Chemistry Newsletter - 01/14/2008

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXXII - No. 2 January 14th, 2008

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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, 200

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 Initiative 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. “Carrier Multiplication in Semiconductor Nanocrystals from the Perspective of Solar Energy Conversion”

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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. “Molecular Dynamics Simulation Studies of Membranes and Membrane Proteins”

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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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Monday, February 18th, 2008 - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Wonpil Im, University of Kansas. “Insertion, Folding, Tilting and Assembly of Transmembrane Helices”

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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Research Associate and Research Technician, Kansas State University. The Department of Chemistry invites applicants for a research associate and a research technician positions. For the research associate position, the successful applicants must have a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry. Experience in characterization of peptides using surface plasmon resonance and atomic force microscopy and protein inhibition would be ideal. The research associate would carry out laboratory research in the synthesis of bioactive molecules and carbon nanotubes, characterizations of proteins and nano-structural materials, and performing binding studies of proteins with small molecules. The research technician should have a B.S. degree in chemistry or biochemistry. Applicants should submit a resume and three letters of reference to: Professor Duy H. Hua, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, 111 Willard Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506. Phone inquiries can be made to 785-532-6699. Screening will commence on February 1, 2008 and continue until suitable candidates are found. The details of the department can be found at: http://www.ksu.edu/chem.

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The Chemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for a full-time Lecturer beginning in August, 2008. This is a nine month position with an initial appointment of one academic year. The appointment may be renewed for a total of three years after which time a three year contract may be awarded. This is not a tenure-track position. The Chemistry Department offers an American Chemical Society approved bachelor's degree in chemistry and a concentration in biochemistry. Chemistry courses also serve majors in biological sciences, molecular biology, applied health sciences, nursing, geosciences, physics and computer science. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry or closely related field or a M.S. in organic chemistry or closely related field and at least three years experience teaching a combination of general and organic chemistry courses. Candidates with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and experience teaching a combination of general and organic chemistry, organic chemistry lab, and biochemistry for nursing students and those with demonstrated ability and experience working effectively with culturally diverse populations are preferred. Responsibilities include teaching introductory chemistry, general, organic and biochemistry for nursing students, general chemistry labs for science majors and organic chemistry labs for science majors. Some departmental and university service work is also required. See http://newweb.uwp.edu/departments/human.resources/unclassified.positions/ for detailed information. To apply, send a cover letter, vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and three letters of recommendation to: Chemistry Search and Screen Committee University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Rd., Box 2000, Kenosha, WI 53141. Applications received by February 15 are ensured full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at
Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year beginning first semester of academic year 2008-09 and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor. The incumbent will teach courses (lecture and laboratory) in biochemistry and general chemistry and direct student research. Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2008-09). Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Additional information about the department can be found on the departmental web site at: http://www.oberlin.edu/chem/. To be assured of consideration, a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate academic transcripts, and at least three recent letters of reference, should be sent to: Matthew Elrod, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 119 Woodland Avenue, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio 44074, by February 29, 2008. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience.

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The Department of Chemistry at the
University of Colorado Denver (UCD) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with research interests in Organic Chemistry to begin August 2008. The successful applicant is expected to develop a research program involving undergraduate and M. S. level students, and will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related field is required, and post-doctoral experience preferred. The Chemistry Department at UCD offers a vibrant, urban university setting in a growing department. Ground breaking for a new Science Building that will house the Chemistry Department will take place during the fall 2007 semester. The recent merger between the Downtown Denver Campus with the Health Science Center offers many collaborative research opportunities for candidates with research interest at the interface between Organic chemistry and Medicinal, Pharmacological or Biological chemistry. Additional details about the department and the position can be found at http://thunderl.cudenver.edu/chemistry. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vita, a combined research and teaching statement, and the names and addresses of at least 3 references for position #802658 at: http://www.jobsatcu.com. Applicant review will begin January 15, 2008, and will continue until the position is filled. This position will fulfill goals of the College's strategic plan.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position. Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66502, Theoretical Materials Chemistry. A qualified and highly motivated scientist is sought for a postdoctoral position in the Aikens group at Kansas State University, http://www.ksu.edu/chem/people/faculty/aikens.html. The Aikens group focuses on the application and development of electronic structure theory and related methods for materials chemistry systems. The research scope of the position may include: (1) assembly of nanostructured materials, (2) optical properties of nanoparticles, and/or (3) growth mechanisms of complex intermetallic systems. Additional details about the projects are available upon request. A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or related fields is required by the time of appointment. A strong background in electronic structure modeling and/or development is preferred. Effective oral and written communication skills in English are required. The position is available immediately. Applicants should arrange for a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and publication list, and three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Christine Aikens, Department of Chemistry, 111 Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-3701; E-mail: cmaikens@ksu.edu. Screening of applications will begin on January 15, 2008 and continue until the position is filled

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Tobin J. Marks of Northwestern University presently has a postdoctoral opening for someone who would like to carry out research at the interface between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. Ideally the person should have some familiarity with heterogeneous catalysis and heterogeneous catalyst characterization, but that is not obligatory. Northwestern is an extremely well-equipped, stimulating environment in which to learn and carry out research. Interested applicants should contact me at: Tobin J. Marks, Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. 60208-3113 USA, Tel: 847-491-5658, Fax: 847-491-2990, Mobile: 847-502-3687, e-mail: t-marks@northwestern.edu. Web: http://www.chem.northwestern.edu/~marks.

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