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I know how to fail, do you?

If you’ve been keeping up with the posts, you know I am well acquainted with failure. I would submit that one of the secrets to my overall success is that I know how to fail. I fail frequently at trivial things and seldom at large things. But I don’t give up. I learn. Understanding how … Continue reading “I know how to fail, do you?”

Four Ways Great Scientists and Compassionate People are Alike

I was riding my bike one evening to clear my head and enjoy the nice break from the 90-degree evenings we’d been experiencing lately. While riding, I suddenly realized that I had helped more people by being compassionate than by being a strong scientist. Even after a 13-year academic and professional career I would say … Continue reading “Four Ways Great Scientists and Compassionate People are Alike”

4 Simple ways to be exceptional, not the exception

During my time at Purdue, myself and a few other graduate students of color coordinated a massive recruiting effort to increase the number of black and brown graduate students in the Purdue Chemistry Graduate Program. The recruiting program was remarkably successful and continues to be even after the original lead team graduated. What I believe … Continue reading “4 Simple ways to be exceptional, not the exception”

How to Endure Pain to Maximize Success?

Early in my undergraduate career, I vividly remember the excitement of Boiler Gold Rush (BGR), Purdue’s undergraduate orientation. Fun school-sanctioned activities filled the day and, in the evening, kickbacks and frat parties. I always preferred to stay low key. I would rather walk around campus or town than attend a loud crowded party… but I … Continue reading “How to Endure Pain to Maximize Success?”

Three Important Things I Learned from Taking the “White” Classes at a Black School

I went to a majority minority high school on the west side of Indianapolis. Racial minorities made up greater than 80% of the student population; however, when I entered my honors and AP classes, I found myself in the minority. In an 18-person class there were likely fewer than 5 students of color but once … Continue reading “Three Important Things I Learned from Taking the “White” Classes at a Black School”

Modern Analytical Chemistry Requires Some Data Science

The American Chemical Society (ACS) defines analytical chemistry as: The science of obtaining, processing, and communicating information about the composition and structure of matter. In other words, it is the art and science of determining what matter is and how much of it exists. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/careers/chemical-sciences/areas/analytical-chemistry.html In the late 18th Century analytical chemistry was limited to … Continue reading “Modern Analytical Chemistry Requires Some Data Science”

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