Interested in learning about the science of teaching and learning? Join us from 1-5 p.m., May 23 in the MU Journey Room (104) to learn about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Education Research in OSU’s College of Science. Watch to be inspired to attend. Learn more about the program here. Sign up to present a talk or poster at our call for proposals here. Register to attend the Extravaganza here.

Submit diversity research publications and RSVP for the OSU Diversity Research Reception. Noon to 1 p.m. May 17, MU Horizon Room; and Cascades (streaming) Obsidian Hall, 207. Submit publication and RSVP here. The reception will highlight and celebrate the contributions of OSU researchers advancing equity through scholarship and engagement, and provide a forum for sharing ideas, making connections and building collaborations for future research. Food and refreshments will be served at the Corvallis and Cascades campuses.

Research Chemist


Salary Range of $82,830 – $128,043 per year

Announcement Open: May 23, 2023 through June 21, 2023

The incumbent is a Research Chemist in the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Bio-Oils Research (BOR) Unit in Peoria, Illinois. The overall mission of BOR is to conduct basic and applied research on chemical, physical, and biochemical modification of new crop oils, gums, proteins, and other plant components to develop new industrial and value-added commercial products. The incumbent is responsible for conducting basic and applied research to develop new commercial technologies, processes, and biobased products for various markets including lubricant additives; lubricant base oils; and chemical additives. Incumbent will develop a stakeholder base to advocate for enhancing ARS research programs and to enable commercialization of new biobased products.

U.S. Citizenship is required. For further information and complete application instructions, go to the

USAJobs Web site: and refer to announcement number

ARS-D23MWA-11958155-HCL. Applications must be received by the closing date of June 21, 2023.

Contacts:    Application procedure: Heather Lee at or 301-504-1410

Scientific information: Dr. Steven Cermak at or 309-681-6233

USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider

Matthew Nguyen – W23 Undergraduate of the Quarter

Matthew Nguyen has been named one of our Winter 2023 Undergraduates of the Quarter; and we’re so proud.  Mathew is from Beaverton, Oregon and is currently studying chemistry here at Oregon State University. Being close to home as well as the largest research university in Oregon are the main reasons that Mathew decided to attend Oregon State. Mathew was never interested in chemistry until he took AP chemistry in high school, where he had a chance to develop his interest. Despite being in this course at the height of the pandemic, and only watching experiments through the screen, Mathew knew that this was the right pathway for him. 

Beginning his freshman year, Mathew was quick to get into research. He was very eager to start experimenting and figuring out exactly what aspect of chemistry interests him the most. He asked his organic chemistry professor about labs to join, and one particular lab, Dr. Kyriakos Stylianou’s lab came up as a recommendation. After talking to various professors, and reading some recent publications, Mathew decided that the chemistry of Kyriakos’s lab was the most interesting and decided to make the commitment of attending the research meetings. Later on, he was able to officially join the lab and begin projects of his own.

Currently, Mathew is doing research on Metal Organic Frameworks, or MOFs. As of now, he is working on two different projects – one is studying a nickel-based MOF, and the other is studying a cerium-based MOF. The Nickel MOF project is focused on studying its water capture properties, in addition to experimenting with its synthetic pathways through the use of polymer beads. The cerium MOF project focuses on its properties in photocatalysis, in addition to finding new uses for this material. This Cerium project also extends into identifying new MOFs, where he is studying synthetic pathways for derivatives of the Cerium MOF.

After he completes his undergraduate degree Mathew will be moving on to complete his Masters in chemistry. Past this Mathew is deciding between pursuing a Ph.D. or going to medical school. Both of which have been dreams of his. Right now, Mathew is just focused on pushing out publications.

Outside of the chemistry lab, Mathew can be found rock climbing or preparing for meetings with the Vietnamese Student Association for which he is an officer. He can also be found playing the guitar or eating Phở.

We’re so proud of everything Matthew has accomplished so far, and can’t wait to see what he accomplishes in the future.

Stormy Macomb – W23 Undergraduate of the Quarter

We’re delighted to announce that Stormy Macomb has been named one of the Winter 2023 Undergraduates of the Quarter.

Stormy grew up on the Oregon Coast in the small town of Warrenton, right on the mouth of the Columbia River. Stormy chose to pursue chemistry because she fell in love with how chemistry surrounds everyday life- it made sense to her. After being homeschooled through high school, she received a GED to attend community college, where she attended college with her mom and brother. It was Stormy’s mom who inspired her to pursue education in addition to chemistry, fostering her love for helping people learn. “I couldn’t be where I am today without her,” Stormy writes.

Now, Stormy attends Oregon State, pursuing chemistry and education and working as a general chemistry TA. After OSU, she plans on getting a Master’s in Education and interning at a local high school. Her long term goal is to be a high school or community college chemistry teacher in her hometown, working to encourage more interest in STEM.

Outside of school, Stormy likes to read fiction and paint scenery. She cooks and bakes regularly, and enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons and Magic the Gathering with her husband and friends. Stormy’s favorite book is Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, and her favorite food is French fries (or any other form of potato).

We’re so proud of Stormy and everything she’s accomplished while at OSU.  We can’t wait to see what she does in the future.

Seems like spring (finally) but the Beaver Store is already thinking of fall. The OSU Beaver Store has begun accepting fall 2023 course materials adoptions. Faculty or designated staff can submit course material adoptions here: Submitting course material adoptions prior to fall term registration assists students to budget for expenses and allows the campus non-profit store to start sourcing low-cost formats of the required materials. Questions or need assistance? Contact or

The Office of Institutional Diversity is seeking participants for the summer 2023 Dialogue Facilitation Lab.   The organizing topic for the summer 2023 cohort is: Confronting Racism in Higher Education    

The Dialogue Facilitation Lab is a professional learning experience for faculty, staff, and graduate employees looking to grow as a dialogue facilitator and integrate dialogue practices in their professional responsibilities related to teaching, research, leadership, or service.   

Program goals We hope our lab will shape our university by: Raising confidence and capacity of faculty, staff, and graduate employees to facilitate dialogue on topics that are intellectually and emotionally complex.  Dynamically training facilitators to support strategic diversity efforts and respond to emerging community needs. Increasing the occurrence of dialogue in teaching, research, leadership, and service contexts.    

Participant outcomes We intend for participants to develop essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes so they may effectively facilitate DEI related dialogue, including:  Creating space for different perspectives on a contentious topic.  Stimulating complex thinking on a contentious topic. Fostering connection among polarized dialogue participants. Demonstrating patience and understanding. Modeling courage and vulnerability.  Affirming diverse points of view. Establishing confidence and credibility with dialogue participants.  Developing illustrative and relevant examples. Addressing participant questions effectively.   

Program expectations Lab participants are expected to:  Attend weekly lab sessions via Zoom, with no more than one absence.  Actively participate in each lab session.  Co-design and co-facilitate a dialogue experience for at least one lab session.  Complete pre-session tasks including video lectures, readings, and reflection activities.     This summer term, the lab will meet weekly for eleven sessions, Thursdays, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, June 29th – September 7th.      

Application If you’d like to participate, submit your participation intentions here: Summer 2023 Dialogue Facilitation Lab participant application 

Schedule Application deadline is Friday May 5, 2023 at 5:00pm. Participant selection will be announced the week of May 8, 2023.   

Please reach out if you have any questions.    

Sincerely,    Carina Buzo Tipton, Ed.M.Assistant Director of DEI Education DFL Application:

Biotech company in the mid-Willamette valley, small and 20+ years established, seeks chromatography, synthesis, waste and recycling chemist. The successful candidate will work closely with our lead chemist and our production supervisor.
Primary responsibilities:
Chromatography tasks will be in support of production and research groups and include preparative column chromatography and various analytical chromatography methods, likely including gas chromatography and HPLC.
Familiarity with the chemical principles of separations and purifications will be beneficial. Solutions from production will be fractionated to produce new feedstocks for our processes. Chemical characterizations may involve thin layer chromatography, gas chromatography, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, Karl Fischer titration and other methods as needed.
Synthesis of moieties used to modify Morpholino oligos and preparation of various versions of the oligo synthesis resin will be ongoing periodic tasks.
Understanding chemical hazards and reactivity will be important for the waste management tasks, as well a safety-conscious attitude with intent to protect self and co-workers. The position will require learning the chemical waste handling and disposal laws for the State of Oregon
Overall duties will include:

  • Purifying compounds by column chromatography at various scales;
  • Synthesizing and purifying chemical inputs to our production process;
  • Recycling mixed solvents from our production process by distillation and then dewatering and characterizing fractions for re-use in production; and
  • Learning our hazardous waste compliance program, eventually taking over duties for waste compliance and disposal.
    A Master’s degree in chemistry is required and preferred. Candidate must have the ability to lift 50lb of weight to handle silica, solvents, and equipment. We prefer studies and/or experience in technical writing and recordkeeping. As we are a small company, flexibility in undertaking unexpected tasks, researching and learning new procedures, and working in small groups is important. Must be able to work independently after initial training. This is a full-time position (40 hr/week) paid as salary; some processes might require evening or weekend work, but this time can be recovered as flex time during normal working hours. A medical plan is available.
    Send resume and cover letter to: Attn: Dr. Yongfu Li

The 16th annual Ecampus Faculty Forum will be held May 8-9 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center and online, and I’m excited to invite you and your college to attend.

The Faculty Forum brings together hundreds of faculty, staff, advisors and administrators for a showcase of Oregon State’s excellence in online teaching and online course development. At next month’s event, we’ll explore the changing landscape of online education and how OSU is prioritizing quality.

Here’s a breakdown of the events. You can view the full agenda online and share the information with others.

May 8 – Pre-conference workshops

  • How to conduct research in online teaching and learning (virtual only)
  • Hot topics for online program leaders (in-person)
  • Building a map for powerful instructor presence (in-person)

May 9 – Faculty Forum panel discussions

OSU faculty members will share their expertise and firsthand experiences in a variety of engaging discussions for in-person attendees and online attendees via Zoom. Sessions will cover topics related to innovative student support and engagement strategies, interactive and custom multimedia content in online courses, academic integrity and more.

Delivered over a complimentary lunch, this year’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Bethany Simunich, the vice president of innovation and research at Quality Matters. The talk will focus on battling burnout through innovation in online education, informed by research and practical application.

Please share these details with the appropriate folks in your college. Thank you, and I hope to see you there.