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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

End of Fiscal Year Ordering

Filed under: Announcements @ 3:03 pm

Chemistry Department,


June 16th is the last day to place orders until July 1, 2017.

We are quickly coming to the end of 2017 Fiscal Year.  The last day of the Fiscal Year is June 30th.  As most of you are aware, we, Purchasing, stop placing orders the last two weeks of the year to allow Vendors’ Invoices to clear the business centers.  This year, the last day that orders will be placed is Friday June 16th.  After June 16th, only ‘emergency orders will be placed and will require a written explanation on why an order is an “emergency”.  If you place your own orders, please hold them between June 17th to June 30th.

We will build shopping carts and order list so that we can place orders quickly the first week of July.  Note:  That the first week in July includes the Fourth of July Holiday and will be a short work week.

As far as other Fiscal year purchasing closures here is the letter from Alex Sims for other purchasing milestones.

There are few year end close deadlines that are fast approaching that I wanted to draw attention to.

  • Last day to submit current year requisitions over $150,000             5/12/2017
  • PYAREDs Opens for redistributions           6/1/2017
  • YEC Process Training 6/6/2017
  • Last day to submit current year requisitions between $25,000 – $149,000                6/9/2017

The complete YEC schedule will be released by the end of next week, along with details about training opportunities.

Thank you,


Alex Sims

Manager of Vendor Payment Operations

100B Kerr Admin Building, Corvallis, OR 97331

LPSC Fire Inspection

Filed under: Announcements @ 2:53 pm

Linus Pauling Residents,
Thursday, June 8th 2017 at 9:00 AM; I will be escorting Corvallis Fire Marshal, Jim Patton, for our annual Fire Code Building Inspection. Before then, if each group would review the checklists and ensure that their areas are ready for inspection, it will make the process go much faster.
Thank you,
Rusty Root
Coordinator-Building Services
Chem Purchasing/Facilities/Building Management
Oregon State University, Department of Chemistry
143 Gilbert Hall, Corvallis OR 97331-8546
Purchasing Business:
All Other Business:
PH: 541-737-6722
Cell: 541-231-9243

REMINDER: Fume Hood Shut Down

Filed under: Announcements @ 2:47 pm

Good Morning,
We are going to be replacing some failed motors on the exhaust fan system at Linus Pauling. This
will affect all fume hoods. The dates for this work is June 21st thru June 23rd. All fume hoods will
have low flow so they will be inoperable during this time. There will be a shutdown notice coming
out and then as we get closer I will send out a reminder.


Richard Olsen
Maintenance Supervisor Mechanical |Steam
Facilities Services | Oregon State University
560 SW 15th Street | Corvallis, Oregon 97331
Phone: 541-737-7025 | Fax: 541-737-4681 |

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