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Wed Jun 26, 2019, 08:40 PM

I'm so happy. My kid's reactions are all failing in the lab.

I got to discuss all kinds of science with him, and offer suggestions and exchange references, not just father to son but scientist to scientist.

It's one of the best phone calls of my life; my kid's learning how to do research, for real...

I kind of lived for this day.

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Reply I'm so happy. My kid's reactions are all failing in the lab. (Original post)
NNadir Jun 2019 OP
drray23 Jun 2019 #1
NNadir Jun 2019 #2
Wawannabe Jun 2019 #3
Yavin4 Jun 2019 #4
NNadir Jun 2019 #5

Response to NNadir (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 08:48 PM

1. It's fun is not it.

Same here. I have a phd in nuclear physicist. my son has a phd in chemistry and my daughter a phd in neuroscience. We have interesting and enriching discussions because we all are from different fields.

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Response to drray23 (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 09:15 PM

2. Definitely.

He's just finished his second year of college, although he already has 82 credits; he takes big loads, but does well anyway.

He's a summer intern at Oak Ridge, and he's right in it; they're letting him run with it, synthesis, modeling, lectures every day, timelines, pressure.

It sounds like heaven.

He's in Materials Science and I'm a chemist; related, but different enough.

It's been centuries since I was in the lab; I've been in management for some decades. I get to talk science, but not really do it. Listening to him reminds me of my youth.

Mat Sci was a great career choice for him, because there's physics, chem and math. It's what I'd do if I could live again.

He's doing chemistry right now, but the goal is neutron work to investigate magnetic nanoparticles. Very cool.

I've always loved talking with that boy, even when he was a toddler, but now it's wholly different...wholly different.

I'm not sure I ever deserved such joy.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 11:05 PM

3. That's badass!

Congrats! Even on the failings. One learns nuttin without failing!

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Response to Wawannabe (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 11:14 PM

4. One of the greatest true failures of our educational system is making children afraid of failure

Failure is a requirement for success.

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Response to Wawannabe (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2019, 06:41 AM

5. Absolutely. I assumed he knew how to best operate Google Scholar. He didn't.

He didn't.

In a few minutes, we were able to find five or ten different approaches.

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