Chemistry Newsletter - 01/16/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 3 January 16th, 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. “What Goes Around Comes Around – Exploring Homogeneous Transition Metal Mediated Catalysis”

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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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Thursday, March 29th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos.

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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. “Getting Surfaces to Reveal Secrets via Probing with Small Molecules”

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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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Opportunities for U.S. Chemistry Undergraduates in Germany

Are you a chemistry undergraduate? Are you interested in living and doing research in Germany this summer? If you are a current sophomore or junior, the American Chemical Society encourages you to apply for the RISE program, run by the German foundation DAAD. This program allows students to carry out a 6- to 12-week research internship in German academic labs. In addition to the normal RISE stipend and benefits, RISE applicants who are U.S. citizens with prior research experience may be eligible to receive round-trip air travel to Germany and attendance at the August 2007 ACS Meeting. Find more information and application (due 1 February 2007!) at: http://www.daad.de/rise/en/index.html. If you are current senior, the American Chemical Society encourages you to apply to the "RISE professional" program, which allows you to do summer internships in German companies. RISE Professional information and application can be found at: http://www.daad.de/RISE-pro. The working language for both programs is English, and applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.

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Chemistry Department to Offer Career Workshops

Platteville - The American Chemical Society department of career management and development will conduct a workshop on Feb. 2 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The workshops will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. in the Platteville East and West rooms in the Pioneer Student Center. “Managing an Effective Job Search” will cover the major components of job searching: targeting the job market, networking, resume preparation and interviewing. Following the workshop, one-on-one resume reviews will be conducted, so attendees should bring their resumes to the workshop. The facilitator for the workshop will be George O’ Neill, professor of chemistry at the University of Delaware. O’Neill spent 31 years as an innovator, inventor and lab supervisor for products based on condensation polymers intended for water-based coating and textile applications at the Eastman Chemical Company, a former division of Eastman Kodak (1920-94). From 1992 to 1997 he lived and worked in Osaka, Japan as director of the Asia Pacific Research Office, which facilitated technology exchanges between Eastman’s 600-person research and development community and universities, companies and government labs in Australia, China, India and Japan. After leaving Eastman in 1998, O’Neill worked as a Fellow at the Science and Technology Agency. Today, in addition to being an ACS career presenter and consultant, O’Neill works with ACS’ division of chemical education on issues related to chemical technician education. The workshop is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in learning more about the workshop or facilitator should contact: Tim Zauche, UWP professor of chemistry. Anyone interested in learning more about other career workshops or job search services should contact Diana Trendt, interim director, UWP Career Center, at (608) 342-1183.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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J&J Pharmaceutical Research & Development is looking for BS/MS candidates with laboratory experience, pharmaceutical industry preferred. Previous experience with nuclear magnetic resonance, chromatographic and mass spectral techniques is highly desired. We expect qualified candidates to work on small molecule purification and characterization under the direction of a senior chemist. Knowledge or experience with chiral separation, supercritical fluid chromatography, high throughput preparative chromatography and LC/MS system integration is a plus. This position will offer ample opportunity for career growth and independence. Educational/Experience requirements: MS or BS in chemistry with analytical chemistry laboratory experience, LC-MS preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary. Contact: Jiejun Wu, Ph.D., J&J Pharmaceutical Research & Development, LLC, 3210 Merryfield Row, San Diego, CA 92121-1126, (858)784-3212 phone, (858)784-3058 fax, e-mail: jwu7@prdus.jnj.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Bioanalytical Chemistry - One Year Term. The Chemistry Department of the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University invites applications for a one-year term, full-time position to begin in August, 2007. There is a strong possibility that there will be a tenure track position in this area starting August, 2008. A Ph. D. in chemistry is required. The successful candidate will have experience in bioanalytical chemistry and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Teaching assignments will primarily involve general and non-majors chemistry lectures and labs and analytical chemistry labs. The chemistry department is ACS accredited and has 13 faculty members. More information about the colleges and the department is available at: http://www.csbsju.edu. Saint John's University, a liberal arts college for men, and the College of St. Benedict, a liberal arts college for women, are located four miles apart in Central Minnesota just outside St. Cloud and 70 miles from Minneapolis. Both are Catholic colleges in the Benedictine tradition which emphasize quality teaching and a commitment to intercultural learning. All applicants must submit a letter of application, a statement of their teaching philosophy, a description of research plans, curriculum vitae, copies of all transcripts (official transcripts required for interview), and three recent letters of recommendation to: College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University, Human Resources, PO Box 7188, Collegeville, MN 56321, employment@csbsju.edu. Evaluation of applications will begin on February 1, 2007 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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