As you know, your graduate program is scheduled for a Graduate Council Program Review either next year or the following.   You are therefore invited to attend the Graduate School’s Program Review Workshop on Wednesday, March 7th, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm in MU 208 (LaRaza).

The purpose of this workshop is to help departments and programs that will be reviewed in 2012-2014 prepare for those reviews. We will introduce the Program Review Guidelines, which are attached, and we will be pleased to address any questions you might have about your self-study document or any of the other part of the review documentation and preparations. You are welcome to forward this email and/or bring others who will assist in your review preparation.

The graduate degree programs for review in 2012-2014 are:

  • Applied Anthropology
  • Botany and Plant Pathology
  • Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Applied Ethics
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Toxicology
  • Mathematics
  • Adult Education
  • College Student Services Administration
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Wood Science
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Engineering Management

See you on March 7rd, 2012.

Program Review Guidelines

On behalf of Rick Spinrad, Vice President for Research:

The January 24th pre-solicitation webinar to discuss the DRAFT RFA for the upcoming USAID University Engagement through Higher Education Institutions opportunity received so much interest that the sponsors have decided to schedule another opportunity for faculty to discuss the DRAFT USAID RFA. This is a comment period and not an RFA per se, but the proposed program is a $100 million effort over 5 years.

Please forward this webinar opportunity to faculty that may be interested.

The USAID webinar is scheduled for January 30, 2012

Details are at:



To support your efforts to recruit diverse Chemistry & Physical Sciences Faculty, Academic Careers Online hosts the 4th annual Online Diversity Job Fair through the end of February (to coincide with Black History Month.)

How does it work? We built a large database of diverse faculty, doctoral students, and professionals in all academic and administrative areas, and using push-technology we alert them of your job in theOnline Diversity Job Fair. This includes applicants from diverse backgrounds as well as those in short supply such as women in science, technology, math and engineering, or males in nursing and education. It is very pro-active.

Any travel? It’s online so no need to travel and no access barriers for applicants to view your job opening.

How much? Each job opening advertisement, which automatically includes participation in the Online Diversity Job Fair, is USD 195

To post a job and participate: or, select “Employers enter here” and follow the simple steps. You will receive an invoice later via email and can pay by purchase order, university check, or credit card.

I am here to help you. For a faster response do not hit the reply button but use the email address below.

Robert J. Kuhne, Ph.D.
Academic Careers Online
485 Devon Park Drive, Suite 116
Wayne, PA 19087, USA
Telephone: 610-964-9200


College of Science Faculty, Staff and Students:

As you know, Dr Sherm Bloomer will begin his appointment as Director of Budget and Fiscal Planning on February 1, 2012. I have initiated an expedited internal search to identify an interim dean. The interim dean will lead the College until a permanent dean is appointed and begins her/his appointment.

Dr Mark Zabriskie, Dean of the College of Pharmacy, will serve as chair of the screening committee for the interim dean position. The other members of the screening committee will be confirmed soon. In the meantime, the position announcement is attached and applications for the position are welcome. Please note the February 6 application deadline.

I will initiate the search for a permanent Dean in the near future, but first, I will identify a date and time for a College forum so that I have an opportunity to meet with you to hear about your expectations for the position.


Sabah Randhawa

Provost and Executive Vice President

Interim Dean of Science Job Description

The Research Office is requesting letters of intent from interested faculty for the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program.

Please forward this funding opportunity announcement to faculty that may be interested.

Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office: Monday, March 5, 2012

The IGERT program has been developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce.

Building upon the IGERT platform, the purpose of this IGERT solicitation is to support new models in graduate education in which students are engaged in an environment that supports innovation to learn through hands-on experience how their own research may contribute in new ways to benefit society and to learn the processes for the successful implementation of such contributions.

Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent may be accessed at:

NSF – IGERT program guidelines:

Letters of Intent should be submitted electronically to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at as a MS Word document.

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390.


Environmental Health Research Experience Program (EHREP) at the University of Washington Seattle

The EHREP is a funded nine week, summer experience for undergraduates with interest in an interdisciplinary field that uses the tools of science to solve human health problems related to the environment. EHREP provides students with hands on experience in laboratories of leading researchers, introduces them to key environmental and occupational health issues while offering research exposure that will help them become competitive for graduate school. Students will receive a stipend of $5,200.

The program is meant for student underrepresented in the sciences. The deadline for student applications is Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

Program website:


Oregon Academy of Science
2012 Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 25th, in Portland Oregon

The annual award nomination deadlines have been extended to February 1st.

Abstracts (poster or oral sessions) may be submitted through February 4th.
Submission and registration forms are attached and are available at the Oregon Academy of Science website, .

I would like to extend a special welcome to our graduate and undergraduate student members to present their research in one of the many forums available at this year’s meeting.
Student annual membership and meeting registration, including breakfast and lunch, is still just $20.00.

Best wishes for a peaceful new year,
Dieterich Steinmetz, M.D.

President, Oregon Academy of Science
Division Dean, Science and Engineering,
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, Portland, Oregon

The Oregon Academy of science promotes scientific research and education in Oregon. Divisions of the Academy represent all areas of the natural sciences and social sciences. The Academy encourages participation by research and applied scientists and educators from all fields.


If you are looking for summer internship or research experience, there are MANY programs across the US that offer summer research experiences for undergraduates from all schools.  These require application forms and usually a couple of letters from professors or other references and are competitive.  You have to look at the specific requirements for each one.  Many application deadlines are the end of this month and some go through the end of Februrary.   I have compiled a short list and given some links to the big lists of programs on the CH 362 web page.  Many are referred to as “NSF REU” programs – this stands for National Science Foundation – Research Experience for Undergraduates.  These  programs usually run about 10 weeks in the summer and offer a stipend and sometimes help with travel and room/board.  This a great way to get experience in a lab and see if you really like what scientists do for a living!

Here is the link:

There are research opportunities on campus and I suggest that you talk with your chemistry advisor about how to locate these.  For on-campus examples, see the research web pages for faculty on campus and contact them directly to find out if they have room in their labs for summer interns.  It is often a good idea to start out volunteering in a lab for example spring term, with hopes that the lab can hire you for summer lab work if funding is available, for example.

A good place to start looking for science research labs on campus is on the College of Science web page at (see Centers, Institutes & Initiatives associated with Science at the bottom of the page) :


You may have heard information about Oregon State University’s efforts to address sexual harassment, including unwanted sexual contact and/or relationship violence. This message is intended to provide information to help you understand your responsibility to recognize and appropriately respond to such conduct. It can be difficult for anyone who experiences sexual harassment or sexual violence to make a disclosure. For this reason, it is important that you believe survivors, listen without judgment, and offer information about rights and resources. For additional information about your responsibilities, please see the attached guidance for responding to disclosures.

As an employee, you also have the right to access a range of support and reporting options. These options include confidential support, counseling, and advocacy, as well as opportunities to seek institutional and legal remedies.

OSU has a responsibility to take reasonable steps to eliminate sexual harassment and sexual violence, prevent their recurrence, and to address their effects. Such efforts are informed by internal policies as well as external regulations. In defining and implementing our policies and practices, OSU seeks to preserve survivors’ autonomy and authority over their process; however, there may be some rare instances when the university may be obligated to pursue a more formal response. If you or someone you know would like to speak with a confidential resource, please access one of the following support, counseling, and advocacy resources:


Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV)

Phone: 541-754-0110


Hours: 24-hours

CARDV provides 24-7 confidential crisis response, hospital and legal advocacy, hotline support, and support groups.


Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS)

Phone: 541-737-7604

Location: 500 Snell


Hours: 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday (academic year); 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday (summer)

SASS provides confidential support, crisis intervention, and/or counseling for any OSU student who has experienced unwanted sexual contact or relationship violence (students only).  SASS also provides confidential consultation for employees who have received a report of sexual harassment or sexual violence.

If you or someone you know would like to make a report*, please contact one of the following resources:


Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI)

Phone: 541-737-3556

Location: 526 Kerr Administration Building


Hours: 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday

The OEI accepts inquiries, formal, and informal reports of sexual harassment and sexual violence.  In addition to handling grievances, the staff offers consultation and advice on what procedure is likely to have the most positive outcome.


Oregon State Police (OSP)

Phone: 541-737-3010 (non-emergency); 541-737-7000 (emergency)

Location: 200 Cascade Hall


The Department of Public Safety and OSP respond to safety concerns and to violations of Oregon law, which may lead to criminal proceedings.


Student Conduct & Community Standards (SCCS)

Phone: 541-737-3656

Location: B058 Kerr Administration Building


Hours: 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday

SCCS responds to violations of the student conduct code by an internal university disciplinary process when the alleged perpetrator is a student (separate from a civil or criminal hearing).  The office also administers no contact orders between students.


Anonymous reporting

Students, staff, and faculty may submit an electronic anonymous report, or may print the report and return it by campus mail to the address printed on the form.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me,


Angelo Gomez

Title IX Coordinator

Interim Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion

Oregon State University

526 Kerr Administration Building

Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2139

(541) 737-0869


*Sexual Assault/Harassment Amnesty Clause

The university will not pursue any conduct violation against a survivor for substance use, including alcohol, at the time of sexual assault/harassment if the sexual assault/harassment is reported to Student Conduct and Community Standards or the Office of Equity and Inclusion.


Dear OSU Community:

The 2011 Oregon Charitable Fund Drive at Oregon State University is coming to a close on January 31, 2012.

As of January 19, 2012, 184 OSU employees have contributed $98,742.  Currently we are 16% behind last year’s contributions of $118,400. We encourage you to make your contribution before the fund drive ends.

Each year we have responded generously to crises at home and abroad and have extended helping hands to those affected. The Charitable Fund Drive is the one campus-wide effort that enables you to contribute to non-profit groups locally and throughout Oregon to help a wide range of needs in the communities where we live

The participating umbrella groups represent more than 850 individual charities.  This year your overall choices are:

Your local United Way focuses locally to address important human needs

Black United Fund – helps to stimulate success in low income communities

Children’s Trust Fund – works to prevent child abuse and neglect

Community Health Charities – supports research, education & helps people living with disease

Earth Share – protects our natural heritage & human health

Equity Foundation – promotes the dignity and worth of all people

Habitat for Humanity – allows low-income families to purchase affordable homes

Local Independent Charities – helps wide range of nonprofits, from guide dogs for the blind to breast cancer research

Work For Art – supports the arts and arts education

McKenzie River Gathering Foundation – supports grassroots social justice organizations around the state

The campaign is designed to allow EVERY state employee to be a philanthropist – you get to decide how much you give and where it goes. You can also see how your dollars are working in the community by allowing your charities to connect with you. Oregon employees collectively have given more than $21 million since the campaign began 21 years ago. This year’s goal is to raise $1.2 million – last year, we raised slightly more than $1 million!

The charities involved in the Charitable Fund Drive are committed to promoting healthy families, clean air and water, community vitality, and opportunities for self-help and self-sufficiency. Please join us in helping others by supporting the services and activities that are important to you.

With over 4,500 employees at OSU, if each one of us donated $5 per month, we could increase the amount of contributions made last year from $118,400 to more than $270,000.  By contributing to this effort, we will help enhance the lives of those who live in our community in a number of significant ways.

You may contribute in two different ways:

Please check the OSU Charitable Fund Drive website at to view more information on the numerous charities and to track the progress of our contributions.



Edward J. Ray



Mark McCambridge

Vice President for Finance & Administration, 2011 CFD Campaign Chair