Chemistry Newsletter - 02/23/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 8 February 23rd, 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 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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Tuesday, February 24th, 2004 - Environmental Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102, Water Science Laboratory. Jennifer Sanfilippo, Jessica Sanfilippo, Aaron Fluro - ETC. “Magnetic Nanoparticles”

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2004 - Engineering Physics Colloquium, 12:00 noon, Room 106 Engineering Research Building. Martin Muser, University of Western Ontario. “Computer Simulations of Friction Mechanisms at the Nanoscale”

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Thursday, February 26th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Qiang Fu, Graduate Student. “Developing Microseparation Strategies for MS Analysis of Neuropeptides”

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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. “Helix Formation in a/b-Peptide Oligomers”

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Friday, February 27th, 2004 - Chemistry Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Laura Kiessling, UW-Madison. “Multivalency: A new dimension for understanding cellular function”

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Friday, February 27th, 2004 - Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 2002 Rennebohm Hall. Professor Arun Ghosh, University of Illinois-Chicago. “Structure-Based Design and Synthesis of Aspartyl Protease Inhibitors for AIDS and Alzheimer's Disease”

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2004 - Environmental Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102, Water Science Laboratory. Suk Bae, UW Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Daily Variations in PM2.5 Organic Compound Speciation in the Urban Atmosphere”

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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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Friday, March 26th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 6353 Chemistry Building. Colin D. Bain, University of Oxford. “Marangoni Effects in Surfactant Solutions”

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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. “Coherent multidimensional spectroscopy and polypeptides: Theoretical perspective”

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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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American Chemical Society Academic Employment Initiative

 

Give a poster paper at an ACS meeting and have a job interview at the same time. The ACS is running an experimental program to support the academic hiring process through activities at its 2004 national meetings. If you are interested in employment in academia, you are invited to attend. ANAHEIM, CA March 28. A Symposium on Recruiting Faculty. How is it Done? Who Gets the Job, and Why? The ACS Academic Employment Initiative, 9 AM - Noon, Anaheim Hilton, Huntington Room. Senior and recently-hired faculty will present a candid discussion of the academic recruitment process for graduate students and postdocs considering academic careers in institutions ranging from research universities to comprehensive BS/MS institutions to primarily undergraduate schools. PHILADELPHIA, PA August 23. At SciMix, the popular interdisciplinary poster session, those seeking faculty positions will present a research poster, or poster expanding on their research interests, teaching philosophy, and experience. Faculty recruiters will have the opportunity to meet as many candidates as reasonably possible. Candidates will also have the opportunity to network among themselves, and meet faculty from many more institutions than possible under existing practices. Papers should be submitted through the normal ACS technical division channels . The call for papers will appear in C&EN and on the ACS website on February 16. When submitting a paper, type "(AEI)" after the wording in the title field. Please note that the deadlines are coming soon! American Chemical Society, Office of Graduate Education, 1155-16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-872-4588, aei@acs.org.

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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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Eastern Kentucky University. Pending approval, the Department of Chemistry is seeking applications for three faculty positions with appointments to begin August 15, 2004, including;

1) Assistant Professor of Chemical Education (tenure-track) - Duties will include coordination of freshman laboratories and teaching freshman chemistry. A strong background and research interest in chemical education is preferred. Direct applications to: Chemical Education Search Committee.

2) Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry (tenure-track) - A synthetic organic chemist with experience maintaining and operating NMR spectrometers is preferred. Direct applications to: Organic Search Committee.

3) Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry (non-tenure track, renewable up to three years) - Preference will be given to individuals with a background in inorganic chemistry. Opportunities to conduct research may be available. Direct applications to: Visiting Search Committee.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry by August 15, 2004, and a strong commitment to teaching, service and, for tenuretrack positions, scholarly activity at both the undergraduate and masters degree levels. Teaching responsibilities for all three positions will include introductory chemistry and may include other courses based on qualifications and interests. Additional information can be found at http://www.chemistry.eku.edu. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent. For tenure track positions, also submit research plans, including equipment needs. Address all materials to: the appropriate search committee, Department of Chemistry, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY 40475. Review of applications will begin March 12, 2004 and will continue until the positions are filled.

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Purdue North Central. Assistant Professor of Biochemistry. Full-time, ten-month, tenure-track. Salary is commensurate with experience and credentials. Excellent benefits. Ph.D. in Biochemistry with a strong background in chemistry, or chemistry with a strong background in biochemistry required by the August 16, 2004, starting date. Research expertise in biochemistry or related field is required. University level teaching experience is desirable. The Chemistry Department places a strong emphasis on quality teaching and on the inclusion of undergraduates into faculty research when feasible. Include preparing and teaching various general chemistry courses as assigned, and courses in biochemistry and possibly introductory organic chemistry, creating class materials, preparing and administering examinations, holding office hours, and pursuing one's research interests. Teaching loads are between 10 and 14 contact hours per semester with summer employment possible. A commitment to quality teaching of undergraduates is essential. A modest research program appropriate to the mission of the institution is expected and encouraged. Review will begin on March 10, 2004, and continue until position is filled. Send letter of application, CV, transcripts, and contact information of three references plus a statement of eligibility to teach in the U.S.A. if applicant is a foreign national. Application materials can be sent postal mail, e-mail, or via FAX to: Mrs. Debbie Lowenthal, Biology/Chemistry Department, Purdue North Central, 1401 South IN 421, Westville, IN 46391, FAX: 219 785-5483, E-mail: dlowenthal@pnc.edu.

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Assistant Professor: Bioorganic or organic chemistry. York College, a senior college of The City University of New York, with a strong commitment to undergraduate education and research, invites applicants for a tenure-track position starting September 2004. PhD and postdoctoral research are required. Candidates must demonstrate interest in undergraduate teaching and the capability of maintaining an active research program supported by external funding. Instructional responsibilities include organic chemistry and advanced electives. Departmental instrumentation to support faculty research includes current model UV-visible, FTIR and fluorescence spectrometers, 400 MHz-NMR, GC-MS, GC, HPLC, PCR, protein synthesizer, electrophoresis, phosphor-imager, and modular modeling software. Research is currently supported through CUNY faculty research programs, NIH grants and a strong affiliation with the Northeast Regional Laboratory of the FDA, which relocated new facilities on York's campus in 2000. Send resume and a description of research to: Dr. Lawrence W. Johnson, Chemistry, York College of CUNY, Jamaica, New York 11451.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Research Opening. Organometallic Chemistry. Brookhaven National Laboratory. Our research includes synthetic and mechanistic studies in organometallic chemistry, with an emphasis on transition metal hydrides and readily recycled catalysts. Candidates should have a recent Ph.D. in inorganic or organic chemistry. The position is open as soon as April 2004. Applicants available in the summer of 2004 are encouraged to apply. Brookhaven’s Chemistry Department offers postdoctoral research associates an attractive salary ($40,000/year, plus full benefits) and a varied geographic setting (60 miles east of New York City, and 10 miles from the Long Island beaches). Applicants are asked to send a curriculum vitae and the names of three references to: Morris Bullock, Chemistry Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973, e-mail: bullock@bnl.gov, web: http://www.chemistry.bnl.gov/SciandTech/PRC/bullock/Bullock.html.

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Robert F. Curl of the Chemistry Department at Rice University is seeking a Post-doctoral Fellow in the in the field of infrared spectroscopy of free radicals to begin approximately June 1, 2004. In this research, the spectra of radicals produced by excimer laser photolysis inside the nozzle of a supersonic slit jet are obtained. Jet cooling reduces spectral congestion permitting the investigation of larger radicals. For somewhat more information see: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~rfcurl/ and linked pages. This position requires extensive experience with lasers and the normal technology of Chemical Physics. Previous experience working with cw tunable lasers is desirable. To be eligible for this position, a person must have received the doctorate within four years of June 1, 2004. Please send a resume and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to: Robert Curl, Chemistry Department, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005-1892, USA, e-mail: friend@rice.edu by April 15, 2004.

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Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wyoming. UW recently received a major grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to design and build an in situ electrochemical NMR instrument based on magic angle hopping. The team of investigators includes Profs. Jeff Yarger and Dan Buttry (UW) and Profs. Gary Maciel and Bruce Parkinson (Colorado State University). The UW team seeks a postdoctoral fellow to work on implementing the in situ electrochemical measurement. The successful candidate will have a PhD with backgrounds in NMR spectroscopy and/or electrochemistry and familiarity with instrumentation/hardware issues in either or both fields. The chemical systems that will be investigated include battery materials and fuel cell materials, so experience in these areas would be desirable. The position is available immediately for a one year term with a second year possible based on mutual agreement. We plan to search until the position is filled. Interested candidates should respond directly to me at: Professor Daniel A. Buttry, Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071-3838, Voice: 307-766-6677, FAX: 307-766-2807, Email: Buttry@uwyo.edu, web: http://www.uwyo.edu/chemistry/faculty/buttry.htm. E-mail contact preferred.

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