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September 29, 2014

General Research Fund (GRF) 2014

Filed under: Announcements @ 9:17 am

The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Fall 2014 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Program description and application: Information: Debbie Delmore at Deadline for submission: Oct. 20.

September 24, 2014

Who Am I? – Wednesday

Name:  Mark Warner

Area of Study / Position Title: Electrical Development Engineer

Why chemistry?  (What about it initially interested you?):

Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties? Develop, repair and specify electrical instruments.

One thing you truly love about your job?  I get to visit many labs in Chemistry and Physics.

One interesting/strange factoid about yourself.  I like to read books.

September 22, 2014

2015 JFSP Research Funding Opportunity Solicitation is Now Open

Filed under: Announcements @ 2:12 pm
Open:   September 12, 2014
Closes:  November 21, 2014  (Friday at 5 PM Mountain Standard Time)
The primary funding opportunity notice (FA-FON0015-0001) includes the following 7 task statements:
1.     Fuels mapping for emissions inventories
2.     Smoke hazard warning system
3.     Implications of changing fuels and fire regimes (Alaska, California, Great Basin, Southeast [shown as South on the JFSP Fire Exchange/Consortia map], and the Southwest
4.     Fire ember production
5.     Fire effects on soil heating
6.     Fire weather and decision making: a social and modelling analysis (Note: Investigators should connect model sensitivity analyses with sensitivity analyses of manager’s decisions, including use of social science to assess what fire weather information is needed and used by decision makers.)
7.     Re-measurement: long-term fire effects on vegetation and fuels (Note: 15 or more years post fire)
The Graduate Research Innovation (GRIN) Award has one task statement (FA-FON0015-002).
Proposals must be directly related to the mission and goals of JFSP and must directly address one of the following topics:
·         Climate change and fire (e.g., fire behavior, fire effects, fire regime)
·         Post-fire recovery (e.g., effects of burn severity, treatment effectiveness)
·         Smoke or emissions assessments
·         Fire weather
·         Social issues and fire (e.g., community preparation, transfer and use of science, public perceptions, fire-adapted communities)
Proposals on other GRIN topics will not be reviewed.

Visit and look for Funding Opportunity Notices (FONS) in the upper left rotating panels.
Click on View and apply
For an in-depth examination of both the primary and GRIN funding opportunities, please go to:
Administrative questions should be addressed to Becky Jenison (208) 387 5958 or
Task statement questions should be addressed to John Cissel (208) 387 5349 or
With best regards,
Tim Swedberg
Communications Director
Joint Fire Science Program
Office:  (208) 387 5865
Mobile: (208) 863 0009


2015 PMF Application Information Sessions

Filed under: Announcements @ 2:11 pm
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Office invites interested applicants to join us for two upcoming webcasts, conducted through Adobe Connect, to provide information for the Class of 2015 PMF application. 
Academia are asked to share this information with students interested in applying to the PMF Program.
The Class of 2015 PMF application will open from October 1-15, 2014, and the announcement can be found when it opens (simply search for “Presidential Management Fellows” during the open period).
To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please review the “Become a PMF” section on the PMF website   In addition, the 2015 PMF Assessment Preparation Guide has been published to the website.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 3:00-4:30pm (Eastern Time):  A one-time Applicant Information Session that will focus on a general overview of the PMF Program, the 2015 PMF application, and a panel of current Fellows offering their advice and experiences.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation.
Wednesday, October 8 from 1:30-3:30pm (Eastern Time):  A question and answer session where applicants may submit questions regarding the 2015 PMF application cycle.
These webcasts will be conducted on-line through Adobe Connect and will have dedicated PMF Program Office staff to answer questions.  Applicants can connect at and select “Enter as a Guest.”  Please note, the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.
Adobe Connect computer capability can be tested beforehand by going to  Adobe Connect is also supported on mobile devices.  For more information, please visit
As a reminder, these webcasts are intended for applicants planning to apply to the 2015 PMF application.  General information about the PMF Program can be found on the PMF website at
Thank you,
PMF Program Office


Graduate Research Internship Program

Filed under: Announcements @ 2:09 pm
NSF Program Announcement and Information for National Science Foundation Update. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
Graduate Research Internship Program
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Document Number: PD 14-084

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CSMC Webinar

Filed under: Announcements,Seminars @ 10:44 am

“Postgraduate Career Strategies: Academia”

Join us for a Webinar on October 2

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) will host a webinar titled: “Postgraduate Career Strategies: Academia” as part of the ongoing series of Innovation Webinars. Panelists from academia will discuss the current landscape of a universities and the transition from working as a graduate student/post doc or in industry to working in an academic position. Panelists will be available to answer questions regarding current expectations for recent graduates, points to consider when searching for jobs as well as alternative non-research opportunities within academia. Panelists include John Conley (Oregon State Univeristy), Thuy Tran (Oregon State University), Shanti Deemyad University of Utah). Blake Hammann (Washington University, St. Louis) will moderate the panel.


“Postgraduate Career Strategies: Academia”


Thursday, October 2, 2014


12:00 PM – 1:00 AM PDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees

Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

ChUME Opportunity

Filed under: Announcements,Outreach @ 10:16 am
Dear grad students,

Join the ChUME (Chemistry Undergraduate Mentorship and Empowerment) Initiative. 

ChUME was founded by six chemistry grad students and one post-doc in Fall 2013. Our mission is to foster professional long-lasting relationships between undergraduate and graduate chemistry students. In addition, we host seminars, socials, and professional development workshops every Term to assist undergraduate chemistry students in their success here at OSU and beyond.

ChUME Grad Student Responsibilities:
  • One hour weekly meeting with all ChUME mentors.
  • Participation in ChUME events.
  • Actively working with a minimum of one undergraduate mentee. 
  • Documenting your mentoring activities (meetings, research advising, etc) with ChUME. 
Benefits for you:
  • You can add an outreach activity to your grant proposals, CVs, resumés, etc.
  • You hone communication skills from one-on-one/group mentoring, and public speaking skills from ChUME events.
Looking for an opportunity to mentor undergraduate chemistry students? ChUME is ready to expand! A brief, rolling application for graduate students mentors can now be found here.
For inquiries, please email us at

Poster Session

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:57 am
Please, encourage your research faculty to support their Postdocs and Research Associates in attending this important showcasing event. We are grateful to have this community of highly productive researchers on campus and this National Postdoc Appreciation Week event is meant to demonstrate this.
We need these people to leave their busy schedules for an afternoon to present their research results, but we also need their faculty mentors to show their support by attending the event, so please help us get the word out and encourage your Postdocs and Research Associates to submit an abstract, and your faculty mentors to show their support by attending the event.
Thanks to the many units and colleges who are supporting the event, there will be refreshments!
September 17, 2014

Who Am I? Wednesday – Michael Burand

Name:  Michael W. Burand

Area of Study / Position Title: General Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator

Why chemistry?  (What about it initially interested you?): I liked science when I was young since it was a way to understand how the world works. I had an excellent chemistry teacher in high school and was very fortunate to receive a scholarship to study chemistry in college.

Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties? I’m the instructor for general chemistry laboratory sections taught in LPSC. I develop course materials and manage the TAs who teach the laboratories. Occasionally I teach general chemistry lecture sections as well.

One thing you truly love about your job?  It’s great to be able to work with colleagues and TAs to come up with new laboratory teaching pedagogies, and I love it when it’s clear something we’ve created is helping students gain a better understanding.

One interesting/strange factoid about yourself.  I received my pilot’s license while in high school.

Portland ACS Poster Symposium

Filed under: Announcements @ 9:06 am

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!

Dave Reingold

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