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As always, I am incredibly thankful for my family, my friends, my community (physical and online) and my job. I am looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with my folks tomorrow.I am also incredibly thankful for you, my readers and commenters....
From @AlexFGoldberg:Lead Chemist  Vapor Candy, LLC - Ottawa, ON We are in the Electronic Cigarette Industry specializing in high quality nicotine based products, and are looking for a Canadian based chemist to help us set up operations in Ottawa....
Graphic adapted from Pesti and Anzalone [1]I happened upon a copy of "Asymmetric Catalysis on Industrial Scale" and rather enjoyed this passage in a chapter by Pesti and Anzalone [1]:Our first pilot plant run was designed to prepare 45 kg of thioester. As safety...

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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...