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Seriously, it kills me when I see people hold scientists up as pinnacles of logic and reason.

Because one time the professor I was interning for got punched in the face by another professor, because mine got the funding, and told the other professor his theory was stupid.

This same professor told me to throw rocks to scare the “stupid fucking crabs” into moving so we could count them properly.

SCIENCE

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I have witnessed:

Two professors hiding around a corner and snickering, “Shhh, here she comes!” While a female professor approached and, when she finally found them, she proceeded to scream while pointing from one to the other, “You! I called your office but you weren’t there! So I tried to call YOUR office to figure out where HE was but YOU weren’t there!”

Two grad students standing outside a closed and locked door yelling, “Come out of the damn office. You haven’t left for days. If you didn’t have a couch in there I’d be concerned as to where you were sleeping!”

A religious studies professor apologizing for being late to class because, “security stopped me because I’m dressed like a hobbit”

Watched a professor snort the results of my experiment to determine if I had the right final compound.

Two archeology professors toss priceless fossilized teeth back and forth in an attempt to figure out who is smarter by “guessing the type of tooth and species of animal before it lands”

Multiple fully degreed individuals throw dry ice at one another in an attempt to be first to use the lab/get that piece of equipment/or change the iPod song.

A genetics professor build furniture out of stacks of paper and planks of wood because she is that far behind in grading papers/responding. One of the impromptu furniture pieces housed a fish tank.

I could go on but I think that covers the larger portion of the insanity…

Every time it comes around on my dash, it gets better.

I have had a professor buy a huge fuckoff bottle of rum during fieldwork in Costa Rica and let the undergrads get wasted because “you’re not underage in Costa Rica and we’ll be up all night with the bats anyway!”

- Same professor hung a bat from her headlamp and wore it as a decoration for an entire night. 

- A whole swarm of older women - and these are women with PhDs and world-renown bat experts, the bigwigs - all, to a woman, go to the formal charity dinner at an international research symposium in Toronto in late October dressed in skimpy Batgirl costumes. Because Halloween was that weekend, you see.

- At a different conference, a professor get blackout drunk and pass out on the side of the road. 

- “Yeah, we have to say we did it properly for the grant but to be really honest, Miracle-gro works better.”

- Teaching lab: we had liquid nitrogen for a demo, and after class the professor, the other TA, and I spent a good two hours freezing and breaking things in it. 

a chemistry class begins with 30 students nine months later just six of us left sitting on tables dipping paper into contaminated chemicals to see what happens when we burn it teacher making idle suggestions while he marks our work

"go to the fume hood thing, yeah now put some potassium in chlorine" can i burn the results sir? "fuck it sure whatever its tainted anyway"

The prof I’m working for just asked me if I knew how to pick a lock, and when I responded “yes” she replied, “see, this is why I hire the former delinquents instead of the suck-ups. You’re actually useful.”

I then let her into her office.

My professor put herself through grad school by being fairly successful at mixing drinks.  Her secret?  Short skirt.

Her husband, my other professor, jumped into the pool at their house during a departmental party because no one else was getting in and having a good time.  He was fully clothed.

Same guy got a brew beer at home kit.  He proceeded to autoclave beer bottles he had saved in our large autoclave in the lab instead of washing all the bottles out to put freshly brewed beer in it.

Two professors, upon trying to interview me for grad school and see if I wanted to join their group, waved at one another.  I thought it was sweet.  Until they started tossing/sliding/kicking keys back and forth between one another.  Dorks.

An undergrad and a high school student got locked into our lab because another grad student from down the hall messed with our door and subsequently broke the handle.  The postdoc had to yell instructions through the door and over the hood noise, instructing them on how to get her tool box and break open the door.

I could go on, but I think I’ll quit while I’m ahead.  

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labphoto:

Perfectly pure crystals at the bottom of a flask. Let’s check it with the NMR!

Literally my friend had this happen today.  He couldn’t figure out how to get his crystals away from the impurities on the edges of the flask.  Poor dear.

labphoto:

Perfectly pure crystals at the bottom of a flask. Let’s check it with the NMR!

Literally my friend had this happen today.  He couldn’t figure out how to get his crystals away from the impurities on the edges of the flask.  Poor dear.

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In 1947, Dr. Marie Daly became the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry when she graduated from Columbia University. A trailblazer in the field of biochemistry, Dr. Daly researched the connection between high cholesterol and heart disease. #WomenInSTEM (Photo courtesy of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, D. Samuel Gottesman Library Archives)
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In 1947, Dr. Marie Daly became the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry when she graduated from Columbia University. A trailblazer in the field of biochemistry, Dr. Daly researched the connection between high cholesterol and heart disease. #WomenInSTEM (Photo courtesy of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, D. Samuel Gottesman Library Archives)

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You better study up on these names [of Aliphatic Hydrocarbons] or you’re gonna be in Alkynes of trouble.
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AFTER A 16 HOUR DAY IN THE LAB

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You gotta admit, some of these are pretty cute.

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Here’s to some good old fashioned Household Disasters! 

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The Fourier transform lets you have your cake and understand it
Teasing apart the ingredients of a jumble helps scientists to study complex things that change over time or space
If there’s a mathematical idea that applies itself to almost everything in everyday life but is almost unknown outside the scientific world, the Fourier transform has to be the most unsung contender. It pops up wherever scientists need to study complex things that fluctuate in the real world – sound, heat, light, stock prices – and has been used to separate the signal from the noise in data collected for astronomy, medicine, genetics and chemistry. It is also the main equation used in the compression of digital images and sound on the web.
The noted physicist Lord Kelvin wasn’t exaggerating when he wrote, in 1867: “Fourier’s theorem is not only one of the most beautiful results of modern analysis, but it may be said to furnish an indispensable instrument in the treatment of nearly every recondite question in modern physics.”
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thenewenlightenmentage:

The Fourier transform lets you have your cake and understand it

Teasing apart the ingredients of a jumble helps scientists to study complex things that change over time or space

If there’s a mathematical idea that applies itself to almost everything in everyday life but is almost unknown outside the scientific world, the Fourier transform has to be the most unsung contender. It pops up wherever scientists need to study complex things that fluctuate in the real world – sound, heat, light, stock prices – and has been used to separate the signal from the noise in data collected for astronomy, medicine, genetics and chemistry. It is also the main equation used in the compression of digital images and sound on the web.

The noted physicist Lord Kelvin wasn’t exaggerating when he wrote, in 1867: “Fourier’s theorem is not only one of the most beautiful results of modern analysis, but it may be said to furnish an indispensable instrument in the treatment of nearly every recondite question in modern physics.”

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I managed to synthesize everything BUT the compound I wanted to make.

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Inorganic Chemistry, University of Washington

This was literally me for an entire semester.

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TRYING TO COME UP WITH USEFUL GOOGLE SCHOLAR ALERTS

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