Okay — so I spend a decent part of each work day looking at, evaluating, thinking about, drawing and discussing molecules. It's not only my job to decide what makes one "better" than another at what we'd like them to do, but I actually really enjoy it. Science to me is all about managing uncertainty and everyday my colleagues and I make hypotheses (i.e. guesses) about why something works, or all to often doesn't work, the way you expect it to. It's challenging, frustrating and fun all at the same time.
So from my BS in Chemistry, to my PhD in Chemistry, I've always absorbed comments like, "Oh, I hated chemistry in school!" and you try not to notice the rolled eyes when you tell someone that you're a chemist. (I haven't actually made anything for a long time, but you still get the looks.)
Anyway, so three times in the last two days I came across non-work things that incorporated a chemistry theme in their ads or product. The first was for an Acura maintenance program that uses elements from the periodic table to spell out their name. Pretty cool. The next was in a catalog that someone had at work and they offered a "periodic table" of vegetables. Pretty clever. The last was something else that made me proud to be an ACC alum, which was an arrangement of the sports at the University of Maryland in which each program was given a box like an element. Nicely done!
Now, I doubt that chem-themed ads aren't going to replace spokesmodels or anything, but I was pleasantly suprised to see such a concentration of them… concentration, get it? Oh nevermind….