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April 17, 2014

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10:55 AM | How to be a science blogger
Here at Royal Society of Chemistry Careers we're great advocates of using social media as part of your career management strategy. Using social media is a great way to raise your profile and let people know what you're doing, but it can be disastrous if done badly. If you've ever thought about being a science blogger, take a look at this article, which will help you to do it well. Posted by Julie FranklinApr 17, 2014 11:55 am

April 16, 2014

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4:07 PM | Do Video Abstracts Increase the Impact of Scholarly Articles?
A recent paper published in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication by Scott Spicer attempts to get at this question. I’ve been waiting for someone to conduct just such an analysis. Most scientists hope that their scholarly publications will be … Continue reading →
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7:41 AM | Another opportunity with us - Graduate Publishing Editor
Are you a graduate with a good Honours degree in science, or about to graduate this summer? If you're considering a career in publishing, the Royal Society of Chemistry has great opportunities for Publishing Editors, open for applications all year round. You can find more details on the role and how to apply here. This is a great way to take your first steps in publishing with an organisation that is internationally recognised for the excellence of its journals. Not only […]

April 15, 2014

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5:12 PM | How To Use Video Effectively to Communicate Science: 10 Tips
A video tip I created is being featured on the Union of Concerned Scientists website this week. They have a great series called “Science Network Tip of the Week”, which features useful suggestions for communicating science effectively. They also provide … Continue reading →

April 14, 2014

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1:00 PM | Yaítza Luna-Cruz: I am Borinqueña and an Atmospheric Physicist
Borinqueña emphasizes the contribution of Puerto Rican and Hispanic women in science and technology and provides a space to discuss topics of interest about the empowerment of women. In “I am Borinqueña” we will be interviewing women scientists that are role models for future generations. Learn about their stories and paths to success. Use #borinqueña to spread the word. […]
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10:51 AM | Chicken and egg scenario
It's all a bit chicken and egg, getting experience I mean. As you move into your chosen career you are likely to come up with the words ' I'm sorry, you just missed out, the other candidate had a bit more experience' or something similar. In an ideal world you would have some experience before embarking on your new job, but how do you get experience without a job, and how do you get a job without experience? See what I mean? It's a chicken and egg scenario. As I talk to people, particularly […]

April 12, 2014

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2:25 PM | Student Video: Should We Fund Basic or Applied Research?
It’s the year 1960, and you are asked this question: Which would you donate $10 toward: Research to develop an affordable treatment for diabetes OR basic research on how bacteria protect themselves? What would your answer be? Those of you … Continue reading →

April 11, 2014

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8:00 AM | Exciting summer intern opportunities at the Royal Society of Chemistry!
Applications are now open for our intern placements over the summer months. We currently have two opportunities open to applications.    The first is as a Publishing Intern working in our Editorial Production department. This opportunity allows you to gain an insight into the full Publishing process from initial submission to final publication. This role in particular will focus on the publication process post acceptance, specifically applying author corrections and committing […]

April 08, 2014

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7:04 PM | Zombie Cologne Video Explains the Chemistry of Decay
It’s not a matter of if, but when the zombie apocalypse will strike. Those of you who are fans of the AMC TV series, The Walking Dead, know that zombies (aka “walkers”) zero in on human victims through smell (and … Continue reading →

April 07, 2014

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1:24 PM | Stuck in a career rut
As a member you're entitled to free confidential careers advice but what does this mean for you? Over the next few weeks I shall give you some scenarios. Today we look at networking. With 30% of all jobs (regardless of sector, experience or qualifications) increasing to 80% of jobs in the graduate/professional sectors being filled through networking, it's clearly an option worth looking at. Ah, but what about the fact all jobs have to be advertised I hear you cry. Unfortunately it doesn't […]

April 05, 2014

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8:31 PM | Communication Tools and Strategies for the 21st Century Scientist
When I was a beginning graduate student, I had only a vague understanding of just how important communication skills would be to me as a scientist. Like many students starting out, I thought science was mostly about doing the research, … Continue reading →

April 01, 2014

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7:40 PM | The benefits of interaction
We interact with people all of the time, both in person and online. It's one of my favourite things, I love talking to people and finding out more about them. Although my preferred method is to interact in person, through consultations or at an event I also like to interact online. Some folks even call it networking (!) What are the benefits? Well, just like interactions face to face, interacting with others online can help you find out more about a person, sharing in common ground, […]

March 31, 2014

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2:35 PM | From need to invention: Alanys, a Borinqueña sowing seeds of success
Alanys Henry TorresBorinqueña emphasizes on the contribution of Puerto Rican and Hispanic women in science and technology and provides a space to discuss topics of interest about the empowerment of women. In 'Seeds of Success' we will share stories about young Borinqueñas that want to pursue a career in STEM, and will describe their achievements and goals to succeed.     "Try new things and you will be […]

March 28, 2014

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5:00 PM | Featured Student Video: Floating Water Bridge
Periodically, I feature a science video created by students. In this post, I would like to point you to a nice video produced by Reza M. Namin, an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, … Continue reading →
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1:08 PM | Borinqueña celebrates Women's History Month-Part II
Borinqueña emphasizes the contribution of Puerto Rican and Hispanic women in science and technology and provides a space to discuss topics of interest about the empowerment of women. In this Women’s History Month we present Borinqueña Global. In this section we will highlight successful women scientists that can offer their experience of the impact of science on a worldwide scale.   Is Women's History […]

March 27, 2014

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9:42 PM | On My Wish List: A Quadcopter Drone for Aerial Filming
Some of my science videos contain clips filmed from a helicopter, which I’ve used occasionally to conduct research in the Mississippi River Delta (this video, for example, showing aerial footage of both the Mississippi River Birdsfoot and the Atchafalaya Deltas). … Continue reading →
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8:44 PM | Jobs of the future
People often ask me about what the future of chemistry is, what kind of jobs will exist? It's difficult, if not impossible to predict the answer to the question but there has recently been a piece of research: The Future of Work: Jobs and Skills in 2030. UKCES have researched the job market of the future and has come up with 4 main possiblities: 1. Forced Flexibility - greater flexibility and moderate innovation 2.The Great Divide - high tech industries 3. Skills Activism - […]

March 26, 2014

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2:41 PM | Borinqueña celebrates Women's History Month-Part I
Borinqueña emphasizes the contribution of Puerto Rican and Hispanic women in science and technology and provides a space to discuss topics of interest about the empowerment of women. In this Women’s History Month we present Borinqueña Global. In this section we will highlight successful women scientists that can offer their experience of the impact of science on a worldwide scale.    Is Women's […]
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12:01 PM | Exploration of space – can you participate? And why it is crucial for the field
PHOTO CREDIT: euroscientist.com Is space exploration really that interesting, fascinating, appealing? A stupid question to ask a space enthusiast, but it is undeniable that any activity requires a certain amount of investment from outsiders, whether it comes in form of financial contribution or mere attention. It is generally believed that the former follows the latter, and […]

March 24, 2014

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2:42 PM | Time Lapse Tutorial for GoPro Hero 3+
You may have seen a couple of my tutorials on creating time-lapse movies using still images taken with a camera and with Lapse It, an app for smartphones. In this post, I provide a tutorial for those of you who … Continue reading →
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10:58 AM | Letter to my Young Borinqueña
Borinqueña emphasizes the contribution of Puerto Rican and Hispanic women in science and technology and provides a space to discuss topics of interest about the empowerment of women. In ‘What’s up Borinqueña?’ we share a variety of experiences and perspectives from different women and men that are committed to advancing equality for women in science.       To my curious […]
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