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May 25, 2017

2017 ACS Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee – Deadline Approaching

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:29 am
The Fall 2017 ACS Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) is requesting applications to compete for the Fall 2018 ACS GSSPC. ​The GSSPC was developed by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Education (CHED) for graduate students to contribute to the ACS National Meeting by providing an exceptional atmosphere of learning and networking through a student organized symposium. A GSSPC comprised of 6-8 students is selected for each national ACS meeting and tasked with generating a unique symposium theme and organizing the entire event, including fundraising, speaker recruitment, and logistical arrangements.
In order to apply, please email your application packet to by Thursday, June 1st. Required application items include:
1. A one-page mission statement
2. Two proposed symposia themes, each with a list and brief bio of 8-12 proposed speakers
3. A short biography for each member of your committee.
If you have any questions or concerns please visit our website ( or email us
May 24, 2017

Discontinuation Notice

Filed under: Announcements @ 10:20 am

Dear Valued Thermo Fisher Scientific Customer,

We are writing to notify you that we are discontinuing several Molecular Biology products sold under the Thermo Scientific™, Applied Biosystems™ and Invitrogen™ brands as of September 1, 2017. You are receiving this letter because you have ordered one or more of these products in the last 24 months.


To support your research, we have posted the full list of products to be discontinued and suggested alternatives which are of equal or superior performance at If you are unable to find a suitable replacement on this webpage or if you have questions, please contact your local sales representative or our customer care teams for additional assistance.

Products scheduled for discontinuation will be available until August 31, 2017, or until inventory is depleted, whichever comes first.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your continued support of Thermo Fisher Scientific products.


Jeff Briganti

Director, Market Development

Molecular Biology

Thermo Fisher Scientific

May 23, 2017

Campus-Wide Steam Shutdown

Filed under: Announcements @ 2:25 pm

Effective Date(s): June 18th 6:00 pm – June 26th, 2017 8:00 am
Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building. This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide. The steam shutdown for 2017 will occur June 18th 6:00 pm – June 26th, 2017 8:00 am.
For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.
Closures are often subject to changes and delays, so please visit the OSU Campus Closures, Shutdowns, and Detours page for updates on this and other campus closures.
Please forward this notice to anyone who would benefit from this information.

May 22, 2017

ECampus Professional Development Funds

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:33 am

Oregon State Ecampus invites faculty, staff and administrators to pursue professional development related to online and hybrid education. Further your professional goals while promoting effective teaching and learning in OSU’s online and hybrid courses. Funding is available for professorial faculty and professional faculty and advisors. The application deadline is June 7, so learn more and apply online today.

May 18, 2017

Vendor Deals of the Week

Filed under: Announcements @ 2:18 pm

National Energy Technology Lab – Materials Science and Engineering Research Intern

Filed under: Announcements @ 1:20 pm

Apply by 6/2/17


Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), this posting seeks motivated undergraduates, recent and current graduates, post-docs and faculty researchers who are interested in assisting in the evaluation of high temperature corrosion and mechanical behavior of ceramics, metals and composite materials at NETL.  Previous college courses or work experience preferred in:

o   metallurgy, ceramics, physics, chemistry, and/or engineering

o   materials thermodynamics and kinetics

o   testing and/or evaluation of physical and chemical changes in materials

o   COMSOL software




Applicants should apply through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) program. The ORISE program provides opportunities to apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting while learning about NETL Research and the Innovation Center’s (R&IC) core mission areas.


  • Interested applicants should complete the online application at
  • In the online application list David Maurice as your requested mentor.  This will associate your application with this job posting.   Please send a CV to

Chemical Exposure Modeling Research at EPA

Filed under: Announcements @ 1:19 pm

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for Chemical Exposure Modeling Research with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA’s Research Triangle facility in Raleigh-Durham, NC. The selected candidate shall work within a multi-disciplinary research team and shall provide technical and research support for the development of computational models of exposure to chemicals via multiple pathways and interpretation of non-targeted or suspect-screening mass spectrometry chemical monitoring data.

  • Full time, $40.41per hour;
  • Must have earned at least a Doctorate degree in engineering, statistics, chemistry, environmental science, or a closely related field of study from an accredited university or college within the last 24 months;
  • Demonstrated successful completion of at least 12 hours of coursework in chemistry and 12 hours of coursework in computer science, mathematics, and/or statistics;
  • Demonstrated education and/or experience in programming (e.g., python, R, Matlab, SAS, or other languages);
  • Demonstrated experience with statistical modeling or data analytics (e.g., cluster analysis, machine learning, Bayesian modeling); and
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others as part of a team.

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.

Linus Pauling Fume Hood Shutdown

Filed under: Announcements @ 10:47 am

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 |

May 17, 2017

Engineering Technician 3 at Central Washington University

Filed under: employment opportunity @ 10:56 am

Central Washington University has a full-time classified staff opening for an Engineering Technician 3 position to provide instrumentation support and maintenance to the Chemistry and Biology departments.  Ideally this individual would have a masters’ degree in Analytical Chemistry or similar background with experience with mass spectroscopy or NMR troubleshooting and maintenance.  Knowledge of electronics, circuit diagrams and electronic test equipment is required.


Full job description and application can be found online at (job ID 1374)  Screening begins 5/17/2017 and continues until filled.

May 16, 2017

Dr. Candice Thille to speak on faculty collaboration and curriculum innovation

Filed under: Announcements @ 9:44 am

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you attend a presentation by Candace Thille, founding director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University and at Stanford University.  Dr. Thille will speak on faculty collaboration and curriculum innovation from 3:00-3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom. This presentation is one of the Keynote sessions for the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) Convening being hosted at OSU.

We welcome all OSU faculty, staff, and students interested in advancing student and faculty success at OSU to attend. Please see attached PDF for additional information and feel free to contact Alex Aljets, OSU’s UIA Fellow, with any questions (

I look forward to seeing you there,

Susana Rivera-Mills, Ph.D.

Vice Provost and Dean

Undergraduate Studies

Oregon State University

500 Kerr Administration Bldg.

Corvallis, OR 97321


Dr. Candace Thille

World-Renowned Open Learning Pioneer. Assistant Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education.



CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom

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