Kyle Null
My career portfolio and thought journals

The Problem with Science

We spend so much time talking about theories and science; yet, so few of us know little of what is actually happening. We have lost our ability to explain the world or maybe we never had that ability at all. Or maybe it has always been so few that it just seems that way. Science should start with observation.

My Research Interests – Explained (Part 1 of n)

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2010 Southern PharmAd Conference

So, What Do You Do Again?

Sometimes I have difficulty in appropriately communicating my research interests and I think that is because they are so varied – everything seems interesting. My Ph.D. is in “Pharmaceutical Sciences” which means nothing to most people. It’s a very broad label that was largely a function of the school consolidating the name of the graduate degrees being granted from 5 or 6 separate programs (e.g., Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacy Administration, etc…). That last one, Pharmacy Administration, is what my Masters and Ph.D. degrees would have been called had I received them before the change. I’m not sure which is less descriptive of what I actually do: Pharmaceutical Sciences or Pharmacy Administration. Maybe all researchers have this qualm with some part of their education or maybe it just helps to feed an esoteric conversation we like having with our colleagues. I’m not sure and I don’t suppose that it matters. keep reading…

Becoming Recentered

I’ve found that spending time with certain people revitalizes my general belief that humans are on earth to be social creatures and to make humanity progress – together. Often, I let my belief slip because I effortlessly reach the conclusion that most people simply aren’t worth it. It should be everyone’s personal goal to focus their energy and to pour their entire being into those special people.

It feels nice to become recentered.

Things I Value in a Story

  1. Deep character development
  2. Very few characters with only the amount of characters necessary to maintain the storyline
  3. Extensive 1st person narrative

My eWaste Book

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) was a German scientist most famous for his posthumously published notebooks in which he recorded his thoughts, observations, reminders, and the occasional aphorism. He referred to these notebooks as “waste books” after the books that businesses used to record transactions until they were formally recorded in account books. I have decided to keep an “electronic waste book” (e-waste book) for concepts and thoughts that I have not fully developed and for asides that are not standalone posts.

Poets, Politicians, and Other Famous Relatives

My Famous Family Tree

So, it turns out that I may have a few “famous” relatives. A few Christmases ago, I was back home in Meridian, MS around my family and the topic of the family tree came up as it often does around Christmas for some reason. I suppose it is a natural time for the family to talk about the family when we are all together and sharing in the holiday spirit and all of that. When my grandparents started discussing their parents, grandparents, war stories and such, I grabbed a pen and paper and started furiously writing down what I could retain without asking them to slow down or repeat themselves. Something I have learned over the last few years: when an older generation starts talking, you should listen. Once you get through some of the uncomfortable memes of yesteryear, there is usually some good advice buried somewhere in the word soup. As they were talking about our family, I scribbled out a rudimentary tree that captured the names and branches I heard them say. If I could not fit someone nicely in the tree, they became a bush on their own until I knew where to connect them to the big tree. keep reading…

Elective Course Idea: Patient & Caregiver Empathy

Empathy

An idea for an elective pharmacy course struck me a few weekends ago when I was working in a retail pharmacy. After hearing one of the pharmacy technicians become unnecessarily rude with a patient, I walked over to the drop off window to help diffuse the situation. It really wasn’t much to speak of, but I could tell the patient was hurt by the way the technician had spoken to her. While I don’t remember exactly what the patient needed, but I do remember that the request made by the patient was simple – an easy fix – but the technician had effectively said, “No, we aren’t allowed to do that.” When I got involved, I discovered that not only we WERE allowed to do “that,” but in other pharmacies that I had worked at in the past, “that” was considered good customer service. This was certainly not the first time I had run across this type of situation, but they are starting to really wear on my soul – particularly since my wife and I had gone through some tough medical circumstances and spent a tremendous amount of money out of pocket on medical care. keep reading…