you’re up to your waist in water. — Emily Mason (@ejmaso05) February 21, 2013 On to the network: Artful Science: Two million-year-old whale fossils printed with 3D technology Grand CENtral: Guest Post: “Science, the human endeavor” by Biochem Belle Newscripts: Amusing News Aliquots and...

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Chemistry Jocks Return By “Doing ELISA”
Jan04

Chemistry Jocks Return By “Doing ELISA”

Back in June, I started up a friendly little competition between the makers of two chemistry rap videos submitted to Newscripts. The clear winners were some undergraduate students who made a video entitled “Chemistry Jock” for extra credit in their organic chemistry class at UCLA. Now I’m not sure that the competition was exactly fair given that there were about 250 students in the class who all seemed to vote at least twice, but...

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Now on the Sheri Sangji Case: The L.A. District Attorney's Office
Jan13

Now on the Sheri Sangji Case: The L.A. District Attorney's Office

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) last week sent its findings in the investigation of the death of University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry researcher Sheri Sangji to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s office will now review the case and decide whether to file charges against the university or any of its employees. Sangji, a research assistant in the lab...

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Cal/OSHA Investigates UCLA, Again
Aug27

Cal/OSHA Investigates UCLA, Again

(Post updated at end.) The University of California, Los Angeles, is still under the microscope of state regulators. California Division of Occupational Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA) officials paid the school’s chemistry & biochemistry department a surprise visit on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Cal/OSHA spokesperson Erika Monterroza says that the inspection marked the opening of a new investigation into laboratory health & safety...

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Tampering with Evidence?
Aug05

Tampering with Evidence?

One of the allegations that has been printed in other media accounts of the lab fire and its aftermath at the University of California, Los Angeles, is that members of Patrick Harran‘s lab tampered with the incident scene. Based on documents C&EN obtained through a California Public Records Act request, this seems to be what happened: The fire occurred shortly before 3 PM on Dec. 29, 2008. Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji was taken...

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