Chemistry Newsletter - 01/08/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 2 January 8th, 2007

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

 

2/13/2007

 

3/13/2007

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

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

 

1/23/2007

2/06/2007

2/20/2007

3/06/2007

3/20/2007

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/15/2007

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kevin W. Plaxco, University of California Santa Barbara. “Better Living Through Biosensors”

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Thursday, January 25th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Seo Bong Chang (Smith Group) and Danielle Swaney (Coon Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, January 25th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joseph Stringer, Graduate Student, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arun Yethiraj, UW-Madison Chemistry Department. “Matrix: Dynamics of Fluid in Disordered Materials”

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marc A. Hillmyer, University of Minnesota. “Self-assembly of Multicomponent Block Copolymers in Dilute Solution”

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Thursday, February 1st, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kristy Kounovsky (Schwartz Group) and Smitha Jha (Keuch Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Garegin A. Papoian, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Exploring Protein Energy Landscapes with Free Energy Techniques”

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones, University of Bristol, UK.

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Thursday, February 8th, 2007 - Materials and Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ned B. Bowden, University of Iowa.

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Thursday, February 8th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tamas Benkovics, Graduate Student, Yoon Group.

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Norbert F. Scherer, University of Chicago.

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ann Valentine, Yale University.

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Thursday, February 15th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ruibing Chem (Li Group) and Tim Schramm (Schwartz Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, February 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. James Hrovat, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Todd J. Martinez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Learning Design Rules for Light-Driven Molecular Devices from First Principles Dynamics”

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Buhro, Yale University.

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Monday, February 26th, 2007 - Joint Organic/InOrganic Seminar - Sprague Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Koichi Komatsu, Kyoto University, Japan. “Chemistry of p-Conjugated Systems Having s-p Interaction with Rigid s-Frameworks”

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Feigenson, Cornell University. “Phase Behavior of Complex Lipid Bilayer Mixtures: An Interesting State of Matter--but Should Cell Biologists Care?”

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 - Organic Seminar - Sprague Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Koichi Komatsu, Kyoto University, Japan. “Organic Chemistry of Fullerenes: Solid-State Reaction to Molecular Surgery”

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Thursday, March 1st, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Beth Landis (Hamers Group) and Jeannine Szczech (Jin Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, March 1st, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brent Bastian, Graduate Student, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Bowman, Emory University. “Ab initio-based Potential Energy Surfaces and Dynamics Using Them”

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrei Yudin, University of Toronto.

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Kost, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

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Thursday, March 8th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Graeme McAlister (Coon Group) and Mohanna Ray (Schwartz Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, March 8th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Katherine Traynor, Graduate Student, McMahon Group.

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Friday, March 9th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Michael Westrick, Sterling Vineyards. “Commercial Winemaking, Home Winemaking and Careers in the Wine Business”

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeff Kelly, Scripps Research Institute.

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Green, Penn State University.

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Haw Yang, Penn State University.

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jessica Menke, Graduate Student, McMahon Group.

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Emily A. Carter, Princeton University. “What to do when Density Functional Theory Fails? Beyond DFT to Improved Descriptions of Materials Behavior”

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Albena Ivanisevic, Purdue University.

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Morin (Jin Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentation”

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Margrith Mattman, Graduate Student, Blackwell Group.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Warren Piers, University of Calgary, Canada.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Cynthia M. Friend, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Angeles Paz, Colonia San Pedro Zacatenco, Mexico.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Ritchie, Purdue University.

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alan Goldman, Rutgers University.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - McElvain Series Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Don Hunt, University of Virginia.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth Moscato-Goodpaster, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, University of California, Irvine. “Reactions at Interfaces in the Atmosphere and Why We Should Care”

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Victor Snieckus, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Jorgensen, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rebecca Splain, Graduate Student, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - Second Annual Shain Colloquium Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dan Nocera, MIT. “The Energy Future of our Planet: Chemistry to the Rescue”

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur G. Suits, Wayne State University. “Lost in Configuration Space: Probing Novel Reaction Mechanisms with High-Resolution Imaging”

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paramjit Arora, New York University.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Finke, Colorado State.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Ann Carroll, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peerasak Paoprasert, Graduate Student, Gopalan Group.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phillip Geissler, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan Kahne, Harvard University.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justine Roth, Johns Hopkins University.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Mark Wightman, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Maren Buck, Graduate Student, Lynn Group.

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Friday, May 4th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: An Effective Program for Building Diversity in the Sciences”

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts University.

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Zhang (Stahl Group) and Xiaoyu Wang (Hamers Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Julee Byram, Graduate Student, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David MacMillan, Princeton University.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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Recent Publications

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Five decades of mechanistic and exploratory organic photochemistry.

Zimmerman, HE*

PURE AND APPLIED CHEMISTRY 78 (12): 2193-2203 DEC 2006.

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Copyright © 2007 Thomson ISI

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2007 ICI Student Award in Applied Polymer

Applications are invited for the 2007 ICI Student Award in Applied Polymer Science sponsored by the Polymer Education Committee of the ACS Divisions of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering and Polymer Chemistry. Graduate students, either currently in graduate school or not more than one year beyond graduation, are invited to submit a research paper for presentation at the 2007 Fall ACS Meeting in Boston, MA. The paper should conform to the preprint format of the PMSE Division, and be commensurate with the regulations and customs of papers presented at PMSE/ACS programs. Up to six finalists will be selected based on the scientific merit of the submitted papers. Out-of-pocket expenses up to $750 will be available to each finalist to attend the ACS meeting and present his/her paper in the ICI Award Symposium within the PMSE program. The paper must be presented by the student, not by the co-author/thesis advisor. The awardee will be chosen by an anonymous evaluation committee that will audit the presentations. The Award, consisting of $1600 and a plaque, will be presented at the PMSE Division luncheon at the following Spring meeting. All finalists will receive a one-year complimentary membership in the PMSE Division. Instructions regarding application procedures are available from: Thomas D. Hahn, Chair, ICI Student Award Committee, National Starch & Chemical Co., 10 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, e-mail: Tom.Hahn@nstarch.com. NOTE: Application forms and preprints for the 2007 Award must be submitted via e-mail by 8:00 AM ET, March 5, 2007.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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None For This Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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UW-Oshkosh. Position Title: Assistant Professor (Analytical Chemistry). (Degree/Experience): Requirements include a Ph.D. in the field of analytical chemistry, evidence of ability (or potential) to teach effectively at an undergraduate level, and evidence of potential to establish an active research program in the area of biochemistry. The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses including general chemistry, introductory analytical chemistry, and instrumental analysis as needed, and to advise chemistry majors. The candidate will be expected to establish an active research program in the field of analytical chemistry, and will be expected to pursue extramural funding. Starting Date: September 1, 2007. Terms of Appointment: Tenure track Assistant Professor. Person to Contact: Dr. Charles P. Gibson, Chair, Department of Chemistry University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901-8645 Phone: 920-424-1400. How to Apply: Applicants should send or arrange to have sent: (1) letter of application, (2) cv, (3) three current confidential letters of recommendation, (4) transcripts (photocopies acceptable initially), (5) research plans, and (6) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy. Application Deadline: January 26, 2007.

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Glendale Community College in Glendale,Arizona is looking for three new faculty members: two in general chemistry and one in organic chemistry. Qualified applicants will have a MS or PhD in chemistry or chemical education. Apply at our website: https://hrms4.dist.maricopa.edu/psc/eRecruit/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/ROLE_APPLIC.... Contact Person: Dr. Kimberly Smith, Chemistry Professor, Glendale Community College, 6000 W Olive Ave., Glendale, AZ 85302, (623) 845 4769, (623) 845 3329 (fax), e-mail: Kimberly.Smith@gcmail.maricopa.edu, web: http://glory.gc.maricopa.edu/~ksmith/.

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Miami University. The Heanon Wilkins Fellows program provides the opportunity for an attractive post-doctoral or early career appointment at Miami. Candidates in chemistry, and therefore in chemistry education, are eligible for this Fellow appointment. Candidates must have completed their doctorate within the last four years or be about to graduate (ABD). Screening of applications begins March 9, 2007. You can apply online at: http://www.admin.muohio.edu/cfapps/miamijobs/jobsOnLine/positonDetail.cf.... To learn more about the chemistry department at Miami, http://www.cas.muohio.edu/chm/. To learn more about the chemistry education program at Miami: http://www.users.muohio.edu/bretzsl/graduate.htm. Heanon Wilkins Fellow
Professor Emeritus Heanon Wilkins was Miami University's first full-time African-American faculty member. A distinguished professor of Spanish & Portuguese and Black World Studies, Professor Wilkins received Miami's highest honors in teaching, research, and service and we honor him with the Wilkins Fellows program. The Wilkins Fellows program provides a culturally diverse faculty with mentoring, a salary equivalent to that of a Miami University faculty member at the same rank (instructor or visiting assistant professor), $3000-$5000 for research-related expenses, the potential of obtaining a future tenure-track faculty position at Miami University, and an opportunity to live and work in a welcoming community of enthusiastic scholars. During the 15-week (one semester) or 9-month (two-semester, full academic year) appointment, Wilkins Fellows conduct research and enjoy a reduced teaching load (one or two courses per semester). Miami University welcomes candidates who have nearly completed (e.g. ABD) or completed their doctorate or equivalent degree within the last four years. Desirable qualifications include the ability to contribute in significant ways to Miami's diversity-related initiatives. Applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of proposed research (one to five pages) indicating area or discipline, and sample scholarship. Three letters of reference are required, including one from the dissertation advisor. Applications should be submitted to: Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellowship Program, 203 Roudebush Hall, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056. For more information contact:
Michael R. Stevenson, Ph.D., Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity, 513-529-6722; stevenmr@muohio.edu. Screening of applications begins March 9, 2007. Miami University is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering full same-sex domestic partner benefits. Women and members of ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Campus Crime and Safety Report at: http://www.muohio.edu/righttoknow. Hard copy upon request.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Post-doctoral opportunity at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Women in Science and Engineering System Transformation (WISEST) group at UIC received an NSF ADVANCE grant in 2006. One of the areas of funding for the monies in this grant is the WISEST Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity. These awards are for two-year post-doctoral appointments in a Science or Engineering Department at UIC. They are targeted for minority women who have an interest in an academic career. The program involves mentoring in various aspects of academics in addition to research. Participating departments may offer faculty positions after the post-doctoral appointment is completed, but there is no obligation to accept a continuing position at UIC. UIC is located close to downtown Chicago, one of the most vibrant cities in the US. Almost anyone can find interests in the city, from museums to theater to shopping to professional sports teams, and it seems that just about everyone in the metropolitan area converges on downtown weekly. UIC is part of the University of Illinois system, and our campus includes the University of Illinois Medical School. For more information about WISEST and the Postdoctoral Fellowships, including application materials, follow the link below or contact me for more details about UIC, WISEST, or the Fellowship program. http://www.uic.edu/orgs/wise/wise_post-docs.htm or http://www.uic.edu/orgs/wise/wise_post-docs.htm. Contact: Martin Newcomb, LAS Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607, (312)-413-2106, e-mail: men@uic.edu.

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