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08/21/19
Hot buttons. 7. Cell phone hacking/identity theft
Filed under: Recent Posts, Mature professionals, Legal matters, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 7:50 am

 Reader, whether on cell phone, laptop, tablet or
desk top, you may have a general preference, or not.  Yet,
most will use your cell phones for many communication
and data managing.  In fact you may even control
experiments via cell phones.

.
This post is not offering a recommendation for your choice.
It is aimed at alerting you to the real problem of losing
control of your identity by making public your cell phone
number.  
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This is something you should carefully limit, like giving
out your id or password.
.
Online hackers are targeting cell phone numbers increasingly
as their use for many things increases.  An article by M.
Stokes highlights a half dozen items that may signal your
cell phone number has been hacked– shorter battery life,
interrupted performance, increased data use, uninitiated
calls or texts from your phone, and mysterious pop-ups and
activity.
-
The Stokes article outlines very nicely how you can be 
trapped into a cell phone hacking situation.  It is worth
reading.
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08/11/19
Hot Buttons. 6. “Subscription Model” has taken over choices
Filed under: Recent Posts, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 7:41 am

Do you reckon how many situations you “choose” to accept
a subscription?  Your yearly membership in ACS– subscription
[how many years have you been a member?] , Marriott hotel
chain ‘elite’ member, Netflix subscription, Amazon ‘prime’,
New York Times online subscription, journal subscriptions
(both personal and institution).  Business has adopted the
model that individuals do not ‘own’ things, memberships,
and even personal items.  It is evolving to ‘things-as-a service.’

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Tien Tzu and others have indicated a change to the time
dimension.
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Forbes covered the subscription model in some detail showing
how they use AI and collect and parse your personal data for
increased sales without human interaction.
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Marketing is different for ownership and subscription models.
Ownership is driven by getting you interested in one time 
purchase.  Whereas subscription marketing has 
  -streamlined purchasing, with the company knowing
everything about you
  -advertised easier returns and breaking off subscription,
if satisfaction is not met 
  -with the aim to keep you as a subscriber, there a regular
upgrades and improvements, new content and features
  -many subscription services allow you to pick specific
items for your needs and wants.
.  
Know that the chemical enterprise is already deeply 
involved in the subscription model.  R&D is likely to
be headed there.
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07/29/19
Hot buttons. 5. Where do you get reliable data, information and conclusions?
Filed under: Recent Posts, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 1:56 pm

It is just as hard now, as it was in the past, to assess reports
of data.  In the past, one would have to wait until there was
enough sample size using the specific question.  So often
now we need to assess the bias inherent in the source.

.
[If data is published in peer reviewed journals by a variety
of established authors, it is likely worth using the results and
conclusions.   What must be factored in is that publications support
awarding of grants and promotions.  Publications represent
a time-honored path.  Things can be proven wrong, but rarely
do these kinds of results find the light of day.]
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Think about business news or about scientific data, hypotheses
and conclusions in “news.”  So much is hampered by bias from
various sources.  In science, we speak about the importance of
controls or control charts and sample size.  The logic of
conclusions and validity of models also play essential roles.
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There is an equivalence in the non-scientific world of looking
at ‘news cycles’ and marketing of ideas.  In addition, we are 
encouraged to realize the emotional content and repeat frequency
with catchy easy phrases that sway human thinking when there
is not an equally persuasive rebuttal.
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There was a time when audiences believed that there was an
editor and fact checker for what is reported in media.  It seems
like this is no longer the case as the money driven enterprises
seek ready-viewers and ready-readers.  So common now
summaries of habits miss that dimension.
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Example:  A key ingredient of the lead or initial paragraph
states the interpretation of polls .  Polls represent timely, novel,
 and 
conflict-ridden, meeting standards of newsworthiness.
Nonetheless, polls depend on the question raised, options of
answers, the sample size and variety, timing and context.  
They are of a different “reality.”
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Readers should be encouraged to use our science tools
to report, consume and believe the news we pay attention to.
It is of high value to highlight journalism best practices 
using the scientific method.
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07/22/19
Hot buttons. 4. Stress in Grad School, Post-doc, and Career Positions
Filed under: Recent Posts, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 2:17 pm

Debilitating illness related to stress may not happen to you
for a long time.  It happened to me, a Ph.D. after 3 1/2 years
of grad school with 3 hot offers a month after my defense and
a meaningful 44 year career in three major fields and an
unbelievable post career retirement.  

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Working out at a gym on an elliptical machine, I fainted (medical
term syncope) because blood did not get to my brain due to
blocked arteries.  Ends up a cardiac cathetarization found
blockage in my main artery in the heart leading to open heart
triple bypass surgery.  That was a year ago and resulted in a
major life change.  Back to near normal again, thankfully.
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What did I learn?
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Take care of yourself.  Manage your diet, weight, physical exercise,
annual physical.  Even that is not enough, for I did that.  There are
genetic contributions but it is occurring more and more frequently
as we live longer.
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Family and friendships make all the difference.  I believe it is
part of taking care of yourself by looking after others in your
close circle.  The stresses I see grad students point out are real.  It
is important to factor that element into your career path choice. 
 [Credit UC-Davis for recognizing this.]
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Time management and organization.  To me it seems to start with
goal setting and prioritization.  Whether it is in grad school, post-
doc, or ina part time or full time career path position, figure out what
it is you wish to attain or grow or benefit from your effort. 
Recognize any significant goal requires effort.  The higher the goal,
can say something to others about you.
Work hard to develop strong personal relations with your adviser,
supervisor and mentors.  Your success is part of what they wish for
as well.  Share your goals with them and ask for advice.  You will
be surprised by how you can be helped.  Then when it is your turn,
pay it forward to others.
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Stress is a root cause of diseases.  WebMD points our eight stress
inducing medical issues:
  •   Heart disease. …
  •   Asthma. …
  •   Diabetes. …
  •   Headaches. …
  •   Depression and anxiety. …
  •   Gastrointestinal problems. …
  •   Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Other conditions related to stress include:
  •   The common cold. …
  •   Weight gain. …
  •   Slower healing. …
  •   Sleep dysfunction. …
  •   Depression. …
  •   Ulcers and other stomach problems. …
  •   Back, neck and shoulder pain.
Don’t take things for granted.!   Recognize subtle things
happen when you are stressed and it may not happen 
instantly.
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07/11/19
Hot Buttons. 3. Women in Scientific Leadership Roles
Filed under: Recent Posts, Mentoring, Leadership, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 10:12 am

In the days in mid-20th century, women were a smaller
fraction of class members in math, geology, chemistry,
and physics
classes in many departments.  This population
dynamic resulted in fewer women in scientific leadership
(decision-making) roles.

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Implementation of programs to reach more representative
fraction of balance in leadership can benefit from thoughtful
attention, like Melinda Gates book 
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women
Changes the World
She argues that there are unseen benefits by broadening
the equality balance.  While many organizations feel it is
nice to do but do not sense the “pipeline” permits more of
the perceived minority.  In fact it is quite analogous to people
of non-Americans natives in emerging industries– their
different approaches and perspectives offers great benefits. 
It often starts with men and men in families.
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Ms. Gates writes about how Bill Gates driving his children
to school a couple of days a week moved other families
to share the transportation task in their families as well.
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06/14/19
Watch-Outs. 110. H3+, High Pressure elements, Retractions
Filed under: Recent Posts, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 6:07 am

One issue of C&EN contained several noteworthy items.

The first of three was appropriately tri-hydrogen ion reported
a half dozen years ago by Michele Pavanello in Phys. Rev. Lett.
The story about the incidental discovery of the spectral
profile led to identification of this ion’s significance in
interstellar chemistry. (p. 18 of issue)
.
Martin Rahm’s group continues to reveal interesting changes
in properties of elements at higher pressures.  It changed 
my thinking just like hyperconjugation did when I was
an undergraduate.  You mean elements have different 
reactivities at higher pressures!  Wow.  (p. 11 of issue)
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The article on retractions caught my attention (p. 16)
since that is related to a significant topic in my 
Professionalism course.  We had exercises, both intentional
and unintentional, on ethics, behaviors and what to do
if you observe something.  Plagiarism heads the list of 
root causes of retractions and one item that the article
missed that is quite important is that there are truth telling
plagiarism detection software that are free and have
a cost that everyone who writes for an audience should
be aware of.  Several instances I have remarked on 
assignments that the work looks like a copy from 
another author, would you like to put things in your own
words?
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05/26/19
Gig Economy. Scientific Writing Editing Review
Filed under: Recent Posts, Position Searching, Mature professionals, Legal matters, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 6:12 am

Say, you have strong technical writing skills in English.
Say, you have time (more than 4 hours a day) and credentials
that clearly show proven skills in improving technical
communications.

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Well, there is a need, that some societies promote, is available
It is an interesting avocation for some, but I am not advocating
it.  As I contacted an excellent technical writer to seek her 
“take” on this proposal.  As an article by Joanne Chen observes,
while many people look at on-site reviews for determining
a purchase decision, objective assessment from a trusted 
colleague will do better for you.
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I shared Enago’s offering with Lisa Balbes and bring up several
of her noteworthy comments.  The remuneration is sub-standard, 
sometimes it is not equitable and not timely, the feedback on
performance can seem arbitrary, without recourse..  Other,
online reviews also point out caution.
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She wisely points out that payment in advance and individual
contracts with stated expectations can avoid many troubles.
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05/20/19
Job Loss, Job Search and Retirement
Filed under: Recent Posts, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Technicians, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 10:58 am

Now looking in the rear view mirror on this, it is possible
to offer a perspective.

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One of the key things is to join and participate in professional
societies.  This was a strong recommendation of a former
boss at Exxon Research, Jim Amick.  Our conversations led me
to pursue roles that might provide experience in leadership and
networking.  It was not broadly spoken about at my first two
positions and it was not easy to get approval to attend meetings.
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Yet when my turn for facing the music of job loss came,
it was my good fortune that managers encouraged me to 
attend a national ACS meeting to participate in the job clearinghouse.
That led to several interviews and offers.
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Weathering the storms of corporate life is mostly being in the
right place at the right time, by good relationship and
skill building.  Accepting roles that are not part of my formal
background did stretch employment longevity.  But looking for
volunteer opportunities 
for the common good– chairing meeting
sessions, reviewing articles, 
volunteering as local section member
at national meetings and then
learning from successes of others
Then, help others pursue their career aspirations.
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As I saw happen to even the most talented colleagues, cut backs occur.
Through no fault of their own I saw many people get “sacked” and 
pick themselves up and resume their career somewhere else.  My
content here is to bring up end of career observations, as are described
in Mark Miller’s article and podcast.  [LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!]
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 - Center for Retirement Research (BC) found 37% retire earlier
(55% fail to reach age 66 target)
 -  one quarter of loss of jobs due to health (UMichigan,
Sanzenbacher)
 -  Workers 55 and older:  unemployment rate 2.6%, but long term
unemployment of >27 weeks, is 26.6%,  [that is, if you get laid off,
recovering is less likely]
 -  Sporadic income is hard to manage, but expecting to reach your
retirement goals set early in life, is getting harder and harder.
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Pointers from Mark Miller
1. Assess your health and employment statistics in viable fields, as
time goes on.  
2. Create interim plans including health care insurance and alternate
income streams that match outflows.
3. Fees and costs of retirement accounts.  Look for financial advisers
who pursue your goals [interview several and don’t just depend on
robo-investing]
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04/17/19
Habits. Top four that enhance your self esteem
Filed under: Recent Posts, Interviewing, Position Searching, First Year on Job, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 7:06 am

Many times authors write about and speak about habits that
will help you be successful.  As we come to appreciate,
winning and “success” are fleeting until the next event in a
competitive world.

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I enjoy much of what David Brooks writes in his NYT
editorials.  One of the latest is about 2 mountains we face
in our lives–

“If the first mountain is about building up the ego and
defining the self, the second is about shedding the ego and
dissolving the self. If the first mountain is about acquisition,
the second
 mountain is about contribution.

On the first mountain, personal freedom is celebrated
keeping your options open, absence of restraint. But the
perfectly free life is the unattached and unremembered life.
Freedom is not an ocean you want to swim in;  it it a river
you want to cross so that you can
plant yourself on the other
side.
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So the person on the second mountain is making
commitments.  
People who have made a commitment to a
town, a person, 
an institution or a cause have cast their lot

and burned the 
bridges behind them. They have made a
promise without 
expecting
a return. They are all in.

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I can now usually recognize first and second mountain people.

The former have an
ultimate allegiance to self; the latter have
an ultimate allegiance to some
commitment.”
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Supporting this are habits that build self-confidence and
lead to commitment. [taken from ]
1.  delay celebration and develop a ‘reserve capacity’ to persist
2.  make choices and have the mental agility to have a back-up
if first choice does not work
3.  organize details, set priorities and understand root causes
of shortcomings
4.  be kind even in the face of rudeness, bitterness and
unhappiness

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04/12/19
Update on Financial Record-keeping
Filed under: Recent Posts, First Year on Job, Mature professionals, Technicians, Legal matters, Observ. Trends, Undergraduate majors
Posted by: site admin @ 6:13 am

Fidelity Investments highlighted a Kiplinger article suggesting how long to keep hard-copy and/or virtual files of financial records.

See here .
Surprises include:  Keep for 3 years records of spending using withdrawals from health spending and 529 accounts.
                               Keep for 6 years records of self-employed business income and expenses.

       Keep indefinitely records of final tax returns.  (I guess this is where it might be handy to have something like Fidelity Investments, FIDSAFE .) 
                                Keep Home purchase and home improvement documents, taxable account investment documents
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03/27/19
International Travel. New requirements
Filed under: Recent Posts, Interviewing, Job Offer (Situations), Mentoring, Mature professionals, Legal matters, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 9:36 am

Are you planning international travel in the future?

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I know when I was in grad school, the situation came 
up that had me travel to several European countries.
Emergencies happened and we had to cut it short.
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An article, Think you only need a passport? 
WSJ  3-27-2019 by Scott McCartney
should be read, as it includes great trips:
 - make sure your passport is valid for at least another
6 months from the end of your travel
 - carry extra passport photos with white background.
[remember AAA offers photos– free for some members]
 - carry at least $50 cash for on-the-spot visa fees
 - register with the state department’s Smart Traveler
Enrollment Program STEP for contact with updates
 - carry a copy of passports, itinerary, birth certificates,
medical prescriptions, credit cards  in case of loss.
 - plan a contact near home who knows where you are
and can help in an emergency 

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03/25/19
Plan S. OPEN ACCESS Journals
Filed under: Recent Posts, Networking, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 1:27 pm

Another area of interest to readers might be journal articles,
where to publish and availability of publications.

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I searched the ACS evolving policy and viewed the page .
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This is an area we should all take note of in consideration
with what is occurring with the rest of the global scientific
community aiming for Open Access by 2020.  See details.
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I was tuned into this by an editorial in Interface by Jannuzzi
who linked to Richard Kiley at University College London
who wrote about the aim of “Plan S” to ensure research that
is publicly funded to be openly available.  As a species we 
face climate change, epidemic preparedness, major disasters.
He wrote of the Liberian government not being aware of
research of the potential impact of an Ebola outbreak. 
If research was openly available and acted upon, some of
the thousands of death could have delayed to their normal
course.
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There is a sizable cost for ACS members to participate in
OA open access.  We can influence this by voicing what is
being done in proactive societies giving its members a
competitive advantage.
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03/16/19
On-Line Platforms. Suggestions from Clint Watts
Filed under: Recent Posts, Leadership, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 5:15 pm

Clint Watts, former FBI agent, wrote a recent book “Messing with
the Enemy” and offers some helpful suggestions.

For your work on Platforms:
1.  Ask whether the benefits outweigh the costs.  Try to
minimize social media.
APP:  Use Moment to monitor your time commitment.
2.  Pop or drop our preference bubbles. 
Know why we ‘like,’ tweet  & share items
3.  Listen or read those who oppose our preferences. 
They provide the needed
reconnaissance for opposites.
4. Pick experts who are good critical thinkers. EOA
  A. they have experience in their field and in the topics they
discuss
  B. they have many observations in their field
  C. they go through a deliberative process (analysis)
to arrive at conclusions.  Structured evaluation, ask questions.
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About where you seek and obtain your news, consider the abbreviation CMPP
.
Competency- source capable of knowing, gathering, and understanding
the information they provide
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Motivation- why is the source providing the information
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 Product- type of information- audio, print, online, video, social. .
Each type conveys different meaning and
impressions of reality.
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 Process of collection-  were sources primary or secondary. 
Was the data selected to favor a position?
Is contrary data considered and tested?

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03/09/19
On-line Platforms. Subtle repositories of metadata
Filed under: Recent Posts, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 11:53 am

As a twist on topics the blog shares, I wish to bring up
an intriguing book that I recommend you read–   ’Zucked-

Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe’ by Roger MaNamee,
Penguin NY 2018.
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Unwittingly, many of us may be the fodder of metadata for
high tech internet operating organizations and platforms.
Then, we further participate and are entranced to follow
what the AI directed algorithms prescribe.
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McNamee writes that the internet technology world follows
predictable patterns.  He points out technology has two rules
of thumb– Moore’s law about integrated circuit packing
density and Metcalfe’s rule about the increasing value of
any network being proportional to the square of the number
of nodes (or members). 
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These result in a philosophy:
-make things appear to be free, effort-less and friction-less 
to make networks and connections engage more often and
build on habits that evolve into addictions
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-promote a libertarian philosophy that prioritizes individuality
over the common good.  Individuals feel good about ambition
and greed.  Disruption, being first and winning becomes an
effective strategy.
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The author highlights the role of the vision, value system
and connections a group of leaders, he calls the “Paypal
Mafia” have succcessfully promoted.  [Named are P. Thiel,
E. Musk, R. Hoffman, M. Levchin and J. Stoppleman]
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McNamee shared the finding that MoveOn.org president
described where FB and Google feeds no longer are subject
neutral but are biased to deliver likeable content and headlines
to engage emotions.  [Ed Pariser]

A real stand out the book offers is a segment on B J.. Fogg
and Persuasion Technology that Silicon Valley firms employ
to compete, grow and prosper.  the result is that the software
designer creates the illusion of user (you and I) control, when
it is the system (and AI) that guides every action.  FB and Google
now include behavioral prediction engines that anticipate our
thoughts and emotions and offer high quality targeting for advertisers. 

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01/15/19
Professional Profiles. 1
Filed under: Recent Posts, Mature professionals, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 9:50 am

This blog entry is aimed at exposing introspection.  Asking what
are each of us are thinking and feeling.  I asked several individuals
if they would be willing to respond to a series of questions.
.

I read an article about goal setting for different personality types
recently and wish to offer an alternative vein of thought.  It starts
with WE CANNOT PREDICT THE FUTURE.  But we can learn
from experience.
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The questions:

1. Describe your title and most enjoyable responsibilities and
tasks?

2. How did you land your current position?

3. What do you believe aided you in enhancing your candidacy?

4. What opportunities and challenges do you see to provide
growth for you?

5. What is your experience for the length of time for positions
before you see people moving on to another professional positions?

7. What are special ways in which you expand you network?

8. What comments do you wish to make for people who are
graduating or planning on moving on in the next year?

=========================
Starting with the first profile– 

Positions:  Applied Researcher, Rechargeable Batteries,
          Solar Energy, Complex Fluids for technical applications

.              Photographic Chemistry Process
Chemist, Process Safety, Scale-Up, Process Analysis

.            University Adjunct and
Professional Behaviors, Workshop & Seminar Presenter

Personal Style and Responsibilities
My chemistry career span started out with JFK’s “Let’s go to the
moon” message and it was encouraged by summer laboratory research
jobs and honors research projects before grad school.  Grad school
occurred during the Vietnam War escalation and Arab Oil Embargo gas
lines.  My early career style revolved around ‘working harder than
expected,’ experiencing many different things, and being observant for
surprises and opportunities.
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I took in that I had to aim very high and learn from rejection.  Rejection
is not permanent.  That “No:” can often mean ‘not now.’  
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In addition, I need to learn something more  or do something special.
So, to an observer I was an assertive, analytical go-getter who worked
through all four undergraduate years on a straight and narrow path with
purposeful objectives that evolved over my career with changing
circumstances:  family, economy, business prospects, health and longevity.
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That personal strategy operated in a time when fellowships
were a-plenty
and research was well supported.  Economic cycles, competition from
emerging technologies and war time priorities change hiring and support.
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Being ‘dropped’ by one firm opened my eyes to keeping options available
via professional society participation and developing other income streams
for unexpected events.

ADAPT IN MID CAREER

In my first 10 years I was an individual contributor.  I soon learned that
I needed to develop leadership,
communication, and technical breadth for
problem solving skills that employers ‘hand select’ individuals for training. 
Professional
societies and networking offered one alternate way of gaining skills.   
[Began initiatives for the company related to manufacturing efficiency
at university collaborative.  Developed and completed Six Sigma projects
as a black belt master.] 

ASK FOR HELP AND HELP OTHERS

Many times companies do not reward employees for
participating in
professional and technical societies.  Oh, they don’t [surprised?]? 
.
It was interesting that by volunteering to
support as a member-volunteer,
I learned many insider skills, met hundreds of
informative and distinguished
professionals and grew as a professional
scientist.  The more I gave, much
more
did I receive in benefits and experience.
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The mid-career span was quite stressful with long, variable
hours, many
unexpected problems with complex causes, business challenges—take-overs,
mergers, change of managers and business objectives, and bankruptcies.
[Be thankful, express appreciation and optimism.]
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I started interviewing for ‘other positions’ about five years
after graduate
school.  Learned thant not having the experience
and training for managing
and leadership slotted me for only entry level roles.  I perhaps stayed too long
for career  advancement purposes at my applied research positions.  That
was
my background and I did not ask for specific opportunities (Maybe I should
have.).  Staying longer in organizations does provide pensions at the end of
my life span (not a lot, but of some value.  Bankrupt company yield PPGC
insured retirement.  Otherwise, I made some poor investment decisions and
some productive ones.).

MID-CAREER DEVELOPMENTS
.
Rather than exploring permanent positions, which many of my
contemporaries chose and were successful choosing, I pursued professional
society support, participation and leadership roles in mid-career.  In one
situation, I wished to attend a conference 50 miles away
and was unable to
obtain management approval. 
I volunteered to assist workshop AV and
projection in exchange for
registration.  Soon I was offering
workshops
and offered registration, room and board compensation at meetings
around
the country, as long as I could get time off from work.
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Another experience involved a dinner with department faculty where
they
explored offering a graduate level course. 
This led to a decade of productive
activities near the end of my career.  Dozens of former attendees, students
and
consultees have reached out for various support roles to advance their
goals.

CONCLUSIONS
.
There are few things in a technical career better than

achieving your goals.  One of them is
having your goal helping others
maximize their skills.  Another is realizing we are one of a small
group
of people  with a common thread
holding us together.   We do not know

what is in store for the future.  We can
project and guess.  There are
many people
who have freely given of themselves to me that have
made all the difference.  I want to do the same for those who follow
me.
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Second-guessing choices:  No.  I put 110% effort into each of my 
commitments and try not to have regrets.  I have a habit of creating
back-up plans in case we need to go in a different direction.
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Suggestions:  Volunteer for different roles and responsibilities,
especially in professional societies.
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Study successful people and learn their habits.  Read biographies.  

Learn and adopt worthwhile habits.  Continue to develop communication
skills. in various media.       

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12/29/18
Recommended Reading. 8.
Filed under: Recent Posts, Job Offer (Situations), Leadership, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 9:01 am

1  Norman E. Rosenthal,
THE GIFT OF ADVERSITY:  The Unexpected
 Benefits of Life’s Difficulties, Setbacks and Imperfections.

2.  Ray Dalio  PRINCIPLES Simon and Shuster NY 2017

3.  Edward De Bono SIX THINKING HATS; Revised and
updated Little
Brown and Company Boston 1999
 

4.  Peter Post EMILY POST THE ETIQUETTE ADVANTAGE
IN BUSINESS 
PERSONAL SKILLS FOR
PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS William Morrow 2014 

HarperCollins NY

5.  Robert Sapolsky, BEHAVE:  THE BIOLOGY OF HUMANS AT OUR
BEST AND WORST
Penguin Press NY
  2017

6.  Amy Chua POLITICAL TRIBES:  GROUP INSTINCT AND THE FATE OF
NATIONS
Penguin Press, NY 2016

7.  Sherry Turkle RECLAIMING CONVERSATION:  THE POWER OF TALK
IN A DIGITAL AGE, Penguin
NY 2015

8.  Michael Breus THE POWER OF WHEN:  DISCOVER YOUR CHRONOTYPE
AND THE BEST TIME TO
EAT LUNCH, ASK FOR A RAISE, HAVE SEX, WRITE
A NOVEL AND MORE, Little Brown and
Company NY
  2016R

9.  Daniel Pink WHEN THE SCIENTIFIC SECRETS OF PERFECT TIMING

Riverhead Books NY 2018

10.  Malcolm Nance THE
PLOT TO HACK AMERICA Skyhorse
Publishing NY 2016

11.  Steve Sashihara, THE OPTIMIZATION EDGE:  REINVENTING DECISION
MAKING TO MAXIMIZE ALL
YOUR COMPANY’S ASSETS, McGraw Hill NY 2011

12.  Peter Bruce Andrew Bruce, PRACTICAL STATISTICS FOR DATA
SCIENTIST
O’Reilley Media 2017

13.  Malcolm Nance THE PLOT TO DESTROY DEMOCRACRACY Hatchette 2017
NY

14.  Yuval Noah Harari 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21st CENTURY,
Spiegel & Grau NY 2018

15.  Carl Zimmer A PLANET OF VIRUSES 2ND EDITION
University of Chicago
Press, Chicago London 2015

16.  Steven Brill TAILSPIN: 
THE PEOPLE AND FORCES BEHIND AMERICA’S
50-YEAR FALL-  AND THOSE FIGHTING TO REVERSE IT, Alfred
Knopf NY 2018

17.  Jaron Lanier TEN
ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL
MEDIA ACCOUNTS

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12/03/18
Good Companies List
Filed under: Recent Posts, Interviewing, Position Searching, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians, Observ. Trends, Undergraduate majors, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 1:40 pm

You know, it is hard to come up with a list of firms to
consider applying to.  Sure you can go to your placement
services, whether academic, commercial or governmental,
and see who they cite.

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You can go to fields of specialization where previous people
from your area have landed positions.
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You can take recommendations from mentors who may have
current knowledge.
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As we are seeing, what is important to some people is not as
important to others.  I recall when I began my search, all I
heard was that finding a good post doc was critical after 
grad school.  Then, I had a mock interview with a mentor 
who offered a unique idea of looking for energy related 
fields (now this was in the 70s, just before the time of the 
Arab oil embargo in the US).  So when I was involved with
screening interviews, I accepted all that were offered and I 
could request.  Then part of my decision process involved
determining energy companies.
.
These days business aspects are paramount.  Which firms
have good management, philosophies and practices?  The 
WSJ determined a ranking of 752 firms using Peter Drucker’s
criteria of doing the right things well.  It is well worth taking
a look at the criteria and perhaps digging into the listing to
determine where you might search.  
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It is true that other factors besides this play a role for each 
of us and that we need to define them– company culture,
location, specific fields of interest, and so forth.
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When I perused the list at least half of the top 50 are technology
intensive companies and there are some firms that I had not
known before.  This is valuable and should be of strong 
interest to you.
Look at a number of the companies listed and go to their 
websites.
[Even get a copy of the 12-3-18 issue of the WSJ.]
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09/17/18
Harari. Philosophical implications of Economics of Chemical Industry
Filed under: Recent Posts, Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 1:16 pm

No body knows what will happen in the future  Yuval Harari
describes in his books and in podcasts.   [See “21 Lessons for
the 21st Century”].  The twin revolutions of information
technological disruptions and biotechnology could restructure
more than economies and societies, but also our own bodies
and thinking.

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He finds jobs in the future will be robust if they retain a menial
and creative element.  Yet, so much of professions can be data 
managed, searched and automated.  
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We are seeing a real “AI arms race”, led by remotely controlled
autonomous weapons.  It is rapidly leading to invading human
decision making,
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Technological disruption_engineers are taking over.  
Ethicists and  philosophers are being lost, but incredibly missed
and needed alongside technological development.
Technologies provide immense positive outcomes, but there
can be unintended consequences and bad actors are even more likely.
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We must remain very skeptical, questioning ideas and choices.
and defend and uphold a legal system that protects people.
There is human suffering and we must know it happens.
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07/13/18
Watch-Outs. 109. Brush-Offs, Neutrinos and Electrochemical Synthesis
Filed under: Recent Posts, Public Relations docs, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 6:34 am

This entry was all set to go then a terrific article on
travel came across my screen.  Let me start there …

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Fidelity broadcasted a comprehensive article containing
travel tips that many would be advised to take heed of.
1.  Plan for the unexpected.  Medical emergencies, 
Cutting short your travel.  Natural phenomena.
2.  Know what to do in an emergency.  Contact list.
Have it available wherever you are.
3.  Get your home, auto, finances in order and secured.
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Now to the entry.  WSJ editorial page had a
Andy Kessler 
article on “brushoffs”
.  It is an eye-opener
and worth reading, especially if the reader is early in
their career.
There are “tells” [poker analogy):  
-Pres. Clinton telling people he liked their tie.
-Person takes a call in the middle of a meeting.
-Person asks to have the material sent to office and follow
up.  No follow-up occurs.
-Person takes your business card and picks his teeth with it.
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Neutrinos detected by a series of astronomical devices
confirming a source as a “blazar” the first known source of
extraterrestrial gamma rays.  this is the beginning of high 
energy neutrino astronomy.  This nerdy finding is like
gravitational particles and other recent discoveries that 
may introduce new concepts in science and applications.
(think:  x-rays, isotopes, DNA)
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Using Electrochemistry to perform organic synthesis.
A half dozen authors reviewed advances in organic synthesis
that is energy and environmentally efficient in
Aldrichimica 
Acta  PP 3ff
.  They provide experimental essentials and dozens
of documented examples.  This could be a resource for
your research notebook.
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06/30/18
Economics of the chemical enterprise. 5. Moat Nation of Steven Brill
Filed under: Recent Posts, Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Legal matters, Observ. Trends, Undergraduate majors, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 7:08 am

Steven Brill outlines the changes that have occurred
triggering the financialization of the chemical enterprise
that we have highlighted through the work of Rana Faroohar 

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Brill points out that business today has taken on a new meritocracy
with a “get rich quick” philosophy that works through cut-throat
tactics  and the flooding of political influence money that no 
longer prioritizes the common good, but “win at any cost” for
the privileged few.
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The resulting model finds successful businesses protected by
“moats” that shield off predators.  Moats he describes as good
product lines, great reputations, predominant market share and 
sterling management who hire the best of the best teams that
savvy investors will seek out. 
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More and more we see AI and robotics impinge on human
roles.  So in addition to seeking cognifying roles in our careers, 
consider what John Meacham has urged
  - do practical work in the political sphere employing your highest
principles
   - respect and insist on true facts and deploy reason (avoid 
dictators who lie frequently assuming that repetition will lead to
concurrence)
   - keep history in mind.
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Just doing chemistry is not enough for professionals.


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