With summer in full swing, just a friendly reminder about appropriate attire in a laboratory setting.

Departmental Policy on Laboratory Attire and PPE
All those working in Dept. of Chemistry laboratories, including undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral associates, instructors, and PI’s, are required to wear clothing covering them from shoulders to ankles. Footwear must be closed at the toe and heel. Short- sleeved shirts & blouses are acceptable, but not shoulder-less garments (e.g., tank tops). Long pants made of a substantial material are recommended and short trousers or short skirts are not permitted. PPE as posted must also be worn; for most labs within the department this includes safety glasses/goggles (goggles only in teaching labs), gloves, and lab coats. Graduate student TA’s working in teaching laboratories are asked to be particularly mindful of this policy and to follow it themselves and to apply it consistently to undergraduate students in their assigned sections.

We are writing to let you know about an exciting grant opportunity — the Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences.

The objective of the Mason Award is to kick-start the research career of promising future senior investigators in the chemical sciences. The Marion Milligan Mason Fund will provide three grants of $50,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences. Awards are for women who are starting their academic research careers. In addition to research funding, the program will provide leadership development and mentoring opportunities.

Applicants must have a “full-time” career-track appointment. More than one applicant from the same institution can apply for this award, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.

For more information about the request for proposals for the Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences, please click here to view the PDF.

This award is funded by a bequest from the Marion Milligan Mason Fund.

As a chemist and AAAS member since 1965, the late Marion Tuttle Milligan Mason wanted to support the advancement of women in the chemical sciences. Dr. Milligan also wanted to honor her family’s commitment to higher education for women, as demonstrated by her parents and grandfather, who encouraged and sent several daughters to college.

***Proposals are due Monday, September 15, 2014, midnight Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

***Awards will be announced on or before May 1, 2015.

Proposals should be submitted via the online application system athttps://masonaward.aaas.org

Please circulate this email to your colleagues.

If you have questions, please e-mail masonaward@aaas.org

img809Physical Chemist, Glenn Evans began his career at OSU in 1977.  Hair was big, bell bottoms were wide and the Bucky Ball hadn’t been discovered yet.  He started out teaching a variety of freshman level and graduate courses, taking up Physical Chemistry courses in the late 90’s.  Around 2000, he started to cover more and more of the sequence and by 2005 was teaching all three terms.  Hard and fast statistics don’t exist on just how many students Glenn has taught in his 37 years at the front of the classroom, but it’s estimated to be somewhere between five and ten thousand.

When asked what Dr. Evans loved most about teaching, he replied, “the “aha” moment when a student sees something and tells me “that wasn’t so hard” almost in a defiant way; private counselling of students (talking them through their anxieties); office hours during which students interact with each other as well as me; in lectures when I say things provocatively to elicit a response and their laughter; exposing the lessons of life embedded in science; among many others. Perhaps the most interesting and most privileged part of lecture is looking out over a sea of faces (with their varying degrees of enthusiasm) and seeing the future and the person I once was.”

Glenn retired in 2010.  Four years later, a student decided that he needed to be recognized.  During the 2014 Commencement Luncheon, Biochemistry and Biophysics student Omar Rachdi took the platform and read the following speech.

“Two back surgeries, two flights of stairs slipped down in one fell swoop to reveal degenerative disc diseases and scoliosis, two lives lost that cripple me from within because of the differences between the Moroccan culture and the American culture, and only two years have passed. My undergraduate years have been very full of hard and life-changing experiences. However, I would not be where I am today without the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Glenn Evans.

Glenn Evans 2011After my second back surgery, I felt demoralized. I did not have the capacity to believe in myself or my abilities until the end of my fall term Physical Chemistry course junior year. Dr. Glenn Evans knew of my physical difficulties and sat me down after the final exam took place. I will always remember him telling me, “You got talent kid. Real talent. You sure you haven’t thought about doing this as a profession?” Regardless of the score I received on that exam, having a person of Dr. Evans stature tell me something like that made a large impact. That moment is the time when I can say that my “spark” turned on inside of me, and for this past year, all that I have tried to do is pass that spark onto others. Whether it be through being a teaching assistant for Biochemistry or Physical Chemistry, the mentoring programs that I have built within the College of Science, or just in everyday conversation, I will always carry with me the kind acts that Dr. Evans has done for me and try to pass them on to others.

Dr. Evans has had a large impact on not just myself, but several other students. If there was a way to incorporate the impact he has had in his career on the lives of his students, his “H-index” would be that of Linus Pauling, and other great scientists that have graced our earth.”

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation announces the August 11th deadline for applications to the:

Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry – The Foundation seeks to further the development of scientific leadership in the field of environmental chemistry with a postdoctoral fellowship program.  The Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry proviudes a principal investigator with an award of $120,000 over two years to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow.  Applications most likely to be of interest should describe innovative fundamental research in the chemical sciences or engineering related to the environment.

Additional details are given at the Foundation Web site: www.dreyfus.org