Chemistry Newsletter - 02/05/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 6 February 5th, 2001

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Disposing of Hazardous Sharps & Glass!

The UW Safety Department has just recently reviewed our method of disposing waste SHARPS (needles, razor blades etc.) and our waste HAZARDOUS GLASS (pipets & broken glass). They are requiring us to make some changes in our disposal procedure. In the past, we have been placing these two waste items into a clear plastic, labeled container. You then placed these containers into the hallway for the night custodial crew to pick up and dispose of. Well, the future procedure has changed a little. The custodial crew members are not trained or qualified to handle hazardous waste material. Consequently, each laboratory will have to bring their different waste containers down to room 1235 (next to the new loading dock) and place them into a large bin that will be appropriately labeled for SHARPS or for HAZARDOUS GLASS. This is the same room that carboys of waste solvents are deposited in. The SHARPS bin will have the green colored labels pasted on it and the HAZARDOUS GLASS bin will have the bright red labels pasted on that one. The night custodial crew will continue to collect clean, empty, glass chemical bottles from your laboratory, along with the other recyclable trash. This new procedure has been approved by the Chemistry Department Safety Committee and is effective immediately. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Analytical Cume Schedule

Students will be notified one week in advance of the location and topic of the cume.

March 24, 2001 April 14, 2001

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Inorganic Cume Schedule

All cumes will be given at 9 am to Noon in room 2373, the dates are all Saturdays. You will be notified of the topic 10 days before the exam, at that time you will also know which professor is writing/giving the exam. If you have any questions please contact Kristi Heming or Paul Treichel (Chair of Inorganic).

February 17th March 24th April 28th

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Organic Cume Schedule

2000-2001 Organic Cumulative Examinations Schedule. All exams will be in Room B371 at 7:30 p.m.

February 1, 2001
March 1, 2001 April 5, 2001 May 3, 2001

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 8335 Chemistry

Feb. 6 Mar. 6 Apr. 10 May 8

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Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays

1:20 PM - Chairs Office

Feb. 27
Mar. 20 Mar. 27 Apr. 3
Apr. 24 May 1 May 15

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Alex Stuchebrukhov, UC Davis.

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Andreas Bach, UW-Madison. "Vibrations and Proton Transfer Along Water-Wire and Ammonia-Wire Clusters"

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Thursday, February 8th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Greta Hurtt, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Veronica Vaida, University of Colorado.

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Jenn Ropp, Graduate Student. "An Experimental and Theoretical Approach to Determining Quadrupole Coupling Constants and Correlation Times"

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*****CANCELLED***** Thursday, February 15th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. TBA.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mary Wirth, University of Delaware.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Christina Hacker, Graduate Student. "Reflectance Difference Spectroscopy on Anisotropic Organic Molecules on Silicon"

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Scott D. Hanton, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. "Understanding Polymer MALDI"

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Jianshu Cao, MIT. "Theoretical Studies of Room-Temperature Single Molecule Experiments"

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Sangwoon Yoon, Graduate Student. "Bimolecular Reactions of Vibrationally Excited Molecules"

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Thursday, March 1st, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Emily Smith, Graduate Student. "SPR Imaging Measurements of Protein-Peptide and DNA Protein Interactions"

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Rig Hernandez, Georgia Tech. "Chemistry in Changing Environments: A Theoretical Projection of Polymers and Proteins"

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Emily Smith, Graduate Student. "SPR Imaging Measurements of Peptide Arrays"

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Thursday, March 8th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Liman Wang, Parr Memorial Award Recipient. "DNA Computing on Surfaces"

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Thursday, March 8th, 2001 - Chemical Education Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Tom Eberline, Pennsylvania State Capitol College. "Integrating Computer-based Learning Materials into the Sophomore Organic Chemistry Sequence"

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Notre Dame. "Proton, Hydride, and Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Reactions in Solution and Proteins"

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Silvia Cavagnero, UW-Madison. "Principles and Practice of Protein Folding in Real Cells"

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Professor Jacqueline K. Barton, California Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Ken Dill, UCSF. "Modeling Water and the Hydrophobic Effect"

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Andrei Piryatinski, UW-Madison. "Multidimentional Impulsive IR Spectroscopies: Molecular Structure and Vibrational Dynamics"

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Thursday, March 29th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Sang (Alex) Lim, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 5th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Tian Wu, Graduate Student. "Transchip: A New System for In Vitro Whole Genome Studies of Transcription"

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Ted Heilweil, NIST.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Xingping (Ping) Su, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Wilson Ho, UC Irvine.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Courtney Thompson, Graduate Student. "Molecular Motions During Physical Aging in Polystyrene"

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Thursday, April 19th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. TBA.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2001 - Chemical Education Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mary Kirchoff, EPA. "Teaching Green Chemistry"

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2001 - Willard Lecture Series - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Sylvia Ceyer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Christoph Weise, Graduate Student. "Studies of Association Equilibria of Simple Amides with the Perfluoronated Surfactant Cesium PFO"

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Thursday, April 26th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Gordie Shaw, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Ad Bax, NIH. "NMR of Weakly Aligned Proteins and Nucleic Acids"

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Meredith Porembski, Graduate Student. "Single Molecule Studies of Biologically Relevant Systems"

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Yves J. Chabal, Bell Labs, New Jersey. (McElvain). "Silicon Oxidation: A Vibrational Study of Oxygen Insertion into Si Surfaces Upon H2O or O2 Exposure"

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2001 - Chemical Education Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Marion O'Leary, Sacramento State University. "Cooperative Learning in Organic Chemistry"

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Reichmann, Harvard University.

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GENERAL CHEMISTRY TUTORS WANTED

If you want to be a tutor for General Chemistry students (Chemistry 103, 104 and 108 this semester) please sign up e-mailing dlduff@facstaff.wisc.edu. In the subject put the word tutor. Deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 7. Direct questions to Diana Duff, room 1328.

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For Industrial Positions, see the Chemistry Career Services Newsletter at:

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/areas/careers/7news.html

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Chemistry. Full-Time, Non-Tenure earning, career-track Faculty position. Coordinator of Student Recruitment, Advising and Retention. This faculty position, at the Assistant Professor level, is a full-time, non-tenure earning, career-track appointment with full benefits and with teaching duties in the lower division curriculum. A competitive 12-month salary is guaranteed with a negotiable starting date that occurs for the 2001-2002 academic year. After the initial two year appointment, the appointment may be renewed indefinitely in three year increments. The individual is to assume a leadership role in working with Chemistry students and advisors in other units to implement and sustain a proactive advising program in Chemistry. The individual is to be actively engaged in teaching in the lower division undergraduate curriculum. A doctorate in chemistry or chemical education is required. Responsibilities include teaching in the lower division undergraduate program, managing a proactive undergraduate advisor program in Chemistry, implementing and supervising an active recruiting effort that involves a Chemistry Scholarship program, coordinating a chemistry major careers/job skills seminar program, working cooperatively with advisors in other academic units, providing summative evaluations and recommendation letters for students, and interfacing effectively with the Coordinators of General Chemistry and Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Instruction to transition incoming students into the lower division Chemistry program. We seek an individual who has a vision and commitment for the continued development of a quality undergraduate Chemistry program; has a focus on providing students with timely, accurate, and personalized information needed to make informed choices; promotes a student's timely progress toward a degree; and can work well with other faculty to achieve departmental instruction goals. Application Process: A CV, an essay describing interest in the position and ideas for contributing to the development of a proactive recruiting, advising, and retention program and three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Dr. Larry Krannich, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, E-mail address: krannich@uab.edu no later than March 10, 2001. Electronic submissions are encouraged. Review of applications and on-campus interviews will continue until the position is filled. Information on the department and the faculty can be found at http://www.chem.uab.edu.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Chemistry. Full-Time, Non-Tenure earning, career-track Faculty position. Coordinator of Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Instruction. The Chemistry Department has conducted a comprehensive assessment of its programs and is implementing reforms in the undergraduate program to enable students to experience themselves as professionals, incorporate innovations in pedagogical methodologies, interface more with other disciplines, and bring modern technology into the classroom/laboratory. This faculty position, at the Assistant Professor level, is a full-time, non-tenure earning, career-track appointment with full benefits and with teaching duties in the organic course sequence. A competitive 12-month salary is guaranteed with a negotiable starting date that occurs for the 2001-2002 academic year. After the initial two year appointment, the appointment may be renewed indefinitely in three year increments. The individual is to assume a leadership role in working with other faculty teaching these courses to set course content, assess student achievement, and emphasize skill development for student success in subsequent courses. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Responsibilities include teaching in the undergraduate program, coordinating instructional and laboratory activities, managing instructional laboratories, implementing information and electronic technology into the instruction and laboratory programs, supervising and training TA's in effective laboratory instructional techniques, supervising laboratory preparation personnel, developing new experiments and instructional materials, and working with the Coordinator of General Chemistry Instruction to develop a first-rate lower division chemistry program that services the science, engineering, and technology students at UAB. We seek an individual who has a vision and commitment for the continued development of a quality organic chemistry undergraduate program, has a focus on student-centered teaching, will strive for intellectually integrated curricula, and can work well with other faculty to achieve departmental instruction goals. Application Process: A CV, an essay describing interest in the position and ideas for contributing to the development of a premier organic chemistry program, and three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Dr. Larry Krannich, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, E-mail address: krannich@uab.edu no later than March 10, 2001. Electronic submissions are encouraged. Review of applications and on-campus interviews will continue until the position is filled. Information on the department and the faculty can be found at http://www.chem.uab.edu.

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Bradley University, Department of Chemistry. General Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator. The Department of Chemistry (11 members, ACS certified) at Bradley University invites applications for the position of Laboratory Coordinator. The position, beginning August 20, 2001 and renewable yearly, is a nine-month appointment. MS in chemistry required; teaching experience advantageous. Teaching responsibilities will include primarily general chemistry laboratories. Successful candidates must have the ability to communicate chemistry concepts, prepare laboratory reagents, supervise student assistants, and maintain chemical laboratories and instrumentation. The University is undertaking an extensive renovation/expansion of the chemistry facilities, including new general chemistry teaching laboratories. Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and a statement of teaching philosophy to: Ms. Judy Moroz, Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, Bradley University, Peoria, IL 61625. For priority consideration, all application materials must be postmarked no later than February 16, 2001; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Detailed information about the department and the position can be found at http://www.bradley.edu/las/Chm.

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The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is seeking applicants for the position of Director of the Research Resources Center (RRC). Today the RRC faces the future as an effectively managed research support service center playing a key role in the incorporation of new technologies with a growing user base. Given the recent growth of RRC services in the area of biotechnology, the preferred candidate should ideally have a strong background in this area. We seek a director who can effectively lead programmatic growth, has excellent communication skills, and who has demonstrated relevant research and management skills, preferably in an academic environment. Applicants must possess a doctoral degree, five to ten years of related experience, and have knowledge of major instrumentation. Currently RRC research support services include a DNA sequencing facility, a genomic facility, a protein laboratory, a transgenic production service, electron, confocal and Raman microscopy, NMR spectrometry, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, electronic and machine shops and a computer support group. The RRC web site: http://www.rrc.uic.edu/ is a division of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Director reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Resources. For fullest consideration, send a letter of application by March 15, 2001 with a complete professional vita, and the names and addresses of at least three references whom we may contact, to: Dr. Brenda Russell, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, 310 Administrative Office Building (MC 672), 1737 West Polk Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60612-7227, e-mail: Russell@uic.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Faculty position in the department of chemistry at KAIST. The Department of Chemistry at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) invites applications for a faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry or Professor of Chemistry in the field of organic chemistry. The newly appointed professor is expected to show exceptional promise or accomplishment in research and teaching of undergraduates as well as graduates of chemistry and related majors, and should have research activities focused on current topics in organic chemistry. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a list of publications with copies of manuscripts, transcripts (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.), a certificate of degree (Ph.D.), and a brief description of research interests with a completed application form which is, available from the KAIST homepage at: http://www.kaist.ac.kr and arrange to have four letters of recommendation sent to: Prof Yoon Sup Lee, Chairman, Department of Chemistry, KAIST, Taejon 305-701, Korea, Tel. +82-42-869-2821, Fax, +82-42-869-2910, e-mail: yslee@cais.kaist.ac.kr. The deadline for receipt of applications is February 28, 2001.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Dr. L. R. Rudnick of the Energy Institute at Pennsylvania State University has a postdoctoral position within his research group that will be available within a few months. Work will include using nmr (proton and carbon) to study hydrocarbon oxidative decomposition. We will examine in detail a series of natural and synthetic hydrocarbons, identify certain structural features and follow the chemical transformations of these structures as a function of thermal treatment and oxidation. Additional complementary characterization methods will be used such as infrared, mass spectroscopy, pyrolysis gc/ms, and thin film micro-oxidation techniques. The project currently is planned for one year, with the potential to extend for a second or third year. It is expected that the results of these studies will be presented at national meetings and result in publications in refereed journals. He is looking for a self-starter, innovative organic chemist with strong background in nmr and at least some of the other above-mentioned techniques. Penn State has a world class reputation in energy research, chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields. This will be an excellent opportunity for a student to work independently (with support and input from me) on the fundamental and practical study of hydrocarbon oxidation. With sufficient results we will attempt to model the kinetics of the various processes involved during thin film (non-diffusion controlled) oxidation. The nmr research would be performed using a Bruker AMX 360MHz wide bore instrument. I can be reached by email at lrudnick@psu.edu or by phone at: 814-865-2490. Dr. L. R. Rudnick Energy Institute The Pennsylvania State University 209 Academic Projects University Park, PA 16802-2321.

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Postdoctoral Position in Chemical Biology at UC Irvine. Candidates are sought for two post-doctoral positions in Chemical Biology involving in vitro molecular evolution of proteins. The first position requires extensive experience with techniques in molecular biology and biochemistry, and a passion for applying those skills to biologically significant problems. The second opportunity is for an outstanding synthetic organic chemist who would like to apply both synthetic methods and biological techniques to solve challenging problems. Candidates should send cover letter, CV and letters of recommendation to: Professor Gregory A. Weiss, c/o Yvonne Grimm, Department of Chemistry, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, 92697-2025. Please submit applications by June 1, 2001. Additional information is available on the Worldwide Web at: http://www.chem.uci.edu/~gweiss/.

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