Dear Colleague:

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 four 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 Tuesday, March 1, 2016, midnight Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

***Awards will be announced on or before January 2017.

Proposals should be submitted via the online application system at

Please circulate this email to your colleagues.

If you have questions, please e-mail

To learn more about the Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences program and past recipients, please visit:


Shirley M. Malcom,
Director, EHR, AAAS


Yolanda L. Comedy,
Director, Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity

A growing number of OSU faculty are redesigning classroom courses as hybrids, which combine significant online learning activity with a reduced amount of on-campus “seat time.”  This webinar will demonstrate effective methods for designing and teaching a hybrid course, as well as reasons that you might consider a blended approach. Questions? Contact Cub Kahn. Tuesday Feb. 2, from 11-11:50 a.m. Register here:

Postdoctoral Fellow Position: Organic/Analytical Chemistry

Professor Charles L. Liotta of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Professor Ram Krishnamurthy of The Scripps Research Institute are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to begin work in 2016.  Research will be primarily conducted at Georgia Tech within the Center for Chemical Evolution (CCE), a Phase II NSF-NASA Center for Chemical Innovations, which has participants at 9 institutions across the US. The CCE research projects are focused on understanding the emergence of functional biopolymers from plausible prebiotic precursors. The ideal candidate would have a PhD in organic chemistry with experience in synthesis, physical-organic chemistry and analytical characterization methods. The research will primarily focus on plausible origins of various proto-biopolymers.  In addition, significant emphasis will be placed on training and mentoring, outreach and innovation/tech transfer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please email a cover letter describing your research interests, a CV, and a list of three references to Prof. Liotta ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and requires compliance with Immigration Control Reform Act of 1986.


Postdoctoral Fellow Position: Aerosol Chemistry

Professor Nga Lee (Sally) Ng and Professor Charles Liotta of the Georgia Institute of Technology are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to begin work in Spring 2016. The position will focus on the origin of lipids with an emphasis on the role of particle-phase chemistry in atmospheric aerosols. The candidate will have the opportunity to perform laboratory chamber experiments


This position is within the Center for Chemical Evolution, a Phase II NSF-NASA Center for Chemical Innovation, which has participants at 9 institutions across the US. The CCE research projects at Georgia Tech are focused on understanding the emergence of functional biopolymers from plausible prebiotic precursors.

Applicants should hold a Ph. D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Organic/Physical Chemistry, Environmental Sciences/Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, or a related field. Knowledge and experience in operating advanced aerosol instrumentation (e.g., high resolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer) and conducting chamber experiments are preferred. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please email a cover letter describing your research interests, a CV, and a list of three references to Prof. Ng ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and requires compliance with Immigration Control Reform Act of 1986.

The School of Public Policy is proud to once again offer undergraduate and graduate students a unique affordable opportunity to internationalize their OSU experience.

Canada is a safe and affordable international destination that presents a distinctive globalized culture, economy, political system, health care model, educational system, and international relations, when compared to the United States. This short-term study abroad program is supplemented by a four credit spring term pre-departure course.  In the summer term June 13 – 24, 2016 , students will leave Oregon and drive north in order to participate in an eleven day faculty led excursion to Victoria and Vancouver, Canada.

While in Canada, students will experience an action learning model of pedagogy which will include mini-field trips throughout the city and surrounding areas, parliamentary tours, museum and art gallery visits, environmental excursions, conversations with local people and formal lectures from Canadian academic experts. Students will have time to explore various aspects of Canadian culture in Victoria and Vancouver on their own in the evenings.

Attached is a flyer and a brochure describing the experience, the application process and it also lists a web site interested individuals can visit for more information. I would really appreciate it if you can forward this information to the students you advise.

Both courses will be taught by Professors Dwaine Plaza and Lauren Plaza from the School of Public Policy. The cost for the summer class is approximately: $3,375 for undergraduate students. This price includes ALL of the following: 6 credits of tuition, transportation, food, accommodation and admissions to museums and other sites. Students from all academic disciplines are eligible to join this study abroad trip to Canada. Financial Aid can be used to pay for this class. In state tuition rates apply to everyone for the summer class.

Lisa, we would really like to include E-Campus students on this trip. We had one E-campus student participate in the class last year. The E-Campus students took the spring class via ADOBE connect and then joined us physically for the eleven days.

Application Deadline: February 20, 2016
Application Web site:
2015 Class Website:

For more information contact: | Dwaine Plaza 541 737-5369

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In this week’s Focus on Ecampus, we bring you Mr. Brendan Freeman: actor, musician, and aspiring physician from New England.

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

Brendan Freeman photo.jpgI am 22 years old and currently live in central Massachusetts. I have recently completed my undergraduate education in May of this year and will be matriculating to medical school in the fall! Entering college, I was not sure which career path I wanted to pursue. I remember I had taken a Human Anatomy and Physiology class in high school where I discovered I had a clear interest for science as it related to humans. It is amazing to me that all these structures and mechanisms in our body that we take for granted–like flexing a muscle–evolved over thousands of years to make us who we are today. This passion led me to pursue a degree in biology in college. Additionally, I had done a lot of acting throughout high school, and so I supplemented my biology major with a minor in theatre. Through this, I had the opportunity to learn about humans in a really unique way–from both a scientific and an artistic perspective. When I began discerning potential careers that combined these interests, medicine was one of the first to really jump out at me. Over the course of my college career and through various clinical exposures, my love for medicine grew and eventually inspired me to become a physician.

How did you find out about our online Organic sequence? Any advice for us that would have made that process easier for you?

One of the courses I struggled with when pursuing my undergraduate degree was Organic Chemistry. As I was in the process of applying to medical school, I began looking for courses that I could take that would strengthen my medical school application and further prepare me for its rigors. Since I am currently working full-time as a medical scribe, I knew that taking a course online would provide me the most flexibility. A google search revealed several viable options, but I wanted to make sure that I was going to be instructed by the best professor I could find. The reviews I read regarding Dr. Myles’ Organic Chemistry class were stellar and immediately swayed me to take the online Organic sequence from Oregon State University.

I don’t really have any advice! The process was straightforward and I was able to get guidance from actual faculty working on campus when I had any questions.

What did you like most, or least, about your online experience in CH 331?

Hands-down, the best part about this course was the instructor Dr. Myles. Not only does he make some difficulty class material understandable, but he is also very engaging, humorous, and clear with his expectations of students. I never found myself wondering what I was supposed to know or how topics would be presented on exams–these were all clearly laid out to the students. He provided much needed guidance through a large amount of challenging material while having some fun along the way.

Another great aspect about the online experience was the recorded lectures. These allow students the ability to watch lectures on x2 speed if they really understand a topic, pause to work through related problems, and even rewind to review concepts that were difficult to understand. The lectures were also a great study tool to have on hand because they allowed you to review the material as it pertained to the class as many times as you like. At the same time, this technology has is limitations as well. I never got to see what Dr. Myles actually looked like. This also meant that if ever he was physically demonstrating something to the class, we had to rely on his verbal description, which may be difficult if you are a visual learner like me. This also meant that if Dr. Myles was physically directing the attention of the class to a specific part of the PowerPoint or of a molecule, we could not see this either. Hearing questions from the class in the recordings was also a challenge because the students are not mic’d.

Do you have any advice for other online students?

  1. Get involved with the Canvas discussions as much as possible. The more you feel like you a part of this class, the more likely you are to keep up with the material. Set realistic goals for yourself to attain weekly so that you keep up with the material. The content covered in organic chemistry is not that difficult, it just builds on itself and you are required to learn an immense amount of material. This is why it is so crucial to keep up with the material.
  2. If you find lectures are moving too slow for your taste, definitely consider increasing the speed at which the video plays to x1.5 or x2 speed.
  3. Print out any worksheets or worked examples provided to you. The more often you get the material out of the computer and into your hands, the more you will understand the material.
  4. Always ask questions!

What do you like to do in your spare time (or perhaps to relieve school stress)?

I love to improvise on the piano. I find this to be a great stress reliever as well because you do not need to have any expectations when you sit down on the piano bench. Whatever emotions I am feeling at the time can come out in the music I create on the spot. Additionally, I love to sing, act, read, hike, and play video games.

Note: The photo is me playing “Father Jack” in a play titled Dancing at Lughnasa. No, I’m not typically bald. The director actually had me shave my head to age me and make it look like I was balding!

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

I have 3 brothers who are working in or interested in a wide variety of fields ranging from law enforcement to English. They all love to sing and each plays a different musical instrument. My whole family is very loving and supporting and we should probably have our own reality television show for how ridiculous we are when together.

Start early to get your nomination packets in by the March 25th  deadline!

Do you know a Classified Staff or Professional Faculty member who goes above and beyond the call of duty?  If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website below for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee for this award.  Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources no later than March 25, 2016.


For clarification or questions regarding these materials, please contact Tracey Yee at 541-737-5426; or by email:

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Oregon State University is proud to partner with the University of Oregon to host the 2016 Diversity Career Symposium. DCS is a day-long career development event for students who identify with communities who are traditionally underrepresented on campus and in professional settings. Throughout the day, students, alumni and employers will engage in professional development workshops, hear from inspiring speakers and connect with each other through several networking opportunities. More than 70 employers such as Intel, adidas, Providence Health and Services, Portland General Electric, Wieden+Kennedy, Peace Corps., Wells Fargo, Central Intelligence Agency and Apple, Inc. are participating.

The Diversity Career Symposium is free for all students, and transportation from Corvallis will be provided. We ask that you please encourage students to register and attend. Attached for your convenience is a PowerPoint slide that you can display in class or share with your students.

Event details:
Friday, Jan. 29
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lunch is provided

Salem Convention Center
200 Commercial Street SE, Salem

More information and registration is available at If you have questions, please contact or

Job Title:  Cerakote Coatings Specialist

Classification:  Non-Exempt

REPORTS TO:  Senior Research Chemist/QC Lead

Location:  NIC Industries, Inc., White City, OR.

Company Information:

General Summary:

In conformance with established NIC policies and procedures perform the primary and secondary job functions as listed. The primary duties of this position may be changed and or modified as a result of product developments or competitive technologies that affect the short-term and long-term technology plans and product strategy of NIC.

The Cerakote R&D Technologist assists and performs R&D functions as directed by the Sr. Research Chemist to support any and all R&D operations.

Essential Job Functions:  (Applicant/Employee must have the ability to perform essential job functions with or without accommodations.)

  1. Formulate, make, spray and evaluate by standard or non-standard test methods, any developmental or R&D coating.
  2. Conduct laboratory testing and qualitative analysis of R&D and development coatings.
  3. Collaborate with R&D Lead in the improvement of existing products and assist in the development of new products.


  1. Perform all necessary experiments in the laboratory to demonstrate “proof of concept” and optimize existing product improvements and new product formulations.


  1. Report findings to R&D Lead and ensure clear and concise communication.
  1.   Provide customer technical service for sales, marketing, and management.


  1.  Work with training to resolve any coating application problems.
  2. Maintain product development laboratory and chemicals inventory.
  3. Maintain and create R&D records, reports and documentation necessary to support and track coating development including standard test results such as Adhesion, Abrasion, CoF, Mandrel Bend, Salt Spray, Exhaust Simulator, Gouge, Scratch, MEK Rubs, Chemical Resistance, Stain Resistance, Viscosity, Density, Thermal Emissivity, Furnace Testing, QUV, etc
  4. Create work instructions and standard operating procedures as needed.
  1. Maintain and document experimental formulation panels etc.
  1. As appropriate, answer technical inquires for Sales, Marketing, Management, Training and Production.
  2. Continue to develop knowledge of coating materials and production fundamentals in order to answer technical questions for sales, marketing, management, training, production.
  3. Perform all tasks safely, observing all health, safety and environmental procedures. Maintain a clean, organized work environment and a safe laboratory environment.
  4. Otherwise support any/all R&D functions of Cerakote.

Secondary Job Functions:  (Applicant/Employee must have the ability to perform essential job functions with or without accommodations.)

  1. Support Cerakote R&D efforts to create new concepts in coating technology that could be applied to NIC’s product lines.
  1. As required work with NIC Management to identify new opportunities and to extend the market for existing NIC technology by providing expertise in chemistry, materials science, and the chemistry of materials.

Additional Job Functions:

  1. Assist with special projects as requested.
  2. Provide weekly summary of activities and progress.

Skills and Abilities Required

  1. Working knowledge of chemistry and materials science.
  2. Exhibit good organization, time-management and problem-solving skills.
  3. Able to wear required safety equipment and protective clothing as required by law and NIC policy.
  4. Able to work overtime as required.
  5. Ability to lead by example and create a positive work environment with high expectations for employee productivity.
  6. Ability to be successful and productive while working under time constraints.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Lifting 10 lb containers regularly.  Lifting up to 50 lb containers occasionally, boxes, or bags on occasion.
  2. Standing for 95-100% of the work day.
  3. Moving up to 55-gallon drums of material using a hand-truck.
  4. Ability to lift weight above head when required.



Deadline for Nominations: March 7, 2016
Information and Nomination Instructions:

To see a matrix of all scholarships/fellowships administered by the Graduate School, click here:  2016-2017 Scholarships and Fellowships
Fran Saveriano
Director of Graduate Student Financial Support and Recruitment
Oregon State University Graduate School