Last night, Emily, one of my Chem 201 students found this heartfelt commentary scratched into one of the old wooden chairs in Eliot 314:
“If I had one hour to live, I would spend it here because it would last forever”
John Daido Loori was a chemist, photographer, and leader (roshi) of the Zen Mountain Monastery. Some of his photos and a remembrance. More links.
Summer still has several weeks to go unless you’re a Reed prof whose job it is
to teach a large course like o-chem on Aug 31 and you’ve got to get
READY. Here are some items to help returning students (if you want to know what I did for MY summer vacation, skip to the next page):
- O-chem (201) students: go to the Chem 201-202 home page for news and instructions (there’s also a link on this page under Courses). The 201-202 site will be updated many times in August so keep checking back.
- Transfer courses:
I am no longer the Chem dept chair so I will not be signing credit
transfer requests (see below for one important exception). If you want to transfer
a “foreign” chemistry course, see our new dept chair, Ron McClard, but
first read the Transfer Credit instructions (there’s also a link on this page under Visitors). The exception: if you want to transfer geology course credit, come see me (and please read the Transfer Credit instructions).
- Chem seniors looking for thesis projects:come
see me. I have two types of projects to offer you this year: lab experiments directed at the
synthesis and study of new Fe-TAML oxidation catalysts, and
small-molecule computational experiments that can be directed at any
topic of mutual interest. Project descriptions will eventually be posted in the Research zone (there’s also a link on this page under Visitors).
- Green science project: the Project entered a dormant phase last spring, but its ready to be rebooted this fall with a new band of student volunteers. Want to get
involved? Read the latest post [posted 8/30/09] on the Green Science blog to see what I have in mind (and send me your comments, supportive or otherwise)
Oh, and here’s what I did for my summer vacation:
I’ve been using this blog as my home page for 3 weeks and it works ok! A little clunky in places, but easy to update, and really easy to post some strange stuff.
Share the moment with Rat & Goat (Pearls Before Swine Aug 16, 2008).