Chemistry Newsletter - 03/28/2005

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXIX - No. 12 March 28th, 2005

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Matt Sanders has won the L&S Academic Staff Mid-Career Achievement Award

It is the Chemistry Department’s distinct pleasure to announce that our own Matt Sanders has won the L&S Academic Staff Mid-Career Achievement Award. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate "outstanding performance in their position, show substantial promise of future contributions, and demonstrate a high degree of professionalism." This is a fitting reward for years of wise counsel and dedicated service to the Department, the College, and the University. We are all grateful for the exceptional contributions Matt has made. Congratulations!

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Some Sad News

Larry Haskin died March 23, 2005, at age 70. Larry was a faculty member in the Chemistry Department from 1960-1973. Although active until the end, he had been fighting a blood disorder called myelofibrosis for many years, and it finally beat him; he died in his sleep at home. Larry is survived by his wife, Mary Haskin, his son Dierk, his daughters Rachel and Jean, and four grandchildren.

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Mark Your Calendars - 2005 Snout Out

The 2005 Snout Out will be held on Saturday, September 17th, at Rennebohm Park. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending this department-wide picnic. All faculty, staff, students, and their families are invited to attend. More information will be made available at a later date.

Patti Schaefer & Emily English - GSFLC co-chairs.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

4/12/05

5/10/05

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

4/5/05

4/19/05

5/3/05

5/17/05

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sergei Egorov, University of Virginia. “Effective Colloidal Interactions in Liquid Solutions and in Polymer Melts from Density Functional Theory”

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dirk Trauner, UC Berkeley.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Ken Walz, EC&T.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2005 - Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, 7:30 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Dr. Philip Ball. “Bright Earth - A Look at the Use of Color in Western Art Through the Eyes of a Scientist”

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Thursday, March 31st, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven G. Boxer, Stanford University.“Patterned bilayers and tethered vesicles: soft nanoscience”

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Thursday, March 31st, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michelle Monnens, Stahl Group.

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Friday, April 1st, 2005 - Organic Lincoln Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sannali Matheson, Markley Group.

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Friday, April 1st, 2005 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof James Thomson, V.M.D., Ph.D., from The Genome Center of Wisconsin. “Human Embryonic Stem Cells”

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Friday, April 1st, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Professor Joel Petersen, EC&T. “Prions in the Environment”

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Monday, April 4th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Mitsuo Ikebe, University of Massachusetts Medical School. “Unconventional Myosin: Function and Regulation”

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Zhen-Gang Wang, California Institute of Technology. “On the Nature of Physical Gels”

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Thursday, April 7th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kirk J. Hogan, UW-Medical School, Department of Anesthesiology. “Perils in One Carbon Metabolism”

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Thursday, April 7th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher Paradise, Burke Group.

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Friday, April 8th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Min Suk Bae, EC&T.

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Saturday, April 9th, 2005 - Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, 8:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Celebrating Women in Science.

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Monday, April 11th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Pamela Stanley, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Roles for O-Frucose Glycans in Notch Signaling in Mammals”

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Heather Allen, Ohio State University. “Acids, Salts and Water: Spectroscopy at Air-Liquid and Air-Oxide Interfaces”

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Wednesday, April 13th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melanie M. Cooper, Clemson University.

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Thursday, April 14th, 2005 - McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Steven A. Hofstadler, Ibis Therapeutics.

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Friday, April 15th, 2005 - Organic Lincoln Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew B. Soellner, Raines Group.

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Friday, April 15th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Sara Kerr, EC&T.

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Monday, April 18th, 2005, - Madison Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group Meeting, 7:30 pm, Room 1360, Biotechnology Center. UW-Madison: Dr. Jill Wolken, Invitrogen. “Mass spectrometry in Drug Discovery Solutions”

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Monday, April 18th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Marianna Max “Molecular Basis of Sweet Taste Perception”

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peter Wright, Scripps Research Institute. “Beyond 3D Structure: Insights from NMR into Protein Function and Flexibility”

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daniel A. Singleton, Texas A&M University. “Dynamic Effects in Ordinary Organic Reactions in Solution”

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patrick Farmer, University of California-Irvine.

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Thursday, April 21st, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Yuan Lin, Graduate Student - Smith Group.

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Thursday, April, 21st, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Megan Jacobson, Blackwell Group.

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Friday, April 22nd, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Shawn Chadwick, EC&T.

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Monday, April 25th, 2005 - Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, 5:30 p.m., Elvehjem Museum of Art. Roald Hoffmann. “Chemistry & Ceramics: Shared Ground, Common Fire”

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Monday, April 25th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Professor Scott Silverman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “DNA as a Catalyst and Scaffold: Unconventional Applications of DNA in Bioorganic Chemistry and Nanotechnology”

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bruce Kay, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “Multidimensional Quantum Dynamics: Methods and Applications”

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Thursday, April 28th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Shan Ke, Graduate Student - Kwon Group.

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Thursday, April 28th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Will Pomerantz, Gellman Group.

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Friday, April 29th, 2005 - Organic Lincoln Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justin K. Murray, Gellman Group.

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Friday, April 29th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Brian Majestic, EC&T.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Chirik, Cornell University.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Johannes Rudolph “Cdc25: Mechanism and Regulation of a Protein Phosphatase”

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Wayne Reed, Tulane University. “Light Scattering for Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Characterization of Polymer Solutions”

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kenneth Karlin, Johns Hopkins University. “Biomimetic Small Molecule Metal Ion Interactions: Copper and Heme-Copper O2 and CO Chemistry”

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Thursday, May 5th, 2005 - McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Charles M. Lieber, Harvard University. “Nanoscience and the Pathway to Nanotechnologies”

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Thursday, May 5th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m. , Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rachel Wezeman, Blackwell Group.

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Friday, May 6th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Tasha Stoiber, EC&T.

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Virginia Cornish, Columbia University.

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Gamelin, University of Washington-Seattle.

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Thursday, May 12th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Grant Geske, Blackwell Group.

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Thursday, May 19th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melissa Boersma, Belshaw Group.

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Friday, June 3rd, 2005 - Organic Seminar, - Room 1315 Chemistry. The Nelsen 65th Birthday Symposium, June 3-5, 2005.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/spring2005.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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Sung BJ. Yethiraj A.

Integral equation theory of random copolymer melts.

Macromolecules. 38(5):2000-2008, 2005 Mar 8.

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Jenkins CL. Thiyagarajan N. Sweeney RY. Guy MP. Kelemen BR. Acharya KR. Raines RT.

Binding of non-natural 3 '-nucleotides to ribonuclease A.

FEBS Journal. 272(3):744-755, 2005 Feb

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Yang WS. Baker SE. Butler JE. Lee CS. Russell JN. Shang L. Sun B. Hamers RJ.

Electrically addressable biomolecular functionalization of conductive nanocrystalline diamond thin films.

Chemistry of Materials. 17(5):938-940, 2005 Mar 8.

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Brice JL. Harang JE. Timokhin VI. Anastasi NR. Stahl SS.

Aerobic oxidative amination of unactivated alkenes catalyzed by palladium.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(9):2868-2869, 2005 Mar 9.

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Casey CP. Johnson JB. Singer SW. Cui Q.

Hydrogen elimination from a hydroxycyclopentadienyl ruthenium(II) hydride: Study of hydrogen activation in a ligand-metal bifunctional hydrogenation catalyst.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(9):3100-3109, 2005 Mar 9.

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Yethiraj A. Sung BJ. Lado F.

Integral equation theory for two-dimensional polymer melts - art. no. 094910.

Journal of Chemical Physics. 122(9):94910, 2005 Mar 1.

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Reich HJ. Goldenberg WS. Sanders AW.

Chelated aryllithium reagent: ortho- and para-pyrrolidinomethylphenyllithium.

Arkivoc. (Part 13):97-129, 2004.

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Copyright © 2005 Thomson ISI

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Celebrating Women of Science

Saturday, April 9, 2005, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Department of Chemistry, 1:00 to 3:30 pm.

 

9:00 am to noon - Room 1315 Chemistry, John D. Wiley; Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering & UW-Madison Chancellor.

Gelsomina De Stasio, Professor of Physics; “Curing Incurable Cancers”

Ann Kelley, Professor of Psychiatry; “Brain Chemistry and Food: Neural Control of the Need to Feed”

Judith Burstyn, Professor of Chemistry; “Life’s a Gas: How Tiny Molecules Control Your Cells”

Wendy Crone, Professor of Engineering Physics; “Poking and Proding Materials at the Nanoscale”

Laura Kiessling, Professor of Chemistry; “Carbohydrates: What Do They Do?”

 

Registration is required for the afternoon hands-on sessions. To obtain a registration form, visit the Science Is Fun Web site at www.scifun.org, or call Sue at 263-2424.

 

Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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State University of New York. We are looking for a physical chemist for our department to start this fall. If you are a graduate student who might be just finishing up and who is looking for a good opportunity in a mid-sized department. If interested, please send your resume and letters of support to: John Kotz, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, State University of New York, Oneonta, NY 13820, Office: 607-436-2454 (or 436-3193), Home: 607-432-2646, Email addresses: kotzjc@oneonta.edu, or johnkotz@mac.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at The University of Toledo invites applications for four (4) one-year Visiting Assistant Professor positions. These positions, which are subject to budgetary approval, are to start August 2005 and may be renewed for up to three (3) years. A Ph.D. degree in chemistry or a related discipline is preferred. Candidates with a master’s degree in one of these fields and a minimum of three (3) years teaching experience will be considered. The successful candidates will be expected to have a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level in analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic or physical chemistry. Applicants should specify their field of expertise. Opportunities for research collaboration with the current faculty are also possible, and in fact encouraged for further professional development. The main campus of The University of Toledo is very attractive and located in a suburban community. The University is a comprehensive state institution with an enrollment of approximately 20,000 students. The University offers competitive salaries and an excellent package of benefits to its faculty. Further information on the department can be found on the departmental website (http://www.chem.utoledo.edu). Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae and a statement of teaching philosophy to: Visiting Faculty Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606. Three letters of recommendation should also be sent to this address. Review of applications will begin May 1 and continue until all positions are filled.

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Director of Forensic Science Program, Western Carolina University. Open rank, tenure-track position in Dept. of Chemistry/Physics. Responsibilities include development of Forensic Science Program planned to begin Aug 2006, teaching forensic undergraduate/M.S. courses, establishment of research program with students. Qualifications: Ph.D. with forensic science emphasis in Chemistry or Biology or related field; administrative experience preferred. Send letter of interest, CV, teaching philosophy, research goals, unofficial transcripts, 3 letters of support to: David J. Butcher, (butcher@email.wcu.edu) Chair, Forensic Science Director Search, College of Arts & Sciences (http://www.wcu.edu/as/DeanOffice/facpositions.html), Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723. Review of candidates will begin April 23 and will continue until filled.

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Temporary Faculty Position in Chemistry, Western State College of Colorado. Western State College of Colorado invites applications for a temporary position in Chemistry. The successful candidate will have special interests in organic/biochemistry and will be capable of teaching the following courses: introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry, a full year of organic chemistry with laboratory, and a non majors general education chemistry course (Contemporary Chemistry). The position requires teaching 24 semester credits per academic year, academic advising, assessment, lab preparations and duties as assigned. The program in chemistry has approximately 25 majors, a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum, and three full-time faculty members. Please visit our website (http://www.western.edu/chemistry). Salary is commensurate with qualifications: $29,000-$31,000. Starting date is August 2005. Master's degree required, Ph.D. preferred. Candidates must possess strong commitment to undergraduate education and demonstrated excellence in teaching. Send letter of application with curriculum vitae, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, and have three letters of reference sent to: Chair Chemistry Search, Hurst Hall 128, Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, CO 81231. For more information please contact Dr. Anne Ryter at (970) 943-7098; Fax: (970) 943-7120; E-mail: aryter@western.edu. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during screening. Official transcripts are required prior to issuing contract. Screening of applications will begin April 18, 2005 and continue until the position is filled.

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The University of California, Davis, Department of Chemistry is conducting a search to fill one position at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Biophysical NMR Spectroscopy. Candidates in all areas involving the application of NMR spectroscopy to biological problems will be considered. The beginning date for this position is July, 2005. Criteria for selecting the successful candidate will include the following: research interests and expertise in biological chemistry and magnetic resonance; complement existing faculty research programs (http://www.chem.ucdavis.edu); integration with campus-wide initiatives in chemical biology; contributions to our graduate and undergraduate teaching program. In the search, priority will be given to applicants that are active, creative, and forward-thinking scientists with international stature. We believe that our Department provides an excellent environment for scientists with strong research programs. Excellent facilities are available and our recent faculty hires have established active, extramurally funded research programs. Interested candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation and both paper and electronic (pdf format) copies of a curriculum vitae, publication list, teaching statement and research plans to be sent to: Biophysical NMR Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of California at Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616. The position is open until filled, but to assure first consideration, applications should be received by May 30, 2005.

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Visiting Assistant Professor. The Chemistry Department at Bucknell University seeks to fill a position for a one-year (2005-06) appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor. During the first semester the successful applicant will teach general chemistry, lecture and lab, and an advanced seminar in the candidate's area of expertise. In the second semester, teaching will involve general chemistry and a course for nonscience majors. Ph.D preferred; ABDs will be considered. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching skill and experience, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Margaret Kastner, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA 17837. Review of applications will begin on April 14 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the Bucknell Chemistry Department, please visit our web site at http://www.bucknell.edu/chemistry.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral position(s) available in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University, starting fall, 2005. Our research resides at the interface of bioinorganic chemistry and single molecule biophysics, and applies state-of-the-art single molecule imaging techniques to address compelling scientific questions concerning metalloproteins/enzymes at both in vitro and in vivo conditions. Specifically, we are interested in (1) protein-protein interactions involved in metallochaperones and electron transfer proteins, (2) protein-DNA interactions involved in metalloregulatory proteins, (3) imaging metal trafficking inside living cells, and (4) microscopic folding dynamics of metalloproteins. Candidates who have strong backgrounds in single molecule spectroscopy, biophysics, molecular/cell biology, and/or other physical sciences, and who are strongly motivated to work in a highly interdisciplinary area, are strongly encouraged to apply. Please send a cover letter indicating preferred start date, your CV, publication list, and three letters of recommendation to: Before July 1st, 2005; Peng Chen, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, Email: chen@fas.harvard.edu, web: http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~chen/. After July 1st, 2005; Peng Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Baker Laboratory, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-1301.

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Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH. A postdoctoral position is available starting any time in the near future at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. The research will be concerned with the synthesis of organic and organometallic chromophores for nonlinear optics applications. Candidates who are near completion of their Ph.D. or recent graduates will be considered. Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a green card holder. The position requires expertise in organic and organometallic chromophore synthesis. As close collaboration with our in-house spectroscopists and physicists is required, candidate must have understanding of the fundamentals of linear, time-resolved and nonlinear electronic spectroscopy. Candidate should have good public speaking skills and a strong publication record. The duration of the project will be between 1 and 2 years. The application (in PDF or MS Word formats) with a curriculum vitae, three addresses of references and a list of publications should be sent electronically to: Dr. Thomas M. Cooper (Thomas.Cooper@wpafb.af.mil).

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