FOCUS Meeting – October 6th

Females of Chemistry Uniting Scientists (FOCUS) is having their first general meeting next Tuesday at 6 pm. THey will be updating everyone with events that they are planning for the year and will also be hosting a trivia game to give everyone an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other. Anyone is welcome! This will be a virtual event and the link is listed below!

Topic: FOCUS Meeting

Time: Oct 6, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://osu.zoom.us/j/98807084200?pwd=enBNbnQwR0RUWHFqOGVaUFozM1EzZz09

Meeting ID: 988 0708 4200
Password: 574624

oSTEM 2020 + Out To Innovate; November conference

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics in collaboration with the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) is pleased to invite you to attend the virtual 10th Annual Conference + Out to Innovate™ 2020.

We look forward to hundreds of our members from across the world coming together for this four-day conference experience, taking place virtually November 12 – 15, 2020. Join us in a celebration of diversity across all fields.

Registration is now open. Learn more and register here: https://ostem.org/page/conference-2020

Applications still being accepted for ACS GSSPC

Applications are still being accepted for:

  • The Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee for the Spring 2022 ACS National Meeting to be held in San Diego, California
  • Graduate student travel grants to attend the Spring 2021 ACS National Meeting being held in San Antonio, Texas

The Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee is a unique opportunity for graduate students to learn how to organize and execute a symposium and make invaluable connections within and outside of academia. Communicating your research to the scientific community is important in not only moving science forward, but also in making connections and networking, yet funding to attend conferences can be difficult to come by, especially in these trying times.

Information on how to apply to either opportunity is in the attachment below. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions (pitt-cmugsspc@pitt.edu).

Pitt-CMU-GSSPC_nGSSPC_application_extension

Thomas Mallouk virtual lecture on October 5th

Faculty and students are invited to attend the virtual lecture titled “How Do You Make a Micro-Robot?” that will be given by Prof. Thomas E. Mallouk from University of Pennsylvania at our departmental seminar on Monday, October 5th, starting at 11:15 AM.

Topic: Prof. Thomas E. Mallouk’s lecture
Time: Oct 5, 2020 11:15 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83618730209?pwd=ZUtJYlhuNnNoamNKaHNuclZuK2duQT09

Meeting ID: 836 1873 0209
Passcode: 549227

 

How Do You Make a Micro-Robot?

Thomas E. Mallouk, University of Pennsylvania

Engines and motors are everywhere in the modern world, but it is a challenge to make them work if they are very small.  On the micron length scale, inertial forces are weak and conventional motor designs involving, e.g., pistons or flywheels cease to function.  Biological motors work by a different principle and use catalysis to convert chemical to mechanical energy on the nanometer length scale.  Together with Ayusman Sen and other colleagues at Penn State we have explored the concept of using catalysis to power synthetic nano- and microswimmers.  Bi- and trimetallic microwires are catalytically self-propelled in fuel-containing solutions at speeds that are comparable to those of flagellar bacteria. Detailed studies of the mechanism of chemically-driven motion on the micron length scale show that the propulsion of bimetallic swimmers derives from electrochemically generated electric fields. The same principle can be used pump fluids using inorganic or enzymatic catalysts. Despite the difference in propulsion mechanisms, catalytic swimmers are subject to similar external forces as natural microswimmers such as bacteria.  Therefore they follow the same scaling laws and exhibit similar emergent behavior (e.g., magnetotaxis, chemotaxis, schooling, and predator-prey behavior).  Interestingly, a broad range of molecular catalysts (such as enzymes and polymerization catalysts) also move, transfer momentum to their surroundings, and are subject to chemotactic forces while carrying out their catalytic reactions.

In collaboration with Mauricio Hoyos at ESPCI (Paris) we have found that asymmetric nano- and microparticles also undergo autonomous motion and exhibit a range of interesting collective behaviors in fluids when they are excited by low power ultrasound. The acoustic propulsion mechanism, particularly when combined with magnetic, chemical, or photochemical propulsion for steering and assembly, is potentially useful for diagnostic and biomedical applications because it is salt-tolerant and does not involve toxic chemical fuels.

Thomas E. Mallouk is currently Vagelos Professor in Energy Research in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania.  His research focuses on the synthesis of inorganic materials and their application to solar energy conversion, catalysis and electrocatalysis, nano- and microscale motors, low dimensional physical phenomena, and environmental remediation.  He is the author of 400+ publications, including a few good ones.  He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. 

SACNAS Weekly Newsletter

The next meeting is Tuesday, October 13th at 5pm! A Zoom link will be sent out in next week’s newsletter.

CHAPTER EVENTS

Important info for those attending the SACNAS Conference:
Interested in being a mentor or mentee?

For Students:  Recruitment just started so we have ~50 so far. 
Undergraduates/Postbac students attending #SACNAS2020. They will be matched to a Mentor in their field. 1 min to fill out the form. https://forms.gle/KT96g9iwtVKNsHtVA

For Mentors:  sign up here.  We have 114 so far.  We typically get ~300+ students so we could use more mentors.  
1 min to fill out the form https://forms.gle/f435pBbSey1N83kg6.

GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES

2020-2021 CGS Grants:
CGS, in partnership with the Office of Outreach and EngagementOffice of Student LifeOffice of Research, and Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) – is pleased to announce the launch of the Engaged Scholar Grant.
Graduate students may apply for grants ranging from $500 to $1,500
Application deadline: November 1, 2020
For activities between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021
Learn more at: [go.osu.edu/engagedscholar]go.osu.edu/engagedscholar

The Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service (Ray Award) encourages and enables graduate students to participate in professional conferences, both in their respective fields and in the broader academic community, by reimbursing or partially reimbursing the expenses incurred by graduate students during travel to conferences and meetings to present original research.
Award amount: up to $350
Application deadline: November 1, 2020
For activities between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021
Learn more at: [go.osu.edu/ray]go.osu.edu/ray

The Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service (Ray Award) encourages and enables graduate students to participate in professional conferences, both in their respective fields and in the broader academic community, by reimbursing or partially reimbursing the expenses incurred by graduate students during travel to conferences and meetings to present original research.
Award amount: up to $350
Application deadline: November 1, 2020
For activities between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021
Learn more at: [go.osu.edu/ray]go.osu.edu/ray

 

Genentech Postdoc Program: Now Hiring!
Genentech’s world-class biomedical research organization is launching a new set of postdoc openings aimed at identifying top scientific talent, independent of a specific job posting for a given Genentech scientist’s lab. Applicants are provided the freedom to select three potential Genentech postdoc mentors that they are most interested in working with in order to propel the next stage of their scientific career. Applications for this new postdoc hiring initiative are due by Monday October 19, 2020 at 6:00pm (PDT).
https://www.gene.com/careers/detail/202009-122850/Genentech-Postdoctoral-Fellow

2020 GPS “Life at OSU” Virtual Student Roundtable:
Seeking volunteers on Monday, October 26, 2020from 10:30am – 12:00noon. It is crucial for prospective students to hear from current students and past participation by students like yourself is what has helped make this event a huge success each year!
Email gps@osu.edu  by Monday, October 15
Grants for Black Students:
The sponsor offers grants to support Black computer science students interested in attending USENIX Conferences.
28-Sep-2020, 19-Oct-2020
https://www.usenix.org/
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships:
AES Postdoctoral Research Fellowships support postdoctoral trainees conducting research into the causes, treatment, and consequences of epilepsy under the guidance of a mentor with expertise in epilepsy research. Proposals are welcomed across the spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical epilepsy research.  The fellowship award offers up to $50,000 for stipend and travel support to the AES Annual Meeting for one year.
https://www.aesnet.org/research/
13-Jan-2021

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Information session about The Academic Mutual Aid Foundation (AMAF):
An organization to empower students and postdoctoral scholars through financial stresses: The Academic Mutual Aid Foundation (AMAF) serves as an emergency fund for students and postdoctoral scholars around the country. Dr. Andrew Watkins will introduce his organization and take questions during a 30 minute session. To learn more please register to attend. There will be a Q&A session after the presentation.

Date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 2:00PM to 2:30PM
Location: Zoom, links sent upon registration.
RSVP: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3R7qTnAU5JFLJqZ

Grad Student & Postdoc Life at Your Fingertips

Subscribe to ACS’s Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist magazine for career advice, wellness tips, career paths, lab life insights, awards, fellowships, and general topics related to grad student and postdoc life.

Don’t delay, subscribe today at GPChemist.ACS.org!

September Highlights:

Cultivating My Authenticity and Self-Awareness As a STEM Graduate Student

2020 is the year of self-awareness, according to health experts. Purdue University STEM graduate student Josie Nardo takes you on a journey of self-awareness, authenticity, and identity. Read more.

Grad Students Weigh in on Returning to Lab after Quarantine

As labs reopen, students and faculty must adjust to new campus guidelines on conducting research in the COVID-19 era. See what graduate students from four universities think are the keys to a safe return to the lab and research during a pandemic. Read more.

How Not To Network

Learn how to achieve your professional development goals through the power of networking. Case studies provide great of what not to do during a networking event or conversations. Read more.

Don’t miss these articles and more!

Deadline approaching! Spring 2021 internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Now accepting applications!

Spring 2021 internship opportunities
at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) participates in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Community College Internships (CCI) and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) programs. These programs are sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with DOE national laboratories. The CCI and SULI programs are now accepting applications for spring 2021! The deadline to apply is October 7, 2020, at 5 p.m. ET.

 

About the CCI Program
The Community College Internships (CCI) program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the Department of Energy (DOE) mission by providing technical training experiences at DOE laboratories. Selected students contribute to technologies or instrumentation projects under the guidance of laboratory scientists or engineers. Apply now!
About the SULI Program
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at Department of Energy laboratories. Selected students perform research under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers. Apply now!
Have a question? Send an email to suli@orau.org

 

About Oak Ridge National Laboratory

 

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.

 

Learn More

 

The CCI and SULI programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

 

Information Session: Academic Mutual Aid Foundation

An organization to empower students and postdoctoral scholars through financial stresses.

The Academic Mutual Aid Foundation (AMAF) serves as an emergency fund for students and postdoctoral scholars around the country. Dr. Andrew Watkins will introduce his organization and take questions during a 30 minute session. To learn more please register to attend. There will be a Q&A session after the presentation.

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Time: 2:00PM to 2:30PM

Location: Zoom, links sent upon registration.

Register here.