Chemistry Newsletter - 03/06/2000

 

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XXXV No. 10 March 6th, 2000

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Some Sad News

Emeritus Professor Aaron Ihde died recently, on Feb 23, in Florida where he was staying with his daughter. Aaron was 90. Current plans include a memorial service at 2:00 on Saturday, April 29 at the First Unitarian Church in Madison. Aaron's son John has suggested that contributions to the University Arboretum Fund in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. The chairmans office will pass on any details or changes when they become aware of them.

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Inorganic Chemistry Cumulative Exam Schedule, 2000

All cumes are in room 2373 from 9 am to noon.

April 1st

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Finance Committee Meetings

The following dates have been confirmed for the Finance Committee Meetings this spring.

All of the meetings will be held on Tuesday from 1:20 to 3:30 PM

March 21 April 4
April 25 May 23

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ATTENTION GRADUATE STUDENTS

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IMPORTANT DATES:

MINOR AGREEMENT FORMS: The Graduate School requires that the minor program be outlined in an agreement which is approved by the Department no later than halfway through completion of the sequence minor courses. The minor requirement is normally completed by the second year of Graduate School. Minor Agreement forms are available in Room 1221.

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SEMINARS

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Monday, March 6th, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Thomas Vos, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. W. E. Moerner, Stanford University. "Shedding Light on Single Molecules"

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. George M. Homsy, Stanford University. "Surface Tension Driven Instabilities in Coating Flows"

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Thursday, March 9th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dan Ebeling, Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison. "DNA Sequencing with Mass Spectrometry"

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Thursday, March 9th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Pengfei Wang, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Dr. Ole H. Nielsen, Technical University of Denmark. "Parallel Supercomputing in Science and Engineering"

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Thursday, March 9th, 2000 - Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Professor Sandro Mecozzi, U.W. Madison. "Self-Assembly in Chemistry and Biology"

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Thursday, March 9th, 2000 - Chemical Education Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Jim Marshall, University of North Texas. "The Rediscovery of the Elements"

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Wednesday, March 15th, 2000 - Special P-Chem Seminar, 3:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Ron Naaman, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. "Electron Transmission Through Thin Organic Films - The Role of Quantum Mechanics"

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Friday, March 17th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Michele Parrinello, Max-Planck-Institut for Festkorperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany. "Ab-initio Simulations in Physics and Chemistry"

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Monday, March 20th, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Thomas Wood, 3M McElvain Speaker.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor Bart Kahr, University of Washington.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Bruce E. Koel, University of Southern California. "Atomic Level Control of Alloy Surface Chemistry"

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Gerry Niccolai, CPE, Lyon France.

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Xiaoping Cao, Graduate Student, U. W. - Madison. "Interfacial Structure of conjugated Organic Molecules on Silicon Surface"

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. William Thomas, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2000 - Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Profressor Adnan Elfarra. "Toxicant Bioactivation, Macromolecule Modification, and Safety Evaluation"

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Tuesday, March 28th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Mr. Ramchandra M. Watwe. University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Stability and Reactivity of Hydrocarbons on Metals and Metal Alloys" & Mr. Paul Conrad, University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Cryopreservation of Biological Molecules and Cells"

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Thursday, March 30th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Wei Cai, Graduate Student, U. W. - Madison. "Surface Chemistry for DNA Immobilization on Si(001)"

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Monday, April 3rd, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Kenneth Suslick, University of Illinois.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Charles Parmenter, Indiana University. "Intra-and Intermolecular Dynamics of Molecules with Internal Rotation"

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Julia S. Higgins, Imperial College, London. "The Effect of Flow on Mixing and Demixing of Polymers"

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Thursday, April 6th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. David Preston, Graduate Student, U. W. - Madison. "Mass Spectrometry and Large Ion Detection Efficiency"

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Thursday, April 6th, 2000 - Chemical Education Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Jane Snell Copes, Science Museum of Minnesota. "What Do You DO In A Science Museum"

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Thursday, April 6th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11a.m., TBA, Chemistry Building. Professor Brent Stockwell, MIT.

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Monday, April 10th, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Du Shriver, Northwestern University.

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Tuesday, April 11st, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dor Ben-Amotz, Purdue University. "Measurement and Modeling of Solvation Forces and Fluctuations"

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Bernhard Rieger, University of Ulm, Germany. "The Design of Thermoplastic Elastomers by Transition Metal Catalysis"

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Thursday, April 13th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Manchun Lu, Graduate Student, U.W. - Madison. "Massively Parallel Genotyping On Surfaces"

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Thursday, April 13th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Matthew Bursavich, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2000 - Highlights Lectures, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Silvia Cavagnero, UW Madison.

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Monday, April 17th, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Mahdi Abu-Omar, University of California-Los Angeles.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Lewis Rothberg, University of Rochester. "Making Light of Polymers"

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Frank S. Bates, University of Minnesota. "Block Copolymers - Designer Soft Materials"

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Department. Professor David Beebe, Department Biomedical Engineering. "Microfluidic Systems for Biology: Is Microfluidics Useful to Biologists? What Class of Biological Questions Can Microfluidic Systems Address? What Obstacles Must be Overcome First"

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Wednesday, April 19th, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Bob Bedard, UOP.

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Thursday, April 20th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Andrew Hawk, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 20th, 2000 - Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. TBA.

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Monday, April 24thd, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Tobin Marks, 3M McElvain Speaker.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Irina Shkel, UW-Madison. "Salt Control of DNA Oligomer Binding in Technological Applications"

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor John R. Scheffer, UBC-Vancouver.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Ned Seeman (Analy Sci/Mat Sci), New York University. "DNA Nanotechnology"

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Thursday, April 27th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Byron Griffith, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2000 - Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Professor Meyer Jackson.

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Monday, May 1st, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Debra Rolison, Naval Research Laboratory - Joint with Analytical.

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dana Dlott, University of Illinois. "Vibrational Energy Relaxation in Liquids Studied by Ultrafast Two-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy"

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor Jumi Shin.

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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Jack Douglas, (Analy Sci/ACS), National Institutes of Standards & Technology. "Correlated Motion in a Simulated Supercooled Liquid"

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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Mike Hopkins, The University of Chicago.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Cynthia Jameson.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Stanley I. Sandler, University of Delaware. "The Use of Computational Chemistry to Predict the Phase Behavior of Complex Systems"

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Robert Halter, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Professor Lloyd Smith, UW-Madison Chemistry Department. "DNA Computing on Surfaces"

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Tuesday, May 9th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Grier, University of Chicago. "When Like Charges Attract: Surprises in Macroionic Interactions"

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Tuesday, May 9th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University. "Towards an Improved Understanding of the Glassy State"

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Thursday, May 11th, 2000 - Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Professor Jeff Johnson, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2000 - (McElvain) - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Stanley Williams, Hewlett Packard. "Architectonics of Molecular Computers"

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CIC/Procter & Gamble Dissertation Fellowship in Chemistry

The Procter & Gamble Company will provide dissertation year funding for two under-represented minorities in Chemistry. Awards will be made in every area of Chemistry except Theoretical Chemistry and Chemistry Physics. Eligibility criteria, Eligible Fields and complete instructions for applying for this Fellowship are available in Room 1380 Chemistry.

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Biophysics and Biochemistry of Motor Proteins Workshop

August 27 - September 1, 2000. Banff Conference Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

A Multi-disciplinary workshop based, symposium focusing on the properties of motor proteins from biophysical, biochemical and cell biology perspectives. Deadline for registration is July 5th, 2000. For registration details, visit them at: http://fermi.phys.ualberta.ca/~biophys/banff2000/ .

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30th Annual Wisconsin Undergraduate Research Symposium in Chemistry

The 30th Annual Wisconsin Undergraduate Research Symposium in Chemistry will be at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on Saturday, April 29th. Information about the program is available their website at: http://www.uwosh.edu/chemistry/symposium.html . Additional details, registration forms and a abstract form are available in Room 1380 Chemistry.

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For Industrial Positions, see the Chemistry Career Services Newsletter at:

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/placement/7news.html


FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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For the 2000/2001 academic year, the Roanoke College Chemistry Department is seeking to hire faculty for two positions. The openings exist due to the upcoming sabbatical leaves of Dr. Vern Miller (full year sabbatical) and Dr. Ben Huddle (spring semester sabbatical).

SABBATICAL REPLACEMENT - Roanoke College, one year assistant professor position, starting Fall 2000. Duties include teaching physical chemistry and first year chemistry. Ph.D. preferred. Roanoke College is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church. Send letter, vitae, transcripts, and three reference letters by March 31, 2000 to: Dr. Jack Steehler, Chair, Chemistry Dept., Roanoke College, 221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153-3794. Phone/Fax: 540/375-2442, Jsteehler@Roanoke.Edu .

PART TIME FACULTY - The Roanoke College Chemistry Department is seeking a part time faculty member for the Spring Semester, 2001. The faculty member will teach Chemistry 250, Environmental Analytical Chemistry, lecture and laboratory. Currently this course is scheduled to be taught in the evening, two days per week, but the schedule can be modified if necessary. Contact: Dr. Jack Steehler, Chair, Chemistry Dept., Roanoke College, 221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153-3794. Phone/Fax: 540/375-2442, Jsteehler@Roanoke.Edu . This position will be open until filled.

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NMR Facilities Manager. The Department of Chemistry of the University of Connecticut seeks a manager of its NMR center located in our new building. In addition to the day-to-day operation of the center, responsibilities include hardware and software maintenance, training, and assisting in the design and execution of experiments. The successful candidate will have a Masters or Ph. D. degree and experience in NMR, although candidates with a BS degree and extensive experience will also be given full consideration. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor W. Bailey, NMR Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, U-60, 55 North Eagleville Rd., Storrs, CT 06269-3060. Review of applications will begin on March 22, 2000 and will continue until the position is filled. (Search #00A297).

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NMR Laboratory Services Coordinator. Stanford University Department of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at Stanford University is seeking an outgoing and experienced NMR scientist to operate and maintain the NMR spectroscopy laboratory and to collaborate with researchers in the Department of Chemistry. The facility operates with several Varian spectrometers. The individual will be responsible for implementation, development and teaching of NMR methods for small molecules and macromolecules, and will be responsible for the upkeep of the spectrometers in the Chemistry Department Facility. (S)he will instruct and collaborate with researchers, maintain hardware and software resources related to NMR data acquisition and processing, and will play a role in writing proposals to maintain state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in chemistry or biophysics with strong experience and knowledge of NMR spectroscopy. Experience in maintenance of NMR hardware and operating software (UNIX, VNMR, FELIX) is needed. Significant experience in modern 2D, heteronuclear and relaxation methods is desirable. Good communication skills are important. Contact: Sue Learned-Driscoll, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5080, sld@leland.stanford.edu , tel: (650) 723-3508, fax: (650) 725-0259.

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Beloit College seeks a one-year sabbatical replacement starting in August 2000. This 9-month position includes teaching an introductory and an advanced course each semester, including a one-semester quantitative analysis course. Candidates should have completed the requirements (or all requirements but the dissertation) for the Ph.D. degree by the starting date. As part of the NSF-funded ChemLinks Coalition project at Beloit College, this person will participate in a modular thematic course emphasizing active and collaborative learning strategies. To apply, send C.V., statement of teaching and/or curriculum development experience, transcripts, and names of three references to: Professor Brock Spencer, Chemistry Department, Beloit College, Beloit, WI 53511, e-mail: spencer@beloit.edu by March 15, 2000 for assured consideration. For more information about Beloit College see http://www.beloit.edu and http://www.beloit.edu/~chem/ .

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Russ Carlson, Ph.D. with Johnson Wax is spearheading an effort to develop a summer intern program to groom young researchers prior to graduation to come and make a career with Johnson Wax Professional. We are the world leader in floor care products and we are trying to become the world leader in sanitation and food safety. We are primarily looking for chemists and related fields. Majors in food science, chemistry, and surface science come to mind. We are looking to fill 2 to 4 internships with bright undergrads. Those in a masters or doctorate program would be considered also. Please contact: Russ Carlsen, Ph.D., Johnson Wax Professional, 8310 16th Street, Sturtevant, WI 53177-0902, (262) 631-4024, (262) 631-4745 fax. e-mail: russ.carlsen@jwp.com .

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The Chemistry Department of the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO)is seeking to fill a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Analytical Chemistry beginning August 2000. The university and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of under-represented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply. The position requires an earned doctorate in any area of analytical chemistry. Experience in analytical techniques, instrumentation, and laboratory information management which complement existing faculty will enhance the application. A nine-month teaching assignment typically includes either quantitative analysis or instrumental analysis with associated laboratories and participation in the general introductory chemistry program. Research may comprise part of the work load. Opportunity for summer teaching is often available. Collaboration in the maintenance of instrumentation is expected. To apply, send a letter with a statement of teaching philosophy, research plans and equipment needs, a complete vita, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. James Carroll, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE 68182-0109. Review of applications will be begin March 10, 2000. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Dr. David O. Wipf of Mississippi State University has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow position in his laboratory. He or she would be involved in a two-year project in hardware and software development of a scanning electrochemical microscope for use in imaging living cells (for example, cultured neurons). The fellow will be required to develop a software program to control the instrument and to analyze the data. Earliest start date is April 15th, 2000. More details of the project are available at the following location. http://www.msstate.edu/Dept/Chemistry/dow1/postdoctoral_position_search.htm The research will be carried out in the Department of Chemistry, Mississippi State University. At a minimum the employee must have an earned doctorate or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, or Biology, a demonstrated ability in computer programming and a willingness to learn and participate in electroanalytical chemistry research. Since the development project is in the LabView programming language, candidates with skills in that language are preferred although other candidates will be considered. Interested candidates should send a CV, contact information for three references, anticipated starting date, and information about previous programming projects to: Dr. David O. Wipf, Box 9573, Department of Chemistry, Mississippi State MS 39759, wipf@ra.msstate.edu , (662) 325-1618 [fax].

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A postdoctoral position at Arizona State University is currently available, to work on the basic mechanistic photochemistry of a new class of irreversible organic photooxidants. The work will extend to applications of this chemistry to oxidation reactions of DNA and other biomolecules. Strong synthetic organic chemistry skills are the most important requirement. The position is open IMMEDIATELY. Initial appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year. Contact: Ian Gould, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85027-1604, (480) 965-7278, Fax (480) 965-2747, e-mail: igould@asu.edu , web pages: http://www.public.asu.edu/~iangould/ or http://www.public.asu.edu/~iangould/ .

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