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Scientists Fri Jan 19 2018 11:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Gentle readers, you will perhaps remember that I suffer from periodic boredom.  There is, naturally, plenty to do, but it is mainly made of things that are.... less interesting.  Granola making, eternal laundry, and so on. 
Bit of self promotion here: I’ve got a piece in today’sBoston Globe, on one of the hidden consequences of failing to deal with the antibiotic crisis. In it, I focus on the use of antibiotics as prophylactics in surgery. Nowadays,
Technical Instruments loaned me a Photometrics Prime95B back-thinned CMOS camera. I had demoed this camera before, but I was able to put it on our scope this time. Our spinning disk confocal has two camera ports, so I installed a tube lens that made
Choose the right one!(context here)
There are a few specific phrases that turn my insides to molten lava. The ones that make me see red in front of my eyes in a few short seconds. With age I have sorted out many of these triggers, but it's not surprising that I forget a few. It is good
"The night is fine," the Walrus said."Do you admire the view?"It was so kind of you to come!And you are very nice!"Dearest Readers, the time has come for me to write at another place; specifically, a place where I can be certain that my relatives and
Credit: Bureau of Labor StatisticsIt's an apples-to-oranges comparison, but it's worth noting that the 2016 ACS member unemployment rate was 2.6%. Median weekly pay was $1881, so that compares well, which is nice to hear.  
So I read the latest over at Talking Points Memo on the slow-rolling Republican “moderate” cave on the tax bill to Trump and the GOP’s I Got Mine/Tongue-Bath-A-Billionaire Caucus. That led me to a Twitter rant born of de
Someone I know here had some major surgery a few weeks ago.  Her family is far away; her spouse had to go on a trip that couldn't be moved.  So I brought them dinner yesterday.They just got new license plates:  I have regre
If you read this blog, or come here by the way of twitter, there's a chance you've picked up that I am somewhat interested in hockey. I had an opportunity this last weekend to go to Nashville to hang out in the "the other city" where the Stanley Cup
I bought a $500 camera from Point Grey that has the SonyIMX249 chip. It is a fairly large field of view with intermediate sized pixels (5.86 um), so it has a great dynamic range. The great thing is that it has low dark/readnoiseof 7-14 electrons per
Credit: Nick UhligI still think these chemistry-themed Valentine's Day cards from Nick Uhlig are impossibly clever, with a fresh batch for 2018. 
It’s this master of the American song’s 71st today. Meant to post earlier, but Prine’s good for a couple of lullabyes too. I’ve seen him live only once, decades ago. A great time then. His music has only grown
This image (from here) floated through my life a few weeks ago:Aaaannd I suddenly realized exactly what's wrong with my job.  I'm good at it, I'm paid for it, and probably the world needs someone to teach intro und
One of the things my late professor from graduate school taught me was to always be happy and grateful for every publication you get. Of course, you are more happy about your First author publications, BUT it's important to be happy about the publica
From a reader: "In ode to all the other adjuncts out there, one advantage of working in academia is the snow days! View from my "hood" last fall when we had about 20 inches of snowfall in CNY, classes were canceled and I worked on lecture slides from
Here’s a welcome respite from the ongoing hellscape of GOP-dominated America: Three American physicists have won the Nobel prize in physics for the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were first anticip
Today is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It's always been an important day but maybe never as urgent to really think and act like today. The basics of the Holocaust didn't start with the extermination camps, it started years before that.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2018. Back on Tuesday.
David Anderson’s post at Balloon-Juice got me thinking on single payer vs. universal coverage — I’m with David (and Elie). Don’t care how we get to health care for all Americans, as long as we get there. So her
It's a little overdue - the post about 2016 ending but I was on vacation sans computer and now I'm back to business as usual....So, what can I say about 2016? It wasn't one of my shiniest years. It wasn't the worst one, two or three, but it might be
A revised edition for a new year. Print it out and send to your family -- it works!
  Others have said what needs to be said about the Coward Trump and his DACA debacle. Here’s my PGO addition: 1: To reinforce a point Charles Pierce made today: DACA folks are Americans. Full stop. They may not be citizens, but the
Here’s what I don’t get. Trump’s Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, is a rich guy. Seriously rich:on the order of a half a billion in net worth, w. a cool $70 million in 2016 earnings. If he wants to check out a cool eve
Adapted from table 48 of the 2016 Survey of Earned DoctoratesAlways little gems tucked away in the Survey of Earned Doctorates, and I am ecstatic to discover for the first time that it tracks median starting postdoctoral salaries for chemistry Ph.D.s
…When you say sh*t like this: “As he puts on plastic gloves to serve food at NRG Stadium…President Trump turns to press and says: “My hands are too big!” Dude. Special pleading like this only makes it
The 2016 Survey of Earned Doctorates is out. Here's the data on graduates in the 2016 academic year and their post-graduation plans. I've taken a screenshot, here's the data in PDF and Excel format.A quick look indicates that the percentage of respon
I’ve been quiet for the last several days* for several reasons. I’ve been heartsick; paralyzed with rage, unable to form sentences;** and, perhaps most to the point, unable to add much, if anything to what everyone else has been s
Credit: Moses MoustakimFrom Moses Moustakim: "A bright winter Saturday morning on the Old Road Campus/SGC, University of Oxford."(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and preference for name/anonymity, please) at chemjobbe
So: some folks choked on Annie Dillard’s perhaps overly magniloquent response to her eclipse, so here’s something quite different for the more Augustan among us. For reasons not relevant to this post, I am this morning nosing arou
As always, I am incredibly thankful for my family, my friends, my community (physical and online) and my job.I am also incredibly thankful for you, my readers and commenters. Thank you for your reading, your advice, your e-mails and your brilliant, i
This is a follow up to what I’ve been hearing from some folks about how they plan to take in the eclipse of 2017. My family’s headed out for Oregon in a couple of weeks, basing ourselves with relatives in Portland before heading a
 This was 2016's form 990. (Here's 2015's form 990 and here's 2014's form 990.)For comparison's sake, Madeleine Jacobs was paid $888,199 in reportable compensation in 2015. This was the first full year tha
Joe Arpaio is now on his way to being an old lag, and if that conclusion is decades late, it still behoves us to get our schadenfreude on: The longest-serving lawman of the states most populous county, where he became a national figure known for immi
Credit: John MilliganFrom reader John Milligan: "The sun rises behind the Cathedral of Learning on a November morning at the University of Pittsburgh."(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and preference for name/anonymity
While the Russian asset in the White House pushes cops to brutalize their suspects, we have plenty of cases studies on what happens when you license f**kery by the boys folks in blue. Today’s example comes from Baltimore: Maryland prosecuto
Via the New York Times, a pretty nice comparison of degree production and potential job openings. Long-time readers of the blog will be familiar with the data - here's the Census Bureau's great visualization of it. 
One thing’s for sure: whatever fresh hell the Trump White House offers up each day, one community in our great society has to be unbelievably grateful. Scaramucci is just the latest gift to surpass understanding delivered w. a sMooch* by an
(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and preference for name/anonymity, please) at chemjobber@gmail.com; will run every other Friday.)
It is impossible to overstate the Republican commitment to ripping health care from millions, while taking a chainsaw to our medical system. Rand Paul has just announced that he will vote “Yes” on the Trumpcare motion to proceed a
From the American Chemistry Council (the trade association for the big chemical companies), this update on their outlook for 2018:Credit: the American ChemistryCouncilThe Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the
Most people know of Senator John McCain’s diagnosis with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. I have just a couple of thoughts I’d like to add. First, obviously, best wishes to Senator McCain and his family. This is a very to
Date from the Bureau of Labor StatisticsI'm traveling at the moment, so I haven't had a chance to fully absorb these new numbers, but it looks like that BLS is revising its estimate of chemist job growth up from 3% in the 2014-24 decade to 6% in the
Sometimes you get the greatest insight into folks when they think the pressure is off. What follows has exactly no political import, and, truly, says nothing about the writer in question’s journalistic chops or beat-acumen, at least not dir
Credit: AnonymousFrom an anonymous reader: "View from UC Berkeley Chemistry building with all the ash in the air from the Napa fires."(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and preference for name/anonymity, please) at chem
Following up today’s news on the delay in the Senate health care vote… Keep calling, and don’t restrict yourself to your senators’ DC offices. Each and every senator has several in-state offices. They&#8217
A couple of weeks ago, STAT covered Michael Laufer, a mathematics lecturer, who was claiming that he could make Sovaldi from a homebrew method with the reactor pictured above. (You may enjoy friend of the blog Josh Bloom's post on Dr. Laufer's claims
…is a f**king vampire: Nearly 1300 children die and 5790 are treated for gunshot wounds each year. Boys, older children, and minorities are disproportionately affected. Although unintentional firearm deaths among children declined from 2002
Pierre is really impressive (and so is the functionality)