Field of Science

A Request to Readers

In March I'm giving a talk at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Chicago. To prepare for the talk, I'd like to know more about my audience beyond what I can get from technorati and StatCounter. If you're a regular reader, can you tell me what is interesting about this blog? Do you learn anything from it?



  1. Out of curiosity, what would be the probable title of the talk?


  2. The talk is entitled, "Blogging the Culture of Chemistry" in the symposium "Using Social Networking Tools to Teach Chemistry".

  3. I come here to learn something new or see something in a different way, for example I didn't know what "Quod erat demonstrandum" was before reading your blog entry about it.

    Its also just nice to talk chemistry with those who know it well. If I post or someone else posts something incorrect on a blog, there is usually 10 people highlighting your error. It is kind of like a swift quasi peer-review system.


  4. Thanks, Mitch. I, too, find the instant review function a help. That was one reason I started the blog with the NSF grant, was to get rapid peer commentary!

  5. I am always watching for new science blogs, and just came across yours one day. As a librarian, I enjoy exploring. As a person with a BS in chemical engineering, the science is still in my blood.

  6. I'll be at that symposium as well - we'll have to catch up on things!

  7. Hi there!

    My name is George. I visit chemistry blogs and blog myself because I am the lab director of small lab (myself, one lab tech and one microbiologist) and do not have interactions with other chemists that really crave chemistry. Reading chemistry blogs helps to fill the void for me. I use my blog as a teaching tool. I write a blog entry of a question that came up (or I think might arise in the future) that way if I am in the middle of something and I get asked “How do I set up an auto-start” I can say search my blog with out having to stop what I am doing.

    Hope this helps and thanks for the free lectures and blog!!

  8. Hi Michelle,

    I just found your blog....I'm also a professor( at a smaller college!) and I have been reading chem blogs for about a year. I started w/ "in the pipeline" and added the "tenderblog" (sadly no more). I followed a link from "in the pipeline" to your blog and I'm looking forward to reading it. (maybe more deeply after finals!)

    Basically I'm pretty isolated chemistry-wise (I'm the only organic chemist at my college) so one of the things I'm looking for from blogs in general is an opportunity to see what other folks are doing in chemistry, and occasionally comment on it, as well as have a sense of community w/ other chemists.

    Thanks and good luck on your topic!


  9. I was looking for resources that might interest my son, Ainan, a seven year old scientific child prodigy, whose specialist interest happens to be chemistry. It just occurred to me, today, that there must be chemistry blogs out there: yours is the first listed on yahoo...congratulations, on that.

    I maintain a blog about my chemistry prodigy son, which might have interest for some of your readers:

    Thanks for your blog - I think he will like it.

    Kind regards

  10. The recipe I am going to share with you today is about 350 years old! A great favourite from the Cape where the first brandy from Cape grapes were distilled in 1672! We have come a very long way since then when it comes to the quality of our brandy, but still, Cape Brandy Pudding remains an old time favourite :) Growing up in South Africa is great fun with all the recipes your mother makes and teaches you during your younger years!

  11. I attended your talk today at the ACS meeting and enjoyed your presentation. I knew about your other ACS activites and am amazed that you have the time to spend on blogging as well. You are truly a mult-talented chemist with lots of energy. This is the first time I have explored your blog and plan to return.


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