Dear colleagues,

Wellesley College’s Department of Chemistry is searching for a tenure-track inorganic chemist. I would appreciate your bringing the attached job ad to the attention of appropriate post-docs and advanced graduate students in your department. Please note the very early closing date for applications of 15 September.

I would be very happy to answer any questions about the position or the application process.

(I apologize if you are no longer chair of your department. I was using the latest edition of the ACS DGR, but it is already out of date. Please feel free to forward this message to the appropriate person.)

thank you very much.



Adele J. Wolfson


Nan Walsh Schow ’54 and Howard B. Schow Professor in the Physical and Natural Sciences

Professor and Chair of Chemistry

Wellesley College

Wellesley MA 02481


The Exploring World Agriculture (EWA) class is a long standing CAS course culminating in a faculty-led Educational Tour abroad. The EWA course continues to be very popular, relevant, and an important piece of CAS’ commitment to enhancing and challenging our students’ global perspectives. In order to enhance the learning opportunities for students and faculty we are constructing a 5 to 7 year plan for the course and educational tours.

The course is currently being facilitated within the CAS Academic Programs Office and taught either by faculty, currently Dr. Dale Weber, or myself.  The course utilizes guest speakers who provide students with insight into agriculture, food systems, and resource management across the world. We plan to continue our support of the course, with a few changes to its structure. We appreciate the many faculty who continue to support the course with guest lectures.

Although the course provides an excellent learning opportunity, the Educational Tour aboard has truly inspired and changed the lives of many CAS students. We are dedicated to continuing to provide this opportunity but to do so we need to tap into CAS faculty knowledge, expertise, and leadership.  We know that CAS faculty have a wide variety of international agriculture, food systems, and resource management experience and contacts that could be shared with our students.

We are soliciting brief proposals from faculty of potential 10-day to 2-week tours they can envision leading once in the next 5-7 years.  In order to create greater incentive for leading these tours, the Academic Programs Office will dedicate staff resources to work with faculty in making travel arrangements, if desired; recruit and orient students who elect to travel; and provide cost-share funds for faculty travel expenses.

Please send the following information to Paul Dorres ( by August 30th regarding your interest area in leading an Educational Tour. If you have an interest but no specific country in mind we have existing contacts we could visit with you about regarding the creation of a trip – but let us know.

-Lead Faculty (1-3 faculty may be listed):

-Country/Region of Trip:

-Brief Description of Trip and Opportunities: (1-2 paragraphs describing what students might expect to visit/experience and your connections/contacts/interest with agriculture, food systems, natural resource management in the selected country/region.)

-Best Time for Trip: (the best times for student travel have been: Winter Break, Early Summer/June, Late Summer/September)

-Academic Year Interested in Leading Trip:  (for example 2013-14 or 2015-16)

-Other Faculty You Know Who Have Connections to Country/Area:

If you have questions regarding the course or trip please contact myself or Paul Dorres.


Penelope L. Diebel

Assistant Dean of Academic Programs

College of Agricultural Sciences

Oregon State University seeks to facilitate the further development of applied innovations and commercialization. The purpose of this RFP is to encourage proposal submission and present proposal requirements and evaluation criteria. This information will be used by the Oregon State University Venture Development Fund Advisory Council (Council) to assess submitted proposal and provide the Vice President for Research (VPR) a funding recommendation.

An overview of the OSU Venture Fund can be found here:

OSU Venture Development funding is a competitive process open to OSU faculty eligible for principal investigator (PI) status to facilitate development and commercialization of intellectual property (IP) created by OSU faculty and students. Students who wish to apply for a grant must identify an OSU faculty member who will serve as the PI for the student proposal. Applications through non-OSU faculty or students who have been accepted into the OSU Venture Accelerator will also be accepted. Release of funding to non-OSU faculty or students will be conditional upon approval from the VPR and an agreement providing appropriate future company remuneration. Approximately $600,000 is available for this round of proposals.

Due Date for Applications: September 2, 2013

OSUVDF RFP 2013 Final

The Research Office has become aware of the following funding opportunities. Please forward this information to faculty that may be interested.

American Chemical Society (ACS):

  • 2013 ACS Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) Pharmaceutical Roundtable Research Grant for Green Fluorination of Pharmaceutically Relevant Organic Molecules

ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable is seeking a 1-year R&D commitment focused on developing greener and safer methods, reagents, or engineering solutions (such as flow chemistry) for the selective fluorination of pharmaceutically relevant organic molecules. Proposals are invited from public and private institutions of higher education worldwide. One grant is planned to be awarded and the total award is limited to $50,000 for a grant period of 12 months. Deadline for receipt of proposals is August 21, 2013 at 5 pm EDT (GMT-4).

  • 2013 ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable Research Grant for Non-Precious Metal Catalysis

ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable is seeking a 1-2 year R&D commitment to target identification and development of Non-Precious Metal Catalysis alternatives for widely employed Transition Metal catalyzed cross-coupling reactions, with a focus on substrates that are widely applicable to the pharmaceutical industry. Proposals are invited from public and private institutions of higher education worldwide. This project is intended for a student within the selected Principal Investigator’s research group. One grant is planned to be awarded and the total award is limited to $100,000 for a grant period of 1-2 years. Deadline for receipt of proposals is August 21, 2013 at 5 pm EDT (GMT-4).

ACS GCI program information:

American Chemical Society (ACS)

  • ACS Petroleum Research Fund (PRF)

While the ACS Petroleum Research Fund does not have a specific category of green chemistry research, several green chemistry projects have been supported by PRF. The program welcomes applicants with high quality fundamental research in the petroleum or fossil fuels fields which may have a “green” focus. Submissions are accepted September 30, 2013 to November 1, 2013.


ACS PRF program information:

The Director of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) will hold a Webinar to discuss the application process for a Graduate Fellowship on 31 July at 10AM PDT, 1PM EST. (-7 GMT)

We won’t be able to post a webinar link for individual login, but we’ve reserved rooms at the Universities who’ve shown interest.

Meeting rooms are:
OSU:  Gilbert 224
UO:    Space is limited, contact

Washington University, St. Louis:  McMillen Lab 311

Some useful information on the Fellowship:

GRF is restricted to US Citizens, US nationals and permanent residents, only.

The GRF is restricted to students studying in fields supported by NSF.
So medicine, veterinary science, clinical psychology,  etc., are not supported. Chemistry and molecular biology directed toward disease/medical research are in a gray area – students who wish to be in this area should seek one-on-one guidance from a faculty member on your campus who is knowledgeable about GRF.

There *may* be time during the webinar to address this question in a broad way, but they can’t give a personalized answer to each student participating.

There is useful information about GRFP available at

–  The general information about eligibility, application process, etc., are very helpful. Note that this information is a bit out-of-date.  The new program solicitation will be posted sometime in August (for a deadline sometime in November). But the best model we have is the solicitation from last year.


The “tips”  and FAQs

(again, the tips and FAQs haven’t been updated for this year, so the dates in the eligibility section are off. You’ll need to check the site again).

If you are interested in nominating a candidate, please coordinate with the Foundation Services office. Contact: Aaron Shonk, Director at

Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

  • Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS)

Five-year $700,000 awards for physician-scientists to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research. Limit Summary: institutes may nominate up to five candidates. Deadline: October 1, 2013.

CAMS program information:

  • Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (IPID)

Five-year awards provide $500,000 to support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters. The awards are intended to give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for significantly advancing the biochemical, pharmacological, immunological, and molecular biological understanding of how microbes and the human body interact. Limit Summary: institutes may nominate up to two candidates. To encourage applications from veterinarians, institutions that nominate a researcher who holds the D.V.M. will be allowed three nominations. Deadline: November 1, 2013

IPID program information:


Congratulations to our Spring 2013 Honor Roll Students!!

Nicolas Abayare
Chadd Armstrong
Dakota Backus
Kayla Bell
Scott Belozer
Monica Best
Corinne Brucks
Tora Cobb
Mark Delgado
Andrea Domen
Gillian Downey
Stephen Duda
Brandice Durfee
Derek Franco
Jecquellyn Helm
Timothy Hemphill
John Hergert
Joshua Holmes
Michael Hughes
Adam Huntley
Ashley Kastner
Jacob Kaufman
Trevor Kawamoto
Kevin Kovalchik
Joshua Laird
Jamy Lee
Stefan Lucchini
Sarah Melancon
Arica Nassar
Dang Nguyen
Kristine Nguyen
Philip Nguyen
Kyoo Park
Lars Paulson
William Ping
Philip Prater
Jordan Rains
Ryan Rains
Nathan Stephon
Ryan Stiegler
Halley Todd
Tianqi Zhang
Arsalan Zolfaghari