The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has generously agreed to host the 2016 Women in Science Annual Mixer!  The date is set for Wednesday, November 2 from 5:30PM – 8:00PM in OMSI’s fun and dynamic Turbine Hall.

Appetizers will be provided by Bon Appétit.  Drinks for purchase at the bar.  Turbine Hall exhibits will be open for exploration, and WIS will host networking games with prizes.

**The College of Science will cover the cost of attendance for all students (undergraduate and graduate) who belong to the College of Science.  Please email Lyn Riverstone ( to coordinate this.  In addition, if students wish to carpool, the College will reimburse mileage; also contact Lyn Riverstone. **

We are requesting that all attendees register in advance –

Registration fees for this year’s mixer – $10 for general admission, $5 for students and post-docs.  Please note there will be an additional, small processing fee charged by Eventbrite.

To promote our mission of enhancing networking and mentoring across career levels and career types, we are encouraging supporters of women in STEM fields of all career levels and types to join us on November 2!


Here are RFPs with upcoming deadlines:

Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research
Bridge Funding Program – Deadline November 10th
The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer is announcing funds for up to one Bridge Funding Award based on scientific merit. The purpose of Bridge Funding is to allow researchers to produce data needed to substantiate their proposal resubmission to federal funding agencies for a promising new research project. The Rivkin Center provides interim funding of up to $30,000 to researchers who have submitted an R01, R21, K08, K23, or K99 proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or an original proposal to the Department of Defense (DoD) pertaining to ovarian cancer and who have not received, but were close to, a fundable score. Investigator-initiated projects in all areas of ovarian cancer research are eligible. Special consideration will be given to research that has clinical applicability. Funds are for direct costs only; institutional overhead and indirect costs will not be included in the award.

Cancer Research Institute
Technology Impact Award – Deadline November 15th (LOI)
The Cancer Research Institute is proud to announce its Technology Impact Award, a new program designed to challenge the world’s leading scientists and out-of-the box thinkers to create a research plan and assemble a research team that will develop a new technology platform with the potential to transform the field of cancer immunotherapy.

The grant aims to support the development of highly innovative technologies that can ultimately be adopted by the research community at large and that will enable researchers to develop the next generation cancer immunotherapies that can be effective and personalized for each patient. Technologies may facilitate our understanding of the antigenic profile, cellular interplay, and mechanistic pathways within the tumor microenvironment that are essential for an effective anti-tumor response.

To that end, CRI is seeking letters of intent from single investigators for projects that address the technological barriers currently faced in the field of cancer immunotherapy. One grant of up to $1,000,000 is available, payable over a maximum of three years.

American Association for Cancer Research
Career Development Award for Pediatric Cancer Research – Deadline November 15th
The AACR-Aflac, Inc. Career Development Award for Pediatric Cancer Research represents a joint effort to encourage and support junior faculty to conduct pediatric cancer research and establish a successful career path in this field. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to pediatric cancer. Grant amount: $100,000.

Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award – Deadline November 22nd
The AACR Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award represents a joint effort to encourage and support tenure-eligible junior faculty. The research proposed for funding must focus on research in cancer etiology, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention and may be basic, translational, or clinical in nature.

The recipient of the 2017 AACR Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award is required to give a presentation of their research in a minisymposium at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018. (Travel support will be provided, separate from this grant, for the grant recipient to attend the 2018 meeting.) Grant amount: $75,000.

Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation-AACR Grant – Deadline December 13th
The Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation-AACR Grant represents a joint effort to promote and support innovative cancer research. This grant is available to independent junior and senior investigators to develop and study new ideas and innovative approaches that have direct application and relevance to neuroendocrine tumors. Proposed research may be in any discipline of basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological cancer research.

Applications are invited from researchers currently in the field as well as investigators with experience in other areas of cancer or biomedical research who have promising ideas and approaches that can be applied to neuroendocrine tumor research. Grant amount: $250,000.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Translational Research Grant – Deadline December 1st
The 2017 Translational Research Grant will fund high priority pancreatic cancer research that is poised for important translational next steps in order to help move discovery to application in patients. The grant provides $300,000 over two years for a translational research project that has as its endpoint the development of a pancreatic cancer assessment, prevention or treatment modality. For purposes of this grant, translational research is defined according to the framework conceived by the Translational Research Working Group, created under the auspices of the U.S. National Cancer Advisory Board.

To be eligible for a Translational Research Grant, the scientific validation of the proposed modality must already exist, and the project proposed for funding should represent a practical application of this knowledge. Fundamental discovery or basic science research projects are not eligible for funding through this grant mechanism.

The type of project that will qualify for funding will typically benefit from the inclusion of cross-disciplinary expertise. Therefore, applications can include one contact principal investigator (PI) or a contact PI and a co-PI. If there are two PIs, they should include a basic scientist and a clinician. It is anticipated that five 2017 Translational Research Grants will be awarded.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) hosts a 9-week summer internship that is designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students of rising senior status.  We would appreciate your help promoting the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) among students at Oregon State University.  I have attached an informational brochure that offers an overview of the program, including eligibility criteria, compensation, travel and housing, and how to apply.

Please encourage your students to visit the SURP website for more comprehensive information.

An online application for the 2017 SURP will be available via the SURP website in mid-November 2016.

The application deadline is midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Friday, January 13, 2017.  Letters of recommendation for up to two references are due by midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Friday, January 20, 2017.
The 2017 SURP will run from Monday, June 12 ??? Friday, August 11.
Other Biomedical Research Internships
I also wanted to share with you a resource that my colleagues and I developed, which is a catalog of biomedical research internships offered nationwide for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and first-year medical students.   Feel free to share this resource with faculty and students.

Thanks for your help promoting the SURP at the Fred Hutch and other internship opportunities nationwide!


Marilyn Drennan
Program Assistant,
Thompson Studies & Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
Phone: 206-667-4226



October 17, 2016


To:            University Employees

From:       Donna Chastain, Director and Interim Chief Human Resources Officer, Office of Human Resources

Subject:   Closures or Curtailment of Operations (including inclement weather or hazardous conditions)

If it becomes necessary for the University to close or curtail operations due to inclement weather or hazardous conditions, employees will be notified that they are not to report to work.  Information regarding closures or curtailments will be distributed in the following manner:

1.    The official time of closure will be posted on the University’s OSU Campus Alert website  Announcements of closures or curtailments will typically also be noted on the OSU home web page,, with a headline linking readers to the OSU Campus Alert home page.

2.    Information will also be posted online via the FlashAlert Newswire at  On the map, click on the Willamette Valley, then “Public Colleges & Universities,” and choose Oregon State University to see any current information or new announcements.

3.    The OSU Department of Public Safety/Oregon State Police Emergency Status Information Phone provides current information about weather alerts and closures as well as campus emergencies.  The recorded phone message will report the status of campus (open or closed) and information related to the emergency or closure situation.  You may access this information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by dialing 541-737-8000.

4.    In some cases, supervisors will call employees at home to inform them of closure or curtailment information.

5.    The University will ask that announcements be made on the following radio and television stations and, where appropriate, their websites:

Albany                                           Lebanon
KRKT – 990 AM/99.9 FM          KGAL – 1580 AM
KXPC – 103.7 FM

Corvallis                                         Salem
KBVR – 88.7 FM                           KBZY – 1490 AM
KFLY – 101.5 FM                         KYKN – 1430 AM
KLOO – 1340 AM/106.3 FM

Eugene                                          Portland
KPNW – 1120 AM                       KEX – 1190 AM
KUGN – 590 AM                          KOPB – 91.5
KEZI TV Channel                         KATU TV Channel 2
KMTR TV Channel 16                KGW TV Channel 8
KVAL TV Channel 13                  KOIN TV Channel 6

The University will make every effort to announce a closure or curtailment decision before the start of the work day. The information will be distributed or posted by 6:30 a.m. The official closure time will be posted to the announcement located at Unless otherwise informed, employees are to assume that the University is open and that they are to report to work.

As a reminder, only the President or his designee may close the University.  On-campus departments may not cease operations and send employees home due to inclement weather or hazardous conditions unless the President has closed the University.  Off-campus facilities should contact the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration to discuss the appropriateness of ceasing or curtailing operations at their location if they believe it is necessary.

Should you have questions, please contact Viki Dimick Jackson at: or by phone at: 541-737-0547.

Donna Chastain
Director & Interim CHRO | Office of Human Resources |
Oregon State University | Direct: 541.737.2806 | Fax: 541.737.0553 |
Location:  204 Kerr Admin Bldg | Mailing: 122 Kerr Admin Bldg | Corvallis, OR 97331-2132 | Go Beavs!

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to women faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development or conducting research, outreach, or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $500. Applications are due Friday, Oct. 28, with notification in Week 7.  Please visit for detailed guidelines and application links.