Chemistry Newsletter - 01/17/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 3 January 17th, 2006

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Tehshik Yoon Wins Lilly New Faculty Award

We are delighted to report that Tehshik Yoon has won a Lilly New Faculty Award in support of his research. Congratulations to Tehshik for getting off to such a quick and promising start!

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Song Jin Wins NSF Career Award

We are delighted to report that Song Jin has just won an NSF CAREER award for his proposal entitled: "Synthesis, Characterization and Physical Properties of One-Dimensional Rare Earth Chalcogenide Nanomaterials." This award comes with five years of funding. Congratulations to Song on this outstanding accomplishment!

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Diane Nutbrown Winner of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Diane Nutbrown, a fourth-year graduate student with Judith Burstyn and John Moore, has been named a winner of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award by the Association of American Colleges & Universities. This national award "recognizes graduate students who are committed to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others, and who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education." Congratulations Diane!

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The February 2006 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available at: http://www.jce.divched.org/. This issue celebrates Earth Day featuring several articles on soil chemistry, environmental chemistry, and green chemistry. The JCE Classroom Activity on soil testing was developed in part by former grad student Linda Fanis. In addition the issue features a description by Chuck Casey of the work that led to the 2005 Nobel Prize in chemistry for Yves Chauvin, Robert H. Grubbs, and Richard R. Schrock. JCE Featured Molecules show the olefin metathesis catalysts in Chime and Jmol formats for viewing on your computer.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

2/14/06

3/21/06

4/11/06

5/9/06

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

2/7/06

2/21/06

3/7/06

3/28/06

4/4/06

4/18/06

5/2/06

5/16/06

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SEMINARS

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Thursday, January 19th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Seyed Seradj, Burke Group.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Leitner, University of Nevada, Reno. “Vibrational Energy Flow, Localization, and Chemical Reaction Kinetics.”

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil S. Baran, The Scripps Research Institute. “The Catalytic Cycle of Discovery in Total Synthesis”

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ken Karlin, John Hopkins University.

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Smith, Denu Group.

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 - McElvain Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Yates, Scripps Research Institute.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jennifer O’Neill, Blackwell Group.

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Friday, February 3rd, 2006 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dean Gary Sandefur, College of Letters & Sciences and Professor of Sociology, UW-Madison.

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Monday, February 6th, 2006 - Special Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Kookheon Char, Department of Chemical Engineering, Seoul National University. “Perspectives on Ultrathin Multilayer Films Prepared by Layer-by-Layer Deposition”

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcus Weck, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315, Chemistry Building. Venkat Ganesan, University of Texas at Austin. “Equilibrium and Dynamics in Polymer-Nanoparticle Mixtures: From Solvents to Proteins to Nanocomposites”

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2005 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Allison Campbell, Pacific Northwest Lab.

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Thursday, February 9th, 2006 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard Burgess, UW-Madison Oncology Department. “Luminescence Resonance Energy Transfer to Study Protein: Protein Interactions”

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Thursday, February 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrew Razgulin, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hanna Reisler, University of Southern California. “Imaging Photodissociation: Charge Transfer and Conical Intersections in the Dissociation of Radicals and Diradicals”

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Thursday, February 16th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Garske, Denu Group.

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Monday, February 20th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melanie Sanford, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ji-Xin Cheng, Purdue University. “Nonlinear Optical Imaging of Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems Ex Vivo and In Vivo”

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Jewell, Blackwell Group.

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 - WISL Seminar, 7:30 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive. Harold McGee. “Playing With Food: Three Centuries of Science in the Kitchen”

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alex Benderskii, Wayne State University. “Coherent Vibrational Spectroscopy of Surfaces and Interfaces: Combining Frequency and Time-Domain”

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Wednesday, March 1st, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marc Johnson, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luke Lavis, Raines Group.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arieh Warshel, University of Southern California. “Computer Simulations of Enzymatic Reactions: Finding out What are the Catalytic Principles that Really Work?”

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christian E. Schafmeister, University of Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangho Park, Lee Group.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006 - Materials and Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Vaid, Washington University.

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Monday, March 20th, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK. “Protein Misfolding and Disease: From Theory to Therapy”

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK. “Protein Structure and Folding: From Random Coils to Native States”

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Walba, University of Colorado. “High Throughput Measurement of ee Using Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals”

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jamie Ellis, Cavagnero Group.

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Wednesday Thru Friday, March 29th - 31st, 2006 - Meloche Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Lippard, MIT.

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bin Sun, Lynn Group.

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patrick Holland, University of Rochester.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark A. Johnson, Yale University.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor D. Tyler McQuade, Cornell University. “Microreactors, Encapsulated Catalysts, and Mechanisms: New Tools and Techniques for Polymer and Small Molecule Synthesis”

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Wednesday, April 5th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Oleg Ozerov, Brandeis University.

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Thursday, April 6th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Schultz, Nelsen Group.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sanat Kumar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan O’Leary, Pomona College. “Deuterium and Tritium NMR Equilibrium Isotope Effects Involving OH/OH and CH/N Hydrogen Bonds: Stereochemical Applications”

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor H. Jane Dyson, The Scripps Research Institute. “New Insights from NMR into Unfolded Proteins and the Protein Folding Process”

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Thursday, April 18th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Virginia W. Cornish, Columbia University. “Co-Opting Nature's Machineries for Chemical Discovery”

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Thursday, April 20th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jennifer O’Neill, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael J. Saxton, University of California at Davis.

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Thursday, April25th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Matt Sigman, University of Utah.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon Tunge, University of Kansas.

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Jordan, University of Pittsburgh. “Electron and Proton Localization in Water Clusters”

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Stang, University of Utah. “Nanoscale Molecular Architecture: Design and Self-Assembly of Metallocyclic Polygons and Polyhedra via Coordination”

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Thursday, May 4th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Walker, Harvard University.

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeff Johnston, Indiana 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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Dickson KA. Haigis MC. Raines RT.

Ribonuclease inhibitor: Structure and function [Review].

PROGRESS IN NUCLEIC ACID RESEARCH AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, VOL 80. 80 PG. 349-+. 2005 [Figures] [Color plates].

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Timokhin VI. Stahl SS.

Bronsted base-modulated regioselectivity in the aerobic oxidative amination of styrene catalyzed by palladium.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(50):17888-17893, 2005 Dec 21.

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Mednikov EG. Wittayakun J. Dahl LF.

Synthesis and stereochemical/electrochemical analyses of cuboctahedral-based Pd-23(CO)(x)(PR3)(10) clusters (x=20 with R-3 = Bu-3(n), Me2Ph; x=20, 21, 22 with R-3 = Et-3): Geometrically analogous Pd-23(PEt3)(10) fragments with variable carbonyl ligations and resulting implications.

Journal of Cluster Science. 16(3):429-454, 2005 Sep.

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Epand RF. Schmitt MA. Gellman SH. Sen A. Auger M. Hughes DW. Epand RM.

Bacterial species selective toxicity of two isomeric alpha/beta-peptides: Role of membrane lipids.

Molecular Membrane Biology. 22(6):457-469, 2005 Nov-Dec.

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Cox MJ. Crim FF.

Vibrational energy flow rates for cis- and trans-stilbene isomers in solution.

Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 109(51):11673-11678, 2005 Dec 29.

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Grimm JB. Otte RD. Lee D.

Tandem dienyne ring-closing metathesis of alkynyl silaketals for the formation of bicyclic siloxanes.

Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 690(24-25):5508-5516, 2005 Dec 1.

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Scarborough CC. Popp BV. Guzei IA. Stahl SS.

Development of 7-membered N-heterocyclic carbene ligands for transition metals.

Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 690(24-25):6143-6155, 2005 Dec 1.

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de Silva N. Dahl LF.

Synthesis and structural analysis of the first nanosized platinum-gold carbonyl/phosphine cluster, Pt-13[Au-2(PPh3)(2)](2)(CO)(10)(PPh3)(4), containing a Pt-centered [Ph3PAu-AuPPh3]-capped icosahedral Pt-12 cage.

Inorganic Chemistry. 44(26):9604-9606, 2005 Dec 26.

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Garske AG. Denu JM.

SIRT1 Top 40 Hits: Use of One-Bead, One-Compound Acetyl-Peptide Libraries and Quantum Dots to Probe Deacetylase Specificity.

Biochemistry. 45 (1): 94 -101, 2006 Jan. 10.

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Smith BC. Denu JM.

Sir2 Protein Deacetylases: Evidence for Chemical Intermediates and Functions of a Conserved Histidine.

Biochemistry. 45 (1): 272 -282, 2006 Jan. 10.

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Copyright © 2006 Thomson ISI

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Information about the National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program has been posted at the following web site: http://info.gradsch.wisc.edu/research/institutionalnom.html. This program is intended to establish innovative models for graduate education and training for scientists and engineers in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.

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The February 1 deadline for the RISE program (Research Internships in Science and Engineering in Germany for undergraduates) is quickly approaching and it would be great if you could remind your students about this incredible opportunity. Extensive information is available on our website (http://www.daad.de/rise). The students can complete the application forms online, but we still need the original hard copies in Bonn by February 1. Hence they should submit their application as soon as possible and it would be great if we could welcome your students in Germany this summer.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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A TA position at the Molecular Structure Laboratory, Chemistry Department. A part-time appointment (16-20h a week, flexible schedule) is available at the Molecular Structure Laboratory starting January 2006. The successful candidate will be taught to run single crystal X-ray diffraction experiments, solve and refine crystal structures, and prepare crystallographic reports. This work will likely result in several scientific publications. A significant responsibility will be maintaining the in-house crystallographic database (PC/LINUX). Contact: Ilia Guzei, UW-Madison Chemistry Department, e-mail: iguzei@fozzie.chem.wisc.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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One-Year Full-Time Temporary Analytical or Physical Chemistry Faculty Position Department of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at California State University, Chico, is seeking to fill a full-time, temporary analytical or physical chemistry faculty position for the 2006-07 academic year starting on August 16, 2006. As a university that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value a diverse faculty and staff. CSU, Chico welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a cross-cultural learning environment. Ph.D. in Analytical or Physical Chemistry by no later than the Fall 2006 appointment date. Demonstrated experience with a wide variety of instrumentation. Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching. Teaching experience in university-level chemistry courses. Potential for excellence in professional development. Teach Quantitative Analysis and Instrumental Analysis, lecture and lab. Participate in instruction of the Integrated Laboratory Teach general chemistry courses, major or non-major, lecture or lab. Salary: $45,156 - $56,928 per academic year, based on qualifications and experience. Review will begin February 6, 2006. Applications completed after that date may be considered. Applicants must submit a resume, statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three current letters of recommendation to: Dr. Don Alger, Chair, Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, California State University, Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0210, Phone: 530-898-5259, TDD 530-898-4666, Email: dalger@csuchico.edu. For more information about the university, college, and department, you may visit our website at: http://www.csuchico.edu/.

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LSU invites candidates to apply for the position of Director of the Cain Center (a $3M endowed chair) to lead, manage, and provide vision for the Center. The Director, reporting to the Provost, will interact with the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Basic Sciences, Education, and Engineering, all of which are directly involved in collaborative undergraduate teacher preparation programs, K-12 outreach, and research. The candidate should have a national reputation in mathematics, science, or engineering education, with an earned doctorate in one of the STEM or education-related disciplines and documented experience in STEM education. The successful candidate will assume a position at the rank of professor in one of the departments of the supporting colleges or a joint appointment in more than one department. Candidates must have demonstrated leadership abilities, grantsmanship, and scholarly accomplishments appropriate for appointment at that level. The search committee will also consider evidence of teaching excellence, experience in program management, and the ability to work effectively with K-12 teachers as well as university faculty and administrators. It is expected that the Director will provide Center leadership while also maintaining a scholarly program. Salary will be commensurate with that of other titled professorships in the University. For more information, please visit our new Web site: http://www.cain.lsu.edu. Candidates for the position should submit a letter off application stating relevant experiences, accomplishments, and future ambitions. In addition, please send a CV and the names and contact information for three references to: M. Jayne Fleener, Search Committee Chair and Dean, College of Education 221 Peabody Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Electronic mail communications may be sent to: fleener@lsu.edu. Review of applicants will begin January 20, 2006, but applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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The Lyman Briggs School of Science (LBS) (http://www.lymanbriggs.msu.edu), a residential undergraduate science and liberal arts program within the College of Natural Science (CNS) at Michigan State University, is seeking a visiting assistant professor of chemistry or chemical education. Responsibilities will include teaching introductory undergraduate chemistry courses (lecture and laboratory), and participating with other MSU faculty in the development of an integrated science curriculum for LBS. This position is a fixed term one academic-year appointment with the possibility of renewal for up to two more academic years. This position offers an exciting opportunity for those interested in pursuing a chemistry teaching career at a small, liberal-arts college. The successful candidate will hone teaching skills and gain liberal-arts environment experience in LBS while enjoying access to the resources of a large research university. The successful applicant will have also opportunities to design and study innovations in the teaching of undergraduate chemistry in LBS. Requirements include a strong record of teaching and research accomplishment, and a Ph.D. in chemistry or chemical education. Postdoctoral experience is preferred but not required. To apply, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a description of your teaching philosophy and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to: Kathie Ellis, Chemistry Search Committee, Lyman Briggs School, E-28 Holmes Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48825-1107. The review of applications will begin on March 1, 2006 and will continue until the position has been filled. Questions should be directed to Dr. Robert LaDuca, Associate Professor of Chemistry, at the above address or (517) 432-2268 or mail to: laduca@msu.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Post-Doctoral Research Position, Polymers Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. We have an immediate opening for a post-doctoral associate who will help us develop broadband CARS microscopy as a tool for noninvasive chemical imaging. We are currently working on interferometric methods for eliminating effects of nonresonant background in CARS microscopy. Target areas for application are cell signaling pathways (including stem cell differentiation, and cell – materials interactions), and forensic / clinical histology. Some of the cell-related work will be done with collaborators at NIH. If a U.S. citizen, the applicant will be expected to compete for a National Research Council Postdoctoral fellowship. A doctoral degree in science or engineering and experience with ultrafast laser systems is required. Candidates with computer programming experience (e.g. Matlab, LabView) will be favored. Experience with cell culture is not necessary, but would be considered advantageous. Both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens may apply. Length of appointment: 1 to 2 years. Interested persons should contact: Marcus Cicerone, Polymers Division, NIST, 100 Bureau Dr., Mail Stop 8543, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8543, USA, Phone: (301) 975-8104, Fax: (301) 975-4977, e-mail: cicerone@nist.gov, web: http://polymers.msel.nist.gov/.

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