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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...
Hello, dear readers. It's been...a while. I promise the blog is not dead, just sleeping for now. My 2017 New Year's resolutions include sculpting specific time out for all the sci-writing goodness. Stay tuned.Enough maudlin overtures. Now, on to the fun!Strem...
Long-time readers will no doubt be aware of my running affectation with the "Profiles, Pathways, and Dreams" series of books from ACS; books which, had I not read them in grad school, would probably cause this blog to never exist.So I have a sneaky hobby: scouring...

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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...
Quick: What small, odd-looking thing carries metal through harsh trials?Here's hoping you answered the Doyle group's new ligand: "Fro-DO."I see what you did there.Credit: Doyle group, JACS 2015Unlike common sigma donors - NHCs, amines, phosphorous ligands...

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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...
A collection of small useful things (links):Hilarious: "Impact Factor Stolen in Daring Heist"Fun post by See Arr Oh on the latest from the Doyle lab. Light rail affecting the University of Minnesota's NMRs?I really liked Quintus' look at Fujita's latest...