Chemistry Newsletter - 02/09/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 6 February 9th, 2004

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9340 Chemistry

2/10/2004

03/09/2004

04/13/2004

05/11/2004

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:20 PM - Chair’s Office

02/17/2004

03/16/2004

04/06/2004

04/20/2004

05/04/2004

05/18/2004

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The Organic cume exams will be given in room 1315 Chemistry Building, 7:00 PM on the following dates:

CUMULATIVE EXAM SCHEDULE 2003-2004

March 4

April 1

May 6

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Dutcher, University of Guelph. “Glass Transition and Chain Mobility in Thin Polymer Films”

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Thursday, February 12th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Keith Stevenson, University of Texas. “Spatially-Resolved Spectroelectrochemical Imaging of Polymorphous Metal Oxides”

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Thursday, February 12th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ratmir Derda, Graduate Student.

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Friday, February 13th, 2003 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory in Room 102. Sandy Klein, UW Mechanical Engineering. “Fuel Cells and the Hydrogen Economy”

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Friday, February 13th, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matt Woll, Gellman Group. “Peptide Backbone Thioester Exchange: A Novel Approach to Study Protein Structure”

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Monday, February 16th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Floyd Romesberg. “Evolution of Biomolecule Dynamics”

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sunney Chan, Caltech. “Protein Folding and Unfolding: Probing the Free Energy Landscape of a Protein”

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sunney Chan, Caltech. “Biological Controlled Oxidation of Small Alkanes”

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Thursday, February 19th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Franz Geiger, Northwestern University. “Surface Processes Studied in Real Time Using Nonlinear Optical Laser Spectroscopy: from Geochemistry to Atmospheric Chemistry”

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Thursday, February 19th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Beatriz DeGuia, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, February 19th, 2004 - Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy Seminar, 7:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Frank Drake, University of California-Santa Cruz. “Searching For Extraterrestrial Intelligence”

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Thursday, February 19th, 2004 - R. G. Herb Materials Physics Seminar, 10:00 a.m., Room 3405 Sterling Hall. Professor Christopher L. Henley, Cornell University. “Overcoming Degeneracy in Highly Frustrated Antiferromagnets”

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Monday, February 23rd, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Richard Bergman. “Systems Biology and the Pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes”

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Weitao Yang, Duke University. “Simulation of Chemical Reactions in Enzymes with a Density Functional Theory QM/MM Free Energy Method”

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2004 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Erik Sorensen, Princeton University.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Qiang Fu, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Keunho Kim, Graduate Student.

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Friday, February 27th, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Meg Schmitt, Gellman Group.

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Friday, February 27th, 2004 - Chemistry Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Laura Kiessling, UW-Madison.

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Monday, March 1st, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Janet Wood. “Transporter ProP of Escherichia Coli: Osmosensor and Osmoregulator”

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Igal Szleifer, Purdue University. “Kinetics of Protein Adsorption: Multiscale Molecular Approach”

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Thursday, March 4th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Greg Swain, Michigan State University. “Optically Transparent Diamond Electrodes for Chemical Analysis”

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Thursday, March 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Hansen, Graduate Student.

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Monday, March 8th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Sylvai Christakos. “New Insights into the Mechanisms of Vitamin D Action”

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Meloche Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Gardner, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “PAS Domains: A Versatile Way to Build Protein-Based Switches”

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Thursday, March 11th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lu Shang, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, March 11th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Dykhuizen, Graduate Student.

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Monday, March 22nd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ben L. Feringa, Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. “Progress in Asymetric Catalysis”

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Monday, March 22nd, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. James A. Fee. “Those Amazing Iron-Sulfer Clusters”

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Monday, March 22nd, 2004 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ben Feringa, University of Groningen, Netherlands.

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ben L. Feringa, Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. “In Control of Molecular Motion and Organization”

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Thursday, March 25th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Murray Johnston, University of Delaware. “Mass Spectrometry of Ultrafine Particles: What’s in the Air We Breathe?”

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Friday, March 26th, 2004 - Chemistry Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ron Raines, UW-Madison.

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Friday, March 26th, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tammy Argentine, Fisher Scientific.

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Monday, March 29th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Arthur Horwich. “Chaperonin-Mediated Protein Folding”

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Thursday, April 1st, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Xu Zhang, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 5th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Daniel Lane. “A Novel Mechanism for the Hypothalamic Control of Food Intake and Body Weight”

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. A. Ravishankara, University of Colorado, Boulder. “Laboratory Investigations of Free Radical Reactions: A Key Component of Atmospheric Chemistry”

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Claire Walczak. “Molecular Mechanisms of Mitosis: A Cellular Tug-Of-War”

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Thursday, April 8th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Josheph Lakowicz, University of Maryland. “Radiative Decay Engineering: The Use of Metallic Particles to Control Fluorescence Emission”

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Thursday, April 8th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Chutima Jiarpinitnun, Graduate Student.

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Friday, April 9th, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yi He, Kiessling Group.

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Monday, April 12th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Tim Ryan. “Dissecting Molecular Control of Presynaptic Function”

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Blank, University of Minnesota. “Probing the Local Environment During Reactive Dynamics in Solution”

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Huw Davies, SUNY-Buffalo.

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Thursday, April 15th, 2004 - Joint Analytical/Physical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Minh Cho, Korea University.

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Thursday, April 15th, 2004 - Organic McElvain Industrial Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Nugent, Bristol-Meyers Squibb.

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Monday, April 19th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Paul F. Cook. “Mechanism of the Haemophilus Influenzae Serine Acetyltransferase”

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Fayer, Stanford University. “Hydrogen Bond Dynamics Probed with Ultrafast Infrared Vibrational Echo Correlation Spectroscopy”

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Sheridan, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard Caprioli, Vanderbilt University. “Tissue Imaging and Profiling of Proteins by Mass Spectrometry for Discovery in Clinical and Biological Research”

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mark Gordon, Iowa State. “A Cluster-Based Approach to Solvation”

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Friday, April 23rd, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reagan Miller, Lee Group.

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Monday, April 26th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. ChulHee Kang. “Taming Calcium Ion: Its Implication on Drug Side Effects”

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marsha Lester, University of Pennsylvania. “Significant OH Radical Reactions in the Atmosphere: A New View”

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyung Woon Jung, University of Southern Florida.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Analytical Meloche Lecture Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carol Robinson, Cambridge University. “Mass spectrometry of dynamic multi-protein complexes”

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Amanda Jones, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Vern Schramm “Enzymatic Transition States, Analogues, Cancer and Malaria”

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Friday, April 30th, 2004 - Chemistry Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jim Skinner, UW-Madison.

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Monday, May 3rd, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. William Theurkauf “The Mitotic Response To Geneotoxic Stress”

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Barry Lentz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “A View of Cell Membrane Fusion: Protein Machines Work on Lipid Materials”

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2004 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lou Noodleman, Scripps Research Institute.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Analytical McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Charles Cantor, Sequenom Inc. “Precise Quantitative Analysis of Nucleic Acids by Mass Spectrometry”

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Payne, Graduate Student.

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Monday, May 10th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Akinobu Naka, Kurashiki University, Japan.

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Monday, May 24th, 2004 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Boris Tumanskii, Technion, Haifa, Israel. “EPR Study of Persistent Linear, Branched and Metal-Containing Silyl Radicals”

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Schneider, University of Delaware.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.html.

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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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It's All About Oxygen

on National Public Radio, 1:00 p.m. CST, Friday, February 13, 2004.

 

National Public Radio's Science Friday program will be broadcasting live from the annual AAAS meeting in Seattle. Guests include Bassam Shakhashiri, Mary Jo Nye, and Carl Djerassi discussing current research on the chemistry of oxygen, the history of its discovery, and the play OXYGEN.

The Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy has organized the symposium It's All About Oxygen at the annual meeting of AAAS in Seattle--2:30 - 5:30 p.m., Saturday, February 14. The speakers are UW- Madison Chemistry Professors Bassam Shakhashiri and Shannon Stahl, Professor Mary Jo Nye from Oregon State University (UW Ph.D. in History of Science '70), Professor Carl Djerassi from Stanford University (UW Ph.D. in Chemistry '45), President Richard Lerner of the Scripps Research Institute, and Professor Roald Hoffmann of Cornell University.

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Minority Summer Research Opportunity at Northwestern University

 

Dear Organization, and Prospective/Former Science Interns, Minorities Are Encouraged to Apply. Application Deadline: February 15, 2004. I am still accepting applications from science undergraduates for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Materials Research Experience for Minority Undergraduates Program at Northwestern University (NU). The Program targets undergraduate materials science, chemistry, physics, and engineering majors in the United States. It begins on June 21 and ends on August 20. Each participant receives a stipend of $4,000 for full participation in the program. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center houses a group of outstanding faculty, who do a variety of research within their smaller interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs). REU/MRI interns will have the opportunity to select a project from one of these groups and work closely with a faculty mentor and graduate student or post doctoral fellow. Former interns have really benefitted from their summer experience at NU and receive excellent recommendations from faculty members for jobs or applications to graduate school, and some participants have even published their research. Typically, we process all of the applications about two weeks after the deadline. We have a rolling admissions; therefore, outstanding applicants may be notified before the deadline. For more information about the Program and our Center, please visit our website at: http://mrcemis.ms.nwu.edu. You will find an application attached or you can download one at: http://mrcemis.ms.nwu.edu/mrsec/pdfs/REU%20%20application2004_web.pdf or http://mrcemis.ms.nwu.edu/mrsec/pdfs/MRI%20application2004_web.pdf. Once you have been accepted to the program, we will send you an acceptance letter, and prior to the beginning of the program, we will send you a list of projects to choose from and an orientation packet, which includes information on campus housing, meals, transportation, etc. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions: Laura Ernst, Director of Education & Outreach, Materials Research Center, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, K111, Evanston, IL 60208-3116, TEL (847) 491-3606, FAX (847) 467-6727.

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UW-Madison Graduate Fellowship at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po)

As part of an exchange agreement, Sciences Po-Paris will offer several exchange opportunities for the 2004-2005 academic year to University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate students may apply to take courses or conduct research at Sciences Po for either one or two semesters. One academic year fellowship is available for a graduate student who has completed the M.A. and who wishes to follow an independent research program under the guidance of a senior faculty member at Sciences Po. Applicants must be enrolled in a University of Wisconsin-Madison doctoral program. The scholarship is not tenable for use after a terminal Master's Degree. Graduate students who have not yet passed preliminary examinations for the Ph.D. will be considered. The graduate fellowship pays fees at Sciences Po and provides a maintenance allowance of approximately 9,145 euro for the year. The fee waiver covers registration, examinations and tuition at Sciences Po. The maintenance allowance may need to be supplemented by personal funds to cover the expenses of travel, accommodations, meals, books and incidentals. Participating students pay their normal tuition charges at UW-Madison. Undergraduates: Interested undergraduates should email Ms. Carol Witzeling in International Studies and Programs for an electronic application. Questions should be directed to Ms. Witzeling (Email: cawitzel@wisc.edu, Telephone: 262-7940 or 261-1018, Room 660 Van Hise Hall). Graduate students should apply to the Fellowships Office, 328 Ingraham Hall. Complete applications are due by 12:00PM on Friday, February 27, 2004. The graduate application must include a two-page summary statement describing the research to be pursued at Sciences Po, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, two letters of support endorsing the candidacy (one from the major advisor, a second from another Professor familiar with your work), and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable as long as they are clearly legible). Graduate students should contact Dr. Erin Crawley, Fellowships Officer (Telephone: 262-9632; Email: fellow@intl-institute.wisc.edu) for further information. Dr. Erin L. Crawley, Fellowships Officer, 328 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706 USA, ph: (608) 262-9632, fax: (608) 265-2919.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Positions in the research laboratories of ZettaCore, Inc. Positions are available immediately and will be filled as we receive qualified applicants. Interested individuals can obtain more detailed information about our company at: http://www.zettacore.com. Candidates can send a resume containing a concise summary of past research, publications, and list of references to me via the web page (http://www.zettacore.com/careers.html) or via snail mail at the address below. Positions Available are: Electrochemistry: Ph.D. in Analytical or Physical Chemistry: Experience with a variety of electrochemical techniques including: microelectrodes, voltammetry, pulse methods and coulometry. Familiarity with basic electronics, equipment trouble-shooting, programming in Labview and basic interfacing, including A/D and D/A operations. Characterization and development of hybrid molecular-electronic DRAM devices. Interact with chemists and circuit design engineers, characterize redox properties of SAMs on a variety of surfaces, fabricate and integrate devices, test and debug prototype electronic circuits. Surface Characterization: Ph.D. in Analytical or Physical Chemistry: Experience with techniques used in modern surface chemistry – e.g., XPS, surface spectroscopy, AFM, STM involved in the characterization of electrode or semiconductor surfaces. Primary Responsibilities: Characterization and development of hybrid molecular-electronic DRAM devices. Interact with chemists and circuit design engineers, characterize redox properties of SAMs on a variety of surfaces, fabricate and integrate devices, test and debug prototype electronic circuits. Synthetic Chemistry: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry: Experience with modern techniques of chemical synthesis. Synthesis of functional molecules with novel electronic properties, synthesis of new molecules and development of new synthetic methodology. Collaborate with physical chemists, spectroscopists, engineers, and theoreticians. Analytical Chemistry: MS or Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry: Experience with modern techniques of chemical analysis of fine chemicals, analytical methods development, and quality assurance. Should be familiar with HPLC, mass spectrometry, NMR, fluorescence and UV spectroscopy, as well as writing. Development of new assays for impurities for process control, stability studies and quality assurance. Interact with process chemists in the development of new processes for the synthesis of charge storage molecules. Contact: Werner G. Kuhr, VP and Director of Research, ZettaCore, Inc., 2000 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 10000, Denver, Colorado 80222, Email: careers@zettacore.com.

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The Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, has a Specialist position open for a manager for the Department's Small Molecule X-ray Facility. The position is primarily a support position for faculty and student research and will include determination of single crystal structures, maintenance of equipment and computers, and training of users. Salary is commensurate with experience. The successful applicant should have a Ph.D. in chemistry, extensive experience in the determination of crystal structures, strong critical reasoning skills for troubleshooting, and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. The lab is equipped with a Bruker SMART 1000 single crystal diffractometer, a Siemens P4/rotating anode system, and expects to add another CCD instrument. The position is a career position with excellent benefits, contingent on successful performance reviews at 6 and 9 months during the first year. Applications should include a statement of purpose, CV, list of publications and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: X-ray Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of California, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616. The last day for receipt of applications January 31, 2004.

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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, announces an Academic Staff Position in Chemistry. Laboratory Manager I. Starting Date: June 1, 2004. Non tenure-track one year appointment. Subject to renewal contingent upon performance. Minimum of Masters degree in Science or equivalent preparation. Applicants should have sufficient familiarity and experience with a laboratory setting and managerial skills in order to support the smooth running of the science building stockroom, Chemistry Department stockroom and be the Chemical Hygiene Officer for the science building. In addition, this individual should have excellent communication skills and be able to use computer spread sheets, word processing, and data bases. Ability to provide instruction in safety and other laboratory teaching. Send to: Dr. Philip T. Johns, Chair, Department of Chemistry, UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190, e-mail: johnsp@uww.edu - inquires only, no applications. A complete list of responsibilities can be found in Room 1146 Chemistry Building.

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The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Mycotoxin Research Unit (MTX), Peoria, Illinois, is seeking a permanent full-time chemist to develop a research program aimed at eliminating or reducing production of fungal toxins in food and feed commodities. Research will focus on development of analytical methods required to identify, detect and quantify natural products produced by fungi. The incumbent will operate and maintain a mass spectrometry laboratory and have the opportunity to develop collaborative research projects with other scientists in MTX. Professional research experience and/or a Ph.D. in organic, analytical or natural product chemistry are required. MTX consists of a highly productive, interdisciplinary team of chemists, plant pathologists, microbiologists and molecular biologists and is recognized as a world leader in analytical, biochemical, molecular genetics and ecological aspects of mycotoxin research. For additional information on the position, please contact: Dr. Robert Proctor at 309-681-6380 or at proctorh@ncaur.usda.gov. Application information can also be obtained at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/divisions/hrd. Refer to position X4W-0071.HTM. Information on MTX can be found at: http://www.ncaur.usda.gov/mtx/home.htm. Robert H. Proctor, Microbiologist, Mycotoxin Research Unit, USDA ARS, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, 1815 North University St., Peoria IL 61604, Tel. 309-681-6380, proctorh@ncaur.usda.gov.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Instructor in Organic Chemistry. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites applications for a full-time Instructor in Organic Chemistry for the 2004-05 academic year. Responsibilities will include teaching introductory and advanced undergraduate organic and possibly general chemistry courses. Qualified candidates will have completed a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, have demonstrated excellence in teaching, outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills, and a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Applications from recent Ph.D.s interested in pursuing careers in undergraduate education are especially welcome. Send curriculum vitae, brief statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to: Ms. Darlene-Marie Slagle, Personnel Administrator, 18-392, Department of Chemistry, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, e-mail: dms@mit.edu. Online applications welcome, send to: Darlene-Marie Slagle, dms@mit.edu. Applications received by March 1 will get first consideration.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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As a general strategic effort to build a Green Chemistry program, a Tenure-Track Faculty position designated for Green Chemistry (or Environmental Chemistry/Atmospheric Chemistry)is currently open at the Chemistry Department at McGill University in Montreal. Both junior and senior appointments are considered. Candidates should send a curriculum vitae, a research proposal (including budget details for start-up), a teaching statement, and arrange to have sent at least three letters of recommendation to: Prof. Bruce Lennox, Department Chair Department of Chemistry McGill University 801 Sherbrooke St. West Montreal, Quebec H3A 2K6 Canada. Due to the late stage of the announcement, application packages should be sent by Fedex Express Mail. Interviews will begin immediately. If there are any question regarding the position, please contact Prof. C. J. Li at: cj.li@mcgill.ca.

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Applications are invited to fill a tenure-track position in the Department of Chemistry at Kent State University. Web: http://www.dept.kent.edu/chemistry at the level of Assistant Professor to support research and teaching initiatives in Biotechnology and Proteomics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related field and post-doctoral research experience. Research areas can range from Biophysical Chemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry, and Biochemistry to Molecular Biology. Successful candidates will be expected to develop a high quality and externally funded research program and exhibit a commitment to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education. Teaching responsibilities will be in Biotechnology and other areas of chemistry or biochemistry depending on background and interests. The application should include: (i) a curriculum vitae; (ii) a summary of research experience and plans for future research; and (iii) a statement of teaching experience, philosophy and interests. Applicants should arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent. Names and addresses of references should be included in the cover letter. Applicants may send application materials and arrange for letters of recommendation to be sent electronically, preferably in pdf or Word format, to: e-mail: asdeans@kent.edu, or by mail to: Dr. J. Danks, Dean, College of Arts and Science, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, Ohio 44242-0001. Review of applications will begin on January 26, 2004 and continue until positions are filled.

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Sabbatical Replacement Position, Pomona College, (one year, possibly two) in organic chemistry at the Assistant Professor level, starting July/August 2004, to teach introductory organic chemistry lecture and laboratory. Ph.D. in chemistry required. Research facilities available. Two-year Camille and Henry Dreyfus Post-Doctoral Fellowship in organic chemistry, starting June/July 2004. Designed for a person interested in a career at a primarily undergraduate institution. Teaching in organic chemistry and research in organic synthesis/conformational analysis. To apply for either or both positions, send CV, statements of teaching philosophy and career goals, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to: Professor Dan O'Leary, Department of Chemistry, Pomona College, 645 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-6338. Web address: http://www.chemistry.pomona.edu. Review of completed applications will begin March 1, 2004.

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Instructor of Chemistry. The Chemistry Department at Rice University seeks to fill a position as a non-tenure-track position as Instructor of Chemistry beginning Fall 2004. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the introductory chemistry program (general chemistry and/or organic chemistry, lecture and/or laboratory classes) and will also have some assignments at the advanced level. Involvement in curriculum development and enhancement projects is expected. Experience with Web page design and maintenance and in the use of media and graphics for classroom presentations are desirable. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential for this position. One purpose of this position is to provide educational experience for promising new Ph.D.'s interested in an academic career. Opportunities to participate in research projects are available. Preference will be given to candidates who are currently finishing or who have received their doctorate within the last four years. All applications, which should include a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and three letters of reference, should be sent to Instructor Search, Department of Chemistry MS60, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005-1892.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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A postdoctoral/research associate position is immediately available in the laboratory of Assistant Professor Lai-Xi Wang at the University of Maryland to work on design and synthesis of novel HIV vaccines and inhibitors (For a recent publication, please see Wang et al, Chemistry & Biology, 2004, 11, 127-134). A strong background in synthetic carbohydrate chemistry or bioorganic chemistry is desirable. The salary for the position will be $31,000-35,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. If you are interested, please send a current CV for consideration. Send to: Lai-Xi Wang, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Head, Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 21201, e-mail: wangx@umbi.umd.edu, web: http://www.ihv.org/bios/wang.html.

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Two fully funded postdoctoral positions are available in the lab of Professor Ba at California State University Los Angeles starting march 15th and July 1st. We are interested in developing and applying state-of-the-art NMR techniques to determine structure, interaction and dynamics of biomacromolecules. The postdoctoral fellows will specifically study the biophysical problems of antifreeze proteins and drug deliveries using biocompatible gels. The second one is a collaborative project with Professor Kornfield at California Institute of Technology. Dr. Ba’s lab holds a Bruker DRX 400 MHz solution/solid NMR spectrometer and a soon-to-be-installed Bruker Avance 600 MHz solution/solid/diffusion/microimaging NMR spectrometer. The postdoctoral fellows will also have access to the NMR and chemical engineering laboratories at California Institute of Technology. The ideal candidates should have background of biophysical chemistry, and good training in solution/solid state NMR and/or diffusion/microimaging NMR. Dedicated and motivated Ph. D.’s are very welcome. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae and names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three persons willing to provide reference letters via email to: Professor Yong Ba, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90032, Tel: (323) 343 2360, Fax: (323) 343 6490, Email: yba@calstatela.edu.

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Dreyfus Scholar/Fellow, Postdoctoral Position, Organic Chemistry, Pomona College. The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Scholar/Fellow Program for Undergraduate Institutions is designed to attract talented Ph.D. recipients to careers as teacher scholars in the field of chemistry at colleges and universities. Two year position starting June/July, 2004. Reduced. teaching load in the area of organic chemistry, (introductory + upper-division elective coursework). Research in organic synthesis and conformational analysis. Review of completed applications will begin March 1, 2004. Send CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statements of teaching philosophy and career goals, and two letters of recommendation to: Professor Dan O'Leary, Department of Chemistry, Pomona College, 645 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-6338. For more information about our department, visit: http://www.chemistry.pomona.edu

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