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Piper Promotes: Science Exchange

Science Exchange LogoHave you ever struggled to complete and experiment or that last piece of your publication puzzle because you couldn’t find the right expertise or instrument at your institution and didn’t know where to turn? This problem is becoming increasingly common as science becomes more interdisciplinary and every paper becomes more comprehensive. It is an issue that the founders of Science Exchange seek to alleviate. Science Exchange is an online Science Services Marketplace that manages the purchase of research services, vets service providers, and works with researchers to find the exact provider for their experimental needs.
Science Exchange was founded by Elizabeth Iorns, Dan Knox, and Ryan Abbott in May 2011 to open up access to expertise and instruments and improve the reproducibility of published science. They believe that through outsourcing particular scientific experiments to a research expert in that field, the science reported will stand up to the test of reproducibility more frequently. Without focusing on too many areas of science at the same time, more quality science can be accomplished and individual researchers can accomplish more.

Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (PIEP) Informational Interviewing, April 18th

The Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (PIEP) is hosting a workshop entitled “Informational Interviewing” on April 18, 2012 from 5:45-7:30 pm in 105 Stanley Hall. Vegetarian food and refreshments will be served during networking time from 5:45-6:15 and the workshop will be from 6:15-7:30. With plenty of food and drinks, the social time is excellent for meeting scientists in other fields and labs and getting everyone out their lab to have some fun. At a recent workshop on how to write effective biosketches, I was able to connect with several biologists and chemical engineers.

The information interviewing workshop will be conducted by Mark Friedfeld, Assistant Director and Career Advisor at Haas Business School. Mark specializes in financial services in his capacity as career adviser but works with students from a variety of other fields. On the philanthropic side, Mark is active member of the San Francisco Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Coming Soon: Iota Sigma Pi Faculty Tea, April 6th

Iota Sigma Pi, the women’s honors society in Chemistry, is having its annual Faculty Tea on April 6, 2012 from 5-6:30 pm in Tan Hall 775. The Faculty Tea serves as an opportunity for students to interact with professors in an informal setting to discuss career paths.

Iota Sigma Pi-Hydrogen Chapter President Rebecca Murphy says that over twenty Berkeley professors will be attending the event and that the nature of the event encourages professors to tell stories and share the wisdom they wish they had known when they were students. I attended this event last year and I received a lot of candid advice from professors and leaders in industry. It has been very informative to see their perspective.

Iota Sigma Pi is a national organization founded in Berkeley in 1902. The Hydrogen Chapter at Berkeley currently has over forty active members who participate in chemistry outreach at all levels. I am a proud member of this organization and was the Hydrogen Chapter delegate to the National Triennial Convention in Cleveland, OH in 2011. Berkeley will be hosting the next triennial convetion in 2014.

Two Berkeley students recently were announced as winners of Iota Sigma Pi National Awards- Kaitlyn Weeber won Gladys Anderson Emerson Undergraduate Scholarship and Leah Rubin won the Members-At-Large Re-Entry Award. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information on the Tea, please email iotasigmapi@gmail.com.