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July 13, 2017


Filed under: Announcements @ 2:21 pm

Chemistry Department,

We have an Incubator that came from John Westall’s Lab.  It has not been used in 8 years and is just being stored.  Before I send this Incubator to University Surplus, I want to offer it to any other PI’s in the Department.

Please contact Rusty Root If you are interested in this Equipment.


July 5, 2017

Seeking Adjunct Professor

Filed under: Announcements @ 2:02 pm

NCU is continuing to seek an adjunct instructor for our Fall 2017 CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry course.  This includes lecture on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm, from August 31st thru the end of the semester on December 15th.  The CHEM 321L lab was taught by me the last time the course was offered, but the lecture adjunct could teach the Monday lab, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, as we if so desired.


We would greatly appreciate it if you could broadcast this call for an adjunct to appropriate parties and request that they follow the application process at

Grant Opportunities

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:38 am

Oregon State University has an institutional subscription to GrantFoward – An excellent resource to search for funding opportunities. Contact if you need assistance with creating a profile.

June 29, 2017

Main Office Reimbursements & Holiday Hours

Filed under: Announcements @ 9:27 am

The Chemistry Main Office (Gilbert 153) will be closed Monday, July 3 & Tuesday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.  Please plan accordingly.

Chem Stores Purchasing & Holiday Hours

Filed under: Announcements @ 9:25 am

Here is the update on the upcoming events pertaining to Chemistry’s Purchasing and Holiday Schedule.  Note: I will be out on vacation Wednesday July 3rd.

July Events

  1. Saturday July 1st – Purchasing active again. 
  2. Please send your orders requests and approvals in now so I may process them as soon as possible.
  3. Monday July 3rd – Chem Stores Closed
  4. Tuesday July 4th – Fourth of July Holiday

Purchasing active again:  As you are no doubt aware, Purchasing has been shut down since June 16th for the fiscal year end.  The new Fiscal Year begins Saturday July 1st.  I will be in on Saturday July 1st to place current backlogged orders and continue as needed on Monday, July 3rd.

Note: I will be away Tuesday and Wednesday.  July 4th: Holiday and, July 5th: Vacation Day.

Fourth of July Holiday:  Tuesday July 4th is a national Holiday: U.S. Independence Day.  As such the Chemistry Department and the University will be closed in observance of the Holiday.

Note: Chem Stores Personnel, making a long weekend, are on vacation Monday July 3rd.  Therefore Chem Stores will be closed from 4:00 PM Friday 6/30/17 until 9:00 AM Wednesday 7/5/17.  Please plan accordingly.


June 20, 2017

FREE Graduate Student & Faculty Summer Workshops

Filed under: Announcements @ 4:09 pm

Check out the OSU Libraries’ free Graduate Student & Faculty Summer Workshops. There are new workshops on Git, ResearchGate, applying for Fulbrights – as well as some old favorites like Zotero, Qualtrics, and SPSS! Registration is encouraged, but not required. For complete session descriptions, visit:  Can’t make it to a session?  Some of the sessions have handouts or online tutorials:

Questions?  Ask Hannah Rempel,


Tuesday, July 11, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Getting What You Want Out of ResearchGate

Wednesday, July 12, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.,  Autzen Classroom

Intro to Zotero: A Web-Based Way to Manage Your Citations    

Wednesday, July 12, 2:00  – 3:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Intermediate/Advanced Zotero  

Wednesday, July 12, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Basic EndNote Workshop          

Thursday, July 13, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.,  Autzen Classroom

Intermediate/Advanced EndNote         

Thursday, July 13, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.,  Autzen Classroom

Fulbright US Student Program: Study/Research Grant Workshop  

Thursday, July 13, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Copyright and Fair Use in Education

Wednesday, July 19, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. , Autzen Classroom

Intro to Qualtrics – Making Great Surveys           

Thursday, July 20, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.,  Autzen Classroom

Advanced Qualtrics                                           

Thursday, July 20, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.,  Autzen Classroom

Intro to LaTeX   

Tuesday, July 25, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

How to Find and Use Dossier Metrics 

Wednesday, July 26, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.,  Autzen Classroom

Introduction to Git   

Wednesday, August 2, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Preservation and Curation of Your Thesis and Dissertation Research Data: Storage and Version Control  

Monday, August 7, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Autzen Classroom

Statistics Basics with SPSS

Wednesday, August 9, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Autzen Classroom

SPSS Intermediate

Thursday, August 10, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Autzen Classroom

June 19, 2017

Chemical Data Analysis and Curation Support at EPA

Filed under: Announcements @ 3:53 pm

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for a Chemical Data Analysis and Curation Support position with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA’s Research Triangle facility in Raleigh-Durham, NC. The National Center for Computational Toxicology (NCCT) is responsible for developing computational tools and solutions for improving environmental risk assessments and regulatory decisions pertaining to chemical safety and sustainability. The selected candidate shall provide data management, data curation and data analysis support to the ToxRefDB project. This is a combination of limited MySQL database management, file management, data curation and extraction, quality control, as well as performing qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

  • Full Time, $28.14 per hour,
  • Have earned at least a Master’s degree in biology, toxicology, chemistry, bioinformatics, statistics, computational biology, math, physics, information science, or a  closely related field of study from an accredited university or college within the last 24 months,
  • Experience with chemical biology and toxicology,
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook), Atlassian Jira,
  • Proficiency with descriptive statistics to provide reports on curation progress,
  • Experience with R-language programming (or other scripting language),
  • Experience with MySQL database and MySQL workbench, and
  • Experience with CDISC/SEND terminology.

For the full position description and to apply, visit our website:

Questions? Email To hear more about position openings like this, follow us on Twitter at @GovCareerPaths.

June 14, 2017

NMR Symposium

Filed under: Announcements @ 1:37 pm

The OSU NMR Facility and BB Department will be hosting a one-day symposium on biological NMR spectroscopy here on campus on August 4th, 2017.  The speakers invited will cover topics ranging from protein dynamics, NMR in drug discovery to metabolomics:

“We have assembled an exciting list of external speakers for the symposium.  This will be a great opportunity for students, postdocs and faculty to network and learn more about biological NMR.  To encourage students and postdocs to attend, we will be offering speaking opportunities for students and postdocs, a poster session with a best poster award, and a career panel.  Registration includes coffee breaks, lunch and dinner.  Please see the attached flyer for more information or visit our website.”

Reigistration is open already:

The deadline to register is July 21, 2017.

The cost is $30 per student and $50 per PI/staff scientist

This is a great opportunity to learn about what is possible with modern NMR technology, and get connected with the new NMR facility director Patrick Reardon, and facility manager Steve Huhn, to discuss how you might get started with using NMR in your research!  They really have a broad expertise in applications.

June 7, 2017

Key Dates – June

Filed under: Announcements @ 11:41 am

June is slipping through my fingers and I need to broadcast 4 key dates for Building Management and Departmental Purchasing Events.


  1. Thursday, June 8th, 9:00 AM – Fire Marshal’s Inspection of LPSC

Next Week,

  1. Friday, June 16th, 5:00 PM – Cutoff for placing departmental orders until July 1st.

The following week,

  1. June 18th, 6 p.m. – June 26th, 8 a.m. – Campus wide Steam Shutdown.
  2. June 21st, 7 a.m. – June 23rd, 3:00 p.m. – Fume Hood Shutdown Linus Pauling Science Center

Fire Marshal’s Annual Inspection of Linus Pauling Science Center; Thursday, June 8th, 9:00 AM.  See the attached email from Jim Patton, Corvallis Fire Marshal.  LPSC is scheduled to be inspected Thursday morning at 9:00 AM.

Ordering Cutoff of Departmental Purchases.  In order to allow all invoices for purchases in FY17 to be received, we are cutting off placing new orders at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017.  You may continue to send in purchase requests (PO Forms) and approval emails.  I will create shopping carts, if available, so after June 30th I can quickly place orders.  If you have an emergency order that MUST be placed between June 17th and June 30th; please include the reason for the emergency and I will do what I can to get the material ordered and in quickly.


May 25, 2017

Commercialization Catalyst

Filed under: Announcements @ 3:07 pm


Hi All,

We have revamped our program manager position into one we are calling our Commercialization Catalyst.  The position reports to Mark and I but will also be helping OCCD and the Research Office.   Salary range is between $45k – $65k with benefits.

Could you help us get the word out?




Karl Mundorff

Director | OSU Advantage Accelerator/RAIN Corvallis I Lead PI OSU NSF I Corps Site

200 SW 4th Street, Suite 201 | Corvallis, OR 97331-2140 | 503.880.7002

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