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This piece in ScienceCareers is rather hard to read. It's about Ph.D. scientists who apply for B.S/M.S.-level positions, written by a scientific recruiter:  The discovery that youre overqualified for many advertised jobs often comes as a rude shock....
Via H1-b skeptic Norm Matloff's blog*, I see that NSF has reported the rate of all chemistry Ph.D.s that are involuntarily working outside of their field at 2.0% for 2013. This is defined as "Involuntarily-out-of-field rate is the percentage of employed individuals...
This long article in Vanity Fair about the Ebola outbreak that started in Guinea was quite good. I noticed two interesting factlets that I did not know: M.S.F. also needed to get blood samples to a lab capable of testing for Ebola and other...

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Because sometimes the facts about chemical employment just aren't very fun. But this is!My Favorite Things about Chemistry (by CJ)1. A chromatography column that works well.2. The treasure trove of literature, filled with truth, (a few) lies and idiosyncrasies...
From Jyllian Kemsley and Michael Torrice, a tweet from the LA Superior Court on Judge Lisa Lench's ruling in the preliminary hearing for UCLA professor Patrick Harran:Judge sending Patrick Harran to trial on #SheriSangji case, @cenmag story by @mmtorrice...
It's the start of the summer student season right about now, and I think it would be great to get them into the habit of wearing PPE in the lab. Wouldn't it be great if we could show everyone that PPE is a normal happy part of your day in the lab? (i.e. positive...

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Patrick Harran, the UCLA professor who faced four felony counts in connection with the death of Sheri Sangji in a laboratory fire, has struck a deal with prosecutors that allows him to avoid charges in exchange for a $10,000 fine, 800 hours of community service,...
An explosion on Tuesday in a chemistry lab at the University of Minnesota injured a graduate student. The student was making trimethylsilyl azide.The student injuredhis arm and side, and he needed surgery to deal with glass shards, chemistry department chair...
(Looks like I get the same emails as Chemjobber does!)Prof. Erland Stevens of Davidson College will be offering an introductory medchem course through EdX:The seven-week course starts on March 10th.  Each week has about 1 hour of video and a number of...