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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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March 3, 2014

Out to Illinois

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I'll be visiting Illinois tomorrow to give a talk as part of the university's Chemistry-Biology Interface program. The first week of March is probably not the time to see the Champaign-Urbana landscape at its best, but then, I'm not leaving a lot of scenic grandeur behind in the Boston area this time of year, either. By March, winter's the guy who hasn't realized that everyone else at the party left a while ago. Fortunately, the snow that was forecast to mess with my flights today seems to have vanished, for once. . .

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1. UIUC alum on March 3, 2014 8:05 AM writes...

At least at this time of year the stench from the school's south farms isn't high.

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2. coprolite on March 3, 2014 8:09 AM writes...

A quote from the brochure, no doubt.

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3. Anonymous BMS Researcher on March 3, 2014 8:31 AM writes...

Hope you indeed have good luck with the weather; being stranded at some airport hotel during a blizzard is not my favorite way to spend time!

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4. Frank Adrian on March 3, 2014 10:33 AM writes...

Well, the good news is that you'll be properly dressed when you get off the plane :-).

As a UIUC alumn (engineering though), I'm glad they're having you out to speak. You seem to have a firm grasp om the reality of the industry you are in (not that I'm ever sure - it's not my field after all) and talks from industry folk like you were always in demand when I was in school, regardless of the field. Good on you for going there and supplying information to those planning to enter your field. I'm just sorry that the picture in your field (as in many these days) is so bleak in terms of its future here in the USA.

Any chance for video?

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5. weirdo on March 3, 2014 3:35 PM writes...

Actually, "covered up with snow" might be the absolute best time to view the "landscape" around UIUC.

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6. UIUC Postdoc on March 3, 2014 3:52 PM writes...

Welcome to UIUC Derek ! I have been reading your blog for past several years. Looking forward to hear you.

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7. Orthogon on March 3, 2014 7:38 PM writes...

It seems like you've learned the "Champaign-Urbana" secret handshake (vs. "Urbana-Champaign"). Develop a deeply ingrained opinion on Unofficial, and people might mistake you for a local.

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8. Anonymous on March 4, 2014 1:05 PM writes...

Be very careful where you park, or the local towing racket might extort a few hundred bucks out of you. The townies are hostile toward outsiders.

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