Chemistry Newsletter - 02/16/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 7 February 16th, 2004

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

03/09/2004

04/13/2004

05/11/2004

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

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 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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Tuesday, February 17th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 2255 Engineering Hall. Matt Myer, ETC. “The Role of the Hyporheic Zone in Methylmercury Production and Transport in the Allequash Creek Watershed”

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2004 - Engineering Physics Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 106 Engineering Building. Anton Van der Ven, MIT. “Predicting Thermodynamic and Kinetic Properties of Complex Materials: From Electrons to Materials Performance”

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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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Friday, February 20th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 102 Water Science laboratory. Dr. Britt Hall, ETC. “Impacts of Reservoir Creation on the Biogeochemical Cycling of Methylmercury in Boreal Forests Uplands”

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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. “Architectural Self-Construction in Nature and Chemical Synthesis”

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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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MBA in Strategic Management in Life and Engineering Sciences

We would like to enlist your assistance in recruiting talented science and engineering students for the newly-formed MBA in Strategic Management in Life and Engineering Sciences (or SMILES) program in the School of Business. We are currently in a crucial recruiting phase and are eager to find top-flight professionals as potential students. In this program, students will attend full time and receive a Master's in Business Administration degree. They will obtain a solid foundation in strategy, technology management, negotiations, intellectual property strategies and a variety of others areas. The program will assist in preparing them for careers as business development specialists, consultants, strategic planners, and managers across a wide variety of high technology industries. We currently are seeking top flight students with serious scientific training, -- typically at the graduate level -- and some work experience as the initial class this Fall 2004. If you are aware of graduate students or alumni who are considering graduate business training, we would welcome the opportunity to visit with them about the program. We are now actively evaluating and admitting students, so are very eager to interact with potential students at this time. If you have suggestions for people we should contact, please forward them to me at: aminer@bus.wisc.edu or care of Kathleen Maltarich at 265-1191 or maltarich@wisc.edu. Also, we will appreciate it if you could please pass this on to various Graduate Committees in your department. Additionally, if you have general questions about the SMILES MBA degree, please feel free to contact me. You can also find information on the program website is at: http://www.bus.wisc.edu/graduateprograms/SMILES/. Finally, it may be helpful to know that SMILES complements, but is distinct from, the M.S. in Biotechnology, which is a more broad-based weekend program for employed professionals currently offered by the UW Medical School. Our long term goal is to help the University of Wisconsin become the top place in the world to find professionals who fuse science and leadership capabilities, as developed in a variety of programs.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Nelsen, SF; Konradsson, AE; Clennan, EL; Singleton, J.

Comparison of photoelectron transfer in solution and the solid state for two intervalence radical cations.

ORGANIC LETTERS, 6 (2): 285-287 JAN 22 2004.

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Jendrejack, RM; Schwartz, DC; de Pablo, JJ; Graham, MD.

Shear-induced migration in flowing polymer solutions: Simulation of long-chain deoxyribose nucleic acid in microchannels.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 120 (5): 2513-2529 FEB 1 2004.

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Chorny, I; Benjamin, I; Nathanson, GM.

Scattering, trapping, and ionization of HCl at the surface of liquid glycerol.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 108 (3): 995-1002 JAN 22 2004.

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Craft, JL; Horng, YC; Ragsdale, SW; Brunold, TC.

Spectroscopic and computational characterization of the nickel-containing F-430 cofactor of methyl-coenzyme M reductase.

JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 9 (1): 77-89 JAN 2004.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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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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The University of Minnesota, Morris seeks an individual committed to excellence in undergraduate education, to fill a full-time sabbatical-replacement position in organic chemistry beginning August 16, 2004. Responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate chemistry courses including organic chemistry and sharing in the governance and advancement of the chemistry program as well as of the campus at-large. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in organic chemistry or expect to receive one by August 16, 2004. One year experience teaching at the undergraduate level is required. (Two years is preferred.) Graduate TA experience is acceptable. Visit http://www.mrs.umn.edu/positions/ to learn about other open positions at UMM. Please visit the chemistry discipline webpage at: http://www.mrs.umn.edu/academic/chemistry/ for more details about it. Excellent fringe benefits and a truly collegial atmosphere are among the benefits that accompany the position. The teaching load is twenty-four credit hours per year. Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level for those having the Ph.D. and at the Instructor level for others. Send letter of application, resume, transcripts, a teaching statement (in which teaching goals and methods are discussed) and have three letters of reference sent to: Chemistry Search Committee Chair, Division of Science and Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Morris, Morris, MN 56267-2128. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Screening begins March 15, 2004. Inquiries can be made to Nancy Carpenter, Search Committee Chair, at (320) 589-6337, e-mail: carpenne@mrs.umn.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Chemistry Department of Macalester College invites applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement position to begin September 1, 2004. A Ph.D. (or ABD) in inorganic chemistry or a closely related field is preferred. Teaching assignments will involve general and advanced inorganic chemistry courses and labs and possibly other areas of the successful candidate's expertise. The chemistry department is ACS accredited and has six faculty members. More information about the college and the department is available on-line at: http://www.macalester.edu. All applicants should submit by regular mail a letter of application, a statement of their philosophy of teaching, a curriculum vitae, copies of all transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Prof. Thomas D. Varberg, Department of Chemistry, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105-1899, phone: 651-696-6468, fax: 651-696-6432, e-mail: varberg@macalester.edu. Evaluation of applicants will begin on March 8 and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoc Opportunity at Varian, Inc., NMR in Palo Alto. This post-doc position in the Palo Alto Applications Laboratory is a collaborative effort between Varian and a major pharmaceutical company for the purpose of developing advances in data acquisition and analysis techniques for Metabonomics. The applicant will work with the major pharmaceutical company in obtaining relevant samples, and with NMR instrumentation in Palo Alto to analyze those samples in ways that are relevant for Metabonomics studies. Part of this work may be the development of new instrumentation and data analysis techniques. Ph.D. in Chemistry, BioChemistry or BioPhysics or equivalent. Expertise with NMR techniques for the analysis of small molecules in the liquids or solid state. Expertise in developing new pulse sequences and macros for control and analysis of NMR experiments. Familiarity with the concepts and practices involved in Metabonomics. Familiarity with Varian NMR instrumentation is desirable. For information please visit our "Careers" Web site at: http://www.varianinc.com/corp/careers/.

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A postdoctoral position in a progressive research lab is open in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin to work on vitamin A and carotenoid assessment methods using stable isotopes. The objective of the work is to implement methods using C13 labeled retinol to evaluate vitamin A status in humans and animal models. Experience in gas chromatography and mass spectrometry is required and isotope ratio mass spectrometry experience is preferred. Candidates must have a PhD in an appropriate field and be interested in nutrition. The position is for a minimum of two years and would start immediately. Interested applicants should send a detailed curriculum vita, a brief description of research interests, and contact information for two references to: Sherry A. Tanumihardjo, 1415 Linden Dr., Madison, WI 53706, Phone (608) 265-0792, Fax (608) 262-5860, e-mail: sherry@nutrisci.wisc.edu.

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Professor Scott Collins of The University of Akron has a Post Doctoral Fellowship position available with his research group which has been advertized in C&E News (Feb. 2nd issue). He’s looking for someone with strong synthetic/mechanistic skills in organometallic chemistry - expertise in polymer science etc. is a bonus but not required. If you are a student or know of others that will be graduating soon and would be interested in such a position, please have them contact me at: Professor of Polymer Science and Chemistry, Department of Polymer Science, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA, 44325-3909, Ph: (330)-972-7259, Fx: (330)-972-5290, e-mail: collins@polymer.uakron.edu.

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