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March 6, 2012

A Quick Note to Eli Lilly

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Posted by Derek

It's very nice that you give out awards for synthetic chemistry. But is it too much to ask that you spell people's names right?

Comments (10) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Chemical News


1. David P on March 6, 2012 9:26 AM writes...

Yeah, come on Ely Lillee, make a little effort.

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2. anonymous on March 6, 2012 9:34 AM writes...

This entire field/profession has really degraded into Theatre of the Transmundane.

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3. Andrés on March 6, 2012 9:36 AM writes...

It must but a misunderstood joke. I suppose.

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4. Curious Wavefuncshion on March 6, 2012 9:56 AM writes...

Not sure I understand today's post Derik.

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5. RB Woodweird on March 6, 2012 10:22 AM writes...

i before e except when I win a Nobel Prize, suckers!

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6. Moshe Yudkowsky on March 6, 2012 10:29 AM writes...

I believe you mean, "spell people's names correctly."

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7. anana-mouse on March 6, 2012 12:44 PM writes..., lighten up. People, especially HR are human (ooop, maby knot). Or, maybe he is a convert to Judism.?

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8. Paul on March 6, 2012 2:41 PM writes...

@Moshe: There is nothing wrong with the use of "right" as an adverb here.

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9. Carl "Bear" Bussjaeger on March 6, 2012 3:09 PM writes...

As Yoon graciously allowed, unusual names do get misspelled. We get used to it. Mine is butchered often enough that I can use the variants to trace the varied sources of mailing lists.

I did have to draw the line at one misspelling, though. A magazine added me to its blogroll; yep, misspelled. I might have ignored it, but I'd been writing for that magazine for several years (presumably why I made it to their roll). One might expect they'd figure out the correct spelling after the first 5 years or so.

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10. SS on March 6, 2012 4:43 PM writes...

Spelling errors? How about writing with grammer good?

From Lilly:

From: Hank Gehron
Sent: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 7:45 am
Subject: Your Help Is Requested for a Eli Lilly Career Opportunity! (Discovery Informatics Director at Indianapolis)

I am a member of the Staffing Team at Eli Lilly. I were referred to me as person who specializes in pharmaceutical based informatics. I wanted to reach out to me, to see if you maybe able to recommend anyone that could qualify for the below position.

[Perhaps I should recommend my grade school English teacher to go over this solicitation with a big red marking pencil? - ed.]

For more than 130 years, Eli Lilly and Company has been dedicated to meeting the health care needs of people in the United States and around the world. We address these needs primarily by developing innovative medicines-investing a higher percentage of our sales in research and development than any other major pharmaceutical company. If you are interested in being considered for employment with a "Best in Class" Pharmaceutical company, please review the following opportunity.

Please feel free to call me with any questions; or perhaps you may know of someone that could qualify.

Your consideration is most appreciated.

Hank Gehron, MBA, SPHR
Lilly Talent Acquisition Team / RightThing Recruiting Process Outsourcing

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