Welcome to my blog! I should probably be nervous about my first blog post but since no one is exactly reading it i suppose it’ll be ok. My goal is to emphasize the disparity between the scientific community and the rest of the poll going, decision making people of the world. The goal is to bridge the gap between the ivory tower and the factory floor. Actually thats pretty good, I think I’ll make that my tag line. Before I get into any of that I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself.
Jon Klar: Origins
Born in Manhattan, my family moved to Long Beach, New York when I was 2. I discovered my love of science at an early age, probably when I made my first volcano eruption, and I never looked back. At 14 I began my career at Long Beach High School (Billy Crystal went there fyi) where I realized I wasn’t really interested in anything except science.
In 2005 I enrolled at SUNY Binghamton where I took my first steps to joining the scientific community. I began as a research assistant for professor C. J. Zhong in his analytical nanochem lab. I was cleaning test tubes and counting particles and I loved it. Professor Zhong deemed me worthy of a summer job doing research in his lab and I began working on synthesizing platinum nanoalloys for use as a catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells. I continued this project for 2 years until I graduated in May 2009 with a BA in Chemistry and Biology.
Life After College
After graduating I decided to take some time off before going to try and earn my PhD so I started looking for a job. After months of nobody returning my calls, I was finally hired by a young nutraceutical company in Farmingdale called Venus Pharmaceuticals as a research and development chemist. Two months later and here I sit behind my desk at Venus writing this blog post. I like my job, but I do miss doing research.
Hopes and Dreams
I would like to go back to school and get back into research and hopefully do my part to advance mankinds knowledge of its surroundings. Nothing is more exciting to me than learning something that no one ever knew before. I plan on dedicating a portion of my life to attempting to fix the disconnect between the scientific community and every one else. I believe a large part of the problem lies with people getting their scientific information from fox news and CNN, but thats another post.
Thanks for reading, I hope I’ve peeked your interest! If not, let me know and I’ll use more exclaimation points next time.