April 07, 2015

3:00 PM | Job posting: chemical biologist, University of Cincinnati
From the inbox: The Department of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, to begin in the 2015-16 academic year. A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or closely related field and one year of post doctoral experience is required. The candidate is expected to develop and maintain a vigorous externally-funded biochemical research program, aspire to be visible at the national/international levels, and be an […]
2:42 PM | Interesting headline from Chemistry World
I didn't see this earlier, but Rebecca Trager's in Chemistry World article sounds interesting: Chemists in demand as cannabis industry experiences explosive growth The US’s rapidly growing cannabis industry – medical and recreational – desperately needs chemists. That was the conclusion of a session at the American Chemical Society’s spring conference in Denver, Colorado, on 23 March. ‘We need chemists to tell us what we have,’ said Chloe […]
1:03 PM | Everyone hates college administrators
If you were wondering why I didn’t blog yesterday, which you probably weren’t (confession: I don’t read other peoples’ blogs and I don’t listen to any podcasts. So I would never, ever ask anyone to read my blog or listen to my podcast), it was because I was completely confused and irritated by this NYTimes […]

April 06, 2015

3:19 PM | STEM is TE: salary edition
Interesting graph from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that Matt Yglesias has highlighted. I've annotated it. Fairly obvious that, in terms of salaries, STEM is TE (and a little M.) 
3:08 PM | Medicinal chemistry: "not a commodity"
In a sidebar in Lisa Jarvis' cover article in this week's C&EN, the chemist founders of Flexus Biosciences say some things that warm the cold cockles of my heart: Amid the growing mania for cancer immunology, the Flexus founders saw their Goldilocks: IDO1 and TDO2, enzymes known for helping cancer cells hide from an immune response. The targets were getting little attention, but inhibitors of them are likely to be complementary to the immuno-oncology antibodies. The next step was […]
3:00 PM | This week's C&EN
Lots of interesting news tidbits in this week's C&EN:Very interesting cover article by Lisa Jarvis on a specific set of oncology small molecules called IDO1 inhibitors. Glenn Hess covers the forced resignation of Rafael Moure-Eraso, the chair of the Chemical Safety Board. Britt Erickson looks at the White House's plan for antibiotics research.Fun pics from ACS Denver by Linda Wang. Great letter to the editor/old-timey story from John Meisenheimer, Sr. Kids can't […]
8:00 AM | YP: Reaching an industrial postdoc in analytical chemistry
Last week, I expressed that I hoped that Linda Wang's story in C&EN about analytical chemists in industry did indeed reflect higher demand for analysts, a claim that I feel is not borne out yet with data. YP wrote in with their story; it has been redacted for privacy. As an undergraduate, I attended [medium-sized state school] and majored in chemistry. There were several options in the chemistry major--you could pick the ACS certified option, general chemistry, or the biochemistry (the […]

April 05, 2015

3:17 PM | The hidden reasons behind slow economic growth: Declining EROI, constrained net energy
It should seem obvious that it takes energy to get energy. And, when it takes more energy to get the energy we want, this usually spells higher prices since the energy inputs used cost more. Under such circumstances there is less energy left over for the rest of society to use, that is, for the non-energy gathering parts--the industrial, commercial and residential consumers of energy--than would otherwise be the case.It shouldn't be surprising then that as fossil fuels, which provide more than […]

April 04, 2015

1:13 PM | Aunt Pythia’s advice
Holy shit people we’ve got an awesome column today. Aunt Pythia shall not disappoint, and when she says that, she really means that you wonderful readers have not disappointed Aunt Pythia – your questions are surprising and rich and thoughtful as always. It brings a sweet lightness to Aunt Pythia’s otherwise heavy, snuffly head. For […]

April 03, 2015

3:10 PM | It's soooo haaaard to fiiinnnd aaaa chemiiisssttttt
From the inbox, a link to a new social network space called GradSquare and this sad/interesting blogpost by the founder of it, Marco Altamirano:About a year ago, I met someone at a conference who worked at a food chemistry lab in New Orleans. She was telling me about how her company had tried to hire a chemist with a Masters or PhD by putting some ads out on various job boards, but no one with the right credentials had applied. I thought this was strange because, having recently finished […]
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