Chemistry Newsletter - 03/24/2003

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter

 


XXVII - No. 12 March 24th, 2003

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SCIENCE AND VENTURE CAPITAL

The American premiere reading of NO.

 

A pedagogic wordplay by Carl Djerassi, father of the birth control pill, and Pierre Laszlo, French chemist and science writer. Friday, March 28, 2003, 11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Room 1351 Chemistry Building.

 

Would a venture capitalist be interested in a simple chemical that’s vital to hundreds of biochemical processes from penile erection to the flashing of fireflies?

The chemical is nitric oxide, NO, which is also the name of the play. NO is a toxic and unstable substance that exists in the body for only a few seconds before being chemically altered. That’s why it wasn’t even detected in humans until the 1980s. Yet the play reveals through the entertaining dialog of two scientists and a venture capitalist that NO is vital in such things as blood-pressure regulation, the way Viagra functions, and the development of septic shock associated with infection.

 

The reading will feature Djerassi, recipient of both the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology, as one of the scientists. The other scientist will be played by Laura Kiessling, MacArthur Fellow and UW-Madison Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The role of venture capitalist will be read by Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri of the UW-Madison Chemistry Department. This pedagogic wordplay, NO, is an example of what Djerassi calls “science theater in the classroom,” in which a storytelling approach is used to explain real science and true-to-life scientists.

Djerassi will be in Madison for the reading and for the staging of another of his plays, Oxygen, co-authored with Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann, by University Theatre.

 

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 8335 Chemistry

April 8th, 2003

May 13th, 2003

 

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

April 1st, 2003

April 15th, 2003

May 6th, 2003

May 20th, 2003

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 CheSmistry Building. Kent Meyer, Graduate Student. “Fully resonant 2D infrared four-wave mixing and its analogy to 2D NMR: Recent results with nickel carbonyl compounds”

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2003 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Peter A. Monson, University of Massachusetts. “Solid-Fluid Equilibrium: From Molecular Structure to Phase Diagrams”

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2003 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jon Lai, Graduate Student.

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******* RESCHEDULED FOR FALL ******* Thursday, March 27th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dalia Dhingra, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, March 27th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rachel Weller, Graduate Student.

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Friday, March 28th, 2003 - Science and Venture Capitol Seminar, 11:00 a.m, Room 1351 Chemistry Building. A Pedagogic wordplay by Carl Djerassi and Pierre Laszlo. “The American Premiere reading of - NO”

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Saturday, March 29th, 2003 - Oxygen Symposium, 9:00 a.m., Room TBA, Chemistry Building. Speakers include: Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann.

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Monday, March 31st, 2003, - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. J. Daniel Gezelter, University of Notre Dame. “Anomalous Dynamics in Bimetallic Glasses and Nanoparticles”

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******* CANCELLED ******* Monday, March 31st, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrei Yudin, University of Indiana.

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******* CANCELLED ******* Tuesday, April 1st, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Huib Bakker, AMOLF Amsterdam.

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Weisshaar, UW Madison. “Second Career Opportunities in Biological Fluorescence Microscopy”

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Wayne Kontur, Graduate Student. “Urea effects on the kinetics of transcription initiation for RNA polymerase”

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2003 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2003 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. A. Z. Panagiotopoulos, Princeton University. “Phase Transitions in Ionic and Colloid-Polymer Systems”

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Angela Wilks, University of Maryland.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Levis, Temple University. “Controlling Chemical Reactivity With Tailored Strong Field Laser Pulses”

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jodie Brice, Graduate Student.

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Friday, April 4th, 2003 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Lindley, Freelance Writer and Former Editor for The Journals Science, Science News & Nature. “How Atoms Become Real: Ludwig Boltzmann and the Rise of Modern Atomic Theory”

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Vanden Bout, University of Texas, to be announced.

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Sam Glass, Graduate Student. “The role of temperature in collisions and reactions of HCl(g) with supercooled sulfuric acid”

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Fred Wudl, UCLA. “The Organic Chemistry of a Plastic That is Self-Repairable Multiple Times”

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2003 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Kristen Fichthorn, Penn State. “Molecular Simulation of Nanotechnology”

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Thursday, April 10th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hua Yu, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 10th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reagan Miller, Graduate Student.

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Friday, April 11th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shiping Fang, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Neumark, UC-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lyle Isaacs, UMD. “Methylene Bridged Glycoluril Dimers”

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Mark Davis, Caltech. “Engineering of Synthetic Gene Delivery Systems”

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Wilker, Purdue University.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Thomas R. R. Pettus, University of Santa Barbara. “Applications of o-Quinone Methides and p-Quinols in Natural Product Synthesis”

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Thursday, April 17th, 2003 - Analytical McElvain Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Anne L. Plant, NIST.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tami Lasseter, Graduate Student.

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Friday, April 18th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kyubong Jo, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 21st, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Christopher Bardeen, University of Illinois.

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Monday, April 21st, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Vincent Pecoraro, University of Michigan.

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Keyes, Boston University. “Instantaneous Normal Modes, The Potential Energy Landscape, And Dynamics In Supercooled Liquids”

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Tuesday, April 22th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Lenny Sheps, Graduate Student. “Vibrationally driven bimolecular reactions in the liquid phase”

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Emily Carter, UCLA. “Linking Quantum and Continuum Mechanics to Study Materials Under Chemical and Mechanical Stress”

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Thursday, April 24th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jian Zhang, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew Bowman, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 28th, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joshua Telser, Northwestern.

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Monday, April 28th, 2003, - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Carlos Simmerling, SUNY, Stony Brook.

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Walker, University of Maryland, College Park. “Solvation at Surfaces: Profiling Interfacial solvent Polarity with Molecular Rulers.”

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Tingting Liu, Graduate Student. “Single-molecule fluorescence study of Cytoplasmic domain of Synaptotagmin I on solid supported planar lipid membrane”

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Monday, April 30th, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ken Karlin, Johns Hopkins University.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor James Schauer, UW Madison- Engineering. “Chemical Analysis of Atmospheric Particulate Matter: Understanding the Origin and Impacts of Aerosols”

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Thursday, May 1st, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gregory Hanson, Graduate Student.

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Friday, May 2nd, 2003 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Art Ellis, UW-Chemistry.

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Monday, May 5th, 2003 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Karl Christe.

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Wilma Olson, Rutgers. “DNA Mechanics and Gene Regulation”

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Castro, Graduate Student. “Molecular beam studies of the collisions of n-alcohols with the NaOH/KOH eutectic mixture”

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2003 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315, Chemistry Building. Dr. Andrea Cochran, Genentech.

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2003 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shane Lamos, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ting Zheng, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yun Luo, Graduate Student.

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Monday, May 12th, 2003 - Ferry Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Harold Scheraga, Cornell University. “The Throbin-Fibrinogen Reaction”

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Monday, May 12th, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Zhiping Zheng, University of Arizona.

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Tuesday, May 13th, 2003 - Ferry Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Harold Scheraga, Cornell University. “Calculation of Protein Structure by Global Optimization of Potential Energy”

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Oxygen Symposium Schedule


Saturday, March 29, 2003 - Room 1351 Chemistry Building - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

9:00 Introductory Remarks: Prof. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri and Prof. John Wright

9:15 “Where Did Oxygen Come From?” - Prof. Patricia Kiley, Professor, UW-Madison Dept of Biomolecular Chemistry.

9:45 Demonstration 1: Peroxides, oxygen, and combustion.

9:55 “The Birth of Oxygen: Untangling the Web” - Prof. Alan Rocke, Dept of History, Case Western Reserve University.

10:25 Demonstration 2: Reactions of oxygen with glucose and dyes. - Prof. Laurens Anderson, UW-Madison Dept of Biochemistry

10:50 “Marvelous Biological Control of the Reactivity of Molecular Oxygen” - Prof. Brian Fox, UW-Madison Dept of Biochemistry.

11:20 Demonstration 3: Prof. Marc Fink and members of the Pro Arte Quartet perform the first movement of Quartet for Oboe and Strings, K. 370, by Mozart, a contemporary of Lavoisier.

11:35 “Madame Lavoisier” - Prof. Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University.

1:30 “Toward an Environmentally Friendly Chemical Industry: Selective Chemical Oxidation with Molecular Oxygen” - Prof. Shannon Stahl, UW-Madison Dept of Chemistry.

2:00 Demonstration 4: Reactions of oxygen with metals.

2:10 “The Unmaking and the Making of Chemical Elements: The Chemistry of Salts in the 18th Century” - Prof. Thomas Broman, UW-Madison Dept of History of Science.

2:40 Demonstration 5: Unusual properties of molecular oxygen.

3:05 “Oxygen and the Aging Process” - Prof. Richard Weindruch, University of Wisconsin Medical School.

3:35 Demonstration 6: Measuring oxygen inside and outside the body.

3:45 “How to Smuggle Science to the Public” - Prof. Carl Djerassi, Dept of Chemistry, Stanford University.

4:15 Concluding General Discussion

4:25 Demonstration 7: The thermite reaction - extracting molten iron from rust.

 

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Visiting Assistant Professor - Organic. The Chemistry Department at Bucknell University seeks outstanding candidates for an anticipated one-year (2003-04) appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Teaching will involve organic chemistry (one lecture section and three lab sections) in the fall semester, and organic chemistry (one lecture section and one lab section) and general chemistry (one lecture section) in the spring. The Chemistry Department is housed in a modern, fully equipped (300 MHz NMR, GC-MS, LC-MS-MS, X-ray diffractometer) building with lab space available for independent research. A Ph.D. is preferred; ABDs will be considered. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching skill and experience, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Thomas Shawe, Chair, Organic Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Review of applications will begin on April 11 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the Bucknell Chemistry Department, please visit our web site at http://www.departments.bucknell.edu/chemistry/.

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The University of Minnesota's Chemistry Department has temporary, part-time lecturer positions available for the 8-week summer session (June 16-August 8) in general, analytical, organic, and physical chemistry for the Summer of 2003. Duties include: Preparing and giving lectures for undergraduate level courses, office hours, exam preparation and assignment of final course grades. Qualifications: Ph.D. in chemistry preferred. M.S. in chemistry or related field required. Previous teaching experience is required, prefer at least two years at the college level. Any qualified person interested in a teaching position should submit a short letter indicating area of interest. Persons who have not previously taught courses for the Dept. of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota must also include a current curriculum vitae and two letters of professional recommendation. Student evaluations of teaching should also be included if available. All application materials must be received by Monday, March 31, 2003. Selection Criteria: M.S. is essential, prefer Ph.D., Prior teaching experience; prefer college level teaching of chemistry courses Prior teaching experience at University of Minnesota (day or extension), Quality of references, Quality of student evaluations or feedback. Please submit all application materials to: Professor Louis Pignolet, Vice Chair, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455. For more information regarding course offerings and content, please contact Chuck Tomlinson at (612) 624-0313. Individuals hired for these positions may be re-appointed in subsequent years at the discretion of the Department of Chemistry. This material is available in alternative formats upon request. To request disability accommodations, please contact Chuck Tomlinson, Chemistry, 115 Smith (612) 624-0313. For further information on providing necessary accommodations, please contact Disability Services, 16 Johnston Hall, 101 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 624-4037.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Analytical Chemistry, with a preferred area in biological mass spectrometry, to begin in Fall 2003. Applications at any rank will be considered. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a funded, nationally recognized research program, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in analytical chemistry. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required, and post-doctoral experience is desirable. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a description of proposed research and estimated start-up costs, a description of teaching experience and interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Sarah C. Rutan, Chair of the Analytical Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, P. O. Box 842006, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2006. Review of applications will begin April 15, 2003.

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Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's ACS approved Chemistry Program is seeking to fill a tenure track position for September 2003 in the area of Organic Chemistry. Stockton is a public liberal arts college in southern New Jersey located on 1600 acres about one hour from Philadelphia, two hours from New York City, and 20 minutes from Atlantic City. The College has a diverse array of undergraduate programs and provides vast opportunities for academic and scholarly development in the sciences and mathematics. Excellent teaching is expected along with strong scholarship. Ph.D. in organic chemistry is required. Teaching duties include introductory and upper level chemistry courses and labs, General Studies (non-majors) classes, and supervision of student research projects. The teaching load is 12 hours/semester, with most courses carrying 4 hours credit. Experience with routine upkeep and teaching/research applications of a superconducting NMR as well as molecular modeling is a plus. Access to an NMR and other shared research equipment is available to support a research program in organic chemistry or related areas. Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. Send a letter of application, resume, three letters of recommendation, one page statement of teaching philosophy and a brief listing of research interests with possible topics for undergraduate research to: Dr. Dennis Weiss, Dean, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, PO Box 195, Pomona, NJ 08240-0195. Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

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