Clippings Dump: February 2007

February 27th, 2007

Here are some interesting posts from last month that I meant to write about but never got around to doing so:

Excimer classified the chemistry advisors at his school into two schools, sparking passionate discussion.

Paul at TotallySynthetic wrote about some of the reasons that keep him excited about chemistry.  On this subject, I am surprised at how many of my classmates started out in love with chemical research but slowly decided to pursue careers away from the bench.  I guess a big part of any schooling is figuring out not just what you want to do, but what you don’t want to do.  Also, not everyone grew to hate research; some people simply found things that they enjoyed more.

Dr. Free-Ride examined whether blogging is a “service activity” in the context of academic contributions.  Hmmm…that reminds me.  I am no longer a blogger; I’m the editor-in-chief of ChemBark, an Internet publication that serves the public interest. (Zzzzzz….)

And A Synthetic Environment continues the enjoyable parade of Top 5 lists.  Please resist the urge to make puerile jokes about Ellen Swallow Richards.

Speaking of things I never got around to writing about, I’ve got to resurrect those remaining Chemmys.  Also slated for discussion: “Forgotten Genius”, my response to The Chem Blog, some tidbits of chemical grammar, and the upcoming Intel Science Talent Search.

And holy cow…here’s a late addition to the clippings from Everyday Scientist.

Previous Comments

  1. excimer Says:
    February 28th, 2007 at 12:07 am I swear that post is going to get me into trouble, and yet I refuse to get rid of it…
  2. joel Says:
    February 28th, 2007 at 11:02 am Paul, I don’t know if anyone expects you to follow through on the Chemmy Best Papers post. It would be crazy for
    even the most extreme multi-disciplinarian to try and pick “The best” papers of the year for all the subdisciplines—
    as I suspect you realized soon after the original Chemmy post. I suggest you follow the “A Synthetic Environment” format
    and make the top five papers of each subdiscipline using a write-in poll. Obviously, I don’t know how difficult this is to
    do on xhtml…
  3. joel Says:
    March 2nd, 2007 at 2:38 pm I hope no one took my last comment as a insult on Paul. It was meant to be a helpful comment by a loyal reader, but after looking at it again it seems a little snippy. There are forums for people’s favourite papers, or papers that people think is notable. Does anyone here participate in Connotea or Citeulike? I think if these services can succeed, it will be a net benefit for scientists because there is such a crushing amount of journals that we have to (or ought to) peruse to stay current with the cutting-edge.


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