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October 6, 2017

Accepting applications – PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships Winter 2018

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:27 am

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $500. Applications are due Friday, Oct. 26, with notification in Week 7.  Please visit http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/pcosw/awards-scholarshipsfor detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links.

October 5, 2017

Associate Professor – University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Filed under: employment opportunity @ 1:24 pm

Job Details:
The Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville invites applications for a tenure-track position in Organic Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry/Polymer Science to begin in August 22, 2018. Applicants with interdisciplinary interests related to material science and/or synthesis of polymers will be considered.

Qualifications:
Required:
• A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a very closely related discipline.
• One year of teaching experience (which may be satisfied by two semesters of half-time teaching assistantships in graduate school).
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Experience and interest in mentoring undergraduate research.
• Ability to effectively teach general chemistry courses.
• Ability to effectively teach upper-level lecture and lab courses in organic and polymer chemistry.
Preferred:
• Ability to contribute to existing program emphases and/or experience with instrumentation.

Responsibilities:
Teaching responsibilities include lecture and lab courses in general chemistry, and upper-level courses in organic and polymer chemistry. Curriculum development in organic and polymer chemistry is expected. The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research program that involves undergraduate students. Additional responsibilities include seeking external funding for undergraduate research, academic advising, performing committee service and other duties as assigned.

Department and College Information:
The Chemistry Department currently consists of 11 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 6 instructional academic staff. The Department offers American Chemical Society (ACS) certified BS degrees in Chemistry, and also offers a Chemistry Minor and a 2-year Pre-Pharmacy Program. The Department has approximately 120 majors and graduates 15 to 20 students per year. Faculty within the program work closely with students and provide several opportunities for undergraduate research. For more information, please see the departmental web page at: https://www.uwplatt.edu/ems/chemistry.

The College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (EMS) enrolls approximately 3,500 students in BS degrees in Chemistry, Mathematics, Broad-field Science, Computer Science, and Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems, and ABET-accredited BS degree programs in Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical and Software Engineering, and Engineering Physics. The College also offers an online Master of Engineering program which has been designated as a “Best Buy” in online education.

Campus Information:
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, enrolls about 8,000 students in 42 baccalaureate and 6 master’s programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level
education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin’s largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

To Ensure Consideration:
Application review begins October 23, 2017, and applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To Apply:
Please submit applications online:
Applications must include:
1. A letter of application addressing all required qualifications.
2. A curriculum vitae.
3. A separate statement of teaching philosophy and experience (2 page limit).
4. A separate statement of research plans that includes projects to engage undergraduate students (3 page limit).
5. Copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable).
6. Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for three professional references (at least one of whom can speak to teaching ability).

Questions about this position may be addressed to:
Dr. Raja Annamalai at (608)342-6091or annamalaiv@uwplatt.edu
Dr. Mohammad Rabbani at (608)342-7344 or rabbanim@uwplatt.edu

Deadline approaching… ACS Poster Symposium

Filed under: Announcements @ 1:21 pm

The fourth annual Portland American Chemical Society Undergraduate Poster Symposium and Career Fair will be held on Sunday, October 22, at the SRTC Building at Portland State University, from 4-7 PM.  We hope to have 40 or more undergraduates presenting posters about their summer research; there will be free pizza and pastries (and other food and drink).

There will be $150 first prizes and possibly $75 second prizes in each of seven divisions (Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, Physical, Biochemistry, Polymers, Materials).  Note that the chances of winning a prize are pretty high!

We anticipate that representatives of many local companies and graduate schools will be present; the schedule is designed to allow plenty of time for the students to leave their posters and interact with the recruiters and other students.

I am writing to seek your help in getting this information to every undergraduate attending a school in the Portland or Oregon ACS sections who did chemistry-related research during the summer of 2017.  No one knows this better than the faculty.  Please forward this to your colleagues, and through them (or directly) to appropriate students; in addition to those who did research on campus last summer, please try to remember those who did research somewhere else.  Company and national lab internships count, as long as the students are able to divulge their results, and researchers from other departments are also welcome, as long as there is some connection to chemistry.  The results need not be high impact—we understand that some projects do not work as expected, but one can still make good posters about them.

There is no selection process for this event—any student registering may present.  Full information, including registration instructions, can be found at the following web site: https://sites.google.com/site/portlandacsposters/home.  However, we do not want a bunch of no-shows—registration should constitute a good-faith commitment to attend and present.

Deadline for registration is October 10.  We need some lead time to prepare the booklet.  To encourage early submission, there will be a $10 prize for the first 5 students who register!

 

Cheers,

Dave Reingold

Marilyn Mackiewicz

Co-Chairs

2017 Flyer

Pfizer Academic-Industrial Relations Diversity $15K undergraduate fellowship program

Filed under: Announcements @ 1:19 pm

Dear Oregon State University chemistry/biochemistry faculty,

I’m writing to let you know we are running our Pfizer Academic-Industrial Relations Diversity fellowship program again, for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.  The program is essentially the same as last year. We are looking for enthusiastic undergraduates from historically under-represented ethnic groups to participate in this research fellowship program.  We are asking for your help in identifying these individuals from your own research groups and undergraduate classes.  The same requirements and qualifications apply.  This is a $15K fellowship divided into $12K for the student stipend and $3000 that may be used for lab and travel costs.  The student is required to write a report of his/her progress in January 2018 and will be invited to present his/her research at the La Jolla site at the end of the 2018 summer.  Application deadline is October 23th, 2017.

The research areas of interest that we will consider funding include organic synthesis, analytical chemistry, computational chemistry, crystallography and structural/chemical biology.

Attached is a cover letter describing the program in more detail along with a copy of the application and a flyer to post around the department. Please also feel free to circulate to other interested colleagues/students. I can also provide former example applications if students need an idea of what we are looking for in a successful application.

We look forward to hearing from you and some excellent Oregon State University undergraduate students.  Thank you also in advance for your help in making this program a success. Feel free to contact me if you need more information.

Sincerely,

Eric

 

Eric Johnson, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist

Pfizer Global R&D – Structural Biology & Protein Sciences

2017-2018 AIR Application

2017-2018 AIR Diversity Fellowship Cover letter

2017-2018 AIR Diversity Fellowship Flyer

Career Development Opportunities

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:41 am

Dear Colleagues,

There are several updates from the Career Development Center. We are thrilled to partner with you on students’ career success for the 2017-2018 academic year and beyond.

Student Drop-In Appointments

The Career Development Center now offers 15-minute drop-in appointments for students seeking career assistance Monday – Friday, 9 A.M. – 4 P.M., in-person at the Career Development Center (B008 Kerr Administration Building).

Fall 2017 Career Events for Students

The Career Expo is only a few weeks away. This is an entire week of events for students to develop their professional skills, culminating in two career fairs where students will get to interact with hundreds of employers who want to hire OSU students!

Please join us in encouraging our students to invest in their futures by participating in these events. Please note, the entire OSU community is invited to attend! We would love to see you at the career fairs to chat with employers who may be hiring your students, and of course, we welcome anyone who would like to volunteer.

Please encourage your students to volunteer for this event; benefits include volunteer experience (which is great on a resume!) and face time with employers! Interested volunteers can sign up here for various shifts to accommodate your schedule.

Career Expo Events

 

To download Career Expo screens, posters, and social media images, please click here.

Other Fall Career Events

October

November

Interested in a digital slide with a list of these events for screens in your building? Let us know!

Oregon State is on Handshake

Handshake is Oregon State’s new hub for everything students need from college to career. The Handshake platform was designed by students, for students with one goal in mind: to help college students find their way to their dream careers.

The more students use Handshake, the smarter it gets. When a student inputs their interests, preferences, and outcomes, the Handshake platform delivers content and jobs tailored to them.

If you want to get in the system and see what students see, please use our fully-functional student demo account, Betty Beaver.

Note: this account cannot be used in different places simultaneously. Please contact us if you get an error.

 

Careers in your College

If you’re interested in providing career-related content to students in your college, please email career@oregonstate.edu or connect with your college’s assistant director for career development:

o   College of Engineering

o   College of Liberal Arts

o   College of Education

o   College of Pharmacy

o   College of Science

o   College of Veterinary Medicine

o   Graduate School

o   College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Thank you for investing in our students’ futures. We look forward to partnering with you in creating excellent professional development and career opportunities for students at Oregon State.

Sincerely,

 

The Career Development Center

career@oregonstate.edu | 541-737-4085

October 4, 2017

Great Oregon Shake Out – Earthquake Preparedness Learning Sessions

Filed under: Announcements @ 1:54 pm

Join other OSU faculty, staff, and students in the Great Oregon Shake Out!

On October 19 at 10:19 am, join the rest of Oregon and the nation and Drop, Cover, and Hold-On for 60 seconds to simulate the response to an earthquake.

Participation is voluntary but encouraged.  In previous years, several campus classes and organizations have:

  • Made participation a small group class project, to include a 5 minute research presentation
  • Made a class project to have students, wherever they are, encourage those around them to Drop, Cover, Hold-On (proof provided by videotaping the activity)
  • Prepared informational materials and distribute to staff/faculty/classmates
  • Planned an evacuation drill to high ground near Hatfield due to the tsunami threat

As part of the monthly OSU Emergency Preparedness Learning sessions, October’s fact sheet will review the response to earthquakes and other preparedness points – Great talking tips to present on 10/20, right before the Drop, Cover, and Hold-On event!

There will be a PowerPoint sent on Monday, October 17 that can be used in offices and classrooms to introduce the earthquake drill.  It even has a 60 second timer to help with how long to run the drill.

If you do participate, please complete our Qualtrics Surveyhttp://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2of1ZBgMQGATFrv or send a count of participants to OSU Emergency Preparedness (emergency@oregonstate.edu) so we can update the OSU participation tally on the Shake Out website.

Additional information about the Shake Out can be found at:

Background:

Oregon is subjected to earthquakes daily, but the largest event forecasted has yet to occur within our lifetime.  The Cascadia Subduction zone earthquake is forecasted to be a 9.0 or higher and to last for 5-7 minutes, followed by a 30-50 foot tsunami at the coast.

Response to earthquakes is simple but important for everyone to perform correctly and automatically.  When the shaking is felt, drop low to the ground, seek overhead cover to protect yourself from falling debris, and hold on to the cover so it does not move away from you.  When the shaking has stopped, cautiously exit the building, watching for falling objects.

For more Cascadia Subduction Zone and earthquake information, please refer to these summary websites:

 

Thank you,

Mike Bamberger

Emergency Preparedness Manager

Mandatory Open Enrollment

Filed under: Announcements @ 11:32 am
Employee Benefits Fair, October 5th
MU Horizon (room 49), 10am – 1pm.  Additional information at:  http://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/mandatory-open-enrollment-2018-benefits#benefits-fair
Visit with healthcare, pension and retirement savings providers.  Representatives from Social Security, Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) and OSU resources will also be available. 
 
Workshops During the Benefits Fair:

 

  • FMLA-OFLA Pregnancy Disability & Parental Leave, Presenter – Office of Human Resources, 8am – 9am, MU 208
  • Short-term & Long-term Disability, Presenter Standard Insurance, 9am-10am, MU 208
  • Medicare Basics (Parts A, B, C), Presenter SHIBA, 1pm-3pm, MU 208

 

 
Open Enrollment & HEM “Drop-in” Help Sessions
Benefits Staff will be available to answer questions and provide assistance in completing Open Enrollment and/or the HEM online health assessment. 

 

 

 
Mandatory Open Enrollment Summary
Open Enrollment and selection of your participation status in the 2017 Health Engagement Model (HEM) program is MANDATORY. 
Two (2) Actions Required:

 

  • Action 1:  PEBB Open Enrollment completion – complete between October 1-31, 2017.  Confirm your benefit elections, make changes, re-enroll in flexible spending accounts, AND indicate your HEM participation status for 2018.

 

If Opting Out, you MUST take action and affirm you and your dependents have minimal essential coverage.

 

  • Action 2:  HEM Health Assessment Completion – complete between September 1 – October 31, 2017.  If you have or will elect to participate in the HEM for 2018, you must complete the HEM health assessment by October 31, 2017. 

 

 
Additional Information:

 

 

 
 
How to re-enroll and make changes during Open Enrollment
Online EnrollmentOctober 1, 2017 through midnight October 31, 2017 (https://pebbbenefits.oha.oregon.gov/)
 
Return to Employee Benefits at:

 

  • Campus Mail: 204 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis OR
  • US Mail: 122 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis OR 97331-2132
  • Fax: 541.737.0553

 

 
2018 Health Engagement Model (HEM)
If you elect to participate in the 2018 HEM, you MUST complete the online health assessment by October 31, 2017.  The HEM program will provide a financial incentive in your pay if you elect to participate and a financial disincentive in your health plan if you choose not to participate.  To complete, login to/or create (as applicable) your account with your current health insurance provider.

 

  • Spouse/Partner does not need to complete the health assessment.

 

 
 
If you have questions, please contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu or 541.737.2805.
 

Analytical Chemistry Assistant Professor – University of Nevada, Reno

Filed under: employment opportunity @ 11:31 am

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno has initiated a search for a new tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Analytical Chemistry. I am writing to seek your help in identifying outstanding candidates for this position. The successful candidate will establish an active and innovative experimental research program in analytical chemistry, broadly defined, while maintaining a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.

Please bring this opening to the attention of qualified candidates who may be interested in applying for the position. I have attached a position announcement which may be posted or forwarded. The complete position description including minimum qualifications and application instructions/links may be found at www.unrsearch.com/postings/25900.

Applications must be submitted online at www.unrsearch.com/postings/25900. Application review will begin October 27, 2017. The University of Nevada, Reno is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

The University of Nevada, Reno is the land-grant institution for the State of Nevada with an enrollment of 22,000 students. Our department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry. The department has a total of 21 full-time academic faculty members, is housed in a four-story building, and is well equipped with modern research instrumentation. We have recently moved our undergraduate teaching laboratories into new instructional facilities in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center. For more information about the department and its programs, I invite you and potential candidates to visit our web site at www.unr.edu/chemistry.

Nestled in the valley of the Truckee River on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, Reno offers an excellent quality of life. The region combines a mild high desert climate with a large variety of nearby recreational opportunities. Lake Tahoe is less than an hour away by car, while Yosemite National Park and the Black Rock Desert are both within a three-hour drive. Featuring a multi-seasonal tourist industry, Reno and the surrounding area also offers entertainment and cultural opportunities far exceeding those typically found in a city of 500,000.

OSU Supplier Showcase, Event & Travel Planner Expo

Filed under: Announcements @ 11:19 am

Mark Your Calendars!

We have joined together! The OSU Merchant Expo/Supplier Showcase and the Event & Travel Planners Tradeshow is now the OSU Supplier Showcase, Event and Travel Planner Expo! Brought to you by Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management (PCMM) and University Conference Services (CS).

PCMM and CS are focusing on a new vision for the expo that will strengthen strategic sourcing efforts and obtain the best possible value in the contracts and vendors available to OSU faculty and staff. The Expo will be designed to support these efforts and to provide educational and business value to both campus attendees, as well as participating suppliers. The goal for the event is to connect OSU staff in the market for goods, services, and event and travel planners with suppliers interested in doing business with OSU. Come, explore and learn what these vendors have to offer!

OSU Supplier Showcase, Event and Travel Planner Expo

CH2M HILL Alumni Center – Supplier Showcase

The LaSells Stewart Center – Event and Travel Planners

Thursday, October 12th

11:00AM – 2:00PM

Go online to find out more and let us know if you will be attending:  https://osuexpo.org/

 

Analytical Chemistry – University of Alberta

Filed under: employment opportunity @ 11:17 am

The University of Alberta is looking to fill an opening in Analytical Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta has 33 faculty, over 220 graduate students (~2/3 PhD and 1/3 research MSc), and a large undergraduate program. The department has strong research facilities, as well as on-campus research institutes such as the National Institute for Nanotechnology and the Alberta Glycomics Centre, and a long history of excellence in analytical chemistry.  We have also made two recent hires in environmental chemistry, and are looking to make another soon.

Our current search in Analytical Chemistry does not have a targeted technique or field in mind. Rather we are looking for the best candidate. (But personally, I would be delighted if the position was filled by a separation scientist, as I have a lab full of HPLC and CE equipment that I could give them.)  The deadline for application is October 21, 2017 and we will be scheduling interviews in November to January. The position is targeted to an Assistant or Associate Professor, but with the right candidate a young Full Professor would be possible. The start date is July 1, 2018, but is negotiable.

Please share this position with your postdocs or past grad students that you feel would be a good match.

For those that you pass this one to, the University of Alberta is located in the center of the city of Edmonton. The metropolitan area has 1.3 million people, with a vibrant young and multicultural community. The city hosts over 100 festivals each year, and spectacular nature is just a few hours drive away in national parks such as Jasper and Banff. Housing in Edmonton is readily available and affordable, and the school system is excellent.

 

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