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It’s time for the TED talks! January 13, 2011 As I mentioned in a previous post, Caltech is hosting a TEDx program tomorrow, Friday January 14, 2011 at 10:00am (PST). The event is guided by the original TED conference format, but as with all TEDx events, is self-organized. TEDxCaltech sold out in record time, but you can watch the TEDxCaltech website. Cheers ~gk
A Recap of the weeks posts over at Chemjobber Go visit CJ’s site and checkout our highlights from an awesome week! -mrh
Chemistry Jobs Roundtable. Day 4 December 16, 2010 Talk about a couple really tough acts to follow. CJ, Leigh and Paul set a really high standard with their posts, and reader response has been phenomenal. Introduction As CJ put it so eloquently in Monday’s post: “we are the grist”. PIs advance their own careers by taking on as many students as they can. They do this to maximize the amount of papers they can publish, which they need in order to get that next grant. Rinse. Spit. Repeat. Collectively, we produce PhDs while neglecting to even take into consideration what we’re going to do with them once they have their degrees. But really, research money is what all PIs are after. It is the way we advance our careers. (We’re having a discussion right now in my department about tenure and promotion. The biggest point of contention is over research … Continue reading
Continues today with a discussion on academic tenure by Paul over at ChemBark. Paul’s scathing report and the discussion flowing from it can be found here.
Continues today with a discussion about just how many chemistry PhD’s we’re producing over on Leigh’s CE&N blog Leigh’s excellent post and discussion can be found here.
Starts today with a post on “The Science Gap” (trained scientists vs demand for those scientists) over at Chemjobber The post and discussion can be found here. Go join in the fun!! -mrh
The thighmaster: neither a thigh, nor master. Discuss. December 07, 2010 It’s like the SNL skit, Coffee Talk… Dorothy Parker: famous wit and salon participant. Now I turn to the internet to find my muse and to reach out into the community of “thinkers”. So let’s talk about TED. As many of you know, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. TED began in 1984 as a nonprofit “devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading” and has since broadened its scope to include 2 annual conferences in California, a TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, and multiple sites broadcasting the best performances/TEDTalks online for free. The idea is simple: bring together the world’s most passionate thinkers and inspired doers and give them 18 minutes to explain themselves in the most interesting ways possible. These conferences have captivated the attention of millions of viewers and spawned programs such as the TED Open Translation Project … Continue reading
What can we do for you? November 15, 2010 Carl Zimmer wrote a feature for the New York Times Science section recently titled, “Voices: What’s Next in Science.” Well, that’s certainly a big question. Zimmer interviewed ten scientists from various fields (space science, conservation, game design, ocean science, climate change, genomics, engineering, neuroscience, biotechnology, and mathematics). Their responses are very directed and specific (as you might expect their comments to be … they are scientists for heaven’s sake). Actually, I have a feeling that Zimmer pressed them to be concrete. It’s a great read. And, I am always fascinated when the world’s top scientists are talking about where they think the future of research is headed. Taking off on a somewhat related theme, one of last week’s biggest topics in the science-interweb-bloviating world (which you guys are sure to know that I am a huge fan of) is the degree … Continue reading