Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What's In My Inbox

In my current job, we get clients from a very wide range of industries. While we try to solve their problems by focusing on the scientific fundamentals (those elements that cut across all industries) it still helps to know what some of the issues (and even the terminology) are in specific industries. So we get a lot of trade journals. Here is a short list of what I have on my desk at the moment. Some of them may seem like obvious entries, others may not.

  • Plastic News
  • Modern Plastics Worldwide
  • Injection Molding
  • Coatings World
(so far, so good - polymers are my specialty)
  • LC/CG
  • American Lab
  • Spectrscopy

(o.k., I work in a lab and have lots of analytical work done for me by coworkers)

  • NASA Tech Briefs
  • R & D

(who doesn't get these?)

  • Glass
  • Window and Door

(we are owned by Andersen Windows, and we do do some work for them)

  • Photonics Spectra
  • Biophotonics
  • Laser Focus World
  • Nature Photonics

  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Product Manufacturing News
  • Drug Discovery News
  • Biopharm

(The Twin Cities has a huge number of medical companies, so we do a lot of work in this area)

  • The Scientist
  • Genetic Engineering News
  • Nature Methods
  • Biotechniques

(These are starting to wonder a little too far from home, but are still relevent)

  • Stone World
  • Hydrocarbon Processing
  • World Oil
  • Space News

(These are the result of work in the past).

And lastly, ones that I have no idea why I'm getting them and yet can't seem to get them to stop showing up

  • Consulting (we are not consultants - we work for living!)
  • Infoweek
  • Microwave World
  • ECN
  • CRN

I don't even know what the acronym in the last two are! There are certainly plenty of others out there that I could get, but you get the point - we really do work broadly and do not specialize in any industry.

Yesterday was a goverment holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr.), so it was a day without mail - welcomed relief and a chance to spend more time on the technical literature. I won't even begin to tell you how may table-of-contents I scan in that area...

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