About Just Another Electron Pusher

You got a degree in chemistry. Yay, you! So…now what are you going to do?

If you’re set up to work in research, good for you. But if you’re curious about other options, Just Another Electron Pusher will keep you informed about nontraditional careers in chemistry.

Begun by Amado Guloy, JAEP was then continued by Leigh Krietsch Boerner, who is now concurrently finishing her doctoral thesis in inorganic chemistry while interning at Reuters Health, and working as a freelance science writer. The trifecta! Wow!

Now, it seems, the task of nontraditional chemistry career awareness is too large to be undertaken by just one person. As a result, there are now two, count-‘em, two Electron Pushers.

The burning question you’re about to ask is, “Who? Who are they? Please tell me!!”

Very well, if you insist. So, in no particular order…

Christine Herman was born and raised in Chicago, IL and received a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. With the desire to acquire greater scientific knowledge, she ventured down through the cornfields of Illinois to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry (chemical biology). Christine wants to be a science writer when she grows up, I mean, when she graduates. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and doing other fun stuff like swing dancing and ballet, although that doesn’t happen as often as she’d like.

c.toh.herman AT gmail DOT com
Twitter: @CTHerman

Glen Ernst grew up as an Air Force brat and settled in Montana. He received his undergraduate and graduate education at Montana State University, where he received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, a B.A. in Theatre Arts (say what?), and a M.S. in Organic/Organometallic Chemistry. He then moved from Montana to Delaware to pursue a research career in the pharmaceutical industry, where he spent the next twenty-three years, ultimately becoming a Principal Scientist (all at the same drug discovery site, which…was recently closed). As a result, he now finds himself seeking what’s next. He still has a great love for the lab, but realizes that he must explore all options in the current environment – and, who knows? He may find something he loves just as much. [This just in—guess what? He did.]

geernst AT gmail DOT com
Twitter: @GEErnst

So, here we are. What we do is talk to people who’ve pursued professions away from the bench about what they do and how they got there. We’ll also follow our own personal quests for satisfying jobs that use our degrees, but they may not involve running any %$@& columns. If we find anything useful and/or interesting, we’ll be happy to share it with you.

Twitter for this blog: @electron_pusher