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Introduction to "Meet a chemistry professional"

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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user Dakota Spencer
    what are all the types of vitamin's use for and what do they help you with?
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    • spunky sam blue style avatar for user Ernest Zinck
      In humans there are 13 vitamins:
      Vitamin A — Essential for vision
      Vitamin B1 — Helps convert food into energy and is necessary for nerve cell function.
      Vitamin B2 — Helps convert food into energy and helps the production of red blood cells.
      Vitamin B3 — Helps convert food into energy; essential for healthy skin.
      Vitamin B5 — Helps convert food into energy; helps make fats, steroid hormones, and hemoglobin.
      Vitamin B6 — Important in the production of several hormones and for making red blood cells.
      Vitamin B12 — Crucial for making new cells and nerve cell regulation.
      Vitamin C — Important in wound healing; acts as an antioxidant.
      Vitamin D — Helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus.
      Vitamin E — Helps to combat free radicals; acts as an antioxidant.
      Vitamin K — Makes the blot clot.
      Biotin — Helps convert food into energy
      Folate — Vital for new cell creation.
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  • leafers seed style avatar for user Corey McIntire
    Well. What things do you work on during engineering chemistry?
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  • leafers sapling style avatar for user Joey Tomoyama
    I need a topic for my A-levels presentation which I will be holding with chemistry as my main subject. Could anyone suggest some topics which I could use/orient myself with? Possibly something that is relevant today.
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    • orange juice squid orange style avatar for user awemond
      Relevant chemistry topics could include:
      -fuel cells (e.g. electrodes, transition-metal based hydrogen storage devices)
      -biodegradable plastics
      -the use of radioisotopes for medical imaging and diagnosis
      -sources and/or sinks of environmental pollutants in our air, soil and/or water
      -naturally occurring plant and animal toxins as inspiration for pharmaceutical drugs
      -engineering biological systems (e.g. bacteria) to synthesize pharmaceutical drugs ("biosynthesis")
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  • piceratops seed style avatar for user fnm4320
    It would be great to be able to meet chemist live, so to interact and just ask questions about profession. Chemistry is an amazing subject.
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    What we can do with chemistry
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  • male robot hal style avatar for user Mason
    why do drugs make you act differently?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Priya
    how can we, high school students get into such interesting jobs? i just want u to give a rough sketch of the courses to be opted?
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    • leaf yellow style avatar for user np
      It depends. Some high schools offer diverse courses such as forensics. But I would suggest taking as many chemistry courses as your school offers. You may also want to take statistics and/or engineering classes depending on the field you are interested in.
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Video transcript

- [Voiceover] Have you ever wondered what a chemist really does? In this series we asked people with chemistry backgrounds to share their stories. We have people from all different fields and careers. For example, we have an interview of someone who works in forensics, which is closely related to analytical chemistry. We also have people from the field of science illustration and medicine. Since if you've ever thought about being pre-med, or doing anything else related to medicine, you probably know by now that you'll be taking a fair number of chemistry classes. We have someone who works in industry as a researcher developing new products. We also have someone who works as a programmer at Khan Academy actually. We have a bunch of other interviews for careers where it was a little harder to find pictures, but they're all really cool jobs. We have fields that are covered include patent law and science media, which includes things like making and producing and hosting science TV shows. We have an engineer who was not a chemistry major but had to take some chemistry classes, and ended up using chemistry in her job. We have an epidemiologist, which is a really hard word to spell, miologist. It's also a really interesting career, and more. We hope to continue adding to this collection of interviews over time, so please check back. But hopefully you can tell from this list that all of these people who studied chemistry are doing a lot of different things. So there's a lot of ways you can use chemistry as part of your career after school. We hope you find these interviews interesting and helpful in figuring out what you might want to do as a career.