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March 16, 2017

Evaluation of Teaching

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Participants who complete receive $500.00 in professional development funds.

Dear Colleagues,

What does excellence in the classroom looks like?  Let’s take a look at the research.  Encourage faculty to join this Spring’s Professional Learning Community, Teaching Triads.

In this learning community participants will support student success by examining and applying:

·        High yield instructional strategies based on recent cognition research
·        Methods of classroom data collection
·        Intellectual coaching that inspires reflection and modification of teaching to further support student success

The MOU is located at  Participants who complete receive $500.00 in professional development funds.

We will continue to accept MOUs until April 3rd. Please encourage interested folks to join this engaging and enlightening PLC.

A more in-depth description of this hybrid learning community is below.  Thank you for your consideration.
With care,

Kay M. Sagmiller, Ph.D.
Center for Teaching and Learning Director
Oregon State University
(541) 737-2819
Office: LinC 400 E

Teaching Triad Description
What? This Professional Learning Community (PLC) is designed to engage trios of faculty around structured teaching observations and intellectual coaching. Through reciprocal observations, feedback, and dialogue participants collaboratively address questions, needs, and opportunities in the advancement of teaching. The work is intended to be supportive, formative, and voluntary (not evaluative).

Why?  Peer Observations are the most frequently acknowledged method for improving teaching. Teaching Triads promotes effective teaching observations in which preparation and a unique set of skills are developed (Berk, 2006, 2014; Marzano & Simms, 2013; Costa & Garmston, 2002; Knapper, 2001; Theall & Franklin 2001; Braskamp, 2000).

How?  Teaching Triads uses a hybrid course design to: 1) develop trust and rapport with cross-curricular colleagues; 2) engage in formalized intellectual coaching; 3) practice research-based methods of collecting and analyzing teaching data; and 4) investigate connections between observation data, changes in teaching practice, and professional renewal.

$3000 STEM scholarships available.

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March 8, 2017

U-Engage Course Proposal Submissions

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Course proposals now being accepted from academic and professional faculty to serve as instructors in one of 35 anticipated fall U-Engage courses. More information about U-Engage, including the link to the online application, shared learning outcomes, responsibilities of instructors, and support provided are available at: For more information, contact Spirit Brooks, The deadline for submission extended to Monday, March 27 at 8 p.m.

March 7, 2017

Federal Immigration Law Enforcement Guidance for Faculty & Staff

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We have received several questions from faculty and staff related to what they should do in the event they receive a request for information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It is OSU standard practice to refer all federal immigration law enforcement agents to the OSU Office of the General Counsel: (541) 737-2474; 524 Kerr Administration Building. Please do not respond to a request without consulting with the Office of the General Counsel.

The Office of the General Counsel helps OSU to comply with the law and protect student and personnel information by verifying the agent’s credentials, confirming the legitimacy of the inquiry, and reviewing a copy of applicable court orders for validity.

As a reminder, please immediately contact the Office of the General Counsel if you receive any request for OSU student, employee, or institutional information from any law enforcement agent.  Agents’ requests can be informal or take the form of a subpoena or warrant.

Students with questions concerning federal immigration law enforcement may be directed to OSU’s website on recent federal actions, which includes OSU’s statements, FAQs, and contacts/resources related to OSU’s status as a sanctuary university, DACA and undocumented students, and immigration and international travel:

Susan Capalbo
Senior Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
Professor, Applied Economics
Oregon State University
628 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331-2154

March 6, 2017

Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops and Community of Scholars (cCWCS) Workshops

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Oregon Science Start-up Forum

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Tox 699 – Graduate Elective Course

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Graduate Elective Course: Spring 2017
TOX 699 (CRN: 55647) Molecular Therapeutics: Discovery and Development

This course will cover the key aspects of the ‘Bench to Bedside’ evolution of therapeutics,
including identification of novel molecular targets for drug discovery and use of model systems
and clinical trials to investigate the efficacy of new therapeutics.

3 Credits
Mon and Fri: 2:00 – 3:20 PM

Instructor: Siva Kumar Kolluri
Phone: 541-737-1799

March 2, 2017

NORM 2017: INNOVATION TRACK at the American Chemical Society Regional Meetin

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EXCITING and Unique opportunities will be had at the upcoming American Chemical Society (ACS) 72nd Northwest Regional Meeting(NORM 2017) to be held from June 25 – 28, 2017 on the Oregon State University (OSU) campus in Corvallis. We are expecting a large and engaged group of chemists and engineers – from undergraduate to practicing scientists – in attendance at the Region’s premier Chemistry event.

As a part of the Innovation Initiative of ACS President Allison Campbell, we have organized the Innovation Track with 2.5 days of innovation-aligned programming, training, networking events with luncheon, dinner and two social hours, including a unique Innovation Fair targeted at start-up and proto-venture chemistry companies!
TAKE YOUR RESEARCH TO THE NEXT LEVEL and register for the debut of a  ½ day Innovation Training: Lens of the Market®. This workshop gives you the first steps in the skills you need to demonstrate how your research can make an impact beyond a publication, and offers beginning tools to inform your research based on market and societal need. Teams and individuals can apply, and scholarships are available for students!!
In one short half day session you’ll gain the basic vocabulary and skills to define products and services from your research; define options for the markets they could serve and learn how to build a testable market hypothesis – a value proposition for your potential product or service and define the structure of the market segment you could serve by building its value chain.

Application is also open online for a booth for start-ups and proto-ventures within the Innovation Fair as part of the Vendor Expo.  We have 16 half tables available in a VERY PROMINENT LOCATION within the NORM Vendor Exposition! IF YOU ARE ACCEPTED to the INNOVATION FAIR, we have SPONSORSHIP FUNDING that will pay for your half table!

WHO can be part of the INNOVATION FAIR:
New start-ups and soon-to-be-start-ups or proto-ventures which may have received grants but which have not yet received dilutive funding. You may not even be a company yet! You may be in the stage of becoming a company or not sure IF you want to be a company and want to license or sell your IP (intellectual property). What you must have is a clear, defensible and market-validated value proposition and some scientific data on whether your idea will work that you can share with us. You can be from a university, a national lab or simply a great team of chemists from multiple places!

HOW do I become part of the Innovation Fair: PLEASE both
1. REGISTER for NORM at and

Programming tracks and networking events cover all aspects of chemistry at NORM 2017!  Please see the Program-at-a-Glance at for the meeting’s planned technical programming. We are honored that the Northwest Region’s own 2017 ACS President Allison Campbell, a leader at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), will be giving the meeting’s kick-off keynote address to highlight her messages of: Science Advocacy; Science Literacy & Communication; Chemistry Safety; and the value of Chemistry Innovation Solutions to challenges facing people and our planet.

March 1, 2017

2018-19 Fullbright Scholarships

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The 2018-19 Fulbright Scholar Catalog of Awards is now live and searchable by region, country or discipline.

Join nearly three dozen OSU faculty who have received Fulbright awards in just the past ten years, and over 250,000 individuals (scholars and students, both U.S. and International) who have participated in this quintessential “mutual exchange of people and ideas between the U.S. and other countries” since its inception in 1946.

For eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions, visit the Fulbright website at

Save the date: On Thu., Apr. 6th, OSU will host a Fulbright Scholar Workshop and a Fulbright U.S. Student Workshop, each led by a representative from CIES and IIE respectively (more details to follow).


Julie Walkin
International Program Manager | Faculty-led Programs
Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) | Oregon State University
University Plaza, Suite 290 | 1600 SW Western Blvd. | Corvallis, OR 97331
541.737.6407 (direct) |

February 28, 2017

Toxicity Reference Database Support at EPA

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The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for a Toxicity Reference Database Support position with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA’s Research Triangle facility in Raleigh-Durham, NC. The selected candidate will provide data management, data curation and data analysis support to the ToxRefDB project. This is a combination of MySQL database management, NoSQL solutions, file management, data curation and extraction, quality control, as well as performing qualitative and quantitative data analysis.  He/she will also be working with a number of heterogeneous toxicological datasets from other projects including ToxCast and Tox21. He/she will also work with ontologies for mapping biological concepts across resources.

·         Full time, $33.37/hour
·         Must be pursuing a PhD 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

·         Demonstrated education and/or experience in toxicology and/or biology

·         Demonstrated education and/or experience in data mining

·         A working knowledge of publicly available biological and chemical database resources including those managed by National Center for Biomedical Information (NCBI) and European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)

·         A working knowledge of in vivo toxicology studies

·         A working knowledge of relational databases

·         R-language or Python programming (or other scripting language) experience.

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.

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