Know a young science enthusiast (grades 6-12) interested in a future career in marine science or STEM? Oregon Sea Grant is offering careers in science webinars where students can connect LIVE with marine science professionals to learn more about career opportunities. Cost is FREE and pre-registration is required. Check out our Career Day website for webinar dates, registration and speaker information. 

Greetings Oregon State community members—

I am pleased to announce that Angela Davis—American political activist, philosopher, academic and author—will be the keynote speaker at the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 18, 2021. Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator has always emphasized the importance of building communities to support the struggle for economic, racial and gender justice.

The 2021 Celebration will be an online-only event, and the Celebration and Keynote on January 18 will be via Zoom. Registration for the free event is now open.

In addition to the keynote, the Celebration will include presentation of the Legacy Awards. Nominations for the 2021 Legacy Awards are now open; please submit nominations by Friday, December 11, 2020.  

We encourage departments and organizations across the university to host events that reflect, celebrate and educate on the legacy of Dr. King. Events can be submitted to the Office of Institutional Diversity by Friday, December 11, 2020.

On behalf of myself, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and our sponsoring partners—Oregon State University, the OSU Foundation and the OSU Alumni Association—I look forward to welcoming you to the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, and joining Angela Davis in conversation and reflection. 

Best regards,

Charlene Alexander

Charlene Alexander, Ph.D. 

Oregon State University

Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

510 Kerr Administration Building

Corvallis Oregon 97331

Phone: 541-737-5936

charlene.alexander@oregonstate.edu

The Chemistry Department has always been incredibly generous during this time of year. Let’s keep it up!! — Luanne

As a past donor to the OSU Family Resource Center’s Kid’s Gift Closet, we are reaching out in hopes of stocking our closet for the coming winter holidays. As you know, the Kid’s Gift Closet is a long-standing initiative helping students provide gifts for their children during holidays/celebrations and is dependent on donors like you, from all over OSU, who donate toys, books, clothing, etc. While we generally accept gifts in person, this year’s gift drive will look different. Please see below for donation options:

Amazon Gift Registry: we have created a “baby” registry that is full of gift ideas for children of all ages. Feel free to peruse the list we have created and have the items shipped directly to our office! Due to COVID-19 and wanting to limit the number of folks coming onto campus, we will only be accepting gifts shipped directly to our office at this time. When checking out, you will want to use the “Family Resource Center’s Gift Registry Address” (it should be the default that pops up). If you have trouble, please enter the following shipping address:

          Family Resource Center

          1030 SW Madison Ave

          Champinefu Lodge 211

          Corvallis, OR 97333

Please place all orders/make all purchases by November 30th to ensure we have them available for gift distribution.

I hope your Fall semester if going well under the circumstances. I am writing to ask for your help in identifying qualified candidates for an Organic Chemistry faculty position at Idaho State University. We are currently looking to fill a tenure-track assistant professor position for Fall 2021. A potential candidate can obtain application information by visiting
isu.edu/chem or isu.edu/hr.

It is an exciting time to join the Department of Chemistry at Idaho State University, which has been enjoying steady improvement in almost every aspect of its operations. The Department is well equipped with modern experimental and analytical instrumentation, including a brand new 400 MHz NMR spectrometer we are looking forward to installing later this fall. We are an ACS-accredited department with 12 full-time faculty and 6 staff members who are dedicated to quality undergraduate education and research. The department also offers a unique BS/MS program as well as a standard MS degree. We are located in a modern chemistry building with separate spacious research laboratories for each faculty member. There are collaboration opportunities internally with colleagues in Biology and Pharmacy or externally with scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the Center for Advances Energy Studies (CAES).


The department maintains a very collegial and collaborative culture among faculty, staff, and students, and our students overwhelmingly find the department one of the most inviting places on campus. Finally, we are located in southeastern Idaho with ample opportunities for outdoor activities where a new faculty member can sustain a healthy worklife
balance.


Thank you very much for your assistance.

Sincerely,
Dr. Joshua Pak
Professor
Associate Department Chair
Fellow of the American Chemical Society

On behalf of the American Chemical Society Global Outreach Team, it is my pleasure to announce the opening of the application window for the 2021 International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program.

The ACS IRES program is seeking applications from qualified U.S. undergraduate students to explore chemistry and chemical engineering lab research in an international setting. ACS has partnered with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to place U.S. students at German research labs from May-August 2021 (final research dates are determined between selected students at the host lab). This is a unique research opportunity for U.S. undergraduate sciences students to experience international research cooperation at its heart and developing their cross-cultural communication skills-a critical professional skill for researchers. 

Selected students will receive a generous per diem stipend, housing allowance, round-trip economy class airfare to/from Germany, and health insurance while abroad. Additionally, students will participate (and receive financial support to attend) in the 2021 DAAD Heidelberg Forum and the 2022 ACS Spring Meeting in San Diego, California. A full list of program details, including financial allowances, eligibility and application instructions can be found here. This program is generously supported through the NSF Office of International Science & Engineering. 

Uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 continues to challenge scientific and educational communities worldwide. Please note, while we fully intend to administer the 2021 ACS IRES program, the program is subject to change, including cancellation, if deemed necessary by relevant health authorities in the United States or Germany. 

Please pass on this excellent opportunity to your interested students. The application deadline is December 15, 2020. Students should visit www.acs.org/ires to learn more and apply. Please submit any questions to ires@acs.org.

Oregon State University is committed to building a more equitable and inclusive community. As part of this university-wide commitment, the OSU Foundation and OSU Alumni Association – in partnership with Provost Ed Feser and Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Charlene Alexander – have launched an effort to inspire giving and engagement in support of impactful programs now and in the future for students, faculty and staff of color and other underrepresented groups. Learn more. 

President King Alexander and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee will continue the long-standing tradition of sponsoring small group faculty conversations (academic, research and professional faculty). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. These conversations, via Zoom, provide an opportunity for President Alexander to receive candid feedback from faculty and an occasion for idea and information exchange; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. If you wish to participate, please complete the registration form to register for these sessions: Nov. 3, 10-11:30 a.m., or Nov. 10 from 1-2:30 p.m. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.

The DOE Scholars Program introduces students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission and operations.

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

·       Stipends starting at $600 per week for undergraduates and $650 per week for graduate students and post graduates during the internship period

·       Limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location

·       Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas

·       Identification of career goals and opportunities

·       Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts

Eligibility

·       Be a U.S. citizen.

·       Be an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher education.

·       Must be pursuing a degree or have received a degree within 5 years of their starting date in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or field that supports the DOE mission.  

How to Apply

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOE-Scholars-2021

Deadline

January 4, 2021 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

For more information

Visit https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars

Download program flyer:  https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars/files/doe-scholars-flier.pdf

Questions? doescholars@orise.orau.gov

I am writing to share with you an exciting opportunity in the chemistry department at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Although we are in the midst of a global pandemic, our department is in a unique position to hire a tenure-track faculty member, and we want to make sure our position is shared broadly within the chemistry community. Your program may not be familiar with our institution and what we are doing to support the professional development of faculty and students in Chemistry, so we are sharing here some highlights and encourage broad dissemination of this information with interested candidates from your department. 

TCNJ is a public, selective primarily undergraduate institution located between Philadelphia and New York City (both are about an hour away) with an enrollment of approximately 7,000 undergraduates. Our college has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence, which includes the highest freshman retention rate (94%) and the 7th highest four-year graduation rate (76%) in the northern region of the US. In addition, TCNJ is committed to being an antiracist campus. It houses several faculty and staff affinity groups including the Minority Executive Council, Women’s Professional Network, Parenting Network, LGBTQ+ Pride, and Multicultural Greek Affinity Groups.

The chemistry department at TCNJ has a long and consistent track record in the training, teaching, professional development, and mentoring of undergraduates of diverse backgrounds. Although TCNJ is a small institution, over the past ten years we have seen an increasing demand for the chemistry major (currently at 30-35 majors per year), along with changing demographics of our majors (10% from underrepresented groups in mid 2000’s to 19% in 2009-2015). Additionally, over the past 15 years, 52% of our chemistry graduates have been women and 24% have come from other underrepresented groups. We continue to see an increase in students of color graduating from the chemistry major (5% in 2004 to 30% in 2019). Our successes in increasing representation of women and students from underrepresented groups are attributed to the development of novel programs and curricula to support all students regardless of their backgrounds. We have done this through systemic changes to create more equity in the classroom and research laboratories. While these changes began with faculty grassroots efforts, we are fortunate to now be supported by an Inclusive Excellence grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Department has been privileged to receive several capital improvements, including the construction of a new Chemistry building that houses state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation. As a result of these changes and efforts, significant redesign of our chemistry curriculum has resulted in improvements in course delivery, interest, and learning for students from not only underrepresented groups, but for students of all backgrounds. 

Details for our faculty search, the area, TCNJ chemistry, and application details can be found at: https://chemistry.tcnj.edu/2020/10/22/assistant-professor-in-chemistry/

We are hosting informal information sessions on October 28th at 4:30 pm and November 12th  at 1 pm (Eastern Time) for candidates to learn more about our inclusive teaching practices, resources, and research. We will also answer questions about our current faculty search, departmental resources, and the application process. To receive an event link we request an RSVP by responding to the following survey https://forms.gle/LBqjRzKHV81ZqGGj9. We will follow up with instructions and a link to folks that sign up.

We hope you will share this information broadly and we look forward to seeing applications from your department/program.