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Solace for the Computer Jitters In Your Job Search with Lorrin R. Garson

  • Mon, September 28, 2015
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 40Plus Conference Room***(Doors open at 9:30 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00.)

Directions to 40 Plus

Monday Morning Speaker: Lorrin R. Garson

Solace for the Computer Jitters In Your Job Search

What is programming? How many programming languages are there? What are the most commonly used languages? What factors, other than writing code, are involved in programming?  

Why are so many programmers seemingly compulsive, emotional and pizza eaters? And what about those mysterious terms such as compiler, source code, object code, libraries, strings, floating point, metadata, IDE, OOP... ad nauseam?


What You Won't learn

  • You won’t learn how to program in 30   minutes but if the speaker does his job you will better understand what goes on in this strange world of astute humans and witless machines.


Lorrin R. Garson, trained as an organic chemist, worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a medicinal chemist (Riker Laboratories, a division of 3M Corporation), was on the faculty of the University of Tennessee from 1967 to 1974 in the College of Pharmacy, and joined the staff of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in the Publications Division in 1974 as a Senior Research Associate in the Research & Development Department.  In 1984 he became the Head of the Advanced Technology Department, in 1995 Chief Technology Officer for the Publications Division, in 1998 Director, Information Technology/Publications, and in 2002 Chief Research Scientist.  For a period of 30+ years he was been involved with the development of methods to acquire and disseminate chemical information electronically including database development, traditional online systems, optical media, World Wide Web, etc.  He led the technical development for creating the ACS Journals on the Web (1997) as well as the ACS Journal Archives (2002) in which all ACS journals starting in 1879 were made available.  He holds a B.A. in chemistry from the University of California at Riverside, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Maine.  He retired from the ACS in January 2004.   In 2005 he was awarded the Herman Skolnik Award for his pioneering work to develop and enhance electronic editions of chemical journals.  Following retirement he co-edited the standard reference book The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information (3rd Ed., Oxford University Press, 2006).

Contact The Speaker

Lorrin R. Garson
9929 Bickley Ct.
Vienna, Virginia 22181-5933
38⁰ 52.636' N and 77⁰ 17.340' W


Plan to join us after the meeting for networking.  Many of us carry our conversations to lunch at the nearby Brookings Institution.

Attire is business casual, recruiters are often present, so we ask all Monday Speaker attendees to contribute to the professional standards and objectives of this important networking meeting.

Doors open at 9:30 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00.40Plus of Greater Washington
1718 P Street, NW, Suite T2
Washington, DC 20036

Near the DuPont Circle Metro Station
From DuPont Circle Metro Station take the Q-ST EXIT.
  • Turn right on Q St. and cross Conn. Ave.
  • Follow Q St. east to 18th St. crossing both 19th St. and New Hampshire Ave.
  • Turn right on 18th St. and walk a full block to P St.
  • Turn left on P Street.
  • The 40Plus office is in Webster House at 1718 P St.  It is on the right near the end of the block.
Map & Detailed Directions to 40Plus

Doors open at 9:30 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00.

40Plus of Greater Washington
1718 P Street, NW, Suite T2
Washington, DC 20036

40Plus of Greater Washington
Empowering Experienced Professionals
 for Successful Career Transitions

Empowering Experienced Professionals for Successful Career Transitions

40Plus of Greater Washington
1325 G Street, NW, Suite 500

 Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-387-1582

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