Dow Building Engineering and Science Talent (BEST) Symposium – Apply by April 15th

RISE North America
BEST Symposium
Now Accepting Applications
RISE is now accepting applications for the 14th annual Dow Building Engineering and Science Talent (BEST) Symposium. Application deadline is April 15, 2020.

The BEST symposium will be held in Midland, MI on July 28 – 30, 2020.  Dow’s BEST Symposium is primarily intended to introduce African American, Hispanic & Latinos, Native American U.S. doctoral and postdoctoral scientists to the wide range of rewarding careers in industrial research, and in particular, the many opportunities with one of the world’s largest and leading chemical companies, Dow.  This conference, developed jointly by our minority scientists and Ph.D. recruiting team, demonstrates our commitment to a diverse work force.

We would greatly appreciate your help to forward this to your graduate students and post-doctoral scientists.  Applicants must be pursuing degrees in: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or other closely related fields and should have a doctorate degree or expect to receive one by December 2021.

Additional information may be found at our website. All applications are due by April 15th, 2020.

All travel expenses, meals, and hotel accommodations for those selected to participate in the BEST Symposium will be paid for by Dow.  However, participation neither obligates the student to apply for employment, nor guarantees future consideration for employment by Dow.

For further information, please contact the symposium chair Juan Callejas.

Regards,

Elizabeth Santos

Elizabeth Santos, PhD
Senior Chemist
Product Development – Advanced Elastomers

Dow
2651 Salzburg Rd, Midland, MI 48640
phone: 989.633.5560  |  email: emsantos@dow.com

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How to Make Good Talks Great – Register for via Zoom

How to Make Good Talks Great

 

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is excited to announce that Dr. Todd Thompson of the Department of Astronomy at Ohio State will again deliver his interactive lecture: How to Make Good Talks Great.

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020
10:30am to 11:30am
Virtual (via Zoom) – Complete registration for link.*

*Please note that this event has been changed to virtual only (i.e., there will be no in-person session) due to public health concerns.

Dr. Thompson will discuss key elements of great seminars, lectures, and colloquia taken from his experience in astrophysics research and teaching, including

  • Improving technical seminars, job talks, and public outreach talks
  • The art of responding to questions
  • The trick of knowing what not to say

This talk is applicable to many STEM fields and beyond. Learn more here.
To  receive credit for this event as part of the Postdoctoral Professional Development Program Certification, select this course “How to Make Good Talks Great” before March 26th. You do not need an Event Credit Request Form.

If you have any questions, please contact us at osupostdocs@osu.edu

Upcoming Events at the Research Commons: Census Panel, IRB Overview, Research Visibility, and StoryMaps

Increasing the Visibility of Your Research (Online Workshop)

Register: https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/research-visibility0323

This online workshop will present strategies and outlets for making your research more visible, including open access, scholarly profiles, social media, and The Conversation. Each day during March 23-26, 2020, participants will receive an email with links to one or more topics related to visibility.  Work at your own pace.

Who: Ohio State faculty, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Self-paced. March 23 – 26, 2020
Where: Online only, via email prompts

 

IRB Overview for Graduate Students (Presentation)

Register for in-person: https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/irb-graduates0325

Livestream link (no registration required): http://go.osu.edu/irbgraduates

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop for graduate students on how to navigate the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. The workshop will focus on the following key topics:

  • Understanding why we have an IRB process
  • Exploring types of research and levels of review
  • Reviewing application components
  • Tips for successful application completion
  • Finding out where to go for help
  • Q&A

Who: Ohio State graduate students
When: Wednesday, March 25, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

 

Using ArcGIS StoryMaps in Your Research and Teaching (Workshop)

Register: https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/storymaps0331

Want to make a map that will help you share the stories being uncovered through your research and make them accessible to a broader audience? Want to give your students an opportunity to engage with spatial thinking and work on an exciting digital project? ArcGIS StoryMaps allows you to weave an inspiring and interactive narrative by combining text, maps, and multimedia content – photos, videos, and audio – to communicate information through engaging and user-friendly web mapping applications.

In this workshop, we will explore the ArcGIS StoryMaps platform with a focus on the timely topic of the U.S. Census. Participants will:

  • Explore StoryMaps albums to learn from examples spanning a wide range of topics
  • Build a StoryMap to illustrate a possible use case in research and teaching
  • Sketch a workflow for creating a StoryMap or assignment related to their own research or teaching interests
  • Locate and access training resources to support continued learning for creating an ArcGIS StoryMap

This workshop is offered through a collaboration between the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and the University Libraries.

BYOD – Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets for hands-on participation, and our presenters will be available afterward for consultations. As part of the workshop, participants will sign up for an ArcGIS Online account using their Ohio State credentials.

Who: Ohio State faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students from all disciplines
When: Tuesday, March 31, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

 

Scholarship and the Census: Showcasing Examples from Across Ohio State (Panel)

Register: https://library.osu.edu/researchcommons/event/census-panel

The census provides critical data that many stakeholders use to make impactful decisions about how federal funding and other types of services will be provided to communities nationwide. Census data products also provide a treasure trove of demographic and socioeconomic information that scholars from many disciplines use to conduct research and create new knowledge for a multitude of topics.

Join us on Census Day (April 1, 2020) to learn more about a few examples of such scholarship at Ohio State. Researchers from several different disciplines will discuss their topics of study, uses of Census data, and perspectives on the importance of this nationwide population count.

Presenters include:

  • Bridget Freisthler, Professor and Associate Dean of Research, College of Social Work
  • Clayton Howard, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Glennon Sweeney, Senior Research Associate, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
  • Joshua Sadvari (moderator), Geospatial Information Librarian, University Libraries

This event is part of the Research Commons Presents showcasing series. Light Refreshments will be provided. 

Who: Ohio State faculty, postdocs, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students
When: Wednesday, April 1, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor 18th Avenue Library

How to Make Good Talks Great

MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF POSTDOCTORAL AFFAIRS

How to Make Good Talks Great

 

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is excited to announce that Dr. Todd Thompson of the Department of Astronomy at Ohio State will again deliver his interactive lecture: How to Make Good Talks Great.

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020
10:30am to 11:30am
Biomedical Research Tower, Room 115
Dr. Thompson will discuss key elements of great seminars, lectures, and colloquia taken from his experience in astrophysics research and teaching, including

  • Improving technical seminars, job talks, and public outreach talks
  • The art of responding to questions
  • The trick of knowing what not to say

This talk is applicable to many STEM fields and beyond. Learn more here.

Register for the event here.
To  receive credit for this event as part of the Postdoctoral Professional Development Program Certification, select this course “How to Make Good Talks Great” before March 26th. You do not need an Event Credit Request Form, just be sure to sign in at the event.

If you have any questions, please contact us at osupostdocs@osu.edu

 

52nd Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference (MWTCC)

We are pleased to announce the 52nd annual Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference (MWTCC) at the Ohio State University, to be held from the evening of Thursday, June 4, through the morning of Saturday, June 6, 2020. The program will include oral and poster presentations, with several cash and voucher prizes awarded for the best presentations across several areas. The following speakers will offer invited presentations:

  • Todd Gingrich, Northwestern University
  • Lasse Jensen, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ka Un Lao, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Noa Marom, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Benoît Roux, University of Chicago (keynote speaker at the Friday evening banquet)

We look forward to seeing as many from the community of midwestern theoretical chemists as possible, including many students and faculty from OSU. To make that happen, we have kept registration as affordable as possible:

  • Registration: $70 for undergraduate and graduate students and $130 for postdocs and faculty

The registration includes light breakfasts on Friday and Saturday, lunch on Friday, and a banquet on Friday. The conference will conclude at noon on Saturday, June 6.

Please visit https://mwtcc.osu.edu to learn more and submit abstracts. Abstract submission will be closing May 1, 2020 for contributed talks and May 15, 2020 for poster presentations.

*** Important note regarding registration for OSU students who would like to present a poster or contributed talk ***: We would like to ask OSU faculty to arrange registration payments for their students and postdocs directly with Sarah Hancock (hancock.124@osu.edu). Please do not use the registration system on the MWTCC website for this purpose. This will help us to avoid extra fees associated with collecting payments. You will still need to fill out an abstract submission form and submit your abstract on the MWTCC website before abstract submission is closed.

Please don’t hesitate to contact any of us if you have questions.

John Herbert
Steffen Lindert
Sherwin Singer
Alexander Sokolov

GTA Teaching Statement Generative Knowledge Interview: March 4th 12:00pm – 1:30pm

UITL will be hosting an event Wednesday, March 4th geared toward the Graduate Students here at OSU. Below are the event’s details:

GTA Teaching Statement Generative Knowledge Interview: March 4th 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Where: Barbie Tootle Ohio Union

Description: In this session, participants will review the genre of the teaching statement for the academic job market and spend time in structured narrative interviews generating a thesis statement for their own teaching statement. That thesis can guide the creation of a draft for the follow-up session on March 18th. This workshop is eligible for the “Documenting Teaching Endorsement.”

There’s still time to register but spots are limited: here. We hope to see you there!

Best,

UITL Staff

FREE Spring Break Opportunity : Merck Career Trek!

Looking for a Spring Break adventure? Interested in a career at a dynamic global healthcare company? Join ASC’s Career Trek to Merck over Spring Break!

Merck is inviting Life Sciences students to join them in their labs in Kenilworth, New Jersey, on Tuesday, March 10th from 9:45 am to 3:00 pm. career opportunities. Labs included in the tour will be the Bio NMR lab, the HTE lab (chemistry), and the Cell culture labs. You will also have a chance to shadow a Merck scientist in their high throughput screening labs, analytical method development labs, & mass spectrometry labs.

Transportation to and from the event is the students’ responsibility, so if you don’t have a car then get a friend with one to join you on this road trip! NOTE: You must provide your own transportation to and from New Jersey for this trek (see below for an ASC financial assistance opportunity). You can learn more about Merck here: https://www.merck.com/about/home.html .

There are only 2 more openings for this amazing opportunity, so RSVP NOW: https://osu.joinhandshake.com/events/452319/share_preview.

If you are a post-doc or graduate student having trouble RSVPing through Handshake, please email Molly Wannamaker (wannamaker.1@osu.edu) to RSVP.

For those who may need financial assistance to cover gas, there is a travel grant available to undergraduates and graduate students (masters and Ph.D only; sorry Post-Docs). The grant varies from $25 to $100, depending on the distance you trek from campus. Travel grants are awarded after you attend the trek and complete the required online form. Undergraduates are also required to meet with a Career Coach within 5 weeks after the trek to receive your travel grant.

Please RSVP today so you don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity! We will send further details once the Treks are closer.

Molly Wannamaker
Industry Connections Assistant
Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success

wannamaker.1@osu.edu

asc-careersuccess.osu.edu

Science Day Volunteers Needed

Scientific Thinkers is hosting a Science Day at Parkmoor elementary school and we are in need of volunteers. We are a STEM outreach group and we will be going out to the elementary school to have a science field day where we will teach science lessons. All volunteers who sign up will receive training and a have the option to carpool to the school from campus.

 

Science Day will be Thursday, February 20th. We plan to leave campus around 12pm and will return around 3:30.  Students will be teaching from 1 to 3pm.

 

https://forms.gle/crEfAwwdpAkKZtrn6

Parkmoor Science Day Sign Up

Scientific Thinkers Contact us at deal.95@buckeyemail.osu.edu or winding.1@buckeyemail.osu.edu

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#RSCPoster Twitter Conference

I wanted to make you all aware of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual Twitter poster conference and competition on March 3.  This is an entirely online 24 hour poster presentation in which chemistry researchers from around the world Tweet posters about their research and anyone can ask questions or provide feedback using the Twitter platform.  This might sound a little silly at first, but it’s actually become a pretty big event, and it’s like attending a traditional conference but without the financial costs, travel hassle, and environmental impacts.  Complete information can be found HERE.  You have to register ahead of time to be eligible to win prizes.

I will mention that you don’t necessarily have to present a poster to take part.  You can just browse through the posters by searching through #RSCPoster on Twitter.  And, on that note, Twitter is an entirely public platform, so be sure to check with your advisor about whether it’s OK to broadcast your research to the world before Tweeting your latest hot results.

If you do end up Tweeting your poster, I would ask that you please tag @OSU_CBC so that we drum up some publicity for the amazing science going on in our department!

Best,
Chris (@CThomas_group)

Dr. Christine M. Thomas, FRSC
Fox Professor and Vice Chair of Graduate Studies
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The Ohio State University
Research Office: Newman & Wolfrom 3109
Grad Studies Office: Newman & Wolfrom 1110
100 W 18th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
(614)688-4723 (Research Office)
(614)292-8688 (Grad Studies Office)
Associate Editor, Dalton Transactions
Chair-Elect, Organometallic Subdivision of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry