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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 29, 2012

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Posted by Derek

Well, all of us in the Northeast are battening down today for the storm, and a lot of companies and research labs either didn't open or are closing early. In that world, my sympathies go out to the people in the cell culture labs and the animal facilities, who can't just shut off the stir plates and go home immediately for the duration. Running those labs is like having a lot of very demanding pets, but ones that can cost you huge sums of money and time if they become unhappy. Good luck to everyone, and here's hoping that the maintenance on all those backup generators was actually kept up! Regular blogging will resume tomorrow. . .

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1. Hap on October 29, 2012 9:05 AM writes...

I hope everything will be OK for you and your family. (My family's from NJ, and my brother lives in NYC so I am hoping that all goes well, or as well as it can.)

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2. Nick K on October 29, 2012 9:09 AM writes...

Here's wishing everyone on the East Coast a safe passage. Hurricane Sandy looks like the Big One...

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3. scientistbymistake on October 29, 2012 9:30 AM writes...

I hope you and yours are in a safe place.

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4. Chemjobber on October 29, 2012 9:47 AM writes...

Best wishes to you and yours.

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5. Curious Wavefunction on October 29, 2012 10:09 AM writes...

At our company in Cambridge it's looking like a typical Monday so far. But some of us may leave early since they are shutting down the T at 2 PM.

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6. Carlos on October 29, 2012 10:56 AM writes...

Your post reminds me of sampling my mice while a grad student in North Carolina. I had to (twice) deal with passing hurricanes during my animal sampling days. Plus, they had to be fed and cared for, so I the technicians were also there taking care of the mice, rats, etc.

Be safe, everyone!

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7. Chemist For Life on October 29, 2012 12:33 PM writes...

On behalf of us West Coasters, stay safe!

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8. MolecularGeek on October 29, 2012 12:59 PM writes...

Likewise. For everyone in the path of the storm(s), take care of yourselves and stay safe!

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9. Aquanerd on October 29, 2012 1:34 PM writes...

Just got the email for all non essential employees to leave work... Autosamplers are loaded up and fingers crossed that if the electricity goes out, our generators don't fail!! Be safe all my fellow Philly area chemists and everyone else in Sandy's way.

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10. medchem on October 29, 2012 3:02 PM writes...

Best wishes to you and all the people there.

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11. Anonymous BMS Researcher on October 29, 2012 7:13 PM writes...

Here in Connecticut, about a third of the State is without power. I still have power, but my cable TV and Internet has been down for hours. I'm posting this via Sprint wireless. Winds outside beginning to diminish.

With Irene the eye passed right over here, so just like I had read about the winds briefly stopped then resumed the other direction. But this time the center of the system is expected to pass well to our West.

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12. Jon on October 30, 2012 7:44 AM writes...

Minimal damage in upstate NY around Albany, especially when compared to the effects of Irene. We got lucky. If it wasn't for the fact that it was caused by a massive storm to the south and southeast you'd think it was a summer storm. Some power outages and some localized flooding due to either the wind and rain or storm surge making its way up the Hudson and it sounds like Poughkeepsie got the worst of it in the Hudson Valley. No problems at my house--then again, I personally had no problems with Irene either.

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