Wednesday, March 6, 2019

150th anniversary of Mendeleev's Periodic Table

Enjoy these pieces that celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table, the first to include all elements known at the time and presented by Dimitri Mendeleev on March 6, 1869.

BBC Science & Environment
150 years of the periodic table: Test your knowledge
ACS ChemMatters
The Periodic Table Turns 150

The International Year of the Periodic Table

Science Magazine
"Ordering the Elements" by M. Gordin

Monday, February 25, 2019

Open Internship Positions: Adjunct Fellows with ISGP

If any of you are interested in food production, debates about regulations associated with the food industry, and the science and technology used in innovative plant- and microbial-based procedures and gene-editing underlying new food and ingredient choices for public consumption, then the Adjunct Fellowship (unpaid internship with the Institute on Science for Global Policy) might be well-suited for you.  The internship would begin immediately and take you through the summer - with you playing a key role in an invitation only conference that will debate and generate white papers about the above topics.  It is a unique opportunity that has recently come to our attention.  The turn around time is quick - as ISGP wants to name the fellows as soon as possible so that conference preparation with the interns can happen immediately.  If you have the skills listed for the position, get excited about the responsibilities laid out and the prospect of doing an internship in this kind of way, please talk with Nate Jacobi or me immediately so that you can send an application into ISGP.  We have more details.

Adjunct Fellows
June 23-27, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN

The ISGP Adjunct Fellowship begins immediately - and is completed July 21, 2019. Each Adjunct Fellow will be mentored by ISGP staff to (i) develop an in-depth understanding of the science and technology used in innovative plant- and microbial-based procedures and gene-editing underlying new food and ingredient choices for public consumption and (ii) learn how the format of debates and caucuses pioneered by the ISGP facilitates productive engagements among stakeholders with diverse perspectives and priorities to identify real-world, practical outcomes. Adjunct Fellows can anticipate being involved in (i) not-for-attribution interviews with subject matter experts from stakeholder communities representing different aspects of the food supply system, (ii) editing papers prepared for conference debates, and (iii) contributing to staff-wide discussions concerning invitations to participants and their respective conference roles. Each Adjunct Fellow will have access to confidential information obtained from interviews and papers used to organize the IFI conference and will be assigned specific conference duties focused on critiquing debate results, cooperating with ISGP moderators in caucuses to record (scribe) discussions, and helping to assemble and analyze conference results for reports and publications.

·       Attend for the duration of the conference June 23-28, including a training session Sunday, June 23 and summary session on June 28, 2019.
·       Act as a scribe for small-group caucuses on June 26, 2019, and the plenary caucus on June 27, 2019.
·       Document and help to refine the language and clarity of the consensus statements formed in your assigned caucus group and at the plenary caucus.
·       Agree to act as a neutral facilitator (i.e., not expressing opinions or taking positions on any subject during the caucuses or conference).
·       Formally commit to maintain the confidentiality of all material, written and oral, presented in the IFI conference as defined by the Chatham House Rule.
·       Conduct oneself with the highest professional standards of dress and behavior.
·       Contribute to the strategic analysis of the diverse attitudes, perspectives, priorities, and values expressed in the debates, caucuses, and informal discussions.
·       Attend all after-hour meetings with the ISGP staff between June 23 and 28.

·       Experience relevant to the field of innovative foods and ingredients (e.g., food science, food safety, nutrition, agriculture, environmental studies, economics, ethics, chemistry and chemical engineering, science communication).
·       Strong work ethic, sustained focus, and attention to detail.
·       Ability to think broadly and to link diverse concepts presented in the debates and caucuses.
·       Excellent computer and typing skills (G-Docs & G-Sheets).
·       Actively enrolled in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree or higher at the time of the conference.

For full position details and application instructions, please contact Nate Jacobi ( or Paul Jackson (

Friday, February 15, 2019


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has posted a Green Chemistry & Engineering internship for recent college STEM graduates (within 6 months of graduation) or active post-grads.  The internship will be hosted by a Minnesota facility this summer of 2019.

Go to and scroll down to Intern application materials to find the form or click this link to download the form directly.  Applications are due by 30 April 2019.

If you have any questions about the internship or applications process, please email them to

2018 intern Abigail Giarrosso, at host remooble's lab
(image courtesy of MN PCA)

Monday, February 11, 2019

Washington State University is recruiting interns for the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) that is connected to the NSF center on Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2). This is a great opportunity for students to gain hands on research experience in the fast-growing field of sustainable materials.  This is a unique REU program as the projects are all closely related to industry and have industry mentors that are directly engaged in each project.

The application for Summer 2019 REU program is now open. The application deadline is February 22, 2019.

Since the summer of 2017, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), has established a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site designed to provide undergraduate students a chance to participate in industry-directed fundamental research opportunities in the fields of bioplastics and biocomposites. The students will gain hands-on experience with synthesis, processing, and characterization of biobased plastics and composite materials.
Each year, 10 students (recruited primarily from academic institutions where research programs in STEM are limited) will work on research conducted by the CB2, with 5 students conducting their research at Washington State University and 5 students doing their research projects at Iowa State University.

During the program, the students will participate in a series of bioplastics short courses, have responsibility for an independent research project performed with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and engage with leading industry experts from the Industrial Advisory Board of the CB2.

The students will have a shared, well-defined common focus on sustainable bioplastics and biocomposites that will enable a cohort experience with a common orientation in Ames, IA and debrief in Pullman, WA. The cohort will also be part of a larger community of scholars on both campuses, with the research results showcased at Washington State University in a final poster presentation and symposium.

Friday, December 21, 2018

NASA Student Airborne Research Program 2019

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates to apply for participation in the 11th annual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2019).  Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will fly onboard the NASA DC-8 and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Each student will complete an individual research project from the data collected. Outstanding faculty and staff for this program will be drawn from several universities and NASA centers, as well as from NASA flight operations and engineering personnel.

The eight-week program begins June 16, 2019 and concludes August 9, 2019.

Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will take place during the first two weeks of the program at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, in Palmdale, CA. Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place during the final six weeks of the program at the University of California, Irvine.

SARP participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a travel allowance, and free housing and local transportation during the 8-week program.

Applicants must be US citizens

We accept students with a wide diversity of majors (biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth/atmospheric science, meteorology, engineering, math, computer science, etc). 

Application Deadline: January 30, 2019.

Watch a video about the program:

For more information and to apply:

Program flyer:
Email questions to:

Monday, December 3, 2018

2019 Analytical Studies Intern Program

The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is offering short-term opportunities for undergraduates to work on research projects with staff members of its technical studies and research group.  MCI is the center for specialized technical collections research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums, collections, and research centers.  MCI combines state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research and characterization of objects.

Internships are intended mainly for summer 2019, but consideration will be given to projects at other times of the year.  Acceptable majors include, but are not limited to:  museum studies, conservation studies, art history, anthropology, archaeology, paleontology, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, ecology, earth sciences, chemical engineering, and materials science engineering.  Basic courses in chemistry and math are preferred; lab experience is not required.  A stipend will be offered for a period of 10 weeks.

Applicants should contact potential advisors in advance of application and should specify preferred advisors in their application. Applications must be made on line at  - apply for the Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Intern Program.  Those interested in working under the supervision of conservators at MCI may apply separately through SOLAA for a different MCI internship:  Museum Conservation Internship Program.  Application deadline is February 25, 2019.  Selected candidates will be interviewed by telephone, although MCI visits are welcome.  Projects will be supervised by one of the following staff members: 

A. Elena Charola, Research Scientist, 301-238-1213,
Deterioration and conservation of stone and other inorganic materials.

Timothy Cleland, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1208,
Characterization and quantification of proteinaceous material in bone, tissue, and other museum collections.

Christine France, Research Physical Scientist, 301-238-1261,
Analyses of human and animal remains using stable isotope mass spectrometry.

Gwénaëlle Kavich, Conservation Scientist, 301-238-1265,
Analyses of organic and inorganic materials in cultural heritage using py-GC-MS, FTIR, Raman, and XRF.

Thomas Lam, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1232,
Materials characterization of cultural heritage using SEM, cathodoluminescence, XRF, and microfadometry.

Nicole Little, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1243,
Provenance studies of museum objects and analysis of biologic remains using ICP-MS, XRD, and SEM.

Asher Newsome, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1223,
Biomolecular and ambient mass spectrometry of surfaces, coatings, residues, ink, paint, metabolites, and chemical adulterants.

Caroline Solazzo, 301-238-1284,
Proteomics applications to cultural heritage; characterization and species identification of keratin-based tissues and artefacts; degradation of ancient proteins.

Keats Webb, Digital Imaging Specialist, 301-238-1212,
Advanced imaging of museum objects using 2D- and 3D-imaging techniques as well as optical imaging beyond the range of human vision.

Edward Vicenzi, Research Scientist, 301-238-1215,
Determining the origin and history of natural and manufactured materials via spectroscopic imaging in the SEM, including micro XRF imaging and spectrometry.