Please help us give a hearty welcome to MacKenzie Boyd, the Chemistry Departments new ECampus/Undergraduate Coordinator. They started working remotely in February because they are originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and needed to move cross country to join us here in the office. MacKenzie says they spent most of their life in Cincinnati, but also did a brief stint in Germany when they were a child. MacKenzie describes their family as, “the most awesome and amazing people.” Their parents are living in Ohio and both retired, so are spending all their time having adventures and enjoying life. They have a sister in New York City, that they are tempting to move to the West Coast, and two cats who moved out here with them. They’ve always wanted to work in an academic setting, and when they interviewed with the department, MacKenzie says everyone was very kind and welcoming. So, they took the position. Their job duties include, helping students with overrides, working with professors on miscellaneous projects, and being the main scheduler for the department. When asked what they liked most about their new position, MacKenzie responded, “The people! I get to work with some very funny, kind, and passionate folks.” As scary as a cross country move can be, MacKenzie is very happy with their decision to move to the West Coast. “Oregon has been an absolute dream. I love the weather, the towering trees and mountains, the beach, and the outdoorsy culture here.” Outside of work, MacKenzie is very outdoorsy. In Ohio, they volunteered with birds of prey (hawks, owls, vultures, and even a bald eagle named Eli). Although they haven’t found that outlet here as of yet, MacKenzie has many hobbies that they tend to switch between. Currently, they are learning to crochet. MacKenzie is also fascinated by bears, and bets they could teach you a thing or two about them. For example, did you know bear cubs purr when they’re happy, just like cats? They also said if they could have any superpower, it would be to speak with plants and animals. They’re pretty sure they and the cats would come up with some really funny inside jokes.
Dr. Addison Desnoyer joined our Department in July 2022 at the rank of Assistant Professor. The Department is thrilled to have a new colleague and can’t wait to see how his research grows. Addison was born and raised in beautiful Kelowna, a city about the size of Eugene, in the Okanagan Valley in Central British Columbia, Canada. About 560 miles northeast of Corvallis (or 900 km, if you are Canadian). He’s been lucky enough to have been joined on his career odyssey by his wife, Caroline Hedge. “We met during our undergraduate studies when I made her a liquid nitrogen Freezie at her freshman orientation.” They recently had their first child, Stanley, who is currently just over six months old and has been teething for most of that time. They also have a 9-year old cat named Kitty, a 7-year old Shetland Sheepdog named Whiskey, and a 4-month old kitten named Sam, “so our house is pretty hectic lately!” When Addison entered the academic job market last year, OSU was at the top of his list for a huge number of reasons. For starters, the resources, and facilities that OSU offers for researchers are excellent. OSU is the kind of place that gives students all the tools they need to be really successful in their research endeavors. Another important reason why he joined OSU is that the values of the Department of Chemistry align very well with his own. The Department is authentically striving to improve regarding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives, as well as delivering an exceptional undergraduate program with significant research opportunities. He attributes his pursuing Chemistry to a long list of amazing advisors and mentors and says they’ve each played a part in his desire to pursue a career in chemistry. Addison said he didn’t take a single chemistry class his last two years of high school, and started university as a Biology major, and it wasn’t until he took a few second-year classes taught by some really dynamic and exciting chemistry professors that he became interested in the area of study. He remembers fondly his first postdoctoral advisor, Prof. Ian Tonks at the University of Minnesota, who showed him the positive impact that someone can have in this job as an excellent researcher, a supportive advisor, and compassionate person. Addison feels the most meaningful experiences he’s had in his career so far, have been watching the growth of his mentees. “My first real taste of it was when, as a young graduate student, the undergraduates I had been supervising started to be able to perform complex manipulations in lab without any help from me. Then, they started to suggest new and original experiments to do all on their own! I’m old enough now that I’ve been able to watch many of my former students go off to grad school, earn advanced degrees, publish exciting papers, and land good jobs in both academia and industry.” Personally, Addison feels that science should always be working towards making the world a better place than it was before. Especially as researchers at a public university, most of the money that pays for salaries and buys reagents and instruments comes from taxpayers and donors. “Thus, I think it is very important to show the general public the kinds of problems we are trying to solve and how the methods we develop in the lab will have tangible effects on everyday life.” This belief coincides well with his teaching philosophy, in believing that everyone, regardless of their background or experience, deserves an opportunity to learn about science. The scientific method teaches us to think critically and rationally about the world, and how to logically approach complex problems. “These skills are also incredibly valuable outside of the classroom.” When not performing Synthetic Chemistry in his research lab, Addison and his wife love to garden. They especially enjoy growing their own food, which, Addison says, “is another perk of living here in the Willamette Valley.”
We have posted a job announcement for an Academic Wage/Short Term position for an X-Ray Diffraction Facility Manager. You can find the job posting here
The close date is 7/21. This is an open search for an academic wage/short term 0.5 FTE position. I am sending this email to all the XRD users in the COS. Brady Gibbons will send this to XRD users in the COE. Please forward the job posting to anyone interested in this short-term position.
The Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University (OSU) seeks to fill a Tenure-Track faculty position starting in Fall 2023 at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are seeking candidates who are interested in developing innovative interdisciplinary research programs (bridging two or more disciplines in chemistry) with emphasis on overcoming challenges related to human health, renewable energy, and the environment. Preference will be given to candidates who can take advantage of existing university-wide facilities including the NMR facility, Mass Spectrometry center, X-ray Crystallography center, Electron Microscopy facility, and the Continuous Flow Reactor facility. The proposed research program should demonstrate proficiency or significant potential to garner national and international recognition with sustainable external grants.
The successful candidate is expected to teach in Physical Chemistry and/or Organic Chemistry, broadly defined. The candidate is also expected to fulfill working, teaching, and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive environments for all students, faculty, and staff at OSU. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related scientific field.
To review the full posting and apply, go to: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/122213. For full consideration, applications should be received by October 1, 2022; however, the position will remain open until filled.
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
Do you have a student or postdoc with lab management experience and/or protein chemistry experience that may be looking for a job in Corvallis?
The NIH funded GCE4All Biomedical Technology Development and Dissemination Center is looking for a Faculty Research Assistant. Could you please share this opportunity with any students or postdocs or faculty who may have students or postdocs who might be interested? They’d be interested in someone with lab management and/or related research experience.
Please see below for more information.
Here’s a direct link to apply: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/121984
Dear College and University Contacts,
Please distribute this well‐paid internship announcement to the students in your department(s):
https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/EPA-OW-OGWDW-CIN-2022-01. The announcement closes on August 5, 2022. We
hope to have the selected candidate start in September or October. Therefore, please encourage summer graduates to apply too.
An applied research project, which is administered by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), is available at the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Branch of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will gain experience and educational benefits from this project looking for unregulated contaminants in drinking water.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for taking the time and distributing the position to the students in your department.
Have a wonderful day,
Brenda Bowden, M. En. (formerly Parris)
Rule Manager for UCMR (she/her – why is this important)
USEPA OW OGWDW SRMD
Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Branch
26 W. Martin Luther King Dr. (MS-140)
Cincinnati, OH 45268
Congratulations to our Spring 2022 Honor Roll students!
Damara Ortiz Ojeda