Chemistry Newsletter - 02/12/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 7 February 12th, 2007

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Think BIG, Think PIG!

Hello everyone, While the Snout Out is over 6 months away, I wanted to send out a “save the date” to everyone in the department - mark your calendars! Snout Out 2007, Saturday September 8th, Rennebohm Park, Noon - 5. Best, GSFLC.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

 

2/13/2007

 

3/13/2007

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

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

2/20/2007

3/06/2007

3/20/2007

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/15/2007

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Norbert F. Scherer, University of Chicago. “Solvent Dynamics During Ultrafast Chemical Reactions in Solution”

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ann Valentine, Yale University.

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Thursday, February 15th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ruibing Chen (Li Group) and Tim Schramm (Schwartz Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, February 15th, 2007 - Technology Forum, 1:30 p.m., Room 1360 Biotechnology Building. Dr. John White, UW-Madison. “Seeing More with the Light Microscope”

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Thursday, February 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. James Hrovat, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Monday, February 19th, 2007, Materials Science & Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 in the Materials Science and Engineering Building. Robert Hull, University of Virginia. “Towards Self Assembly of Functional Nanoelectronic Systems via Semiconductor Epitaxy”

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Todd J. Martinez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Learning Design Rules for Light-Driven Molecular Devices from First Principles Dynamics”

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Buhro, Washington University.

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Monday, February 26th, 2007 - Joint Organic/InOrganic Seminar - Sprague Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Koichi Komatsu, Kyoto University, Japan. “Chemistry of p-Conjugated Systems Having s-p Interaction with Rigid s-Frameworks”

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Feigenson, Cornell University. “Phase Behavior of Complex Lipid Bilayer Mixtures: An Interesting State of Matter--but Should Cell Biologists Care?”

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 - Organic Seminar - Sprague Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Koichi Komatsu, Kyoto University, Japan. “Organic Chemistry of Fullerenes: Solid-State Reaction to Molecular Surgery”

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Thursday, March 1st, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Beth Landis (Hamers Group) and Jeannine Szczech (Jin Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, March 1st, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brent Bastian, Graduate Student, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Bowman, Emory University. “Ab initio-based Potential Energy Surfaces and Dynamics Using Them”

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrei Yudin, University of Toronto. “Construction of Complex Amines: Mechanistic Insights and Synthetic Applications”

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Kost, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

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Thursday, March 8th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Graeme McAlister (Coon Group) and David Good (Coon Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, March 8th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Katherine Traynor, Graduate Student, McMahon Group.

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Friday, March 9th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Michael Westrick, Sterling Vineyards. “Commercial Winemaking, Home Winemaking and Careers in the Wine Business”

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Chemistry. Professor Frank A. Weinhold, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison. “Water Wars: Some Reflections on the Nature of Hydrogen Bonding”

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Green, Penn State University.

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - Joint Analytical/PChem Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Haw Yang, Penn State University.

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jessica Menke, Graduate Student, McMahon Group.

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Emily A. Carter, Princeton University. “What to do when Density Functional Theory Fails? Beyond DFT to Improved Descriptions of Materials Behavior”

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Adrian Whitty, Biogen Idec Inc.

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Albena Ivanisevic, Purdue University.

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Morin (Jin Group) and Mohanna Ray (Schwartz Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentation”

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Margrith Mattman, Graduate Student, Blackwell Group.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Warren Piers, University of Calgary, Canada.

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Thursday, March 29th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Cynthia M. Friend, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Angeles Paz, Colonia San Pedro Zacatenco, Mexico.

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Friday, April 6th, 2007 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. F. Dean Toste, University of California-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Ritchie, Purdue University. “Watching Single Molecules in Live Mammalian and Bacterial Cell Membranes”

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alan Goldman, Rutgers University.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - McElvain Series Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Don Hunt, University of Virginia.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth Moscato-Goodpaster, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, University of California, Irvine. “Reactions at Interfaces in the Atmosphere and Why We Should Care”

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Victor Snieckus, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Jorgensen, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rebecca Splain, Graduate Student, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - Second Annual Shain Colloquium Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dan Nocera, MIT. “The Energy Future of our Planet: Chemistry to the Rescue”

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Saturday, April 21st, 2007 - New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning College Chemistry - Mini-Symposium, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., University of Wisconsin-Washington County, Collins Science hall, 400 University Dr., West Bend, WI 53095. John Moore, UW-Madison. “New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning College Chemistry”. Free - including lunch and refreshments! Pre-registration is required by Friday March 30, 2007. Maps and Directions: http://washington.uwc.edu/about/map_directions.html. Registration Form: http://washington.uwc.edu/depts/chemistry/Mini-Symposium%20Registration%20Form.doc.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur G. Suits, Wayne State University. “Lost in Configuration Space: Probing Novel Reaction Mechanisms with High-Resolution Imaging”

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paramjit Arora, New York University.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Finke, Colorado State.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Ann Carroll, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peerasak Paoprasert, Graduate Student, Gopalan Group.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phillip Geissler, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan Kahne, Harvard University.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justine Roth, Johns Hopkins University.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Mark Wightman, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Maren Buck, Graduate Student, Lynn Group.

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Friday, May 4th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: An Effective Program for Building Diversity in the Sciences”

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts University. “Getting Surfaces to Reveal Secrets via Probing with Small Molecules”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Zhang (Stahl Group) and Xiaoyu Wang (Hamers Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Julee Byram, Graduate Student, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David MacMillan, Princeton University.

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NIH NCRR Shared Instrumentation Grant Coordination

The program announcement for this year's NIH NCRR Shared Instrumentation Grant Program is available at the following URL: http://info.gradsch.wisc.edu/research/institutionalnom.html. This program is intended to make available to institutions, and specifically to NIH supported investigators, research instruments costing more than $100,000 that can only be justified on a shared-use basis. Multiple applications for similar instruments from the UW-Madison require official administrative assurance that such requests are a coordinated institutional effort and are not unintended duplication. The deadline for internal review is Wednesday, March 7, and the NIH  application deadline is Wednesday, March 21.

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ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry

2007-2008 Predoctoral Fellowships. The ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry announces the continuation of its Predoctoral Fellowship program. Seven $24,000 fellowships will be awarded in 2007. The awards are for predoctoral students in their third or fourth year of graduate study (second or third year of graduate study at the time of application) engaged in medicinal chemistry research in a Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Chemistry department listed in the current ACS Directory of Graduate Research. Nominations should be submitted by the applicant’s Ph.D. advisor and should include a complete student curriculum vitae, including education and work experience; a student bibliography, including reprints of articles; a complete project description including rationale prepared by the candidate (five-page limit); transcripts of all post-high school work, including Graduate Record Examination scores (if available); three letters, including a nomination letter from the student's research advisor; and a letter from a university official with a commitment to cover tuition and all fees granted to other regular graduate students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident visa holders at the time of application and must have at least one year of graduate school remaining at the time an award would begin (September 1, 2007). Additional information (including a complete set of guidelines) can be obtained from: Richard A. Gibbs, Ph.D., Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, 575 Stadium Mall Drive, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2091, Phone: 765-494-1456, e-mail: rag@pharmacy.purdue.edu. Eight copies of all application materials for the awards are due to Professor Gibbs at the above address, no later than Friday, March 30, 2007.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Research Associate - Kansas State University. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for two research associate positions. The successful applicants must have a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry with experience in organic synthesis and characterization of peptides, such as surface plasmon resonance and atomic force microscopy, and some experience in protein inhibition would be ideal. These research associates would carry out laboratory research in the synthesis of bioactive molecules and carbon nanotubes, characterization of proteins and nanostructured materials, and performing binding studies of proteins and small molecules. Applicants should submit a resume and letters of reference to: Professor Duy H. Hua, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, 111 Willard Hall, Manhattan, Kansas, 66506. Phone enquiries can be made to 785-532-6699. Screening will commence on February 1, 2007 and continue until suitable candidates are found. Details of the department can be found at: http://www.ksu.edu/chem.

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A Research Technician position is currently available in the group of Dr. R. Scott Murphy in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Regina. This appointment is for one year. Salary ranges are competitive and commensurate with experience. For this position, applicants should have experience in one of the following areas: bioconjugate chemistry, organic synthesis, or photochemistry. Applicants with particular experience in liposome preparation/characterization, peptide synthesis, or culturing cell lines will be considered favorably. Applicants must be within 1-3 years of obtaining their B.Sc./M.Sc./Ph.D. degree. For more information please contact Prof. Murphy via one of the methods below. To apply, please forward a current CV/resume, including a cover letter, official transcripts, and references to: Dr. R. Scott Murphy, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK S4S 0A2 CANADA, Phone: 306-585-4247, Fax: 306337-2409, Email: scott.murphy@uregina.ca. Website: http://uregina.ca/~murphyr/. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However a review of applications will begin immediately.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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University of California, Irvine - Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment in Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a tenure track Lecturer position that parallels the research faculty series. We seek outstanding Ph.D.'s with innovative ideas for undergraduate education in general or organic chemistry to develop curriculum and instructional initiatives with national visibility and to publish in scholarly educational journals. Successful candidates will focus on instructional activities in large enrollment programs in either the laboratories or lectures. Applications should be submitted electronically via the Web and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a description of the applicant's university-level teaching background and teaching philosophy. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. Instructions can be found at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/. The deadline for receipt of applications and all supporting materials is March 31, 2007. Information about programs can be found at: http://www.chem.uci.edu or you may contact: Professor David Van Vranken, Chair, Chemistry Lecturer Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, 1102 Natural Sciences II, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-2025. Email: david.vv@uci.edu.

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The Chemistry Department at UW-Superior has an academic staff position opening for the 2007/2008 academic year. Masters Degree (or equivalent) or a Ph.D. in chemistry is desired; specialization in analytical or instrumental chemistry preferred. Duties include instruction in analytical chemistry (lecture and lab), lower-level and one upper-level (water chemistry) courses. Consideration of applications begins February 15 and continues until the position is filled. Send curriculum vita, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and the names/contact information for three references to: Chair, Department of Chemistry, UW- Superior, Belknap & Catlin, PO Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880.

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Indiana State University in Terre Haute invites applications for an Instructor of Chemistry. The main responsibility will be teaching freshman-level laboratories, but some other support duties are included. Requirements are an MS in Chemistry or Chemical Education. For more information on the job and application procedures, visit the following web page: http://www.indstate.edu/chem/instructor.html.


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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship Available. A Post-doctoral Fellowship is currently available in the group of Dr. R. Scott Murphy in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Regina. This appointment is for one year. Salary ranges are competitive and commensurate with experience. For this position, applicants should have experience in one of the following areas: bioconjugate chemistry, organic synthesis, or photochemistry. Applicants with particular experience in liposome preparation/characterization, peptide synthesis, or culturing cell lines will be considered favorably. Applicants must be within 1-3 years of obtaining their Ph. D. degree. For more information please contact Prof. Murphy via one of the methods below. To apply, please forward a current CV/resume, including a cover letter, publication list, and references to: Dr. R. Scott Murphy, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK S4S 0A2 CANADA, Phone: 306-585-4247, Fax: 306-337-2409, Email: scott.murphy@uregina.ca. Website: http://uregina.ca/~murphyr/. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However a review of

applications will begin immediately.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division (AS&GC) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join a team of PNNL scientists in extending and applying a state-of-the-art numerical model for studying microphysical aspects of cloud-aerosol interactions. The position will support the newly established PNNL Aerosol Climate Initiative in the focus area of direct and indirect aerosol radiative effects through investigation of: (1) the cloud processing of aerosols via aqueous chemistry and collision/coalescence and (2) the role of aerosols in cloud ice formation. The successful candidate is expected to participate in model development, simulation design, interpretation, and evaluation, as well as to contribute, as a co-author or lead author, to journal articles, presentations, and proposals. AS&GC provides an outstanding research environment with plenty of opportunities for collaboration with world class experts inside and outside the laboratory, including researchers from the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program (ARM, http://www.arm.gov/), Atmospheric Science Program (ASP, http://www.asp.bnl.gov/), and Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL, http://www.emsl.pnl.gov/). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For further consideration please visit: http://www.jobs.pnl.gov and reference posting # 112837. Jennifer Downing, phone: 509-375-3846, e-mail: jennifer.downing@pnl.gov. Minimum Requirements: Candidates must have received a PhD atmospheric physics or related field within the past five years from an accredited college or university. General knowledge of physics, chemistry and numerical methods. Working knowledge of scientific computing (FORTRAN and UNIX/Linux environment). Excellent communication skills are a must. Willingness to learn new fields and enthusiasm for research are important. Qualifications: Experience with cloud and/or aerosol microphysics modeling is highly desirable. Familiarity with parallel computing is an asset.

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