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July 2, 2015

Action Research Fellowship for Instructors and Faculty

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Action Research Fellowship for Instructors and Faculty – Applications include preliminary research plan and a few attachments.  Deadline EXTENDED to July 13th Midnight.  For more info
·         Do you teach a lower division large enrollment course in the College of Science or Engineering?
·         Are  you using teaching practices focused on enhancing student learning?
·         Are you interested in knowing more about how your practices are working for your students?
·         Do you want to innovate in your classroom or try a novel teaching method?
·         Are you interested applying a research lens to the classroom to better understand practice and contribute to what we know about learning?

If you answered yes to of most of these then you are a great candidate for the ESTEME@OSU Action Research Fellowship.

The main part of the application is a 1-3 page preliminary research and dissemination plan.  This plan need only be preliminary since each awarded fellow will be paired with a partner to help refine and execute the research plan.  Applicants do not need IRB approval at time of submission.

We expect to award 8 fellowships as a non-recurring stipend (this is taxable, but above and beyond current salary).

If you have any questions about the application, eligibility, or would like assistance thinking through your research idea do not hesitate to contact Julie Risien.

The full request for applications can be found here

Graduate School Travel Awards – Now Accepting Nominations

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Deadline: Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Graduate School is now accepting nominations for Graduate Student Travel Awards (for travel between September 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016). The nomination deadline is Monday, August 3rd at 5pm.
Directors of graduate programs (department chairs/heads, program directors) may submit one application per deadline, per graduate program.
NEW NOMINATION PROCESS: Nominations must be submitted by completing the on-line form on the Graduate School Travel Awards page: Graduate Student Travel Awards.
If you have questions, send email to

July 1, 2015

Who Am I? Wednesday – Daniel Myles

Name: Daniel Myles

Area of Study: Organic

Position Title: Senior Instructor of Organic Chemistry

Why Chemistry? (What about it initially interested you, etc.)? I fell in love with chemistry in grade 11. Had an inspirational high school teacher. He took me under his wing and even let me helped with the teaching/preparation of his grade 9 science classes. I was fortunate to be exposed to teaching at such an early stage in my career.

Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties? I am interested in synthesizing organic and main group element-containing compounds for their use in molecular electronics.

One thing that you truly love about your job? I love being in the classroom (and in the teaching labs), while working with our highly talented students.

One interesting/strange factoid about yourself. I am Canadian (please don’t hold this against me) and have recently lost my speaking accent, despite what some of my colleagues have to say about the matter. I am also a huge hockey fan (of course!) and my favorite team is the Vancouver Canucks.

June 30, 2015

OHSU-OSU Visit – Agenda and Volunteer Opportunity

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Thank you for your interest in and registering for the upcoming July 7 OHSU-OSU research collaboration meeting.  As the meeting approaches, we are looking for your help and input in the organization of the day.  The overall schedule remains as previously described.  Event check-in opens at 9:30am.  The meeting runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm, followed by a reception.  Breakfast items, lunch, and snacks and drinks at the reception will be provided.  The event will be held in various rooms at the LaSells Stewart Center.

Below is the preliminary agenda.  A finalized agenda will be sent out closer to the event.

OHSU-OSU Collaborative Meeting II
LOCATION:  LaSells Stewart Center, OSU Corvallis Campus
DATE: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

9:30am                Check-in, coffee and tea
10:00-10:15am  Associate Dean for Research welcome and overview
10:15-12pm        Research collaboration breakout sessions by clusters
12:00-12:30pm  Break to grab lunch and settle in debrief room
12:30-1:45pm    Dean???s Welcome address, lunch and debrief from the breakout sessions
1:45-2:00pm      Overview & logistics of lab and core facilities tour
2:00-4:00pm      Lab and core facilities and walking tour
4:00-5:00pm      Overview of remaining capabilities at OSU and closing discussion
5:00-6:00pm      VP of Research Welcome and Social hour – Reception

Based upon the interests areas we received from you and the OSHU participants during registration, we are recommending that for the 10 am to noon research collaboration breakout sessions, we organize flexible, rotating discussions between OSU and OHSU faculty around six themes.

Within a larger group with common interests in Microfluidics/Fluid Processing/and Materials, we are recommending 3 discussion themes to include:

Within a larger group with common interests in Autonomy, Computing and Informatics, we are recommending 3 discussion themes to include:
Big Data & Analytics
Imaging & Visualization
Robotics & Machine Learning.

We picture that in the 10 am to noon time slot, we will have tables set up for each of the six discussion themes, and an opportunity for participants (both OHSU and OSU) to rotate from table to table about every 30 minutes.

We are looking for your help at this point.  At each theme table we would like to have at least one OSU faculty member who will remain at that table (theme) throughout the time block to serve as moderator and facilitator.  Ideally, we will also have an additional OSU volunteer at each table (a faculty member or graduate student) to serve as scribe.  Over the noon to 1:30 working lunch, the moderator and scribe for each discussion theme will briefly report in to the larger group on the highest priority topics identified for possible OHSU-OSU collaborations, and also on the people from both institutions interested in such joint work.  Attached is the agenda and a list of suggested breakout groups.

If you would like to volunteer to serve as a discussion theme moderator or scribe, please respond to Drea Zigler (, including your preference on theme and moderator/scribe.

Registrations will be accepted through Wednesday July 1st, for the July 7th OHSU-OSU research collaboration event:

June 29, 2015

Laboratory Assistant Position Open

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Laboratory Assistant, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for two full-time Laboratory Assistant positions for the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University (OSU). The Laboratory Assistant provides support to the Science Laboratory Preparator, the Laboratory Director, the instructors, and the graduate teaching assistants by assisting with routine duties in the undergraduate chemistry teaching labs. The Laboratory Assistant has a responsibility to follow all laboratory safety rules and help to enforce safety rules with the teaching assistants.  To review posting and apply, go to  Posting number 0015251. Closing date is July 10, 2015. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled

June 26, 2015

Potential OSU: HP co-development

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A high-level technologist at HP-Corvallis, Peter Klammer, is hoping to partner with OSU and utilize the OSU-HP seed funding (apparently proposals are due July 9).  I thought you might be interested in a collaboration, but we would be grateful if you could forward this project description to colleagues that might be interested in this partnership.

Kind regards,

Phil Harding

Project Scope Summary:

HP would like to identify and test photoluminescent colorants that meet specific requirements for TIJ inks.  These colorants could be dyes, pigments or nanoparticles that are either soluble or dispersable in water.  We are specifically looking for colorants that are excited in the visible region under D50 illumination and emit with high lightness (L*) to produce fluorescent C, M, or Y colors.  Some work on this has already been done within HP. We are looking for a more comprehensive review of the literature, industrial colorant suppliers, and potentially any innovative photo chemistry or physics that will yield colorants with the desired properties.  The result of this work would yield a white paper and selective test results which provides a broad summary of available fluorescent/photoluminescent colorants and an analysis of their applicability for TIJ inks as evaluated against a set of HP requirements.

June 23, 2015

Spring Term Honor Roll

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Congratulations to our Spring 2015 Honor Roll students! Keep up the good work guys.

Benjamin Abram
Amy Albrecht
Amberlie Barnard
Abby Brown
Corinne Brucks
Kathryn Chen
Abigail Chitwood
Tora Cobb
Sergiu Coporan
Lauren Covey
Shannon Davis
Nicholas Diaz-Hui
Andrea Domen
Gillian Downey
Amanda Duong
Brandice Durfee
Blake Erickson
Darlene Focht
Trenton Gallagher
Franklin Giannone
Haily Hargrave
John Hergert
Thomas Ketsdever
Joeun Kim
Reid Kinser
Shan Lansing
Jamy Lee
Taylor Lee-Rouille
Cassandra Lew
Rachel Liu-May
Sarah Lund
Chaira Marzi
Collin Muniz
Chen Xian Ng
Dang Nguyen
Mathew Oldfield
Dakota O’Neil
Michael Osborn
James Palmiter
Lars Paulson
Thu Pham
Ryan Pimentel
Garrett Platt
Joel Pommerenck
Kristin Potter
Collin Raurk
Christofer Saksti
Ashraf Samhan
Jason Sandwisch
Trevor Shear
Kenneth Stout
Mesa Walker
Samuel Walters
Rebecca Westlake
Yan Yu
Tianqi Zhang
Alexander Zuk

June 22, 2015

Info for Faculty with Federal Research Grants

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Federal agencies with research and development budgets of more than $100 million are now required to develop plans for providing public access to grant-funded data. Many agencies have begun publishing their implementation plans. For info about these plans and related services offered by the library, see the librarywebpage or contact Andrea Wirth, Michael Boock, Amanda Whitmire or Erin Clark at the Valley Library.

June 19, 2015

Visiting Faculty Position Open at Evergreen

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Lab Coat Laundering

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Greetings and nearly Summer Solstice Salutations!!

This is you’re your friendly FINAL reminder that today is your last chance this term to turn in your lab coat for laundry service. While we just might do the laundry again in September to start the school year off right please don’t count on it because it may be winter before we actually make it happen again.

So Hurry! Don’t wait, come down to Chemistry Stores and give your lab coat a nice spa weekend! You should have it back by early next week!

Thank you for reading this, you may now return to your regularly scheduled summer festivities!


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