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February 14, 2019

Faculty Awards Solicitation

Filed under: Announcements @ 9:18 am

The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the awards selected by the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee. Criteria and nomination forms are online at; online nominations will be accepted through March 18; hard copies may be delivered to the Faculty Senate Office (Gilkey Hall 107) by March 20. Guidelines for preparing nomination packets are available online at For further information, contact Vickie Nunnemaker at Information on other awards, which are selected by a variety of groups, is online at Note that nominations for these awards have varying deadlines, so check each award for the appropriate deadline. A new award is the Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award; online nominations will be accepted through March 22. Nomination materials are at

Interview Master Class

Filed under: Announcements @ 9:16 am

Scientists and science communicators from all disciplines are invited to join veteran NPR journalists Jane Greenhalgh and Alice Winkler for a dynamic exploration of how to give compelling interviews about your science. This workshop will use a “master class” format, with live interviewing and clips of NPR and other science and health reporting interspersed throughout the presentation. Friday, Feb. 15, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Kearney 112. Light refreshments will be served. The class is sponsored by CPHHS and CEOAS. Visit to register.

February 11, 2019

New Scholarship Opportunity @ UChicago

Filed under: Announcements @ 1:59 pm

The Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago is proud to announce the PSD Pathway Scholarship, a program that offers two years of full tuition, fees, insurance and stipend support to our Masters of Science in the Physical Sciences Division (MS-PSD). Instructions on how to apply can be found here.

We need your help reaching any potential applicants who would benefit from two years of fully funded coursework and research in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Biophysical Sciences, Chemistry, Geophysical Sciences, or Physics. The MS-PSD  program is intended to prepare students for doctoral study in these fields, and the PSD Pathway Scholarship focuses on supporting students who would benefit from receiving additional support as they work towards their doctoral degree. Please share this announcement with anyone you think would be interested in this opportunity.

We’re also happy to answer any questions over email; please be in touch with me or Laura Rigazzi, Associate Dean of Students in the Physical Sciences Division.

February 8, 2019

CDC Chemistry ORISE Fellowship opportunity

Filed under: Announcements @ 12:23 pm

Fellowship Position at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Environmental Health
Division of Laboratory Sciences
Clinical Chemistry Branch
Protein Biomarker and Lipid Reference Laboratories
The Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), National Center for Environmental Health, CDC, conducts research and provides laboratory support that improves the detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of environmental, tobacco-related, nutritional, newborn, selected chronic and selected infectious diseases. Within DLS, the Protein Biomarker and Lipids Reference Laboratories in the Clinical Chemistry Branch supports this through performing research on biomarkers to detect human exposure to environmental chemicals and to diagnose and treat chronic diseases, as well as through the Clinical Harmonization program to improve the quality and reliability of diagnostic tests for priority clinical analytes.
We are seeking candidates for a fellowship administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) at the Bachelors and Masters levels with a degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or related science (Minimum GPA: 3.0). Experience in chemical and analytical laboratory work is desired, but not required.
This fellowship will provide the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in human exposure research and laboratory medicine. This includes operating state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and procedures, performing quality assurance tasks, processing and evaluating complex laboratory data.
Under the guidance of a mentor, training opportunities during the fellowship may include:
• Prepare biological samples to quantify biomarkers of human exposure or establish reference values according to established laboratory procedures
• Operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, and automated liquid handling instrumentation
• Perform data processing and analysis using complex software and data evaluation procedures
• Develop written documentation that clearly and accurately documents laboratory procedures, instrument operation, experimental results, troubleshooting and remedial actions
• Perform tasks in compliance with policies and regulations such as those outlined in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) or International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards
The following skills are desired:
• Experience conducting laboratory experiments
• Ability to conduct literature searches and to write reports describing laboratory results
• HPLC, GC, and MS instrumentation experience
• Good written and oral communication skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office
This fellowship is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) (visit for further information and eligibility). Specifically, candidates must have received their degree within five years of the appointment. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed for up to five years upon recommendation of CDC and contingent on the availability of funds. The stipend depends on educational level and experience and follows those described in federal salary tables (GS tables). The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.
Applications should be emailed to Heather Kuiper, PhD ( by March 8th, 2019. The application should include a curriculum vitae or resume, copy of official transcripts, citizenship status, current pay stub or salary on letterhead (if applicable) and two letters of recommendation on letterhead (letters by E-mail are sufficient and should be sent directly).

Duo Sign Up Event

Filed under: Announcements @ 9:03 am

The Duo team will have walk-up events for employees to sign up for Duo, get questions answered, and obtain a token if needed. This is a drop-in event, no registration needed. Our next event is Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the lobby of Kerr Administration Building, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information about Duo, see

February 6, 2019

Award nominations for ACS NORM 2019

Filed under: Announcements @ 3:48 pm

The Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society will be held at Portland State University on June 16-19, 2019.  There are four distinct awards that we may give at each regional meeting, and we are soliciting nominations for excellent candidates for the awards listed below.  More complete information may be found at the NORM website:

Please circulate this information to those who may be able to identify candidates for these awards.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Carl C. Wamser

NORM 2019 Awards Chair


ACS Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences

(deadline March 1)


ACS Division of Chemical Education Glenn and Jane Crosby Northwest Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching

(deadline March 29)


ACS E. Ann Nalley Northwest Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society

(deadline March 29)


Partners for Progress and Prosperity Award

(deadline March 29)


Filed under: Announcements @ 8:59 am

Jim White, professor emeritus in the Department of Chemistry, will present “The Belle Epoque, Marie Curie and Others” on Feb. 7, noon to 1 p.m. in MU 211. The public is welcome to attend free of charge.  An optional catered lunch is available for $13.  Contact Kathy DeBellis, to reserve a lunch.  TRIAD provides faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network, discuss events of the day, and learn something new. See

February 4, 2019

Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF)

Filed under: Announcements @ 9:18 am

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the RERF. The budget this year is expected to be $400,000. Research Equipment Reserve Funds (RERF) may be used to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. The equipment may be inventoried capital equipment (defined as =>$5,000 per unit), or fabricated capitalized equipment.  Proposals are due by Friday, March 15, 5 p.m. Firm deadline. Questions:  Contact Research Office Incentive Programs at:

February 1, 2019

Fall 2018 Honor Roll

Filed under: Honor Roll @ 2:48 pm

Congratulations to all the Chemistry Majors who made the Honor Roll during Fall Term 2018.  Keep up the great work!!

Aldous, Tanner
Alghumiz, Nasser
Ash, Kaitlyn
Austin, Molly
Ayres, Lewis
Bailey, Conner
Berger, Rachel
Berrey, Shayla
Bloom, Madeline
Brown, Jessica
Chen, Angi
Chen, Jasmin
Downing, Hannah
Finn, Chloe
Fuller, Duncan
Gerl, Kathryn
Gonzales, Seth
Huggland, Lindsey
Harrington, Mary
Jenck, Rachel
Johnson, Jesse
Justen Savannah
Koester, Michael
Koga, Kenneth
Labastida Becerra, Ramses
Lee-Rouille, Taylor
Lopez-Arana, Jonathan
McKinnon, Rachel
Nagasaka, Cocoro
Nguyen, Vivian
Oldfield, Mathew
Ramsperger, Chloe
Reeder, Eryn
Reynolds, Tyelor
Roach, Kaleb
Shupe, Hannah
Skanes, Benjamin
Sosnovske, Alden
Srey, Jason
Steinbel, Amanda
Tanoeyadi, Samuel
Tenoyo, Keenan
Tomlinson, Kiara
Unitan, Lindsay
Vergis, John
Villemyer, Alexander
Whited, Rylee
Wise, Henry
Wolf Beaton, Ian
Wong, Derek
Yates, Makaela
Young, Amber

Position Announcement – Faculty Research Assistant in Disease Ecology

Filed under: Announcements @ 11:55 am

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position in the research program of Chris Mundt. The faculty research assistant will be a contributing member of a multi-investigator project using empirical data and modeling approaches to study effects of fundamental epidemiological parameters (e.g., basic reproduction number, initial disease prevalence, and host density) and common control tactics (e.g, reactive ring culling, reactive ring vaccination or chemotherapeutic applications, timing and extent of reactive ring treatments, and broad-scale population protection) on the spread of plant and animal diseases caused by pathogens demonstrating long-distance dispersal.


Position Duties: The incumbent will support the principal investigator and two postdoctoral scholars. One postdoc is responsible for developing generalized theory and models to predict “rules-of-thumb” for the control of diseases caused by pathogens with long-distance dispersal. The other postdoc focuses on simulation and experimental studies of wheat stripe rust addressing similar issues. In addition to computational work, the position will involve a small amount of work in the laboratory, greenhouse, controlled environment chambers, and agricultural fields in both the Willamette Valley and in eastern Oregon. Experiments may occasionally require work hours other than standard. A very small number of  overnight trips to eastern Oregon may be occasionally required.


Specific duties include running and analyzing computer simulations of disease spread; contributing to scientific publications, including production of graphics and contributions to scientific writing; searching and summarization of relevant literature; assisting in experimental field studies of wheat stripe rust; and organization of project meetings.


Minimum/Required Qualifications: B.S. in a biological science, mathematics, statistics, or computer science. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in collaborative projects.


Preferred Qualifications: M.S. in ecology, epidemiology, or a related field; familiarity or experience in modeling of biological systems; expertise in computer programming and statistical analysis.


Closing Date : March 8, 2019


Apply via Oregon State University website:


For further information, contact Chris Mundt:

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