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August 28, 2014

Funding Opportunity: National Research Council – Research Associateship Programs

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National Research Council (NRC)

Research Associateship Programs

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 – $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and are proportionally high for Senior Associates.  Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000 and are higher for additional experience.  These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S.

More detailed information and an online application can be found at

Questions should be directed to the NRC at 202-334-2760 (phone) or

There are four annual review cycles.


Review Cycle:  November; Opens September 1; Closes November 1

Review Cycle:  February; Opens December 1; Closes February 1

Review Cycle:  May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1

Review Cycle:  August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1


Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.

August 25, 2014

ACS Poster Symposium

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The first annual Portland American Chemical Society Undergraduate Poster Symposium will be held on Sunday, October 5, at the SRTC Building (formerly Science II) at Portland State University, from 4-7 PM.  We hope to have 50 or more undergraduates presenting posters about their summer research;  there will be free pizza and beer (and other food and drink).

I am writing to invite you to send grad students, postdocs, and faculty to display materials and/or pamphlets about your school at a table we will provide, and to interact with students who are interested in your graduate school.

We also need judges to determine who should receive $150 first prizes and possibly $75 second prizes in each of seven divisions.  To the extent you can identify specific people who would attend, it would be most helpful to know their names, email addresses, and the divisions they are willing to judge (Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, Physical, Biochemistry, Polymers, Materials); or ask them to contact me directly,  This is all free of charge.  Thank you!

August 13, 2014

Employment Opportunity for Graduate Students

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National Nuclear Security (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program provides unique hands-on experience to prepare exceptional graduate students to become next-generation leaders in global nuclear security. During the 12-month, full-time, salary-plus-benefits term, Fellows work in policy or technical areas alongside NNSA experts in Washington, D.C. or other NNSA site locations.  Fellows receive specialized training and opportunities for career development and professional networking, while also directly supporting NNSA’s global nuclear security mission in placements that align with their backgrounds and interests.  Fellows will interact with leading researchers in the field while helping shape the vision for future technologies related to detection of nuclear materials and the security of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. Applicants must be U.S. citizens eligible for a high-level security clearance, and are accepted to, enrolled in, or will be graduating from a master’s or Ph.D. program during the year of application. Desirable academic specializations for the policy track include international relations, security or nonproliferation studies, political science, public administration, economics and related fields.  For the technical track, desirable academic specializations include nuclear physics/ engineering, chemical engineering, radiation health physics, radiochemistry, chemical sciences, applied physics, and related fields. Some positions may also benefit from backgrounds in safety and health, infrastructure and operations management, or finance/accounting.   A combined policy and technical background is highly desirable, and a foreign language is a plus.  Applications typically are accepted beginning in early August through October 21st. Fellowship terms begin the following summer. Visit to learn more and apply.

S10 Shared Instrumentation Grant Announcement

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The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) is soliciting comments from the community on the Shared Instrumentation Grant (SIG) Program (S10).  You are invited to respond by August 24 to the recently posted Request for Information (RFI) by the Shared instrumentation Grant Program (S10) available at This RFI gives an opportunity to S10 applicants, users of awarded shared instruments, and others who have interest in the Program to comment on the Program requirements and suggest modifications to improve the effectiveness of the Program and to enhance its impact on the NIH research community.

If you have already responded to the RFI, we thank you for your participation and please disregard this note.


Respectfully yours,

SIG Program


Office of Research Infrastructure Programs


6701 Democracy Boulevard

Bethesda, MD 20892-4874

301-435-0772 (V) 301-480-3659 (F)

August 7, 2014

ACS Poster Session

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I am writing to alert you to a new program that the ACS Portland local section is planning, and to invite you to get in on the ground floor of what we hope will be an annual event.

As you know, the best graduate students are the ones who have done research as undergraduates.   We are planning a meeting for next fall that will feature research posters by the undergraduates from Portland area colleges and universities who did research over the summer.  We believe there are some 50 to 100 students who are in this category, and we hope to attract at least half of them to this poster session.  To attract them, we plan to offer several things that you can help with.

First, we want to give them the opportunity to meet you, that is, we hope that nearby universities will have tables in the room where you can meet these star students and recruit them for your graduate school.  We also want to offer the students prizes for best poster in each of several subfields of chemistry, and hope that you would be willing to supply some people to help judge the posters.  We also need sponsors for these prizes.  (We are also inviting area companies to participate in this activity.)

We anticipate that this event will take place sometime in October, probably on a weekend, time and place yet to be determined.  I am writing now to determine your interest in participating in this event.  Please fill out the attached form and return it to me.  I do not need any contributions at this point, but will be contacting you later if you indicate a willingness to contribute to this effort.

Thank you for your interest!

August 4, 2014

Judy Giordan to receive 2014 Henry F Whalen Jr Award

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Press Release – Monday, August 4, 2014

The American Chemical Society Division of Business Development and Management (BMGT) is pleased to announce that Dr. Judith C. Giordan will receive the 2014 Henry F. Whalen, Jr. Award for Excellence in Business Development and Management in the Chemical Enterprise.

Judy currently serves on boards of advisors and as founder/senior management in start-up ventures such as Qteros llc; Managing Director of ecosVC, Inc., a training and venture development firm; and, co-founder of the Chemical Angels Network. Her former positions include VP R&D and business leader at Henkel Corporation; Global VP of R&D for Pepsi-Cola and Corporate VP/CTO at International Flavors and Fragrances.

Recipient of the Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal in 2010 and elected an ACS Fellow in 2013, Judy’s past service roles have included membership on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Research Institute and the American Chemical Society; various positions at the National Science Foundation including member of the Math and Physical Sciences Advisory Board, Chair of the Waterman Award Committee and Program Officer for the cross-foundational IGERT program. Judy has also been named several times to Who’s Who and has been cited in numerous publications and magazines for her groundbreaking roles for women in corporate leadership over her 30 year career. A sought after author and speaker, Judy is being recognized with the Henry F. Whalen, Jr. Award for her international business development and leadership, entrepreneurship, angel investing and educator roles and as a respected R&D leader underpinned by her development of scientists and engineers, and mentoring of women for leadership positions.

Judy will accept the award and share her insights on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm, as part of a reception sponsored by BMGT and the Chemical Angel Network scheduled from 3pm – 6pm at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco. Judy’s remarks will link her R&D and business experiences as the         VP/CTO of several Fortune 500 companies with the value and importance of both commercial development skills for today’s scientists and engineers and diversity, inclusion and mentoring of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM and chemistry.

About the American Chemical Society (ACS)

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 162,000 members, ACS, a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1876, is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

About the ACS Division of Business Development and Management (BMGT)

BMGT is comprised of members from the chemical enterprise around the world. Our mission and vision are to champion business development and management throughout the chemical enterprise, and to be globally recognized as the preferred resource for creating, growing and managing chemical business.

For more information about the Henry F. Whalen, Jr. Award please contact Sharon Wilkerson,

For more information about Judith C. Giordan please contact

Call for 2015-16 US Student Fullbright Campus Committee Members

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International Programs at Oregon State University is seeking internationally experienced faculty and staff to serve on the Fulbright Campus Selection Committee. The role of the committee is to:

* Review OSU student/alumni applications in a specific area of expertise (either regional or by academic discipline)

* Conduct interviews

* Assess the feasibility of research proposals

* Evaluate candidates’ suitability for a Fulbright scholarship

* Provide university endorsement for recommended candidates

Fulbright application review and interviews take place annually in September and October and each interview takes about one hour.  Most committee members participate in 1-3 interviews.

This brief survey will help us identify those who are interested in serving on the Fulbright Campus Selection Committee. Committee members in the past have found it very rewarding to meet the Fulbright candidates and provide helpful feedback that may be incorporated into final revisions before the Fulbright national deadline in October. We look forward to hearing from you!

For more information about the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, please visit:

Partnerships for International Research Program

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The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)program. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community. Guidelines: Information: Mary Phillips, Director, Office for Research Development, Deadline: Aug. 18.

July 30, 2014

Advantage Accelerator “graduates” moving toward successful new businesses, jobs

Originally posted on News and Research Communications by David Stauth

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Four promising startup companies in fields ranging from social media to chemical manufacturing are among the first “graduating class” of the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator, upon completion of a program designed to help lead them toward commercial success.

Organizers of the new program say it’s off to a promising start in efforts to bring more university research and community ideas to the commercial marketplace. This and other elements of the OSU Advantage form partnerships with industry and work to boost the Oregon economy, while providing invaluable experiences for OSU students involved in many aspects of the program.

“Our program has unfolded as well or better than we had hoped, and we now plan to increase the output,” said John Turner, co-director of the Advantage Accelerator. “Completion of this program means that companies have an increased chance to succeed and have a step-by-step plan to approach the future.”

“Based on our experience in the first year of this program, we’ve decided to conduct two cohort groups each year rather than one,” Turner said. “The coming year will result in about 15-20 new startup companies.”

Success in a tough and competitive commercial marketplace is not automatic, however, and not all companies have the will and strength to complete the rigorous program.

The first graduates have completed a “portfolio” of accomplishments, Turner said, that included training to attract investors, a validated business model, a schedule for future steps, and an initial product to show prospective customers, investors or manufacturers. A few clients are already attracting attention through the sale of products and generating profit.

The OSU Advantage Accelerator provides mentoring with industry and entrepreneurial experts, consulting sessions, access to seed grants and the OSU Venture Fund, meetings with active investors, workshops on various topics, networking events and many other activities.

One of the early participants in the program, Onboard Dynamics of Bend, Ore., plans to market technology that could ultimately revolutionize the way America drives. It has developed systems that compress natural gas right in the vehicle and take advantage of the enormous current supplies of low-cost natural gas. The innovation is able to cut automobile fuel costs to the gasoline-equivalent of less than $1 a gallon.

“An intern working with the Advantage Accelerator performed a lot of tasks relating to market analysis and startup activities that were incredibly helpful to the company,” said CEO Rita Hansen.

“We’re in an excellent position right now, having been formally selected by the Department of Energy for a $2.88 million award, and our initial target markets are the underserved, small, light-duty commercial fleets,” Hansen said. “We’re very bullish about widespread adoption by these fleets of our products.”

A few other companies that have completed the program include:

  • Pikli, a student-based company based on social media that allows individuals to involve their friends and family in their shopping experiences;
  • Waste2Watergy, which is commercializing a microbial fuel cell technology to reduce or eliminate significant wastewater costs and produce electricity from the resultant effluence; and
  • Valliscor, a chemical manufacturing company that licensed technology developed at OSU to produce high-value chemicals for the pharmaceutical, agricultural, polymer and electronics industries.

“The OSU Advantage Accelerator program was very helpful and their mentorship was really first-rate,” said Rich Carter, professor and chair of the OSU Department of Chemistry, and CEO of Valliscor. “They helped us develop the necessary tools to become a functioning company, and whenever you needed advice all you had to do was pick up the phone.”

Carter said he’s “very optimistic” about the company going forward, which is already producing and selling its first products.

The OSU Advantage Accelerator is one component of the Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or Oregon RAIN. With support from the Oregon legislature, collaborators on the initiative include OSU, the University of Oregon, the cities of Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis and Albany, and other economic development organizations. All the participants are focused on creating new business, expanding existing business, creating jobs and helping to build the Oregon and national economy.


About the Oregon State University Advantage: Oregon State is committed to innovation that leads to new businesses, jobs and economic growth for Oregon and the nation. That commitment now includes the Venture Accelerator, to move promising ideas out of the laboratory and into the marketplace; and the Industry Partnering Program, which helps improve the success of existing business and industry.

New Mexico State University College Track Faculty Position

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College-track Faculty Position
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at New Mexico State University
(NMSU), Las Cruces, invites candidates with a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely
related area to apply for a full-time, nine-month non-tenure-track lecturer position
at the College Assistant Professor level (Position #718317) beginning either
January 2015 or August 2015. Primary teaching assignments will include general
chemistry and undergraduate-level organic chemistry, both lecture and
laboratory. Successful candidates must have demonstrated excellence in teaching
undergraduate lecture or laboratory courses and be committed to providing quality
undergraduate education. Applicants must submit three letters of reference, a
cover letter, CV, copy of transcripts with degree posted, statement of professional
goals and teaching philosophy, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.
NMSU is a public, land grant, minority-serving institution recognized by the
Carnegie Foundation as a RU/H (Research University with high research activity)
institution. For more information see:
Applications should be submitted on-line at:
New Mexico State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer; Minorities, Females, Veterans, and those with a Disability are
encouraged to apply. To begin Searching for Job Openings, please click “Search
Jobs” in the left navigation section
(Quicklink: To apply for Job Openings,
please create an account by clicking the “Create Account” link. If you need
assistance, please contact Human Resource Services at (575) 646-8000.
Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014. NMSU is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from
women and underrepresented minority candidates. All university positions are
contingent upon availability of funding. All offers of employment, oral and
written, are contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other
information required by federal law, state law, and NMSU policies/procedures,
and may include the completion of a criminal history check.

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