What a GREat experience!

Hey everyone! If you were following along, you’d know that I took the GRE last monday.  It was an… interesting experience.  This was my first computer test, so it was a little refreshing to not have a moderator or be in a room with a bunch of my stressed peers taking the same test at the same time.  Instead, I was sitting in a cubicle with noise-canceling headphones concentrating on my own exam.  I found it pretty fun,...

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Water, Wine, Milk or Beer?  Perhaps none of the above.
Jun10

Water, Wine, Milk or Beer? Perhaps none of the above.

Hello everyone! It’s time for another edition of Sidechain’s favorite chem demos.  The one I’ll be describing today holds a place near and dear to my heart.  When I was a young high schooler (a shorter polypeptide… get it?), my high school chem teacher showed this to our class.  She had a glass of what looked like water.  She poured it into a wine goblet, and the water turned to wine (cool, right!).  She then...

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How do Elephants Brush Their Teeth?  Ask a chemist.
May04

How do Elephants Brush Their Teeth? Ask a chemist.

Outreach is becoming one of the most important aspects of undergraduate, graduate, and professional chemistry. Reaching out to kids at a young age and helping them get in to chemistry is a priority.  This is also one of the main focuses of the ACS’s International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011. I remember in my first chemistry class when my teacher showed us the classic demo where she turned water to wine, then wine to milk, then...

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What is Chemical Biology?  Perhaps it’s Peptidomimetics
May02

What is Chemical Biology? Perhaps it’s Peptidomimetics

Disclaimer: I am not an expert. In fact, this series of blog posts is as informative  to me as it is to you. Probably even more so. My views and the views of people interviewed for this blog do not, in fact, reflect what exactly “chemical biology” is, but only a snapshot.  Please direct any comments or suggestions below! Peptidomimetics is something I think about all the time.  So, I decided it would be a pretty good starting point...

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Fun With Quantum Mechanics:  Scanning Tunneling Microscopes
Apr27

Fun With Quantum Mechanics: Scanning Tunneling Microscopes

Note:  Check out my new avatar!  Also, Chiral and I are in the process of updating the “about this blog” and blogrolls. I know what you’re thinking:  aren’t Scanning Tunneling Microscopes (STMs) hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars?  Who has that lying around, much less in grant money?     Well… almost nobody. STMs do indeed cost a lot of money, but can tell you a whole lot of stuff about a...

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What is Chemical Biology?  No… seriously.
Apr25

What is Chemical Biology? No… seriously.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert. In fact, this series of blog posts is as informative  to me as it is to you. Probably even more so. My views and the views of people interviewed for this blog do not, in fact, reflect what exactly “chemical biology” is, but only a snapshot.  Please direct any comments or suggestions below! The next several months are pretty big for me.  Soon, I’ll be taking the GRE and deciding where...

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