The ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) and Eli Lilly and Company sponsor a program to provide funding for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral female chemists to travel to the ACS Spring Meeting to present the results of their research. In addition to financial support, the WCC will host a poster session and networking opportunities for the award winners which includes the Women in the Chemical Enterprise Breakfast, the WCC Luncheon, and a special event sponsored by the ACS Office of the CEO. Through this program, WCC and Eli Lilly and Company continue to increase the participation of women in the chemical sciences. More information on the award can be found at All applications must be submitted by Saturday, June 1 no later than 11:30 p.m. ET. Apply today!

Please share this webinar with anyone who may be applying to the NSF CAREER Program this year or next.


Representatives from NSF’s Division of Enterprise Services will host a technical webinar on system-related information to assist with CAREER proposal submission: 

Friday, June 7, 2024, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM Eastern time

This webinar will include a review of the system-related requirements in the CAREER proposal submission timeline guidance, a demo of how to prepare a CAREER proposal in, and a question and answer session. Submit question and answer session questions prior to the webinar to  

Register in advance for this webinar at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details about joining the webinar. Any questions about this technical webinar may be directed to  

The webinar will be recorded for subsequent on-demand viewing. The recording link will be posted after the event in a advisory.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of International Affairs (IA), Office of Multilateral Climate and Clean Energy Engagement seeks motivated candidates to take on today’s pressing climate challenges through a fellowship with its DOE Science, Technology, and Policy (STP) Program. Specifically, this fellowship will focus on the challenges of industrial decarbonization through the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). The CEM is a multilateral organization with 29 member countries, including the United States, working to rapidly increase the deployment of clean energy technologies.

This fellowship may support the development and harmonization of low- and near-zero emission intensity thresholds for steel, cement and concrete as well as reporting practices. It may also involve research and policy analysis under other U.S.-involved CEM initiatives. Qualifications in this subject area are desired (see below).

A fellowship in IA will give you the opportunity to apply scientific, technical, and policy knowledge to the development and implementation of international climate and clean energy solutions as well as to continue your education and involvement in areas that support the DOE mission.

Successful fellows come from a wide range of backgrounds, but education, experience, and/or demonstrated interest in the following subject areas is desirable: 

  • Carbon accounting, environmental impact assessment, or product performance assessment, preferably with an analytic focus
  • Steel, cement, and concrete production processes and understanding of major emissions sources in these processes
  • Product life cycle assessments
  • Product Category Rules and Environmental Product Declarations
  • Reading and interpreting technical standards
  • Data handling

Benefits: Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by IA.  Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location.  IA may authorize a supplemental stipend to offset the costs of health insurance.  Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance plans offered through ORISE.  Participants may receive an allowance for education and/or scientific activities as approved by IA.

Apply Today!

The details: Located in Washington, D.C. You must be a U.S. Citizen with a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral Degree. If currently pursuing their degree, all degree requirements must be completed by July 31, 2024.

Department Website:

Questions? Email Please list the reference code [DOE-STP-IA-2024-2403] for this opportunity in the subject line of your email.

Join us Monday, May 13 for the 2024 F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award Lecture, presented by Professor of Chemistry Wei Kong. The lecture will be held in person at the LaSells Stewart Center and via Zoom.

Wei Kong will discuss her groundbreaking work in high-resolution atomic imaging, focusing on biological macromolecules and nanomaterials – research with the potential to redefine drug development and deepen our understanding of disease. She’ll also discuss her methods in cryogenic-electron diffraction to advance physical chemistry.
 A reception with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and good cheer will proceed the lecture. We hope you will join us!    The F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award honors faculty members in the College of Science for their enduring leadership and significant impact in their field.
Monday, May 13 2024Reception 5:30 p.m.Lecture 6 – 7 p.m.
LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall
Accommodations for disabilities can be made by calling 541-737-4811.
For parking information, visit the OSU parking website.

Dear OSU Community: 

Do you know a classified staff or professional faculty member who goes above and beyond? If so, University Human Resources is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Exemplary Employee Award!

If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, you can find out more information about the award and nomination process online.

For clarification or questions regarding these materials, please email                          

Please submit hard copy nomination packets to the Office of Human Resources, Attn: Christina Schaaf, 236 Kerr Administration Building, or email your digital submissions to Christina, no later than May 31, 2024Please note: Nomination packets may be submitted in either hard copy or digital formats. You only need to submit one or the other, not both.  


Heather Horn

Vice Provost for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer

The Colleges of ForestryAgriculture and Science are teaming up to bring a professional grant writing workshop to the OSU community. “Write Winning Grant Proposals” will be held virtually June 17 and 18th,  2024 from 8:30am to noon followed by an additional virtual half-day, Jun 20, 2024, 8:30 to noon training, “Write Winning NSF CAREER Award Proposals”. The College of Engineering is offering the same training, “ Write Winning Grant Proposals”, in-person for one full day Oct 15, 2024 followed by half-day Oct 16th 2024 in-person, “Write Winning NSF CAREER Award Proposals”.

We are making both the June (virtual) and October (in-person) sessions available to tenure-track academic faculty and to non-tenure-track research faculty in any College or unit for maximum flexibility. However, please attend your own College’s session if you can.

Note you must attend sessions on either Jun 17-18 or the full day session Oct 15th in order to participate in the NSF CAREER session.  Check your eligibility to apply for NSF CAREER awards here

Both workshops offer excellent basics that are widely applicable to multiple agencies. The June workshop will focus on NSF with additional USDA content, and the October workshop will focus on NSF with additional NIH content. 

As part of your participation in the workshop, you will need to select an agency focused workbook.  Please indicate in the survey which one you would like.  There is an $80 fee (includes shipping to OSU campus location) for the workbook.

Please respond to the request survey at the link below by May 13, 2024 in order to receive priority registration.

Thank you –

The College of Science will host Provost Ed Feser to discuss our university’s new strategic plan, “Prosperity Widely Shared,” as a College community. Join us for lunch and an engaging conversation with Provost Feser, who will answer your questions. Title: Prosperity Widely Shared Forum
Date: Thursday, May 23
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Memorial Union 13 We’ve structured the event so that there’s ample time for mingling, grabbing a bite, and then diving into the discussion with the provost.

• 11:30 a.m. – Arrival, lunch, and mingling
• 12:00 p.m. – Provost Feser leads the discussion and answers questions. 

We’d love for you to join us and share your thoughts on how we can all contribute to our shared university and College goals.

Thursday, May 23
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Memorial Union 13
Accommodations for disabilities can be made by calling 541-737-4811.
For parking information, visit the OSU parking website.

The Molecular Foundations for Sustainability: Sustainable Polymers Enabled by Emerging Data Analytics program (MFS-SPEED) is a cross-directorate funding call in response to The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 and the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act. It is supported by the NSF Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP), and five industry partners: Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, BASF, Dow, and IBM. The goal of MFS-SPEED is to support fundamental research enabling the accelerated discovery and ultimate manufacturing of sustainable polymers using state-of-the-art data science, and to enhance development of a cross-disciplinary workforce skilled in this area

In particular, through this solicitation the research community is encouraged to address the discovery and elaboration of new sustainable polymers or sustainable pathways to existing polymers by the creation and use of a data-centric environment where research projects are: (1) focused on new approaches to predicting structure and properties of polymers and advanced soft materials, (2) with insights enabled by data analytics including Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning; (3) This includes more efficient, scalable preparation of monomers and polymers using existing or new synthetic routes (4) and this call aims to train a technical workforce that leverages data analytics to create sustainable polymers and soft materials. Molecular Foundations for Sustainability: Sustainable Polymers Enabled by Emerging Data Analytics (MFS-SPEED,) research grants – Awards will be supported in FY24/25 up to $2M per award for up to a three-year grant period, commensurate with the scope and team size. This program seeks to fund collaborative team research that transcends the traditional boundaries of individual disciplines to achieve the program goals.

The full document isn’t available but will be in a couple of days.

Have a great week,


Jeff Hare, PhD

Program Coordinator

College of Science

Oregon State University

OSU – Corvallis is located within traditional homelands of the Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya, who were forced onto reservations in Western Oregon after 1855.  Living descendants are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians. 

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of one of our alumni.

Richard Stephen Knutson

Richard Stephen Knutson (Steve to his many friends) was born 19 March 1941 in Springfield, Oregon and died 7 April 2024 in Corbett, Oregon.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin T. and Bernice Knutson, and by his siblings Joan, Alice, and Dana. Steve is survived by his nephews, Zachary and Garth Chouteau. 

Steve graduated in 1959 from Beaverton High School and attended Reed College on a full scholarship. Steve was always interested in science and completed the coursework at Oregon State University for a PhD in Chemistry. 

Steve was very adventurous and while at Reed he was a member of the Reed Outing Club and began rock climbing and mountaineering. He climbed Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier and many other peaks in the Cascades. He rock climbed in the Columbia Gorge, Smith Rocks and other climbing areas in Oregon,  Washington and California. Steve pioneered a number of first ascents of Cascade peaks and rock climbing routes. I’m told there is still a piton embedded in what was at that time the tallest building on the Reed College campus, from the time Steve climbed the building in the early sixties.  Steve had a climbing accident on Mt. Hood where he fell and slid down the Palmer Glacier for several hundred feet and received a broken jaw and several broken bones. He was one of the first helicopter rescues from the mountain. Afterward Steve joined the mountain rescue team that rescued him, to show his appreciation.

Continuing his thirst for adventure, he attended the Jim Russell School of Racing and raced his Triumph TR3 in local sports car events

Steve developed an interest in cave exploring and became well-known for caving in America, Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru. He led a five year plus project of exploring and mapping of the main cave at Oregon Caves National Monument. During this effort he discovered bones including the skull of a prehistoric mountain lion. His work resulted in a map that is still being sold at the gift shop there. He participated in a 1974 expedition to Castleguard Cave in Canada. He participated in many expeditions to caves in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru. He led Lost World Explorations to explore these caves, always wanting to “go where no one had gone before” and experience the thrill of new discoveries. One of his Peru expeditions was featured in an episode on the History Channel titled “Mummies of the Clouds” in which Steve led the camera crew into the cave to film the indigenous cave burials of the Chachapoya culture of the Northern Andes. This was the first proof that prehistoric humans in the area mummified their dead and placed them deep into caves. Steve contributed his data from these trips to the archaeology department of Peru’s government

Steve wrote many articles for various caving publications and was the author of a book: “Oregon Caves, The Pioneer Exploration and the New Discoveries.” He was the editor of American Caving Accidents from 1976 to 1993.  His long membership in the National Speleological Society and his contributions led to his being named an NSS Fellow in 1977 and to his receiving the Lew Bicking Award in 1989 for exceptional service in cave exploration and mapping.

Steve’s working career centered around his desire to experience and contribute to preserving the great natural resources of our world. He worked for the National Park Service at Mammoth Cave and Oregon Caves National Parks. He worked for Shasta National Forest as a surveyor and fire fighter. 

In recent years, Steve had some health problems. He had a bout with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and suffered chemo and radiation treatments and in 2023 his heart slowed and he had a pacemaker surgically inserted. But being Steve, he ignored any health problems and was recently hiking with a 40-pound pack getting in shape for trips to the Marble Mountains. He is greatly missed by all his friends and associates. Keep the carbide light of his legacy glowing!

Please share the following DOD opportunity below with potentially interested researchers. Leah Gorman shared a table of research interests below. White papers due: June 24, 2024

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Natural Materials and Systems Dr. Bennett Ibey 
AFOSR Atomic and Molecular Physics Dr. Boyan Tabakov 
AFOSR Mathematical Optimization Dr. Warren Adams 
AFOSR Ghz – Thz Electronics Dr. Kenneth C. Goretta 
Army Research Office (ARO) Fluid Dynamics Dr. Jack R. Edwards 
ARO Polymer Chemistry Dr. Robert H. Lambeth 
ARO Information Processing and Fusion Dr. John S. Hyatt 
ARO Physical Properties of Materials Dr. Katherine J. Duncan 
Office of Naval Research (ONR) Novel, fast-response, infrared (IR) detector concepts enabling higher temperature operation Dr. Richard Espinola 
10 ONR Vertical Cloud and Aerosol Profiling Dr. Josh Cossuth 
11 ONR Multifunctional Marine Antifouling Surfaces Ms. Danielle Paynter 
12 ONR Understanding Mind and Body Relationship Through Respiratory Control Dr. Sandra Chapman 
13 ONR Novel Attachment Methods for Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics Mr. Bill Nickerson 


From: CARE <> on behalf of Gorman, Leah <>
Date: Monday, April 22, 2024 at 3:16 PM
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Subject: [Care] DOD DEPSCOR Research Collaboration


White papers due: June 24, 2024

We wanted to bring to your attention the DOD DEPSCOR Research Collaborations program.  We are a DOD “ESPSCOR” state, which qualifies our faculty to apply for this unique program which pairs faculty who have never been a lead PI on DOD funded research with a DOD-funded “mentor”.  The “mentor” could be at our institution or a different institution.

Here is the list provided in the recent webinar about the program of areas of special interest this year, and the program officers that our faculty should reach out to about concepts.  This is basic research that informs an area of interest to DOD.   Award ceiling is 600K and this is a great opportunity to build relationships with the sponsor to grow a research program.  Contacting program officers prior to white paper submission is strongly recommended.

Please share with faculty with interests in the following areas:

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This funding opportunity aims to create basic research collaborations between a pair of researchers, namely 1) Applicant/Principal Investigator (PI), henceforth referred to as Applicant, a full-time faculty member who has never served as a PI on a prior DoD directly funded research Prime award and 2) Collaborator/co-Principal Investigator (co-PI), henceforth referred to as Collaborator, an investigator who will provide mentorship to the Applicant and has served as a PI on a DoD directly funded research Prime award actively between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2023. This structure is aimed at introducing potential applicants to the DoD’s unique research challenges and its supportive research ecosystem.