2/14/2007

Well, I'm applying for the C&EN summer internship. Wish ol' Excimer luck, unless, of course, you are also applying. In which case, I really wouldn't worry about my application.

17 comments:

Mitch said...

Good luck!

Mitch

milkshake said...

Without trying to be mean (it comes to me naturally) I would say that you cannot go wrong with this kind of internship - the only possible consequence of your writing would be that the value and quality of C&EN improves dramaticaly...especialy if they let you participate in the most useful sections of C&EN - the 'jobs available' sections and the adverts for boronic acids.

Excimer said...

yeah, those boronic acid ads just won't be the same after I'm done with them.

milkshake said...

It would be worthwhile experience and it would look good on your resume so please go for it - I was poking fun of C&EN, not you.

Beth Halford said...

Good luck!

(I'm afraid I have no inside information on the internship to offer.)

If you decide you're interested in science writing, I would also recommend you apply for the AAAS mass media science and engineering fellowship. Unfortunately it's too late to apply for 2007. But it's worth waiting for.

For me, the fellowship was absolutely critical in making the transition from scientist to writer (although it sounds like not everyone would agree I've made the leap). It was hard work, but it was so much fun.

Excimer said...

milkshake,

I wasn't kidding. Those boronic acids won't know what hit them.

Ψ*Ψ said...

Remind me to keep you well away from my Suzukis.

Chemgeek said...

I love C&EN. I will admit it. I am a C&EN junkie. First the News of the Week section. Then to the Science and Technology section with the orange-brown-poop colored header... Rezally, what color is that?

Anyways, I will look forward to seeing "Excimer" listed as author. If you are good enough, you may be able to compete with Stu Borman as my favorite C&EN correspondent.... my god!!! I am a nerd!!

Good luck on the app!

Naffer said...

If you get it I'll finally get around to joining the ACS

Ψ*Ψ said...

I pretty much read C&EN religiously...except all the biological stuff.
It would be pretty awesome if Excimer got in. I fear for the boronic acids, though...

Chemgeek said...

What's wrong with the biological stuff? It's all carbon-based (mostly).

Paul said...

Good luck. You should construct your CV such that you are "a senior founding editor of Carbon-Based Curiosities, one of the Internet's premier chemistry blogs."

I am also a C&EN junkie (as if it wasn't obvious). I loved the recent feature articles on olefin metathesis. I've never seen such a high concentration of metathesis-related ads in one magazine. I also religiously read the obits, so that I can see how old I can expect to live and what I will die of (cancer, cancer, cancer). If you look at this week's issue, there is a guy named "Paul Becher" who died. That's too close for comfort.

Anonymous said...

Once upon a time I made 10 g of fresh tetrakis and bottled 0.5 g in each of 20 bottles under nitrogen. I went on a sabbatical and put them in a freezer. When I got back I had 20 bottles of 20 different colors from green through yellow to brown.

Ψ*Ψ said...

I joke with my med-school-bound friends that they get to cure my cancer.

Anonymous said...

Do you guys feel that organic chemists are necessarily doomed to early death?? I have heard of people commenting that organic chemists actually live somewhat longer than the average lifespan. Plus, the majority of folks from the days of mercury in the sink and free-flowing carbon tet and benzene lived to a relatively ripe old age.

Meh. I suppose I would rather take that calculated risk and do something I love than rather be in a sterile cubicle and live to 90, albeit bored and stale.

milkshake said...

Ad if not...well at least something will be here after we are gone. The standard HeLa cancer cell line is still growing strong, long after its donor departed this world.

Carmen Drahl said...

Best of luck! I'd also recommend joining the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), if you haven't already.