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If only people knew how fun it was to drive one of these.Credit: bluecheddar.netYou may not know this, but apparently America has a clown shortage.* Here is how I imagine corporate CEOs and PR flacks might approach this crisis:1. Clowns are vital to our national security.2. There are 14,000,000 unfilled positions for clowns -- these are very mobile, high paying jobs!3. Who will win the War for Clown Talent?4. American youth is just not as zany as the youth of past generations of clowns -- […]
Fresh electrons from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: the unemployment rate for February was up 0.1% to 6.7% and 175,000 new nonfarm payroll jobs were created. The broader U6 measurement of unemployment was down 0.1% to 12.6%.The chemical manufacturing sector saw an increase of 200 jobs to 796,200 positions.The unemployment rate for college-educated workers was up 0.2% to 3.4% in February; the unemployment rate for non-high school graduates was up 0.2% to 9.8%.I suspect that this will be graded […]
From the inbox, an interesting comment on getting on in years by PQ:I work for a chemical company in a support function. I was in graduate school in the 1980s, and so have been in the workforce for about 25 years. I’ve been in my current position for some time, and it is one that has traditionally been filled by a mix of Ph.D. and M.S. chemists, usually mid-to-late career. However, as budgets have gotten leaner over the years, the positions in our department have been […]
From the pages of this week's C&EN, member of the ACS Board of Directors Pat Confalone on innovation and entrepreneurship:...A key finding of the ACS Presidential Task Force report “Innovation, Chemistry, and Jobs” (www.acs.org/creatingjobs) was that start-ups and small to medium-sized companies create about 3 million jobs per year, in contrast to the 2.5 million that are lost in large companies. It’s clear that the role of the entrepreneur in job creation is not only […]
Credit: OPRD, Turconi et al.From the pages of Organic Process Research and Development , a fascinating article by workers at Sanofi-Aventis talking about their industrial route to the anti-malarial artemisinin. They decided to use a photooxidation to perform the semi-synthesis of the material and here, they talk a little about the challenges:The utility of the Aubry reaction allows the generation of singlet oxygen, and thus the Schenck ene reaction, while avoiding the need for […]
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