On June 27, 2021, Harold McNair – a titan of gas chromatography – passed away. Harold was a great communicator, mentor, and teacher; and we spoke with seven of his past students, colleagues and friends to find out what lessons we can all learn from “Doc”. Elsewhere, Meriem Gaida argues that, rather than rushing to the finishing post, researchers should focus on the “four Cs” of data quality: consistency, correctness, completeness, and credibility; and find out how a new approach to radiocarbon dating has helped elucidate the age of Africa’s “tree of life”. 

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Lessons We’ve Learned from Harold McNair (1933–2021)
11/29/2021 | James Strachan
Past students, colleagues and friends distil the essential lessons they’ve learned – from teaching, to networking, to life itself – from Harold McNair
Musings from the Power List: Bob Pirok
11/30/2021 | Lauren Robertson
Bob unveils the biggest challenge facing the field, his mentors, and some of his “strong opinions”…
No Prize for Second Place?
12/01/2021 | Meriem Gaida
We should all focus on data quality by sticking to the four Cs: consistency, correctness, completeness, and credibility
Dating the Big Tree
12/02/2021 | Lauren Robertson
Accelerator MS used to radiocarbon date the historic Big Tree at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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