• Dawn Mason: Using Innate Abilities to Lead and Guide

    From a bench scientist to a group leader, many scientists can manage the transition as their careers advance. But from a group leader to an HR manager responsible for a full range of duties that support functions of m...
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  • Trump, Brexit and Italy highlight arrival of the New Normal World

    In my final blog post, it seems sensible to pull together some of the key themes of the past 2 years, and use this perspective to look forward at the likely outlook for 2017 and beyond. I have argued that ‘demog...
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  • Robotics and artificial intelligence: can they make today’s chemist obsolete?

    The latest from the Bureau of Frightening Statistics is that within 20 years, almost half of all U.S. jobs will be automated.  Robots and artificial intelligence (AI) routines are now able to tackle many routine ...
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  • Favorite Patents

    Favorite Patents   As a boy interested in  science, I read voraciously on the topic.  To this day, I can still see the images of the pages in books that  taught me about the great men of science an...
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  • Kara Allen: Glued to Science, Passionate about People

    Sourcing resumes, preparing reports, and meeting with team members, it’s another busy day at work for Kara Allen. After multi-tasking for a couple of hours, Allen decides to take a short break and walk around. ...
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  • Buy Cars...Chemists need jobs

    US auto markets are critically important to chemists and the chemical industry.  They represent our largest single market and are worth around $60bn in chemical sales, with each auto using around $3500 of chemica...
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  • The Scientific Literacy Paradox

    All that I know is that I know nothing (sometimes referred to as the Socratic paradox).   I know how Socrates felt.  Recent research uncovered a new paradox that worries me, one that questions my thought pr...
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  • What Chemists Do: Frederick Jaeger, Scientist II at Bayer CropScience

    The ACS What Chemists Do short videos profile chemists and the diversity of careers in the scientific profession.   Fred Jaeger, Ph.D, is Scientist II at Bayer CropScience. Fred was involved in researching prote...
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  • Will pro-protectionism policies mean fewer industry jobs?

    Protectionism is on the rise around the world, as the above map shows from Global Trade Alert (GTA).  Thousands of new measures have been introduced since the start of the financial crisis in 2008.  This is ...
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  • Going in Circles

    There was a time when circular was bad.  Going in circles was considered a bad thing.  You had lost your way.  Circular reasoning?  Also not good.  Those times are gone.  The circular eco...
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  • The Adventures of a Late-blooming Chemist

    Bevin Parks can’t tell you where her hometown is. Born to a homemaking mother and an educator father whose job frequently changed locations, Parks had gone through 17 physical addresses before she was 17, attend...
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  • An Uncertain World: Brexit’s Potential Impact on the Chemical Enterprise

      "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone?" -Joni Mitchell   The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (commonly known as Brexit) is set to have far-reaching...
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  • The Degrading State of Composting

      I dumped my compost pile today.  It is a filthy activity, yet one that is strangely pleasant. Part of the pleasure is being outside.  Part is that it is an optimistic activity. I need the compost for...
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  • What are you?: Finding balance between passions and expertise in your career path

    One of the blessings of working in industry is the diverse array of career paths available to employees. One trained in the chemical sciences has at their feet the obvious opportunities in research and development. As...
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  • Where There’s Smoke: Getting Risk Right

    “Stay away from the fire” was a common refrain on my recent camping trip.  We camped with a group of friends that included a family with 5-year-old and 2-year-old boys. “The fire will hurt you!&...
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  • Don’t Neglect the Boomers: One Size No Longer Fits All

    I’ve just returned from visiting Yosemite and Lake Tahoe for the first time.  Both places add a new dimension to the word awesome.  One night, I also had a very interesting conversation with our Airbnb...
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  • Anthony (Tony) Noce: A Peripatetic Chemist Who Embraces Serendipity

    Tony Noce is constantly on the go. A seasoned engineering consultant with more than 27 years of experience, Noce loves traveling from place to place to work on different problems.   Looking back at his career p...
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  • Chemistry on Display: Depictions in Ads and Art

      The world is changing, with positive views of chemistry and science appearing far more commonly on TV these days.  That is a great thing, though probably inadequate to swing public opinion pro-chemistry.&...
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  • Jennifer Holmgren: Turning Innovative Ideas Into Practical Solutions

    When NASA was landing the first spacecraft on the moon in 1969, the whole world was watching. In Colombia, then 9-year-old Jennifer Holmgren was fascinated by the mission. She devoured every piece of news about the sp...
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  • Demographics Destiny

      Retirement trends are destined to have a major impact on the chemical industry. Ten thousand  Americans have been retiring every day since 2011, and the same trend will continue until 2030, according to P...
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