Chemistry Newsletter - 02/06/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 6 February 6th, 2006

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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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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Evans, Materials Science & Engineering Department, UW-Madison.

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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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Monday, February 20th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Biochemistry Auditorium B1118. Nabil Seidah. “The Role of the Proprotein Convertases in Health and Disease”

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Jason Hafner, Rice University.

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bo Li, Graduate Student, Hamers Group.

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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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Monday, March 6th, 2006 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Anatoly Kolomeisky, Rice University. “Coupling of Two Motor Proteins: A New Motor Can Move Faster”

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Monday, March 6th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. Elliott Sober. “What’s Wrong With Intelligent Design?”

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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. “Isostructural Dopants for Molecular Semiconductors: Organic Molecules in Unusual Oxidation States”

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Monday, March 20th, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Macromolecular Science, 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 Macromolecular Science, 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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Fahey, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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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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Monday, March 27th, 2006 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael Feig, Michigan State University. “Computer Simulations of Biomolecules in Complex Cellular Environments.”

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ryan Hilger, Graduate Student, Smith Group.

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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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Friday, March 31st, 2006 - Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephen J. Lippard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, NASA Ames Research Center. “Novel One-Dimensional Nanostructures and Their Applications”

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Scott A. McLuckey, Purdue University.

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Antonio J. Ricco, Stanford University.

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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. “A biological interpretation of anomalous subdiffusion”

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Murphy, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peidong Yang, University of California-Berkeley.

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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. Application Review Date: Begins February 21, 2006. We invite applications from qualified individuals interested in teaching within a diverse, multicultural, learner-centered environment. Essential Functions: Teach courses ranging from introductory chemistry through organic chemistry. Some courses will be for Science and Engineering majors and others for Allied Health students; Conduct assigned classes in a manner that promotes student success. Incorporate various teaching styles and technology; Work closely in and out of classroom with students having a wide variety of interests, ages, backgrounds and levels of academic preparation; Participate in the student advising program and district wide efforts to improve student retention and success; Participate as a member of working committees dealing with instruction, student matters and/or district related concerns; Assist in curriculum and program development incorporating current educational theories and research; Collaborate with members of the Chemistry Department on planning activities and projects; Work effectively with colleagues and students of various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds; Attend and participate in department and division meetings; Be available to students daily through scheduled office hours; Perform other academic duties as assigned. Master’s degree in Chemistry or a closely related field. Documented successful teaching experience in Chemistry. Documented successful teaching experience in Chemistry at the community college level. Related professional experience and/or activities in addition to teaching. This position, which is contingent upon funding, is a full-time, tenure-track assignment of 172 contracted days per year, anticipated to begin September 2006. Initial placement of this position will be at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom (located in Lakewood, WA); however, evening, split daily schedule and/or work at more than one site may be included in the assignment. Salary placement is based on the current full-time faculty salary schedule, and is dependent upon education and experience. To be considered for this position, applicants must include the following items in their application package (in order listed): 1) Letter of formal application that addresses how your experience and education qualifies you to perform the assigned responsibilities. 2 ) Brief statement that describes your teaching philosophy/style and that addresses strategies used to engage a wide diversity of students, your use of outcomes assessment measures, your use of active learning techniques, and your use of presentation and alternative modes of delivery in the classroom, or, via, web-based learning. 3) Detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience, which includes a list of courses taught. 4) Copies of all college and university transcripts (official transcripts required prior to hire). 5) A list of four current professional references with names, addresses, and telephone numbers. Application materials should be submitted to: Ms. Jan Bucholz, Vice President for Human Resources, Pierce College, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98498-1999, (FAX # 253-964-6382). Review of applications begins February 21, 2006. To ensure consideration, application materials should be received by February 17, 2006. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For additional information about Pierce College or this position, visit our Website at http://www.pierce.ctc.edu or call our Jobline: 253-964-7341. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Our Chemistry Department has a vacancy for an assistant professor and the information can be found on our web page: http://www.esf.edu/chemistry The Department of Chemistry at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) seeks a full-time Assistant Professor (tenure-track; academic year) to teach General Chemistry. In addition to curriculum development and course delivery, the successful candidate will consult with faculty responsible for the associated lab course. Other responsibilities include advising and participating in the SUNY-ESF First Year Experience, committee work, and scholarship. Development of other chemistry courses is encouraged. SUNY-ESF is a Ph.D. granting unit of SUNY, has 1700 undergraduate students, and is a leader in environmental programs. For more information, including qualifications and application procedures, see http://www.esf.edu/chemistry. The announcement on the web includes details of the application process.

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Assistant Professor- Biomedical Engineering Tenure Track Faculty Position. The College of Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso is actively engaged in developing a graduate Biomedical Engineering program and invites applications for a biomedical engineering faculty member who will enthusiastically contribute to that goal. Candidates with expertise in tissue engineering and biomaterials are particularly encouraged to apply, although other candidates with fields of expertise in biomedical engineering will be considered. Additional expertise in biocompatible polymers, cellular biology, and tissue scaffold design, fabrication and testing (in vitro and in vivo) would add considerable strength to the application. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or a related area. Applicants should also have the ability to establish an independently funded research program and have a strong commitment to teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Engineering. UTEP encourages inter-disciplinary research with other College of Engineering and University-wide programs. The search is focused at the assistant professor rank, but exceptionally well-qualified applicants may also be considered at higher ranks. Candidates should send a letter of application, detailed curriculum vitae, names of at least three references, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a description of proposed research to: UTEP, College of Engineering, El Paso, TX, 79968-0517, Attention: Biomedical Engineering Search Committee. Review of applications will begin upon receipt and search will continue until the position is filled. The nominal starting date for the position is September 1, 2006. Specific inquiries on the position can be directed to: Dr. Ryan Wicker, Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Search Committee, at 915-747-7099 or rwicker@yutep.edu. Additional information about the College of Engineering and El Paso is available at http://www.utep.eduiacaciemicsi.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Immediate Opening for Medicinal/Organic Chemistry. Novartis Inst. for Functional Genomics has an immediate career opportunity for a Principal Investigator/Research Scientist to play a critical role in our “hit” to “lead” and target identification efforts in a pathway-based drug discovery team. We are seeking a highly self-motivated and goal-oriented individual with 5+ years of experience in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry. Experiences in both synthetic chemistry and biochemistry or cell biology will be plus. This position requires a Ph.D and/or postdoctoral experience in synthetic organic chemistry, with solid proof of synthetic skills and knowledge, and abilities to perform complex heterocyclic chemistry and the structure-activity relationship (SAR) analysis independently. Additional experiences in affinity chromatography, cross-linking chemistry and protein science will be plus. The ideal individual will have demonstrated ability for independent work with multi-task, have the ability to collaborate with a multi-disciplined team (biochemists, cell biologist etc.) and possess good verbal and written communication skills. If you are interested in the position, please email your resume and research summary to: xwu@gnf.org. Our company is Novartis Inst. for Functional Genomics, located in San Diego, California.

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