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July 24, 2015

Reed College Chem Dept seeking .5 FTE Associate Organic & Intro Chem Labs

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:53 am

Reed College seeks someone with PhD or MS who has laboratory teaching experience in organic chemistry and introductory chemistry. The ideal candidate for this role is self-sufficient, and possesses strong communication and organization skills. The full job posting is available on this page.

This is a part-time, 9-month exempt position (.5 FTE) working 25 hours per week. Reed College offers an excellent benefits package including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse.

PREVENT Cancer Preclinical Drug Development Program Application Deadline – Sept 8, 2015

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:24 am

The next application submission deadline for The PREVENT Cancer Preclinical Drug Development Program is September 8, 2015.

The PREVENT Program was created in 2011 to provide investigators with novel ideas for interventions aimed at cancer prevention access to the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) contract resources. Intervention strategies of high interest to PREVENT include chemoprevention and immunoprevention. Current areas of focus are:

?       Antiinflammatory approaches
?       Immunoprevention
?       Novel mechanisms
?       Drug repurposing
?       Reducing toxicity (dosing and combinations)

The PREVENT Program application will not directly lead to a grant or contract award; rather NCI may allocate various contract resources and expertise towards implementation and development of approved, scientifically meritorious projects.

Examples of resources available from PREVENT are:
?        In vitro and in vivo preclinical pharmacology and efficacy studies
?        Preclinical Investigational New Drug (IND)-directed GLP toxicology studies
?        Identification and evaluation of intermediate biomarkers
?        Scale-up cGMP and non-cGMP production of an investigational agent
?        PK and PK-PD modeling to optimize dosing regimen
?        Formulation optimization for enhanced bioavailability and clinical usefulness
?        Analytical method development for investigational agents in bulk form and in biological fluids and tissues
?        Stability testing for bulk and formulated material
?        Regulatory support
?        Other resources to support drug development

Applications are accepted twice per year (March and September) and subjected to peer-review.
Researchers in academia, government, and industry, nationally and internationally, are encouraged to apply.

PREVENT applications can be found at: http://prevention.cancer.gov/major-programs/prevent-cancer-preclinical/instructions-applying

For more information about the PREVENT Program, go to: http://prevention.cancer.gov/major-programs/prevent-cancer-preclinical

Questions about PREVENT can be sent to:

PREVENT Cancer Program
Division of Cancer Prevention
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Dr., MSC 9787
Rockville, MD 20850
email: NCIPREVENT@mail.nih.gov

Calling all University Entrepreneurs: APPLY NOW for Lab2Market, 2-day bootcamp with VCs

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:22 am

Dear friends,

Lab2Market returns! And once again, PSU is opening applications to faculty and students from ALL Oregon universities. It is a competitive process, so please encourage your best, most deserving faculty and researchers working on breakthrough science/tech, that with a chance at being commercializable and investable – with a little help. The info and link is below.

Past participants include:

–PSU Chemistry Professor David Peyton, back when there was no DesignMedix, just some interesting research in a lab around anti-malarials and drug resistance.

–PSU Computer Engineering Chair James McNames, when APDM was just an idea to help Parkinson’s patients. APDM now employs 17 people and has global distribution with multiple uses of its wearable sensors.

DFJ Frontier, the Northern Cal-based VC firm, returns with their passion to educate, gently prod (and sometimes not so gently), to elicit the elevator pitch and essence of the fundable idea from each entrepreneur. It’s magic! I have yet to see a faculty or student, who puts in the time, fail to be transformed by Lab2Market.

But don’t take my word for it: Here’s what Trevor Levin, OHSU Researcher, had to say:

“I’ve attended a number of entrepreneur related events and this one takes the top. Really well organized, great lecturers, and inspiring to spend time with other creative people pitching business ideas. It was also very helpful to get so much feedback on the presentation of the elevator pitch.”

We are READY to see some of the Oregon’s best! (application link below)

Deadline to apply- Aug. 21
Session- Sept. 3-4

Thanks to Ater Wynne LLP for their support of this program. We still have a few available sponsorships. Please contact Angela or Joe if interested.

Best,
Angela

Angela Jackson / angela.jackson@pdx.edu / 503-319-5875
Joe Munk / jmunk@pdx.edu / 503-725-2312

Project Grow

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:21 am

Project Grow: Entrepreneur and Canon USA are looking to recognize three entrepreneurs who can demonstrate how winning this funding will help them increase business productivity. Tell us how $25,000 will help expand your current business initiatives — it can be anything from serving more customers, improving operations, incorporating new technology, hiring support, creating brand awareness or anything else that you believe will take your company to the next level.

Requirements

·         Legal resident of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia

·         Eighteen (18) years of age or older

·         Owner of at least fifty percent (50%), of a business

·         Business headquarters within the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia

·         Business at least two years old

·         Not more than 12 employees

·         Valid website URL

For more info & application: http://www.entrepreneur.com/project-grow-challenge/apply

Sheri Stuart, Coordinator

Oregon Main Street

[RFP] Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Early Career Fellowship Awards

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:20 am

Dear OSU cancer researchers –
See below for funding opportunity from Paul Dubois that may be of interest to you.

As a reminder – there is still time to register for the OSU/OHSU Cancer Prevention and Control Retreat on Aug 31st (tentatively 8:30am-4:30pm)at the Alumni Center, OSU campus.
If you are interested in attending, but haven’t registered yet, you can REGISTER for the retreat using this link: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4TI8mMTTEAmRx4x

(note if you responded to the “save the date” survey in early June – that survey was only to see number of researchers interested – that first email did not register you.  You need to fill out this second registration survey that asks whether you want to present and your title. The registration email was sent on July 6th and another reminder sent today (you can use the link in that email, or the link above to register for the retreat).   I apologize if this is a duplicate request to you.
The deadline for registration is Aug 3rd, but we only have limited time for oral platform presenters, and its first come, first served – so register early.  Once we fill oral time slots- then presenters will be asked to present posters.

For those who registered and are attending – More info to come around Aug 7th regarding schedule and emails to let attendees know whether they are giving oral or poster presentation.

Any questions about the retreat- please feel free to contact Arup Indra or myself.

Regards,
Emily
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Emily Ho, PhD
Endowed Director, Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition & Preventive Health
School of Biological & Population Health Sciences
College of Public Health & Human Sciences
Principal Investigator, Linus Pauling Institute
214 Milam Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR  97331
office 541-737-9559 |  lab 541-737-0975  |  fax 541-737-6914
health.oregonstate.edu

July 23, 2015

GRFP Presentation, July 27th 1PM EST

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:47 am

Logistics: Monday July 27, 2015  1 PM Eastern
Videoconference information to be sent later, can work with groups in a videoconference-capable room OR individuals on a personal computer. Not sure about mobile devices yet. We hope to have some Q & A functionality, although with ~100 participants, it will have to be moderated — type in your question, I will screen them, pick some to be answered during the videoconference. We won’t be able to answer individual questions about eligibility — those are best posed to the GRFP staff, after the new solicitation is posted.

Audience: undergrads doing research this summer and considering graduate school. Most useful for rising seniors, who are considering applying to graduate schools during the upcoming academic year. As you invite the undergrads to participate, please remember the eligibility criteria — it would be frustrating to learn about this great opportunity only to read the fine print and realize that you aren’t eligible.

The videoconference provides information and advice about applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) from an experienced Program Director. The GRFP program provides significant financial support and other benefits for eligible graduate students. In a niutshell, GRFPs get a stipend of $32,000/yr for three years, “cost of education allowances” for three years, and some lovely ancillary benefits in supercomputer time, international research opportunities, etc. Adds up to about $150,000 over 3 yrs. The GRFP is also a very big gold star on any resumé.

The solicitation (call for applications) for GRFP is not yet available, it should be posted in late July or early August. Expect applications to be due in late October.   https://www.nsfgrfp.org   is a very useful website that has all of the current information – this is not the official NSF site (which is boring), but nsfgrfp.org is supported by NSF. They also include lists of who has been funded – if you need some role models.

Official site: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201

There are also Twitter feeds, YouTube videos, and every other social media your students could desire. There is a LOT of advice out on the Internet, some of it dated or just plain awful (even if well intentioned). Caveat lector! (or whatever the equivalent is for the Internet — Caveat browser? )

To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, you must:
be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident
intend to pursue a research-based Master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field  (note that medicine and other allied health fields are NOT supported)
be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution, with a US campus, by fall 2015
Be early in your graduate studies (the exact wording is not yet set — but likely will be #1 currently a college senior intending to go to graduate school; #2 starting your first year of graduate school, or #3 starting your second year of graduate school.
meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

Women in Science – New Documentary

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:27 am

My name is Kate McLean I’m producing a new documentary film on Bill Nye, the beloved TV educator who helped get millions of children excited about science through his show “Bill Nye The Science Guy.” Since we started working on the film, we have heard from a number of fans who grew up with Bill and went on to pursue careers in the STEM  fields — including many women who said the show empowered and inspired them.

We think The Women Chemists Committee is a natural strategic partner for our movie because Bill has passionately advocated for the need for more girls and women to be involved in science and engineering. It’s a personal issue for Bill: his mom was gifted in math and science and worked as a codebreaker for the US Navy during World War II. He credits her with his love of learning.

Over the course of the next year, we will be following Bill as he travels the globe with a message: “If 50% of humans are girls and women, why aren’t 50% of the scientists and engineers women too?!”

In order to fund this film we launched a Kickstarter Campaign (bit.ly/billnyefilm), and we are working hard to get the word out. I really think your WCC chapter members would enjoy this film’s deep dive into the life and work of Bill Nye. Can you please help spread the word?

·         Reach out to the members of your WCC chapter through email newsletters
·         Post on Facebook
·         Share on Twitter
·         Write an entry on your blog

Here are some sample tweets:

There’s a new documentary about @BillNye, the Science Guy who inspired a generation of women to become scientists:  bit.ly/billnyefilm

Nerds Unite: Help make @billnyefilm on @BillNye’s quest to change the world with #science → bit.ly/billnyefilm

New documentary @billnyefilm needs your help to show how @BillNye is aiming to “change the world!” → bit.ly/billnyefilm

To show our appreciation for your support, if you spread the word about the campaign, we would love to list your WCC chapter on our Kickstarter page and website under Supporting Partners.

I would be happy to send some sample language for emails and blog entries, tell you more about the film, and answer any questions you might have. In the meantime, you can watch a couple of sample scenes from the documentary about Bill Nye continuing Carl Sagan’s legacy and the launching of a solar sail called LightSail. We will also be releasing a special video message from Bill about how his mom’s story inspired him to advocate for women in STEM next week!

Thanks so much for your time and help!

July 14, 2015

Jefferson Science Fellowship 2016 – Call for Applications & Nominations

Filed under: Announcements @ 3:48 pm

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is pleased to announce a call for nominations and applications for the 2016 Jefferson Science Fellows program.  Initiated by the Secretary of State in 2003, this fellowship program engages the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities in the design and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.

Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washington, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions.

The fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers and physicians from U.S. institutions of higher learning. Nominees/applicants must hold U.S. citizenship and will be required to obtain a security clearance.

The deadline for 2016-2017 program year applications/nominations is November 2, 2015. To learn more about the Jefferson Science Fellowship and to apply, visit the JSF website at:

nationalacademies.org/jsf

July 13, 2015

International Travel Information/Resources

Filed under: Announcements @ 4:20 pm
~~~ International Travel Information/Resources ~~~
 
OSU requires travelers to register their international trips with Risk Management.  This website links to the registration form and provides a lot of useful information for pre-travel planning and reasonably priced travel insurance
 
If using grant funds for the trip, here are some additional websites that may apply:
 
·         Foreign travel paid with grant funds –
 
See GCG Manual Policy 215-03 for policies related to international travel on grants
 
OPAA Foreign Travel Authorization Form – Form must be completed before making international travel arrangements on grant funds –
 
·         Foreign travel paid with federal grants – In order to get reimbursed you must follow the Fly America Act –
 
“The Fly America Act requires that all travelers and others performing U.S. Government-financed air travel use U.S. flag carriers to the extent such carriers are available, even if their use would cost more.” 
 
See GCG Manual Policy 215-03 for more details and exceptions
July 7, 2015

Bend Venture Conference Kickoff

Filed under: Announcements @ 10:42 am

Attached is the invitation for companies to apply to the 2015 Bend Venture Conference. Everything that I have seen so far points to more investment dollars coming in, higher quality companies applying and record attendance. I would appreciate you forwarding this invite to any companies that you think could benefit from going through the process of vying to present at the BVC.

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=bd397c2c-8532-49b6-aaa2-1c24f90d0af0&c=c2b0c160-0633-11e4-89dc-d4ae527547e4&ch=c2b68dc0-0633-11e4-89dc-d4ae527547e4

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