Tuesday, November 3rd
Debra Rolison
US Naval Research Laboratory
LPSC 402 4pm
Controlling rates within electrochemical environments through architectural design on the nanoscale

Wednesday, November 4th
Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
Karen Wooley
Texas A&M University
Learning Innovation Center (LInC) 200 5pm
Advanced Applications for Sophisticated Nanoscopic Devices

Thursday, November 5th
Chemistry Undergraduate Research & Professional Empowerment Poster Session
Linus Pauling Science Center Student Street 3pm

Thursday, November 5th
Karen Wooley
Texas A&M University
LPSC 402 5pm
Polymers: A Special Emphasis Toward (Degradable) Materials for Orthopedic, Drug Delivery and Other Applications

Friday, November 6, 2015
Chong Fang
Promotion and Tenure Seminar
LPSC 402 4pm
Capturing Molecular Movies for Functionality with Tunable Femtosecond Raman Spectroscopy

The Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (OHESC) began in 2008 as the Oregon University System Sustainability Conference.  OHESC 2016 will be at Lane Community College Feb. 4 and 5.  For those who love great content but don’t like huge conferences, or don’t have a huge conference budget, this is the event for you!  Proposals for posters, panel discussions, workshops, case studies and networking meetings are due Nov.6.

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Winter term 2016 and/or Spring term 2016. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the university. NOTE: the program description and application have been revised http://research.oregonstate.edu/incentive/undergraduate-research-innovation-scholarship-creativity-urisc.  Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov 2.

Greetings from UC Berkeley!

The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (E3S REU) for is accepting applications for summer internship positions. Please share this opportunity with your students. Also, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions.

Please Post Widely – More program details and the online application at: http://www.e3s-center.org/E3SREU2016.htm

Kind Regards,

The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S) is accepting applications for summer internship positions at UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, Florida International University, and University of Texas at El Paso.

2016 E3S Summer Research Internship
Date: June 5-August 6, 2016
Locations: UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, Florida International University, and University of Texas at El Paso
Application Deadline: January 29, 2016

What is the E3S Summer Research Program? A 9-week program that introduces energy efficient electronics science to undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in science and engineering. Summer interns have the opportunity to join E3S researchers working in a collaborative and innovative environment to make fundamental breakthroughs in the underlying physics, chemistry, and material science of electronics systems. Learn more at: www.e3s-center.org/research/

Internship Overview
Real-world experience: Work on challenging projects developing materials and devices for ultra-low energy electronics
Summer salary: $4,000 stipend
Live and work in Boston, El Paso, Miami, or the San Francisco Bay Area: Travel to/from institution, and summer housing provided
Mentorship: Work one-on-one with research mentor and program staff
Professional development: Graduate school preparation seminars, GRE prep course, guest speakers, and lab tours
US citizen or permanent resident
Rising sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors
Engineering and physical science majors
Minimum GPA: 3.25
E3S Commitment to Diversity: E3S is committed to broadening participation in science and engineering. We strongly encourage students from historically under-represented groups in science and engineering to apply to our internship program, including students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, or have limited access to undergraduate research in their undergraduate constitutions.  Our program is designed to promote future student success by providing support through mentoring, leadership training and various networking activities.

For additional information, join us for our upcoming online webinar to learn more about the application process. We will have online info sessions on December 2, January 19, and January 25.  Use this time to hear more about E3S REU and ask any questions you may have about the application.  RSVP online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016E3SInfoSession

Questions: Contact Lea Marlor at e3sprograms@e3s-center.org or 510-664-4882
Lea Marlor
Education Manager| Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S) University of California, Berkeley
562 Sutardja Dai Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1764
Office:  510-664-4882
E-mail: lkmarlor@berkeley.edu

Please join us for a workshop, hosted by the Center for Open Science and the OSU Libraries Center for Digital Scholarship and Services, to learn easy, practical steps researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. Using example studies and hands-on activities, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish.

These workshops are aimed at graduate students, post-docs, and faculty, across disciplines, who are engaged in quantitative research. The workshops do not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices into their current research workflows.

Topics we will cover include:
Project documentation
Version control
Pre-analysis plans
Open source tools like the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Framework to easily implement these concepts in a scientific workflow
Speaker: Courtney Soderberg
Courtney is the Statistical and Methodological Consultant at the Center for Open Science. She leads their training programs for reproducible research methods. She has a Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from UC Davis.

Please RSVP as space is limited:
Workshop 1 focus: Laboratory-Based Research
November 16, 9:00-Noon, Willamette Classrooms, The Valley Library
RSVP: http://bit.ly/COSatOSU1

Workshop 2 focus: Natural Sciences/Field Research
November 17, 9:00-Noon, Willamette Classrooms, The Valley Library
RSVP:  http://bit.ly/COSatOSU-2

Attendees will need to bring their own laptop in order to fully participate.

This month, Jeremy Kiene shares his story of how he decided to change his career from Renaissance Literature to Veterinary Medicine, and his experience with OSU Ecampus Chemistry along the way.


How did you find our chemistry program?  Any advice for us that would have made that process easier for you?

To be honest, I found out about OSU’s online chemistry program through a late-night Google search, conducted in a moment of despair when I was worried I’d never be able to get into a college chemistry course without taking on a mountain of debt by applying for admission into a second four-year bachelor’s degree program. The descriptions of the courses on the program website immediately piqued my interest, and I think I applied for admission for the fall quarter’s CH 121 the next day. Navigating the program’s stylishly designed and very informative website was no problem, and once I’d been admitted, I found OSU’s online student services equally user-friendly.


Please share your background so we can get to know you better—how did you end up where you are on this journey?

I grew up in Colorado and now live in Southern California. In what now feels like a former life even though it wasn’t that long ago, I earned a Ph.D. in English, and for several years I taught Renaissance literature, first at a small liberal arts college on the East Coast and then at large research university on the West Coast. But a life-long love of animals, combined with volunteer experiences starting in graduate school and some serendipitous meetings with some really smart and inspiring people led me to a different calling. Now I am preparing to attend a DVM program in hopes of becoming a veterinarian.


What inspired you to choose the career path you are working towards?

I’ve always been fascinated by the natural sciences, and I’ve always loved animals of all kinds (not just my own pets, but just about any kind of wildlife you could mention), but it wasn’t until I’d already gone down a very different path and had success in a very different career that I came around to thinking seriously about veterinary medicine. I studied English literature in graduate school, but during that time I also started volunteering at an animal shelter regularly. It was a joy spending time with all the dogs and cats waiting for their permanent homes, but I also saw more than my share of animal suffering and human ignorance and cruelty that made me wish I could do something more direct, more tangible, more profound in the service of animals and their people. Fast-forward to three years ago when I met a veterinary oncologist who had herself come to veterinary medicine following a successful career in another field. She is now a mentor and dear friend of mine, and her encouragement and example convinced me that with a lot of sacrifice and hard work, it might be possible to make the radical change in my professional and personal life that I’ve since undertaken.


How will your OSU online classes help you to accomplish your career goals?

Since I’m not seeking a second bachelor’s degree, I’ve been in the process of cobbling together veterinary prerequisite courses in the sciences from several institutions, and due to extremely high student demand (and my place at the end of the registration queue as a non-degree seeking student), it’s often been a challenge to get a seat in courses offered at local colleges and universities (even the one where I was until recently employed as a faculty member!). This is what initially brought me to Oregon State’s online general chemistry sequence. When I discovered OSU’s program, it meant that I could complete my chemistry prerequisites on a schedule that worked for me, at a reasonable tuition rate, with faculty at a top-notch research university (added bonus: OSU has a vet school, so with any luck this is just the beginning of my association with Beaver Nation!). Being in the general chemistry sequence really was a highlight of my time in higher education. Reflecting back on the experience, I am still astonished at how much I learned, how much my confidence grew, and most of all at how much I came to adore a subject that, I’ll admit, terrified me back when I was first exposed to it in high school.  Even better, I get to use what I’ve learned every day at work when I’m mixing medications and calculating fluid rates for my animal patients!


Do you have any advice for other online students?

Be disciplined. Make a schedule and stick to it, and plan on putting in some work on your online courses every day. When your physical presence in a lecture hall or seminar room isn’t required at particular times during the week, it can be tempting to take days off here and there, but success in chemistry is all about practice and repetition. Most importantly, don’t hesitate to ask questions and seek out extra help. When I first enrolled in OSU’s online general chemistry sequence, I was worried that I’d get lost in the shuffle of a large lecture course, with the online format presenting an additional challenge since I’d miss out on direct interaction with faculty and classmates to help solidify my knowledge base. These fears were unfounded, however, as the online discussion forums offered plenty of opportunities to seek clarification and test out my understanding.   For the sequence I took last year, Dr. Marita Barth and her staff of teaching assistants were wonderful—they were excited about the subject matter, eager to share their expertise, and amazingly quick, thorough, and helpful in their responses to my questions. It was plain to me throughout the sequence that their number one priority was putting their students in the best possible position to reach their goals.


What is next for you?

I just finished applying to veterinary programs for the first time this fall, so hopefully vet school is next. But I’ve got my work cut out for me, that’s for sure! I’m employed as a technician at an animal hospital, and when I’m not there I am doing my best to finish my outstanding prerequisites (including, I hope, OSU’s online organic chemistry sequence starting this winter!) before fall 2016 rolls around.


What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I love traveling and being outdoors (hiking, camping, and photographing landscapes and wildlife), going to art and history museums, tasting beer at microbreweries, watching just about any sporting event (soccer, hockey, and football are my favorites), watching movies, and reading poetry, sci-fi novels, and non-fiction.


Do you have a family you would like to tell us about?

I live with my brilliant and patient wife (she is also an English professor—we met in graduate school) and our two dogs (Homer and Winnie) and four cats (Walt, Quinn, Brey, and Blaze). We regularly foster for a rescue organization that pulls dogs from high-kill municipal shelters, so more often than not there’s a third dog in the rotation. It’s a full house, but we take pride in keeping things clean and orderly…or at least trying!


Thank you Jeremy for sharing your story! We wish you luck with your future endeavors, educational and otherwise!

Slide1The 2015 National Chemistry Week theme is “Chemistry Colors Our World”.  The American Chemical Society is celebrating Chemistry Week to increase awareness for Chemistry.  Dr. Mas Subramanian’s research focuses on colorful materials, so he made a graphic featuring his pigment to help the NSF promote Chemistry.

More information regarding the American Chemical Society, the National Science Foundation, National Chemistry Week and Dr. Subramanian’s research can be found on their websites.

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Dean Evasius, Division Director, Division of Graduate Education, NSF
(See his bio below)
This talk will engage students and faculty in a dialogue on graduate education initiatives at the National Science Foundation. I will provide a brief overview of some important NSF programs in graduate education, and reflect on some recent reports assessing the state of graduate education in the United States. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on graduate education, and how NSF can most effectively promote it.
When:  11-1150am, Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015
(World Statistics Day: Better Data, Better Lives)

Where:  Batcheller Hall room 150

[We will have a cake at 2pm in Kidder 128 with Dean to celebrate the World Statistics Day.


More information on Dean:

Prior to becoming the Division Director, he worked at Oak Ridge National Labs:

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities has named Dr. Dean Evasius as vice president and director of science education programs.
Dean Evasius
Dean Evasius
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In this role, Evasius will be responsible for providing leadership, oversight and direction for ORAU’s growing portfolio of science education programs. Supporting 330 federal laboratories and research centers, ORAU has 65 years of experience in science education. In 2011 alone, participation in ORAU-administered programs totaled 7,700, with participants representing every state in the nation.
“We are excited Dean is joining our team. His strong background in science education and program management will be instrumental as we continue to grow our myriad of science, technology, mathematics and engineering programs at ORAU,” said ORAU president and CEO Andy Page.
Evasius, who officially began his new responsibilities at the end of August, previously served as senior adviser for science for the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va. In that role, Evasius planned and managed budgets for the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities, coordinated the activities of multidisciplinary NSF working groups, and advised the assistant director on new investment areas.
Evasius also served as the program director for the Division of Mathematical Sciences at NSF for eight years, where he was responsible for managing a diverse grant portfolio for the division, engaging in a broad range of cross-cutting activities such as the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes, and managing collaborations with organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences and the National Security Agency. Prior to his work with the National Science Foundation, Evasius served as an applied research mathematician for the National Security Agency.

Evasius received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology after obtaining a B.S. in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles.