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Derek Lowe The 2002 Model

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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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October 1, 2009

Traffic Record

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Posted by Derek

By the way, I just wanted to thank everyone who's been stopping by here. Traffic for last month broke all records: 260,000 visits, 350,000 page views. And that's not too bad for a site that talks about smelly chemicals and the people who work with them! Much appreciated.

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1. Sili on October 1, 2009 1:15 PM writes...

Well, everybody loves a good poop joke.

Congrats! I hope you get something out it. Or do we need to campaign for the ScienceBorg to swallow you up?

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2. Mark on October 1, 2009 1:21 PM writes...

Congrats Derek!

What I love about your blog is that it's always something relevant AND it comes with insightful, intelligent commentary.

Keep up the good work!


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3. anon the II on October 1, 2009 1:38 PM writes...

Have you thought that it might be from all the out-of-work chemists sitting around with nothing to do as they surf from one dry job site to another? It sort of helps you feel like you're still in the game.

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4. Ed on October 1, 2009 2:05 PM writes...

Hi Derek, can you do a country-by-country rundown?

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5. Noel the Mole on October 1, 2009 2:15 PM writes...

On behalf, and as one of, a likely huge, nameless rabble of science types that enjoy your blog every day, thank you, Derek!! Enjoy those comments, too!

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6. Curious Wavefunction on October 1, 2009 2:32 PM writes...

Great work and keep it up...I cannot think of another drug discovery related blog that meets these standards. And the comments here are also usually very instructive, or at least entertaining (even some of those from the homeopathy cranks)

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7. KNP on October 1, 2009 3:16 PM writes...

Nice! I bet a lot of it came from A couple of your stories made it to the front page in the past couple of weeks(perhaps they have in the past as well?). I was shocked to see one of my favorite blogs being voted up over there. Congrats.

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8. Sean on October 1, 2009 3:28 PM writes...

Congrats! I have been impressed (and as I see now - many others) at your ability to give insights into various chemistry events and issues. Thanks!

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9. d on October 1, 2009 3:53 PM writes...

It is no surprise for the people who have been reading these pages for a while. The well written and intelligent postings and the commentaries from the readers make it a great blog. Congratulations!!!

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10. metaphysician on October 1, 2009 3:56 PM writes...

Hey, I think part of the interest is *because* its a blog about smelly chemicals and the people who use them. ;)

More generally, I think your success can be attributed to the fact that you write better than your competition. Nevermind the topic, your writing style draws the reader in and keeps him interested, even if its discussing chemical esoterica he might not actually understand beforehand.

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11. Cellbio on October 1, 2009 4:23 PM writes...

Thank you Derek! Great stuff, agree with the praise for writing style and significance. I love the pharma perspective and also to be streched to grasp the chemistry issues. My favorite site.

And thanks to all the regular posters, also intelligent witty insightful remarks that add to the quality of the discussion. Not too many sites with this high quality discussion, devoid of the usual ranting.

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12. Paddywhacker on October 1, 2009 5:02 PM writes...

Smelly chemicals are of great interest to many, Derek.

Thanks for this great blog, and thanks too to the intelligent and insightful commentary from knowledgeable readers.

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13. Vader on October 1, 2009 5:23 PM writes...

Love the blog.

Glad it's not about smelly people, and the chemicals who waft from them.

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14. Anonymous on October 1, 2009 5:51 PM writes...

What else are the all unemployed chemists and biologists going to read...........

Actually it is a very good, stimulating and interesting place to read about pharma, chemistry, science and related issues. Kudos to you!

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15. Lucifer on October 1, 2009 6:27 PM writes...

Harvard-style business thinking for you..
Downsizing the Right Way

October 01, 2009

By Sylvia Ann Hewlett

"The layoffs happened on the sixteenth," recalls Tom (not his real name), a survivor of a massive blood-letting at a major financial services firm. Employees learned they were being let go in a glass-walled conference room at the back of the trading floor. "It was like a goldfish bowl. And to make matters worse, when people left the conference room, they had to walk across the trading floor — hundreds of feet — and everyone could see that telltale blue folder with the severance information tucked under their arm and would understand that person had been fired.

...Call it re-employment through re-deployment. Rubey Lynch and her staff searched thousands of job postings within the company to create lists of open positions, customized for each person being let go. Exiting employees were offered preferential "current employee" status if they chose to apply. In addition, Rubey Lynch's staff contacted divisional heads of human resources to let them know which employees from the corporate office were newly available for employment. In tough times, knowing that management cares enough to offer more than a cursory "goodbye and good luck" builds the kind of loyalty that won't be forgotten when things get better....

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16. KIETH on October 1, 2009 7:35 PM writes...

Derek, you deserve a large readership. You make chemistry interesting (at least the part we can understand) even to geeks.

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17. Anon on October 1, 2009 8:01 PM writes...

This blog is a triumph of the Internet. You know you've found a great blog when you're compelled to read back-issues. Keep up the great work!

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18. Jose on October 1, 2009 11:07 PM writes...

For all you folks just tuning in, this gets my vote as the best post ever. When professional chemists are stunned....

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19. metaphysician on October 2, 2009 12:03 AM writes...

Hey, that's the post that got me onto this blog, too.

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20. Iridium on October 2, 2009 1:00 AM writes...

" Things I Won't Work With " is defetely the best!

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21. Anne on October 2, 2009 1:11 AM writes...

As a new reader, I just wanted to say those numbers are well-deserved! I am a brand-spanking-new (started in July) PhD student in Chemical Biology, and while I'm not actively pursuing drug discovery, much of my work involves using compounds that my lab has developed to perturb natural processes (specifically, chaperone networks) and thereby understand them better. Our broad interest is in Alzheimer's and a little Parkinson's, though the focus varies from project to project within the lab. So this blog is interesting to me on multiple levels - a bit of a history lesson on Alzheimer's, a look into the industry side of this stuff (which I am very, very curious about, not being sure what I want to do next yet), and a lot of really interesting straight up med chem stuff that will always be useful to have in the back of my head. You're an excellent and clear writer, and I have loved poking around in the archives. Thanks for the blog, and I'm looking forward to being a regular visitor!

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22. milkshake on October 2, 2009 4:54 AM writes...

you started a new internet-based medchem church and deliver fresh sermons every business day. So inevitably, da chickens came back to roost.

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23. chemgrad on October 2, 2009 6:41 AM writes...

I've learned a lot here - - there's a great pharma/in the lab/economics/chem mix that keeps it fresh.

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24. TPS reporter on October 2, 2009 7:50 AM writes...

You're blog is part of my morning routine before I head into lab: coffee and In The Pipeline. Keep up the good work and thanks!

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25. Ray R. on October 2, 2009 9:07 AM writes...

You do a great job Derek! Thanks for all the effort, Art Buchwald said "Its the hardest thing in the world, writting everyday. Its like bleeding a little of yourself everyday.

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26. Mike G on October 2, 2009 9:37 AM writes...

Derek, I'm not a scientist, so I particularly value the way your blog presents a chemist's-eye view of how the work you do fits into the larger context of pharma R&D and the evolution of the drug industry. It doesn't hurt that you're a natural writer.

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27. Hap on October 2, 2009 10:06 AM writes...

You write really well, and with general aim in pharmaceutical chemistry, so there aren't really too many other places to find good equivalents. People in other places (RSC and The Atlantic(?) also see your work, so that might help a little to drive traffic (although the fact you're seen from those places is because you write well).


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28. Beverly H on October 2, 2009 11:21 AM writes...

Traffic broke all records because the number of unemployed chemists sitting at home web surfing exceeds the number of employed chemists!

I assure you that most people who were ignorant enough to earn a degree in chemistry headed right for the unemployment line.

Don't you know?

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29. retread on October 2, 2009 1:41 PM writes...

All the more reason to thank you for putting Chemiotics II on your blogroll. Keep on postin'.

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30. umesh on October 3, 2009 9:49 AM writes...

your column deserves that record (traffic). As many have commented, urs is really interesting and more relevant in its approach (topic u cover). Keep it up...

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31. z on October 3, 2009 10:05 AM writes...

I am curious, when people read a site via its RSS feed, does that count as a hit on the site counter, or do you have to actually visit the site? And do you have any statistics about how many people use RSS feeds?

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32. CMCguy on October 4, 2009 9:39 AM writes...

Congrats on the level of attention and if heavy traffic can be taken as a surrogate sign of great blog it is much deserved.

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