Chemistry Newsletter - 01/12/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 2 January 12th, 2004

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9340 Chemistry

2/10/2004

03/09/2004

04/13/2004

05/11/2004

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:20 PM - Chair’s Office

1/13/2004

02/03/2004

02/17/2004

03/16/2004

04/20/2004

05/04/2004

05/18/2004

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The Organic cume exams will be given in room 1315 Chemistry Building, 7:00 PM on the following dates:

CUMULATIVE EXAM SCHEDULE 2003-2004

February 5

March 4

April 1

May 6

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sharon Glotzer, University of Michigan.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Krishna Kumar. “A New Paradigm for the Design of Soluble and Membrane Proteins”

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2004 - Analytical McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gavin MacBeath, Harvard University. “Protein Microarrays: From Functional Genomics to Protein Profiling”

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2004 - Special Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Song Jin, Ph.D., Harvard University. “Hierarchical Organization of Nanowires for Integrated Nanoelectronic Systems”

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2004 - R.G. Herb Materials Physics Seminar, 10:00 a.m., Room 3405 Sterling Hall. Dr. Peter Littlewood, Cavendish laboratory, Cambridge, UK. “Phase Coherence in Excitonic Matter”

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Friday, January 23rd, 2004 - Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Liem Dang, Pacific Northwest Labs. “Computational Studies of Liquid Water Interfaces”

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Monday, January 26th, 2004 - Special Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mon Ouyang, Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara. “Coherent Spin Memory and Transfer in Chemically Synthesized Semiconductor Quantum Dots”

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Monday, January 26th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Brendan Orner. “Recent Progress in Chemical Biology”

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patricia Jennings, University of California, San Diego. “The Functional Energy Landscape for Interleukin-1ß. Modulation of the Populations of the Ensemble Through Native-State Topology”

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Thursday, January 29th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bei Nie, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Cloninger, Montana University. “Using Dendrimers to Study Protein-Carbohydrate Interactions”

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Friday, January 30th, 2004 - Chemistry Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Joel Nelson, WARF.

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Monday, February 2nd, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. David D. Thomas. “Spectroscopic Probes of Muscle Protein Dynamics”

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mark Gordon, Iowa State. “A Cluster-Based Approach to Solvation”

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcey Waters, University of North Carolina. “Pi-Pi and CH-Pi Interactions in Biomolecular Recognition”

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Thursday, February 5th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kimberly Kutz, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justin Murray, Graduate Student.

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Monday, February 9th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Carlos F. Barbas, III. “Polydactyl Zinc Finger Proteins: Developing Strategies to Control and Discover Genes”

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Dutcher, University of Guelph. “Glass Transition and Chain Mobility in Thin Polymer Films”

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Thursday, February 12th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Keith Stevenson, University of Texas. “Spatially-Resolved Spectroelectrochemical Imaging of Polymorphous Metal Oxides”

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Thursday, February 12th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ratmir Derda, Graduate Student.

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Monday, February 16th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Floyd Romesberg. “Evolution of Biomolecule Dynamics”

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sunney Chan, Caltech. “Protein Folding and Unfolding: Probing the Free Energy Landscape of a Protein”

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sunney Chan, Caltech. “Biological Controlled Oxidation of Small Alkanes”

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Thursday, February 19th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Beatriz DeGuia, Graduate Student.

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Monday, February 23rd, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Richard Bergman. “Systems Biology and the Pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes”

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Weitao Yang, Duke University.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2004 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Erik Sorensen, Princeton University.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Qiang Fu, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Keunho Kim, Graduate Student.

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Friday, February 27th, 2004 - Chemistry Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Laura Kiessling, UW-Madison.

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Monday, March 1st, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Janet Wood. “Transporter ProP of Escherichia Coli: Osmosensor and Osmoregulator”

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Igal Szleifer, Purdue University. “Kinetics of Protein Adsorption: Multiscale Molecular Approach”

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Thursday, March 4th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Greg Swain, Michigan State University. “Optically Transparent Diamond Electrodes for Chemical Analysis”

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Thursday, March 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Hansen, Graduate Student.

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Monday, March 8th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Sylvai Christakos. “New Insights into the Mechanisms of Vitamin D Action”

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Meloche Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Gardner, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “PAS Domains: A Versatile Way to Build Protein-Based Switches”

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Thursday, March 11th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lu Shang, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, March 11th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Dykhuizen, Graduate Student.

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Monday, March 22nd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ben L. Feringa, Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

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Monday, March 22nd, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. James A. Fee. “Those Amazing Iron-Sulfer Clusters”

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ben L. Feringa, Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

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Thursday, March 25th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Murray Johnston, University of Delaware. “Mass Spectrometry of Ultrafine Particles: What’s in the Air We Breathe?”

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Friday, March 26th, 2004 - Chemistry Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ron Raines, UW-Madison.

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Monday, March 29th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Arthur Horwich. “Chaperonin-Mediated Protein Folding”

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Thursday, April 1st, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Xu Zhang, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 5th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Daniel Lane. “A Novel Mechanism for the Hypothalamic Control of Food Intake and Body Weight”

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. A. Ravishankara, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Claire Walczak. “Molecular Mechanisms of Mitosis: A Cellular Tug-Of-War”

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Thursday, April 8th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Josheph Lakowicz, University of Maryland.

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Thursday, April 8th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Chutima Jiarpinitnun, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 12th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Tim Ryan. “Dissecting Molecular Control of Presynaptic Function”

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Blank, University of Minnesota. “Probing the Local Environment During Reactive Dynamics in Solution”

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Huw Davies, SUNY-Buffalo.

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Thursday, April 15th, 2004 - Joint Analytical/Physical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Minh Cho.

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Thursday, April 15th, 2004 - Organic McElvain Industrial Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Nugent, Bristol-Meyers Squibb.

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Monday, April 19th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Paul F. Cook. “Mechanism of the Haemophilus Influenzae Serine Acetyltransferase”

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Fayer, Stanford University. “Hydrogen Bond Dynamics Probed with Ultrafast Infrared Vibrational Echo Correlation Spectroscopy”

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Sheridan, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard Caprioli, Vanderbilt University. “Tissue Imaging and Profiling of Proteins by Mass Spectrometry for Discovery in Clinical and Biological Research”

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Monday, April 26th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. ChulHee Kang. “Taming Calcium Ion: Its Implication on Drug Side Effects”

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marsha Lester, University of Pennsylvania. “Significant OH Radical Reactions in the Atmosphere: A New View”

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyung Woon Jung, University of Southern Florida.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carol Robinson, Cambridge University.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Amanda Jones, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Vern Schramm “Enzymatic Transition States, Analogues, Cancer and Malaria”

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Friday, April 30th, 2004 - Chemistry Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jim Skinner, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Barry Lenz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “A View of Cell Membrane Fusion: Protein Machines Work on Lipid Materials”

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2003 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lou Noodleman, Scripps Research Institute.

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Monday, May 3rd, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. William Theurkauf “The Mitotic Response To Geneotoxic Stress”

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Analytical McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Charles Cantor, Sequenom Inc. “Precise Quantitative Analysis of Nucleic Acids by Mass Spectrometry”

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Payne, Graduate Student.

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Schneider, University of Delaware.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.html.

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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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2004 Fellowship Program for Master's Degree Students Announced

AFCI University Fellowship Program. Highly-motivated students who are interested in acquiring master's degrees to apply for the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) University Fellowship Program (AFCI UFP). The Fellowships are valued at up to $42,500 and provide support to students who are or will be: pursuing master's degrees in the fall of 2004 in engineering, chemistry, physics, or radiochemistry and taking nuclear engineering courses as part of their master's degree program. Preferred undergraduate degrees include Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Engineering Physics, Applied Physics, Chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry. Fellows will be encouraged to work in the AFCI program at a national laboratory in the summer of 2004 to gain valuable experience that will help the student to identify a research program that supports the research interests of the AFCI program. About the Fellowship: Approximately 7 Fellows will be selected; AFCI Fellows will receive up to $42,500 for up to 18 months, which includes a monthly stipend and funds for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and AFCI related travel. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens and must be accepted into a master's degree program by September 1, 2004. For more information and to apply, please go to the AFCI University Fellowship Program web site: http://www.studentpipeline.org. If you have questions, please address those questions to Cathy Dixon at: dixon@uraweb.org. The application deadline is February 17, 2004. The AFCI University Fellowship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology (NE), Office of Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI). The fellowship program is administered by University Research Alliance.

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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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Department Of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Carroll College. Full-time, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Starting Date is September 1, 2004. Doctorate degree in chemistry is required. We are seeking to hire an energetic scientist / teacher who has an interest to work with college students primarily at the introductory level. While postdoctoral experience is a plus, a larger weight will be placed on teaching experience at the college-level. Duties include teaching a two-semester introductory chemistry series. The candidate will coordinate and teach lecture and laboratory for the two-semester general chemistry series taken by science majors and minors. The candidate may also participate in the senior capstone research program. It is also possible that the candidate will have an opportunity to teach an upper-level course in the area of their degree. This is a one-year appointment. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Please send a curriculum vita, graduate transcripts, and statements of teaching philosophy and research interests with three letters of reference to: Dr. Lynne Bernier, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Carroll College, 100 North East Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.

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Assistant Professor. The University of Central Arkansas Chemistry Department, a thirteen-member ACS-approved department, invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning in the Fall 2004 semester. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in experimental analytical chemistry or inorganic chemistry (materials science orientation preferred) at the beginning of the appointment, and have a strong commitment to effective teaching at the undergraduate level. In addition to courses in analytical chemistry or inorganic chemistry, course responsibilities may include general chemistry or chemistry for general education. Scholarly activity, including direction of undergraduate research, is expected. For additional information about the department, university, and surrounding area, please see http://chemistry.uca.edu. Send letter of application including the names, addresses (mail and email), and phone numbers of three current references along with a current cv, graduate transcripts, and brief statements of educational philosophy and of research plans to: Dr. Conrad Stanitski, Department Chair, 205 Laney Hall, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR 72035. Review of applications will begin January 30, 2004 and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position Available. Mechanistic Solid State Chemistry. Professor James D. Martin of North Carolina State University has a postdoctoral position available immediately on an NSF funded project investigating reaction mechanisms in which small molecules are reversibly sorbed into network solids. This project is related to our work recently published in J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 11065-11079. The successful candidate should have experience in several of the following areas: investigating reaction mechanisms, the use of calibrated gas lines, the handling of air sensitive materials, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy; experience with X-ray and Neutron scattering. Candidates with background in mechanistic molecular/solution phase inorganic chemistry seeking to broaden their experience into solid-state heterogeneous reactions and candidates with extensive experience in solid-state materials synthesis and characterization who seek to develop experience in solid-state reaction mechanisms are particularly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should send a copy of their CV, a letter of intent with a description of research interests/experience specifically related to this project, and three letters of reference to: Professor James D. Martin, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, Box 8204, Raleigh, NC 27695.

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