Chemistry Newsletter - 02/19/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 8 February 19th, 2007

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ACS National Meeting

Dear employees and friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Chemistry:

 

We are pleased to invite you to a reception in Chicago, during the upcoming ACS National Meeting. The reception will be on Monday, March 26, 2007, from 4:00-6:00 PM, in the Gold Coast Room of the Hyatt Regency Chicago, at 151 East Wacker Drive.

We will be celebrating the excellence of our department, highlighted by ACS Awards to Professors Sam Gellman and Laura Kiessling. Come and meet our faculty, students, and other alumni! Special guest Irving Shain, former Chancellor of UW-Madison and one of our own former faculty members, will also be present to welcome you. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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 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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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 - Genomics Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 1111 Biotechnology Center. John Markley, Ph.D., UW-Madison. “Role of NMR Spectroscopy in Structural and Functional Genomics”

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Friday, February 23rd, 2007 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Betsy Stone, EC&T. “Investigating the Occurrence of Humic Like Substances (HULIS) in the Atmosphere”

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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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Recent Publications

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Modulation of rhythmic motor activity by pyrokinin peptides.

Saideman, SR; Ma, MM; Kutz-Naber, KK; Cook, A; Torfs, P; Schoofs, L; Li, LJ*; Nusbaum, MP.

JOURNAL OF NEUROPHYSIOLOGY 97 (1): 579-595 JAN 2007.

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Is glycine a surrogate for a D-amino acid in the collagen triple helix?

Horng, JC; Kotch, FW; Raines, RT*.

PROTEIN SCIENCE 16 (2): 208-215 FEB 2007.

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Ligand-regulated peptide aptamers that inhibit the 5 '-AMP-activated protein kinase.

Miller, RA; Binkowski, BF; Belshaw, PJ*.

JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 365 (4): 945-957 JAN 26 2007.

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Permeation of a hard sphere fluid into a quenched matrix.

Sung, BJ; Yethiraj, A*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 126 (3): Art. No. 034704 JAN 21 2007.

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Single chemical modifications of the C-1027 enediyne core, a radiomimetic antitumor drug, affect both drug potency and the role of ataxia-telangiectasia mutated in cellular responses to DNA double-strand breaks.

Kennedy, DR; Gawron, LS; Ju, JH; Liu, W; Shen, B*; Beerman, TA.

CANCER RESEARCH 67 (2): 773-781 JAN 15 2007.

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Reaction of molecular oxygen with an NHC-coordinated Pd-0 complex: Computational insights and experimental implications.

Popp, BV; Wendlandt, JE; Landis, CR*; Stahl, SS*.

ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 46 (4): 601-604 2007.

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Transchip: Single-molecule detection of transcriptional elongation complexes.

Wu, T; Schwartz, DC*.

ANALYTICAL BIOCHEMISTRY 361 (1): 31-46 FEB 1 2007.

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Copyright © 2007 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Chemistry Department at Indiana State University seeks applications for an instructor position beginning August 15, 2007. Candidates must have an M.S. degree in chemistry or chemistry education. Principal responsibilities will include instruction of freshman-level and general education chemistry laboratories. In addition, the instructor will maintain equipment and computers in the general chemistry laboratories, and work with colleagues to update existing lab manuals and develop new experiments. This position is a nine-month appointment on a three-year renewable contract with a competitive salary and benefits. Opportunities for summer teaching may be available. Applicants should visit the university's employment opportunities website at http://jobs.indstate.edu. Submit applications electronically at this site, attaching a cover letter that includes a description of teaching experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Also, arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: Dr. William Flurkey, Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809. E-mail correspondence may be directed to: wflurkeyiii@isugw.indstate.edu. Review of applications begins March 15, 2007.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania plans to make a senior faculty appointment of an exceptional candidate in the area of physical chemistry. The position is expected to begin July 2008, but an earlier start date is possible. Minority and women applicants are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a description of current and proposed research to: Senior Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323 or search@chem.upenn.edu. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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University of California-Riverside. Department of Chemistry, Postdoctoral Positions at UCR. Chemical biology interfacing with medicine. Professor M. C. Pirrung seeks postdoctoral fellows in chemical biology. Recent Ph.D.s with skills in synthetic chemistry (broadly defined), biochemistry, and/or cell biology are sought for a multidisciplinary research environment including strong chemical genetics resources (imaging, chemoinformatics). The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) supports our research in small molecules [see J. Med. Chem. 46, 2580 (2003)] and stem cells. This project is conducted in collaboration with leading scientists in stem cell research at UC-Riverside and UC-Irvine. We have studied the influence of small molecules like BIO on the differentiation of multi-potent cells derived from neonatal cord blood. General information about our laboratory is located at: http://www.chem.ucr.edu/index.html?main=faculty&facsort=profile&faculty=.... Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, publication list, and references (with contact information). Appointment is available immediately. For more information or to apply, contact: Michael Pirrung, Department of Chemistry, University of California - Riverside, CA 92521-0403, f: 951-827-2749, e-mail: michael.pirrung@ucr.edu.

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