Bigger News

January 30, 2011

I’m in! A little less than a week ago, I received the first acceptance email. After the suspense of a seemingly indefinite wait, and uncertain outcomes, it’s a good, relieving feeling to know I’ll be going somewhere next year. Now I just need to hear back from everywhere else so I can start planning the North American tour dates…

More importantly, this means I’ll have ample blog/’job’ security for a few more years…

Actually… speaking of the ‘tour dates,’ does flying business class on Southwest constitute a “reasonable travel expense?” Nothing says you’re a rockstar like preferred boarding, a free drink coupon, and double frequent flyer points.

Actually…speaking of free drink coupons, I spent the weekend celebrating grad school, the blog news, and for the sake of celebrating. Although it’s well into the evening, my head still feels weird. It’s as if the quiet, but constant rumble of the fume hood was encased in my brain… all. day. Considering the circumstances, I’m ok with it. And for next time, here’s some drinking guidelines set forth by the RSC. Really.


Big News

January 30, 2011

Chemjobber does it again! Really, he couldn’t be better at what he does – even if he’s not even specifically trying.

Way back when he cross posted info about my search for grad schools, I got much more than I bargained for.* An editor of C&EN came across my blog, enjoyed the ‘Chiral Jones Experience,’™ and contacted me with interest in picking me up over at CENtral Science. Of course, I played it coy and said “I like the idea very much,” instead of “no sh’t, I want to blog for C&EN!” I blurted out when I originally read her email. In retrospect, I think my original response would have been equally well received, but, you know… ‘Best foot forward” and all…

We’ve exchanged plenty of emails, discussed different aspects of the new blog, including the  possibility of a co-blogger, etc, etc. After confirmation from the C&EN High Council, the news is finally official enough to post here! So here are the deets:

Yes, I’ll be blogging for C&EN! The majority of my operations will take place over there, but I’ll cross post things back here from time to time, and maybe post some random things here if they don’t necessarily fit in with things over at C&EN. You know, quick posts like “Hey, I think this paper is cool, you should check it out” that aren’t necessarily a full “post,” more a glamorized tweet (tumbl, as I hear they’re called, but I neither tweet nor tumbl), and maybe incriminating happy hour pics. OK, especially incriminating happy hour pics.

Yes, I’ll be picking up a padawan-blogger! I’ll let him introduce himself at the new digs, but I’ll say that he’s a junior, and he’s generally pretty awesome. He’s doing more of a chemical biology thing, and wants to get a little more into synthesis. (lucky kid has never even had to run a column!) I’m glad to have him on-board, as our interests complement each other quite nicely. (Chemical biology looking to do a little more synthesis vs. Synthesis looking to do a little more chemical biology.)

We actually don’t have a name yet… but we’re working on that. Worst case scenario, we’re going to mash-up names of other successful blogs. Something like: The Totally Carbon-Based Pipeline Button. Which… actually isn’t as terrible as I had imagined. So that’s an option, too.

We start as soon as we get the paperwork, and the name thing sorted out. Guesstimation: about a week.

Full details forthcoming!

*Actually, I didn’t bargain at all, so I suppose receiving anything is more than I bargained for…