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For those of you who remember/were alive for the Reagan years, you will be interested to see that Paul Laxalt's grandson, Adam Laxalt, is running for Nevada attorney general. Someone has chosen to leak an evaluation of his time at a Las Vegas law firm to a...
Another busy week means not much blogging. I'm reminded for some reason of this passage in Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential:...I worked with a chef who used to step behind the line to a dirty cook's station in the middle of the rush to explain why the...
In the American Chemistry Council's daily newsletter, a link to a "Minding the Campus" piece by Peter Sacks titled "WHAT STEM CRISIS? THERE ISNT ONE." Surely someone has screwed up here, sending this piece out.I like the cut of Mr. Sacks' jib.(The article itself...

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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...