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'Tis the Season for stitching up the last year of your life, making a few key graphics, and tossing them into a (presumably) 30-minute talk to inform and entertain your colleagues. That's right, Summer Seminar Vacation!But wait - will your message come...
Hello, intrepid readers. Hope those of you living above the Tropic of Cancer are enjoying the start of Summer.Though this usually falls into the Chemjobber camp, an inside source asks whether I can recommend an engaged, excited, passionate web-denizen...
In the age of globalization, Reddit, DM, and coffee shops, it's surprising when you don't hear about a faculty move at least two months ahead of it becoming reality.(Alert! Repurposed text to follow!)Last year's list has grown ungainly, and so it's time...

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In the age of globalization, Reddit, DM, and coffee shops, it's surprising when you don't hear about a faculty move at least two months ahead of it becoming reality.(Alert! Repurposed text to follow!)Last year's list has grown ungainly, and so it's time...
Earlier today, I watched a scientific speaker drive people out of the seminar room.Was the person combative? Not at all; a well-respected mid-career chemist at a Top-5 school.Unprepared? Nope; knew the slides backward and forwards.Bad material? It was the linchpin...
Following some interesting interactions with readers on Twitter and in the comments, it seems my initial post could have improved with 1) more data, and 2) break-down by gender. So, I spent some time this weekend digging through my last two Bumper Cars posts...

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The 2017 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List (curated mostly by Andrew Spaeth, with minor help from me) has 590 positions.Seeing as how we have seemed to hit an overall plateau, this is the last update and the list will end with 590 positions. It will be interesting...
A collection of small, useful things (links):Good post on a recent Krische paper at All Things Metathesis.John at The Rheo Thing is still blogging, and it's all good stuff.Interesting comment on failure from Slava Bernat.Strong recommendation from Ash on Ed...
From the inbox, a link to this Karen Kelsky piece over at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where she talks about academic search wikis. I know that we've tried something like that in the past here; looks like there's been limited success for chemistry professorships...