I am a third year UBC chemistry co-op student, expecting to graduate in 2017. I am particularly interested in green chemistry and climate change. Ultimately, I hope to research and develop products and technology that contribute to climate mitigation.
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I am a third year UBC chemistry co-op student, expecting to graduate in 2017. I am particularly interested in green chemistry and climate change. Currently, I am working as a research assistant at AFCC. Ultimately, I hope to research and develop products and technology that contribute to climate mitigation.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
CV (December 2013)
UBC Undergraduate Chemistry Society
I’m sure most of you have seen this article, “9 Disgusting Things You Didn’t Know You’ve Been Eating Your Whole Life,” by now, but in case you haven’t, I’d like to provide you with some entertainment for today.
The article picks a few ingredients found in foods that are also found in other things (e.g., L-cysteine being found both in human hair and in bagels). Can we just take a moment to realize somebody just listed an amino acid as something disgusting we consume? An. Amino. Acid. I heard water is used in paint thinner. I guess we should just avoid water too!
These “ingredients” that are listed are found in such trace amounts that they will not kill you, unless you eat 1000 cakes in one sitting or something. Like Hank Green said, to everyone who doesn’t like the idea of having “chemicals in your food,” everything is chemicals!
I hope everyone gets a good laugh out of this article! I know I sure did.
A Form of Happiness: Dopamine
We have all felt the rush and experienced the feeling of happiness, and Speculative Design artist Jessica Charlesworth, along with her husband, Product Designer Tim Parsons, has made it tangible. The couples’ A Form of Happiness project has masterfully resulted in their creation of a wood and magnetic representation of the neurotransmitter responsible for releasing the chemical that fuels our desire for happiness. The effects of the organic chemical, dopamine, are likened to the euphoric feeling and pleasurable physical reaction to things such as searching through sale racks while shopping, enjoying a delicious meal, or the pleasure received from engaging in sexual activity.
A Form of Happiness, displayed as the physical model of dopamine, is part of a kit that allows user to assemble the wooden pieces into the chemical compound strand. Each part is held together by embedded neodymium magnets. The kit includes examples of the various roles that the physical piece could take on and provides a more vivid display of what occurs during moments when dopamine is released. Charlesworth and Parsons pose the question, ‘What makes you happy?’ and while the answers will vary by person, as their model and kit prove, the feeling is the same for everyone. Happiness is a simple chemical reaction we seek it throughout life; a chemical bit of magic.
- Lee Jones
Art like this makes me happy.
This is absolutely beautiful!
Added a newer, poster friendly version of the Metal Ion Flame Test Colours graphic to the store today! You can view the original post here, which includes an explanation of the origin of the colours.
If you’re not already following compoundchem, I don’t know what you’re doing with your time on Tumblr!
I thought I’d share this ridiculously adorable design my friend, Sharon, made.
The design is part of a poster promoting the UBC undergraduate chemistry society’s (UCS) graduation event, Chemiformal. Sharon is wickedly talented when it comes to graphic design, so if you’re interested in some of the work she has done with UBC UCS, I’d encourage you to have a look here!
Spectrometry Lab Art
My favorite thing is probably the whole central science thing. I like how chemistry connects to pretty much any field of science you care to...