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After a frustrating year on the tenure-track job hunt, my eyes are still on the prize, and I've learned that sheer will might be the most important quality required for this career track.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Okay, so I was all set to go with another string of gripes for my blog post today (yeah, it's getting old for me, too). But then I saw this post from Arlenna at Chemical BiLOLogy...and my mood was immediately lifted. It's her blog question for Nobel Prize winner Harry Kroto, "who originally discovered the strange but fascinating Buckyball structure of carbon (C60, aka fullerene)." I'll go no more into this aspect of her piece, because, well, I sucked at organic chemistry...I mean I really sucked at it. For this same reason, though, I am absolutely fascinated with the topic of her question - these guys, called NanoPutians, or NanoKids:

Defined by Wikipedia, NanoPutians "are a series of organic molecules whose structural formulae appear human". Evidently, this guy James Tour in 2003 got worried about his daughter's lack of interest in science, in particular chemistry. As an organic chemist specializing in nanotechnology, he decided to do something about it - and now we have these little guys. Included in the NanoPutian family are NanoAthlete, NanoGreenBeret, and even NanoTexan. You should also check out the space-filling models, which make these guys look, oh, so lifelike.

I know they're aimed at kids, but the chemical synthesis of these guys may have alone been enough to get me a little more on board with organic chemistry when in college. Hell, I'm kinda tempted right now to go figure out how all the electron pushing might go (just as soon as I finish the twenty other things piled up on my desk ;). So the latest mood swing has been staved off yet another day, thanks to some little stick-figure kids.

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biochem belle
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Awesome! Although I think that the NanoTexan looks more like a NanoMountie.

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This is quite cool indeed :) Gah.. I am so easily amused..

Jason Goldman
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Awww. Cute little gender-neutral organochemical-dude looks like he just wants to give you a big hug.

Dr Becca, Ph.D.
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Agreed w/ BB- definitely NanoMountie. I'd add that NanoChef looks more like NanoGenie, as well.

These are so cool, it's making me sad that I never took orgo :( Related, I was in Barnes & Noble today and almost picked up Organic Chemistry for Dummies because I've been feeling...inadequate lately.

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Haha! Thanks for the link Dr. O--I love those guys, they are so funny! I remember seeing the original paper when it first came out and laughing my head off. I hope Harry Kroto answers my question! Of course I could answer it myself (it would be more like Big Ball Soccer, which is played with a giant yoga ball), but it would be much funnier to hear him talk about it!

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It's nice to know I'm not alone in my failure at Orgo. It almost turned me away from science, but I knew I'd be good at other things....eventually!
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