Chemistry Newsletter - 02/18/2008

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXXII - No. 7 February 18th, 2008

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Lloyd Smith Selected as a Vilas Associate

We are pleased to announce that Professor Lloyd Smith has been selected as a Vilas Associate. The Vilas Trustees make this award to recognize outstanding faculty in the physical sciences. This highly competitive award consists of summer salary plus some flexible research support. Please join me in congratulating Lloyd!
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Laura Kiessling Selected as a Vilas Associate

We are pleased to announce that Professor Laura Kiessling has also been selected as a Vilas Associate. The Vilas Trustees make this award to recognize outstanding faculty in the physical sciences. This highly competitive award consists of summer salary plus some flexible research support. Please join me in congratulating Laura!
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2008-09 Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry is Mark Ratner

We are excited to announce that the winner of the 2008-09 Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry is Mark Ratner, from Northwestern. This Prize (the largest in the world in theoretical chemistry) was initiated in 1991, and recipients have been top drawer. Ratner is no exception. He has pioneered seminal research in molecular electronics, nanophotonics, reaction mechanisms, biophysics, etc. He is super broad, and will be wonderfully interactive. He will be visiting Oct 13-15, 2008, and will deliver three lectures. Mark your calendars!
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Bruce R. McCord, (PhD, is the Recipient of the Paul L. Kirk Award

We’re pleased to announce that Bruce R. McCord, (PhD, ‘86, Taylor, Analytical Chemistry) is the recipient of the Paul L. Kirk Award! The Paul L. Kirk Award is the highest form of recognition one can receive from the Criminalistics Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
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The March 2008 Issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is Now Available Online

The March 2008 issue is now available online. In this issue you will find articles about food science and consumer chemistry, with tips for starting a faculty career, with information about the upcoming ACS National Meeting, April 6-10, 2008 in New Orleans, on coordination chemistry and symmetry, and many other activities for the classroom and laboratory including: Editorial: Vote for Science: Science, Education, and the Political Process; Especially for High School Teachers: Now You See It-Now You Don’t; Featured Molecule: Molecular Models of Antioxidants and Radicals.

Please note these contributions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in this issue:

Lynn Diener presents an extension to a JCE Classroom Activity in Classroom Activity Connections: “No Apple Fool: Biochemistry and Taste”, and John Harriman offers “Hund's Rule in Two-Electron Atomic Systems
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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

Department meetings are open to all students, staff, and faculty, and we encourage everyone to join us.

 

March 11th, 2008

April 15th, 2008

May 13th, 2008

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

 

 

February 19th, 2008

March 4th, 2008

March 25th, 2008

April 1st, 2008

April 22nd, 2008

May 6th, 2008

May 20th, 2008

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - EC&T Seminar, Noon, 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Dr. Andrew Rose, University of New South Wales. “How Super is Superoxide? An Overview of its Sources, Sinks and Influence on Iron Chemistry in Marine Waters”
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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Song-I Han, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Analysis to Study Local Water Dynamics in Soft Molecular Assemblies and Protein Aggregates”
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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stefan Bernhard, Princeton University.
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Thursday, February 21st, 2008 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joshua Coon of UW-Madison Chemistry & Biochemistry Departments.
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Rovis, University of Colorado. “Catalytic Asymmetric C-C and C-N Bond-Forming Reactions”
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John D. Weeks, University of Maryland. “Taming Coulomb Interactions in Models for Ionic Solutions and Water”
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Thursday, February 27th, 2008 - Joint Materials and Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nitash Balsara, University of California, Berkeley. “Block Copolymer Membranes for Fuel Cells”
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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Doug Gin of the University of Colorado at Boulder. “Nanostructured Polymers for Enhanced Catalysis and Separations Based on the Polymerization of Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Assemblies”
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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Anzovino (Yoon Group).
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Friday, February 29th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jo Handelsman, UW-Madison, Department of Plant Pathology. “Conversations with the Silent Majority: Metagenomic analysis of Signals and Antibiotics in Microbial Communities”
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Friday, February 22nd, 2008 - EC&T Seminar, Noon, 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Joel Creswell, EC&T. “Mercury Bioavailability and Distribution in the Hyporheic Sediments of Allequash Creek”
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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Linda Johnston, Ottawa. “Nanoscale Imaging of Membrane Raft Domains: From Supported Membranes to Cells”
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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert West, UW-Madison.
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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Holly Haase (Gellman Group).
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Thursday, March 13th, 2008 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Tabb of Vanderbilt University. “Looking in the Proteomic Blind Spot: Inferring Sequences from Peptide Tandem Mass Spectra”
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Thursday, March 13th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jay Steinkruger (Gellman Group).
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Deborah S. Gross, Carleton College. “Chemical Composition of Individual Aerosol Particles: SOA, Biofuels, and Beyond”
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lara Mahal, University of Texas - Austin.
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Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Mayer, University of Washington.
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Thursday, March 27th, 2008 - McElvain Series Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George Whitesides of Harvard University. “Simple Solutions”
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Friday, March 28th, 2008 - Department Colloquium - The Fifth Irving Shain Chemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. George M. Whitesides, Harvard University. “Reinventing Chemistry”
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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University. “Water in Confined Spaces”
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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gui Bazan, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 - McElvain Series Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Gary Siuzdak of the Scripps Center for Mass Spectrometry. “Mass-based Metabolomics from Solutions and Surfaces”
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Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Blamer (Gellman/Stahl Group).
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Friday, April 4th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Carey, New Glarus Brewing Company. “Brewing Beer for Wisconsin: Science, Technology and Moral Responsibility”
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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Claudio Verani, Wayne State University.
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Thursday, April 10th, 2008 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael Gross of Washington University. “Analytical Mass Spectrometric Developments and Applications in Immunology and Cancer”
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Tuesday, April 15th and Wednesday April 16 th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carolyn Bertozzi, UC-Berkeley.
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Barbara A. Lyons, New Mexico State University.
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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Tom Baker, Los Alamos National Lab.
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Thursday, April 17th, 2008 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Scott Hanton of Air Products.
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Thursday, April 17th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brooke Richardson (Gellman Group).
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Friday, April 18th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary E. Galvin, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Kim Hamad-Schifferli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Using Nanoparticles to Control Biological Function”
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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andreja Bakac, Ames Laboratories.
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Thursday, April 24th, 2008 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vicki Wysocki of the University of Arizona.
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Thursday, April 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reto Frei (Blackwell Group).
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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Yingkai Zhang, New York University. “Physical Insights into Histone Lysine Methylation from Multiscale Simulations”
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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Deryn Fogg, University of Ottawa.
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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nien Hui Ge of the University of California, Irvine. “Beyond One Dimension: Coherent 2D IR Spectroscopy as a Structural Probe of Peptides”
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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alexander Khrizman (Mecozzi Group).
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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Weitz, Harvard University. “Dripping, Jetting, Drops and Wetting; the Magic of Microfluidics”
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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher C. Cummins, MIT.
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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - McElvain Series Seminar in Materials Chemistry, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nate Lewis of Cal Tech.
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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aimon Tongpenyai (Kiessling Group).
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Friday, May 9th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nathan S. Lewis, California Institute of Technology. “Scientific Challenges in Sustainable Energy Technology”
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Recent Publications

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Materials science - Glass surfaces not so glassy.

Dutcher, JR; Ediger, MD*.

SCIENCE 319 (5863): 577-578 FEB 1 2008
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Total synthesis of (3R,9R,10R)-panaxytriol via tandem metathesis and metallotropic [1,3]-shift as a key step.

Cho, EJ; Lee, D*.

ORGANIC LETTERS 10 (2): 257-259 JAN 17 2008.
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Discovery and mechanistic study of Al-III-catalyzed transamidation of tertiary amides.

Hoerter, JM; Otte, KM; Gellman, SH*; Cui, Q*; Stahl, SS*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (2): 647-654 JAN 16 2008.
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Lateral diffusion of proteins in the plasma membrane: Spatial tessellation and percolation theory.

Sung, BJ; Yethiraj, A*.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 112 (1): 143-149 JAN 10 2008.
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Copper-catalyzed aerobic oxidative amidation of terminal alkynes: Efficient synthesis of ynamides.

Hamada, T; Ye, X; Stahl, SS*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (3): 833-+ JAN 23 2008.
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Vibrational energy relaxation of the bend fundamental of dilute water in liquid chloroform and d-chloroform.

Lin, YS; Ramesh, SG; Shorb, JM; Sibert, EL*; Skinner, JL*.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 112 (2): 390-398 JAN 17 2008.
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Single molecule spectroscopy of conjugated polymer chains in an electric field-aligned liquid crystal.

Chang, WS; Link, S; Yethiraj, A*; Barbara, PF.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 112 (2): 448-453 JAN 17 2008.
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Symmetric double proton tunneling in formic acid dimer: A diabatic basis approach.

Barnes, GL; Squires, SM; Sibert, EL*.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 112 (2): 595-603 JAN 17 2008.
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Diffusionless crystal growth from glass has precursor in equilibrium liquid.

Sun, Y; Xi, H; Ediger, MD*; Yu, L.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 112 (3): 661-664 JAN 24 2008.
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2008 Summer Undergraduate Research Program

North Dakota State University, Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials, Fargo, ND. Summer research appointments are available for Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering and Related Fields, between their junior and senior years, who intend to pursue graduate studies and have an interest in polymers and coatings science. The NDSU Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials is widely recognized as one of the top educational and research departments in its field. The department offers projects in the following research areas: Coating and Corrosion Protection; Weathering Durability of Coatings; Film Formation processes; Synthesis of High Performance Polymers. Stipend is $4,000 for 10 weeks. Date is from June 2nd to August 8th, 2008. Reasonably priced on-campus housing is available. Students are responsible for costs associated for housing. To apply, send: Transcript of academic record; Recommendation from an instructor; letters which include career plans, research interests and starting date; Application form. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Offers may be made as early as March 31st, 2008. Send application packet to: Victoria Johnston Gelling, 1735 NDSU Research Park Drive, Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105, Phone: 701-231-8027, Fax: 701-231-8439, E-mail: V.J.Gelling@nsdu.edu. Web: http://cpm.nsdu.nodak.edu/.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The D. E. Shaw group invites all interested University of Wisconsin students to apply for positions with the firm. We currently have openings in our investment management and technology development businesses, including roles in trading, business development, quantitative analysis, software development, information technology, computer architecture, computational chemistry, accounting, and finance. Please log on to: eRecruiting http://uwmadison.erecruiting.com/er/security/login.jsp to apply for the Quantitative Analyst, Software Developer, Quantitative Developer, Systems Administrator, Network Engineer, and Finance and Operations Generalist positions. You may also apply at any time by sending a resume and cover letter to jobs@deshaw.com. Headquartered in New York, the D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm with approximately US $35 billion in aggregate investment capital. Since its organization in 1988 by a former Columbia University computer science professor, the firm has earned an international reputation for financial innovation, technological leadership, and an extraordinarily distinguished staff. Current employees include a recent U.S. Women's Chess Champion, multiple Putnam Fellows, winners of more than 20 International Math Olympiad medals, and a lot of people who are just incredibly strong in CS, EE, math, and finance. They didn't necessarily think of themselves as “financial types,” and neither did we. We thought of them as people with extraordinary talent. From the start of their tenure with the firm, our employees enjoy access to some of the world's most advanced computing resources and may be involved in helping to develop numerical techniques and software which automatically trade millions of dollars worth of securities each day in markets around the globe. This makes our technical environment one in which high-quality software and mathematical analysis is imperative and has a very real dollar value. If you're interested in applying your talents to challenging problems of software architecture and engineering in an intellectually stimulating environment, then we'd love to see your resume. Our working environment is intense but surprisingly casual. We provide unusual opportunities for growth. And we compensate extraordinary people extraordinarily well. The D. E. Shaw group.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Southeast Missouri State University, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Chemistry. Full-time, non-tenure track, renewable Instructor position in the Department of Chemistry. Available August 1, 2008. The primary teaching duties will include general chemistry and other courses as needed. Normal teaching load is 15 hours per semester and may involve on-line instruction. Minimum degree requirement is a M.S. in Chemistry or Chemical Education; successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level; demonstrated commitment to working with multicultural populations and awareness of issues affecting women and minorities. Salary commensurate with professional experience and qualifications. Competitive fringe benefits. Review of applications will begin February 28, 2008, and will continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application, CV, copies of all transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Philip Crawford, Chair, Department of Chemistry, MS6400, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None For This Newsletter

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