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Was my grad school experience that different from everybody else's?

Question asked by Lisa Lepome on Jan 21, 2010
Latest reply on Sep 16, 2010 by Stacey Reeder

In Jeff Johnson's article "University Lab Accident Under Investigation" in C&EN ( he discusses that CSB will be investigating an accident in which a student"received severe burns and lacerations to his face and hands when a mixture of nickel hydrazine perchlorate exploded...." He then goes on to quote the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), Chairman John Bresland who reportedly said, "how could this happen in an academic lab environment?"


Part of the reason I left grad school without a PhD was that I'd been spoiled by working in industry.  I had a lot of difficulty tolerating the lack of any real guidance or supervision, the political infighting, and the utter disregard for safety.  Has this man never been to an academic lab?


When I read the quote I laughed out loud.  I mean, how could this _not_ happen?