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08/26/20
TIP Beware Passport Renewal Scam
Filed under: Recent Posts, Mentoring, Legal matters, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 1:50 pm

Several sites recommend looking in to your passport expiration
date.  If less than a year, now it may be a good time for there are
concerns that delays may be in store.

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One of us was close to that timing and googled passport renewal.
She went to the site and printed the form with her data.  At the
bottom of the page was a form to pay a fee.  ALERT.  There is NO
fee for the passport renewal form DS-82!  She paid it and learned
that it was a scam.
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https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/07/avoid-international-travel-document-scams
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Our immediate action was to contest the credit card charge (which also
had a foreign transaction fee included.  This is a further sign that it is
a bogus charge.).  Please be alert and not deceived by this.  
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There is a fee for a new US passport and renewal.  [$110′  It is
sent to the passport renewal address.
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08/25/20
TIP Communicating Your Science
Filed under: Recent Posts, Position Searching, Mentoring, First Year on Job, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 8:43 am

It is not enough to do good research on topics of interest and
importance.   You need to formulate a strategy to present your
work so that it is read by a wider  audience and referenced
as a meaningful contribution.

S. Muransky contributed a thoughtful piece on considerations
https://axial.acs.org/2017/04/24/highly-read-chemistry-research/
including:

-  attractive title”\
-  storytelling introduction providing implications 
-  broad access (I am a supporter of open-access.  Also, provide
independent links in your online presence sites to google docs,
for example.)
outreach (this is not often promoted in science communities.)
The author wrote:
“…seek out readers.  …Reach out to potential audiences…
It is important to take the time to help a general audience 
understand the bigger picture of whatever you do …social media,
local media, professional media.”
Broad outreach can yield interviews and support future attempts
to scientific collaboration and application.

  
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08/11/20
TIP Job Loss Follow up actions
Filed under: Recent Posts, Position Searching, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 4:58 pm

We are into the 6th month of the Pandemic that affects
all industries and the chemical enterprise, including
universities and funded research.  While I could list several
things to do,

The ACS does a creditable job in the following link.
https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/careers/jobsearch/jobloss/coping-with-job-loss.pdf
Please consider three related things regardless of what stage
your career is in?
  1.  Be prepared for a job loss or unexpected job change.  
Regularly line up your public relations documents and digital
presence.
  2.   Continue to learn new skills and expand your abilities
new and emerging areas, in-demand strength areas and areas
where you know or have been advised you need improvement.
  3.   Extend a helping hand to others.  Let them know you are 
there for them.  Work hard at it, as it is amazing how much this 
will mean no matter where you are in your career growth path.
[mentor others, offer strong recommendations, promote people
for honors, awards and honorary designations, if you are authoring
a technical journal article consider mentioning recognition of 
a teacher or mentor]
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