Chemistry Newsletter - 03/25/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


March 25th, 2002 XXVI - No. 12

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Cathy Middlecamp Receives WCC ACS Regional Award

Cathy Middlecamp has just been selected to receive the WCC ACS Regional Award for Contributions to Diversity. Cathy will receive the award at the ACS Great Lakes Regional Meeting in June. The Award was created to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Women Chemists Committee of the ACS. It is given to recognize individuals who have significantly stimulated or fostered diversity in the chemical enterprises. Congratulations Cathy!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

April 9th, 2002 May 14th, 2002

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

April 2nd, 2002 April 16th, 2002
May 7th, 2002 May 21st, 2002

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Peggy Farnham, UW-Madison.

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Monday, April 1st, 2002 - Sprague Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dudley Williams, Cambridge University. "Origins, and determinations of Chemical Complexity"

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002 - Sprague Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dudley Williams, Cambridge University. "How to kill resistant bacteria - the Vancomycin story"

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Papanikolas, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., 1610 Engineering Hall. L.S. Fan, Ohio State. "Systems/Control"

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002 - Women In Science - Town Hall Meeting, Noon, Room 108 Plant Sciences Building. WISELI will introduce itself and its goals and ask attendees to help set priorities.

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Robert Abraham, Burnham Institute.

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Henry Bryndza, DuPont.

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Thursday, April 4th, 2002 - Sprague Lecture Series, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dudley Williams, Cambridge University. "Promoting Binding and Catalysis through Cooperativity"

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Thursday, April 4th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jonathan Sweedler, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. "Approaches to Measuring Neuropeptides in Simpler Nervous Systems"

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Papanikolas, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. "Energy Migration Dynamics in a Light-Harvesting Polymer Based on Polypyridyl Ru(II) Complexes"

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Friday, April 5th, 2002 - Chemistry Colloquia - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christie Enke, University of New Mexico. "Electrospray Ionization for Mass Spectrometry: How It Works and When It Doesn't"

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Friday, April 5th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Ralph Colby, The Pennsylvania State University. "Rheology of Glass Formation"

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Tuesday April 9th, 2002 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Rm 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Eric T. Kool, Stanford University. "Mimicking the Molecules and Mechanisms of DNA Replication."

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Jerry Workman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Pennsylvania State University. "Protein Complexes That Regulate Transcription by Modifying Chromatin"

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Thursday, April 11th, 2002 - Special Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Jennie R. Jo, Ph.D, MPH, R.N. "Dying While Waiting: The Fate of Navajo Uranium Miners"

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*****CANCELLED*****Friday, April 12th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mathias Beller, University of Rostock, Germany.

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Friday, April 12th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Jason Butler, University of Florida. "Influence of Hydrodynamic Interactions on the Dynamics of Fibers and Polymers in Suspension"

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Monday, April 15th, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Susannah Scott, University of Ottawa.

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Monday, April 15th, 2002 - Chemical Education Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William Coleman, Wellesley College. "What's on Flick's Hard Drive - Exploring Interactive Web-Based Tools Across The (Chemistry) Curriculum"

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Meloche Lecture, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andreas Heuer, University of Munster. "Dynamic Heterogeneities and Energy Landscapes: What Do We Learn From Computer Simulations?"

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Kit S. Lam, University of California-Davis. "From Combinatorial Chemistry to Chemical Microarray to Cancer Proteomics"

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar (McElvain Seminar), 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Maurice Brookhart, UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Inder Verma, Salk Institute.

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Thursday, April 18th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor S. Scott Saavedra, University of Arizona.

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Friday, April 19th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Arthur Lodge, University of Wisconsin. "On-Line Measurement of Elasticity and Viscosity in Flowing Polymeric Liquids"

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Monday, April 22nd, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar (McElvain Seminar), 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Morris Bullock, Brookhaven National Laboratory.

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar (Organic Series), 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Hartwig, Yale University.

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building, Professor Richard Zare, Stanford. "Prospects for Advances in Micro and Nanoscale Chemical Analysis"

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Andrew Gellman, Carnegie Mellon University. "Surface Chemistry"

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Michael Klagsbrun, Harvard Medical School. "The VEGF and Semaphorin Receptor, Neuropilin, is a Regulator of Developmental and Tumor Angiogenesis"

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Hartwig, Yale University.

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Thursday, April 25th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Chris Pawela, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 25th, 2002 - Women In Science - Town Hall Meeting, 4:00 p.m., Room 1111 Genetics/Biotechnology Center Auditorium. WISELI will introduce itself and its goals and ask attendees to help set priorities.

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Thursday, April 25th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alexander Greer, CUNY Brooklyn.

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Friday, April 26th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Associate Professor Kathleen Feigl, Michigan Technological University. "A Stochastic Rheological Model for Polymeric Fluids"

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Howard Turner, Symyx Technologies.

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 11:00 a.m., 1610 Engineering Hall. T. Kyle Vanderlick, Princeton University. "Driving Biological Membranes to the Breaking Point: Fundamental Studies Using Lipid Vesicles"

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Mary J.C. Hendrix, University of Iowa. "Stem Cell Plasticity of Aggressive Tumor Cells"

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Milan Mrksich.

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jeffery Zink, University of California-Los Angeles.

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sang (Alex) Lim, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2002 - Organic - McElvain Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Gordon, Sunnesis.

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Friday, May 3rd, 2002 - Chemistry Colloquia, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Madeline Jacobs, Editor-In-Chief, C&E News. "The Challenges of Editing the Newsmagizine of the Chemical World"

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Friday, May 3rd, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Marie-Claude Heuzey, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal; Genie chimique. "Rheology of Chitosan Solutions"

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Monday, May 6th, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emilio Bunel, Eli Lilly.

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christian Griesinger, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, University of Frankfurt. "NMR Spectroscopy of Biologically and Chemically Interesting Molecules."

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Matthias Scheffler, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. "Get Real! The Importance of Complexity for Understanding the Functions of Surfaces"

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Ranjan Sen, Brandeis University. "Ins and Outs of Rei Proteins"

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Spiro, Princeton University.

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Thursday, May 9th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marc D. Porter, Iowa State University.

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Friday, May 10th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Thanos Tzavaras, University of Wisconsin. "On the Mathematical Theory of Fluid Dynamic Limits for Collisional Kinetic Models"

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Willard Lecture, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carlos Bustamante, University of California-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lila Gierasch, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Associate Professor Shao-Cong Sun, Penn State College of Medicine. "NF-kB Activation by Cellelar and Viral Mechanisms"

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Monday, May 20th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yan Chen, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Xiaoyu Chen, Graduate Student.

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Belmont University Teaching Fellows Program

The College of Arts and Sciences at Belmont University seeks four individuals for its new Teaching Fellows Program beginning August, 2002. These are one-year (August-May) appointments with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Fellow will be chosen from recently completed PhD's and/or ABD's who demonstrate the greatest potential for successful careers as faculty members in smaller colleges that emphasize careful attention to quality teaching, interactive student learning, and ethically-based education. The program is designed to support and to prepare new faculty to make the transition to permanent positions in similar academic settings. As an institution dedicated to being a "premier teaching university," Fellows will reside in private campus housing and engage in the University's general academic and co-curricular life. (As these are on-campus apartments, fellows will be subject to all relevant University policies. Candidates may examine the accompanying website for additional details.) The College and the University's highly regarded Teaching Center will coordinate a cohort experience to cultivate professional development related to interactive college teaching. Fellows will receive the benefits associated with fulltime faculty status, but will teach a reduced course load each semester while they participate in these development opportunities. Benefits include a stipend of $16,000-$20,000 (depending on discipline and experience), medical plan, private housing, office and general technical support, a partial campus meal plan, and additional support for professional development. A more complete description of the fellows program may be examined at: http://www.belmont.edu/socsci/fellows.htm. Fellows positions available for the 2002-03 academic year include: Chemistry: The fellow will teach general education courses for the Department of Chemistry and Physics (at most two course preparations per semester). Please send letter of application, vita, statement of teaching philosophy, and three current reference letters to: Dr. Robert Magruder, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212, e-mail: magruderr@mail.belmont.edu. Candidates are also asked to respond to Belmont's mission, vision, and values statement in writing, articulating how the applicant's knowledge, experience and beliefs have prepared him/her to function in support of the statements (see, e.g., http://www.belmont.edu/visitors/vision.cfm). Committees will begin review and interviews after April 22. All position-specific inquiries should be referred to the search committee for the particular department. General inquiries regarding the fellows program may be directed to Dr. Larry Hall, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (halll@mail.belmont.edu).

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of Pittsburgh currently has two research associate positions available in the areas of (1) membrane protein structures and dynamics by high-resolution NMR, and (2) computational chemistry and large-scale molecular dynamics simulations of drug interaction with membrane-associated proteins. Salaries are competitive, and the research associates are entitled to the same outstanding fringe benefit as faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. 150% matching on retirement plan, spouse/children tuition, medical/vision/dental insurance, etc., see http://www.hr.pitt.edu/benefits/Eligibility.htm#1. Applicants should send CV with 3 references to: Yan Xu, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, Graduate Faculty for Neurobiology, Molecular Pharmacology and MD/PhD Training Programs, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, W-1358 Biomedical Science Tower, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, (412) 648-9922, Fax (412) 648-9587.

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Hartwick College, a nationally ranked, selective liberal arts and sciences institution, seeks candidates for a one-year, full-time appointment beginning September 2002 to teach physical chemistry and general chemistry. Successful candidate must have a commitment to undergraduate teaching, and will have the opportunity to supervise research if they desire. Applicants who are interested in a part-time position to teach only physical chemistry (1 course per term for fall and spring) are also encouraged to apply. Send CV, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests with three letters of recommendation to: Walter Nagel, Department of Chemistry, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY 13820. Direct e-mail to nagelw@hartwick.edu. The College permits "shared positions," so partners may apply individually or for one shared appointment. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

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Beloit College seeks applications for a one-year temporary position. Teaching could include Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, and General Chemistry. The department is American Chemical Society approved in chemistry and biochemistry. Beloit College is recognized as one of the "Science 50" group of leading liberal arts colleges. The person we seek will add to the extensive and effective collaboration that exists between the Biology and Chemistry Departments. Undergraduate research is encouraged. We anticipate advertising for a tenure track position in the fall. Send curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching interests, and three letters of reference to: Prof. George Lisensky, Department of Chemistry, Beloit College, 700 College Street, Beloit, WI 53511. Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, which offers an A.C.S. approved program, invites applications for three Academic Staff positions to cover faculty sabbatical leaves. A two-semester Analytical position, a one-semester Organic position (potentially two-semester) to begin September 4, 2002, and a one semester Physical position to begin in February 3, 2003. Ph.D. in chemistry preferred, ABD or Masters degree will be considered. Responsibilities include lecture, and laboratory supervision in our analytical, organic, or physical chemistry courses. Interested candidates are asked to send a letter of application, resume, three current, confidential letters of recommendation (Fax: 920-424-2042), and both undergraduate and graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable initially) to Dr. Robert E. Moore, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901-8645. For further information about the position and the University or Department contact: moore@uwosh.edu; Phone: 920-424-1400; or visit the University's web page: http://www.uwosh.edu. We seek to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber, skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application, and integration of knowledge. Starting Dates: September 4, 2002; February 2003. Terms of Appointment: One two-semester and two one-semester Academic Staff positions (second position may be extended beyond one semester.) Person to Contact: Dr. Robert E. Moore, Chair; Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; Oshkosh, WI 54901-8645, FAX (920) 424-2042, E-mail: moore@uwosh.edu. Send letter of application, resume, three current, confidential letters of recommendation (Fax: 920-424-2042), and transcripts (photocopies acceptable initially). Application Deadline: May 1st, 2002.

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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 14-August 9) in general, analytical and organic chemistry for the Summer of 2002. Duties include: Preparing and giving lectures for undergraduate level courses, office hours, exam preparation and assignment of final course grades. 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, along with current curriculum vitae and two letters of professional recommendation. All application materials must be received by Friday, April 5, 2002. 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 Lisa Peterson at (612) 624-0313.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position , University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus, Department of Chemistry. A postdoctoral opening is immediately available in the area of the photochemistry of atmospheric organic pollutants. The project involves the study of the photochemical transformation mechanisms of nitropolycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons adsorbed onto models of the atmospheric particulate matter in order to provide understanding on the fate of these contaminants in the atmosphere. We are particularly interested in understanding surface physical and chemical effects on the photodegradation rates, identification of reactive intermediates and of products. Preference will be given to an individual who has had experience in UV-visible, fluorescence and HPLC methods. Experience with resolved laser spectroscopic techniques is very useful but not required. Candidates should send a CV and two letters of recommendations. For further information or application for this position please write to: Professor Rafael Arce, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, P.O. Box 23346, Rio Piedras, PR 000931-3346, Phone: (787) 764-0000 Ext. 2433, Fax: (787) 759-6885, rarce@goliath.cnnet.clu.edu.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions in Bioorganic and Supramolecular Polymer Chemistry. Postdoctoral positions available in general area of. (1) molecular recognition of DNA and (2) supramolecular polymer chemistry, involving dendrimers and heterocyclic chemistry. A recent Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related discipline with strong synthetic skills is required. Experience in the chemistry of nucleic acids, heterocyclic chemistry and/or expertise in polymer synthesis and characterization advantageous. Duties include conducting independent and innovative research and supervising Ph.D. and B.S. students. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Please send curriculum vitae, including publication list and the names of three references, and a summary of past accomplishments to: Professor Steven C. Zimmerman, Department of Chemistry, MC712, 600 S. Mathews Ave., University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, E-Mail: sczimmer@uiuc.edu.

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