Chemistry Blog

Kenneth Hanson

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Date registered: September 7, 2009

Latest posts

  1. My Extra Credit Assignment: Turn a General Chemistry Topic into a Science Museum Exhibit — May 21, 2015
  2. Sharing Science: Distilling Publications Into 5 Minute Videos — March 12, 2015
  3. 23 Million Times Slower than Molasses — January 24, 2015
  4. First Friday: Ask a Scientist — September 23, 2014
  5. Aspiring Graduate Students: You have questions, FSU Graduate Recruiting & Admissions Committee has answers! — September 9, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Want to get out of jury duty? Become a chemist. — 15 comments
  2. Inquiring Minds Need Your Help — 15 comments
  3. Finding a Postdoc Position is a Difficult Journey but here are 15 Tips to Help You Along the Way. — 14 comments
  4. Rethinking the Jablonski Diagram — 12 comments
  5. Emergent Complexity: The Fourth Law of Thermodynamics? — 11 comments

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May 21

My Extra Credit Assignment: Turn a General Chemistry Topic into a Science Museum Exhibit


When traveling, I always make a point to explore local science museums. I look for engaging exhibits that explain scientific concepts in informative and fun ways. One such exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota asks participants to create carbon nanotubes using foam connectors. A few friends and I used our advanced degrees to produce …

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Mar 12

Sharing Science: Distilling Publications Into 5 Minute Videos


Aiming to make our research more accessible, the Hanson research group will post five minute videos recapping each of our papers after they are published. This probably sounds like a very time consuming undertaking, but our group is very lucky to have access to GEOSET studio, a creation of our local Nobelist Harry Kroto. Harry, …

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Jan 24

23 Million Times Slower than Molasses


I have the pleasure of teaching general chemistry II for the first time ever this semester. It is fun to go back and revisit concepts that I have not spent time with since taking general chemistry ~13 years ago. Our first few classes will focus on intermolecular forces (dipole-dipole, London Dispersion, etc.) and some of …

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Sep 23

First Friday: Ask a Scientist


Soon after moving to Tallahassee my wife (Debbie) and I were encouraged to check out First Friday, an eclectic, once-a-month gathering of local musicians, artists, food trucks, and performers. Located in a lumber yard-turned-art park known as Railroad Square, First Friday is a wonderful opportunity to see locals celebrating their hobbies and personal interests. Following …

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Sep 09

Aspiring Graduate Students: You have questions, FSU Graduate Recruiting & Admissions Committee has answers!


Last December, Mike Shatruk, chair of Florida State University’s chemistry graduate recruiting & admissions committee, hosted an AMA (ask me anything) on reddit.com/r/chemistry. The post generated considerable interest with 191 upvotes and 178 comments. The questions ranged from job prospects to metrics for grad school acceptance. This year we have decided to give it another …

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Jul 18

A Year in the Life of a New Research Lab…in Less than One Minute


The Hanson Research Group’s first experiment—initiated my second day on the job—involved two strategically placed Brinno TLC200 time-lapse cameras programmed to take one photo per day. The video from our first camera that covered our less-trafficked support space was posted in March. Below is the video from our second camera, which was placed in the main lab and …

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