Re: a philosophical question...

From: Alexander Vaughn (
Date: Tue Jan 30 2007 - 17:07:46 CST

I'm just doing undergraduate research at the moment. It is my opinion
however that it is worth it. Although, I am interested in getting an
academic position in another 6-8 years or so. However, I would like to
propose a second philosophical question, which do you think is more
interesting Quantum Mechanics, or Statistical Mechanics.

Alex Vaughn
UAB Chemistry Department
On 1/30/07, Richard Wood <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Ok, here it is.
> I know that we are all using NAMD to solve various problems of one kind or
> another.  For example, I am using NAMD to study the dynamics of various
> protein-carbohydrate complexes, using techniques such as MD, SMD and FEP.
> That being said, I am doing this work as part of a larger project, the
> goal of which is to allow me one day to use my skills in the pharmaceutical
> industry as a computational chemist.
> In the meantime, I've been wondering if all of the training that I've had
> up until this point has been worth it.  I've done two post-docs after
> obtaining my Ph.D., and worked for seven months at a small biotech
> start-up, doing mostly grant proposal writing.  Since being let go, I've
> been looking for a suitable position.  I've turned down a third post-doc in
> that time, because it was offered to me at a time when I felt that I was
> going to get hired by a pharma company.  I've been lucky, for the person
> that offered me the post-doc is the person that I am now working on the
> above-mentioned project.  Granted, he's not compensating me, but we have
> written a grant proposal together, and if and when it gets funded, he will
> compensate me.
> All of this has me questioning whether or not I want to continue to try to
> become a computational chemist.  On the surface I do, as I have invested all
> this time in training, yet I ask myself constantly if it's worth all the
> grief.
> My question to all you using NAMD is this: what do you plan to do with the
> training you are getting once it is done (provided that you are not yet in a
> "permanent" position), and do you consider your time and effort spent worth
> the time?  Is being a computational chemist worth it?
> Richard
> Richard L. Wood, Ph. D.
> Computational Chemist
> Cockeysville, MD 21030
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: L. Michel Espinoza-Fonseca <>
> To: Richard Wood <>
> Cc:
> Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 1:54:06 PM
> Subject: Re: namd-l: a philosophical question...
> I don't see why this is not possible. At least for me (and perhaps for
> some of the people subscribed to the list) that would be a good
> opportunity to refresh the brain a little bit :-)
> Michel
> 2007/1/30, Richard Wood <>:
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I am wondering if one would be allowed to post a philosophical question
> to
> > the users of the NAMD list at this time.  I have something that I have
> been
> > thinking about and I would like to see how others think about this
> issue.
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Richard
> >
> >  Richard L. Wood, Ph. D.
> > Computational Chemist
> > Cockeysville, MD 21030
> >
> >
> >
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