Chemistry Newsletter - 03/15/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 11 March 15th, 2004

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Qiang Cui Selected as a Sloan Research Fellow

We have received some great news. Qiang Cui has received word that he was selected as a Sloan Research Fellow for this year. These awards are intended to enhance the careers of the very best young faculty members in specified fields of science. There are typically only 116 fellowships awarded annually in seven fields: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics so this is a real honor that recognizes the excellence of the scientific programs of our best young people. Congratulations Qiang.

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Dean Phillip Certain Retirement Reception

A reception honoring Dean Phillip R. Certain, on the occasion of his retirement will be held on Monday, May 10, 2004, at the Tripp Commons, Memorial Union from 3:30 til 6:30 p.m. For additional information please contact Beth Hartzheim at hartzheim@ls.admin.wisc.edu or 608-265-0457.

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Back Issues of Newsletter Link

The link on the Chemistry Home Page for “Back Issues of the Newsletter” has been updated. You can now view any of the newsletters that have been published in html format from October 20th, 1997 to the present date by clicking on the link at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/main/news/index.html.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9340 Chemistry

04/13/2004

05/11/2004

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:20 PM - Chair’s Office

03/30/2004

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

April 1

May 6


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SEMINARS

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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 Asymmetric 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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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 2:30 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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Thursday, March 25th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Chutima Jiarpinitnun, Graduate Student.

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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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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kohei Tamao, Kyoto University. “Elements Science: Main Group Organic Chemistry Toward Materials Science”

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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. Amanda Jones, 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. Minhaeng 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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Wednesday April 28th, 2004 - Analytical Meloche Lecture Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 1111 Biotech Center. Professor Carol Robinson, Cambridge University. “Mass spectrometry and its Role in Structural Biology”

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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. Emily Dykhuizen, 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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Tuesday, May 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyung Woon Jung, University of South Florida.

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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Gelman MA. Weisblum B. Lynn DM. Gellman SH.

Biocidal activity of polystyrenes that are cationic by virtue of protonation.

Organic Letters. 6(4):557-560, 2004 Feb 19.

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Griffith BR. Allen BL. Rapraeger AC. Kiessling LL.

A polymer scaffold for protein oligomerization.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(6):1608-1609, 2004 Feb 18.

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Casey CP. Strotman NA.

Stereochemistry of cyclopropane formation involving group IV organometallic complexes.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(6):1699-1704, 2004 Feb 18.

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Asbury JB. Steinel T. Stromberg C. Corcelli SA. Lawrence CP. Skinner JL. Fayer MD.

Water dynamics: Vibrational echo correlation spectroscopy and comparison to molecular dynamics simulations.

Journal of Physical Chemistry a Molecules. 108(7):1107-1119, 2004 Feb 19.

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Harriman JE.

Geometric aspects of the theory of density matrices and densities.

FUNDAMENTAL WORLD OF QUANTUM CHEMISTRY, VOL 1 : A TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF PER-OLOV LOWDIN. PG. 487-541. 2003 [Figures].

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Urakawa O. Swallen SF. Ediger MD. von Meerwall ED.

Self-diffusion and viscosity of low molecular weight polystyrene over a wide temperature range.

Macromolecules. 37(4):1558-1564, 2004 Feb 24.

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Krzystek J. Zvyagin SA. Ozarowski A. Fiedler AT. Brunold TC. Telser J.

Definitive spectroscopic determination of zero-field splitting in high-spin cobalt(II).

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(7):2148-2155, 2004 Feb 25.

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Copyright © 2003 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NMR Staff Scientist. The High-Field Biomacromolecular Solution NMR Core Facility, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan http://www.nmr.sinica.edu.tw has an opening for a Staff Scientist. The position requires a Ph.D. with knowledge of biomolecular NMR methodologies and computational skills. General responsibilities include: Develop and maintain software packages for biomolecular NMR applications, including data analysis, automation, and structure calculation; Collaborative research involving protein NMR structure determination; Assist and train users with NMR spectrometer operation and NMR applications. The Staff Scientist will assist the facility manager in operating the core facility to support Biomacromolecular NMR research in Taiwan. Salary will commensurate with experience. Please send curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Tai-huang Huang, Institute of biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, No. 128, Sec2., Academy Road, Nankang, Taipei 11529, Taiwan, e-mail: bmthh@ibms.sinica.edu.tw.

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Pfizer Global Research and Development has an opening for an NMR Spectroscopist at their La Jolla facility. Ph.D. Scientist with experience in both protein and small molecule NMR, using both standard tube based and flow-injection automation accessories with either vendor's hardware. Strong communication skills and team focus needed. The desired candidate is a 'jack-of-all-trades' NMR spectroscopist. He/she will assist in expanding our use of flow-injection technology for characterization of combinatorially produced compounds and/or the in house utilization of NMR for protein-ligand binding studies. These responsibilities are in addition to providing small molecule structure elucidation support for chemists. The individual will support project teams and discovery departments using good communication skills and by producing and interpreting the high quality data that is required for making decisions in the drug discovery process. Job Added on: 03/02/2004 18:43 Tue Job#: 02Mar0427889. For further information please reply to Cathy Moore cathy.d.moore@pfizer.com or apply on at http://www.pfizer.com/subsites/pgrd/find/index.html using the above Job#.

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NMR Research Scientist. Few health care companies can point to a legacy of achievement more impressive than Pfizer’s or look ahead to a future whose potential is as promising. Pfizer is committed to setting the highest standards of quality in products, service and expertise. An opening is available for a BS/MS level NMR Research Scientist in the Analytical Research and Development Department at our Pfizer, Inc. Global Research & Development Headquarters in Groton, CT. The Pharmaceutical Sciences NMR group supports all areas of developmental research. It is responsible for assisting in the characterization of drug substances and formulations, degradation products and impurities via NMR. The group interacts with other technology groups and project teams throughout Pfizer. The research lab is equipped with 500, 600 and 700 MHz liquids NMR spectrometers, including LC-NMR capabilities. The lab is also equipped with a 500 MHz wide-bore solids NMR spectrometer. Numerous open access spectrometers are also available. As the NMR Research Scientist, you will: 1) Perform multi-dimensional NMR experiments on compounds of pharmaceutical interest; 2) Perform spectral interpretations; 3) Maintain and support two open access spectrometers; 4) Communicate routinely with project chemists and technology experts throughout Pfizer; 5) Write technical reports. Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a BS / BA or Master’s degree in Chemistry or related discipline and a minimum of 2 years of applied heteronuclear NMR experience. Industrial experience is strongly preferred. Strong written and verbal skills and a demonstrated ability to carry out projects independently are essential. This position provides the opportunity for a motivated individual to contribute in a stimulating professional environment. Pfizer, Inc. offers an excellent salary/benefits package plus an attractive Connecticut shoreline location. For consideration, send your CV to: Dr. L. Lohr, Pfizer Global Research & Development, MS 8118A-2011, Eastern Point Rd., Groton, CT 06340-8003, Email: linda_l_lohr@groton.pfizer.com.

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An opening is available for a Ph.D. level NMR Research Scientist in the Pharmaceutical Sciences division of Pfizer Global Research and Development in Groton, CT. The Pharmaceutical Sciences NMR Resource Group supports all areas of drug development. It is responsible for the characterization of drug candidates, formulations, excipients, degradation products and impurities via NMR. The roup interacts with other technology and project groups throughout Pfizer. The lab is equipped with 500, 600 and 700 MHz NMR spectrometers with >liquids, solids and LC-NMR capabilities. In addition to extensive research NMR capabilities, our group also supports an open access NMR facility. Numerous additional NMR spectrometers are available on campus. As an NMR Research Scientist, you will: 1) Elucidate structures and solve scientific questions for small molecules of pharmaceutical interest using multidimensional liquids NMR and LC-NMR; 2) Investigate and implement novel experiments and technologies; 3) Write technical documents; 4) Supervise direct reports; 5) Communicate routinely with chemists within Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as other divisions throughout Pfizer globally. Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. degree in chemistry or equivalent, including a minimum of four years of multidimensional, heteronuclear liquids NMR experience. LC-NMR and/or solids NMR experience is desirable. Strong written and verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to carry out work independently are essential. This position provides the opportunity for a motivated individual to contribute in a stimulating professional environment. Pfizer Global Research and Development offers an excellent salary/benefits package plus an attractive Connecticut shoreline location. For consideration, send your resume to: Dr. Linda Lohr Pfizer, Global Research and Development, MS 8118A-2011, Eastern Point Rd., Groton, CT 06340-8003 E-mail: linda_l_lohr@groton.pfizer.com.

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Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRI) a leading research, drug discovery and development company built on a platform of comprehensive and integrated chemistry-based technologies, resources and capabilities, has an opportunity at its location in Albany, NY for a Senior Research Scientist- Spectroscopy. The incumbent will utilize state-of-the-art NMR instrumentation for structure elucidation of drug candidates and associated impurities. The successful candidate will be a resource to the organization by applying both traditional and modern NMR techniques to solve interesting structural and impurity identification challenges. The individual shall represent the analytical chemistry group on multidisciplinary project teams to guide the spectroscopy efforts required during all phases of development of active pharmaceutical ingredients. The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in chemistry with 1 to 2 years NMR experience in the pharmaceutical industry or other regulated environment. Strong communication skills are required. AMRI employees enjoy competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and incentive programs that recognize and reward individual performance and its correlation to company success, as well as an environment that fosters teamwork and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Mail, E - mail, or fax resume and salary requirements to: Albany Molecular Research, Inc., 21 Corporate Circle, P.O. Box 15098, Albany, NY 12203-5098. Fax: 518-452-5774. Email: hr@albmolecular.com.

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Editor in Chemistry, Chemical Physics, or Physics. Join the expanding editorial team at Science. We are seeking a new Editor in the physical sciences at the Associate or Senior Editor level. Applicants should have a broad range of interests and research experience in chemistry, chemical physics, physics, and related aspects of materials science. Applicants for Associate Editor should have two or more years of post-doctoral experience, multiple publications, and a breadth of knowledge of cutting-edge research. Applicants for Senior Editor should have post-doctoral experience plus an additional five or more years experience in research and peer review or program management, as well as wide knowledge of current research in these related fields. Responsibilities include managing the review, selection, and editing of manuscripts, working with authors on revisions, solicitation of Reviews and special issues, and fostering contacts and communication with the scientific community. The position is for either our Washington, DC, or Cambridge, UK, offices. EOE. Non-smoking work environment. For consideration, send a resume and cover letter along with salary requirements to: AAAS, Human Resources Department, Suite #101, 1200 New York Avenue, Washington, DC 20005. Applications can also be sent by e-mail to: hrtemp@aaas.org or Fax to 202-682-1630. Visit us at http://www.aaas.org.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Minnesota State University Moorhead. Vacancy # 0432F. Minnesota State University Moorhead is committed to diversity in its programs and activities, and actively seeks to hire persons who share in that commitment. Assistant Professor of Chemistry, One-year Fixed Term Position. (Pending Funding). Date of Appointment: August 19, 2004. Qualifications and Experience: Required: Masters or ABD in organic chemistry required. Preferred: Ph.D. in organic chemistry; Post-doctoral experience in organic chemistry; Evidence of excellence in teaching organic chemistry lecture and lab; Evidence of excellent communication skills; Demonstrated record of scholarly achievement. Responsibilities: This is a 100% teaching position; Teach Organic Chemistry II lecture (spring); Teach Organic Chemistry I lecture (fall); Teach Organic Chemistry II Laboratory sections (spring); Teach Organic Chemistry I Laboratory sections (fall); Possible involvement in General Chemistry Program. Completed applications must include: a curriculum vita; a statement of teaching philosophy; two current letters of reference; unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts; a completed Standard Application form. See http://www.mnstate.edu/vacancy/StandAppForm.htm for a link to the Application form. The candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States on the date employment begins. Screening of applications will begin on April 5, 2004 and continue until the position is filled. The CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and that least one of the reference letters must be received before an application will be screened. The application must be complete before a candidate can be interviewed. For additional information, see or contact: Search Chair Craig Jasperse, jasperse@mnstate.edu, Phone: 218-447-2230, Chemistry office: hollands@mnstate.edu, Phone: 218-447-2259, Web Links: http://www.mnstate.edu/vacancy/Index.htm; http://www.mnstate.edu/chem/; or http://www.mnstate.edu/jasperse. Apply to: Dr. Craig Jasperse (Search), Department of Chemistry, MSUM, Moorehead, MN 56563, phone: 218-447-2230, Fax: 218-447-2137, e-mail: jasperse@mnstate.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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