Chemistry Newsletter - 04/15/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 15 April 15th, 2002

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Tony Jacobs Receives Mid-Career Award

Dr. Tony Jacobs has been selected for the Mid-Career Award by the College of Letters and Sciences. Tony has been the Associate Director of the Chemistry Learning Center for 11 years now where he serves as the coordinator of the Summer Enrichment Program for minority middle school youths. He also piloted a Peer Mentor Tutor program at the CLC and served with the National Institute of Science Education to help create new educational programs. In addition, he was elected to the UW-Madison Teaching Academy and served on its Advisory Board where he chaired the program committee. The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding performance in their position, leadership, and service beyond their position, and substantial professional competency and promise of continuing contributions. This award is one of the top honors for a member of our Academic Staff and we all join together in congratulating Tony for this well-deserved recognition of his hard-work and dedication. Way to go Tony!!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

May 14th, 2002

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

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

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SEMINARS

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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. "Polymerized Planar Biomembrane Assemblies"

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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. "A Physical-Organic Approach to the Understanding of Chemistry of Sulfur Natural Products"

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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. Dr. Keith Hall, 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 - 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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Recent Publications

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Austad BC; Hart AC; Burke SD.

Halichondrin B: synthesis of the C(37)-C(54) subunit.

TETRAHEDRON 2002, Vol 58, Iss 10, pp 2011-2026.

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Lu MC; Shortreed MR; Hall JG; Wang LM; Berggren T; Stevens PW; Kelso DM; Lyamichev V; Neri B; Smith LM.

A surface invasive cleavage assay for highly parallel SNP analysis.

HUMAN MUTATION 2002, Vol 19, Iss 4, pp 416-422.

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Hondal RJ; Raines RT.

Semisynthesis of proteins containing selenocysteine.

PROTEIN SENSORS AND REACTIVE OXYGEN SPECIES, PT A, SELENOPROTEINS AND THIOREDOXIN 2002, Vol 347, pp 70-83.

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DeRider ML; Wilkens SJ; Waddell MJ; Bretscher LE; Weinhold F; Raines RT; Markley JL.

Collagen stability: Insights from NMR spectroscopic and hybrid density functional computational investigations of the effect of electronegative substituents on prolyl ring conformations.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 11, pp 2497-2505.

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Casey CP; Kraft S; Powell DR.

Formation of cis-enediyne complexes from rhenium alkynylcarbene complexes.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 11, pp 2584-2594.

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Zimmerman HE; Nesterov EE.

Quantitative cavities and reactivity in stages of crystal lattices: Mechanistic and exploratory organic photochemistry.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 11, pp 2818-2830.

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Cai W; Lin Z; Strother T; Smith LM; Hamers RJ.

Chemical modification and patterning of iodine-terminated silicon surfaces using visible light.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 2002, Vol 106, Iss 10, pp 2656-2664.

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Murdoch KM; Ferris TD; Wright JC; Farrar TC.

Infrared spectroscopy of ethanol clusters in ethanol-hexane binary solutions.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2002, Vol 116, Iss 13, pp 5717-5724.

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Jagannathan K; Yethiraj A.

Density functional theory and Monte Carlo simulations for hard sphere fluids in square and rectangular channels.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2002, Vol 116, Iss 13, pp 5795-5800.

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Yethiraj A.

Integral equations for polymers in quenched random media.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2002, Vol 116, Iss 13, pp 5910-5911.

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Copyright © 2002 Institute for Scientific Information

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GROUP LEADERS WANTED

for Fun with Chemistry Camps!

The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) will again be offering the Fun with Chemistry Camps (Chem Camps) this summer. The camps provide fun and exciting chemistry laboratory experience for middle school students. There are two identical sessions of the camp, each of which runs for five weekday afternoons. The dates for this year's camps are July 8-12 and July 15-19.

We need group leaders (graduate students, senior undergraduates) to provide support to 4-6 students in the laboratory. We typically need between 10 and 12 group leaders for each session. The time commitment is approximately 12:45-4:30 PM each day, and the pay is $250 per weekly session. If you are interested in working one or both of the sessions, please stop by room 1305 and tell Patti Puccio that you would like to sign up as a group leader for Chem Camp.

The positions usually fill up fast, so hurry if you're interested! May 13 is the last day to sign up and be guaranteed consideration for a position. Group Leaders are selected on a combination first-come-first-served/interview basis. Group Leaders will be informed if they have been selected by May 20. If you would like to have more information or if you have any questions, please call Patti Puccio at 2-3033.

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International Studies and Programs - University of Wisconsin-Madison. Teaching in the UW-Madison London Spring 2004 Program. The Office of International Studies and Programs is accepting applications from faculty who wish to teach in the UW-Madison London Program spring 2004. Applications are due Friday, April 26, 2002. The UW-Madison sponsors the academic program in London. We send one to two faculty members there per semester and each teaches two courses in the program. To round out the curriculum, several British adjunct faculty offer courses as well. The program is based in a rented facility in the Kensington area of the city. A permanent program coordinator administers the program and assists in locating appropriate housing for faculty. Approximately 50-75 students enroll each semester. The academic program is designed to capitalize on the rich artistic and cultural resources of the city of London. Courses on modern British society and the London theater are regular offerings; other courses should focus on British life and culture so as to benefit from the locale in imaginative ways. Courses in English, Art History, History, Political Science, and Sociology will be given preference, but proposals will be considered from any discipline. Preference will be given to tenured faculty. Faculty members are invited to send a letter of interest along with short descriptions of courses they propose to offer at the program site. Faculty who have taught in the program previously are welcome to submit descriptions of new proposals or of the same courses they have taught for the program in the past. (Please include a short description with your letter.) Faculty remain on their departmental budgets while teaching, receiving regular academic salary and fringe benefits for the semester. Replacement costs are not provided. Therefore, the department must concur in granting leave to the participant. All selected faculty members must submit a written report about their term in London and agree to serve on the U.K. and Ireland Advisory Committee for two years after their return to campus. Benefits paid by the Office of International Studies and Programs include: Economy round-trip airfare and associated ground transportation costs from Madison to London for the faculty member; a sum of $4,750 to partially defray housing and other program related business expenses; a shipping allowance of $250, which can include forwarding of business mail. Interested faculty should send a brief letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and two course proposals (a paragraph for each will suffice) to: Assistant Dean Joan A. Raducha, International Academic Programs, Room 261 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive, Madison, W1 53706, Telephone 608/262-2851, Fax 608/262-6998. Questions can be addressed to me at 262-1335 or by e-mail: raducha@bascom.wisc.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Roche Pharmaceuticals. IVDU Computational Chemistry, Requisition No: RBS2523. This position will be responsible for investigation of small organic molecules by computational methods, including conformation analysis, pharmacophore generation and analysis, and protein docking studies. Will integrate knowledge and insights derived from these investigations with synthetic chemistry efforts within drug discovery programs. Will work closely with synthetic chemists, providing computational expertise and contributing to the design of new drug targets primarily within the Virology Therapy Area. Will present (both oral and written) research results and ideas and participate in multi-disciplinary drug discovery teams. Responsibilities may also include installation and training for new software applications as well as development of software and other tools that support the use of structure information by chemists in drug discovery programs. Research Scientist 1: Ph.D. and typically 0-4 years of relevant experience or BS/MS/equivalent and 10+ years relevant experience. Research Scientist 11: Ph.D. and typically 4+ years experience or BS/MS/equivalent and 15+ years of relevant experience. Background in organic chemistry desirable. Must demonstrate expertise in computational methods for small organic molecules (i.e. conformational analysis, molecular mechanics, pharmacophore analysis, docking algorithms for protein and small molecules). Must have extensive knowledge of UNIX and experience with a variety of computational software. Contact someone now about this or another great job at Roche, Palo Alto, Phone: 650-855-6297, e-mail: leslie.viezee@roche.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Indiana University - Purdue University. Assistant Professor, one-year temporary position, August 2002. The successful candidate will be expected to teach general chemistry and either analytical or inorganic chemistry courses in a department offering an ACS-certified B.S. degree. The Ph.D. degree is required. Although research is not required, the department is well-equipped should the candidate wish to pursue a research project. Qualified women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. There is the possibility that the position could become tenure-track, although this cannot be guaranteed at this time. Interested parties should send current curriculum vitae, a description of philosophy of teaching, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and arrange to send at least three letters of recommendation to: Chair, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499. Review of applications will begin immediately. Please visit our website at: http://www.ipfw.edu/chem..

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Professor Gerald B. Hammond of The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is seeking recent Ph.D. graduate's interested in applying for a two-year Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellowship within his group. This fellowship is an ideal stepping stone for someone wishing to pursue an academic career in a predominantly undergraduate institution. The original ad appeared in the February 18th issue of C&E News. Research Interests: synthetic methodology (selective incorporation of fluorine in organic molecules), medicinal plants from Peru, and chemical genetics of the selective uptake and efflux of lipids (in collaboration with Tomas Kirchhausen (Harvard Medical School) and Monty Krieger ( MIT ). For more information see: http://www.umassd.edu/chemistry/Hammond/hammondpub.html . The research projects have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Petroleum Research Fund, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Pfizer, some intramural sources and, more recently, by Galenica Pharmaceuticals, a capital venture company. Post-doctoral Requirements: Ph.D in Organic Chemistry with background or strong interests in synthetic methodology and/or natural products. Send CV, statement of research interests and teaching philosophy, transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation to: Prof. Gerald B. Hammond, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UMass-Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd., No. Dartmouth, MA 02747.

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Oregon State University, Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Available. Applicants are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate pool to conduct research under the direction of Dr. Rich G. Carter in the Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University. The salary range is $25,000-27,000 for twelve months depending on experience. FTE is 1.00. Reappointment is at the discretion of the hiring authority. The position is for research on the total synthesis of biologically active natural products. The successful applicant will be responsible for the day-to-day conduct of research on the total synthesis of biologically active natural products and for the preparation of written reports. This position is funded through grant funds. A Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry or a related field that qualifies the applicant to conduct research in synthetic organic chemistry. Prior experience in total synthesis is highly desirable. The applicant must have a minimum of four years of research experience, including research leading to the doctoral thesis. Applications to fill this vacancy will be accepted immediately. For full consideration applications should be received by 5/15/02. The applicant should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, list of publications and two letters of reference to: Dr. Rich G. Carter Department of Chemistry 153 Gilbert Hall Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 97331, Telephone 541-737-2081, Fax 641-737-2062, E-mail: rich.carter@oregonstate.edu.

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Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu or 262-0293. Thank You.

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NEXT NEWSLETTER IS ON APRIL 22nd, 2002.