Tuesday, December 31, 2013
#chemjobs-related Writers/Reporters of the Year, 2013
I wanted to repeat something I did last year and recognize people who I feel have moved the conversation about #chemjobs-related issues forward in the last year:
Robert N. Charette of IEEE Spectrum, for his August article "The STEM Crisis Is A Myth." I think it's terribly important to address the STEM shortage myth issues from the IT/computers side, and Charette's article did just that. It has quotes from the usual suspects (the Ron Hiras and Michael Teitelbaums of the world), but it also pulls in a lot of serious policy analysis from RAND and other august institutions. A really helpful article, I thought.
For the second year in a row, Sophie Rovner, Susan Ainsworth and Linda Wang of Chemical and Engineering News for their tireless coverage of chemist employment and unemployment. I really liked Sophie Rovner's article in the Employment Outlook edition this year, probably more than I expressed on the blog at the time. I'm planning on returning to this article, especially as 2014 progresses.
These reporters have a much bigger microphone than I do. I tend to yell at reporters when they get things wrong; it makes me happy when I feel that writers and reporters get things right.
2013 was a weird year, especially with all the rumblings about hiring at the same time as actual layoffs increased.
Best wishes to all of us for a less-weird, more happy new year in 2014. Talk to you then.