Thursday, March 24, 2011

2011 SOR Short Course

The 2011 Society of Rheology Short Course will be held October 8-9, 2011 preceding this year's SOR Meeting.  Gerry Fuller, Jan Vermant, and Andy Kraynik will talk about the Rheology of High-Interface Systems.

Short Course on Polymer Rheology & Extrusion

John Vlachopoulos will present his 66th International Intensive Short Course on Polymer Rheology and Extrusion, April 14-15, 2011, in Brussels, Belgium.  More information can be found here.

Hat tip: SOR member email

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Video of the Moment: Liquid Body Armor

The folks from the Discovery Channel TV Show Time Warp use a mixture of water and cornstarch as a test of the concept of a dilatant fluid-based liquid body armor.

I like this because it's a little different than the videos of people running across pools.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Quotation of the Moment: Rock'n'Roll Fantasy

"He thought it was very funny to talk about his drummer complaining that the caviar in their dressing room was the wrong viscosity - for throwing."

Pete Townshend, in the liner notes for the album White City: A Novel

Monday, March 14, 2011

Quotation of the Moment: Pi Day

"The sea was then cast; it was made with a circular rim, and measured ten cubits across, five in height, and thirty in circumference"
I Kings 7:23
This refers to a large circular tank at the Temple of Solomon that held about 12,000 gallons of water.

Hat tip: History of Pi by Petr Beckmann

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ask Doc Rheo: Gamma Dot 2

Dear Doc Rheo:
How do you put gamma dot into Excel plots?

Dear Anna:
Microsoft Equation has to be inserted as an object.  Objects cannot be inserted into axis labels.  If I really need to have gamma dot on the chart, I'll insert directly from the rheometer software.
Respectively submitted,
Doc Rheo

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Jobs Report (March '11)

A keyword search using the phrase "rheolog*" conducted on March 1 found 31 jobs on and 32 jobs on  There are 4 jobs from Dow Chemical on Careerbuilder.  The polymer rheologist position mentioned here is not posted on the site.