Chemistry Newsletter - 03/31/2003

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter

 


XXVII - No. 13 March 31st, 2003

 

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John Moore Awarded Talbot Prize for Visual Excellence

 

The Society of Academic Authors announced that the college textbook, "Chemistry: The Molecular Science" by John W. Moore, Conrad L. Stanitski and Peter C. Jurs has been awarded the Talbot Prize for visual excellence. John Moore is a member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stanitski at the University of Central Arkansas, and Jurs at Pennsylvania State University. The book was originally published by Saunders College Publishing under the editorship of John Vondeling and is now under the Brooks/Cole Publishing imprint and edited by John Holdcroft. The prize, affectionately called the Talby among authors, bears the name of William Henry Fox Talbot, a photography pioneer, who was the author of the important 1844 text "The Pencil of Nature." Talbot's book is considered the single most important book of photographs ever produced. The Moore/Stanitski/Jurs book is the third Talby winner to be announced for 2003. Judging was performed by a panel of members of the Society of Academic Authors, all of them veteran authors. The book was praised by one member of the SA2 panel of judges as "superb" for "outstanding use of visuals to relate the application of chemistry to everyday life." Said other judges: "Many visuals were not what I would normally expect to see in a chemistry text. These unexpected visuals are very effective in relating the importance of chemistry to one's life." "The photographic capture of several quick chemical reactions is admirable." The Society of Academic Authors, with more than 1,400 members, is the largest authoring organization of its sort. Further information is available at the society's web site: http://www.sa2.info. Congratulations John!!

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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 3rd, 2003

April 15th, 2003

May 6th, 2003

May 20th, 2003

 

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ATTENTION GRADUATE STUDENTS

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IMPORTANT DATES:

MINOR AGREEMENT FORMS: The Graduate School requires that the minor program be outlined in an agreement which is approved by the Department no later than halfway through completion of the sequence minor courses. The minor requirement is normally completed by the second year of Graduate School. Minor Agreement forms are available in Room 1120.

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SEMINARS

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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. "It Depends on How You Read It: Novel Macromolecules Via Alternative Translations of the Genetic Code”

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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. Dr. David Lindley, Author of the Book Boltzmann’s Atom and former editor for several scientific journals. “Boltzmann and the Rise of Modern Theorizing”

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Friday, April 4th, 2003 - UW-Madison Teaching Academy, 12:00 p.m., Tong Auditorium, Engineering Centers Building. Professor Mike Barnett, Political Science, Reverend Michael Shuler, Mimi Khalili, UW Student, Professor Jay Martin, Mechanical Engineering. “The Interface of War and the Classroom”

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Monday, April 7th, 2003 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Building. Vincent Poitout, Pacific Northwest Research Institute. “Lipotoxicity and Type 2 Diabetes: Do Beta Cells Get Fat... and Does it Matter?”

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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. "Cluster spectroscopy and dynamics from the molecular to nanodroplet size regimes”

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lyle Isaacs, UMD. “Self-Sorting: The Exception or the Rule?”

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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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Friday, April 18th, 2003 - Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 2006 Rennebohm Hall. Dr. Laurence Hurley, Ph.D., Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Arizona Cancer Center. “G-Quadruplexes: Their Importance in Gene Silencing and as Targets for Drug Discovery”

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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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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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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Vincent Pecoraro, University of Michigan.

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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Casey CP; Vos TE; Brady JT; Hayashi RK.

Indenyl rhenium alkyne complexes: CO substitution via alkyne-assisted ring slippage and CO-catalyzed phosphine substitution.

ORGANOMETALLICS 2003, Vol 22, Iss 6, pp 1183-1195.

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Lutz TR; He YY; Ediger MD; Cao HH; Lin GX; Jones AA.

Rapid poly(ethylene oxide) segmental dynamics in blends with poly(methyl methacrylate).

MACROMOLECULES 2003, Vol 36, Iss 5, pp 1724-1730.

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Elles CG; Bingemann D; Heckscher MM; Crim FF.

Vibrational relaxation of CH2I2 in solution: Excitation level dependence.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2003, Vol 118, Iss 12, pp 5587-5595.

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Casey CP; Dzwiniel TL; Kraft S; Kozee MA; Powell DR.

Formation of manganese enediyne complexes from manganese alkynylcarbene complexes.

INORGANICA CHIMICA ACTA 2003, Vol 345, pp 320-326.

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Lai JR; Gellman SH.

Reinvestigation of the proposed folding and self-association of the Neuropeptide Head Activator.

PROTEIN SCIENCE 2003, Vol 12, Iss 3, pp 560-566.

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Levitsky K; Ciolli CJ; Belshaw PJ.

Selective inhibition of enqineered receptors via proximity-accelerated alkylation.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2003, Vol 5, Iss 5, pp 693-696.

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Smith EA; Erickson MG; Ulijasz AT; Weisblum B; Corn RM.

Surface plasmon resonance imaging of transcription factor proteins: Interactions of bacterial response regulators with DNA arrays on gold films.

LANGMUIR 2003, Vol 19, Iss 5, pp 1486-1492.

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Casey CP; Tunge JA; Lee TY; Fagan MA.

Structural dependence of thermodynamics of alkene binding to yttrium alkyl complexes and of kinetics of alkyl migration to coordinated alkenes.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2003, Vol 125, Iss 9, pp 2641-2651.

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Casey CP; Johnson JB.

Kinetic isotope effect evidence for a concerted hydrogen transfer mechanism in transfer Hydrogenations catalyzed by [p-(Me2CH)C6H4Me]Ru-(NHCHPhCHPhNSO2C6H4-p-CH3).

JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2003, Vol 68, Iss 5, pp 1998-2001.

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Tanaka K; Yu H.

Polymer-modulated, diffusion-controlled enzyme kinetics on monolayers.

BIOCATALYSIS IN POLYMER SCIENCE 2003, Vol 840, pp 57-64.

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Copyright © 2003 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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UW-Platteville. Applicants are invited for a teaching academic staff position in biochemistry and chemistry for the 2003-2004 academic year beginning late August, 2003. Teaching responsibilities will be biochemistry including lab, and introductory courses and labs in chemistry. An MS degree in chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology is required; a PhD is preferred. Applicants should have good written and oral communication skills and a commitment to teaching undergraduates. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Candidates should send a letter of application and vita and have three letters of recommendation sent to: Dr. Steven Steiner, Chair, Search & Screen Committee, Department of Chemistry and Engineering Physics, UW-Platteville, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818-3099. E-mail: steiners@uwplatt.edu. Screening will begin on April 16, 2003, and continue until the position is filled. The names of nominees and applicants who have not requested in writing that their identities be kept confidential, and of all finalists, will be released upon request.

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Lecturer in General Chemistry. (Specialization in Computer-Based Chemical Education). The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a full-time lecturer position available in the General Chemistry Program beginning Summer 2003. Duties include lecturing in general chemistry and providing supervision for teaching assistants in lecture, laboratory and discussion sections. A major responsibility of this position involves managing our computer-based educational program and developing innovative methods for computer-assisted learning in chemistry. These duties specifically require specialized advanced training in chemistry beyond the B.S. level. Experience or training in chemical education and demonstrated expertise in computer hardware and software applications to chemical education are preferred. A Master's degree in chemistry or related field is required. Additional graduate work or. related teaching experience desirable. A Ph.D. in chemistry or an allied field is preferred. Starting date is negotiable but targeted for June 1, 2003. Salary is negotiable. Cover letter, resume and 3 letters of recommendation should be sent to: Prof. S. Zumdahl, Chair Search Committee, 107 Noyes Lab, Box D-1, 600 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by April 18, 2003.

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Environmental Chemist Internship Opportunity Summer 2003. Bureau of Laboratory Services, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Madison, Wisconsin. Spend your summer working in Madison, Wisconsin for an agency that helps ensure that Wisconsin’s food and water supplies are safe. This is a paid opportunity to jump-start your career upon graduation. You can make a difference that can impact the lives of others while: Gaining real life experience at a government laboratory analyzing environmental samples for pesticides and industrial pollutants. Applying what you’ve learned in your coursework in “real world” applied laboratory projects. Getting valuable hands on experience with advanced scientific instrumentation. Getting practical experience from and networking with other professional chemists. Spending your summer in Madison, Wisconsin, rated as one of the highest quality-of-life cities in the world. We’re looking for people with a basic knowledge of laboratory practices generally gained through participation in several college level laboratory courses, knowledge of the theory of gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy, an eye for detail, and the ability to work closely with others as a team. Internship Duration: June 2 through August 22. Hours: 40 per week. Pay: $12.00 per hour. Send your resume, and a cover letter explaining what you hope to gain from this experience, by April 28 to: Steven Sobek, State of Wisconsin, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Protection, PO Box 7883, Madison, WI 53707-7883.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University. Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with research emphasis in the development and/or characterization of biochemical sensing materials (broadly defined). This is a tenure-track position and candidates will be considered at either the assistant or associate professor level. This position has been made available through the Governor’s Biotechnology Initiative (GBI), directed toward enhancing the state’s technology base in biotechnology. The candidate must be capable of building a highly competitive research program and will be responsible for teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. LSU has developed a strong interdisciplinary program in microsystems for biological applications (BioMEMS; http://www.cmm.lsu.edu). Candidates with research programs coupled to these efforts are preferred. Female and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience of applicant. Application package should include: 1. Resume; 2. Summary proposal/individual proposals on research topics that the candidate wishes to pursue; 3. Summary of the applicant’s teaching philosophy. In addition, three letters of reference should be sent to the search committee at the address below. Application deadline: May 1, 2003 or until a candidate is selected. Please submit letter of application and resume to: GBI Faculty Search Committee, Prof. Steven A. Soper, Louisiana State University, Department of Chemistry, 232 Choppin Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

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Visiting Assistant Professor: The Department of Chemistry and the University Honors Program of The George Washington University invite applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry. The appointment is for one year with the possibility of a renewal for an additional year. Major teaching responsibilities for the 2003-2004 academic year include Honors Organic Chemistry, Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory and Honors Biochemistry. The successful applicant should have completed the PhD, have teaching experience at the college level and enthusiasm for the challenge of teaching highly motivated students in a small class. A background in Biochemistry is highly desirable. Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor David A. Rowley, The University Honors Program, 2138 G Street, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052. Review of applications will begin on April 1 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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