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May 2016 Issue of The Analytical Scientist

Welcome to the May issue! In Upfront, we share our top picks for June’s conferences, meet the guy who can make aged spirits in six days, and find out why bearcat urine smells of popcorn. Six (female) chemists ask if Analytical Science Is sexist – and voting opens for our first all-women Power List. Our expert contributors tackle food analysis, automated sample preparation, lung cancer diagnostics and the multidimensional future of proteomics. Finally, we Sit Down With patent-publishing wonder, Chris Pohl, of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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Articles featured in this issue

Fields & Applications Proteomics

The Dogmatic Scientist

| Rich Whitworth

A vitriolic attack on astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sparks controversy – and acts as a stark reminder of the need to love science but refute ‘scientism.’

Techniques & Tools Proteomics

Proteomics to the People

| Joanna Cummings

A beautiful video ‘sells’ the fascinating world of large-scale proteome studies

Techniques & Tools Sensors

Protecting Beauty from the Beasts

| Joanna Cummings

Using an optoelectronic nose to ‘sniff out’ the pollutants attacking Disney artwork

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Shaken and Stirred

| Joanna Cummings

GC-MS helps to create aged spirits… in only six days

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

LC-MS in the US

| Joanna Cummings

Are you hitting San Francisco? Or taking a San Antonio stroll? Here are our top picks for ASMS and HPLC 2016

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

Pass (on) the Popcorn

| Joanna Cummings

Tracking the scent – and appeal – of bearcats

Business & Education Mass Spectrometry

Getting Down to Business

| Marcus Lippold , Rich Whitworth

What’s going on in the analytical sciences?

Techniques & Tools Technology

The Power List 2016

| Rich Whitworth

Celebrating the Top 50 Women in analytical science. Nominations now open! 

Techniques & Tools Technology

Garbage In, Garbage Out

| Guenter Boehm

High-quality, automated sample preparation can help you take out the trash.

Techniques & Tools Food, Beverage & Agriculture

On the -Omics Journey

| Chiara Cordero

Profiling and fingerprinting in food analysis signposts a route to a better life.

Fields & Applications Spectroscopy

Two Words: Food Scanners

| Yannick Weesepoel

H2020 wanted to put food authentication into the hands of the consumer. What impact will the outcome have on our field?

Fields & Applications Gas Chromatography

Diagnosing Lung Cancer Earlier

| Romain Pesesse

Can comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography breath analysis lead to better lung cancer diagnostics?

Fields & Applications Spectroscopy

(I Love the Sound of) Breaking Glass

| Joanna Cummings

Is (analytical) science still sexist? Six chemists contemplate the ‘glass ceiling’ for women in science: does it exist and if so, can it be broken?

Fields & Applications Spectroscopy

Towards Meritocracy

| Ellen Miseo

Keep your eyes and ears open, because a lot of discrimination is subtle.

Fields & Applications Spectroscopy

Making Great Strides

| Heather Brooke

Women who are already in STEM careers simply need to be more visible

Fields & Applications Spectroscopy

Leaning In

| Mary Kate Donais

If you find you’re not in a supportive environment with the specific people that you work with, find another one

Fields & Applications Spectroscopy

An Ongoing Effort

| Nicola Gaston

Sexism isn’t necessarily about bad people; it’s about bad judgments that are based on a cultural lack of understanding

Fields & Applications Spectroscopy

On Balance

| Lisa Miller

Sharing examples of successful female researchers with young people will help to encourage more women to pursue science as a career

Fields & Applications Spectroscopy

Beyond the ‘Old Boys Club’

| Ingeborg Petterson

It’s important to have women role models as a woman scientist, but men can be fantastic and supportive role models to women as well

Techniques & Tools Mass Spectrometry

The Multidimensional Future of Proteomics

| John Yates, Shabaz Mohammed, Koen Sandra, Andrea Gargano

The proteome is practically infinite in its complexity. If we are ever going to fully unravel its secrets, the best separation tools – and the best know-how – must be combined. Here, four experts discuss the broad importance of proteomics, the potential of multidimensional liquid chromatography, and the challenges inherent in gaining insight beyond the “tip of the proteo-berg.”

Techniques & Tools Gas Chromatography

Advancing Enantiomer Analysis

| Maurice Janssen

The story behind direct mass spectrometric detection of chiral molecules using MS-PECD – a winner of The Analytical Scientist Innovation Awards (TASIAs).

Techniques & Tools Liquid Chromatography

Ion Legend

| Rich Whitworth

Sitting Down With... Chris Pohl, Vice President, Chromatography Chemistry, Thermo Fisher Scientific, San Francisco Bay Area, USA.

Techniques & Tools Food, Beverage & Agriculture

Taking Analytical Control

| Rich Whitworth

Then & Now, with Katie Banaszewski, Method Development Scientist III at Now Foods, Bloomingdale, Illinois, USA.

Techniques & Tools Data Analysis

Rebooting Application Notes

| Rich Whitworth

App notes are undeniably useful, giving you access to expert knowledge in your field or helping you understand a new technique. But what if they went beyond simply providing static information? Enter AppsLab.

Fields & Applications Sensors

Humanity in Science Award 2016

| Waseem Asghar

Waseem Asghar, Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University, received the 2016 Humanity in Science Award.

Techniques & Tools Sample Preparation

Measuring Antibody Molecular Weight by SEC-MALS

| Sponsored by Malvern Panalytical

In this application note, a purified polyclonal antibody (IgG) is separated using Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) and characterized using the Viscotek SEC-MALS 20, allowing calculation of molecular weight and radius of gyration (Rg).

Techniques & Tools Sample Preparation

Solvent Enhanced Light Scattering Technique Enhances Gel Permeation Chromatography Analysis

| Chris Mirley, Sean Daughtry, Wei Sen Wong

The ideal solvent for a material may not provide a sufficient refractive index difference for light scattering detection. This example of a biodegradable polymer shows how SELS is used to increase dn/dc to give enhanced detection sensitivity

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