Chemistry Newsletter - 02/12/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 7 February 12th, 2001

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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.

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

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 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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Tuesday, February 13th, 2001 - Chemical Education Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Eric Furst, Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie, Institut Curie, Paris, France. "Colloidal Micromechanics Dynamics and Interactions in Magnetorheological Suspensions"

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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. "DNA Charge Transport Chemistry"

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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, 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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Park SH; Raines RT.

Green fluorescent protein chimeras to probe protein-protein interactions.

APPLICATIONS OF CHIMERIC GENES AND HYBRID PROTEINS, PT C 2000, Vol 328, pp 251-261.

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Edwards KJ; Hu B; Hamers RJ; Banfield JF.

A new look at microbial leaching patterns on sulfide minerals.

FEMS MICROBIOLOGY ECOLOGY 2001, Vol 34, Iss 3, pp 197-206.

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Fisk JD; Gellman SH.

A parallel beta-sheet model system that folds in water.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2001, Vol 123, Iss 2, pp 343-344.

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Burke SD; Voight EA.

Formal synthesis of (+)3-deoxy-D-glycero-D-galacto-2-nonulosonic acid (KDN) via desymmetrization by ring-closing metathesis.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2001, Vol 3, Iss 2, pp 237-240.

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Ivanisevic A; Yeh JY; Mawst L; Kuech TF; Ellis AB.

Semiconductor devices - Light-emitting diodes as chemical sensors.

NATURE 2001, Vol 409, Iss 6819, pp 476-476.

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Perna NT; Plunkett G; Burland V; Mau B; Glasner JD; Rose DJ; Mayhew GF; Evans PS; Gregor J; Kirkpatrick HA; Posfai G; Hackett J; Klink S; Boutin A; Shao Y; Miller L; Grotbeck EJ; Davis NW; Limk A; Dimalanta ET; Potamousis KD; Apodaca J; Anantharaman TS; Lin JY; Yen G; Schwartz DC; Welch RA; Blattner FR.

Genome sequence of enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157 : H7.

NATURE 2001, Vol 409, Iss 6819, pp 529-533.

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Nilsson BL; Kiessling LL; Raines RT.

High-yielding Staudinger ligation of a phosphinothioester and azide to form a peptide.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2001, Vol 3, Iss 1, pp 9-12.

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Reich HJ; Goldenberg WS; Sanders AW; Tschucke CC.

Chelated aryllithium reagents: Ring size and chelating group effects.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2001, Vol 3, Iss 1, pp 33-36.

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Copyright © 2001 Institute for Scientific Information

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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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Marquette University. The College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Chemistry has a position available for a: Organic Laboratory Supervisor, full time, 10 months. Manage organic teaching assistants, supervise undergraduate organic laboratories and usage of associated instruments and computers, interact with faculty in development of laboratory experiments, and present lectures for some laboratory sections. A M.S. degree in organic chemistry is desired with experience as an organic teaching assistant. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position available in Fall, 2001. Application deadline: Application review begins April 2, 2001 and continues until position is filled. Interested individuals please send letter of interest, resume, and two letters of recommendations to: Chair of the OLS Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Marquette University, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881, phone: (414) 288-7239, fax: (414) 288-7066.

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The Department of Chemistry at Oberlin College invites applications for appointment to a full-time, one-year faculty position beginning in Fall 2001. The incumbent will teach a semester course in thermodynamics, a semester course of general chemistry, a one-semester, non-majors course, and supervise two to three laboratory sections. The appointee will have active research interests in chemistry and will work with students doing senior research projects. Also, the appointee will be expected to participate in a range of faculty responsibilities. The appointment normally will be at the rank of Assistant Professor at a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. A Ph.D. in chemistry or be confident of completion by Fall 2001; strong background in physical chemistry. (A person who has not completed the Ph.D. at the time of appointment will receive appointment at the rank of Instructor with promotion to Assistant Professor automatically upon completion of the requirements for the degree.) Additional information about the department can be found on the departmental web site at: http://www.oberlin.edu/chem/. Send a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and a statement of research plans to: Michael W. Nee, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio 44074; telephone: (440)775-8300; fax (440)775-6682; email: michael.nee@oberlin.edu, by March 5, 2001. When possible, applicants should also submit evidence of experience in teaching. Please also request that letters of reference be provided by at least three persons who are well acquainted with the applicant's professional qualifications. Application materials received after March 5, 2001, may be considered until the position is filled.

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The Colorado College invites applications for a sabbatical replacement position for the 2001-2002 academic year. Primary responsibilities are the first and second terms of organic chemistry as well as Biochemistry I . A strong commitment to teaching at an undergraduate level is required. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Salary commensurate with experience. Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, The Colorado College, 14 E. Cache La Poudre, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2001, and will continue until the position is filled.

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Faculty Opening - Kalamazoo College invites applications for a full-time, one-year faculty appointment as a sabbatical replacement beginning in September 2001. Ph.D. (or evidence of imminent completion) in inorganic chemistry or related fields required. Candidates are expected to have high aptitude and interest in undergraduate teaching. The principal responsibilities include teaching courses in inorganic chemistry, introductory chemistry, and chemistry for non-science students. Kalamazoo College is a selective liberal arts school of 1200 students in a metropolitan area of 225,000 located midway between Chicago and Detroit. The Chemistry Department employs six full-time faculty members, holds an extensive array of modern instrumentation, and maintains close relations with industrial and university colleagues working in a large local scientific community. Applicants should submit a resume, a two- to three-page statement describing teaching experience and plans, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial accepted), and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Thomas J. Smith, Department of Chemistry, Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3295, e-mail: tsmith@kzoo.edu, phone: 616-337-7017, fax: 616-337-7251. Review of applicant files will begin March 2 and will continue until the position is filled. Information about the College can be found in our website: http://www.kzoo.edu.

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University of Washington. Chemistry Department Administrator, Director of Facilities and Services. Reference: P10120. Priority consideration will be given to applicants that apply on or before March 1, 2001. The Director of Facilities and Services leads a staff of approximately 50 permanent professional and classified staff who support the faculty-directed instructional and research programs in the Department of Chemistry. The Director works in close partnership with the Chair and with 40 permanent faculty members to facilitate this large, technically complex, and continuously evolving program. The Director serves as business manager and senior administrative support representative for the Department, acting independently and responsibly within the University's policies and procedures to achieve Departmental goals. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Enterprise-wide strategic planning and financial management, budget preparation, facilities support, capital planning, grant and contract administration, human resources, general administration and resource allocation.
  • Oversee the business, administrative, and financial management functions of the Department of chemistry, including administration of annual grant and contract budgets totaling approximately $10M and a State budget totaling CL $6M. Supervise approximately fifty professional and classified staff.
  • Anticipate the need for, solicit funding for, and facilitate the design and construction of building renovation and new construction projects involving office and technically complex laboratory spaces.
  • Serve as liaison with units outside the department, including Office of the Dean, Environmental Health and Safety, State and Internal Auditor's Offices, CASPO, CPO, Physical Plant, etc.
  • Participate with the Chair in evaluation of fiscal and space resource allocation.
  • Prepare budget requests and justifications including capital, equipment, leave and operations.
  • Coordinate summer quarter undergraduate instructional program (budget, instructors, and allocation of space etc.).
  • Participate in routine and non-routine audits of the department with staff from the Internal and State Auditors' offices. Assure Department meets audit guidelines.
  • Implement and regulate safety programs for research and instructional laboratories.
  • Assume other duties as requested by the Chair.

Requirements: A Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or a scientific field, and at least five years of management-level experience with a research institute or academic institution. Proven leadership, communication, team building and problem solving skills. Demonstrated ability to effectively address complex administrative issues. Highly developed ability to prepare written communication related to the position and draft documents for the Chair. Proven administrative, financial, organizational, and problem- solving skills. Demonstrated competence in financial operations, business planning, financial analysis, and/or strategic planning. Supervisory and office management experience. Demonstrated experience working with large personnel systems. Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements. Salary range begins at $6000 per month and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Send a resume and letter describing relevant experience and education to: Professor D. Michael Heinekey, Department of Chemistry, Box 351700, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195.

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The department of Natural Sciences at Edgewood College seeks qualified applicants to teach a section of Introductory Chemistry Laboratory for the spring semester, 2001. Tuesdays, 8am-12pm. Candidates must have an MS in Chemistry or a related field, and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts environment. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled To apply for the positions listed above, please send the requested information to: Human Resources, Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, WI 53711, Fax: 608/663-3291. Please include the Position Code in the address to help us route your submission in a timely manner to the appropriate department. Position Code:NSCH You may e-mail your resume to: humanresources@edgewood.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Old Dominion University will be expanding our program in Computational Chemistry by hiring an additional tenure-track faculty at the Assistant Professor level. The position will be available beginning the Fall semester of 2001. We are interested in applicants with a strong background in theoretical chemistry or theoretical biochemistry to compliment current and future research efforts. A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience are required. A strong commitment to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels is required, as well as the ability to conduct a vigorous, externally funded research program. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry presently offers B.S. degrees in both Chemistry and Biochemistry and graduate degrees in Chemistry (M.S.) and Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D.). Applicants should send a curriculum vitae; a statement describing teaching interests and philosophy; a research proposal; and the names, phone numbers, email addresses and mailing addresses of three references to: Dr. John Cooper, Chair, Computational Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0126. For further information contact Dr. John B. Cooper at 757-683-4096 or jcooper@odu.edu. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2001.

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Grand Valley State University. Director of the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute. Administrative position that may include a tenure track faculty appointment. Doctorate in relevant science, scientific/managerial experience at executive/senior staff level, excellent communication skills and ability to interact with wide variety of staff, faculty, administrative, agency, corporate and foundation personnel. Knowledge of government grant and contract procedures and skills in networking and strategic planning. Proven history of developing/sustaining externally funded research programs including publications. Vision, energy, and leadership ability to work collegially and effectively to continue growth of AWRI and the Lake Michigan Center. Responsibilities: Working with senior program managers in the areas of Information Services, Environmental Research, and Educational Outreach, the Director will develop programmatic agendas/strategic objectives for the Institute, propose and administer budgets, manage facilities, and recruit, manage, and promote development of a staff of 37 full and part-time employees including management of a multi-discipl i nary group of scientists in a team oriented environment. Director will lead the staff in pursuit of external grant funding and identify and promote new sources of program funding, promote collaboration and cooperation among affiliated scientists and organizations, and act as liaison with federal and state agencies, other units of the university, and with private and public sectors of the community. Additional information about the Institute can be found at its website http://www4.gvsu.edu/wri. Salary is commensurate with experience. Send letter of application, resume, names/phone numbers/email addresses for three professional references to: AWRI Search Committee, P. Douglas Kindschl, Dean of Science and Mathematics, 312 Padnos Hall, Allendale, MI 49401. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Marian College. Full-time Faculty Nine-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning Fall, 2001. Division of Mathematics & Natural Science, Department of Chemistry/Physics. Responsibilities are to teach General Physics, Calculus-based Physics, Physical Science, and Chemistry courses. A Ph.D. in Chemical Physics or Physical Chemistry. Organizational and administrative skills preferred. Willingly support the Mission of the College. Submit a letter of application, vita, transcripts and three current letters of recommendation by April 1, 2001 to: Director of Human Resources, Marian College of Fond du Lac, 45 South National Avenue, Fond du Lac, WI 54935. E-mail: cflood@mariancollege.edu, Fax: 920-923-7154.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Post-doctoral position available with Prof. James Nowick at UC-Irvine. involves the design, synthesis, and evaluation of new peptidomimetic compounds. The position requires some experience in the synthesis of organic compounds and a genuine enthusiasm for applying this experience to problems of biological significance. Interested candidates are encouraged to read about the group's earlier related work (e.g., JACS 1999, 121, 8409-8410 and JACS 2000, 122, 7654-7661) and to visit the website: http://chem.ps.uci.edu/people/faculty/jsnowick/. Candidates should send CVs and letters of recommendation to: Professor James S. Nowick, c/o Diana Nikolaus, Department of Chemistry, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, 92697-2025.

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