Chemistry Newsletter - 03/19/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 12 March 19th, 2007

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Hirschfelder Prize winner for 2007-08 is Professor Bob Silbey

 

We are delighted to announce that the Hirschfelder Prize winner for 2007-08 is Professor Bob Silbey, a theoretical chemist at MIT. Bob is a pioneer in a number of different areas including energy transport in solids, electrical properties of conjugated polymers, and single-molecule spectroscopy in solids and in biophysics. He will visit us and give three lectures during October 15-17, 2007.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

 

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

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

 

3/20/2007

 

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/15/2007

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Emily A. Carter, Princeton University. “What to do when Density Functional Theory Fails? Beyond DFT to Improved Descriptions of Materials Behavior”

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Adrian Whitty, Biogen Idec Inc. “Expanding the Druggable Proteome; Finding Small Molecule Inhibitors of Protein-Protein Interactions”

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Albena Ivanisevic, Purdue University.

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Morin (Jin Group) and Mohanna Ray (Schwartz Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentation”

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Joint Analytical/PChem Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Haw Yang, Penn State University. “Single-Molecule Protein Dynamics and 3D Single-Particle Focus-Tracking Spectroscopy”

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Margrith Mattman, Graduate Student, Blackwell Group.

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Genomics Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 1111 Biotechnology Center Auditorium. Brenda Andrews, Ph.D., University of Toronto. “Systematic Yeast Genetics to Explore Biological Pathways, Gene Toxicity and Kinase Targets”

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Friday, March 23rd, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Cynthia M. Friend, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard. “Dynamic Restructuring at the Nanoscale: Reactions on Gold Surfaces.”

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Warren Piers, University of Calgary, Canada.

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Thursday, March 29th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Angeles Paz Sandoval, Chemistry Department, “Cinvestav” (Center for Investigation & Advanced Studies), Mexico City.

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Koert, Philipps-Universität Marburg “Synthesis of Molecular Switches, Ion-Channels and Natural Products”

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Friday, April 6th, 2007 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. F. Dean Toste, University of California-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Ritchie, Purdue University. “Watching Single Molecules in Live Mammalian and Bacterial Cell Membranes”

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alan Goldman, Rutgers University.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - McElvain Series Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Don Hunt, University of Virginia.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth Moscato-Goodpaster, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, University of California, Irvine. “Reactions at Interfaces in the Atmosphere and Why We Should Care”

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Victor Snieckus, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada. “Sight-seeing the Metalated Flatlands. Carbanion-mediated Strategies for Synthetic Aromatic Chemistry”

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “The Molecular Chemistry of Renewable Energy”

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Jorgensen, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rebecca Splain, Graduate Student, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - First Annual Shain Colloquium Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dan Nocera, MIT. “On the Global Energy Future and Science's Challenge to Power the Planet”

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Saturday, April 21st, 2007 - New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning College Chemistry - Mini-Symposium, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., University of Wisconsin-Washington County, Collins Science hall, 400 University Dr., West Bend, WI 53095. John Moore, UW-Madison. “New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning College Chemistry”. Free - including lunch and refreshments! Pre-registration is required by Friday March 30, 2007. Maps and Directions: http://washington.uwc.edu/about/map_directions.html. Registration Form: http://washington.uwc.edu/depts/chemistry/Mini-Symposium%20Registration%20Form.doc. Web page: http://washington.uwc.edu/depts/chemistry/mini-symposium.htm.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur G. Suits, Wayne State University. “Lost in Configuration Space: Probing Novel Reaction Mechanisms with High-Resolution Imaging”

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paramjit Arora, New York University.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Finke, Colorado State.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Ann Carroll, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peerasak Paoprasert, Graduate Student, Gopalan Group.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phillip Geissler, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan Kahne, Harvard University.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justine Roth, Johns Hopkins University.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Mark Wightman, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Maren Buck, Graduate Student, Lynn Group.

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Friday, May 4th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: An Effective Program for Building Diversity in the Sciences”

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts University. “Getting Surfaces to Reveal Secrets via Probing with Small Molecules”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Zhang (Stahl Group) and Xiaoyu Wang (Hamers Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Julee Byram, Graduate Student, Mecozzi Group.

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Friday, May 11th, 2007 - Annual Department Awards Ceremony, Room 1315 Chemistry, with reception in Charter St. Atrium.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David MacMillan, Princeton University.

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Recent Publications

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Ti-IV-mediated reactions between primary amines and secondary carboxamides: Amidine formation versus transamidation.

Kissounko, DA; Hoerter, JM; Guzei, IA*; Cui, Q*; Gellman, SH*; Stahl, SS*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (6): 1776-1783 FEB 14 2007.

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Copper(II)-catalyzed aminohydroxylation of olefins.

Michaelis, DJ; Shaffer, CJ; Yoon, TP*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (7): 1866-+ FEB 21 2007.

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Frequency- and time-resolved coherence transfer spectroscopy.

Rickard, MA; Pakoulev, AV; Mathew, NA; Kornau, KM; Wright, JC*.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 111 (7): 1163-1166 FEB 22 2007.

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Nanometer-scale decomposition of ultrathin multilayered polyelectrolyte films.

Fredin, NJ; Zhang, JT; Lynn, DM*.

LANGMUIR 23 (5): 2273-2276 FEB 27 2007.

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Salicylaldimine ruthenium alkylidene complexes: Metathesis catalysts tuned for protic solvents.

Binder, JB; Guzei, IA*; Raines, RT*.

ADVANCED SYNTHESIS & CATALYSIS 349 (3): 395-404 FEB 2007.

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Selective tumor cell targeting using low-affinity, multivalent interactions.

Carlson, CB; Mowery, P; Owen, RM; Dykhuizen, EC; Kiessling, LL*.

ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 2 (2): 119-127 FEB 2007.

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Copyright © 2007 Thomson ISI

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New Revised Childbirth Policy

The Chemistry department has approved a revised childbirth policy. It is effective immediately!

 

UW Department of Chemistry Childbirth Accommodation Policy Approved 3/13/07.

The goal of our Childbirth Accommodation Policy is to encourage more women to enter and complete the PhD program or undertake postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemistry at Wisconsin, and to provide a climate of support for women who choose to have children while in the Department in one of these capacities. This Policy has two components, detailed below.

Ensure a Safe Pregnancy:

The goal of this component of the Policy is ensure a safe working environment for pregnant students and postdocs. To this end it is essential that the expectant mother, her research advisor, and the Executive Director of the department meet at an early stage to develop a plan. As soon as the pregnancy is confirmed by a doctor, the woman should inform, on a highly confidential basis, her research advisor and the Executive Director so that a meeting can be scheduled to begin planning.

The pregnant student or postdoc, the research advisor, and the Executive Director will look for safe ways to progress towards the PhD or to continue postdoctoral research during pregnancy. In the case of students, with enough advance notice the group can consider the advisability of making an RA rather than TA appointment, and/or making a TA appointment that minimizes chemical exposure. In terms of research, options that may need to be considered include alternatives to working in a synthetic chemistry lab, such as computer work, spectroscopy, library work, review and paper writing, working on graduate requirements such as seminars, proposals, 2nd year report, etc. It is recognized that each case will be different and that creative problem solving will be required to make the needed accommodations.

When a plan is agreed upon, the Executive Director will provide a written summary of the plan so that the agreement will be clear to all concerned.

Paid Accommodation Time, Requirement Extension, and Infant Care:

This component of the Policy is designed to help new mothers by reducing academic and financial hardships associated with pregnancy and childbirth.

The Chemistry Department will provide the graduate student (on an RA appointment) or postdoc mother with 12 weeks of paid accommodation time for childbirth. Every effort will be made to assure continuation of health insurance and visa status during this period. The student or postdoc must apply to the Executive Director for this paid accommodation time, ideally 6 months prior to the expected birth. The leave will ordinarily begin at the time of birth, but other proposals will be considered. Some of the accommodation time may be taken on a part-time basis (for example, 8 weeks of full-time and 8 weeks of half-time leave).

All academic requirement deadlines will be extended by a semester for the new mother.

Pregnant students and postdocs are encouraged to confer with their advisor and the Executive Director of the department in order to ensure that any necessary accommodations to facilitate infant care can be made in advance.

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Hello Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Professor Cynthia Friend (Harvard) will be visiting our department on March 23 for the next departmental colloquium. She also will be offering a lunch-time talk/discussion about her work promoting gender equality in the sciences. Please join the GSFLC and Professor Friend for a short presentation and lengthy discussion - her talk is entitled “Building Strong Chemistry Programs through Gender Equity - Balancing Life and Work”.

WHAT: Gender equity brown bag lunch discussion - bring your lunch and join the discussion.

WHEN: Friday March 23, 11:30 - 1:00.

WHERE: 9th Floor Lounge (9341).

WHO: Everyone in the department!

Best, Graduate Student Faculty Liaison Committee.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Sabbatical Replacement - Analytical or Inorganic Chemistry. Hendrix College invites applications for non-tenure track sabbatical replacement during academic year 2007-08 starting in August: Ph.D. chemist to teach general chemistry, analytical or inorganic, and chemistry for non-science majors. This person will also be involved in the General Chemistry labs and Advanced Techniques in Experimental Chemistry (ATEC). The Chemistry Department offers an ACS-certified B.A. degree. Send letter of application, vita, Undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation (including phone numbers and email addresses of references) to: M. Warfield Teague, Chair Department of Chemistry, Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Avenue, Conway, AR 72032. Consideration of applicants will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Teague at phone: (501) 450-1257 or e-mail: teague@hendrix.edu.

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BS/MS Opening at EMD-Serono. The incumbent will contribute to the achievement of project goals through the synthesis of target molecules using modern organic synthetic /medicinal chemistry best practices, including as appropriate: parallel synthesis, combinatorial chemistry, reaction scale up. Prior experience with the synthesis of kinase inhibitors is a plus. Under the direction of a principal investigator or senior principal investigator, execute a synthetic plan of a series of target molecules for evaluation in in vitro and in vivo assays. Execute multi-step routes for the synthesis of target molecules. Troubleshoot reactions and reaction sequences. Propose/explore alternative synthetic routes. Set up synthetic reactions on mg to kg scale, work up, purify reaction mixtures, isolate and characterize products, identify and interpret reaction outcomes. Be comfortable with multi-step reactions sequences. Maintain close collaboration with fellow chemists. Work in a team environment, towards common goals. Collaborate with scientists in other departments as needed. Prepare reports, publications, internal and external presentations in a timely manner. Practice safe laboratory practices. Contribute in ensuring the safety, organization, and full functionality of the laboratory. Contribute to new ideas for new molecules, new synthetic or medicinal chemistry strategies. Ensure their company's intellectual property is protected by keeping detailed experimental records according to the company's laboratory notebook policies. Education/ Languages: Bachelors Degree in Chemistry with 2 or more years or experience or Master’s Degree in Organic or Medicinal Chemistry Fluency in English is required. Professional Skills & Experience: Two or more years experience in Medicinal or combinatoral chemistry required for BS candidates. Experience in purification and characterization of molecules using moderion chromatographic and analytical techniques. Proficiency in using and interpreting NMR and MS data for structural determination. Personal Skills & Competencies: Good oral and written communication skills Team sprit and strong interpersonal skills Working understanding of organic chemistry. Contact: Bayard R. Huck, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, EMD-Serono, Inc., One Technology Place, Rockland, MA 02370, phone: 781-681-2327, e-mail: bayard.huck@emdserono.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Tenure-track Opening in Chemistry at Texas A&M University at Commerce. Job title: Assistant professor of chemistry. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses, do original research, train graduate and undergraduate students in research, and professionally serve on campus and beyond. Doctoral degree in chemistry or a closely relateed discipline and research accomplishments are required. Expertise in analytical chemistry and research agenda complementing that of the present faculty are preferred. Postdoctoral research and some teaching experience are preferred. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Applications will be reviewed continuously until the position is filled or the search is closed. Hiring is contingent upon funding. Application materials should include: Curriculum vitae with list of publications; Three letters of reference; Outline of research agenda and a statement of start-up needs; Unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts are welcome but not required; All documents, including letters, can be sent by mail or e-mail. Contact: Head, Chemistry Department, Texas A&M University at Commerce, PO Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429-3011, e-mail: Nenad_Kostic@tamu-commerce.edu. Starting date is August 2007.

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Visiting Assistant Professor. Saint Francis University, Department of Chemistry. Beginning August 2007. Saint Francis University invites applications for a visiting teaching position in chemistry at the assistant professor level beginning fall 2007. The teaching assignment will include general and allied health chemistry classes with labs. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. completed by the date of appointment and demonstrate evidence of ability to teach at the undergraduate level. Send CV, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and statement of teaching philosophy to: Dr. Rose Clark, c/o Director of Human Resources, Saint Francis University, P.O. Box 600, Loretto, PA 15940. Review of applications will begin immediately.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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The Division of Chemistry at Alfred University is searching for qualified graduate students in physical chemistry on the verge of finishing their Ph.D. degrees to apply for a one-year physical chemistry teaching postdoctoral position at AU for the 2007-2008 academic year. Qualified applicants should have a Ph.D. in experimental physical chemistry but ABD considered. The applicants career goal must be teaching at an undergraduate institution. Mentoring will be provided, and the expectation is that after one year we will advertise for a tenure track opening in physical chemistry. Please inform any qualified applicants at your institution to send us their resumes, transcripts (unofficial), and statements about teaching philosophy and research plans to the address below or electronically to chaffeec@alfred.edu. Applicants should also send three letters of recommendation addressed to: Chemistry Search Committee Division of Chemistry Alfred University One Saxon Drive Alfred, NY 14802. Application reviews begins January 15, 2007 and continues until the positions are filled. More details are at http://las.alfred.edu/chemistry/.

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