Sep 28, 2007

Los Alamos chemist among this year's MacArthur Fellows Program awardees


My Hang Huynh
Chemist, High Explosives Science and Technology Group
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Born: 1962

My Hang Huynh is a scientist working at the boundary of organic and inorganic chemistry to devise novel techniques for synthesizing highly energetic compounds. Energetic compounds such as explosives are employed in a wide variety of applications but pose hazards in two respects: thermostability and environmental contamination. Huynh has developed a new class of reactions based on constituents such as azides and alkynes that address both issues. The thermodynamic properties of substances she has synthesized make them remarkably stable under a wide temperature range, and their structure allows the substitution of toxic heavy metals such as lead or mercury with more benign elements like copper and iron. Moreover, the methods that she has developed highlight the potential for nitrogen-based reaction centers to serve as the backbone in the synthesis of complex molecules, challenging the orthodoxy of synthetic approaches based on covalent carbon bonding in organic chemistry. Huynh's advances also promise to improve the safety of workers, such as miners and military personnel, who are chronically exposed to energetic materials. In addition, the large amount of inert nitrogen gas generated in the detonation of her novel compounds suggests the possibility of new safety applications, including fire prevention in malfunctioning jet engines and improved air bag design.

My Hang Huynh received a B.A. (1991) and a B.S. (1991) from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Ph.D. (1998) from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Since 2002, she has been a chemist in the High Explosives Science and Technology Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her papers have been published in such journals as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Inorganic Chemistry, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Fellows Program Overview

The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.

The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. In keeping with this purpose, the Foundation awards fellowships directly to individuals rather than through institutions. Recipients may be writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or those in other fields, with or without institutional affiliations. They may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers.

Although nominees are reviewed for their achievements, the fellowship is not a reward for past accomplishment, but rather an investment in a person's originality, insight, and potential. Indeed, the purpose of the MacArthur Fellows Program is to enable recipients to exercise their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society.

The Foundation does not require or expect specific products or reports from MacArthur Fellows, and does not evaluate recipients' creativity during the term of the fellowship. The MacArthur Fellowship is a "no strings attached" award in support of people, not projects. Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $500,000 to the recipient, paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.

71 comments:

Pinky and The Brain said...

Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

That is very cool! Great job.

Anonymous said...

"Since 2002, she has been a chemist in the High Explosives Science and Technology Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her papers have been published in such journals as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Inorganic Chemistry, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society."

Hmm. Does anyone else realize that the Lab has banned the MacArthur fellow from performing any work at the Lab. She is no longer allowed to step foot on the Lab. However, Terry and Charlie are gladly taking credit for Huynh's accomplishments. Another example of the Lab tearing down a good female scientist. The Welch organization and POGO should have a field day with this one ...

Pinky and The Brain said...

I wondered why I couldn't find any mention of this on the LANL website. What gives?

Anonymous said...

8:49pm: Care to provide some evidence to back that up? That sounds like BS to me. Seems a rather extreme claim.

PATB: Mention of what? The Thurs Sept. 27 news bulletin has a story about the prize.

Pinky and The Brain said...

Thanks, I missed it. I just saw the E.O. Lawrence Award from back in February.

Anonymous said...

OK you LANL folks 8:49 PM is correct. Just search the inside LANL search engine for My Hang Huynh and you will see that the Lab and its WP and DX/DE orgs are taking much credit for Huynh's accomplishments but have exhiled her from the Lab. They are using mental health as an excuse versus investigatory leave. Terry has f*cked this situation up as well as he did the "where in the world is the Americiusm" and the "aqua regia inhalation incident".

Anonymous said...

Hey folks it is easy to bash people like MyHang but think about this - she has gotten a shitload of awards - both from internal and external sources. Thus, it seems to me that there must be some truth to the MyHang story. C-Div and DE/DX-Divs all screwed the pooch on this one and are trying to cover up their mistakes. Both the C- and DX-div leaders were demoted or removed. Tells you something, eh?

Anonymous said...

From the LA Monitor 9/28:

"Huynh is on permanent disability after a period of medical leave from the laboratory that began in February. Suffering from a condition of anxiety and hyperventilation, she is currently under a regime of heavy medication and unable to work."

One presumes this information did not come from LANL. Does anyone think it is incorrect, or a coverup of some LANL/LANS nefarious deed?

Anonymous said...

It sounds like we need a reporter to contact Dr. My Hang Huynh to find out how LANL has been treating her. Something sounds fishy here.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 9/28/07 10:12 PM wrote:

"Hey folks it is easy to bash people like MyHang..."

I didn't seen any bashing of MyHang in the previous comments. There were a few congratulatory postings. The only bashing that I saw was of LANL management.

Anonymous said...

Permanent disability? OMG! What did LANL do to this brillant young woman?

Anonymous said...

The truth is somewhere in the middle, as always. Here is my understanding. It is colored by my not having paid much attention, so please correct any details if you know more.

MyHang was a postdoc at UNC with Tom Meyer. When Meyer was recruited by John Brown to be the AD-science, MyHang was brought along. She performed OK in the Chemistry Division. Not great, but not embarrassing, IIRC. Meyer got her converted into DX, where she joined an LDRD project on more environmentally benign explosives. I think the project was languishing due to a lack of interest by then-DX-2. The conceptual advances had already been made by a the scientist (whose name I have forgotten) whom she would eventually marry. Having good synthetic skills, MyHang was able to quickly turn these concepts into a range of new energetic materials.

My understanding is that MyHang made advances because she was the first professional-level chemist to show up in that sub-discipline. There are other similar examples in chemistry. For example, Al Sattelberger and Aqua Regia-TSM both made their marks by being the first professional-level chemists to enter obscure fields.

I have no idea where the apparent nervous break down came from.

I have no axe to grind with MyHang, nor have I seen her in several years. Just throwing in my 2 cents, since there seems to be some interest in her story. Anyone with better information?

Anonymous said...

I forgot to say it:

Congratulations to My Hang Huynh

Anonymous said...

I agree. There is a story here about how LANL has been treating or mistreating this brillant your lady.

Anonymous said...

4:10pm

"
My understanding is that MyHang made advances because she was the first professional-level chemist to show up in that sub-discipline."

Well it was a brilliant move and it really paid off!. This is often how great breakthroughs are done. Congratulations, Los Alamos can be proud.

I would also add that this shows that Tom Meyer knew who was good. We lost Meyer now due to the utter criminal incompetence of Nanos.

Anonymous said...

Winning a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship is quite a cut above the standard "R&D 100" stuff that LANL management likes to trot out.

This is an interesting human interest story. It would be fascinating to know the full story behind this young scientist and her dealings with LANL's management.

Why was her career at LANL suddenly cut short? Anyone from the old DX Division wish to fill us in with more details?

Pinky and The Brain said...

It is strange that lanl.gov/news is still milking the bronze star story and a MacArthur Fellow is down in the news bulletin for one day alongside a story about taxi service.

Anonymous said...

From 4:10 pm, "My understanding is that MyHang made advances because she was the first professional-level chemist to show up in that sub-discipline."

This is exactly how transformational science is discovered and accomplished and I am surprised that MyHang has not been made a Lab Fellow. Bravo to Meyer for bringing her to LANL and DX for hiring her. MyHang is a brilliant young lady and Lab management should be punished for what they have done to her. She is Lab Fellow material and I would openly state that if the Lab does not make her a Fellow this year then there is something really, really wrong with the people in charge. MyHang has many more accolades than others who have been made Fellows or Senior Lab Fellows over the past 10 years.

Anonymous said...

"Anyone from the old DX Division wish to fill us in with more details?"

Let's just say that this poor girl was wronged by DX-2 and the DX-DO management. Management got promoted instead of being punished. MyHang was ostracized. Now LANL takes credit for all her awards. Classy.

Anonymous said...

MyHang should most certainly be a lab fellow. MacArthur fellows are as good as they get. The last person from LANL to get one was Ginsparg. He left to take a faculty position at Cornell. I am sure MyHang will do great in the long run.

Anonymous said...

If the above is true, the Nanos fiasco has longer term effects than I imagined. The only solution, barring eliminating LANL altogether, is to do a complete overhaul at all non-programmatic management levels to root out the rotten heartwood.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pinky and the Brain. I found an old
post from this blog related to this topic.

" Anonymous said...

1:51 PM - I have first-hand knowledge about a 'whistleblower' at LANL who was close to psychotic, and made threats to anyone who challenged their intelligence... When they were cornered, they started making-up stories of safety concerns ..."

Hmmm. Let's see. This is a theme that seems to appear time and time again at LANL. Except that you omitted one thing and that is that LANL senior managers and Legal empower these individuals by not firing them immediately and they let these nutjobs go on for months and months (and in some cases years). One recent and ongoing example is Huynh in DX who got lifetime career awards and numerous uncompeted LDRDs showed up her butt to keep her from going to the papers crying abuse! This in turn hurts lots of other people and many end up leaving the Lab (like many did from DX-2). When the situation gets out of hand because management would not "manage" it, the (most recent) spineless idiots like Wallace and McMillan crawl back into their hole in the emerald palace while others pick up the pieces. The nutjobs ultimately go away (or in the rare event get fired) and sue and the Lab gets dragged through the papers.
9/16/07 3:20 PM"

I do not know the details but this sounds like a bunch of bs to me. If MyHang got LDRD money she sure as hell earned it big time. I also found this.

"Stress-related health issues forced Huynh to abandon lab work in February. After 22 years of working in a laboratory, she was wondering what to do next. About 10 days ago, she received a phone call with news that she had won a MacArthur fellowship. Until then, she had never heard of the award.

Huynh plans to spend the rest of the year contemplating her next steps. She may try to collaborate with biologists or pharmaceutical companies or do more work in explosives." Rochester Chronicle.

Pinky and The Brain said...

Thanks, I remember that comment now that you mention it.

The message is clear. Don't raise concerns about safety or abuse unless you can handle a lot of stress. Being called psychotic or a nutjob isn't fun.

Will this ever be corrected? I can't say but hopefully exposing it helps.
Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Not to be a jerk (which means I am about to be one), but neither PNAS nor inorg chem are particularly prestigious. JACS is, but anyone at a first or second rate institution can usually get it.

-el jerko

Anonymous said...

4:29 PM - sounds like the post you pulled from the archives was submitted by one of the bitter managers in DX trying to cover their asses. MyHang should simply sue and sue big and maybe then as 4:25 there will be a complete overhaul at all non-programmatic management levels to root out the rot across the Lab.

Anonymous said...

5:41

PNAS is a very prestiguous. On the H-index it is ranked 4 and JACS is 21. In every other ranking PNAS is always higher than JACS.

You are not necessarily a jerk but you are somewhat ignorant of science. Also you can have a ground breaking results published in almost any journal. There are innumerable examples of this. In any case your opinion is not worth a 500k prize. If your are a scientists you have to be incredibly good to get a MacArthur fellowship. If you look at the really great chemists at LANL we have MyHang, Klimov, Voter, Hay and Sattelbeger.

Anonymous said...

You know, if the Lab would just hire a few more people like MyHang, they might solve some of their budget shortfalls. Too bad that they have decided to treat her like shit and abuse her to the point of permanent disability. Sounds like the poor PD from the aqua regia incident. I heard that chemistry division refused to hire MyHang. Who exactly was responsible for that decision?

Anonymous said...

9/30/07 6:43 PM, el jerko is correct within the bounds of chemistry. PNAS has a higher citation factor because it is dominated by biological research. I've never met an inorganic chemist who put PNAS on their "must read" list of journals, it's simply not where the important and interesting stuff gets published. I don't know why My Hang would have published there unless she wanted to avoid peer-review, or avoid getting scooped. Either of these goals would be accomplished by having a NAS member (Meyer) endorse or coauthor her paper.

My intent is not to denigrate her science through this last comment, it's just to say that publishing an inorganic chemistry paper in PNAS is, well... a little odd.

Anonymous said...

3:29 PM you are correct. I think Mike Anastascio and Terry Wallace should correct all the misdeeds and abuse done to MyHang and make her a Senior Lab Fellow. She certainly has done more for the prestige of LANL than Sattelberger who was named a Senior LF after being demoted by Nanos for his involvement in the student laser eye injury back in 2004.

Anonymous said...

6:56 PM
"My intent is not to denigrate her science through this last comment, it's just to say that publishing an inorganic chemistry paper in PNAS is, well... a little odd."

Bullshit. You are clearly jealous and are trying to denigrate MyHang's (and Tom Meyer's) science. I guess that is why Lab Fellow Greg Kubas publishes in PNAS.

Anonymous said...

"9/30/07 6:43 PM, el jerko is correct within the bounds of chemistry. PNAS has a higher citation factor because it is dominated by biological research. I've never met an inorganic chemist who put PNAS on their "must read" list of journals, it's simply not where the important and interesting stuff gets published. I don't know why My Hang would have published there unless she wanted to avoid peer-review, or avoid getting scooped. Either of these goals would be accomplished by having a NAS member (Meyer) endorse or coauthor her paper.

My intent is not to denigrate her science through this last comment, it's just to say that publishing an inorganic chemistry paper in PNAS is, well... a little odd.

9/30/07 6:56 PM"

Well I know many chemists who do put PNAS on there must read list and consider it very prestigious. So you apparently do not know what you are talking about. I am detecting
some real bitter jealousy on the part of some of the posters. And no it is not odd to publish chemstry papers inorganic or otherwise in PNAS. You are not very familiar with the literature. You sound like you have some weird a agenda.

Anonymous said...

"you are correct. I think Mike Anastascio and Terry Wallace should correct all the misdeeds and abuse done to MyHang and make her a Senior Lab Fellow. She certainly has done more for the prestige of LANL than Sattelberger who was named a Senior LF after being demoted by Nanos for his involvement in the student laser eye injury back in 2004."

I aggree with the making her a Senior Lab Fellow. However if Sattelbeger was so bad that he got demoted by the nutcase Nanos than why does Sattelbeger have a much more prestiguous position now at Argonne? Sounds like Nanos f*ed up that one big time.

Anonymous said...

Hi 6:49. C did refuse to hire MyHang. C was right, and MyHang was fortunate to go to DX.

In DX, she was able to be a big fish in a small pond, get recognition, and be the expert. She grew there. In C, she would have been Meyer's lackey, competed with others who were better liked and better connected (and frankly, better scientists in her particular sub-discipline at the time) and would never have gotten any breaks.

This in no way detracts from what she did in DX. She would not have fluorished in C, though.

Anonymous said...

Well heck, if Kubas publishes in PNAS...

Come on, name someone who has been relevant in the past 20 years.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the top 5 should do away with chamistry because you people are just pathetic. To even talk about MyHang this way is just ... well, pathetic. MyHang was never Meyer's lackey and Kubas is the most distinguished chemist that this lab has ever seen. We are lucky to have both. I agree that making MyHang a Senior Lab Fellow would certainly be the right thing to do. Great job MyHang and I am sorry for all the horrors you have had to endure because you are a woman and a minority.

Anonymous said...

" Anonymous said...

Well heck, if Kubas publishes in PNAS...

Come on, name someone who has been relevant in the past 20 years."

What is wrong with you? Names ok.

Peter Wolynes
George Whitsesids
Klibanov
Zewail
Hongjie Dai
John Ross
Rustem Ismagilov
Carlos Bustamante
Edward Solomon

And it goes on and on. Give it up you really do not know what you are talking about. Be happy that LANL has somone like MyHang.

Anonymous said...

"Kubas is the most distinguished chemist that this lab has ever seen"

You owe me a new keyboard for making me spit out my beer laughing.

Anonymous said...

From 9/30/07 6:49 PM .."I heard that chemistry division refused to hire MyHang. Who exactly was responsible for that decision?"

Oh, ironically, that would be Sattleberger.

Anonymous said...

" Anonymous said...

"Kubas is the most distinguished chemist that this lab has ever seen"

You owe me a new keyboard for making me spit out my beer laughing.

9/30/07 8:09 PM"

Maybe you should get some help for your drinking. I would say that Kubas is one
of the most distinguished chemists the lab has had. His record speaks for itself. What is wrong with some of the people that post on this blog?

Anonymous said...

You are just too precious.

Anonymous said...

Metal-hydrogen complexes were cute in the 80's. I like my ponies to have more than one trick, but perhaps you have lower standards.

Anonymous said...

The lovely and stupid 8:37 PM said, "Metal-hydrogen complexes were cute in the 80's. I like my ponies to have more than one trick, but perhaps you have lower standards."

Yeah, well I think you just displayed how stupid and illiterate you are. Kubas' metal-hydrogen complexes laid the foundation for the current hydrogen storage initiative so relevant to LANL energy security future, the LANL hydrogen center, and most of MPA-MC's, MPA-11's, C-PCS's and C-IIAC's funding portfolio for the next 5 years.

Anonymous said...

OMG - now I am laughing so hard I could pee. Please continue. Pretty please.

Anonymous said...

Permanent disability? OMG! What did LANL do to this brillant young woman? Where are Staff Relations and Lab Legal when you need them?

Anonymous said...

LANL Permanent disability = LANL's version of a MacArthur. 100K a year. Do anything you want, genius.

Except set foot on LANL property.

Anonymous said...

6:43 PM, as for really great chemists, you forgot Burns, Clark, Neu, Gordon, Holingsworth, Boncella and Runde. Two are Fellows and the rest should be.

Anonymous said...

As an outsider reading this blog, LANL is hiding something about their treatment of this young lady. What's going on?

Anonymous said...

8:55 here.

9:16, thank you, thank you. You did not disappoint.

I am off to LAMC to get my laugh-bone x-rayed.

Anonymous said...

"LANL Permanent disability = LANL's version of a MacArthur. 100K a year. Do anything you want, genius. Except set foot on LANL property."

You are really f-ed up. Clearly another jealous chemist. Like an earlier commenter posted, the Lab seniors should just eliminate all aspects of chemistry at LANL since they all just bring LANL embarassment. You know, for all the anymosity directed toward MyHang, I find it interesting that DX-2 simply replaced MyHang with a another C-div female. Any comments on the replacement?

Anonymous said...

Yes, 9:28 PM, LANL is f*cked up. They abused MyHang and other young female scientists like the PD who was permanently damaged from the aqua regia inhalation incident. Just look at the data. It is all out there and you will find out much of the root cause is located in C-div management. Just follow the money and the truth will be told.

Anonymous said...

"Follow the money" ? Who do you think you are? Deep Throat?

Laser facials. Aqua regia facials.

What is it with C-division? Are they frustrated porn actors ?

Anonymous said...

Why yes, they are a bunch of egocentrics that think the Lab can't do without them. They ailenated Meyer, Hockaday, and Sattelberger when the time came. The men at top at least made Sattelberger a Senior Fellow (old boys club and good friend of Terry), but did not do the same for Hockaday (just a female). Likewise, they have done nothing for MyHang (another useless female). What did they do for Pete Peterson or Dave Cremers? And now they bad mouth Huynh, Aqua-Regia TSM, and Kubas. Nice and classy. Since LANL hasn't done anything, why doesn't NNSA do something?

Anonymous said...

"8:55 here.

9:16, thank you, thank you. You did not disappoint.

I am off to LAMC to get my laugh-bone x-rayed.

9/30/07 9:30 PM"

You are really sad. Just look up the record of Kubas. You really do not know what you are talking about. Let me guess you are just a bitter jealous drunk.

Anonymous said...

This is a really heartbreaking story.

After MyHang discovered highly energetic compounds in 2005, her peers and group managers wanted to get rid of her from that sub-discipline. Her life has gone downhill as fast as her compounds go off.

Besides various brutal treatments by DX and DE Divisions, she has also experiences many different forms of retaliation from multiple levels of management.

No wonder why she has finally collapsed.

Anonymous said...

9/30/07 9:13 PM: "LANL Permanent disability = LANL's version of a MacArthur. 100K a year. Do anything you want, genius."

LOL, that sure describes the bureaucrats around here.

Her publication record in C and DX beats the pants off a lot of people, including a lot of other names mentioned in other comments in this blog, many of them in academics working with large groups of students and post-docs. Instead of parading her to the covers of a lot of magazines to improve the lab's image the management seems intent on shooting itself in the foot over and over and over. Are they getting a discount on bullets? Do they feel there are not enough crises for them to deal with?

Congratulations MHH.

Anonymous said...

Hockaday = chemistry? Say what?

Anonymous said...

9/30/07 8:06 PM, It's a bit circular to say that PNAS must be a good journal because it has a number of NAS members publishing in it.

Perhaps you are unaware that until mid-2007, members of the National Academy of Sciences could publish in PNAS without any peer review. Even today, they are allowed to obtain their own peer-reviews which must be submitted along with the manuscript. As flawed as the peer review process is overall, how can you possibly take seriously a journal that lets people self-select their own reviewers and read the reviews before submitting? NAS members can also endorse an article submitted by a non-member, again allowing the author to select their own reviews to accompany the manuscript.

And by the way, Tom Meyer (NAS member) was the corresponding author on My Hang's publication on Green Primaries. Since it was published in 2006, that means it was never peer-reviewed. I find this particularly sketchy since Meyer had already gone back to UNC and was never an active participant in the explosives synthesis project at LANL.

Anonymous said...

Kubas published an invited "perspectives" article in PNAS. He has never published a research article there.

Anonymous said...

Hey 12:46pm

MyHang has the MacArthur award and you do not. You know in the outside world of science results actually count. You seem to have some problem with MyHang which can only be jealousy. It is a very ugly thing.

Anonymous said...

OK chief, since you seem to miss all of the points of these posts, I’ll spell it out. MHH wins a very prestigious award. People are naturally curious what is going on.

It turns out that many things don’t add up. She is on some odd long term disability for what looks like a made-up illness. She marries the guy who invented the science, and then it shows up under her name. The key paper was not peer reviewed, and was submitted by her post-doc advisor (which, yes, makes her a lackey). She was apparently hounded out of her group, although whether this was legitimate or not is in question.

So what the heck is going on?

Anonymous said...

10/1/07 2:30 PM

How about everything you just said is total bs. She made a compouned that is
revolutionary and the world benifits.
The MacArthur Fellows program rewarded her for it. I do not see what more needs to be said.

In any case why should anyone believe a word you have to say? Perhaps you have a
non-scientific ax to grind. Ok chief, sign your name. You only make unsubstatiated innuendos. The MacArthur prize is a real thing.

By the way I am very sure you are not a
scientist. You do not seem to get the
whole point of science. It is about what
is actually done not where the paper is published. Any person who deals with
science knows this.

I suppose it could be possible that you
are some foreign agent from overseas trying to hurt the lab and American science anyway you can. It seems far fetched but as I said you do not sound like a scientist so who knows what the hell your agenda is. What the heck is going on with you?

Anonymous said...

Who is railroading her out of the laboratory? Something isn't right here.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a scientist; hell, I'd like to see the person who invented the Mentos in Diet Coke thing get some kind of award. From a layman’s point of view, I can fully appreciate her contribution to the lab.

What I can’t understand is the bitter vendettas some people obviously have. This lab has been knocked down and dragged through the mud for so long and all some people have is more of the same old bullshit when confronted with something positive.

To those that insist on finding something bad with this story, well I’m very sorry that 101 chemistry experiment kit your parents bought you for your 17th birthday didn’t fulfill your dreams of someday winning a Nobel Peace prize while you were getting your pencil-neck panty-waist ass kicked by half of the junior varsity football team. Get a grip and give the lady the kudos she deserves. If you think you can do better, than show it through your own work. Otherwise, please attend some classes at STFU.

Anonymous said...

Top 10 witty rejoinders designed to shut down discussion on the LANL blog:

10. You're obviously a foreign agent trying to shut LANL down

9. You're obviously a pit manufacturing knuckle-dragger.

8. You're obviously jealous

7. You're obviously racist

6. You're obviously a manager

5. You're obviously drunk

4. You're obviously a double-dipper

3. You're obviously not a scientist

2. You're obviously an outsider who knows nothing about LANL.

And the number one way to shut down blog discussion:

1. You're obviously the aqua regia TSM!

Anonymous said...

9:53pm

Please attend some classes at STFU.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a FAQ U grad.

Anonymous said...

As a "foreign agent from overseas (sic)," may I ask you to work on your spelling and grammar so that my team of translators might more reliably understand the "benifits (sic)" of this "compouned that is
revolutionary (sic)."

Thank you in advance for writing more clearly.

Osama Bin Anonymous.

Anonymous said...

Here, for all the world to see, are all the petty, vindictive, arrogant scientific cockmanship attitudes that makes LANL such a shitty place to work. What a bunch of assholes!

Who the fuck cares whether PNAS or YURASS is a better place to publish papers.

LANL is going down the toilet and you guys sit around arguing about the number of turds floating in the bowl. Amazing!

Anonymous said...

11:52 PM, it's a chemistry thing, you wouldn't understand...

Anonymous said...

9/30/07 8:55 PM
Anonymous said...
Permanent disability? OMG! What did LANL do to this brillant young woman? Where are Staff Relations and Lab Legal when you need them?

Believe it or not it appears Staff relations and legal are part of the problem. This women is brilliant and was treated terribly by the old DX management and is still treated terribly by the current lab management. Several investigations have supposedly taken place. Of which I've heard only managers and TSM's where interviewed. Someone once told me if you want to know the truth you should ask the technicians. It appears the lab doesn't want to know the truth and will continue to try to cover up their continued ridicule and antagonistic accusations toward her. LANL had a chance for some real good publicity with this woman and they chose to try and discredit her. Is lab management trying to run LANL into the ground because they continue to make bad decisions. It appears some people out there do believe in her and she has won numerous awards for her work. So you decide who is wrong a small group of scientists here trying to cover their rears and their inability to manage or several groups of scientists outside the lab that judge her on her performance and accomplishments.