science-teacher-blank-chalkboard copyChemistry Stores is pleased to announce they are now offering a lab coat laundry service! Yes, that’s right, you no longer need to wander the halls in your generationally coated, highly contaminated lab coat!! You too can have a nice crisp clean lab coat!

Here’s how it works: Bring your lab coat to Chemistry Store, fill out the clipboard and make sure your name is in your lab coat. On October 10th 2014 Chemistry Stores staff will take your coat out to the cleaners and in 2-3 days it will be back fresh and clean!

We will offer this laundry service once per term, around the end of the term. A reminder email will be sent out a couple weeks prior to every laundry service date with instructions.

The exact cost is yet to be determined, However, based on previous terms I estimate the cost will be around $3 or $4.

You have until the end of next week to get your lab coats turned in but don’t wait until the last minute. You don’t want to be “That Guy” in the lab with your dirty lab coat!

Thank you for using Chemistry Stores for all your laboratory needs!

2014 Pauling Medalist:
Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stephen L. Buchwald, the Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been awarded the 2014 Linus Pauling Medal Award, for “outstanding contributions to chemistry meriting national and international recognition.” Buchwald will be honored at a symposium and banquet on October 11th, 2014 at Western Washington University. The Linus Pauling Medal Award has been given annually since 1966 by the ACS Puget Sound,  Oregon, and Portland Sections of the American Chemical Society. The award is named after its first winner Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, a native of the Pacific Northwest.

October 11, 2014
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Viking Union Building – Multipurpose Room

Prof. Melanie Sanford, University of Michigan
Prof. Phil Baran, The Scripps Research Institute
Prof. David Nicewicz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

October 11, 2014
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Viking Union Building – Multipurpose Room

October 11, 2014
6:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Viking Union Building – Multipurpose Room

The symposium, sponsored by these ACS sections, and hosted by the Puget Sound Section and Western Washington University, is free and open to the public (no registration required). The Award Banquet requires semi-formal/business-informal attire, registration and the purchase of a banquet ticket. The deadline for registration is October 3, 2014.

Non-student banquet tickets are $30 each.
Student banquet tickets are $15 each. The first 50 student banquet tickets are $5 each!

The link to registration is HERE.

Award Chair

Dr. David L. Patrick
Dept. of Chemistry
Western Washington University

Symposium Chairs

Dr. John D. Gilbertson
Dept. of Chemistry
Western Washington University

Dr. David A. Rider
Dept. of Chemistry
Western Washington University

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation invites you to submit an application for a 2015 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award.

Your institution may submit one application for an award.  Applications are due December 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is pleased to announce the Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award. This award program is intended to support postdoctoral scholars with the highest potential for success in an independent academic career in chemistry and the life sciences, and to assist in their transition from “mentored yet independent” postdoctoral to an independent, tenure-track position. Nearly all successful academic careers in science at present begin with a postdoctoral period of additional training and development prior to the first tenure tract appointment. These individuals are expected to become the next generation of leaders and innovators in science, engineering, and technology.

Fellows will be appointed for two years, and may begin as early as August of their application year, and no later than December 31.  The award amount will range from $57,000 – $67,000 based on research experience with 75% of the award going towards the stipend, which may be supplemented from other sources, and 25% used towards research expenditures.

The Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award is a merit based program; issue of gender, race and financial need should not be considered contributing factors in the application review process or in the selection of the postdoctoral candidate.

Before submitting an application, invited institutions must identify a postdoctoral candidate, and an individual who will serve as a mentor in the supervising, training and research experience of the Fellow. The mentor should be an active investigator in the area of the candidate’s proposed research. The submitted application must be a collaborative effort between the institution, postdoctoral candidate and identified mentor.

At the time of application, the identified candidate for the postdoctoral fellowship award must be a United States Citizen or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for Permanent Residence.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation established by Dr. and Mrs. Beckman in 1977. The mission of the foundation is to make grants to non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science.

Please see the Program Overview &Submission Process at the proposal requirements. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact the Foundation at (949) 721-2222 or email the Program Administrator, at

Information regarding other programs supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is available on our Website at

Jacqueline Dorrance
Executive Director and CEO
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
100 Academy, Irvine, CA 92617
(949)721-2222  Phone
(949)721-2225  Fax

1.     Name

Rich G. Carter

2.     Area of study / position title

Organic Chemist, Professor and Chair of Chemistry

3.     Why chemistry? (What about it initially interested you, etc.)

I became a chemist because of my high school chemistry teacher – Dr. Larry Puckett. Dr. Puckett made chemistry relatable and fun. He would let us go into lab and do cool experiments – I remember getting to generate hydrogen gas into balloons and then light them on fire. I was 18 and fire and explosions were obviously something that kids my age like!

4.     Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties?

My research group works on synthesizing molecules that contain carbon atoms. Many of these molecules have important biological functions and are made by nature already, but nature makes them in very small amounts. We also work on developing new reactions which helps to make our syntheses more efficient. I have recently been able to use my organic chemistry skills to start a new company which has been an amazing experience.

5.     One thing that you truly love about your job?

Organic chemistry is the world’s greatest jigsaw puzzle. I love the challenge of trying to figure out how to put together a molecule by a series of reactions. I am also blessed to work with amazing students and colleagues.

6.     One interesting/strange factoid about yourself.

That is impossible to answer! I love to travel and try new things, big technology nut, lived in Japan for 5 months, ride my bike every day rain or shine and have a wonderful family.


Applications for PCOSW scholarships are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women, or PCOSW, provides funding to women faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development or research opportunities, as well as individuals conducting research related to women’s issues. Scholarships range from $500 to $1000 and are awarded during fall, winter, and spring terms; the deadline is Friday of Week 5 with notification in Week 7. Information:

OSU is celebrating National Postdoc Appreciation Week with the third annual Postdoc Research Symposium on Oct. 9.  There will be a wine/appetizer/poster session in MU 49 (Horizon Conference Room – the old bookstore) from 5 to 7 p.m. Provost Sabah Randhawa will be speaking shortly after 5 p.m. For more information about the OSU Postdocs Association, see

The In Case of Crisis – Education OSU Emergency Plan is a new mobile app available for free in the App Store and Google play.  You can also download it here.  The app is intended for anyone who frequents OSU campuses.  The app places emergency response information at your fingertips for emergencies that could occur at OSU.  There is also a Contact List of phone numbers of commonly sought emergency services.

The OSU Foundation is calling for concept papers that have the potential to meet the funding interests of the W.M. Keck Foundation. which seeks to support outstanding basic research in science, engineering and medicine that will have a significant impact in solving complex issues and problems and  also strives to fund endeavors that are distinctive and novel in their approach. Guidelines: Information: Martha Coleman, Director of Principal Gifts for Foundation Relations, OSU Foundation, or Mary Phillips, Director, Office for Research Development, Deadline: Nov. 19.

The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking research project proposals from OSU faculty for the 2015 URSA-ENGAGE Program, which will provide freshman, sophomore and transfer student researchers (in their first year at OSU) under faculty guidance with stipends of up $1,500 for the winter, spring and fall terms of 2015. The Faculty Research Project Proposal Application Deadline is Oct. 29, available here: For more information, contact Kevin Ahern at

Good morning –

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new Dissertation Fellowship program!

We will award two Dissertation Fellowships of  $10,000 each to active members who are completing dissertations. The fellowship supports students in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study. Awards are for 12 months of dissertation writing. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the application deadline, including approval of the dissertation proposal.  Applications will be accepted October 1, 2014 – November 30, 2014.

For more information please visit

Thank you and have a great day!