Tuesday, June 2, 2015

This week's C&EN

From this week's C&EN:

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like another Cirque de Soleil event. Might be an interesting environment for drug discovery, though. (We went to a show because my wife wanted to see them, and as the acrobats walked by, my wife had her arm on my shoulder. One of them picked up her hand lightly and put it down. I'm not sure if there was a disapproving look involved as well. We were amused.)

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  2. I have no first hand knowledge but I bet Georgia Tech spending was largely startup packages to poach some faculty... I think that's around the time Finn and Reynolds moved

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  3. I went to grad school at GA Tech. I know my former advisor has gotten a lot of money from certain agencies I'm not saying where for confidentiality) but the funny thing in its over very VERY basic science. I really cant imagine anybody working for him, on those projects, being trained for any kind of industrial position, and of course the chances of an individuals getting a faculty position doing crap like this depend on that individual post-doc'ing on ivy league. I guess this is just another example in my mind of academia becoming something unrelated to job training more about cheap labor farms to produce science that could be pretty useless. So keep in mind while GA tech maybe great at getting money it does not mean that its gov't money well-spent for job training. This is not where academia needs to go.

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  4. Yumanity - must hire Morlocks.

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    1. "....it's a cookbook!!!!"

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    2. "Soylent Green is made of PEOPLE!!!!"

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  5. @CJ: The following PLoS article may not fit this particular thread, but it may fit your project on "staying in grad school". The article describes a study of "learning relationships" among 32 students from US and UK biomedical graduate programs. How times have changed—some of the student's stipends were $3,000 per month...when I finished grad school in 2008 (5-year chemistry PhD at a suburban public university), my monthly stipend was barely $1,800!

    http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0103075

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  6. Another reason I'm glad I quit grad school. I saw several friends go through the two-body situation, and it's hard enough to get a PhD-level job in chemistry if you're single and don't care about seeing your family and friends.

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