Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Green Chemistry position at MN Pollution Control Agency

Job opportunity  - green and safer chemistry 

Entry-level Environmental Specialist position, requiring a Bachelor's degree in an environmental protection or related science area or two years of professional-level environmental protection or related experience.

Previous experience working with diverse communities, communities of color, and/or immigrant populations is preferred, as are demonstrated communication, research and analytical skills.  The closing date is coming up quickly: Monday, October 15th.

The position exists to perform technical assistance, research and education aimed at reducing mercury and other toxic materials from use in products, and preventing pollution associated with toxic materials. This position will work with citizens, businesses, local units of government, state agencies and others, and will be part of the MPCA's Green and Safer Product Chemistry team and the Chemicals in Products Interagency Team.

Anyone interested may apply through this link to MN Careers.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Have you ever wondered about the role chemists might play in crafting public policy at the local and at the national level?  While some in the scientific community frequently state the case that scientists should not be engaged in policy, others made persuasive arguments about the important contributions experimental data and scientific methodologies make to discourse about policies and their potential outcomes once implemented.  Here are two examples for your consideration and an opportunity to have your voice heard.

Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2018

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) have introduced S. 3296, the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2018. This important legislation establishes an interagency coordinating authority at the Office of Science and Technology Policy to foster green and sustainable chemistry research across the federal scientific enterprise. Additionally it establishes a public-private partnership program to help encourage the transition of laboratory innovations into the marketplace. It also calls on federal agencies to report to Congress on their efforts to promote sustainable chemistry. Encouraging sustainability in chemistry is a core tenet of the American Chemical Society and we are working to expand efforts at federal agencies. Getting cosponsors for this legislation is an important step in helping Sens. Collins and Coons to have the Senate hold a hearing and consider this bill for passage. We ask you to reach out to your Senators and ask them to cosponsor S. 3296. 

Northfield Climate Action Plan - Survey Invitation

The Climate Action Plan Advisory Board (CAPAB) is an advisory board that seeks to lead and engage the Northfield community in responding strategically, rapidly, and responsibly to a changing climate by developing a Climate Action Plan (CAP).  To date, the CAPB has defined the scope of the CAP to be within city limits and determined the main topic areas of the CAP: Energy, Land, Transportation, Materials and Waste, Water and Wastewater, and Food.  Before moving forward, the City of Northfield would like to hear from you! The CAPB has recently released a short survey, which you can fill out below. Have your voice heard and be foundational in the development of Northfield's 2020 Climate Action Plan.


Friday, September 28, 2018

Webinar on Global Health Careers

Unite For Sight announces an upcoming free webinar entitled Lessons from the Field: How to Pursue a Career in Global Health, which will be held on October 25th, 4-5pm Eastern Time. The webinar will include guidance and advice from five panelists, as well as ample opportunity to ask the speakers questions about career development. Find out how to identify a career path, strategies for pursuing careers in global health, and lessons learned in the field. This webinar is ideal for students and professionals interested in global health, as well as university advisors. Register for the October 25 webinar about Pursuing a Career in Global Health.

The live webinar will be recorded, and as long as you register, you will automatically receive a link to the webinar recording when it becomes available. Those who attend live will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panelists. You may also see our other past and upcoming free webinars about global health and social entrepreneurship.

Lessons from the Field: How to Pursue a Career in Global Health Webinar
October 25, 4-5pm Eastern Time

Webinar Expert Panelists:
  • Sri Muthu, CEO and Founder, HealthVenture
  • Dan Pawson, Vice President, Global Health Strategies
  • Mark Roithmayr, CEO, Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation
  • Eliza Squibb, Executive Director, GAIA Vaccine Foundation; Assistant Professor, Textiles Department, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rebecca Wear Robinson, President and Founder, Make the Minute Matter
  • Moderated by Amy Bellman Davis, Executive Director, Unite For Sight

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Open Position at ACS Green Chemistry Institute ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is seeking a recent graduate with interest in and knowledge of green chemistry to assist in our scientific communications and program support (annual conference, educational initiatives, industry collaborations, etc.). This is a full time, contract position located at the ACS headquarters in Washington, DC.

We believe that this would be a great opportunity for a budding green chemist who is looking to get a broader understanding of the issues, make connections, and gain some out-of-lab experience in our Nation’s capital. If you know anyone who you think might be interested, please pass on the attached job description.

Inquiries can be sent to

Monday, April 30, 2018

Honors Day Poster Session This Friday: Opportunity for Seminar Credit 

The 4th floor of Regents Hall of Natural Sciences with be buzzing with activity on Friday, May 4th from 4:00-5:30pm.  Science students from a wide variety of departments and disciplines will be sharing results of their independent research. Come see what your classmates have discovered! 

Family, friends, and other guests are welcome to attend.  There will be a mix of savory and sweet hor d’oeuvres served. 

If you have declared a chemistry major, you can earn one seminar credit for attending the poster session. You must collect a worksheet from Prof. Beussman or Prof. Listenberger upon arrival at the poster session, complete the required activities, and return the worksheet to these professors before you leave. You will find Prof. Beussman and Listenberger stationed near the central staircase on the fourth floor of Regents (near RNS 436). Any questions should be directed to Prof. Listenberger (

Monday, March 12, 2018

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) Internships

Students: Lead Your Own Project!

Still accepting applications for the 2018 Summer Intern Program!
The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program is seeking qualified Junior and Senior Science and Engineering Students to lead their own waste reduction and pollution prevention projects at Minnesota businesses for the summer of 2018. This year MnTAP plans to support up to 15 projects in locations around the state. The projects are at different companies and in a variety of industries.
Cover letters should be addressed to Nathan Landwehr, Intern Program Administrator
If you’re a student with questions about the MnTAP internship program, call Nathan Landwehr at (612) 624-4697 today.
MnTAP is an outreach program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The organization helps businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source to improve public and environmental health while reducing operating costs. The intern program is partially funded through grants from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and state utility partners, which allow us to place interns at minimal cost to Minnesota businesses.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Summer Research in Drug Discovery at Eli Lilly

Eli Lilly and Company is looking for students interested in completing a short work assignment within the Discovery Chemistry division. Do the following questions apply to you:
• Majoring in Chemistry or Biology/Biochemistry?
• Interested in gaining hands-on research experience?
• Curious about drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry?
• Need help deciding between industry and graduate school?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “YES” then keep reading! They are looking for motivated students for 12-week assignments beginning in May 2018 at their research laboratories in Indianapolis, IN. Research projects are available in the areas of organic, analytical, or computational chemistry as well as biochemistry. In addition to the research experience, students will gain a better understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and of Eli Lilly and Company. Students will present a short oral presentation to summarize their work at an end of summer symposium.

General requirements: Currently enrolled in a BS/BA program related to chemistry/biochemistry. Strong academic performance. Strong skills in problem assessment/analysis, communication (written and oral), and teamwork. Minimum GPA of 3.0
Chemistry Research requirements: Basic lab experience including an understanding of organic or analytical lab techniques. For synthesis positions, two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and one semester of organic chemistry lab.
Biochemistry requirements: Understanding of protein/enzyme activity, basic biology laboratory technique (buffer prep, pH, etc) and pipetting skills. Two semesters of biology lecture and one semester of biology/biochemistry lab.

Students are responsible for finding their own housing accommodations. Positions are full time (40 hr/wk) and are compensated at $14.50/hr. Along with a resume, please include a brief research summary if undergraduate research has been conducted. Students are welcome to specify a preference for biochemistry or chemistry. Please submit these materials no later than January 31, 2018. To apply, send application documents to Mark Rempala: and to Dirk Anderson:   (Similar positions are available through both of these leaders.)