A Quick Programming Note: “Communicating Chemistry”

May 31st, 2012

While the experience probably won’t be as meta as a seminar on how to give seminars or a paper on how to write papers, I am stoked that Stuart Cantrill will be visiting Caltech this Friday to give a talk on “Communicating Chemistry.” It is lamentable that graduate students receive no formal training in this subject, because a number of people in our field could use it. Stu is the chief editor of Nature Chemistry, and I imagine he has seen his fair share of excellent examples of prose and figures, as well as numerous examples of what not to do.

For those of you at Caltech—ChemBark’s top school in terms of traffic—Stu’s talk will start at 2:30 pm in 153 Noyes. And since I don’t think this announcement made it on to the grad student listserv, those interested in learning (in general) about careers at chemical journals/publications are invited to come out to 318 Schlinger at 5 pm and meet Stu for a Q&A on the subject. Please spread the word and/or spam the listserv. There will be cookies.


10 Responses to “A Quick Programming Note: “Communicating Chemistry””

  1. Chemjobber Says:

    I request a description and rating of the cookie spread.

  2. Hap Says:

    If it’s like the grad school I went to or my current workplace, there won’t be any cookies for long.

  3. See Arr Oh Says:

    What, no pizza? No sandwiches? No MILK for the cookies? Where’s the motivation to attend? : )

  4. Anonymous Says:

    he will also be at UCLA on Monday June 4.

  5. eugene Says:

    We should market chemistry as the science that least conflicts with Creationism and in some sub-fields doesn’t come into conflict with Creationism or young Earth theory at all. We could get a bump in students from certain sectors of society.

  6. Stu Says:

    Woo! Cookies! It’s really the only reason I’m here…

  7. Stu Says:

    Also, on a slightly more serious note, the talk will be about general issues surrounding how we communicate chemistry – formally (in journals) and informally (blogs. mass/social media, etc…). It won’t be a workshop on how you should go about doing it yourself. But the Q&A later in the day can be a free-for-all, where you can ask what you want. Somewhat flippantly, but semi-seriously… you want to communicate chemistry well… just tell a story – then you’re probably more than half-way there.

  8. wolfie Says:

    If I were Obama, I’d start a cyber attack against chembark, as an initiative against national liberals, now, right at this moment

  9. wolfie Says:

    sulfur makes it all worthwhile

    d orbitals, do not forget

    or the radicals

  10. wolfie Says:

    price amount for the Nobel has been cut by 20%


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