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January 23, 2015

Sexual Assault Prevention

Filed under: Announcements @ 5:27 pm

Recently, Angelo Gomez from the Office of Equity and Inclusion gave a presentation on preventing sexual assault.  We’re sharing that slideshow with all of you.

Sexual Assault Prevention Slideshow

Campus resources for student assistance

Filed under: Announcements @ 3:12 pm

As winter term classes progress, we would like to highlight programs and services available to assist students who may be experiencing difficulties with navigating our community.  In some cases the difficulties may impact academics.  In other cases, the difficulties may influence behaviors that can negatively impact others and the campus community.  For more information about appropriate referrals, please feel free to contact us at 541-737-8748.

Susie Brubaker-Cole                            Tracy Bentley-Townlin
Vice Provost for Student Affairs        Interim Dean of Student Life

Contact:  Monday – Friday 10am – 4:30pm, 541.737.8748, option 3;
Student Life Assistance is a service in the Office of the Dean of Student Life delivered by a group of OSU professionals known as the Student Life Assistance Team. The service helps faculty, staff, and advisors navigate the non-academic student issues they may encounter. Many students face difficult times during college; unexpected life events, personal crises, mental health struggles, academic difficulties are examples of challenges that can interfere with college success and often faculty, staff, and advisors benefit from consultation and support of the SL Assistance Team.

Contact: Kris Winter, Assistant Dean of Student Life 541-737-0582;
As a result of growing safety issues and concerns on college campuses, Oregon State University (OSU) developed a Student Care Team (SCT). The SCT addresses student behaviors that are disruptive and may include safety and/or mental health issues. The goal of the SCT is to promote the safety and health of students which, in turn, aids in the well-being of our overall OSU community.  SCT meets regularly and is also available for consultation if you would like to speak with someone about ways to best support a student and/or manage a student situation.

Contact: Carl Yeh, Director 541-737-3656;
SCCS will consult with faculty/staff on how to manage situations pertaining to inappropriate behavior and/or disruption to a class, a residence hall or any other campus location.  If you have any questions regarding SCCS, please contact the Director.

Contact: Angelo Gomez, Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator 541-737-3556;
OEI addresses concerns about bias, discrimination, discriminatory harassment, bullying, and retaliation. Additionally, the Executive Director is the university’s Title IX Coordinator and should be consulted on disclosures of any form of sexual harassment, including sexual/dating/domestic violence and stalking (For additional information see Employee Responsibilities)

Contact: Marcey Bamba, Interim Director 541-737-2131;
CAPS will consult with faculty/staff on how to manage difficult mental health situations including depression, severe anxiety, suicidal thoughts or other psychological or emotional disturbances.  The emergency counseling and consultation services are available to students and faculty 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; Thursday consultations are available from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm.  In addition, you may also speak to an after-hours counselor any time the office is closed.

Contact: Brenda McComb, Dean 541-737-4881;
With a solid understanding of the unique roles and experiences of graduate students, the Graduate School consults with students/faculty/staff on issues throughout the student lifecycle pertaining to admissions, academic progress and milestones, funding, graduate community resources, mentor/mentee relationships, inclusivity and overall student success.

Contact: Sue Theiss, University Ombuds 541-737-7029;
Ombuds provide informal, impartial, and confidential* conflict management assistance to all members of the university community.  This office  provides a safe environment for listening to concerns, clarifying issues, exploring options for resolution, providing information and referrals, navigating university systems, and mediating discussions when requested.  For more information about UOO’s services and confidentiality, please visit

Contact: Jonathan Stoll, Director 541-737-8606;
CCR was established to enhance neighborhood livability and inspire shared responsibility to help foster a healthy, livable and inclusive Oregon State University – Corvallis community.  The independence of living on one’s own can be liberating, but extremely challenging for students.  CCR connects students with community resources that foster good neighborly behavior and educational tools to educate tenants of their rights and responsibilities.

Contact: Oregon State Police/Public Safety 541-737-7000 or dial 911
If the behavior is placing someone in immediate risk or if a serious or threatening incident occurs in the classroom, academic building or on campus, Public Safety should be contacted immediately.

Graduate School Scholarships – Request for Nominations

Filed under: Announcements,Funding Opportunity @ 12:30 pm

Eric Englund Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship
Deadline for Nominations: February 16, 2015
Information and Nomination Instructions:

Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship
Deadline for Nominations: March 9, 2015
Information and Nomination Instructions:

To see a matrix of all scholarships/fellowships administered by the Graduate School, click here:  2015-16 Scholarships and Fellowships

Food Drive February – Just around the corner

Filed under: Announcements,Outreach @ 10:42 am

Yes, you heard it right, it’s almost Food Drive time again.  This year, we’re using the KISS method when it comes to our event.  We’re just taking donations.  All through the month of February, the main office staff will be collecting food and cash donations to help the Linn/Benton Food Share feed local families in need.  Every little bit helps.

Foods the Food Bank needs:

  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Canned goods
  • Rice, cereal and pasta
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Cooking Oils
  • Other nutritious “healthy-choice” foods

Graduate Student, Brittany Robertson featured in Terra Magazine

Filed under: Research @ 10:28 am

A NUCLEAR WEAPON IN THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS is the stuff of nightmares, especially for U.S. agencies charged with preventing a devastating attack. When security or law enforcement agents confiscate nuclear or radiological weapons or their ingredients being smuggled domestically or internationally, they must quickly trace them back to their source.

Enter, the science of nuclear forensics. Defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as “the ability to trace the source of interdicted materials to their place of origin,” nuclear forensics ranks as a “keystone” of U.S. anti-terrorism policy.

Now, Oregon State University is about to become a player in that effort. A new graduate emphasis in nuclear forensics is being launched in OSU’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics with funding from Homeland Security. Courses in nuclear materials science, nuclear forensics analysis and detection of special nuclear material will be added to existing core courses such as radiophysics, radiochemistry and applied radiation safety. Faculty expertise in nuclear engineering, radiation health physics, radiation detection and radiochemistry will anchor the program, along with state-of-the-art lab and spectroscopy facilities in the Radiation Center, says OSU researcher Camille Palmer, who will lead the nuclear forensics emphasis.  Read more…

David Ji featured in Terra Magazine

Filed under: Faculty Mentions,Research @ 10:26 am

WHAT IF WE COULD TURN EXCESS CO2 into a boon for electronics and other industries?

Chemists and engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a way to do just that. David Ji and his research team have captured atmospheric carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas — and used it to make an advanced, high-value material for energy-storage devices that power everything from defibrillators to hybrid electric cars.

This innovation in nanotechnology won’t soak up enough carbon to solve global warming, the researchers say. However, it will provide an environmentally friendly, low-cost way to make “nanoporous graphene,” a pure form of carbon that’s super-strong and ultra-efficient at conducting heat and electricity. All of these properties give nanoporous graphene a big edge over activated carbon, now used in making commercial supercapacitors — devices that can store energy for rapid release.  Read more…

I&EC Graduate Student Symposium 2015

Filed under: Announcements @ 9:30 am

On behalf of the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (I&EC) Division of the American Chemical Society, I want to solicit abstracts for the ACS I&EC Division Graduate Student Award Symposium. This symposium will be featured at the 250th  Boston ACS National Meeting, August 10-14, 2015. I ask that you distribute this announcement to your advanced degree students and their advisors, and encourage those attending this ACS meeting to submit papers and compete for the monetary award and distinction described in the attached flyer. The I&EC Division features programming of great interest to the Chemistry and Chemical Sciences community, and we wish to encourage the professional development of your graduate students.

Every graduate student lead author accepted for this Symposium will be awarded an ACS members meeting registration fee.  All submissions and presentations will be evaluated by a panel selected by the Division. The third place presentation will be awarded an additional $250.  The second place presentation will be awarded an additional $500. The first place presentation will be awarded $750. To be eligible for any award, the presenter must be a student at university, pursuing a graduate degree in the chemical sciences and engineering at the time of the symposium.

More details are given in the enclosed flyer. Again, I request your support in distributing this to your outstanding graduate students. We look forward to highlighting their outstanding work in this new symposium.

Best wishes,

Michael A. Matthews, P.E.                                                       College of Engineering & Computing
Phone/Mobile: 803-777-0556   Fax: 803-777-9597           Assoc. Dean for Research & Graduate Education
Room 3A03A, Swearingen Engineering Center                 Department of Chemical Engineering
University of South Carolina                                                     Professor of Chemical Engineering
Columbia, SC 29208                                                                      Fellow of the American Chemical Society
Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

January 22, 2015

Undergraduate of the Quarter – Fall 2014 – Philip Nguyen

Filed under: Undergraduate of the Quarter @ 10:58 am
Philip Nguyen - Fall 2014 Undergraduate of the Quarter

Philip Nguyen – Fall 2014 Undergraduate of the Quarter

Philip Nguyen has been named our second Undergraduate of the Quarter for Fall 2014.  Phillip is originally from Oregon City where he attended Oregon City High School.  He cites his AP Chenistry teacher, Mr. Taylor for his love of Chemistry.  Phillip came to OSU to obtain a Bachelor’s degree and familiarize himself with the campus and surrounding community before continuing on to Pharmacy school.  An after high school job at a Pharmacy made him realize that while he loved the pharmaceutical industry, he’d have a better foundation if he started in Chemistry first, so that’s exactly what he did.

Phillip’s favorite class was CH 361/362: Experimental Chemistry.  He said it was this class where he got his first real hands on experience with chemistry and realized that sometimes, your experiments fail.  He also stated that he really liked how energetic the instructors were about their teaching and how when something did fail, they used it as a lesson for the class.  He has participated in Undergraduate Research for Dr. Paul Cheong since his freshmen year.  He tells his friends that research is like a homework problem that you can’t solve for weeks.  “You go in every single day and you work at it, and work at it, and work at it.  You finally get an answer, then you realixe you did the math wrong, so you go back and keep trying.

Phillip plans on applying to Pharmacy school this summer after graduation.  He says he feels really integrated into the department and it’s someplace he can call home.  We’re proud to have students like Phillip as part of our department.

Undergraduate of the Quarter – Fall 2014 – Alex Van Scoyk

Filed under: Undergraduate of the Quarter @ 10:55 am
Alex Van Scoyk - Fall 2014 Undergraduate of the Quarter

Alex Van Scoyk – Fall 2014 Undergraduate of the Quarter

Alexandria “Alex” Van Scoyk  has been named one of the Fall 2014 Undergraduates of the Quarter.  She grew up in Cedar City, Utah, where she attended Cedar High School.  Her chemistry instructor, Steven Stephenson (an OSU alumni) sparked her initial interest in chemistry.  “He was the very first professor that actually made me work hard in class,” she said of Stephenson.  It was his push that made her come to Oregon State as a Chemistry major and her discovered love for the lab that has made her stay.

Her favorite class while attending Oregon State has been Physical Chemistry, with Dr. Glenn Evans.  She stated that she really liked the way Glenn made you think about the concepts and work hard to get the grades and the way he really wanted the students to learn the material that he so obviously loves..  She also talked about Emile Firpo as being a favorite.  “He is responsible for solidifying my liking for lab work,” she states.  She says Emile is probably 90% responsible for getting her into research in the first place.  She now works in Dr. David William’s lab doing what she termed, “general stuff.”

Alex, who will graduate in the Spring hopes to continue on to Graduate School in the areas of toxicology or pharmacology, then come back to academia as a Professor.  Currently, Alex is the President of the Chemistry Club.  She’s also on the College of Science Advisory Council and in the Student Advisory Group.  In her spare time, she likes to hang out with her friends, watch movies and sleep.  It’s students like Alex that make us proud to be Oregon State University.

Outreach and Engagement Awards for Excellence – Seeking Nominations

Filed under: Announcements,Outreach @ 10:01 am

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement is seeking nominations for the 2015 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. These annual awards recognize outstanding contributions by faculty and staff that significantly advance the mission of outreach and engagement. Award winners receive $1,000 provided as OSU funds in a services and supplies index and a commemorative plaque.

Nominations are submitted online providing specific examples demonstrating how the individual or team has provided outstanding contributions.  Award categories include: service, strategic impact, program, innovation and diversity.  Nominations are due February 17.

A luncheon will be held to honor award winners on Monday, April 13th at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Please forward in your unit.  Contact Jackie Russell with any questions.

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