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Hi! I'm Autumn. This blog is for my chemistry updates in school, work, and life.

I'm a fourth-year Chemistry major with an American Chemical Society concentration at The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University.

I recently was accepted into the research program here, working on the use of functionalized dendrimers in catalysis. I work at Montana State University in Bozeman and the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University .

In addition to research, I work in the chemistry department at CSBSJU, helping with developing new labs and as a teaching assistant for intro chem, analytical chemistry, and upper division integrated lab.

I have high hopes of getting my PhD in chemistry and am applying to schools this fall.

Chemistry is an extremely interesting, wonderful topic and I hope you find it as amazing as I do :)
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hood32:

Ok advice time! I’m trying to run these reactions in NMR tubes. Does anybody have any better ideas for stirring than little stir bars in the bottom? It just doesn’t seem like it’s stirring the entire solution .

Just straight off the top of my head, have you tried using a vortex mixer?

The reaction runs for 48+ hours so I don’t think vortexing that long would be feasible :/

6-ethyl-6-nor-lsd:

hood32:

Ok advice time! I’m trying to run these reactions in NMR tubes. Does anybody have any better ideas for stirring than little stir bars in the bottom? It just doesn’t seem like it’s stirring the entire solution .

Just straight off the top of my head, have you tried using a vortex mixer?

The reaction runs for 48+ hours so I don’t think vortexing that long would be feasible :/

1 day ago
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Asha and the polarimeter :)

Asha and the polarimeter :)

2 days ago
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Extreme Rotovap!

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hood32:

mistress-of-science said: Is that your rotovap?! I’d love to see that spinning lol

Your wish is my command :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_k5xI9P70g&list=UUNE-jL42QXOLW4-XudS0lhQ

this reminds me of this rotovap commercial. :p I hope you enjoy!

Oh. My. Word. I need one right now.

4 days ago
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Extreme Rotovap!

mistress-of-science said: Is that your rotovap?! I’d love to see that spinning lol

Your wish is my command :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_k5xI9P70g&list=UUNE-jL42QXOLW4-XudS0lhQ

5 days ago
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We are “innovative”

We are “innovative”

6 days ago
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Column fractions

Column fractions

6 days ago
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mathprofessorquotes:

An excerpt from my Statistics professor’s textbook. 

mathprofessorquotes:

An excerpt from my Statistics professor’s textbook. 

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Ok advice time! I’m trying to run these reactions in NMR tubes. Does anybody have any better ideas for stirring than little stir bars in the bottom? It just doesn’t seem like it’s stirring the entire solution .

Ok advice time! I’m trying to run these reactions in NMR tubes. Does anybody have any better ideas for stirring than little stir bars in the bottom? It just doesn’t seem like it’s stirring the entire solution .

1 day ago
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Aww the sodium lamp from the polarimeter shining on this baby erlenmeyer looked cool :)

Aww the sodium lamp from the polarimeter shining on this baby erlenmeyer looked cool :)

3 days ago
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Anonymous said: Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it

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shychemist:

It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.

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Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.
But…
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It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.

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I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.

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imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA

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Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 

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Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:

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Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:
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And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop

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Oh, me? What do I do? I try to understand why superbursts happen in neutron stars! This is important because: they shouldn’t happen but they do. And the implications could be astoundingly helpful for things like, oh I don’t know, nuclear fusion.

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Oh, just me, at a conference after presenting this:

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"don’t belong there"?! excuse you! 
Im not a science tumblr but i am a girl and a geologist so i kinda prove you wrong…?

In the Sorbas Basin finding fossilised bird trackways and fossilised rain drops
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Using HCl to dissolve solnhofen plattenkalk (limestones) to make plastic copies of exceptional fossils  

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On board the HMS Discovery, a state of the art scientific ship which anchors at the NOC (national oceanography centre Southampton)

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Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire

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So yeh anon, you’re wrong and very very very outdated in your opinions 

oh wow this anon thinks that women don’t belong in STEM—

better throw my archaeology B.A. in the trash, burn my thesis and stop teaching biology, chemistry and physics to the 8-12th grades.

OH WAIT
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SCIENCE TO DO

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NO TIME FOR SEXIST MAN CHILD ANONS

oh I guess I should burn the cheque I got for guest lecturing in grad school too—

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Yeah honestly anon, screw off. I’m a recent graduate with a BS in Biology and I’m tired of the same old sexist attitudes that are recycled by you and your ignorant ilk.
But whatever, I’m a bit busy, you know, in lab…
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Or in the field…imageidk, so many lady bits headed out into the wilderness, whatever are we going to do?

…doing some real science in the goddamn Atlantic Rain Forest.
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Or you know, playing with working on conservation efforts for BABY SEA TURTLES.
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And you know what anon? The only time being a woman in science has ever impacted me is when whiny, dated miscreants like you try to get in my way.

The only time being a woman in science has ever impacted me is when whiny, dated miscreants like you try to get in my way.”

^This is actually a really important observation.Women in STEM—and everywhere-are so constantly and consistently told they’re inferior to the men in their same fields that they actually perform worse on exams. This is a huge part of the curriculum revamping at my school so I’ve had a few conversations with professors about this.  I can grab citations later when I’m not actively working in the research lab, but when women and men are told they’re taking an exam, or being tested on their abilities, the men perform better than the women.

When presented with  the same tasks, when the group was told they were going to be working on problem solving skills or working on improving a skill, the men and women in the group performed equally. 

4 days ago
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What a beautiful compund. I forgot what it felt like to have product.

What a beautiful compund. I forgot what it felt like to have product.

6 days ago
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Now let’s see how this worked!

Now let’s see how this worked!

6 days ago
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Bands separating!

Bands separating!

6 days ago
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Sorry not a lot of updates. Writing has been my life for the past few days :(   Chromatotron later this afternoon!

Sorry not a lot of updates. Writing has been my life for the past few days :(   Chromatotron later this afternoon!

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