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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: derekb.lowe@gmail.com Twitter: Dereklowe

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April 18, 2010

C&E News - A Few Questions

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Posted by Derek

I'll be traveling Monday, so no new posts during the day. But I'm traveling to something that's of interest to many of the readers here, so I wanted to throw the floor open to questions. I've been invited to be on the editorial advisory board of Chemical and Engineering News, and I'll be meeting with the staff there later this week.

So I wanted to ask the chemists in the crowd: what do you think that C&E News does well, and what do you think it does poorly? Are there topics that you think are covered too much, or some that you think aren't being addressed? Please feel free to add comments - I'll collate them and pass them on to the staff there.

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1. RM on April 19, 2010 1:02 AM writes...

As someone in academia, C&EN seems to be rather heavily industry focused. Most of the articles tend to be on various mergers or acquisitions, emerging market trends, or new government regulations which affect the chemical industry. (More "business news", rather than "science news".) I'm not interested so much in more academia-focused stories (those tend to be dull too), but more science-in-general oriented stories. e.g. in a story about a new instrument, I'd prefer to hear more about what scientific discoveries can be made with it, rather than on the corporate governance and the sales projections of the company making it.

Perhaps a business-oriented approach is indeed what's intended - C&EN could indeed be classed as a trade mag. But if that's the case, I don't see why a subscription is included in all ACS memberships, rather than being an optional add-on for industry folks.

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2. milkshake on April 19, 2010 1:29 AM writes...

C&EN is servile to industry management frauds. Its cheerful tone makes me puke.

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3. Joey on April 19, 2010 1:45 AM writes...

I love the mix C&E news has now of academic, government, and industry reporting. They also do a great job balancing the boosterism appropriate for a trade journal with a recognition that the spin of the chemical industry is often neither scientifically valid nor honest. Also, kudos for the regular discussion of issues of importance to chemical educators, and for their reliable inclusion of structures of compounds, particularly drugs. Except for occasionally disingenuous reporting on open access, and the obnoxious back and forth between Baum and letter writers on political hot button issues of marginal relation to chemistry, I wouldn't change a thing.

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4. processchemist on April 19, 2010 2:14 AM writes...

I agree with milkshake. A magazine totally hype oriented, mostly the voice of industry PR representatives. The worst source of information about the real status of our industry.

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5. Evorich on April 19, 2010 3:00 AM writes...

Needs more honesty about our industry; particularly with respect to the job prospects of young ACS members coming into this market and whether we're actually producing too many PhD chemists.

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6. stuff on April 19, 2010 3:04 AM writes...

Its European industry coverage has deteriorated considerably in the last year. Especially disappointing since some of the world's biggest chemcials firms are in Europe.

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7. Jose on April 19, 2010 3:05 AM writes...

"v Pravde net izvestiy, v Izvestiyakh net pravdy" (In the Truth there is no news, and in the [C&E] News there is no truth). :)

We definately also need at least another "Paints and Varnishes" issue a year, one is simply not enough!

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8. james on April 19, 2010 3:42 AM writes...

the ideal ad does have a value to the target group (and, yes,
the advertiser of course).

the digital briefs in c&en were something in between
a full blown ad and a dry announcement:
an industry-submitted piece of text which
underwent editorial checking.

i've been missing the digital briefs for quite some time,
i know of people who had remarkable impact - proving
they were read a lot.

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9. dabut on April 19, 2010 5:19 AM writes...

one strange sidenote-I would love to be in your shoes "on the inside" and see how feature academia articles get chosen. Over the last half of the last decade, it has given the appearance that academicians can become self-made through the mag if they chose to be. I'm thinking of 1-2 professors who tend to show up either with a concentrate or a feature article after EVERY publication. I've always wondered if they make a call to a friend/whether they've signed a deal, etc.

anyhow, I've always wanted a forum called "hindsight" where the "pop culture" aspect of academia is ignored, and someone in the know looks back 5 years and says "hey, here was a publication that had some impact" and discusses its scientific merit and why it has stayed relevant.

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10. Thomas McEntee on April 19, 2010 6:38 AM writes...

I've read C&EN off and on for 40+ years. My likes and dislikes about it have roughly tracked chemistry's viability as a career track over that period of time. Armed with my recently-minted ACS-certified undergraduate degree, as a graduate student and new ACS member, I thought pretty highly of C&EN...but what frame of reference did I have? In 1986, about fifteen years after getting my PhD, I found myself the victim of a folded start-up and suddenly, the only thing that mattered were those employment ads in the back of C&EN. I can't imagine relying on C&EN for someone in that position today but that's not C&EN's responsibility. What IS C&EN's responsibility is to report truthfully on what's important to ACS members. And it's here that I begin to agree with milkshake, processchemist, Evorich, and others who decry the everything's-so-wonderful tone that permeate so many of the stories.

Why such an enthusiastic tone about a profession that basically is going down the tubes as a lifelong career? It could be due to edicts from upon high within ACS, it could simply be enthusiastic young reporters who have no idea about chemistry and probably no perspective of trends over decades with respect to chemistry as a career. I can't fault the kids...they want to do their job well.

C&EN reached out to Derek because he's smart and he writes very good stuff about provocative topics. I think it's a win-win for all so long as Derek promises to keep this forum active and ACS doesn't pressure him to change his ways.

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11. Karen on April 19, 2010 6:49 AM writes...

As someone who has left pharma and moved into another field, I appreciate that C&E News gives a brief overview of a lot of different areas of chemistry, including industry, academia and government. Even though I no longer attend conferences and read journals, I can keep up with what's going on, at least in a very general way. However, their career articles have become extremely unrealistic and misleading. It's almost a joke - any time they talk about people being laid off, the spin will be "but they're much happier now!!" It's almost become insulting.

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12. Anonymous on April 19, 2010 7:12 AM writes...

I agree with Karen's comment - I can read trade journals in my own area, but C&E News keeps me updated on the business situation in other fields of chemistry.

I've had two year-long stretches of unemployment in the last 6 years, and the ACS's constant crying about how America has a shortage of scientists makes my blood boil!

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13. RB Woodweird on April 19, 2010 7:27 AM writes...

All I know is that C&E News provided the following review of S. A. Scoggin's novel A Novel And Efficient Synthesis of Cadaverine:

"S. A. Scoggin's amateurish scribblings reveal nothing but the author's inflated sense of importance. Real chemists would never satirize the chemical industry, the benevolent stewards of their loyal chemists' lives.

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14. ChemEng on April 19, 2010 7:31 AM writes...

"why such an enthusiastic tone about a profession that basically is going down the tubes as a lifelong career?"

Advertising is placed where it will best promote the company, and CEN is one of the most expensive ads you can place.

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15. Risedog on April 19, 2010 8:03 AM writes...

I haven’t missed CEN in years. The only thing that was of interest was the employment surveys.
Derek, they could use some salt and light, but I have a hard time believing they’ll really want you to supply it. As everyone has already noted, it’s about advertising and lobbying for academic funding.

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16. Anonymous on April 19, 2010 8:05 AM writes...

I stopped renewing my subscription about 2-3 years ago. I found C&EN news irrelevant. Like many commenters said above, I was sick of the constant "chemistry is great, everybody should be going into chemistry" when in reality thousands of people were being laid off in big pharma at the time. A more unbiased, fact-based reporting system would go a long way.

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17. cookingwithsolvents on April 19, 2010 8:08 AM writes...

I second the idea of a "hindsight" series highlighting of articles that were published 5-10 years ago. That will be a lively discussion area.

They also need to improve their coverage of PV's and other chemical contributions to renewables and energy. This is an area where chemists can really make a difference and likely to be a growing industry for some time.

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18. medchem23 on April 19, 2010 8:09 AM writes...

Waste of time. The information available on the internet makes this publication a waste of trees!

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19. Anonymous on April 19, 2010 8:19 AM writes...

I am particularly tired of long articles and rankings related to the chemical industry and suppliers (Dow, DuPont, etc).

I don't know if they changed the format of "newscripts", but I used to open directly to that section when I got my issue. Now I find the entries (more often than not) pretty boring. Termites? Really?

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20. anonymous on April 19, 2010 8:22 AM writes...

Yes, I agree that the coverage of European chemistry topics could be better. Never mind those of the Middle East. Which is why Derek, you should pass along the following offer to CEN:

"I am willing to be the Egypt/Israel/Jordan based reporter for CEN. I am an excellent writer with a PhD in chemistry and I have been reading CEN and chemistry blogs for the last five years. The number of articles published in top journals, start-up companies in biotech, and venture capital in Israel is mind-boggling and CEN would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to pay me 60K a year to cover this very exciting and promising part of the world. Israel is #2 on the Nasdaq stock index in the number of companies represented by country. I am also willing to accept investigative assignments to Morocco, Greece, Italy, and Spain as long as my flight tickets and hotel bills are paid." I believe they already have a correspondent for the colder parts of Europe so my knowledge of French and German is useless (but I would go there in the summer if it was urgent). I am willing to undergo training in DC for a year as long as they promise no repeat of this year's record snowstorm.

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21. anonymous on April 19, 2010 8:22 AM writes...

Yes, I agree that the coverage of European chemistry topics could be better. Never mind those of the Middle East. Which is why Derek, you should pass along the following offer to CEN:

"I am willing to be the Egypt/Israel/Jordan based reporter for CEN. I am an excellent writer with a PhD in chemistry and I have been reading CEN and chemistry blogs for the last five years. The number of articles published in top journals, start-up companies in biotech, and venture capital in Israel is mind-boggling and CEN would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to pay me 60K a year to cover this very exciting and promising part of the world. Israel is #2 on the Nasdaq stock index in the number of companies represented by country. I am also willing to accept investigative assignments to Morocco, Greece, Italy, and Spain as long as my flight tickets and hotel bills are paid." I believe they already have a correspondent for the colder parts of Europe so my knowledge of French and German is useless (but I would go there in the summer if it was urgent). I am willing to undergo training in DC for a year as long as they promise no repeat of this year's record snowstorm.

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22. jon on April 19, 2010 8:41 AM writes...

I don't care one way or the other about CEN (although I agree with some of the comments about blind cheerleading for more chemists when we obviously don't need them), but while you are there, ask them what it is the ACS actually does for its membership? In return for the dues they have collected dues for decades, they built a massive building for themselves, and have the biggest booth in the front of the exhibition hall at national meetings. Apart from that, I am not aware of one thing the ACS has done, let alone anything to benefit the people that are members. It seems like the mission of the ACS is the ACS, not the people who foot the bill.

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23. anonymous on April 19, 2010 8:42 AM writes...

Yes, I agree that the coverage of European chemistry topics could be better. Never mind those of the Middle East. Which is why Derek, you should pass along the following offer to CEN:

"I am willing to be the Egypt/Israel/Jordan based reporter for CEN. I am an excellent writer with a PhD in chemistry and I have been reading CEN and chemistry blogs for the last five years. The number of articles published in top journals, start-up companies in biotech, and venture capital in Israel is mind-boggling and CEN would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to pay me 60K a year to cover this very exciting and promising part of the world. Israel is #2 on the Nasdaq stock index in the number of companies represented by country. I am also willing to accept investigative assignments to Morocco, Greece, Italy, and Spain as long as my flight tickets and hotel bills are paid." I believe they already have a correspondent for the colder parts of Europe so my knowledge of French and German is useless (but I would go there in the summer if it was urgent). I am willing to undergo training in DC for a year as long as they promise no repeat of this year's record snowstorm.

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24. Mike on April 19, 2010 8:56 AM writes...

Between the fluff pieces, the non-realistic-rosy-outlook employment articles, the "we need more chemists, to make the unemployment glut larger" blurbs, the statistics pieces, and the partisan editorial screeds; I wish there was a way to opt out of paying the mandatory fee in the ACS dues so I wouldn't have to waste energy every week recycling C&EN after absentmindedly leafing through it.

Was there a time in the past when this was our trade journal? Because if you compare it to other trade societies, it definitely is not one.

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25. Sili on April 19, 2010 9:00 AM writes...

Congrats! I hope it pays well. (You deserve it.)

I'm in the RSC, so I have no knowledge of C&EN. And I tend to only do the crossword in Chem. World, so I don't have much to opine about that, either.

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26. Anonymous on April 19, 2010 9:08 AM writes...

In fact, C&EN is becoming less relevant because it lacks insights and honest opinions from experts. I read more often your blog than C&EN news. Too much emphasis on "news value" makes it a hype-maker. It is an improvement that they invited you to be on the advisory board.

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27. partial agonist on April 19, 2010 9:22 AM writes...

one small request:

Now when you submit your membership to ACS, you can choose to receive C&E News electronically rather than in the mail. If you pick that option, I am sure that you save the ACS lots of money in printing costs, postage, etc.

But... picking that option does NOT give you any discount. I would think that if they threw out a bone, even small such as $10 off, they would get a whole lot more takers on the electronic option and save more money than they lose by the lowered income. Granted, most people with full-time jobs in industry have their ACS dues paid for them, but still I would think that this idea makes sense.

Content-wise, I am fairly happy with C&E News. I usually read the back page, skim the letters, and skim any story that catches my eye that is previewed on the cover. I probably devote about 5 minutes to each issue, 10 minutes if I look over more than one story. Do I read it cover-to-cover? Almost never. The only time i do that is when I happen to be traveling and take a few recent issues on a plane.

I go to ACS meetings so at first I missed the issue where they have the full meeting program included. I realize that such an issue must have been expensive to produce (it was THICK), and I am now used to going to the online program, so it is not the big deal that I first thought.

The C&E News online blog has improved rather dramatically, in my opinion, over the last year. I suggest that people check it out. I think I get more out of it than I do from the C&E News issues themselves.

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28. Patrick on April 19, 2010 9:25 AM writes...

With all of the chemistry lay-offs in big pharma and the very thin employment section in C&E News I would like to see articles on job prospects in the industry, how chemist are reinventing them selves for chemistry jobs in 2010, how long a typical job search takes, are there any regions of the country that are hot beds for chemistry employment.....?

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29. okemist on April 19, 2010 9:32 AM writes...

In a period of time where the lobby is king in DC an organization with the membership of the ACS and it's weekly communication of c&en are unbeleivably impotent. All varied industries that are all built on chemistry and just pilfered technology and run to foreign manufacturing or phizered other companies and emasculated research departments are crimes against all of us, and as milkshake et al have said before c&en just print a managment statement about streamling efforts. Just like all other american industrial manufacturing, we won't produce chemicals here, they nickle and dime you to get a process to 10k a kg and sell it for dollars per mg.
I would revisit the organization of chemical researchers union on the national scale in c&en but lobies have destroyed the remaining unions what chance would a new one have in a dieing industry.

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30. Anonymous on April 19, 2010 9:36 AM writes...

Derek,
Never turn down an opportunity to infiltrate.

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31. Anonymous on April 19, 2010 9:44 AM writes...

I'm sorry if I sound sexist, but I'm tired of the women in chemistry articles as well. The topic does have merit, but not enough to warrant a full issue every year, in my opinion. Every year it's the same thing: "The number of females in all levels of chemistry degree programs is up from last year." Inevitably, the letters ensue that proclaim academic chemistry is still a boy's club and women are shut out or held back by their male counterparts. What follows that are letters from people who say the statistics at their schools are MUCH more fair and that women make up X% more of the faculty than the statistic reports.

In light of the number of people that feel disgruntled about ACS's perennial rosy outlook on employment in chemistry, perhaps more focus could be put on alternative careers for chemists rather than solely emphasizing academic, pharma, or fine chemicals?

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32. NH_chem on April 19, 2010 9:53 AM writes...

Seems to allow articles that tend to subtly promote certain companies. Rather frustrating to smaller companies looking for exposure. Sure one loves the big CMO/CROs but there are others out there that do good work.

I think that the staff writers tend to go to a very few selected consultants for quotes and feedback. They could gather more information by going to local meetings and such. That recent ACS Symposium in Cambridge was a good place to talk to people about a variety of subjects.

Just a few thoughts.....good luck!

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33. Chris on April 19, 2010 9:53 AM writes...

C&EN has virtually no discussion of some issues that ACS could view as controversial. Specific examples are the growth of freely available chemistry information online, eg. Chemspider or the trend to deposit structures at time of publication into freely accessible databases, eg. Nature Chemical Biology. When one checks the NIH web site for deposition of NIH funded articles the omission of ACS journals is apparent. To my knowledge I have never seen any kind of mission statement with respect to the future of chemo-informatics from ACS and as a long time ACS member I wonder where the ACS journals are evolving. I hope that whoever is in charge at ACS is confident that the societies services and publications will survive in the changing publishing environment.

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34. Anon on April 19, 2010 9:56 AM writes...

I would like more highlights from the recent chemical literature and a lot less of the bullcrap promoting industry.

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35. Vern on April 19, 2010 10:20 AM writes...

I was a member of C&E News for almost twenty years. Once I realized the top management of ACS had compensation in the million dollar range I decided not to renew the membership in ACS.

Derek, in my opinion, you will lose credibility by associating with ACS and C&E News

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36. SteveM on April 19, 2010 10:21 AM writes...

The 800 pound gorilla topic that should get a full issue play in C&E News is H-1B.

There are thousands of American Citizen Chemists out of work, yet H-1B keeps humming along. But that story won't get told because the companies that buy the ads want a cheap, compliant work force.

The "prevailing wage" argument doesn't fly because the H-1B labor glut drives the prevailing wage down through simple supply and demand.

Ironically, the C&E Life is Beautiful propaganda is probably targeting Asian scientists to H-1B over here and knock more Americans out of work.

I'm not a nativist, but given the state of the economy, I'm not stupid either.

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37. Evorich on April 19, 2010 10:22 AM writes...

On a positive note: The online/website version of the magazine works really nicely.

When positivity about some area of science is well founded, the articles are good and you do feel like you're keeping track of many areas.

I would prefer more articles from places of the world that aren't the US since a lot of ACS members are not in the US.

Maybe Derek you could enable this survey that could help us figure exactly where all these laid off chemists actually go to. Do people maintain their C&E/ACS membership when they're unemployed though?

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38. anon the II on April 19, 2010 10:22 AM writes...

I think my sentiments are like a lot of chemists who are old enough to have enjoyed a career in chemistry but not old enough to have made it last till retirement age.

I used to enjoy C&E News. Lately, it and the ACS in general, tends to tick me off more often than not. The recent guest editorial by Ted Kaufman, Democratic senator from Delaware, on the need to train more and more scientists was a good example.

The ACS also sends out a lot of chipper career advice emails from 35 year old career consultants. One recent one, describing how you wouldn't lose your job if your just kept up with modern technology, made me mad enough to reply with language that I wouldn't want anyone else to see.

The big problem is that chemistry as a career in the US is in trouble. The ACS and its mouthpiece, C&E News, have always been about the ACS and the people who pay their bills (mostly companies) and not about "American Chemists". It's only when things get bad that you find out who your real friends are. I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed.

But I did take advantage of their dues waver for the unemployed.

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39. Anthony on April 19, 2010 10:25 AM writes...

I am a PhD chemist without work for 14 months. Reading C&E News makes me wonder " Am I the only one without a job while chemistry and chemical industry is doing so wonderfully?"

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40. partial agonist on April 19, 2010 10:28 AM writes...

#34, Highlights from the literature would be of value, but the ORG and MEDI divisions of ACS are just a small part of the whole organization. If they highlighted 10 papers, there would be only a couple of relevance to me.

Every time I go to an ACS meeting I am reminded that, as big as the ORG and MEDI divisions are, there are 31 other technical divisions and some of them are also quite big (polymers, biochem, industrial and engineering, petroleum, fuel, health and safety, business development, etc.)

A hot papers section would be more of a division responsibility. Maybe in the electronic subscription they could include a hot papers analysis for the division or divisions that you belong to?

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41. Anonymous on April 19, 2010 10:37 AM writes...

Occasionally these issues with 30 pages of statistics on the industry and other things come out. Who really reads this stuff? More articles, less stats please.

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42. pc on April 19, 2010 10:42 AM writes...

Disclaimer: We are an advertiser on C&E News.

It seems the readership of this trade mag has been deteriorating over the years. We mainly target medi chem folks. I sincerely believe we do provide useful products and we want to reach out to our potential customers, and hopefully it's a win-win. Can any of you medi chem researchers suggest venues that you value and visit most? In other words, if you are in our shoes where would you want to put your ads? We hope to spend our limited ad budgets more wisely to get the related info out to you in a more effective way. Well the one I can immediately think of is this site, but ...

Out of respect for this site and its readers, I decide not to place a plug here to promote us (although Derek may well just remove it even if I put it there :).

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43. anon the II on April 19, 2010 11:00 AM writes...

to "Disclaimer: We are an advertiser on C&E News"

I would say you should place your ads on the "Help Wanted" pages. That's what a lot of med chemists are reading these days. They'll be more aware of you if they ever get back to work.

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44. Thatone on April 19, 2010 11:05 AM writes...

I agree with dabut- the same profs' work shows up time and time again (Verdine in particular), seemingly just for publishing a paper.

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45. J-bone on April 19, 2010 11:27 AM writes...

On the note of choosing print vs electronic subscription, this option wasn't available when I became a member. When it did, I chose to switch to electronic since I knew how obnoxious it was when grad students would finish and their issues of C&EN would end up flooding the department mailboxes for quite some time afterwards. The process of switching could stand some streamlining (if I'm not mistaken, print copies are the default choice, not electronic). When I switched, I had to send an e-mail request to switch, then wait for a reply e-mail that contained a link to confirm my decision to get electronic copy instead of paper. It should be just a matter of logging in and checking a box.

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46. startup on April 19, 2010 11:53 AM writes...

#9. I believe I can shed some light on the issue. One floor in our building is occupied by a very well known scientist whose work was featured in the said section numerous times. I talked to his people people about that a while back and was pretty much told that when their boss wants his work to be highlighted by C&EN he makes a call there and solicits a piece. I have to assume that most of the concentrates are like that.

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47. Larry on April 19, 2010 11:54 AM writes...

Ask them if they're hiring you for the sole reason of silencing one of the few media outlets (yes I consider you one) that critically addresses both the industry and academia.

I somehow doubt this blog will survive.

C&E news is, as one poster mentioned, a Pravda rag that is servile to both industry CEOs and of course the tenured academic.

You might tell them to stop going to Washington claiming to be my representative and carrying out devious acts to undermine the future of US scientists. Particularly that 'there exists a shortage of US chemists' and 'we need more h1-b visas' to be competitive.

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48. Larry on April 19, 2010 12:07 PM writes...

What irritates most about CEN is the editor's political injections and published letters more appropriate to Kos or Huffpo that denigrate those with whom he disagrees.

Time for another Women in Chemistry article.

What a great time to be a chemist.

I feel better. Hope you get the job, Derek.

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49. Chemjobber on April 19, 2010 12:19 PM writes...

It's a magazine that tries to be all things to most chemists -- that's pretty tough and they do a good job overall.

That being said, I think there just isn't the emphasis on current employment trends that there should be. The overall morale of the workforce is pretty poor; I don't see that reflected very well in the pages of C&EN.

A simple question: the ACS employment survey reports employment numbers that most people have a difficult time believing. Why is that?

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50. Devraj on April 19, 2010 12:34 PM writes...

With all the layoffs in big-pharma and decline of career prospects for chemists in US, I would like to see articles on alternative careers for chemists and how people have re-invented themselves and moved on to newer careers in Regulatory, Clinical, Business development etc.

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51. Sili on April 19, 2010 12:58 PM writes...

I somehow doubt this blog will survive.
I have my disagreements with dr Lowe's political views, and I think he's horribly denialist about certain issues of science.

But that I don't believe. I think this blog does far more for his image than any editorship can ever do. I have too much respect for him to believe that he'd 'sell out' like that.

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52. SRC on April 19, 2010 1:21 PM writes...

I'm with Larry and some others upthread.

Dial back the constant drumbeat of "women in chemistry" crap, and especially the "we need more chemists" nonsense.

Also lose the palpable political slant. It's all too apparent what C&EN reporters think, and that's unprofessional. On things such as global warming, which C&EN takes as read. there are lots of bases for skepticism. As Jack Webb used to say, iust the facts, ma'am.

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53. Sili on April 19, 2010 1:47 PM writes...

there are lots of bases for skepticism.
Ah. I see. I guess I have to reëvaluate my opinion a bit. Sounds like they're at least based in reälity when in comes to AGW.

There are "lots of bases for skepticism" when it comes the theories of gravity, electromagnetism, evolution, meteorology and the claimed roundness of the Earth, too.

Are you by any chance a fan a of Insane Clown Posse?

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54. startup on April 19, 2010 1:50 PM writes...

#51-52. Thanks for reminding me. That incessant channeling of Al Gore is indeed annoying.

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55. Anonymous on April 19, 2010 2:06 PM writes...

I almost never read C&E News anymore. Look over the comments here and you'll see many of the same common elements. I agree that it has virtually no objective value as a publication, since it's mostly an advertising vehicle dominated by ACC companies. Like most other traditional "news" media, blogs have made it obsolete.

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