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11/22/14
Watch-Outs. 74. Personal Marketing, Sustainability, and Bacterial encoding of chemical exposures
Filed under: Position Searching, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 4:02 pm

We spoke over lunch, a colleague and I, where she mentioned
one of her resolutions was to do more external committed
networking
.  That is, reach out to those outside her current
firm.  This reminded me of an appropriate article by Jean
Cummings on “avoiding short term thinking.”

A second offering here is for those who do not often
read books about Global leadership and out of the WSJ.
As scientist we should be aware of these perspectives and
less tunnel-visioned by single issues.  Pursuing true
national energy self-sustainability as a way to regain stable
global leadership is not a single issue but a mission with
many objectives.

A third consideration is how the DNA of bacteria in our gut
are genetic recorders of chemical history and exposures.

MID-CAREER PERSONAL MARKETING
SOURCE:  J. Cummings, 10-13-14, Don’t let short term
thinking derail your career
.
Jean has created a list of things mid-career technical
people who realize the higher you go up the pyramid the
fewer the suitable positions you would qualify for and
be happy doing.  She lists personal marketing goals and
shorter term objectives and development plans that would
be worth investing in.  As she mentions it may help avoid
a train wreck, due to unexpected changes.

SUSTAINABILITY
SOURCES:  E. Schoeniger, WSJ 11-19-14, p. B5
Sustainability:  Biofuel finally breaks through
and W. K. Clark, “Don’t wait for the next war:  A strategy
for American Growth and Global Leadership

E Schoeniger wrote another in a series of pull-out ad
pieces documenting how biodiesel continues to be
a significant component of fuels for the transportation
sector.  It has a large economic and environmental
impact despite its relative size compared to petro-fuels.
This is where Wesley Clark’s controversial book comes
in.  Clark posits that America needs a coherent vision
and strategy that addresses the underlying military-
industrial-financial dilemma of our age– dependence
on OPEC and China.  Technology now is ready “to
climb this mountain”… where it was not 40 years ago.

This is where science technology and engineering
careers will be.

BACTERIA TO STORE EXPOSURES
SOURCE:  Science Digest 11-13-14
Via SLAS Alert Bacteria become genomic tape recorders
recording chemical exposures in their DNA

There is something fundamental about this recent report of
storing information about our personal exposures in
the DNA of our Microbiome.  Lu explores and devises
a strategy to record, store and play back chemical
exposures.
It is amazing how our microbiome plays a significant role
in our health.  And to think much of this direction came from
finding that a bacterium was responsible for stomach and
intestinal ulcers.
Original citation:  Farazadfard, Lu, Science 2014 346 6211
Genomically encoded analog memory with precise in
vivo DNA writing in living cell populations

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