Chemistry Newsletter - 02/21/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 8 February 21st, 2005

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John D. Ferry Special Tribute Issue of Biophysical Chemistry

The Dec. 20, 2004 Biophysical Chemistry (Vol. 112, Issues 2-3) is a Special Issue, A Tribute to John D. Ferry. John Ferry was an emeritus faculty member in this department, and a founding father of modern Polymer Science, who died October 18, 2002. Articles in the issue were written by colleagues, students, and experts in fields that John Ferry influenced. John Schrag and Tom Record are among those who contributed articles to the issue.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

3/8/05

4/12/05

5/10/05

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

3/1/05

3/15/05

4/5/05

4/19/05

5/3/05

5/17/05

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Marohn, Cornell University.

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Greg Friestad, University of Iowa. “Asymmetric Amine Synthesis Via Transition Metal-Mediated Radical Addition Reactions”

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Troy Twesme, CEE.

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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Shane Krska, Merck.

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Thursday, February 24th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Joshua Mandir, Graduate Student - Smith Group.

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Thursday, February 24th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Katie Alfare, Kiessling Group.

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Monday, February 28th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Christopher Rhodes. “Tracking β-Granule Transport for Insulin Secretion”

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Barbara, University of Texas.

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gregory Weiss, UC-Irvine. “Reverse Engineering Biomolecular Recognition with Combinatorial Protein Libraries”

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mark Rickard, Graduate Student - Wright Group.

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 4:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alois Fürstner, 2004-2005 Abbott Process Chemistry Lecture. “Venturing into Catalysis-Based Natural Product Synthesis”

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Konnick, Stahl Group.

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Friday, March 4th, 2005 - Organic Lincoln Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Erin McElroy, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, March 4th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Curtis Hedman, EC&T. “Environmental Applications of High Performance Liquid Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry”

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Monday, March 7th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Simon Gilroy. “Do Plants Feel? Mechanosensory Signaling in Arabidopsis”

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alois Fürstner, 2004-2005 Abbott Process Chemistry Lecture. “Strained Silacycles: A Powerful Platform for Asymmetric Product Synthesis”

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Wednesday, March 9th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andy Borovik, Kansas.

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Thursday, March 10th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Jieun Lee, Graduate Student - Smith Group.

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Thursday, March 10th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Josh Price, Gellman Group.

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Monday, March 14th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Lynn Ten Eyck. “Computational and Experimental Models for Macromolecular Recognition”

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Thursday, March 17th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Heidi Behrens, Graduate Student - Li Group.

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Friday, March 18th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Professor Tim Filley, Purdue University.

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Monday, March 28th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Kenneth Marians. “Multiple Pathways of Replication Fork Restart”

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sergei Egorov, University of Virginia.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dirk Trauner, UC Berkeley.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Ken Walz, EC&T.

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Thursday, March 31st, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven G. Boxer, Stanford University.“Patterned bilayers and tethered vesicles: soft nanoscience”

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Thursday, March 31st, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michelle Monnens, Stahl Group.

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Friday, April 1st, 2005 - Organic Lincoln Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sannali Matheson, Markley Group.

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Friday, April 1st, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Professor Joel Petersen, EC&T. “Prions in the Environment”

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Monday, April 4th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Mitsuo Ikebe. “Unconventional Myosin: Function and Regulation”

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Zhen-Gang Wang, California Institute of Technology. “On the Nature of Physical Gels”

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Thursday, April 7th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kirk J. Hogan, UW-Medical School, Department of Anesthesiology. “Perils in One Carbon Metabolism”

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Thursday, April 7th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher Paradise, Burke Group.

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Friday, April 8th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Min Suk Bae, EC&T.

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Monday, April 11th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Pamela Stanley. “Roles for O-Frucose Glycans in Notch Signaling in Mammals”

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Heather Allen, Ohio State University.

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Wednesday, April 13th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melanie M. Cooper, Clemson University.

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Thursday, April 14th, 2005 - McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Steven A. Hofstadler, Ibis Therapeutics.

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Friday, April 15th, 2005 - Organic Lincoln Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew B. Soellner, Raines Group.

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Friday, April 15th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Sara Kerr, EC&T.

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Monday, April 18th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Marianna Max “Molecular Basis of Sweet Taste Perception”

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peter Wright, Scripps Research Institute.

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daniel A. Singleton, Texas A&M University. “Dynamic Effects in Ordinary Organic Reactions in Solution”

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patrick Farmer, University of California-Irvine.

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Thursday, April 21st, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Yuan Lin, Graduate Student - Smith Group.

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Thursday, April, 21st, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Megan Jacobson, Blackwell Group.

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Friday, April 22nd, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Shawn Chadwick, EC&T.

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Monday, April 25th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Scott Silverman. “DNA as a Catalyst and Scaffold: Unconventional Applications of DNA in Bioorganic Chemistry and Nanotechnology”

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bruce Kay, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “Multidimensional Quantum Dynamics: Methods and Applications”

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Thursday, April 28th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Shan Ke, Graduate Student - Kwon Group.

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Thursday, April 28th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Will Pomerantz, Gellman Group.

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Friday, April 29th, 2005 - Organic Lincoln Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justin K. Murray, Gellman Group.

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Friday, April 29th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Brian Majestic, EC&T.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Chirik, Cornell University.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Johannes Rudolph “Cdc25: Mechanism and Regulation of a Protein Phosphatase”

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Wayne Reed, Tulane University.

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kenneth Karlin, Johns Hopkins University. “Biomimetic Small Molecule Metal Ion Interactions: Copper and Heme-Copper O2 and CO Chemistry”

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Thursday, May 5th, 2005 - McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Charles M. Lieber, Harvard University. “Nanoscience and the Pathway to Nanotechnologies”

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Thursday, May 5th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m. , Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rachel Wezeman, Blackwell Group.

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Friday, May 6th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Tasha Stoiber, EC&T.

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Virginia Cornish, Columbia University.

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Gamelin, University of Washington-Seattle.

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Thursday, May 12th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Grant Geske, Blackwell Group.

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Thursday, May 19th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melissa Boersma, Belshaw Group.

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Friday, June 3rd, 2005 - Organic Seminar, - Room 1315 Chemistry. The Nelsen 65th Birthday Symposium

June 3-5, 2005.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/spring2005.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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Indiana Biosensor Symposium

The Indiana Biosensor Symposium is to take place on April 6, 2005. The event will be held at the IUPUI Conference Center in Indianapolis, IN. The symposium has four main goals: Create awareness of Indiana Biosensor assets, Support increased development, Discuss strategies and tactics to overcome current obstacles, and foster collaboration among Universities, corporate industry, and the entrepreneurial community. Please visit our website at: http://www.indianabiosensor.com/. This Symposium is a great opportunity for students to become involved with the initiatives that Indiana is taking within the biosensor industry. Additionally, it is a chance for those students to broaden their network and meet professionals within their field of study. For more information on the Biosensor Symposium, feel free to take a look at the website or contact me and I will provide you with additional resources. Christopher Durham, e-mail: cdurham@tpma-inc.com, phone: 317-446-8097.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Columbia University, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering. Environmental/Health Engineering Faculty Positions. The Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering (EEE) at Columbia University invites applications for two junior tenure track faculty positions in the general area of environmental engineering and public health. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in an engineering or related discipline and show potential to establish a strong research program relating to one or more of the following topics: genome, proteome and metabolome interactions with environmental pollutants and environmental hazards to public health; health and environmental impacts of biologically and chemically active materials; the role of microorganisms in the environment; biotechnology in environmental engineering, including energy and water. The successful candidates will be expected to help develop a new concentration in Environmental Health Engineering in close collaboration with the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health and to contribute significantly towards the development and implementation of the Earth and Environmental Engineering curricula. For details please consult our web page at: http://www.seas.columbia.edu/krumb/Jobs/index.html. Please submit your application through our web based application process at: http://krumb.ei.columbia.edu/eee-application. Questions may be addressed to: Kimberly Labor (kjl2006@columbia.edu).

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State University of New York, College at Oneonta, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Assistant Professor - Inorganic Chemistry. The College at Oneonta invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. The initial appointment is two years. Expectations include instruction, research, student advisement, college service and continuing professional development. Start date of August 2005. For additional information, see the College’s home page at: http://www.oneonta.edu. Duties: Teach general chemistry and advanced course(s) in area of expertise, and direct undergraduate research. Participation in an existing NSF-funded educational grant and utilization of new NMR and other instruments are desirable. The department currently has 10 faculty members and an ACS-approved program. Qualifications Required: Ph.D. in chemistry. Preferred: Specialty in organometallic, bio-inorganic or materials chemistry or related field. To Apply: Send an application letter, resume, unofficial graduate transcripts, and statements of teaching philosophy and research interests to helsertl@oneonta.edu, and arrange that three letters of reference be sent by mail to: Dr. Terry L. Helser, Chairman, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Box CEL, S.U.N.Y. College @ Oneonta, NY 13820.

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Winston-Salem State University. Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Education). This is a tenure-track position. The successful candidate will teach courses in his/her field of specialization; develop and teach courses in methods of teaching science; supervise student teachers; engage in scholarly activities, including research with undergraduate students; use instructional technology; serve on departmental and university committees; and perform other duties as assigned by the department chair. Qualifications include comprehensive certification in science (NC) and a doctorate in chemistry from an accredited institution (chemistry education/science education preferred). Application deadline: February 28, 2005. Starting date: August 2005. Application procedure: Submit the following information: 1. Letter of application, including teaching philosophy and a brief description of research goals. 2. Current curriculum vitae. 3. Official transcripts of all college-level work. 4. Three (3) letters of recommendation, including the names, addresses, and telephone numbers. NOTE: No electronic copies can be accepted. Apply to: Dr. Aaron Horne, Sr., Chemistry Education Search, College of Arts and Sciences, Winston-Salem State University, 601 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, 105 Old Nursing Building, Winston-Salem, NC 27110.

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Winston-Salem State University. Assistant/Associate Professor of Chemistry. This is a tenure-track position. The successful candidate will teach courses in chemistry and/or physical sciences, develop courses in area of specialization, conduct research with undergraduates, advise students, serve on committees, and perform other duties as assigned by the chair. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in chemistry from an accredited institution with a concentration in inorganic, analytical, and/or physical chemistry and at least one year of college-level teaching experience preferred. Application deadline: February 28, 2005. Starting date: August 2005. Application procedure. Submit the following information: 1. Letter of application, including teaching philosophy and a brief description of research goals. 2. Current curriculum vitae. 3. Official transcripts of all college-level work. 4. Three (3) letters of recommendation, including the names, addresses, and telephone numbers. NOTE: No electronic copies can be accepted. Apply to: Dr. Aaron Horne, Sr., Chemistry Search, College of Arts and Sciences, Winston-Salem State University, 601 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, 105 Old Nursing Building, Winston-Salem, NC 27110.

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Winston-Salem State University. Assistant/Associate Professor of Physics. This is a tenure-track position. The successful candidate will teach courses in physics and/or physical sciences, establish an active research program involving undergraduates, use instructional technology, advise students, serve on committees, and perform other duties as assigned by the department chair. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in physics from an accredited institution. At least one year of college-level teaching experience is preferred. Application deadline: February 28, 2005. Starting date: August, 2005. Application procedure. Submit the following information: 1. Letter of application, including teaching philosophy and a brief description of research goals. 2. Current curriculum vitae. 3. Official transcripts of all college-level work. 4. Three (3) letters of recommendation, including the names, addresses, and telephone numbers. NOTE: No electronic copies can be accepted. Apply to: Dr. Aaron Horne, Sr., Physics Search, College of Arts and Sciences, Winston-Salem State University, 601 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, 105 Old Nursing Building, Winston-Salem, NC 27110.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral position in Laser-Materials Interactions. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Professor Dana D. Dlott, has a position open in his laboratory for a postdoctoral associate. The work involves studies of the fundamental mechanisms of laser-materials interactions. To qualify for this position, an applicant must have a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or related fields. A strong background in laser instrumentation is desirable, although candidates with expertise in materials transformations and some familarity with laser instrumentation will also be considered. He is looking for a creative, hardworking, self-motivated person who can function well independently and who possesses good communication skills to facilitate technology transfer with industrial partners. The position is available immediately. An initial appointment for one year will be offered, with a possible extension upon mutual agreement. Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should contact me, preferably by email with their CV as an attachment. The Chemistry Department in the School of Chemical Sciences (http://www.scs.uiuc.edu) at the University of Illinois (www.uiuc.edu) is consistently ranked in the top ten of all chemistry departments in the USA. ChampaignUrbana is a cosmopolitan university community which offers excellent housing, schools and environment, including many cultural and recreational opportunities. Please contact: Professor Dana D. Dlott, School of Chemical Sciences, Box 01-6 CLSL, 600 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, Phone: 217-333-3574, fax: 217-244-3186, email: dlott@scs.uiuc.edu, Web: http://dlottgroup.scs.uiuc.edu/group/.

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