Visiting position in Inorganic Chemistry at Reed College. The Chemistry Department invites applications for a three-semester, visiting position, preferably at the assistant professor level, in Inorganic Chemistry beginning January 2014. A PhD is required and postdoctoral experience is preferred. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and research. Teaching duties will include general chemistry, a sophomore-level course in inorganic chemistry including laboratory, and an advanced topics course. The successful candidate will also advise senior thesis students in yearlong research projects. The Chemistry Department occupies a dedicated building with individual faculty research labs, and has excellent resources for innovative teaching and research, including a 400 MHz NMR, an X-ray powder diffractometer, an inert atmosphere glove box, a new Gamry instruments potentiostat, and a molecular modeling laboratory.

The Reed community values cultural and intellectual pluralism as essential to the excellence of our academic program. In the letter of application, we encourage you to address how your teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and/or community service might support the commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the College’s diversity statement ( Application materials (a cover letter, curriculum vitae, an outline of research interests, and a statement of teaching philosophy) and three letters of recommendation should be forwarded as PDF (preferred) or Word attachments to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but they should be received by November 1, 2013 to guarantee full consideration.  For further information about this position please contact Arthur Glasfeld ( An Equal Opportunity Employer, Reed values diversity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

The National Science Foundation International Science & Engineering section would like to make you aware of an opportunity for U.S. graduate students to participate in research experiences in summer 2014 through the East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program. EAPSI supports 200-205 graduate students each year to do research in the lab of their choice in any of seven locations: Australia, China, Japan, KoreaNew ZealandSingapore or Taiwan.  Each institute has a fixed start and end date, and includes a pre-departure orientation near NSF and an in-country language and culture orientation. An EAPSI award includes a $5,000 stipend and round trip air ticket provided by NSF, and a living allowance provided by NSF’s counterpart funding agency in the host location. The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in research-oriented graduate programs in NSF-funded STEM fields. The U.S. graduate student is the PI on an EAPSI proposal. The application deadline is November 25, 2013. The EAPSI program announcement 13-593 and related information are available at (please scroll down to Related URLs).

EAPSI is an excellent opportunity for U.S. graduate students to advance their research in collaboration with high-caliber scientists and engineers in East Asia and to build professional networks in a scientifically important region of the world. The program is entirely funded by ISE and our international partners: there is no cost to NSF directorates or to your PIs. It’s an excellent opportunity to leverage our resources to advance international research and education opportunities for your community. We invite you to share this mail or the link with PIs, graduate students, and others in your community who may benefit from the EAPSI opportunity.

Informational Webinars will be conducted on Friday, September 27, 2013, at 3:00 pm ET and on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 1:00 pm ET.  Please for information on how to join the Webinars. Passcode is EAPSI2014.

We invite you to forward this mail to your U.S. graduate students. We look forward to receiving their applications!


An updated NSF program solicitation is now available:
Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
Undergraduate seniors planning to pursue graduate study and beginning graduate students are eligible to apply.  See

for details, and please encourage all eligible students to apply.

Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 5, 2013  for mathematical sciences applications

Synopsis of Program:

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

I’m writing to let you know we are running our Pfizer Academic-Industrial Relations Diversity fellowship program again, for the 2013 – 2014 academic year.  The program is essentially the same as last year.  As a reminder, 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 group and undergraduate organic classes.  The same requirements and qualifications apply.  This is a $15K fellowship divided into $7500/semester.  Each semester $6000 is for the student stipend and $1500 may be used for lab and travel costs.  The student is required to write a report of his/her progress in January 2014 in order to receive the spring stipend.  Also, the student will be invited to present his/her research at the La Jolla site at the end of the 2014 summer.  Deadline is October 21, 2013.

The research areas of 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 these materials 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 chemistry undergraduate students.  Thanks for your help in making this program a success.

2013-2014 Cover Letter

2013 AIR Diversity Fellowship Flyer

AIR 2013 Application

In addition to being showered with accolades from Hollywood insiders, this year’sEmmy Award-winner for best television drama, “Breaking Bad,” has been alsopraised by members of the scientific community.

“To us who are educated in science, whenever we see science presented inaccurately, it’s like fingernails on the blackboard,” the AMC show’s science advisor Dr. Donna Nelson, a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Oklahoma, tells the American Chemical Society’s Bytesize Science series in the video above. “It just drives us crazy, and we can’t stay immersed in the show.”

Fortunately for Nelson and like-minded scientists, “Breaking Bad” gets the science mostly right in its tale of chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-overlord Walter White.

Nelson actually works with the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, to fact-check scripts. She even suggests chemical structures for Walter to draw on his blackboard.

But Nelson did identify one glaring inaccuracy.

“The powder blue meth that you see is really sort of like Walter’s trademark,” Nelson explains in the video. “In real life, meth would not be powder blue like that. The meth would be colorless.”

The show’s series finale will run on AMC this Sunday.


Congratulations to Mas Subramanian for winning the 2013 F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science and Daniel Myles for winning the Fred Horne Award for Excellence in Teaching Science.  Well deserved recognition to both these individuals!

The National Academies is pleased to announce a call for nominations and applications for the 2014 Jefferson Science Fellows program.  Initiated by the Secretary of State in 2003, this fellowship program engages the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities in the design and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.

Jefferson Science Fellows (JSF) spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for an on-site assignment in Washington, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions.

The fellowship is open to tenured, or similarly ranked, academic scientists, engineers and physicians from U.S. institutions of higher learning. Nominees/applicants must hold U.S. citizenship and will be required to obtain a security clearance.

The deadline for 2014-2015 program year applications/nominations is January 13, 2014. To learn more about the Jefferson Science Fellowship and to apply, visit the JSF website at:

The chemistry program at Southern Oregon University will need a one-year sabbatical replacement for our biochemist next year (2014-2015) and, although I have not been given formal approval to start the search, I would like to bring this opportunity to the attention of your graduate students who might be interested in a teaching post-doctoral experience.

The undergraduate biochemistry/chemistry program at Southern Oregon University is ACS-certified and was recently ranked in the first quintile in the SOU internal prioritization process. Our program has six faculty members who all work closely together to provide a strong background in chemistry to our students. The Department is well equipped with instrumentation, which can be viewed on our website (

The candidate would be expected to teach the year long biochemistry sequence (Ch 451, 2, 3) and two quarters of biochemistry lab (winter and spring term – Ch 454, 5). Additional teaching requirements include organic labs and/or general chemistry labs. The full-time teaching load (at the Assistant Professor level) is typically one lecture and three laboratory sections per term. Finally, s/he would be assisting between one and three students with a year long capstone research experience.

For more information about the courses, contact Dr. Greg Miller ( For information about the position contact me, Dr. Laura Hughes (

Thank you for your consideration,


Laura A. Hughes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Chair, CPME