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February 4, 2013
A Word We Didn't Know We Needed
I've written here about the strange-sounding conferences that keep sending out invitations to all and sundry. They tend to be in provincial Chinese cities, have grandiose names like the "First International Summit Meeting of Advanced Medical Science", and feature so many sections, sessions, tracks, and breakouts that you wonder if anyone attends who isn't giving a talk. And you get invitations to submit invited talks in fields you've hardly even touched on in your career; that's another reliable sign.
Well, I've had one this morning whose title really rises to the top of the list. I present to you the "1st Annual Symposium of Drug Designology". No, I did not make that up - if I had, I wouldn't tell anyone, believe me. And I'm not about to provide a link to the conference site. If you want more, I'm willing to bet that a search for "drug designology" will yield only highly relevant hits, since I'm not aware of that phrase ever appearing in English until this morning. Here's hoping it submerges again.
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