Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Chemistry Job and Recruiting Fair

The Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society has announced its 5th Annual Chemistry Job and Recruiting Fair.  This event will be held in the 3rd floor atrium of the Coeur de Catherine Building on the campus of St. Catherine University from 4:00-6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.  Senior students looking for jobs and sophomore and junior students looking for internships are all encouraged to attend.

The agenda for the afternoon/evening includes opportunities to meet with Twin Cities based technical recruiters from 4:00-6:00, a networking pizza dinner from 6:00-6:30, and a presentation by Amy Lindgren, President of Prototype Career Services from 6:30-7:30.  Ms. Lindgren is an expert job search strategist who has been a frequent guest on a variety of radio programs and who is the author of the Pocket Job Series set of books.

Those planning to attend should email an RSVP to James Wollack ( by Nov. 5.  Include the number of people in your group and whether you plan to stay for dinner and speaker.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

One Full Time Chemist Job and One Summer Chemistry Internship

Brady Corporation (NYSE, BRC) is a midwestern manufacturing company focused on innovation. They are currently seeking "bright and creative chemists" to join their Materials R&D group to develop new products and technologies.

Founded in 1914, Brady’s products help their customers increase safety, security, and productivity with high-performance labels, signs, printing systems, and safety devices. Their chemists routinely develop and patent coatings, inks, thermoplastics, adhesives and composites made thereof to solve customers' very challenging identification problems. Their products are invented, formulated, and engineered based on the newest polymer resins and additives to yield durable products for applications in electronics, aerospace, medical, and manufacturing. The R&D center is located in Glendale, WI, a short drive or an easy bike ride to the center of downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan.

They are currently looking to fill both an internship for next summer (with a current junior chemistry major) and a full time position (with a current senior chemistry major).  The deadline for application is Sept 23.

Interested students should send their cover letter and résumé or CV directly to Bethany Grillo at

Students with prior research experience and knowledge of materials, polymers, and structure-property
relationships are particularly encouraged to apply.

Intern Position Details
Full-time Position Details

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Chemistry of Cannabis - MN ACS Section Meeting - 13 Sept 2016

Minnesota ACS Section Meeting (
Location: River Oaks Golf Course, 11099 South Highway 61, Cottage Grove, MN (Warning to Google Maps users: you are likely to be directed to the middle of the golf course (from the North). Use 'River Oaks Weddings' or check the satellite view and you will see the clubhouse on the NE side of the course.)
Date/Time: 13 September 2016.  5 pm - Executive Meeting;  6 pm - Dinner;  7 pm - Presentation
Cost: $20 member / $5 student
Menu: Main - chicken marsala, roast beef; side dishes - mixed green salad, fruit platter, green beans amandine, herb roasted red potatoes; dessert - brownies
Meal Ticket: Go to the "Web Store" link to purchase meal reservations through PayPal.


Rachel Loeber, PhD, VP of Laboratory Operations - LeafLine Labs, LLC
The Chemistry of Cannabis
Abstract: As of July 1st, 2015, patients in Minnesota with qualifying medical conditions had the opportunity to expand their treatment options to legally include medical marijuana. Over the past year, the program created and governed by the Minnesota Department of Health has grown in both patients count and in number of qualifying conditions, with Intractable Pain most recently added August 1st of this year. Investigations into the chemical composition of Cannabis sativa have resulted in the identification of over 400 compounds, including numerous cannabis-specific cannabinoids and terpenes. While the medicinal effects of many of these compounds are not yet known, several key cannabinoids have been shown to reduce inflammation, increase appetite, provide pain relief, and reduce seizure activity. As a chemist in this evolving industry, every day is an adventure. Through this presentation, you will get an inside look into the life of a cannabis chemist and hopefully gain a better understanding of this new and sometimes controversial industry.
Speaker Bio: An analytical chemist by training with experience in chromatography and mass spectrometry, Loeber leads our extraction and formulation team. She earned her Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in the laboratory of Dr. Natalia Tretyakova at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and is well versed in the following techniques: HPLC, LC/MS/MS, GC, GC/MS and ICP/MS. She enjoys networking with other analytical chemists and has served as Symposium Chair for the Minnesota Chromatography Forum for the past six years.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Positions for New Grads and Current Undergrads Available in Southern MN

Elite Medical Scribes is the premier scribe training, staffing, and management company for hospitals, physician’s groups, and clinics in the United States. In all that we do, we strive to enhance the quality of patient care.

Working with Elite Medical Scribes is a great opportunity! In this role you will see first-hand what a provider does on a daily basis.  You will observe how providers assess and diagnose their patients, see hundreds of different patient interactions, create legal medical documents and be an integral part of a healthcare team. This position provides medical scribes a unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of working with patients while building relationships with all of the medical staff. Those relationships and the invaluable experience gained gives medical scribes a definite advantage in their healthcare career goals. Additionally, we offer advancement opportunities within our company into management and training for individuals who would like to grow with us!

If this is the type of role that you’d love, here’s what we can offer you:
  • Excellent company culture – we don’t just say it, we live it!
  • Full-Time and Part-Time opportunities at one of the largest medical scribe companies in America!
  • The most sophisticated medical scribe training program in the industry, The Elite Academy Online Training Program.
  • The ability to learn the provider side of health care facilities ranging from Emergency Departments or Specialty Clinics including, but not limited to, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, pain, neurosurgery, cardiology, breast surgery, dermatology, radiology, urology, oncology, ENT, and OB/GYN.
  • Opportunity to gain close mentorships with multiple medical professionals and request letters of recommendation for graduate school.
  • Great chance to gain connections and experience at some of the most well-known medical facilities in the industry.
  • Acquire a vast knowledge of medical terminology and practices.
  • Obtain extensive exposure to electronic medical records with systems such as EPIC, AllScripts, MediTech, MedHost, NextGen, Cerner, and more!
  • Be able to apply the knowledge gained through pre-med courses in real world scenarios.
  • Earn patient care hours that will directly impact your success if applying for medical or graduate school.
  • Gain experience that will be vital in positioning you for your future healthcare career with hands on clinical experience that is more than being a volunteer or intern.
  • Become a key contributor to the enhancement of the quality of patient care as a necessary part of a medical team.
  • Utilizing the knowledge that you have already gained as a Certified Medical Assistant, Home Health Aid, Resident Assistant, Personal Care Assistant, Dental/Medical Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Paramedic, EMT, transcriptionist, Lab Technician, and more!

As a Medical Scribe, you will participate in the successful execution of scribe services to health care providers.  In this position you will be required to follow and observe provider(s) for extended periods to accurately document every aspect of every patient encounter as well as assist with the efficiency of each provider(s) by complying with the location-specific workflows.  Every location has unique and specific goals, outlined by the provider(s), and you will be expected to work collaboratively as part of a team to achieve these goals.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities (may vary by location, specialty)
  • Accompany provider(s) into patient examination room to accurately and efficiently document the encounter.
  • Exhibit excellence in medical terminology, and billing & coding knowledge in all documentation.
  • List all proper admission or discharge diagnoses as well as follow-up care instructions as dictated by provider.
  • Document the time and reasoning for, but not electronically submit, patient orders including lab tests, radiology tests and medications.
  • Document any procedures performed by provider(s).
  • Successfully navigate the location-specific Electronic Medical Record (or EMR) system to input documentation.
  • Make and receive phone calls on behalf of provider(s).
  • Inform provider(s) when diagnostic studies are completed, prepare for review, and document in EMR.
  • Multi-task efficiently and effectively as required.
  • Work under pressure, within time constraints.  Must be able to act calmly and effectively in a busy or stressful situation.
  • Exhibit excellent listening skills.
  • Concentrate on the needs of the provider(s) throughout entire shift.
  • Understand and observe legal concepts (e.g. HIPAA, confidentiality).
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Additional Responsibilities and Requirements
  • Maintain professional appearance (uniform as specified) and conduct at all times.
  • Adhere to and observe Elite Medical Scribes and client partner work practices (e.g. cell phone use, food/drink policies).
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with provider(s), staff and management.
  • Perform other duties as assigned within legal parameters of position.

Core Competencies
  • Writing Skills – knowledge and demonstration of proper grammar and spelling in documentation, ability to write concisely, clearly and logically.  Exhibit legible hand-writing.
  • Typing Skills – must be able to type accurately at 45 wpm +
  • Client Service – ability to respond to and anticipate needs, including process constructive critical feedback.
  • Interpersonal Relations – ability to exhibit understanding and respect of others to support and maintain professional relationships.
  • Computer Competency – skilled at operating computers and troubleshooting when necessary.
  • Document Use – ability to use and understand documents required throughout execution of duties.
  • Ethics – personal and professional ethics in observance of legal requirements and company standards.
  • Ability to maintain and adjust to changing needs of provider(s) and to location as a whole.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team (be self-directed, energetic, motivated, driven, and humble).
  • 18 years of age.
  • HS Diploma.
  • Highly proficient typing skills inclusive of speed and accuracy.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Sophomore level in college (or higher).
  • Degrees in the Sciences, Biology and/or Pre-health track preferred Degrees in the Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and/or Pre-health track preferred (aspirations to become a MD, DO, PA, NP, PT, OT, Nurse, DDS, DVM, PsyD, PhD, BSW, etc.)
  • Anatomy, physiology, medical terminology courses are highly desired in individuals with non-science degrees preferred.
  • GPA 3.0 or above preferred.
  • 55 wpm or greater preferred.

Physical Requirements:
  • Standing and walking for long periods of time, up to 100%.
  • Lifting up to 40 pounds.
  • Constant typing and data entry with real time auditory discrimination from dictation.
Victoria S. Temiz  Recruiting Manager
Elite Medical Scribes

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Internship opportunity for young St. Olaf alums

A unique opportunity exists for a young alum to work as an intern in the St. Olaf College Piper Center from 8/07/16 - 5/31/17.  This will be a very hands-on role with abundant exposure and learning opportunities.  Looking for a fantastic 2014-2016 graduate who would be interested in a 10-month internship.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima

On Friday, 6-9 pm TOH 280 is this year's major Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment event. The film "Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima" will be screened and followed by a conversation with its director Toko Shiki and composer Erik Santos. The film is about the people of Fukushima Prefecture after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear fallout disaster on March 2011.  Some of the people featured stayed in the area and some moved, all of whom kept a bright spirit, including 2 children's musical ensembles.

Having been to Japan three times since 2013, joining students in taking a close look at the landscape impacts, and hearing stories from people we met about what this event meant to them and to their view of the country, I highly recommend this film event for a rewarding Friday night.

You can view two trailers of the film at Vimeo1 and Vimeo2.

The class blog for the ASES 277 course with guess posts from my ASES 396 course are available.

A great resource about which to learn about recovery efforts and personal stories can be found at a variety of outlets, including the Tohoku Planning Forum and the 04 March 2016 cover article in Science.