Chemistry Newsletter - 01/07/2008

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXXII - No. 1 January 7th, 2008

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Mahesh Mahanthappa Receives an NSF Career Award

We’re pleased to announce that Assistant Professor Mahesh Mahanthappa is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award! CAREER awards are NSF's most prestigious awards, providing 5 years of support for the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Please join us in congratulating Mahesh!

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Professor Laura Kiessling News Article

It is with great pleasure and satisfaction that we call your attention to the article and multimedia coverage in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featuring our colleague Laura Kiessling and her students: http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=701726.

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Some Sad News

Former Analytical Lab Director
Bob Lavine, age 80, died on Monday morning, Dec. 17, 2007, of natural causes at the Middleton Village Nursing Home. Bob was born in Minneapolis, Minn., and began his teaching career at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., and the University of Missouri, Kirksville, Mo. He was the director of Analytical Chemistry Laboratories, University of Wisconsin, Madison for more than 30 years and retired to the best position in the world, grandchild sitter, dad, best buddy, camper, Swedish lefsa maker, Navajo weaver, creator of beautiful things, fixer of broken things. He is survived by his family: wife, Connie; daughter, Birgitta Meylor (Jeff); sons, Karl (Karen), Lars (Darcy) and Leif (Mary Camille); and 10 wonderful grandchildren, Evan, Elizabeth, Kyle, Eric, Marissa, Jenna, Rachel, Mattias, Nathaniel and Taylor. Bob will be missed, loved and live in our hearts forever. Memorial services will be held at Luther Memorial Church, 2021 University Ave., Madison, at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2007. We are grateful to Abdou, Craig, Liz and all Middleton Village Staff for their wonderful care and support of our family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Luther Memorial Music Fund.

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Some Sad News

Chuck Curtiss
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longtime Professor in the Theoretical Chemistry Institute, died on Christmas Eve. The following obituary appeared in the Capital Times December 27, 2007.

“Charles F. Curtiss, age 86, passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2007. He was a professor of theoretical chemistry at the University of Wisconsin for 41 years. Charles is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lois; three sons, Larry (Jane), Glenn (Cindy) and Ned (Gay); and three grandsons, Andy, Greg and Ryan.”

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Department meetings are open to all students, staff, and faculty, and we encourage everyone to join us.

February 12th, 2008

March 11th, 2008

April 15th, 2008

May 13th, 2008

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

January 22nd, 2008

February 5th, 2008

February 19th, 2008

March 4th, 2008

March 25th, 2008

April 1st, 2008

April 22nd, 2008

May 6th, 2008

May 20th, 2008

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SEMINARS

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Thursday, January 18th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Greg Fu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.“Palladium- and Nickel-Catalyzed Coupling Reactions”.

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sean M. Decatur, Mt. Holyoke College.“Conformation and Dynamics of Amyloid Aggregates via Isotope-Edited Infrared Spectroscopy”

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 - Wisconsin Initiate for Science Literacy Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Lyons, Moreno/Lyons Production, Boston. “Forgotten Genius: Percy Julian and the Neglected Science of Chemistry”

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Manos Mavrikakis, UW Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christine McInnis (Blackwell Group).

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Friday, January 25th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hans Reich, UW-Madison, Chemistry Department. “Structure and Reactivity of Organolithium Reagents”

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Cynthia Burrows, University of Utah. “Guanine Oxidation Leading to Hydantoins: Bioorganic Mechanisms and Implications for Evolution”

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon P.D. Abbatt, University of Toronto. “The Chemistry of Organic Aerosols in the Atmosphere: Relationships to Air Quality and Climate”

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Friday, November 30th, 2007 - EC &T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory, 660 N. Park St. Professor Timothy Filley, Purdue University. “Environmental Drivers to Change in Soil Organic Carbon Storage”

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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Ischay (Yoon Group).

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Monday, February 4th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mitsuo Kira, Tohoku University.

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Victor I. Klimov, Los Alamos National Laboratories.

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Thomas Mallouk, Penn State University.

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Thursday, February 7th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Corinne Lipscomb (Mahanthappa Group).

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Monday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Merck Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Swager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Douglas J. Tobias, University of California, Irvine.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shane Mangold (Kiessling Group).

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Song-I Han, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Analysis to Study Local Water Dynamics in Soft Molecular Assemblies and Protein Aggregates”

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stefan Bernhard, Princeton University.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Rovis, University of Colorado.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John D. Weeks, University of Maryland. “Taming Coulomb Interactions in Models for Ionic Solutions and Water”

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nitash Balsara, University of California, Berkeley.

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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Anzovino (Yoon Group).

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Friday, February 29th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jo Handelsman, UW-Madison, Department of Plant Pathology. “Conversations with the Silent Majority: Metagenomic analysis of Signals and Antibiotics in Microbial Communities”

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Linda Johnston, Ottawa. “Nanoscale Imaging of Membrane Raft Domains: From Supported Membranes to Cells”

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert West, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Holly Haase (Gellman Group).

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Thursday, March 13th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jay Steinkruger (Gellman Group).

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Deborah S. Gross, Carleton College. “Chemical Composition of Individual Aerosol Particles: SOA, Biofuels, and Beyond”

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lara Mahal, University of Texas - Austin.

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Mayer, University of Washington.

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Friday, March 28th, 2008 - Department Colloquium - The Fifth Irving Shain Chemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. George M. Whitesides, Harvard University. “Reinventing Chemistry”

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University. “Water in Confined Spaces”

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Ioannis Houpis, Johnson & Johnson.

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gui Bazan, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Blamer (Gellman/Stahl Group).

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Friday, April 4th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Carey, New Glarus Brewing Company. “Brewing Beer for Wisconsin: Science, Technology and Moral Responsibility”

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Claudio Verani, Wayne State University.

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Tuesday, April 15th and Wednesday April 16 th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carolyn Bertozzi, UC-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Barbara A. Lyons, New Mexico State University.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Tom Baker, Los Alamos National Lab.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brooke Richardson (Gellman Group).

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Friday, April 18th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary E. Galvin, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Kim Hamad-Schifferli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Using Nanoparticles to Control Biological Function”

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andreja Bakac, Ames Laboratories.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reto Frei (Blackwell Group.)

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Yingkai Zhang, New York University. “Physical Insights into Histone Lysine Methylation from Multiscale Simulations”

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Deryn Fogg, University of Ottawa.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alexander Khrizman (Mecozzi Group).

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Weitz, Harvard University. “Dripping, Jetting, Drops and Wetting; the Magic of Microfluidics”

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher C. Cummins, MIT.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aimon Tongpenyai (Kiessling Group).

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Friday, May 9th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nathan S. Lewis, California Institute of Technology. “Scientific Challenges in Sustainable Energy Technology”

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Recent Publications

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Increasing the potency of a cytotoxin with an arginine graft.
Fuchs, SM; Rutkoski, TJ; Kung, VM; Groeschl, RT;
Raines, RT*.
PROTEIN ENGINEERING DESIGN & SELECTION 20 (10): 505-509 OCT 2007.

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Free volume and finite-size effects in a polymer glass under stress.
Riggleman, RA; Lee, HN;
Ediger, MD*; De Pablo, JJ.
PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 99 (21): Art. No. 215501 NOV 23 2007.

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The shortest metal-metal bond yet: Molecular and electronic structure of a dinuclear chromium diazadiene complex.
Kreisel, KA; Yap, GPA; Dmitrenko, O;
Landis, CR*; Theopold, KH.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (46): 14162-+ NOV 21 2007.

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Photodetector arrays directly assembled onto polymer substrates from aqueous solution.
Amos, FF; Morin, SA; Streifer, JA;
Hamers, RJ*; Jin, S*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (46): 14296-14302 NOV 21 2007.

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Reaction of Ta(NMe2)(5) with O-2: Formation of aminoxy and unusual (aminomethyl)amide oxo complexes and theoretical studies of the mechanistic pathways.
Chen, SJ; Zhang, XH; Yu, XH; Qiu, H; Yap, GPA;
Guzei, IA*; Lin, ZY; Wu, YD; Xue, ZL.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (46): 14408-14421 NOV 21 2007.

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Intermolecular interaction of avidin and PEGylated biotin.
Ke, S;
Wright, JC*; Kwon, GS.
BIOCONJUGATE CHEMISTRY 18 (6): 2109-2114 NOV-DEC 2007.

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Molecular dynamics simulation of human interleukin-4: comparison with NMR data and effect of pH, counterions and force field on tertiary structure stability.
Winger, M;
Yu, H*; Redfield, C; Van Gunsteren, WF.
MOLECULAR SIMULATION 33 (14): 1143-1154 2007.

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Lipoplexes formed by DNA and ferrocenyl lipids: Effect of lipid oxidation state on size, internal dynamics, and zeta-potential.
Hays, ME; Jewell, CM; Kondo, Y;
Lynn, DM*; Abbott, NL.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 93 (12): 4414-4424 DEC 15 2007.

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Layer-by-layer assembly of reactive ultrathin films mediated by click-type reactions of poly(2-alkenyl azlactone)s.
Buck, ME; Zhang, J;
Lynn, DM*.
ADVANCED MATERIALS 19 (22): 3951-+ NOV 19 2007.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater announces a part-time teaching position in Chemistry for the spring semester of 2008. This would be an Academic Staff position with the rank of Lecturer. Starting date of January 22, 2008. Minimum of M.S. in Chemistry is required. Applicants must have demonstrable student rapport. It is also assumed that the successful candidate will be committed to rigorous standards in the areas of safe laboratory practice and waste disposal. The salary would be competitive and dependent upon qualifications and experience. The position will primarily involve teaching of two Introductory Chemistry laboratories (total of 6.6 contact hours per week). Credentials should be submitted to: Dr. Hassimi Traore, Chair, Department of Chemistry, UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190, email: traoreh@uww.edu - inquiries only, no applications. Credentials must include a letter of application, vita, an educational summary, all relevant professional experience (including teaching, postdoctoral, industrial, etc.), copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and the names and contact information for three (3) references. (Transcript photocopies are acceptable for initial application.) Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, lists of applicants must be released on request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete credential files cannot be considered.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, Smith College. The Department of Chemistry at Smith College invites application for a one-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry beginning in August 2008. Primary responsibility is teaching introductory organic courses and laboratories; the visiting Assistant Professor may also choose to advise undergraduate research students. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in chemistry and a commitment to excellence in teaching; prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level is desirable. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Chair, Organic Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063. Applicants may also submit an application electronically. Please visit: http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/Chem/ for instructions. Review of applications will begin January 5, 2008, and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None For This Newsletter

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