Originally printed in Campus Technology 11/13/14

By Michael Hart

Oregon State University (OSU) is collaborating with a private partenr on a graduate-level course designed to help the students teach their own online laboratory science classes.

In the class, now offered online twice a year, students — most of whom teach online lab science classes themselves — work with a number of content delivery modes that include but are not limited to virtual labs, lab packs, kitchen science, data mining and field work, evaluating for themselves how the different modes work for the courses they teach.

eScience Labs, a company that provides customizable lab kits for online lab science courses at the university level, supplies lab kits, a set of hands-on experiments and curricular materials for the OSU courses titled “Instruments and Online Interactions in the Sciences.” The lab kits can be customized so that the students in the course can use them in the courses they teach themselves.  Read more…

Name: May Nyman

Area of study / position title: Materials Inorganic Chemistry focused on aqueous inorganic clusters/Associate Professor

Why chemistry? (What about it initially interested you, etc.): My father was a naturalist and took us hiking to look at trees, birds, flowers, animals.  But I only cared about the rocks and the sparkly minerals that made up the rocks. We went to the Smithsonian many times and I only wanted to see the gem and mineral collection. This steered me towards geology as an undergrad.  Then I took mineralogy and learned how the arrangement of atoms in minerals control the shape, and how the periodic table controls the color and arrangement of the atoms; I was totally hooked on inorganic chemistry…not organic chemistry:  that was the trees, birds, flowers and animals!

Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties?:  Discovering new ways to make materials from water.  Some materials are simply to understand how molecules and atoms interact with each other in water, and some are help solve global energy and environmental issues.

One thing that you truly love about your job?: Top three things:  I love discovering new chemistry that totally surprises me, I love writing about it to share these discoveries with the scientific community and the world, I love working with young scientist in training, and colleagues from all over the world.

One interesting/strange factoid about yourself.: What really makes me happy and sometimes gets me through those rainy Oregon days is international traditional music and dance.  Now if only I can get the international scientists to dance with me, my circle would be complete.

Hello All-

We’ve been assigned our Joy Drive family!!  This year, we’ll be bringing holiday joy to a 5-year-old girl, a 2-year-old boy and a 3-month old girl.  We’re asking for your help to bring these kids a great Holiday season.  Please bring your donation to the main office (Gilbert 153) and put it in the giant beaker.  We will be shopping for gifts on Wednesday, so we need your donations no later than Tuesday, December 2, 2014.  Thank you all for your kindness and generosity in making these children’s holiday one to remember.

Name: Paula Christie

Area of Study / Position Title: Asst. to The Chair / Office Manager

Why Chemistry? (What about it initially interested you, etc): I joined the chemistry department in 2009, it was quite a culture shock compared to managing the Physics office.  After many years of working for both departments, it is good to call Chemistry my home.
Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties?: Duties include: Assist the Department Chair and manage the Chemistry office. 🙂

One thing you truly love about your job?: I love working with people that have a true passion for what they do.

One interesting / strange factoid about yourself: I grew up on a small farm in Crabtree Oregon (population ~300 ) we raised sheep, pigs, cattle, rabbit and had 15 farm cats at one time.


Originally published in Terra Magazine

By: Nick Houtman

October 15, 2014

Mas Subramanian didn’t expect to find a brilliant blue pigment when he was looking for new semiconductors. But the Milton Harris Chair Professor of Materials Science in the Oregon State University Department of Chemistry was shocked in 2009 when he saw a graduate student take a powder with a vibrant blue hue out of a laboratory furnace.

The student was worried. He thought it was a mistake.

“We were trying to find a material with novel magnetic properties for electronics applications, but it didn’t work. I didn’t think it would have a special color. I expected it to be brown or black,” says Subramanian, who grew up in Madras (now called Chennai), India, and received his Ph.D. at the Indian Institute of Technology. “But when I saw what he had, I knew this was something unusual.”

The new blue is stable and relatively non-toxic. Produced at temperatures in excess of 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit, it reflects infrared energy and may thus help to cool buildings and reduce air conditioning costs. And it can be “tuned,” says Subramanian, to produce a range of shades from sky blue to nearly black.  Read more…

See also: Mas Subramanian featured in ChemMatters

See also: Mas Subramanian featured in Scientific American

Dr. Staci Simonich is highlighted in the Winter issue of the OSU Research Office Terra publication for the 2014 Annual Report of Research,  for her research on air quality across the globe:


Please join me us congratulating Staci on this more than well deserved recognition for her scholarly accomplishments!

The Holiday season is fast approaching.  No better way to make someone’s day brighter, then by nominating one of your hard working employees or co-workers for the Association of Office Personnel monthly Merit Award.  It‘s not necessary for them to be a member of AOP, but they should be classified or professional faculty. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/aop/awards-recognition

How to Create a Great Hybrid Course: Hands-on workshop offered on Monday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Milam 215. All faculty are welcome to learn about best practices in blended learning, and to try out tools for redesigning an on-campus course as a hybrid course. Funding for hybrid course development will also be discussed. Registration is now available: http://bit.ly/1u2oLwI.