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Crystal clear – Thanks and farewell Jennifer Novotney – Real Scientists

Crystal clear – Thanks and farewell Jennifer Novotney

Even though Jennifer Novotney’s (@CommonChemist) work includes finding ways to detect explosives, she makes sure to wear the proper protective gear just in case something blows up. Jennifer is currently transitioning from Cornell University, New York, where she did her PhD on high-performance polymers, to a career in science communication.


Jennifer spent her week (January 18- 25) curating @RealScientists walking us through synthesizing covalent organic framework polymers, everything from setting up the system to running an X-ray diffraction on the crystals. She also showed off her lab’s #SciArt talents:


If you missed Jennifer’s tweets, they are all available here (most recent tweets at the top). She had some thoughts on her week curating @RealScientists:

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately it was a slow week in lab so I didn’t always feel like I had the most to talk about. It was really exciting to see people retweet and favorite what I was saying about chemistry.

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

I really enjoyed it. Whenever people liked or favorited my comments I got really excited and motivated to keep tweeting!

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

The highlights were having people respond to my messages.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

A bit of a plan, I wish I had had a bit more of one, but it worked out well.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Take pictures! People really love seeing live science!


B7_nbAFIEAEnUrAWe all had a great time reading Jennifer’s tweets this week (you can continue following her at @CommonChemist) – there were even a surprise shark sighting at the end!


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