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Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist
Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist magazine, published by the American Chemical Society
Postdoc or Not Postdocs in a Wider World Nonacademic postdocs stand out from the crowd. July 2016 PDF version

To Postdoc or Not to Postdoc How well your postdoc investment pays off depends on your career goals and how you put this investment to use. December 2015 PDF version

Would You Buy a Retro-Encabulator? Communicating Science to the Public: If you can’t excite your friends about your research, how will you convince a manager or a funding agency? July 2015 PDF version

inChemistry magazine, published by the American Chemical Society
where PhDs work Public Outreach and Communication Careers Public communication professionals work in all job sectors, including industry, academia, government, and nonprofit organizations. September/October 2015 PDF version

Earning a Chemistry Ph.D.: Is It Worth the Effort? Factors to consider when making your decision, and how to make the most of your investment. February/March 2015 PDF version

A Matter of Degree Which graduate degree fits your career plans: PhD, MS, PSM, or graduate certificate? November/December 2014 PDF version

Should You Go to Graduate School? Factors to consider when you're deciding whether a graduate degree is right for you. September/October 2014 PDF version

Explore Career Options in Crystallography Careers, salaries, and employment outlook for crystallography, and an interview with a crystallographer in the workplace. September/October 2014 PDF version

Analyzing Your Career Chemistry Tips for chemistry undergraduate students on mapping a career strategy. February/March 2014 PDF version

Tribology and Lubrication Technology
Tribology and Lubrication Technology magazine, published by the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.
TLT November 2017 Automotive Industry Lightens Up The trend toward lightweight vehicle parts drives changes in manufacturing processes and metalworking fluids. (November 2017)
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TLT October 2017 Selecting lubricating greases: What you should know To get optimal performance and long operating life, pay close attention to specifications and monitor your operations closely. (October 2017)
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TLT August 2017 Moneyball for Fluid Development Statistical design of experiments couples a numbers-based approach with practical experience to extract the most information from the fewest experiments. (August 2017)
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TLT July 2017 Introduction to Dynamic Seals Keeping the grease out of the wash water and vice versa. (July 2017)
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TLT June 2017 Tribology from All Angles: Same Problem, Different Perspectives When chemists, materials scientists, and mechanical engineers work on the same problem, finding a common language can be an issue in itself. (June 2017)
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TLT March 2017 Grease Manufacturing: Chemistries and Processes The right materials and processes can make the difference between success and failure. (March 2017)
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TLT January 2017 Minding the Fleet from the Inside Out Oil analysis keeps vehicles running smoothly on land and sea, and in the air. (January 2017)

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TLT September 2016 Fundamentals of Rust Preventives A lot of things can happen between the steel mill and the finished metal part. Corrosion doesn't have to be one of them. (September 2016)

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TLT June 2016 Friction and Wear Fundamentals Characterizing friction requires understanding an entire system. (June 2016)

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TLT May 2016 Efficient Hydraulic Systems Deliver the Power Hydraulic fluid and system efficiency depends on the application, operating conditions and how hard your system is working. (May 2016)

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TLT April 2016 Minding the Metalworking Fluids How the right tests, consistent monitoring, and accurate records reduce machine down time and maintenance costs. (April 2016)

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TLT October 2015 Onsite Oil Reclamation Oil reclamation services keep operations running smoothly, reduce liability, and produce major cost savings. (October 2015)

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TLT April 2015 Seeing the Interface: How Realistic is the Picture? The relevance of your results depends on the questions you ask and the methods you use to get the answers. (April 2015, article begins on p. 36.)

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TLT February 2015 Tiny Bubbles Smaller oil reservoirs and higher power densities bring oil aeration problems to the forefront. Entrained air causes problems that differ from those caused by free air, dissolved air, and foam. (February 2015, article begins on p. 34.)

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TLT July 2014 Oil Analysis in the Military. Diligent maintenance, safety measures, cost savings and environmentally responsible practices keep the U.S. military’s equipment, ground vehicles, aircraft and ships ready for action. (July 2014, article begins on p. 34.)

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TLT May 2014 Bio-Based Greases: Back to the Future After a 150-year hiatus, lubricating greases made from agricultural products are making a comeback. (May 2014, article begins on p. 36.)

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Mothballing Equipment Mothballing Equipment: An extraordinary amount of planning, preparation and processes are needed to shut down an operation and restart it months or even decades later. (January 2004)

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Op-Ed articles

Op Ed article Medicine Gobbles Up Research Money, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 18, 2009
In 2007, medical research received roughly five times the funding received by any one of seven other scientific research categories. In 2003, the ratio was six to one. Meanwhile, during the past 25 years, America has fallen behind in such fields as alternative energy research and telecommunications.

From 1999 to 2003, I was an associate editor for Today's Chemist at Work, Modern Drug Discovery, and Chemical Innovation.

Today's Chemist at Work, Modern Drug Discovery, Chemical Innovation
Acoustic Gas Separation Acoustic Gas Separation: Greg Swift and his colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory are separating gas mixtures with a device that generates some serious sound waves, but the neighbors aren’t complaining.
Nanoarchitecture Architecture of the Very Small: In the solid-state world, chemical formulas may tell you very little. For many of the most interesting new nanostructured solids, it’s the architecture that counts.
Ceramics Ceramics: Beyond the Coffee Mug: You can find ceramics in devices that mimic eyes, noses, and muscles. Ceramics carry electricity, filter out static in cell phone conversations, and warn you when the air isn’t as clean as it should be.
Composites Composites of Opposites: Sometimes negativity is merely a disguise for nonconformity. In the field of materials design, thinking negatively can produce some very positive results.

Imaging: Portraits from Life: What a clinical researcher really wants is to watch cells in action, preferably without harming the patient in the process. A picture, or better yet, a series of pictures, would be ideal.

Picture a Protein

Picture a Protein: Because so many of today’s drugs work by fitting into pockets, pores, and channels inprotein molecules, wouldn’t it be great to have an atom-by-atom molecular map?

Uncle Tungsten Uncle Tungsten (book review): Oliver Sacks interweaves brief histories of the giants of the physical sciences and their discoveries in between segments of his own life. The result is an engrossing narrativeof how he came to embrace the physical sciences with such enthusiasm and limitless curiosity.
Whose Game? Whose Game? Whose Rules? (news analysis): Research scientists, pharmaceutical company executives, and stock analysts have found their playing fields overlapping more and more, with multiple government agencies acting as referees. The results can be as messy as a bowler throwing curve balls on a golf course.

Scholarly Publications
From 1984 through 1999, I co-authored scientific papers and presentations on macroporous solids, crystallography, vibrational spectroscopy, thin film structures, and crystallographic data mining.

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I have contributed to and presented posters and oral presentations at meetings of the American Chemical Society and the International Zeolites Conference.