Drug design and chemistry time: thanks and farewell Martin Stoermer

Organic and medicinal chemist Martin Stoermer  joined RealScientists in October. Martin covered a fascinating range of topics from drug design in academia, to dealing with career disruptions and a SPECTACULAR triglyceride cake made with what appears to be chocolate liquorice bullets #omnomnom

There were also many lovely spaghetti pictures #omonomnom (what, they’re actually proteins?!)

 

and also fairy/candy floss #omnnomnom (nope sorry, more proteins)

Cats were also a feature, because internet

There was also plenty of discussion about scientific careers in and out of academia, aspects of failed and successful research collaborations and his experiences while undergoing cancer treatments and recovery. Martin kindly responded to our curator exit interview, so you can get his very own views on the week below.

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

It was a great week and flew by!

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

Not really, I had planned to write for a bit, ignoring the notifications coming in, and then respond to them as best I could during coffee breaks

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

Seeing people getting excited about science is always a highlight. And there were lots of people responding positively. A few people baffled by the chemistry but that’s to be expected with such a diverse audience

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

I would have liked to spend a bit more time on the issues of archiving raw data, as part of research integrity

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

Yes, I managed to stick to the plan. I spent time on writing the science in a sort of mental paragraph style, then cutting it down to tweetable chunks

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

The best part about writing parts of it ahead of time is that you get to keep a copy of everything you tweet. I broke it up into Day 1, Day 2 etc, so that I could at a quick glance see what I’d covered and when. Also keeping a “rough bits” document open to add things to for later

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?

On Twitter I’d definitely recommend following #RealTimeChem for chemists, and for students, the #phdchat streams

Thanks once again Martin from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from his week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.

 

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