Pilot Project Ignite Pitch Talks

Applicants for the Pacific Northwest Center for Translational Environmental Health Pilot Project Program will be sharing their research ideas in five minute Ignite Pitches. 

This is a chance to learn about the state-of-the-art science, technology, and stakeholder engagement ideas being pursued by members in the Center and ask questions about their latest research ideas. 

When: Friday, May 7 from 3:00-4:30 PM

Where: Join Zoom Meeting


Password: 218039

Speakers: Each speaker has 5 minutes to share their ideas followed by 5 minutes for questions.

  1. Andrew Annalora, OSU – A Novel Mechanisms of CYP1B1 Regulation by Exosomes: Implications for Vascular Development, Wound Repair and Environmental Disease.
  2. Juliane Fry, Reed College – Expanding, Analyzing, and Translating Portland Particulate Matter Monitoring Data
  3. Siva Kolluri, OSU – Regulation of AhR-mediated transcription by p27/Kip1
  4. Seth O’Neal, OHSU – Planning a birth cohort in Peru to evaluate chronic environmental exposure to mixed heavy metals on hemoglobin levels, birth outcomes, and infant and child development
  5. Sarah Rothenberg, OSU – Arsenic Metabolism in Adult Zebrafish (Danio rerio
  6. Lewis Semprini, OSU – Development of a Rapid Test for the Cometabolic Treatment of Legacy and Emerging Contaminants Using Co-encapsulated Hydrogels and Embryonic Zebrafish
  7. Tom Sharpton, OSU – The Exposure, Microbiome, and Cognition Cohort (EMC2) Study
  8. Caren Weinhouse, OHSU – Identifying epigenetic drivers of pollution-induced cellular defense system gene expression

The mission of the Pacific Northwest Center for Translational Environmental Health is to understand the interactions between environmental exposures, biology, and genetics to help prevent disease and improve human health.

OSU Search Advocate workshops for Spring term are available for registration. Search advocates are outside process advisors who participate on employee search committees; their goal is to encourage culture and practices that favor equity, validity and diversity. The initial workshop series is a sequence of four 4-hour Zoom workshops. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2022. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the new Search Advocate/Workshops website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu or 541-760-6160.

Attend, you must. Celebrate Star Wars Day with “May the 4th Be With You”-themed Trivia Night, Tuesday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by Lindsey Gardner, ’13, trivia categories include Star Wars, OSU and binge-worthy. Students and alumni can form teams of two to four people and compete for prizes. Register or join a team for free here. Recent grads meet regularly to network, support current students and socialize through the OSU Alumni Association’s group OSU Next.

This award, presented annually at University Day, recognizes any classified, professional faculty or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from under-represented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development. 2021 President’s Commission on the Status of Women believes that mentoring and development are critical to excellent performance and employee satisfaction. The award offers a way of commending individuals who support the learning environment for OSU employees. For more information and a list of past recipients: https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/pcosw/funding-opportunities. Nominations are due May 4. Questions? Contact pcosw@oregonstate.edu.

nominations are open now through May 31. This award recognizes work performance and service which goes above and beyond the standard expectations held for professional faculty and classified staff. One classified and one professional faculty employee will be honored at the University Day ceremonies with the presentation of a plaque and cash award of $500.00 each. Please click here to learn about the nomination process and criteria.

Sophia (Jiani) Jiang has been named one of the Spring 2020 Undergraduates of the Quarter.

                  Sophia grew up in Shanghai, China and moved to Beaverton, Oregon with her family in December 2014. She attended Westview High School in Portland. Although chemistry at times can be difficult to learn, she decided to pursue it because it is fundamental to everything in the world.

                  Ultimately, Sophia decided to attend Oregon State because it is a research-based university with an incredible science program. Additionally, she believes Corvallis is one of the best college towns in the US and has many places for her to explore.

                  Sophia is a part of Dr. Vince Remcho’s research group working on a thin-layer chromatography experiment for remote learning. Her work is part of a bigger project called “Making Introductory Courses Real while Online (MICRO)” which is funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

                  With the help of her advisor, Dr. Neal Sleszynski, Sophia was able to get involved in research. He was able to help Sophia get in contact with several professors from the chemistry and biochemistry department. After reading papers and talking with professors, she decided to join Dr. Remcho’s group because of her interest in microfluidics and its wide range of applications.

                  Aside from school and her work in research, Sophia enjoys hiking and playing fingerstyle guitar. Her favorite book is The Lord of the Rings.  One thing Sophia believes stands out about herself is she is a tough person and her perseverance helps her achieve her goals.

Sam Tanoeyadi has been named one of the Spring 2020 Undergraduates of the Quarter.

                  Sam grew up in a city called Bekasi, located in West Java, Indonesia where he attended Don Bosco III high school, a national-based curriculum school located in his hometown.

                  Sam wanted to pursue chemistry because in high school, he had difficulty mastering organic chemistry. In national chemistry competitions in his country, organic chemistry was the topic that was most challenging. This made him determined to master it both in practical lab work and in theoretical practices.

                  With plans of studying abroad in the United States, Oregon State became a clear choice when he saw the school represented in an international education abroad expo. Ultimately, Sam was determined to attend Oregon State after seeing the chemistry program in the College of Science.

                  During Sam’s undergraduate years at Oregon State, he was looking for an organic chemistry lab that could help him improve. With almost zero experience in his early undergraduate career, Dr. Taifo Mahmud accepted him as a lab member. Since then, Dr. Taifo Mahmud had become his PI.

                  Currently, Sam is performing research as a part of Dr. Taifo Mahmud laboratory in OSU Pharmaceutical Sciences. His research focuses on natural product isolation, organic synthesis and microbiology alongside biochemistry that all focuses on the medicinal chemistry theme.

                  With the help of his PI, Sam has been accepted into the graduate school of Oregon State University Pharmaceutical Sciences Department and is now in his first year of graduate school in Medicinal Chemistry track.

                  Aside from his work, Sam enjoys fishing and playing video games. Additionally, he enjoys reading chemistry-themed books, short stories, and comics. His favorite food is anything that includes strawberries. In the future, Sam hopes to travel to Korea or Japan to celebrate his accomplishments.