Monday, June 1, 2015

US FDA - Recruiting Recent Graduates...

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs is looking for recent graduates with science base degrees who are interested in a career as a Consumer Safety Officer.

ORA Supports FDA Product Centers by inspecting regulated products and manufacturers, conducting sample analysis on regulated products, and reviewing imported products offered for entry into the United States. This is a Recent Graduate position in the Pathways Program which is responsible for inspecting regulated products and manufacturers, conducting sample analysis on regulated products, and reviewing imported products offered for entry into the United States.

The vacancy announcement is scheduled to post on on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website at: on June 8, 2015 with openings in Minneapolis, MN as well as other locations throughout the country.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

REU in Environmental and Green Chemistry

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Black Hills State University, Northern University and South Dakota State University have recently received funding from NSF for a new Research Experiences for  for Undergraduates (REU) Site focused on research in Green Chemistry and the Environmental Chemistry of Natural Environments. A description of the REU Site and the research projects that are available this summer can be found at

This REU Site has 10 REU student fellowships available for Summer 2015 across the 3 participating universities. Each fellowship provides a 10-week stipend, a cost of living allowance, and a travel allowance to students selected to participate. Applications are now being accepted using an electronic application form

If students would like more information or have any questions they may contact me directly or the investigator identified with each project on the REU Site webpage.

Jim Rice, Professor & Head
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry
South Dakota State University
Box 2202
Brookings, SD 57007-0896

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Summer Internship

Summer Internship-Pharmaceutical Formulation Development

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding summer internship?  Then, CIMA LABS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceuticals, is the place for you. CIMA LABS is a drug delivery technology company that develops and manufactures prescription and over-the-counter drug products using proprietary drug delivery technologies. 

As a summer intern, you will work in the Formulations Development Group.  The work comprises performing general formulation development activities associated with the development of new dosage forms and drug delivery systems.  These activities include the assembly and operation of processing equipment such as blenders, tablet presses, granulators, and coaters to manufacture formulations. The intern will also characterize the physical properties of the formulations, document the data in notebooks, and effectively present the data to the Formulations group.

We are seeking students who have demonstrated a strong academic record and the capability to perform well in a research environment. Candidates who have completed courses in chemistry, pharmacy, physics, statistics and/or calculus and who have previous lab experience are desired. Candidates should have completed at least six semesters of undergraduate work or be enrolled in graduate school.

If this internship opportunity is of interest to you, please email or fax your cover letter, resume, and college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to Gladys Tripp by March 31, 2015.

7325 Aspen Lane North
Brooklyn Park, MN  55428
Fax: 763-488-4800

Monday, March 9, 2015

MnTAP Internship - Deadline extended to 31 March 2015

The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is seeking junior or senior college students to work on waste reduction and energy efficiency projects at companies in Minnesota. In 2015, MnTAP is 13 summer projects in locations around the state. The application deadline has been extended until March 31, 2015 so there is still time for students to apply.

As a MnTAP intern, students will:
  1. Determine how waste is currently produced in company processes.
  2. Research and evaluate options for reducing waste.
  3. Work with the company’s management and employees to determine feasibility of different waste reduction options.
  4. Develop a cost comparison between the use of existing procedures and the new ones.
  5. Write a final report and present project results.
The projects are at different companies and in different industries so project specifics will vary. Specific job descriptions for the 13 positions are posted on the MnTAP web site at: (

Friday, February 27, 2015

Chemistry Seminar, March 5th, 3:15PM

Natural Biomarkers for Monitoring Bioenergetics in Living Cells

Ahmed A. Heikal

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Swenson College of Science and Engineering,

University of Minnesota-Duluth, MN, 55812, USA

Abstract: Reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) is a key cofactor in energy
metabolism pathways and a myriad of oxidation-reduction reactions in living cells.  NADH is
naturally fluorescent and its emission is rather sensitive to protein binding.  As a result, NADH
autofluorescence would allow for noninvasive and ultimately quantitative monitoring of energy
metabolism in living cells.  In this seminar, I will highlight our efforts in establishing NADH as a
natural biomarker for cellular energy metabolism, mitochondrial anomalies and related health
problems.  Macromolecular crowding effects on enzyme binding reactions with NADH will also
be discussed using a combination of both fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy methods

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Summer research opportunity

Students please visit the UNLV REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution website. 

Undergraduate projects funded by the REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution focus on biological processes that drive heritable change. The inspiration for this proposal is the celebrated essay, Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution by Theodosius Dobzhansky. The goals of this proposal are to provide undergraduates with hypothesis-based projects that investigate one or more mechanisms of evolution, promote careers in science and reinforce the connection between genetics and evolution.

Students from underrepresented groups and those that attend academic institutions with limited research opportunities, including two-year colleges are strongly encouraged to apply.

The grant provides a travel subsidy, housing and stipend.  
Visit for the application, a list of mentors and additional details.

Program dates: May 26-July 31
Application deadline: March 6, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tips for Scienitifc Talks, Posters, Papers, and Proposals


Over the years many of us have been asked or volunteered to talk with a variety of audiences about our work and our perspective as scientists on topics of the day.  In the not so distant future, you will need these skills as well.  The ability to tell a compelling, coherent, engaging story will serve you well.  Recently, Ronald Hites, editor of the ACS journal Environmental Science and Technology, wrote a piece that presents some suggestions on how to give scientific talks and posters and on how to get started writing research papers and proposals.  It is well worth the read and follow-up conversations with trusted mentors and friends.  Enjoy exploring the paper; oral and written communication play critical roles in daily life as well as one's work life.  For those having done summer research here at St. Olaf, many of the paper's take home messages should resonate!