Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 15:00:52 -0400
Reply-To: "Dr. Jay A. Young" <chemsafety**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
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From: "Dr. Jay A. Young" <chemsafety**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
Subject: Re: Please Help A New Fellow Scientist
Comments: To: List Moderator


I am sorry that by this time no one has responded to your request for help.

You described a job opening that, frankly, is unusual: An 
Environmental/Chemical safety position combined with fire protection skills.

Perhaps the reason is that no one knows of a similar job opening.  Frankly, 
if you want a job like that one so much, why didn't you apply for that job 

You surely must know that in these times one should take almost any job that 
is offered, especially if it corresponds even slightly with one's academic 
training.  This is no time to be picking and choosing.  Many years ago I was 
offered a job as a chemical engineer (I had a pure chemistry major--zip in 
knowledge of engineering) in a city hundreds of miles from my home.  But I 
was somewhat desperate and took the job.  I still look back on that 
job--more than 60 years ago--as one of the most interesting work I ever did, 
full of opportunities to learn more about my favorite subject: chemistry. 
(I even joined the Society of Chemical Engineering!)

So, look more diligently for work that is only remotely related to 
biochemistry--you might be surprised with what happens to you as a result. 
Meanwhile I'll pray for your success.

Jay Young

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "List Moderator" 
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 8:46 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Please Help A New Fellow Scientist

> From: Andrew Gross 
> Date: May 22, 2009 2:20:36 AM EDT (CA)
> Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Please Help A New Fellow Scientist
> Hi all,
> This is my first time posting to the list serv, even though I have
> been observing for a while.  Before I ask my question, let me first
> introduce myself.  My name is Andrew Gross, I am a recent graduate of
> Binghamton University (F06) with a B.S. in Biochemistry.  Everything
> was great in my world until the economic crisis.  I was on top of the
> world doing R&D for a huge company. Being the resourceful person I am,
> nothing ever got that bad.  I work a dirty job now, but it puts food
> on my table, I have actually been content with this job until
> recently.  What started the series of events that brought me to this
> email was actually a trip to Binghamton to speak with my favorite
> professor about my future and just science in general, in summary, I
> just needed to have an intellectual conversation and was willing to
> drive the 8 hours round trip to do it.  This trip inspired me to join
> ACS so I could belong to a community of intellectuals and when I was
> still in college this professor took me to an ACS meeting which was
> the most incredible experience of my life.
> Then an accident occurred on my job and I became to scared to work,
> even though I do it anyway.  You see, I drive a truck right now, and
> even though the accident wasn't my fault and no one was injured, I
> became horrified that I could, potentially seriously hurt someone
> after seeing what my "office" did to the gigantic Buick..  My fault or
> not, that would haunt me forever.  The final piece of the puzzle came
> two days ago when I saw a job posting.  This job not only involved
> chemistry (and science in general), but also my other job of
> firefighting.  It was an environmental/chemical safety position which
> for some reason requested fire protection skills.
> So for my question, I ask of many of you, if you know of any similar
> positions out there?.  I joined this division because it sounded
> interesting to me, and now it seems that the jobs I find interesting
> are in this field.  Ultimately I am asking everyone for general
> guidance.  Please help.
> If this email breaks any rules of the list serv, I apologize now.
> Like I said I am new, just let me know if I'm not supposed to make
> requests like this.
> Advanced Thank You,
> Andrew Gross.

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