The 2018 Faculty and Staff Climate survey launched on May 7 with an invitation from President Ray with additional invitations from deans and division leaders. Check your e-mail to access the survey link. Copy and paste the links below to learn more about how employee input has been used to make a difference (video) and to access the Office of Institutional Diversity website for past reports. Video:  Reports:  

The program provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The current grant level is $300,000; $75,000 per year for a four-year period. For the 2019 award, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. The internal deadline for submitting a letter of recommendation for a nominee is June 1.  Click this LINK for additional information.

This is a call for concept papers for research projects in either science & engineering or medical research. Proposed projects should have the potential to meet the funding interests of the W.M. Keck Foundation. Interested faculty should email their concept paper to Elizabeth Ocampo, Foundation Relations coordinator at the OSU Foundation by May 29.

You are invited


Please join me at the upcoming State of the College event. I will share updates on the College of Science budget, research, enrollment, capital campaign planning and vision for the upcoming academic year. There will be a Q&A session after the presentation followed by a light reception. I look forward to seeing you.


RSVP by Tuesday, May 24th

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Cordley Hall 1109

4:00 – 4:40 p.m. State of the College presentation

4:40 – 5:00 p.m. Q&A session

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Reception with light hors d’oeuvres and libations

Basic MATLAB for Environmental Scientists and Engineers (2 credits)
CRN: 19062
Instructor:              David Hill
                                207 Owen Hall
                                Phone: (541) 737-4939
Class time:              T 9:00 – 10:50 am
                                241 Owen Hall
Class objectives: This course will provide an introduction to the numerical computing and graphics environment and programming language, MATLAB, and is intended for beginning graduate students in any science / engineering discipline.  The MATLAB desktop environment will be introduced and basic programming and data analysis skills will be developed, with an emphasis on writing optimized routines to analyze data sets utilizing matrix algebra and vectorization of functions.  Basic graphics and visualization will be covered, including two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphing, contouring and movies.  The course will emphasize hands-on computer lab experience during the lecture hours and out of class programming assignments.
Tentative Class Schedule (subject to revision based on student interest):
-Introduction – MATLAB desktop and environment
-Data types and arrays, strings, cells, structures
-m-files, functions, anonymous functions, for loops, while loops, if statements, errors, debugging,
-Debugging, profiling, good coding practices,
-File input / output; ascii, binary, etc.
-Lots and lots of pretty graphics
-Curve fitting and parameter estimation
-Solving differential equations, initial value problems, boundary value problems, PDEs
-Time series analysis, detrending, outlier detection, filtering
-NetCDF and GRADS file formats; accessing datasets.
As Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Portland State University (PSU), I am writing to request your assistance in identifying any graduates or affiliates of your department who may be interested in a full-time lecturer position in Organic Chemistry at PSU beginning September 2018.

We seek an exceptional educator who will contribute to the tradition of high-quality teaching in the Department. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with the Organic Chemistry faculty in the development of curriculum, teach one of the large enrollment sections of sophomore Organic Chemistry (125 – 400 students), coordinate and oversee the Organic Chemistry teaching laboratories and graduate student TAs, and manage the course workshops. Full details of the job responsibilities can be found  at
In addition to working with Chemistry faculty, the candidate will have an opportunity to interact with a growing cadre of discipline-based education researchers at PSU collaborating to support the campus STEM Initiative. Several major interdisciplinary grants are in place to provide an infrastructure to support this research, which contributes to a dynamic environment in which to work.

The position requires a Ph.D. in Chemistry and relevant teaching experience.  This is a non-tenure track, renewable 9-month appointment to begin in the Fall of 2018. Review of applications will begin June 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and arrange for three letters of recommendation. All materials should be submitted via Queries regarding the position may be addressed to:

Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Best regards,

Dirk Iwata-Reuyl
Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry
Portland State University

The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring the following financial and retirement workshops.    We look forward to seeing you there.


Social Security 101, presented by Social Security.

To Register visit the OSU Professional Development website (

[Tip: To find the workshop, use the Course Listing search = “Employee Benefits”]

May 30, 2018 Social Security 101 – Everything You Wanted to Know

* When are you eligible to receive retirement benefits?
* How does early retirement affect your benefits?
* Do you qualify for disability, survivors, and spouse benefits?
* How do you get the most from your benefit?
* What is the future of Social Security?
* When should you file for Medicare?
Learn how to use my Social Security online account and other online services.

Option: You can go to to create a my Social Security account and print out your Social Security Statement before attending the workshop.

Three Sessions:

10am to 11:15am

Noon to 1:15 pm

2pm to 3:15pm

Pre-retirement Panel Discussion on the Non-financial Aspects of Retirement, OSU Retirement Association.

To Register visit the OSU Professional Development website (

[Tip: To find the workshop, use the Course Listing search = “Employee Benefits”]

May 31, 2018


Retirement:  Pre-retirement Panel Discussion on the Non-financial Aspects of Retirement. Workshop presented by OSURA (Oregon State University Retirement Association).  For Faculty and Staff that are within 1-3 years of retirement.  Retirement is a major life transition and requires planning for other than just financial matters.  Discussion will explore these areas and illustrate some aspects of the physical, psychological, and social dimensions of retirement. Dr Karen Hooker will provide an introductory presentation followed by a panel of 4 retired faculty/staff from OSU. 3pm-5pm MU206
PERS Workshops: To Register visit the OSU Professional Development website (

[Tip: To find the workshop, use the Course Listing search = “Employee Benefits”]

Spring 2018

Throughout the State

PERS offers workshops throughout the State, to register for a workshop in your area please select the appropriate Workshop for your below:  

·       Tier 1 & Tier 2 members PERS Educational Workshops

·       OPSRP members PERS Educational Workshops


Or, visit the PERS website at: , In the RESOURSES – Education Sessions Section, select either Tier 1/2 or OPSRP. 

May 23, 2018



PERS:  Retirement Readiness for PERS Tier 1 & Tier 2 members (previously 1-Year to Retirement for Tier 1/2 Members). For PERS Tier 1 & 2 members that will be retiring in less than 3 years.  Topics will include the IAP, Online Member Services, retirement eligibility, calculating retirement benefit, review of benefit estimate and retirement options. 11am-1pm  MU 208
May 23, 2018


PERS:  All About OPSRP.  An overview of the PERS OPSRP pension program including membership, benefit, retirement eligibility, Online Member Services, OPSRP benefit estimates, retirement process, and the Individual Account Program (IAP).

This workshop is for PERS OPSRP members and employees currently serving their 6-month waiting period.  An OPSRP member is an employee that established membership in the PERS OPSRP pension program after August 2003. 

8:30am-10am MU 208
Financial Workshops, online.
For all employeespresented by Fidelity


Fidelity will be offering On-demand webinars on a variety of topics by the end of October. Workshops will be on the Fidelity’s Oregon Public Universities website.  Click on the tab titled  “Workshops” On-demand  
For all employeespresented by TIAA TIAA provides articles, tools, and videos to help you prepare for retirement.  Visit the TIAA Oregon Public Universities website On-demand  
TIAA:  1-to-1 Financial Consultations.  To Register, call 800.732.8353 or schedule online at
June 5, 6, 7, 2018 Visit TIAA at: for more information or call 800.732.8353 Varies MU105
FIDELITY:  1-to-1 Financial Consultations.  To Register, go to the Fidelity web site.
May 31, 2018

June 1, 6, 12, 2018

Visit the Fidelity website at: Varies Varies


Employee Benefits Workshop website:


If you have any questions, please contact Employee Benefits at 541.737.2805 or by email


Employee Benefits | Office of Human Resources |

Oregon State University | Direct: 541.737.2805 | Fax: 541.737.0553 |

Location:  204 Kerr Admin Bldg | Mailing: 122 Kerr Admin Bldg | Corvallis, OR 97331-2132 | Go Beavs!


Western States Group, my apologies for adding to your inbox if you are already gainfully employed or don’t know anyone looking for a teaching job!  Lane Community College is hiring a part-time chemistry instructor (or two) for next academic year.  If you know any graduate students or professional colleagues who may be interested please share the link with them.  Our initial first review of applications is next week but the pool will likely remain open longer.  Thank you.


We have five honors and awards for faculty and staff with a nomination deadline of 15 July 2018 (COB):
  1. Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award ($500)
  2. Milton Harris Award in Basic Research ($1000)
  3. F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science ($1500)
  4. Dean’s Early Career Achievement Award ($1000)
  5. College of Science Impact Award ($10,000)
Nomination guidelines are attached to this email. They can also be found here:
Please share these honors and award nominations with your departments. Faculty, staff or students may nominate eligible faculty.
Submit nominations to by 15 July 2018.