Friday, July 13, 2012

Wedding announcement: Lisa Brown and Phil Smith

(CJ Press) Elizabeth Jennifer Brown, a graduate student of Professor F.M. Jones of Fancy Pants, Massachusetts was married Wednesday to Philip Andrew Smith, the postdoctoral fellow of Professor M.T. Allen of Universityville, Georgia. Samuel Tilghman, George and Gracie Burns Professor of Chemistry at Football School State School in Los Angeles, CA, performed the ceremony in the NMR facility between group meeting and the evening departmental seminar.  

The bride, 28, and bridegroom, 30, met at FSSU from which they graduated, both with unlikely hopes of being professors at Ph.D.-granting institutions.

Ms. Brown, who is known as Lisa, is a senior graduate student (H-index of 20) in the Jones Group at Fancy Pants University and is known for exceptionally clean baselines in her NMRs. Her pump oil changing skills are unsurpassed.

The bride's advisor is the most skilled raconteur in the Department of Chemistry at Fancy Pants University. From 1994 to 2004, he was the chairman and president of the department's glee club and social committee.

Dr. Smith is a postdoctoral fellow in the Allen Group at Southern University of Georgia; he has published 10 publications and given 4 presentations. He is known for excellent slide transitions during his group meeting talks, as well as being able to recondition dead HPLC columns.

The bridegroom's advisor is the chairwoman of the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Southern University of Georgia, where she has won 3 R01 grants from the NIH in the last 6 years.

The bride and groom intend to live together in the same city for approximately three years while they attempt to secure employment, postdoctoral positions and solve the two-body problem unsuccessfully.

*I'm actually attending a wedding, so I will be traveling today. (You'll be in good hands, though.) 


  1. " long as they both shall publish."

  2. Legitimate question here. She's 28, giving her the benefit of the doubt, let's say she successfully defends in a year. Let's say optimistically the job market is better in two years and she's able to secure a faculty position. That puts her at 31 and now faced with earning tenure. Let's say the bride begins to sense the ticking of her biological clock. When is it okay for a woman in science to begin to think about having kids and starting a family? It seems increasingly difficult to even consider starting a family especially with concerns about discriminations when carrying a child. Has this been covered on the blog previously?