January 31, 2015

2:48 PM | Slate Money Talks Sports
Lots of traveling in the last couple of days, and not enough sleep, has prevented me from posting as often as I’d like. Aunt Pythia sends her regrets. But if you’re interested, please take a few minutes to listen to this week’s Slate Money podcast, which I particularly enjoyed being part of this week. We […]

January 30, 2015

8:00 AM | A week of links
Links this week: We see skill where none exists and are happy to pay for transparently useless advice. No evidence of the effect of parenting on criminal behaviour. Doug Kenrick on testosterone and the rationality of taking risks. Pulling apart the recent paper on perceptions of ability and the gender gap. The human guinea pig. […]

January 29, 2015

6:26 PM | 3 thoughts on attending my father's retirement party
My father, whom I love dearly, is retiring from a very long career today.Thought #1: I'm incredibly proud of him -- he has given many years to this company and I hope the higher-ups know how much of his life he's poured into this place.Thought #2: I would love to know what percentage of my father's cohort back in 197X are still working with his company? He has been through so many layoffs and reorganizations. He is, in some real sense, the living avatar of "survivor bias."Thought #3: Whenever I […]
6:25 PM | Brett: "leaving was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made."
Our latest (of many!) entries in the "quitting chemistry graduate school" series is from "Brett" (this submission has been lightly edited for clarity and privacy): 1. Why did you leave?First, I wasn't in a chemistry program but a pharmaceutical sciences program at Big State School. I had started working for a new professor who'd only been there a year - I was [their] third grad student. While a PharmSci department, our lab was an unabashed synthetic lab with a "med chem" veneer. […]
4:08 PM | Daily Pump Trap: 1/29/15 edition
A few of the positions posted on C&EN this past week:Detroit, MI: This "technical specialist" position appears to actually be, um, a technical specialist position. B.S. in chemistry/engineering with 5-10 years experience desired.Rockville, MD: I can never tell what these USP positions are about, but here's one on "nomenclature and labeling." They want a M.S./Ph.D. or a Pharm.D. with 10 years of work experience and they seem to be paying a healthy sum.Clinton, NJ: ExxonMobil looking for a […]

January 28, 2015

5:33 PM | 7 things every chemistry PhD student should see before they go to graduate school
From Thoreau, a funny suggestion (emphasis mine): Adjuncts are planning a nationwide walk-out on Feb. 25. In my ideal world, any student seeking a PhD would be unable to register for the GRE or request recommendation letters until they submitted documentation that they had attended the protests and had written a 5-page essay on “What I learned from attending the National Adjunct Walkout Day protests.”  Those seeking a STEM PhD would also be required to spend a day […]
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