Chemistry Newsletter - 04/05/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 14 April 5th, 2004

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Dean Phillip Certain Retirement Reception

A reception honoring Dean Phillip R. Certain on the occasion of his retirement will be held on Monday, May 10, 2004, at the Tripp Commons, Memorial Union from 3:30 til 6:30 p.m. For additional information please contact Beth Hartzheim at hartzheim@ls.admin.wisc.edu or 608-265-0457.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9340 Chemistry

04/13/2004

05/11/2004

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

04/20/2004

05/04/2004

05/18/2004

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The Organic cume exams will be given in room 1315 Chemistry Building, 7:00 PM on the following dates:

CUMULATIVE EXAM SCHEDULE 2003-2004

May 6

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. A. Ravishankara, University of Colorado, Boulder. “Laboratory Investigations of Free Radical Reactions: A Key Component of Atmospheric Chemistry”

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Claire Walczak. “Molecular Mechanisms of Mitosis: A Cellular Tug-Of-War”

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kohei Tamao, Kyoto University. “Elements Science: Main Group Organic Chemistry Toward Materials Science”

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 - R.G. Herb Materials Physics Seminar, 3:00 p.m., Room 3405 Sterling Hall. Professor Lloyd C. L. Hollenberg, University of Melbourne, Australia. “Quantum Computing - Potential, Challenges, Implementation”

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2004 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 8335 Chemistry. Ian Hamley, University of Leeds, Germany. “Hierarchical Ordering in Block Copolymer Systems”

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Thursday, April 8th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Josheph Lakowicz, University of Maryland. “Radiative Decay Engineering: The Use of Metallic Particles to Control Fluorescence Emission”

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Thursday, April 8th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Amanda Jones, Graduate Student. “The Use of Rings to Control Stereochemistry in the Syntheses of R. B. Woodward”

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Thursday, April 8th, 2004 - R.G. Herb Materials Physics Seminar, 10:00 a.m., Room 3405 Sterling Hall. Professor Robert L. Leheny, John Hopkins University. “Anisotropic Particles Within Anisotropic Fluids”

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Friday, April 9th, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yi He, Kiessling Group. “Stereoselective N-Glycosylation using Staudinger Ligation”

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Friday, April 9th 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Sam Sibley, ECT. “Salt Marsh Uranium Biogeochemistry: Removal From Surface and Groundwaters”

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Monday, April 12th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Tim Ryan. “Dissecting Molecular Control of Presynaptic Function”

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Blank, University of Minnesota. “Probing the Local Environment During Reactive Dynamics in Solution”

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Huw Davies, SUNY-Buffalo. “Catalytic Asymmetric C-H Activation: Applications in Organic Synthesis”

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Tuesday, April 13th 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Adam Hoffman, ECT. “Characterization of Phosphorus Availability in an Agricultural Watershed”

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Thursday, April 15th, 2004 - Joint Analytical/Physical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Minhaeng Cho, Korea University. “Coherent multidimensional spectroscopy and polypeptides: Theoretical perspective”

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Thursday, April 15th, 2004 - Organic McElvain Industrial Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Nugent, Bristol-Meyers Squibb.

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Friday, April 16th, 2004 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hyuk Yu, UW Professor Emeritus and world-renowned Polymers Chemist.

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Friday, April 16th 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Troy Twesme, UW Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Photocatalytic Oxidation of Light Alkanes”

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Monday, April 19th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Paul F. Cook. “Mechanism of the Haemophilus Influenzae Serine Acetyltransferase”

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Fayer, Stanford University. “Ultrafast Infrared Vibrational Echo Correlation Spectroscopy: Hydrogen Bond Dynamics in Water and Methanol”

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Sheridan, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Tuesday, April 20th 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Ken Walz, ECT. “Cathode Chemistry and Environmental Technology”

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard Caprioli, Vanderbilt University. “Tissue Imaging and Profiling of Proteins by Mass Spectrometry for Discovery in Clinical and Biological Research”

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mark Gordon, Iowa State. “A Cluster-Based Approach to Solvation”

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Friday, April 23rd, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reagan Miller, Lee Group.

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Friday, April 23rd 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Rachelle Duvall, UW Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Overview of the Aerosol Brown Cloud-Asia (ABC-Asia) Study”

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Monday, April 26th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Xu Zhang, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 26th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. ChulHee Kang. “Taming Calcium Ion: Its Implication on Drug Side Effects”

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marsha Lester, University of Pennsylvania. “Significant OH Radical Reactions in the Atmosphere: A New View”

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Wednesday April 28th, 2004 - Analytical Meloche Lecture Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 1111 Biotech Center. Professor Carol Robinson, Cambridge University. “Mass spectrometry and its Role in Structural Biology”

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Analytical Meloche Lecture Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carol Robinson, Cambridge University. “Mass spectrometry of dynamic multi-protein complexes”

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Dykhuizen, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Vern Schramm “Enzymatic Transition States, Analogues, Cancer and Malaria”

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Friday, April 30th 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Sara Kerr, ECT. “Bioavailability of Trace Metals”

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Monday, May 3rd, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. William Theurkauf “The Mitotic Response To Geneotoxic Stress”

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Barry Lentz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “A View of Cell Membrane Fusion: Protein Machines Work on Lipid Materials”

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyung Woon Jung, University of South Florida.

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2004 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lou Noodleman, Scripps Research Institute.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Analytical McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Charles Cantor, Sequenom Inc. “Precise Quantitative Analysis of Nucleic Acids by Mass Spectrometry”

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Payne, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Prabhu Kamaar, UW Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Contributions of Elemental and Organic Carbon to Particulate Matter Emissions From Diesel and Gasoline Engines”

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Friday, May 7th, 2004 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. James Skinner, UW Professor of Chemistry. “Dynamics in liquid water and aqueous solutions of biologically relevant molecules”

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Friday, May 7th 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Heidi Bialk, ECT. “Oxidative Coupling of Sulonamide Antimicrobials with Monomeric Humic Constituents”

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Monday, May 10th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Akinobu Naka, Kurashiki University, Japan.

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Monday, May 24th, 2004 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Boris Tumanskii, Technion, Haifa, Israel. “EPR Study of Persistent Linear, Branched and Metal-Containing Silyl Radicals”

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Thursday, May 27th, Special PChem Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335, Chemistry Building. Gary Maciel, Colorado Sate University. “Structure and Reactivity of the Silica Surface. A Solid-State NMR Study.”

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Schneider, University of Delaware.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.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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Society of Fellows - Harvard University

The Society of Fellows is now receiving nominations for three-year junior Fellowships beginning July 1, 2005. The deadline for nominations this year is Friday, September 10th. (No nomination will be accepted with a postmark past the deadline.) A nomination sent in May or June is most beneficial to your candidate because it will allow plenty of time for submission of work and will avoid missing the deadline in early September. Please attach your recommendation letter to the nomination form and list the names of three referees who are prepared to write letters at the latest by the end of September. Upon receipt of your nomination, we shall contact the candidate requesting samples of work, and the referees, asking them to send their letters of recommendation by a specified date. Nomination Forms available in Room 1146 Chemistry Building. Harvard University, Society of Fellows, 78 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, phone: 617-495-2485, Fax: 617-495-2645, e-mail: socfell@nucleus.harvard.edu.

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Research Internships in Chemistry for Undergraduates in Germany

 

Study abroad, make new friends, get practical experience in Chemistry! We fund summer break internships at German Universities and enable you to work together with German PhD students on a research topic in Chemistry. Want to know more? Please contact us at knieps@daad.de. Deadline April 30th, 2003 - first come, first served! More details available in Room 1146 Chemistry Building.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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BioAlliance. This Southern California company, a pioneer in industrializing new approaches to pathway-based drug discovery, is seeking a Scientist in Medicinal Chemistry who will perform design and synthesis of novel compounds and libraries for the company’s in-house drug discovery programs. The successful candidate will plan and execute the synthesis, purification and characterization of small molecules for evaluation in the company’s drug discovery projects. Active participation on drug discovery teams, providing chemical expertise and contributing to the design of new drug targets is required. The qualified individual will evaluate the results from biological experiments to propose new targets for chemical synthesis. Other responsibilities may include supervision of professional staff, including training and career development. As part of a discovery project team, the individual will report research results throughout the company in both oral and written form. Qualifications: PhD in Chemistry, or related field; 0- 5 years laboratory experience in small molecule organic synthesis and experience in purification and analysis of organic molecules; Expertise in multi-step organic synthesis, including the design of synthetic routes, conducting experiments and the purification and characterization of small molecules; Ability to understand and use the scientific literature in synthetic organic chemistry; Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work independently. Contact: Allison M. Marks, 18375 Venture Boulevard, Suite 450, Tarzana, California 91356, 818-990-3796, 800-417-1886, e-mail: allison@bio-alliance.com.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites applications for an instructional academic staff position in chemistry for the 2004-05 academic year (August 30, 2004 through May 29, 2005). Candidates must possess a M. S. or Ph. D. in chemistry. Teaching responsibilities will include general chemistry labs. Additional laboratory teaching responsibilities will be based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial review), evidence of teaching effectiveness/potential, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: Dr. Bruce Osterby, Chair Department of Chemistry University of Wisconsin-La Crosse La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601. Website: http://www.uwlax.edu/chemistry. Fax: 608-785-8281, E-mail: osterby.bruc@uwlax.edu.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of chemistry, Principal Research Scientist. Principal Research Scientist, to manage an x-ray crystallographic laboratory facility. Will maintain and operate a single crystal x-ray diffractometer. Responsible for training departmental personnel in all aspects of the X-ray experiment. Will use scientific expertise to serve as a primary technical resource in specific areas and assist the faculty with complete X-ray structural analysis. Will actively promote x-ray diffraction as a tool for chemists. May supervise staff members on a project-by-project basis. Mentor student coordinators of various projects. Serve as a lecturer for related courses as needed, such as spectroscopy and advanced inorganic chemistry. Qualifications: PhD in chemistry or biochemistry and five-plus years of postgraduate experience in the area of X-ray crystallography, theory and practice. Experience with maintaining and operating an x-ray diffractometer and computer facilities necessary. Demonstrated professionalism required. Some supervisory or project management experience essential and teaching experience valuable. Excellent communications skills and the ability to interact with multidisciplinary staff in a fast paced environment required. Must be able to handle a variety of tasks, effectively solve problems with numerous and complex variables, and shift priorities rapidly. {Job Code #MIT-00000944}. How to apply: Send your resume and a cover letter referencing the job code to: Darlene-Marie Slagle, Human Resources Administrator, Department of Chemistry, MIT - Room 18-392, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, FAX: 617-258-7500 or e-mail: dms@mit.edu.

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The UW-Madison; College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Department of Food Science; is hiring an Instructional Specialist with excellent benefits. Job duties include technical support to faculty and instructional staff in laboratories for department undergraduate, graduate and short courses. This includes: coordinating ordering of supplies and set-up for laboratory sessions; conducting laboratory sessions in instructors' absence; development of laboratory teaching materials for laboratory courses; coordinating use and maintenance of equipment and instrumentation in instructional laboratories; and other duties as assigned by the supervisor. A BS degree in Food Science or a related field in chemical or biological sciences is a minimum requirement. Three or more years of experience with laboratory techniques and analytical instrumentation are desirable. A six month period of evaluation is required. Salary range $27,734 - $41,602 annually. Send resume to: Professor James Steele, 125 Babcock Hall, 1605 Linden Drive, Madison WI 53706-1565 before June 1 2004.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire invites applications for a one-year temporary lecturer position in Organic Chemistry to begin in August 2004. The successful candidate must be committed to high quality education. Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, research plans, and three letters of recommendation to: Howard R. Mayne, Chair, Department of Chemistry, UNH, Durham, NH 03824, Phone: 603-862-1550, FAX: 4278, e-mail: howard.mayne@unh.edu. Review of the applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Analytical Chemistry, Tenure-Track Position. Beginning August 2004 or January 2005. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in chemistry with a strong background in analytical chemistry and instrumentation. Teaching responsibilities will include analytical chemistry and/or instrumental analysis. Additional teaching responsibilities may include general chemistry. The successful candidate will be expected to have a program of undergraduate research. Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial review), evidence of teaching effectiveness/potential, research productivity/potential and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: Dr. Bruce Osterby, Chair Department of Chemistry University of Wisconsin-La Crosse La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601, Website: http://www.uwlax.edu/chemistry, Fax: 608-785-8281, E-mail: osterby.bruc@uwlax.edu.

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Winona State University. Instructor/Assistant Professor. Appointment Date: August 23, 2004. Responsibilities: Essential job functions: (1) Teaching general chemistry lecture and lab for science and non-science majors. (2) Minimum of ten scheduled office hours per week. (3) Student Advising. Other expectations include: (1) Direction of undergraduate research in area of expertise is encouraged. (2) Departmental and/or university service (3) Continuing scholarship and professional improvement. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Chemistry preferred. Required qualifications: (1) M.S. in chemistry or candidate for Ph.D. in chemistry. (2) Potential ability to teach undergraduate chemistry lecture and laboratory. (3) Ability to work harmoniously with faculty, students, and staff. (4) Evidence of effective oral and written English communication skills. (5) Experience using computers and other modern technology. Position Available Pending Budgetary Approval, All Applicants must be able to Lawfully Accept Employment in the United States. Application Information: Resume, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, 3 letters of reference, and a list of at least 3 references, with addresses and telephone numbers. *Persons writing letters of reference should be advised of Minnesota's open record law which can make such letters available to applicants upon request. Apply To: Chemistry Fixed-Term Search, Human Resources, Winona State University, P.O. Box 5838, Winona, MN 55987, Phone: 507-457-5008 (Office); 507-457-5054 (Fax); 507-457-2525 (TTY); e-mail: rdelong@winona.edu.

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The University of Minnesota's Chemistry Department has several temporary, part-time lecturer positions available in introductory chemistry for the Fall semester of 2004 (September 7, 2004 - December 22, 2004) and the Spring semester of 2005 (January 18, 2005 - May 14, 2005). Duties include: Preparing and giving lectures for one or more undergraduate, introductory level courses, office hours, meeting with teaching assistants, 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 their interest, along with current curriculum vitae and two letters of professional recommendation. Student evaluations of prior chemistry teaching are also strongly recommended. All application materials must be received by Monday, April 12, 2004. Selection Criteria: M.S. is essential, strongly prefer Ph.D.; Prior teaching experience; prefer college level teaching of chemistry courses; Quality of references; Quality of student evaluations or feedback; Prior teaching experience at University of Minnesota. 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.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Assistant Professor Darin J. Ulness is seeking a person who might benefit from a post-doctoral position in his research group at Concordia College. He does condensed phase nonlinear noisy light spectroscopy. He recently received a NSF CAREER grant and a major goal of the proposal was to develop, via a post-doc position, a training ground of sorts for young scientists who are ultimately interested in becoming a professor at an undergraduate institution. Obviously, for an individual who is interested in a research-oriented university, taking a post-doc position at Concordia College would not be advisable. On the other hand, for someone who is interested in teaching and doing research at a four-year institution, this position could be extremely beneficial. The post-doc position will be very similar to the Dreyfus teaching-research positions. That is, along with time devoted to research, the post-doc will have the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses under the tutelage of myself and other members of the experienced faculty present in the chemistry department at Concordia College. The post-doc can expect to be quickly "brought into the fold" as a contributing member of the department and furthermore be taken under the wing of all members of the faculty, each of whom will be excellent mentors for a young person interested in becoming a scientist at a undergraduate college. This will be of much value to the young scientist as he or she applies for tenure track faculty positions at other schools. Please contact: Assistant Professor Darin J. Ulness, Concordia College, 901 8Th St. S, Moorehead Minnesota 56562, 218-299-3101, Fax: 218-299-4308, e-mail: ulnessd@cord.edu.

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