Copyright©2010 Antony Williams
Life’s experiences mold us. One of the reasons I am in chemistry is the fact that my chemistry teacher said that I didn’t get chemistry. Mr Morris…I have to tell you that not only do I get it, I enjoy it, am challenged by it, am fascinated, stimulated and care about it. That said, I don’t deal well with praise. Challenges I love. Tough problems motivate me. More work is a good thing. Deadlines stimulate action. Praise shuts me up… I’m not sure what to do with it.
Last night at the Bio-IT Best Practices Awards Dinner in Boston RSC ChemSpider won an award for “Community Service”. My colleague Valery Tkachenko and I stepped on the stage and we willingly accepted the award. Each award winner was given the chance to speak and as I stepped up to the podium I felt a wave of emotion, my voice cracked and I murmured about how this was validation for what was at one a hobby project come to fruition, our contribution to the community and validation of our hard work.
At that moment last night I was finally immersed in a moment of “we have arrived”. We have been recognized not only by the users of the system but now voted by our peers in IT and Life Sciences as delivering value to the community and providing service. Last night was truly emotional and, whichever way I look at, was praise and recognition for our humble offering to the community.
We are making a difference. We have big plans, great intentions and stand on a foundation of hard work, innovation and community engagement. The Royal Society of Chemistry is a good home for ChemSpider as the organization stands on the same foundations, and many more. Winning an award was a great feeling. We’re going to continue to work hard for the good of the scientific community, not for the awards but because it is needed and is the right thing to do. But hey, after last night, I’d like the chance to win another award and give thanks without a shaky voice and a wave of emotion flooding over me!Stumble it!