So, one of the perks about having done research in several places is that you end up with a pretty broad network of friends and colleagues.
And occasionally, those friends and colleagues are faculty members at universities and are looking for speakers to come and present at their departmental seminars.
Now most academic types commonly look with disdain upon “industry research”. It’s usually said with the same sort of squint and frown that we hard working folks in for-profit institutions often reserve for saying “ivory tower”. Now I’m not saying that I feel that way. Not one bit. Let’s just say I’ve heard about it.
Anyway, it was with great excitement that I accepted an invitation from a friend that I used to work with back in the day at DuPont and Penn to speak tomorrow at Arizona State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry where she is a professor.
Now, I give lots of talks at work, but most of the time those are more project-based than research driven – timelines, deliverables, priorities, etc. This is going to be fun for me because it’s a great opportunity to extract what our group has been doing for the last couple of years and just present the SCIENCE. I hope I still have my research talk-giving chops – I’m sure when I get introduced, I’ll be nervous.
The other fun thing is that I’ll have the chance to spend some time with a lot of the grad students there and talk to them about working in industry – hopefully I will be able to convince them that an academic lab isn’t the only place that you can do good work, publish quality research papers, and who knows… maybe even be invited to talk sometimes… :)
Oh — and ’m not hauling a computer with me, so I’ll be off the grid starting this afternoon for a couple of days — back on Saturday!