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December 7, 2018

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December 5, 2018

Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in Polymer Chemistry (University of Nevada, Reno)

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Dear Colleague:

The University of Nevada, Reno Department of Chemistry has initiated a search for a new Assistant Professor in Polymer Chemistry.  I am writing to seek your help in identifying outstanding candidates for this position. The successful candidate will establish an innovative, externally funded research program in Polymer Chemistry, broadly defined, while maintaining a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. This position is part of a multi-year commitment to establish UNR as an international leader in Advanced Manufacturing Research.

Please bring this opening to the attention of qualified candidates who may be interested in applying for the position.  I have attached the position announcement as a link below which may be posted or forwarded.

To find more information or to submit an application please visit:

Application review will begin January 7, 2019. The University of Nevada, Reno is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

The University of Nevada, Reno is the land-grant institution for the State of Nevada with an enrollment of nearly 22,000 students, including over 2,800 graduate students. Our department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Chemical Physics.  The department has a total of 17 full-time academic faculty members, is housed in a four-story building, and is well equipped with modern research instrumentation.  We have recently moved our undergraduate teaching laboratories into new instructional facilities in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.  The city of Reno offers an excellent quality of life, with entertainment and cultural opportunities in excess of most cities of similar size. The city lies one hour from Lake Tahoe and four hours east of San Francisco, in the valley of the Truckee River on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, and has a mild high desert climate. A highly rated location for living and outdoor recreation, the Reno area also enjoys a flourishing and eclectic intellectual, artistic, and cultural community.
For more information about the department and its programs, I invite you and potential candidates to visit our web site at:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  Many thanks for your assistance.

Sincerely yours,

Wesley A. Chalifoux

Search Committee Chair
December 4, 2018

Required Youth Program Data Collection and Registration

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Good afternoon,


At the request of the Provost, for the past several years Precollege Programs has collected data from all programs and faculty that work with youth including athletic camps, summer enrichment programs, out-of-school programs, on-campus and off-campus programs, etc. During this transition year while the Office of Youth Safety & Compliance (YSC) is developed, Precollege Programs and YSC are jointly collecting annual youth program data and certifying compliance with the Youth Program Policies and Guidelines for the period 9/1/17-8/31/18 via this online form. If you are unsure if your program should submit data, please contact the Office of Youth Safety & Compliance at


YSC anticipates moving to a pre-program registration system January 1, 2019. At that time, all youth programs and activities will be required to register their event with YSC prior to the event taking place. Youth Program/Activity information likely to be registered includes event date, location, and description, number of participants, staff/volunteer roster, emergency plan, and certification that all necessary Criminal History Checks and Training was completed. More information on this process, and the site on which programs need to register, will be communicated at a later date.


For programs being held between last year’s reporting system and January 1, please contact the Office of Youth Safety & Compliance.


To summarize:

  • For youth programs/activities held between September 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018: Please submit basic datausing this link.
  • For youth programs/activities held between September 1, 2018, and January 1, 2019: Please contact the Office of Youth Safety & Compliance at
  • For youth programs/activities to be held after January 1, 2019: Pre-event registration will be required currently viathis form with an updated process to be rolled out within the year.


Please contact the Office of Youth Safety & Compliance with any questions and forward this request to others as needed.


Thank you,

Emily Nicholson and Marilyn Lesmeister



Marilyn K. Lesmeister, PhD.

Interim Youth Safety and Compliance Co-Director

OSU Extension 4-H Volunteer Development & Risk Management

105 Ballard Hall

Office: 541-737-2794


Emily Nicholson     

Interim Youth Safety and Compliance Co-Director

OSU Precollege Program Coordinator

111 Snell Hall

Office: 541-737-9424

December 3, 2018

New NSF CHE Funding Opportunities and Employment Opportunities

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Dear Chemistry Community:

Welcome back from the Thanksgiving Holidays!  I hope you were able to spend a joyous and relaxing holiday with family and friends.

We’d like to bring your attention to three new NSF-wide funding opportunities to submit proposals and well as opportunities for employment as a Program Director in NSF CHE.

You are encouraged to submit to these solicitations in addition to the CHE Disciplinary Research Program solicitation.

  1. Enabling Quantum Leap:  Quantum Idea Incubator for Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (QII-TAQS, NSF 19-532,  Letters of Intent are due January 7, 2019; Preliminary Proposals are due February 21, 2019; and Full Proposals are due May 24, 2019.
QII – TAQS is designed to support interdisciplinary teams that will explore highly innovative, original, and potentially transformative ideas for developing and applying quantum science, quantum computing, and quantum engineering. Proposals with the potential to deliver new concepts, new platforms, and/or new approaches that will accelerate the science, computing, and engineering of quantum technologies are encouraged. Breakthroughs in quantum sensing, quantum communications, quantum simulations, or quantum computing systems are anticipated. This Quantum Idea Incubator solicitation aims to support the process of translating such ideas into reality.

This solicitation calls for proposals focused on interdisciplinary research that includes elements from the following thrust areas: (i) fundamental science such as, but not limited to physics, chemistry, materials science, mathematics, biology, or geoscience, as well as foundational concepts and techniques in quantum information science and engineering; (ii) communication, computation, and modeling; and (iii) devices and engineered systems. Proposals must articulate how the project leverages and/or promotes advances in knowledge in the selected thrust areas. Proposals should be innovative and must focus on quantum functionality and must result in experimental demonstrations and/or transformative advances towards quantum systems and/or proof-of-concept validations. Competitive proposals will come from an interdisciplinary research team led by at least three investigators who collectively contribute synergistic expertise from one or more engineering domains, from mathematics, computational and/or computer and information science, and from one or more physical, chemical, biological, or materials science domains. Proposals will be judged on how likely the integrated effort is to lead to transformative advances in quantum systems. Both fundamental and applied topics are encouraged.

CHE contacts are: Evi Goldfield (, Tingyu Li (, and John Papanikolas (



  1. Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure-1 (Mid-scale RI-1, NSF 19-537;  Preliminary proposals due February 19, 2019; Full Proposals due May 20, 2019.


NSF-supported science and engineering research increasingly relies on cutting-edge infrastructure. With its Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program and Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC)projects, NSF supports infrastructure projects at the lower and higher ends of infrastructure scales across science and engineering research disciplines. The Mid-scale Research Infrastructure Big Idea is intended to provide NSF with an agile, Foundation-wide process to fund experimental research capabilities in the mid-scale range between the MRI and MREFC thresholds.

Within Mid-scale RI-1, proposers may submit two types of projects, “Implementation” and “Design”. Design and Implementation projects may comprise any combination of equipment, infrastructure, computational hardware and software, and necessary commissioning. Design includes planning (preliminary and final design) of research infrastructure with an anticipated total project cost that is appropriate for future Mid-scale RI-1, Mid-scale RI-2 or MREFC-class investments. Mid-scale RI-1 uses an inclusive definition of implementation, which can include traditional stand-alone construction or acquisition and can include a degree of advanced development leading immediately to final system acquisition and/or construction.

Mid-scale RI-1 “Implementation” projects may have a total project cost ranging from $6 million up to below $20million. Projects must directly enable advances in fundamental science, engineering or science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education research in one or more of the research domains supported by NSF Implementation projects may support new or upgraded research infrastructure. Only Mid-scale RI-1 “Design” projects may request less than $6 million, with a minimum request of $600,000 and a maximum request below $20 million as needed to prepare for a future mid-scale or larger infrastructure implementation project. (Successful award of a Mid-scale RI-1 design project does not imply NSF commitment to future implementation of that project.)

Note: Mid-scale research infrastructure projects beyond the Mid-scale RI-1 program limit are anticipated to be separately solicited by a Mid-scale RI-2 program.

Mid-scale RI-1 emphasizes strong scientific merit and response to an identified need of the research community. Demonstrated technical and managerial experience is required for both design and implementation projects, as are well-developed plans for student training and the involvement of a diverse workforce in all aspects of mid-scale activities.


CHE contacts are: Carlos Murillo (; Kelsey Cook (; and Colby Foss (; and Anne-Marie Schmoltner (

  1. Harnessing the Data Revolution: Data Science Corps (HDR: DSC, NSF 19-518:  Submission Window: January 28, 2019 – February 4, 2019.

NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea is a visionary, national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery, allowing fundamentally new questions to be asked and answered in science and engineering frontiers, generating new knowledge and understanding, and accelerating discovery and innovation. The HDR vision is realized via a coordinated set of program solicitations resulting in an ecosystem of interrelated activities enabling (i) research in the foundations of data science; frameworks, algorithms, and systems for data science; and data-driven research in science and engineering; (ii) advanced cyberinfrastructure; and (iii) education and workforce development—all of which are designed to amplify the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of the data science challenge. The HDR Big Idea will establish theoretical, technical, and ethical data science frameworks, and apply them to practical problems in science and engineering, and in society more generally.

The Data Science Corps is one of the components of the HDR ecosystem, focusing on building capacity for harnessing the data revolution at the local, state, national, and international levels to help unleash the power of data in the service of science and society. The Data Science Corps will provide practical experiences, teach new skills, and offer teaching opportunities, in a variety of settings, to data scientists and data science students. It will also strive to promote data literacy and provide basic training in data science to the existing workforce across communities.

As a first step in establishing the Data Science Corps, this solicitation focuses specifically on enabling participation by undergraduate students in the Data Science Corps, by supporting student stipends for participation in data science projects and supporting integration of real-world data science projects into classroom instruction.

CHE Contacts are P. Shing Ho ( and Lin He (

Dear Colleague Letter regarding opportunities to serve as a Program Director within the Chemistry Division at NSF.  We are seeking applicants in all CHE Programs, especially individuals with broad knowledge in fundamental chemistry research and in areas that align with one of the NSF Big Ideas, such as Quantum Leap, Harnessing the Data Revolution, Understanding the Rules of Life, or Midscale Research Infrastructure.  For more information about the openings, please see the Dear Colleague Letter at (CHE 19-001: Dear Colleague Letter: The Division of Chemistry (CHE), in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) Employment Opportunity for a Program Director).  It is critical to note that Program Directors are encouraged to maintain their research group and interests while on rotation at the Foundation; NSF supports travel back to your home institution up to 50 days per year.

Formal consideration of Program Director applicants will begin in early January 2019, and will continue until selections are made.  Applications and nominations are welcomed.  Please send your curriculum vitae to

November 30, 2018

Learning Innovation Grant Individual Proposals

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University Information and Technology invites proposals from faculty and staff for Individual Learning Innovation Grants to foster the meaningful use of educational technology. Proposals of up to $10,000 will be awarded for innovative uses of technology to improve student experience, whether in courses, informal learning experiences, or student life. Proposals are due Dec. 7. To learn more or to apply, visit Questions? Contact Robin Pappas at

Center for Teaching & Learning’s first Course Design Institute

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You are invited to attend the Center for Teaching & Learning’s first Course Design Institute. Join CTL along with a multidisciplinary group of teachers to design (or redesign) a course. For three intensive days learn about course design and how students learn. Experience the benefits of active learning, intentional grouping, and differentiation. Plan to leave the institute with course plans and a syllabus draft. Dec. 12-14 (Participation in all three days is mandatory. If you are unable to attend all three days, try to join us in March or June.) 9 a.m.-4 p.m., (additional one hour nightly class preparation), Milam 215. Limited seats available. Respond to Jeanna Towns by Friday, Nov. 30, to reserve your spot.

November 29, 2018

Big Island Farms Summer 2019 Internship

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We currently have spaces for our Summer 2019 Internships!

Big Island Farms is located on the tropical Hamakua coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, five miles from the breathtaking Waipio Valley and historic Honokaa Town. The quaint but thriving local community is interconnected with 10 of the world’s 13 available microclimates ranging from vibrant jungle to arid desert tundra. This ancient and sacred island lends Big Island Farms a culturally and biologically rich and diverse environment. Boasting the tallest mountain “Mauna Kea”, the world’s most active volcano, “Kilauea” and the largest mountain “Mauna Loa” (in cubic feet), the Big Island of Hawaii is a treasure of geological extremes like nowhere else on Earth. During our internship program students gets to experience and study most of the micro climates available on this island.

Big Island Farms, a vibrant 64 acre collection of tropical fruit trees, macadamia nut orchards, permaculture food forests, botanical gardens & medicinal gardens began simply with a decade long effort to restore and revitalize the soil, flora and fauna of these treasured lands. After many years of allowing the natural ecosystems to re-establish themselves and create a biodynamic ecology our team began this mission to establish a unique experiential education program. Mulching tropical grasses that, at times, reach seven to ten feet high, we have reclaimed the orchards and farmlands replenishing and protecting the soils, establishing new gardens and reinvigorating the orchards along the way. Our team coalesces around a shared vision of sustainability, community, and the desire to understand how to live off the land through a process of discovering the deeper rooted connections that we all share within the holistic connection of organic permaculture. We are searching for like-minded individuals who we can share our knowledge with and who can also leave their mark at Big Island Farms.

Through our interdisciplinary education model, which incorporates classes, tangible hands-on experience, expeditions and guest speakers, students will actively pursue their passions, learn to broaden their worldviews, and work towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

Come be an active participant in a progressive learning environment and expand your horizons through the Big Island Farms Internship Program! We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2019 and beyond. Internship spots are limited, hurry to APPLY NOW.

Check out our website to see full program details

Please email us at for details.

November 28, 2018

Call for nominations – Honors College Hendricks & Wiesner Scholarships

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The Oregon State University Honors College is pleased to invite nominations for two prestigious annual scholarship awards. The Joe Hendricks Scholarship for Academic Excellence is open to all Honors College students, and the Janet Richens Wiesner Honors College Scholarship for Undergraduate Women in Science is awarded to an outstanding female Honors College student majoring in science (which is broadly defined). These awards both include a $2,500 scholarship and are open to students graduating winter term, 2019 or after.

If you know a current Honors College student who has demonstrated remarkable academic, scholarly, or leadership achievements, in the classroom or out, please consider nominating them for one or both of these scholarships. Nominations can be made with a brief letter of support (approximately one page) that emphasizes the qualities or attributes that make your nominee stand out from their peers. In general, the Hendricks is awarded to students who have demonstrated both outstanding academic and co-curricular accomplishments and the Wiesner more specifically to students for research and academic achievements. Multiple nominations are accepted.

Please send nominations or direct questions to The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, January 4th, 2019.

Thank you very much for your support of the Oregon State University Honors College and our students.

2019 Summer Internship at UCSD/Scripps Institution of Oceanography/Marine Physical Laboratory

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Greetings Oregon State University,

I would like to inform your constituents about an exciting ten-week summer internship opportunity in the Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, in La Jolla, California. I have attached a flyer for your review and copied the job listing below — please forward / use in any ways that would best get the word out., including even posting hard copies on building bulletin boards in your area!

Our internship program is a great opportunity for inquisitive and motivated undergraduate students with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science majoring in Oceanography, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world while earning a modest salary.


UCSD is an equal opportunity employer, with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.


More information can be found on our website, where we will be accepting applications through 4 p.m. Pacific time on January 18, 2019. If you have any questions please contact me.


Warm regards,


Eva Friedlander | Summer Internship Coordinator | Marine Physical Laboratory | UC San Diego Scripps Institution Of Oceanography | MC 0213 |





Applications will only be considered when submitted via


Organization: UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Marine Physical Laboratory

Call for Summer Interns
Are you considering applying to grad school and interested in oceanography as a career path?  Contemplating a career in scientific research and development?

The Marine Physical Laboratory, at UC San Diego’s world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is currently seeking inquisitive, motivated undergraduate students with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science to apply for the 2019 MPL Summer Internship Program.

Undergraduate college students majoring in Oceanography, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geology are encouraged to apply. This ten-week internship will offer qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world and learn about marine science and technology while earning a modest salary.


UCSD is an equal opportunity employer, with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.
* Currently enrolled as 1st, 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate – and not in your senior year – at a college or university with a major applicable to research done at MPL

* A U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident

* Considering a career in scientific research
* Available to start at MPL in La Jolla, California, in June 2019


* Available to work the duration of the internship, ten consecutive weeks from the start date, for 40 hours per week at a salary of $14/hr

* Not a former MPL summer intern

* OK with working a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and surf
The Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) is an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and lab at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Originally established as a Navy-orientated research laboratory in 1946, MPL has maintained a strong multidisciplinary research program consisting entirely of sponsored projects, with a large sponsorship from the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Research Topics:

Acoustics and Infrasound
Applied Ocean Sciences
Autonomous Ocean Platforms and Global Observing Systems
Coastal Oceanography
Internal Waves and Ocean Mixing
Marine Mammal Biology
Nonlinear and Surface Waves
Ocean Acoustics
Ocean Instrumentation and Technology
Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions
Physical Oceanography
Population and Community Ecology
Upper Ocean and Submesoscale Processes


Research Highlights:
Air-Sea Interaction Research
Coastal Observatory Development
Observations of Waves and Currents Nearshore
Optical and Ancillary Measurements at High Latitudes in Support of the MODIS Ocean Validation Program
Reference Materials for Oceanic Carbon Dioxide Measurements
Time Reversal Mirror in the Ocean
Whale Acoustics

Whole Sky Imager

* Visit to complete the application online
* Applications will be accepted online through 4 p.m. Pacific time on January 18, 2019
* Decisions emailed to applicants by the end of April 2019

MPL Summer Internship Program:

Marine Physical Laboratory:
Scripps Institution of Oceanography:

University of California, San Diego:


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