The third annual Portland American Chemical Society Undergraduate Poster Symposium and Career Fair will be held on Sunday, October 23, at the SRTC Building at Portland State University, from 4-7 PM.  We hope to have 40 or more undergraduates presenting posters about their summer research; there will be free pizza and pastries (and other food and drink).

There will be $150 first prizes and possibly $75 second prizes in each of seven divisions (Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, Physical, Biochemistry, Polymers, Materials).  Note that the chances of winning a prize are pretty high!

We anticipate that representatives of many local companies and graduate schools will be present; the schedule is designed to allow plenty of time for the students to leave their posters and interact with the recruiters and other students.

I am writing to seek your help in getting this information to every undergraduate attending a school in the Portland or Oregon ACS sections who did chemistry-related research during the summer of 2016.  No one knows this better than the faculty.  Please forward this to your colleagues, and through them (or directly) to appropriate students; in addition to those who did research on campus last summer, please try to remember those who did research somewhere else.  Company and national lab internships count, as long as the students are able to divulge their results, and researchers from other departments are also welcome, as long as there is some connection to chemistry.  The results need not be high impact—we understand that some projects do not work as expected, but one can still make good posters about them.

There is no selection process for this event—any student registering may present.  Full information, including registration instructions, can be found at the following web site:  However, we do not want a bunch of no-shows—registration should constitute a good-faith commitment to attend and present.

Deadline for registration is October 11.  We need some lead time to prepare the booklet.  To encourage early submission, there will be a $10 prize for the first 5 students who register!

Dave Reingold


Mark Your Calendar
The Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) Department of Chemistry and American Chemical Society (ACS) Puget Sound Section are honored to host the 2016 Linus Pauling Medal Award Symposium on Saturday, November 12, 2016.Awardee

This year, the Linus Pauling Medal will be awarded to Dr. Timothy Swager, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


The symposium celebrating Dr. Swager’s achievements is entitled From Valence Bonds to Valence Bands. It will feature three eminent scholars in the fields of organic electronics and materials chemistry: Dr. Colin Nuckolls (Columbia University), Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL (Boston University), andDr. William Dichtel (Northwestern University).

Reception/Poster Session & Award Banquet

Attendees will then be welcomed to join our honored guests at a reception and student poster session. The night will be capped with a banquet ($35 tickets, $20 for students), the Linus Pauling Medal Award ceremony, and a talk by Prof. Swager.


The Symposium and Reception/Poster Session is free and open to all! Details about purchasing Banquet tickets and payment via PayPal are included on the same registration form. Click the button below for details.
We hope to see you here in Tacoma!
Dr. Neal A. Yakelis, Symposium Co-Chair & Chair of Chemistry –
Dr. Dean Waldow, Symposium Co-Chair –
Dr. Sheri Tonn, ACS Puget Sound Section Chair –

Co-sponsored by the ACS Puget Sound, Portland, and Oregon Sections; the PLU Division of Natural Sciences, and PLU Office of the Provost.
Here are two RFPs with upcoming deadlines. Please forward as appropriate. If anyone wishes to apply, please have them let me know. Thank you.
American Association for Cancer Research
Basic Cancer Research Fellowships – Deadline October 11th (LOI)
The AACR Basic Cancer Research Fellowships are open to postdoctoral and clinical research fellows working at an academic, medical, or research institution who have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency within the past three years at the start of the grant term. The research proposed for funding may be in any area of basic cancer research.
The fellowships provide one-year grants of $50,000-$55,000 to support the salary and benefits of the Fellow while working on a mentored basic cancer research project.
Pathway to Leadership Grant – Deadline November 15th
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Pathway to Leadership Grant represents a joint effort to ensure the future leadership of pancreatic cancer research by supporting outstanding early career investigators beginning in their postdoctoral research positions and continuing through their successful transition to independence. Applicants must hold a full-time, mentored research position, have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency within the past five years, and not already have a full-time faculty position.
The grant provides up to five years of support, for a total of $600,000, consisting of two phases. The initial Mentored Phase is expected to last up to two years, during which time the recipient will receive $75,000 per year while working closely with a mentor(s) to develop a strong research project. During the subsequent three years, the recipient is expected to be in an independent research position and will be funded at $150,000 per year.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) have joined together to award two Fellowships to support research projects that are directly relevant and applicable to pancreatic cancer and KRAS and that align with the RAS Initiative that is being spearheaded by FNLCR.
The KRAS Fellowship provides $100,000 in research funding over a two-year period. The grant term begins on July 1, 2017, and concludes on June 30, 2019. In addition to the research grant, Fellows are provided with $5,000 in travel support plus housing to visit FNLCR. During the grant term, Fellows are given guest researcher status at FNLCR and are trained and granted access to onsite technology to support their funded research. They also receive support from the RAS Initiative team in planning experimental approaches for their funded project, mentorship from the RAS Initiative leadership and opportunities to participate in scientific lab meetings and workshops and to forge collaborations with other RAS researchers. Fellows also attend the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Annual Scientific Meeting (scheduled for August 17-20, 2017, and dates to be determined in 2018 and 2019). This meeting brings together grant recipients and members of the organization’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Board for research feedback, knowledge exchange, mentorship and collaboration. Support for travel to the annual meeting is provided separate from the Fellowship grant.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
2017 Innovation Grant – Deadline November 1st (LOI)
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is committed to creating opportunities for new and innovative research into treatments and cures for childhood cancers. Innovation grants are designed as seed funding for researchers with a novel approach to pediatric oncology scientific investigation. This may represent a change in research direction and/or an innovative new idea that moves away from an investigator’s prior research but for which a strong case is made for the potential impact on childhood cancers. Innovation Grants will support research proposals to be carried out by investigators who are already established, have a track record of peer-reviewed publications and evidence of successfully competing for extramural funding. The grant is for two years up to $125,000 per year for direct costs only. A no-cost extension is permitted if progress is demonstrated and budget properly justified.
Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer
Founded in 1996, the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research provides funding for multiple efforts, including funding for innovative research pilot studies, up-and-coming investigators interested in a career in ovarian cancer research, and the production of nationally and internationally attended research symposia.
Through the center’s Pilot Study Program, approximately ten grants of $75,000 each will be awarded in support of investigator-initiated projects in all areas of ovarian cancer research. Projects designed to analyze data from already funded clinical trials also will be considered. Priority will be given to proposals that are innovative, multidisciplinary, likely to lead to the submission of grant applications for independently funded investigations, and have translational research potential. Investigators at all levels are encouraged to apply.
Through the Scientific Scholar Awards program, the center will award three grants of up $60,000 to promising laboratory and clinical scientists pursuing a career as an independent investigator in ovarian cancer research. Funds are for direct costs only; institutional overhead and indirect costs will not be included in the award.
Eligible applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree and career goals focused on ovarian cancer. Clinicians will have completed their residency. Applicants should be at the post-doc/fellow, instructor, research assistant, or assistant professor level, with no more than three to four years in any of these positions.
THE GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, SCHOOL OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRYseeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in the development of any aspect of chemistry or biochemistry related to feedstocks from renewable and sustainable sources. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, functional biomaterials, catalysis, energy harvesting and storage, efficient syntheses and processes, and plant bioengineering and synthetic biology.Opportunities for significant interaction with and support from the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech ( will be available. Candidates with interdisciplinary research programs may be considered for joint appointments with other campus units.
Exceptional candidates at all levels are encouraged to apply. Assistant Professor candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of research plans, description of teaching interests and philosophy, and arrange for the submission of three letters of recommendation. Candidates at advanced levels should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references. All materials and requests for information should be submitted electronically, as per the instructions found at:

The application deadline is November 15, 2016, with application review continuing until the position is filled. Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution.