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07/16/13
Watch-outs 44. Lithium battery fires, BYOD with LiMS, Case study questions and Feedback from interviews
Filed under: Interviewing, Recruiters, Legal matters, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 12:06 pm

Since we use rechargeable lithium batteries in so many
places, chemists, material scientists and engineers should
understand a little about the 787 lithium battery issue.
A trend that is happening right before our eyes is BYOD.
So a series of sensible questions connecting to LIMS
is shared.  A case is made for case study interviews and
a limited trend in getting feedback from interviews
is uncovered.

787 LITHIUM BATTERY FAILURE MECHANISM
SOURCE:  A. Heller, Interface 22(2), 35(2013)
While the ACS is a forum for chemical science, I am troubled
when letters to the editor are not technically reviewed.  (See
C&EN 6-17-13, p. 4 by A. B. Lees)  A noteworthy comment that
all chemists who have interest in and concerns about the Boeing
787 lithium battery problem.  A respected power systems
expert, A. Heller, has proposed a meaningful strategy and
most plausible mechanism for the lithium-ion battery with
carbon anode and LiCoO2 cathode problems being dendrite
formation at low temperatures
.  Keep the battery as warm as
the passengers.  ECS Interface 22(2), 35 (2013), first issued
online 3-25-13. [The G. S. Yuasa-Boeing Li-Ion Battery:  Test
it at a low temperature and keep it warm in flight.]

LIMS MOBILITY QUESTIONS
SOURCE:  E. Winstanley, Amer. Labor.45(6), 26-7(2013)
LIMS MOBILITY:  The new frontier
Mobile devices BYOD used in laboratory settings are a trend
that is happening rapidly.  The author outlines key questions:
- LIMS use industry-standard software, up-to-date?
htmls, Javascript
- LIMS can interface with modern browsers and on mobile
applications?
- Mobile applications work with camera, GPS and facilitate
barcode scanning?
- same code and operating system independent of user
platform– desktop, tablet, laptop, phone?

PROBLEM BASED LEARNING
SOURCE:  J. Donnelly, Photonics Spectra 2013
Many resume reviewers and interviewers cannot
tell from the documents and standard questions
whether candidates can solve problems, communicate
effectively or critically think and collaboratively
solve issues.  As a result, more and more situations
are finding case study questions and interviews where
this is posed.  It helps to have problem based learning
as the New England Board of Higher Education
began in 2006 and has been further applied in the
Photonics field.

FEEDBACK FROM INTERVIEWS
SOURCE:  L. Weber, WSJ 6-5-13, p. B6 “Didn’t
get the job?  You’ll never know why

Although reported that things may be changing,
but it may be just recruiters who give feedback
on interview performance.  More typical:
“Once you cross the line between objective and
subjective, it gets very, very challenging…. and
many firms that want to provide feedback have
their hands tied by company lawyers.”

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