Tag Archives: chemistry

Every so often I throw out a resume for a day job….


I usually love my job…. But I could do other things…. Things that have few night and weekend off…. Where I can know that my time off is time off and I know where my next paycheck is coming from…

I wasn’t planning to put out my resume… I probably wont get the job… But the Amalgamated Sugar factory is looking for a Factory chemist…. My experience in chemistry is old but they want someone who knows laboratory protocol and can calibrate the laboratory machines….. I can do that…. It might be boring… I don’t know what the person will think when one of the parts of your resume is: Candidate for Congress… Yes I was able to debate Congressman Mike Simpson without falling on my face or looking like a fool…. I also have a little bit of laboratory jobs… I have my real estate and property management….Actually I am pretty cool and eclectic.. I take a stand and try to do my best at whatever I do… Do I even want the chemist job? I don’t know… It was never my dream to be a factory chemist but sometimes I am worn down…. When I graduated I wanted to work in an R and D lab and do research….One of the things on my bucket list was to be publish in a professional journal…That wont happen as a factory chemist or selling real estate…

So why apply for the job? Not sure… I worked very hard to get my degrees and then had my kids…. They were my job and my life’s work… They have left the nest… Sometimes I want to remember I really am a scientist… I certainly won’t make a difference at the sugar factory… So what do you do with a resume like mine? Resume is down below for the curious….

Now it is time to go to the office and write the counteroffer and the price reduction….Pick up my client at 3:45 PM for the inspection (figures crossed), submit the other price reduction and check the agent remarks…

I AM A GOOD REAL ESTATE AGENT WHO HAPPENS TO BE A CHEMIST AND TAKES STANDS!

Deborah Holmes

1304 Gourley St., Boise, ID 83705

(208) 751-2551, d5holmes@msn.com

Education:

Boise State University, Fall 2002 – Spring 2005: Recent coursework in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology of Cancer, Biochemistry laboratory, Statistics, Epidemiology, Immunology (graduate level), Cell Biology, Microbiology and Nursing. Computer Science Courses and Education Courses, fall 1993 – fall 1996

Binghamton University, M.A. in Physical Chemistry, 1987

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S. in Chemistry, 1982

Experience:

Candidate for US House of Representatives in Idaho’s 2nd District, March 2008 – November 2008 – Won Democratic primary in May of 2008, carrying 69% of the vote and every county in the district. I lost the general election against 5 term incumbent Congressman Mike Simpson. As a candidate, I received the endorsement of Governors Andrus and Evans, the Idaho AFL-CIO, the Alliance for Retired Americans as well as numerous local unions. I participated in two televised debates (Idaho Public Television and KTVB) with Congressman Simpson, gave speeches across the district, organized policy, wrote press releases , gave television, radio, and newspaper interviews, weighed in on current issues (and had them published in media). I traveled the state for campaign appearances, organized paid and volunteer staff throughout the state, and raised and managed campaign funds. I collaborated with other candidates and groups throughout the state to present a united political coalition.

Real Estate Agent , September 2006 – present – Gold Key Real Estate, Boise Idaho. I work with clients to buy and sell real estate. I market property, negotiate sales, and work as part of a team to get the deal closed favorably for my clients. I specialize in first time home buyers, loan modification, reduction of debt, and bank negotiation for short sales.

Laboratory Research Assistant, February, 2006 – June 2006: Albertson College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho. I designed and performed experiments in molecular biology including. Elisa, western blot, biotynalation on proteoglycans. I assisted and monitored students in laboratory and maintained mammalian cell lines for research and class use. I purchased, ordered, and maintained laboratory equipment and materials.

Property Management, March 2005 –Present: Manages real estate investments in Ada and Canyon County.

Adjunct Lecturer in Chemistry, August, 1991- December 1992: Boise State University, Boise, Idaho. Prepared and taught laboratory sections in introductory chemistry.

Adjunct Lecturer in Mathematics, Spring 1991: Taught pre-calculus at the University of Maryland facility at SHAPE (NATO Headquarters), Mons, Belgium.

Chemical Technician, July, 1988- October, 1988: Manpower Temporary Services, Elmira, New York. Formulated, coated, and tested coatings for an electrostatic master.

Teaching Assistant in Chemistry, August 1983 – June, 1985: Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York. Prepared and taught laboratory and recitation sections in introductory chemistry.

Laboratory Research Technician (co-op student), January, 1983 – June 1983: Pitney Bowes, Inc., Norwalk, Connecticut. Formulated and tested inks for an ink jet array. Formulated and tested coating for thermal paper.

Student Assistant, summer 1982: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Designed and constructed a solid-state lead selective electrode for use in the undergraduate laboratory sequence. Chemical stock clerk; responsibilities included inventory control and instrument maintenance.

Volunteer Experience:

Cub Scout Pack 123, 1999 – 2004 : Den leader, coordinator for three successive major fundraisers. Co – chaired and helped organize numerous pack functions.

Temple Ahavath Beth Israel, 1993 – 2001: Led team which reinstated Sisterhood. Vice President in charge of Programming 1994 – 1998. February 1998 – July 2001, gift shop manager, designed a computerized inventory system.

Boise GATE program, summer 1996: Classroom assistant for two summer science classes. Implemented “hands-on” light experiments.

Monroe Elementary School, 1993 – 2002: Classroom volunteer and library assistant – Helped with computers, science, math and reading.

Other Experience:

Extensive experience in the use of spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation software.

Advertisements

Wow! I have been married for 27 years!!!!


Wow it is hard to believe that I have been married 27 years and am now the mother of 3 grown children and solidly middle aged.  Who knew what the adventure would entail when a first year chemistry and first year math graduate student promised to spend rest of their lives together.  Our parents  proberly were thinking we were way to young….(I was 22)…  We started having the kids in grad school.  He has a PH.D I have an MA.  Our adventures took us to Post doc in Mons, Belgium with 2 babies…. England for sabbatical with 3 kids….

I think I have changed more then he has.  I was going to be a scientist and work and take care of our kids…. I soon found out that I am not superwoman….  I took care of the kids and he became a math professor at Boise State University.  Our son’s our men to be proud of… One is a political strategist who is going to china next year to teach English.  The next just graduated from Churchill college at Cambridge in England and is going to start a pH.D. program at my Alma Marta, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (in math just like dad).  The youngest is about to start a math/physics degree at The College of Idaho.  I didn’t become a great scientist but we did great work with the kids…

My husband even put up with a run for Congress.  He didn’t think I could make the run but I did it with my head held high.

We have been together though the deaths of my mother and his father.  Through his broken arm and my mastectomy.  A son getting sick at college…

To tell you the truth, I would happily recite those vows I took 27 years ago…  Randall I would happily do it again and am wondering what the future will bring us.  I am sure we will always be together.