2nd Annual Malcolm H. Chisholm Workshop

We are excited to announce that the Inorganic Chemistry Exchange (ICE) will be hosting the second annual Malcolm H. Chisholm Workshop this semester. ICE focuses on facilitating intellectual exchange between students of The Ohio State University, particularly those in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and eminent scientists in the field of inorganic chemistry! The goal of ICE and the Malcolm H. Chisholm Workshop is to enhance students’ interactions with invited speakers through research presentations as well as an informal social hour. By participating in the workshop, students have an opportunity to build their interpersonal network, get feedback on their research, and share knowledge amongst the scientific community.

We are delighted to announce that Peter T. Wolczanski (Cornell) has accepted our invitation to be the lecturer at our second Malcolm H. Chisholm Workshop. The workshop and lecture will be held on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020. A  tentative schedule of events is as follows:

  • Breakfast with the Speaker (CBEC 267): 8 – 8:50 am
  • Morning Meetings (CBEC 267): 9 – 12:00 pm
  • Lunch (CBEC 267): 12:15 – 1:45 pm (Sign up required)
  • Afternoon Meetings (CBEC 267): 2 – 3:30 pm
  • Seminar (CBEC 130): 4:10 – 5:05 pm
  • Reception/Social Hour (CBEC Lobby): 5:10 – 6 pm

We will send out sign up sheets for research presentations and lunch with the speaker soon, so be on the lookout for another email.


Madison Tuttle
Graduate Student | @ZhangLabOSU
The Ohio State University
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
CBEC 270 A, W Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210
228-382-7679 Mobile
tuttle.212@osu.edu | https://research.cbc.osu.edu/zhang.8941/
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Postdoctoral researcher on Photocatalytic soap films


The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Chemistry are looking for a

Postdoctoral researcher on Photocatalytic soap films

Project description
This postdoctoral position is part of the EU-funded Future Emerging Technologies SOFIA project. The aim of this project is to develop photocatalytically active soap films for solar fuel production.

The candidate will have expertise in the synthesis of metal-based compounds and demonstrated experience in photocatalysis and/or supramolecular chemistry.

The postdoc position will be hosted within the group of Dr. Sylvestre Bonnet, whose research focus is on performing photochemistry in biomimetic supramolecular environments. Embedded within a multidisciplinary European project, the postdoctoral collaborator will also work within the coordination chemistry and catalysis group in Leiden (MCBIM), which houses excellent facilities for synthesis, photochemistry, and photocatalysis, and hosts several PhD students with expertise in the field of supramolecular photocatalysis.

The MCBIM group is internationally recognized for its work in biomimetic inorganic chemistry and photochemistry. Strong interaction between the postdoc and on the one hand the members of the MCBIM solar fuel team, and on the other hand the European teams of the SOFIA project, is expected.

Selection criteria

  • The candidate should hold a PhD degree in coordination or organometallic chemistry, synthetic photochemistry, or a related field;
  • She/he should have a good knowledge and network of the solar fuel community;
  • Excellent proficiency in English is required (as proven by IELTS: ≥ 6.5 or TOEFL: internet based 90, or equivalent);
  • The candidate should have a convincing publication record;
  • She/he should have proven ability to work in team and to communicate with people from other research fields;
  • Previous experience in the synthesis and study of amphiphilic compounds is a plus;
  • The starting date is as soon as possible in 2020.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The chemistry and life science research in the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is organized around two major research areas: ‘Chemical Biology’ and ‘Energy & Sustainability’. The institute’s research themes illustrate the central position of chemistry between biology, medicine and physics. The various research topics carried out within these themes are ideal for executing interdisciplinary research.

Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time position for initially one year, with possible extension for another year after positive evaluation of the progress of the research. Salary range from €2,709.- to €4,274.- gross per month (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside The Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Sylvestre Bonnet, email bonnet@chem.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact the secretary of the MCBIM group Yvonne Snellenberg, email snellenbergy@chem.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 (0)71 527 4450.

To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than 2 February 2020 an email to Yvonne Snellenberg, email snellenbergy@chem.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you join to your application the vacancy number and the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • An updated CV of at most 3 pages, including a well-identified publication list;
  • Two written letters of recommendation, including at least one by a former PhD supervisor;
  • A digital copy of your PhD degree.

Field Research Grants for Grad/Prof Students

The Center for Latin American Studies is accepting applications for 2020 Tinker Field Research Grants, which can be used to provide graduate and professional students with funds for travel to and within Latin America to conduct pre-dissertation research. Up to $3,000 per student may be awarded and the competition is open to all graduate students in all academic fields at Ohio State, including international students.

Please encourage your students to apply for this funding opportunity! A flyer is attached. Tinker Flyer The deadline is Sunday, March 1st at 11:59 p.m. For more information, please visit: https://clas.osu.edu/funding/grad/tinker-field.

International Conference on Complex Systems CFP


Call for Papers/Abstracts

The International Conference on Complex Systems is a unique interdisciplinary forum that unifies and bridges the traditional domains of science and a multitude of real world systems. Participants will contribute and be exposed to mind expanding concepts and methods from across the diverse field of complex systems science.

ICCS 2020 will be held July 26-31, 2020, at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH



Abstract Submission and Proceedings Publication:

For presentation at the conference, authors should submit an abstract through EasyChair. All the accepted abstracts will be published in the online proceedings on the conference website. Authors of accepted abstracts also have the option of submitting full papers along with the abstracts. These papers will undergo peer review and a selected set of papers will be included in a print and electronic proceedings volume to be published by Springer. Submission of full papers is optional, but submitted papers must follow the guidelines given in the submission instructions. Make sure to register for the conference on the conference website in addition to submitting to EasyChair.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Workshop proposal: February 10, 2020

Abstract & full paper submission: March 2, 2020

Notification to authors: April 10, 2020

Camera-ready abstracts: April 20, 2020

Early registration: April 27, 2020

Camera-ready full papers: May 11, 2020
(full paper submission is optional)

Conference: July 26-31, 2020

ICCS Topics: Unifying Themes in Complex Systems

Sessions will be structured around both themes and systems. The themes are:


The relationship between components and collective properties and behaviors; the relationship of internal structure to external influence; multiscale structure and dynamics; self-similarity and fractals.

Complexity & Information

Defining and measuring complexity; characterizing the information necessary to describe complex systems; structuring, storing, accessing, distributing, visualizing and analyzing information describing complex systems; the dynamics of information and its computational characterization.

Dynamics & Self-Organization

Time series analysis and prediction; nonlinear dynamics and chaos; temporal correlations; the time scale of dynamic processes; spatio-temporal patterns; dynamic scaling; pattern formation; evolution, development and adaptation; interaction between internal dynamics and external inputs; programmability of self-organization.

Structures & Networks

Complex network topologies; multilayer and multiplex networks; dynamical networks; adaptive networks; temporal networks; network modeling and analysis; small-world and scale-free networks; connectivity and centrality; motifs, cliques and communities, modularity, degeneracy, redundancy, and substructure; network visualization.


Computer simulation; agent-based modeling; data-driven research; empirical approaches; machine learning; artificial intelligence; analytical methods; nonlinear statistics; soft computing; design/systemic design; games and gamification; qualitative methods; mixed methods; sensemaking; methods and tools for complex systems education.

The system categories are:

Mathematical, Physical & Chemical Systems

Non-equilibrium processes; hydrodynamics; glasses; nonlinear chemical dynamics; complex fluids; molecular self-organization; information and computation in quantum and classical physical systems; supramolecular chemistry; spatio-temporal patterns in physical systems from subatomic to astrophysical.

Bio-Molecular & Cellular Systems

Systems biology; protein and DNA folding; bio-molecular informatics; membranes; cellular response and communication; genetic regulation; gene cytoplasm interactions; development; cellular differentiation; primitive multicellular organisms; the immune system; origins of life; biological networks in human health: protein-protein interaction, metabolic and gene regulatory networks; Systems pharmacology.

Physiological & Psychological Systems

Nervous system; sensorimotor systems; computational models of neural and cognitive function; perception, cognition, memory and action; psychological dysfunction; pattern recognition; learning and development; human machine interaction; autonomous mental development; neurocognitive networks; embodied knowledge; tacit knowledge.

Organisms & Populations

Population biology; collective behavior of animals; ecosystems; ecology; ecological networks; microbiome; speciation; evolution.

Human Social & Economic Systems

Social networks; socio-technical systems; computational social science; collective intelligence; corporate and social structures and dynamics; organizational behavior and management; urban development; city science; economies and markets; financial systems; risk management; globalization; military and defense systems; whole of government approaches to complex problems; global conflicts; social unrest; political networks; interactions between human and natural systems; evolution of norms and social change; diffusion/flow of knowledge; diffusion of practice; diffusion of innovation; regulatory policy; anti-trust/monopoly policy; organizational learning; organizational health/robustness/anti-fragility; societal health/robustness/anti-fragility; the Commons.

Engineered Systems and Systems of Systems

Design and manufacturing; nano-technology; bioengineering; modified and hybrid biological organisms; computer based interactive systems; multi-agent systems; artificial life; artificial intelligence; robots; communication networks; the Internet; traffic systems; distributed control; resilience; engineered resilient systems; critical infrastructure systems; graceful extensibility; robustness vs fragility tradeoffs; emergence and surprise in engineered systems of systems; test and evaluation of autonomous, learning systems; self organizing artifacts; complex systems engineering; biologically inspired engineering; synthetic biology; sensor networks.


There will be several time slots available during the conference for organizing workshops on specific topics. All the accepted abstracts/papers for the workshops will be included in the conference proceedings as well.

If you are interested in organizing a workshop, email the following information to programs@necsi.edu by February 10, 2020:

·     Name(s) and contact information of the workshop organizer(s)

·     Title of the workshop

·     A short description of the workshop: (aim, scope, target audience, format and expected outcome)

·     A list of confirmed and prospective speakers


Conference Emeritus:

Yaneer Bar-Yam (New England Complex Systems Institute)

Executive Committee:

Marcus Aguiar (Universidade Estadual de Campinas)

Dan Braha (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth)

Carlos Gershenson (National Autonomous University of Mexico)

Garth Jensen (Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division)

Les Kaufman (Boston University)

Ali Minai (University of Cincinnati)

Elena N. Naumova (Tufts, Division of Nutrition Data Sciences)

Hiroki Sayama (Binghamton University)

Emma Towlson (Northeastern University)

Communications and Logistics Chairs:

Kim Severino (New England Complex Systems Institute)

Matthew Hardcastle (New England Complex Systems Institute)

Program Committee:

PC members TBA

Location and Accommodations:

The conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH. Guests should call the hotel and identify themselves as part of the “NE Complex Systems Institute” or “ICCS” to receive this room rate or book online at radisson.com/nashuanh and enter dates of stay and promo code ICCS20

All reservations must be guaranteed for late arrival with a credit card. The Credit card will not be charged at the time of reservation and will only be used as a guarantee. Rates cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation at the time the reservation is requested. Requests must go directly to Reservations. Preferred rates and space in the block of rooms can be confirmed by dialing 1-603-888-9970.

For More Information:

Check the conference website: necsi.edu/events/iccs2020/

Contact us at programs@necsi.edu






277 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA


The Ohio State University Spring Career Fair – Tuesday, January 21st


The Ohio State University Spring Career Fair is NEXT TUESDAY! Spend time during this long, holiday, weekend to prepare for the fair!

The annual job and internship fair will be held on January 21, 2020 from 1130am-430pm. The fair is open to ALL current OSU students, and recent graduates, and provides an opportunity for students to network with employers and learn about internship and career opportunities. The fair will be held in two venues in the Ohio Union: The Grand Ballroom and the Performance Hall.

Attending employers recruit across a broad range of disciplines. There will be a large number of private sector companies recruiting for business and technical functions such as communications, business analysis, logistics, retail management, general management, graphic design, human resources, marketing, sales, financial planning, and other related areas.

In addition there are opportunities for science and technology students in areas such as laboratory based research and development in medical and industrial settings, as well as computer science and engineering roles. Federal and State government agencies will also be well represented offering opportunities in administration, fiscal management, technology, diplomacy, and law enforcement and security related functions. Attending employers seek to fill full-time, entry level positions as well as summer internships.

Advanced research via Handshake is recommended to determine if a particular employer of interest will be in attendance. Bookmark https://app.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/11568/student_preview to see who’s attending, as there are 180+ organizations registered!

Let us know you’re coming by visiting https://app.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/11568/student_preview and clicking the registration button (while not required, it’s helpful for us to know who’s interested).

Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success
100 Denney Hall, 164 Annie & John Glenn Ave, Columbus, OH 43210


The Ohio State University Spring Career Fair is open to all current Ohio State University students and recent graduates and provides an opportunity for students to network with employers and learn about internship and career opportunities.

If you have a Disability and rely on a screen reader or the keyboard for access to your computer you will experience difficulty using this application. As the University works with Handshake to improve accessibility, please contact handshake@osu.edu for assistance in navigating and using this application. A member of our team will respond within 2 business days to assist you.


Project Description:

NIP is a center unique college internship program (formerly known as LERCIP) conducted at the NASA Glenn Research Center. The program provides a 10-week paid summer internship for students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and non-STEM majors that lend support to the NASA mission, and a 16-week fall and spring STEM-only internship opportunity. Students spend their tenure learning and working at the NASA Glenn Research Center facilities under the guidance of a mentor while engaging in authentic NASA-related, mission-based R&D and career-related activities. The educational component allows students to attend and participate in a variety of planned activities such as Conference Day, Career Showcase and a Student Poster Session. The program provides hands-on experiences that challenge, inspire, and promote practical application, complementing and expanding upon students’ theoretical education.

Eligibility Requirements:

For consideration in this project, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen and meet each of the following criteria:

  • Full-time student pursuing a baccalaureate or higher degree in a field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics or business related field at an accredited colleges/universities
  • College-bound graduates (high school seniors) or students attending an accredited 2-year college
  • The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • The applicant must begin on scheduled start date and participate on a full-time basis, Monday through Friday (40 hours per week), for the entire tenure

Benefits:                                           2019/2020 Start/End Dates:

  • Hands-on experiences                         Spring Session:  January 13, 2020 – May 1, 2020
  • Mentoring and role models Summer Session 1:  June 8, 2020 – August 14, 2020
  • Exposure to NASA careers Summer Session 2:  June 15, 2020 – August 21, 2020
  • Enrichment activities Fall Session: August 31 – December 11, 2020
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Salary based on academic level

Application Information:

Application season for students to apply can be found at https://intern.nasa.gov

Project Nature Newsletter & Lecture Series – January Issue

The Project Nature Lecture Series, affiliated with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Graduate Student Association, is dedicated to informing of the many ways in which one could get involved in making a significant and meaningful contribution towards fighting climate change. More information about the lecture series is here and the January 2020 newsletter is attached. Past issues of the newsletter can be found here. You can also learn about ways to get involved with Project Nature here: https://u.osu.edu/maemega/project-nature-get-involved/ 

This month’s newsletter talks about IPCC – the United Nations body dedicated to studying climate change – and the key takeaways from its 2018 special report that was in the news.

The first Project Nature Lecture Series event of the new year will be held on Thursday, January 30 at 12:15 PM in E100, Scott Lab, OSU. Join the curator of Orton Geological Museum at OSU, Mr. Dale Gnidovec, to learn about the geological history of Ohio. We will be webcasting the talk through OSU Zoom, so that if you can’t make it to the talk, you can still join us via the internet! You do not need an OSU account or a Zoom account to join the webinar. Follow the link below to join


Project Nature_Newsletter-January_2020

Project Nature Lecture Series-January 30 2020

STEM Elementary Volunteer Opportunity – Scientific Thinkers

My name is Nathan Zimovan and I am the president of Scientific Thinkers, a student org and volunteer program here at OSU. Through Scientific Thinkers, OSU students have the opportunity to:

  • positively impact the Columbus community by teaching elementary students interactive STEM lessons and experiments
  • mentor underrepresented minority students in STEM who have limited STEM resources within their school
  • gain experience in teaching a unique age group
  • increase their leadership skills, and
  • expand their ability to communicate knowledge of STEM topics to a variety of age groups.

If students are interested they should attend a mandatory orientation on January 23 3-4pm in the Physics Research Building (PRB) which they can sign up for using this link: https://forms.gle/ZEumgPVFH5kUMLLu5

The program is highly rewarding and is a great way to complete community service and outreach requirements. More information can be found on our website: https://u.osu.edu/cemscientificthinkers/.

I would greatly appreciate you sharing this opportunity with your scholars!


Best regards,

Nathan Zimovan
Scientific Thinkers President

Nathan Zimovan
Scientific Thinkers President
College of Arts and Sciences Zoology
614-717-3053 Cell
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Call for Judges – Central Ohio You Be The Chemist Challenge

As the Central Ohio Regional You Be The Chemist Challenge Organizer, I invite OSU grad students to consider volunteering in support of the  You Be The Chemist Challenge  a collaborative, multilevel academic competition that celebrates the science of chemistry and elevates STEM careers!   The Central Ohio Regional Challenge will be held on Saturday, February 15th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Columbus Metropolitan library.   Univar Solutions, a global chemical distributor, partners nationally with the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) by supporting  You Be The Chemist programs.    We are committed to advancing STEM education by connecting with students in the early years to instill a love of science through hands-on activities and competition.

I’m  excited to share fifteen teams from across Ohio will participate in our Challenge.    Each team consists of 4 students from grades 5 through 8.  The competition is a quiz bowl format comprised of four rounds, 10 short answer questions each round.  Students work across their team to answer timed questions.  Judges score the team’s answer card and the result is recorded by a scorekeeper.

Last year, more than 60,000 students from 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participated in the You Be the Chemist Challenge! The program continues to grow every year, and I hope you will support its success by  volunteering as a judge for the Central Ohio Regional Challenge.  This is a great opportunity for the  future generation to interact with OSU grad students.

For judging , the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) provides a scoring key that has a detailed explanation of how to score each question so that anyone can score the questions. The scoring key is available well in advance of the competition so that the Judges have plenty of time to review it before the competition.

Fulfilling this role requires volunteers to:

  • Before the Challenge
  • During the Challenge
    • Ensure the competition complies with all the rules
    • Score team answers using the scoring key during each round, track total team scores throughout the competition, and calculate total score at the end of the competition
  • The Speaking Judge’s Responsibilities Include
    • Announcing the participants advancing to the national level
    • Announcing appeal results (if applicable)

Last year, more than 60,000 students from 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participated in the You Be the Chemist Challenge! The program continues to grow every year, and I hope you will support the success of the program through volunteering for the Central Ohio Regional Challenge.

Please feel free to forward this opportunity to others who you think may be interested in volunteering!

Questions? Please let me know! I am happy to share more about how you can be involved.

Want to read more? Check out the Challenge web page for more information.

Ready to volunteer now?  Please email me directly with your contact details.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Aileen Doyle

Sr. Director-Unite Commercial

Univar Solutions


P: +1.704.999.8103

M: 1.704.999.8103



Buckeye Food Alliance Food Pantry

Buckeye Food Alliance sponsors a free student food pantry with resources to help all OSU students, including graduate students, who might be experiencing food insecurity.

The pantry offers fresh produce, non-perishable food, personal hygiene products, and other types of support at no charge to any OSU student who visits.  Hours and more information are available at https://www.buckeyefoodalliance.org/.