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From The Atlantic, a rather horrifying story by Darlene Cunha:...Over a cup of coffee, she introduced herself as Tysharia Young and tried to do what shed come to do: sell me overpriced magazine subscriptions. It was not the first time someone had knocked on...
From C&EN's Jyllian Kemsley, a couple of items of interest. First, the story of Daniel Powell, the Colorado teacher charged with assault after injuring a student during a methanol/flame demonstration. The charges have been dropped: Last fall,...
A few of the recent positions posted on C&EN Jobs:Santa Fe, NM: This "Director of Global Scientific Support" position at OpenEye is very interesting - it's like a combination of computational chemist and customer service. Ph.D., 3 years with customer-facing...

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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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Chemjobber has a post up asking readers what information they put in the acknowledgments sections of their dissertations.I have always been fascinated by whom grad students choose to acknowledge. As a first-year, I used to pull old theses off the shelves of...
Merry Christmas to my wonderful, interactive, patient readers. It's been a great year over here.(If Christmas isn't something you celebrate, happy Thursday!)If you're looking for something holiday-themed - and don't feel like resorting to Google - try these:Look,...
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,...