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ACS Presidential Candidate Donna Nelson on #chemjobs issues
Posted in Chemjobber

I recently sent an e-mail to Professor Donna Nelson, who is currently running for the ACS President-Elect position to see if she was interested in answering last year's questions for ACS presidential candidates. Here is a portion of the e-mail I sent: Below are the questions that my readers and I have come up with. If you need any clarification, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I will run your unedited response as soon as you give me permission to (and not a moment before!)  1....

 
ACS Presidential Candidate Peter Dorhout on #chemjobs issues
Posted in Chemjobber

I recently sent an e-mail to Professor (and dean) Peter Dorhout, who is currently running for the ACS President-Elect position to see if he was interested in answering last year's questions for ACS presidential candidates.He responded this evening. His unedited response is below:CJ: Which ACS program do you think best helps the job-seeking ACS member? How would you improve it?Prof. Dorhout: Over the past few years, the careers office of ACS has been retooling and refocusing itself after several...

 
Private Astronaut Training Company Picks Spacesuits for Spacewalk Simulator

The company plans to work with Brooklyn-based Final Frontier Design to integrate life support systems into the spacewalk simulator and other training systems. "Our experts looked at several excellent space suit designs along with ways to incorporate these life support systems into our core pre-suborbital program," said Kelly Soich, director of programs and chief payload specialist for Waypoint, in a press release. "In the end, FFD [Final Frontier Design] presented an innovative solution, embodyi...

 
Man Recovers From Ebola in Germany After Routine Intensive Care

One man who contracted Ebola and even had further complications of the infection has now recovered after receiving routine intensive care at a hospital in Germany. The man's case suggests that even if patients do not have access to experimental Ebola drugs, health care workers can still help them recover from the disease, the doctors who treated him wrote in their report of the case. When it comes to treating Ebola patients, "It's supportive care, supportive care, supportive care," Schaffner tol...

 
UK labor law is different, apparently
Posted in Chemjobber

An interesting forward from an anonymous source in the UK: Male Laboratory Technicians, £17,000, Permanent, Guildford I am looking to fill two lab vacancies for a local pharmaceutical company. The company specialises in research and development and is going through a period of growth. This is a great opportunity to begin a scientific career.... ...These positions are only open to male applicants, this is due to the exposure of teratogenic drugs which women should not use.I b...

 
NASA identifies ice cloud above cruising altitude on Titan

NASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles....

 
NASA's Fermi satellite finds hints of starquakes in magnetar 'storm'

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected a rapid-fire "storm" of high-energy blasts from a highly magnetized neutron star, also called a magnetar, on Jan. 22, 2009. Now astronomers analyzing this data have discovered underlying signals related to seismic waves rippling throughout the magnetar....

 
[Immunology] Digital amplification of T cell receptor signals

The kinase PKD2 is activated in T cells of the immune system when a peptide antigen binds to and stimulates the T cell receptor (TCR). Navarro et al. found that low concentrations – [Read More]...

 
[Polymers] Blending polymers with Janus particles

Blending polymers can be difficult because most don't mix with each other. To overcome that incompatibility, a “compatibilizer” can be added, such as one with chains of the two com – [Read More]...

 
Illusions in the cosmic clouds: New image of spinning neutron star

Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space....

 
Skydiver Goes Supersonic in Record-Breaking 'Near-Space Dive'

In a harrowing plunge from the stratosphere, a Google executive broke the world record for the highest-altitude skydive today (Oct. 24). Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, hit supersonic speeds as he fell from more than 25 miles (40 kilometers) above New Mexico, smashing the altitude record that Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner set two years ago with his famous Red Bull Stratos "space jump." Eustace's epic feat was orchestrated by the Stratospheric Explorer (StratEx)...

 
Ebola by the Numbers: The Size, Spread and Cost of the Outbreak

As the virus spreads in West Africa, a graphic offers a guide to the case count and transmission figures that matter -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Google Exec’s Stratospheric Plunge Breaks World Record

This morning in Roswell, New Mexico, a spacesuit-clad 57-year-old Google executive, Alan Eustace, strapped into a harness beneath a giant helium balloon and lifted off to new heights in the upper... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Ebola vaccines racing forward faster than predicted, but high hurdles remain

At a high-level meeting at WHO, vaccine manufacturers said they might be able to produce more vaccine earlier than they thought...

 
Baffling ballet

Can science explain the flocking habits of starlings?...

 
[Working Memory] Identifying the workhorse of working memory

Working memory allows us to keep behaviorally relevant information in mind over a short period of time. Liu et al. trained mice to remember a smell for a short period after – [Read More]...

 
[Advanced Imaging] From single molecules to embryos in living color

Animation defines life, and the three-dimensional (3D) imaging of dynamic biological processes occurring within living specimens is essential to understand life. However, in vivo imaging, – [Read More]...

 
[Plant Cell Division] Actin reins in plant cell division

When plant cells divide, they must make a new cell wall between the daughter cells. Microtubules of the mitotic spindle generate a structure called the phragmoplast, which helps cells – [Read More]...

 
[Glaciers] When winter snowfall trumps summer melting

Glaciers in the Karakoram region of Asia are maintaining—or even gaining—mass, in contrast to those in the nearby Himalayas and over the rest of the world, despite global warming. Why – [Read More]...

 
Google boss sets new skydive record

Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner....

 
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