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Blog Carnival: What the Cope Rearrangement Taught Me About Chemistry

Blog Carnival: What the Cope Rearrangement Taught Me About ChemistrySeptember 26, 2011

Note: to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry 2011, there’s a blog carnival going on. This is my contribution. If you can’t follow the structural details, hopefully the story tells itself without …

“Reagents”: A Pocket Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Chemistry

“Reagents”: A Pocket Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic ChemistrySeptember 13, 2011

Reagents is a new app for iPhone and iPad that gives you all the key information about the most commonly encountered reagents in undergraduate organic chemistry courses. Here’s the key features of Reagents: Pro…

Blogaversary

BlogaversaryFebruary 18, 2011

Feb 18, 2010: Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my career. I wanted to teach, but after two years of failed academic applications, I didn’t want to go through that process again. The industrial job p…

What Do You (and I) Need To Work On For 2011?

What Do You (and I) Need To Work On For 2011?January 4, 2011

Now that, for many people at least, organic chemistry is half-over, here’s a question. What’s the biggest problem you faced this past semester in your organic chemistry class? Was it motivation? Time manag…

Welcome, C&E News Readers!

December 22, 2010

On Monday  Chemical and Engineering News ran a short blurb on this little blog – you can find it here. This is despite the fact that for the past month I haven’t written a single word about organic chemis…

Screw Organic Chemistry, I’m Just Going To Write About Cats

Screw Organic Chemistry, I’m Just Going To Write About CatsNovember 9, 2010

Screw organic chemistry, I’m just going to write about cats. Organic chemistry? People don’t want to hear about it. It’s been called “worse than prison“, or “like a bad hooker“…

10@10/10/10

10@10/10/10October 10, 2010

This is a self indulgent post. Today, October 10, 2010, marks the 10th anniversary of the day I became an organic chemist. Life works in mysterious ways. October 1999, I was miserable. I was finishing up a master̵…

Welcome to Orgo – and to “Master Organic Chemistry”

September 10, 2010

Welcome new organic chemistry students! The school year has just begun for a lot of students.  Are you learning organic chemistry for the first time this semester (or maybe for the second or third time)? If so, you&…

Coming to Toronto

July 12, 2010

In about 6 hours I’ll be boarding a flight to Toronto, where I plan to be through the end of July. If you’re in the greater Toronto area and are in an organic chemistry course preparing for the MCAT/DAT ta…

“Master Organic Chemistry” : Less Hacky, but same lovable dorky content

May 14, 2010

A few months ago I thought it would be a good idea to name my blog Orgo Hacks. Turns out I was wrong. It doesn’t feel right to me – like I’m wearing someone else’s dinner jacket. There’s …