Chemistry Newsletter - 04/16/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 16 April 16th, 2001

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Congratulations to Silvia Cavagnero

Congratulations to Silvia Cavagnero on winning a Shaw Scientist Award! This prestigious award provides $200,000 in unrestricted research support for Silvia's research in bio-physical chemistry. Congratulations Silvia!!

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Congratulations to Gordon Bain, Pam Doolittle, and Dan Sykes

Congratulations to Gordon Bain, Pam Doolittle, and Dan Sykes for writing successful proposals to the University's Instructional Laboratory Modernization (ILM)Program! Gordon Bain's proposal will provide $140,000 to enable us to begin offering Chem 311, an introductory level inorganic chemistry course and to help with Chem 103,108,115,and 346. Pam Doolittle and Dan Sykes wrote the proposal that will provide $107,000 for new equipment in the Analytical Chemistry lab courses Chem 110, 221, and 223. Congratulations Gordon, Pam and Dan!!

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Undergraduate Poster Session

The Chemistry Department will host an undergraduate poster session on Thursday, April 26, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM, in the lobby of the new building. Nineteen undergraduates will present posters on their research in chemistry. Please stop by for a few minutes and help inaugurate what we hope will become an annual event.

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Inorganic Cume Schedule

You will be notified of the topic 10 days before the exam, at that time you will also know which professor is writing/giving the exam. If you have any questions please contact: Kristi Heming or Paul Treichel (Chair of Inorganic).

May 5th - 9 a.m. Room 2373

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Organic Cume Schedule

2000-2001 Organic Cumulative Examinations Schedule. All exams will be in Room B371 at 7:30 p.m.

May 3, 2001

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

May 8

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Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays ---1:20 PM - Chairs Office

Apr. 24
May 1 May 15

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SEMINARS

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Ruma Banerjee, University of Nebraska.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Tian Wu, Graduate Student. "Transchip: A New System for in Vitro Whole Genome Studies of Transcription"

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Thursday, April 19th, 2001 - Chemical Education Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mary Kirchoff, EPA. "Teaching Green Chemistry"

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Thursday, April 19th, 2001 - Industrial McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Bruce Dorsey, Merck Research Labs. "The Design and Synthesis of Potent HIV Protease Inhibitors: From the Bench to the Clinic"

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Thursday, April 19th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. John Phillips, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 23rd, 2001 - Hirschmann Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Building. Ronald Breslow, Columbia University. "Biomimetic Chemistry"

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Monday, April 23rd, 2001 - Willard Lecture Series - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Sylvia Ceyer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "The Unique Chemistry at Surfaces: Splats, Hammers, and Sinkholes."

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2001 - Willard Lecture Series - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Sylvia Ceyer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "New Surface Reaction Mechanisms: Role of Bulk H in Catalytic Hydrogenation and F Atom Abstraction by Si."

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Christoph Weise, Graduate Student. "Studies of Association Equilibria of Simple Amides with the Perfluoronated Surfactant Cesium PFO"

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Andrew C. Hillier, University of Virginia. "Towards the Discovery of Improved Fuel Cell Catalysts: Construction and Reactivity Imaging of Surface Gradients"

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2001 - Hirschmann Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Ronald Breslow, Columbia University. "The Chelate Effect in Organic Chemistry"

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Thursday, April 26th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Gordie Shaw, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2001 - Hirschmann Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Ronald Breslow, Columbia University. "Hydrophobic and Antihydrophobic Effects in Organic Chemistry"

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Monday, April 30th, 2001 - Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building, Professor John Muenter, the University of Rochester. "What Can Electric Dipole Moments Tell Us About the Character ofHighly Excited Vibrational States?"

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ad Bax, NIH. "NMR of Weakly Aligned Proteins and Nucleic Acids"

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Meredith Porembski, UW-Madison. "Single Molecule Studies of Biologically Relevant Systems"

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Zhen-Gang Wang, California Institute of Technology. "Computationally Guided Evolutionary Protein Design"

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Yves J. Chabal, Bell Labs, New Jersey. (McElvain). "Silicon Oxidation: A Vibrational Study of Oxygen Insertion into Si Surfaces Upon H2O or O2 Exposure"

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Daniel Veber, SmithKline Beechman.

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Reichmann, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Clayton J. Radke, University of California-Berkeley. "Engineering Soft Contact Lenses for Safe Wear"

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Geoff Coates.

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Thursday, May 10th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Dave Rotella, Bristol Myers Squibb. "Discovery and Optimization of PDE5 Inhibitors"

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Thursday, May 10th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Xingping (Ping) Su, Graduate Student. "DNA computing on nanometer-sized gold particle surfaces"

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Thursday, June 7th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar (Joint with Macromolecules), 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Josef Michl.

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For Industrial Positions, see the Chemistry Career Services Newsletter at:

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/areas/careers/7news.html

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Symposium on Emerging Nanoscale Molecule-Based Science and Technology

Northwestern University - Monday, May 21, 2001

Sponsored by Institute for Nanotechnology, Center for Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-Assembly, Office of the Vice President for Research, Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry Thermo Microscopes. Dates, times, locations and more information located in Room 1148 Chemistry Department.

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Environmental Toxicology Center will offer the following course: (HD) 362-700. Environmental Remediation. June 20 - August 8, 2001. The course will focus on the principles of bioremediation and biological approaches to remediation of contaminated environments. Physical-chemical aspects of contaminant behavior that affect bioremediation processes are also presented. The course is taught through lectures, student presentations and discussion. Enrollment is limited to 20 students, and letter grades will be given. Credits: 1. Times and Days: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays. Place: 272 Enzyme Institute. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor. Professionals from the community with qualifying backgrounds are welcome. Instructor: William Hickey, Soil Science, 262-9018. Touchtone Registration: Departmental authorization is required. 1. Obtain consent of instructor. 2. Contact Jane Lambert (263-4825, email: jflamber@facstaff.wisc.edu. 3. Touchtone register.

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GrantsNet - Help for Young Researchers in Locating Grants and Fellowships

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) collaborated to create GrantsNet at http://www.grantsnet.org/, a free service. The emphasis is to help young biomedical researchers locate grants and fellowships. Graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and research administrators are encouraged to try this site. It is meant to be a one-stop site to help young scientists learn about the funding process and find out how to best showcase their talents. They have recently added a database for undergraduate science education and research programs, and a personalized alert feature.

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Increase your teaching experience and earn some money!

Are you interested in being an instructor to 4 middle school students? The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a hands-on laboratory experience for 7th through 9th grade minority students. If you're interested, please contact Tony Jacob at the Chemistry Learning Center, 265-5497 or atjacob@facstaff.wisc.edu, or drop off a note in my mailbox in the Chemistry Department. The salary will be at least $340/week (20 hours/week). Typically, instructors work one to two weeks depending on their schedule and the needs of the program. The tentative schedule is:

week of June 11 in the mornings (or afternoons)

week of June 18 in the afternoons, and

week of June 25 in the mornings

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Claremont Colleges. Physical and Organic. The Joint Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges seeks two Ph.D. chemists as sabbatical replacements for the 2001-02 academic year. One in physical/general chemistry and the other in organic/general chemistry. Appointments will be made at the Visiting Assistant Professor level to begin September 2001. Prior teaching experience is desirable. Please submit a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to: Dr. Anthony Fucaloro (physical) or Dr. Robert Pinnell (organic), W.M. Keck Science Center, The Claremont Colleges, 925 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-5916. Tel: (909) 6218298. Email: afucaloro@jsd.claremont.edu or rpinnell@isd.claremont.edu. Review of applications will begin May 7, 2001, but the position remains open until filled.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for the position of Lecturer to carry out analytical and physical chemistry teaching laboratory instruction. The successful candidate will join a team of faculty who run our teaching laboratories and are leaders in the departmental thrust area of chemical education. Responsibilities include the management of analytical and physical chemistry teaching laboratory facilities and instrumentation, scheduling and coordinating laboratory experiments, training and supervising of teaching assistants and one technical support person, improvement and development of laboratory experiments, and some teaching of lecture sections. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in physical or analytical chemistry, have a strong background in both areas, be familiar with a broad range of instrumental and computer-aided techniques, and be able to collaborate in the preparation of grant proposals for instruction and instrumentation. The position is non-tenure track with renewable contracts. Curriculum vitae, publication list, a detailed description of relevant experience, and three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Chair, Physical/ Analytical Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Lederle Graduate Research Tower, University of Massachusetts, Box 34510, Amherst, MA 01003-4510.

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University of Minnesota-Duluth Department of Chemistry. Senior Laboratory Services Coordinator (8356). Job Requisition# 110025. The University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Chemistry seeks to hire an individual to fill a Senior Laboratory Services Coordinator (Sr. LSC) position starting on or about May 15, 2001. This is a full-time continuing position supporting the instructional and research missions of the department. Major job functions are:

  • Support equipment, instruments and computers - (65%).

Recommend purchase, install, maintain and repair equipment, instruments and computers (including software and server) for instructional and research activities in the Department of Chemistry. Work with departmental faculty and staff, service and sales representatives, and other UMD departments to accomplish this.

  • Manage Chemistry Stockroom - (30%).

Provide and set up all required non-chemical materials for chemistry and biochemistry instructional labs. Hire, train and supervise undergraduate students to work in the Chemistry Stockroom where they will locate, dispense, inventory and collect equipment and glassware. Assist in scheduling labs. Hire undergraOu4te,studentsto teach in chemistry and biochemistry instructional labs. Manage breakage accounts.

  • Maintain inventory of lab supplies, equipment, instruments and computers. Occasional purchasing responsibilities - (5%).

Essential Qualifications: A bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, MIS, computer science or closely related field and four years of related experience or post high school training and related experience totaling eight years.

Selection Criteria: Required. A bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, MIS, computer science or closely related field and four years of related experience or post high school training and related experience totaling eight years. Organizational and management skills. Ability to work and communicate well with faculty, staff, students and members of other UMD departments. Preferred. Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry or related field, or MIS, computer science or related field. Proficiency and background in chemistry or biochemistry including typical modem laboratory instrumentation. Proficiency and background in information technology including hardware, software and networking. Experience working with technical service and sales representatives. Supervisory experience. Knowledge of wireless network administration. Purchasing experience. Salary Hourly range is $14.37-$24.08. University application forms, selection criteria, and description of duties are available from the: UMD Human Resources Dept., 225 Darland Administration building between 7:45am and 4:30 pm, Mon.-Fri. and also from http://www.d.umn.edu/umdhr/umdjobs.html. No application forms will be accepted after 4:30 on April 30, 2001. Resumes and cover letters will not be accepted at this time.

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NMR Facilities Manager position available in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder. Responsibilities include maintenance of departmental nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, training instrument users in theoretical and practical NMR spectroscopy, and participation in research within the department. Ph.D. preferred. For more information, see the department's web site at http://www.colorado.edu/Chemistry/jobs.htm Interested applicants should send a curriculum vita, a summary of relevant experience and qualifications, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: Prof. Randall Halcomb, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, 215 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0215.

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Position available in Boston area. Job Title: Scientist: Surface Chemistry. Object: Develop surface coatings for glass capillaries and implement those techniques for manufacturing. Background: Experience with the following: Ph.D. in surface/materials chemistry with strong academic track record, academic or industrial experience 3-5 years. Silicon and glass modification [other surfaces that may be acceptable: plastics, aluminum oxides, titanium oxides, metal oxides such as iron or chemical bonding materials such as acridites] (surface modifications). Experience in the following a plus: microstamping, cell adhesion and biocompatible coating, microarrays, MEMS, thin films. Exposure to microfluidics a plus. Understanding of surfaces used for HT assays. Contact: Carole Butler, (508) 647-0111, e-mail: Carole@techfind.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Bloomsburg University. Position Announcement - AA#52-1-119. Instructor/Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Temporary Position, One-year term replacement in ACS-approved Chemistry Department beginning late August 2001 with possible renewal. Responsibility of teaching introductory chemistry for science majors and non-science majors plus possible upper-division courses depending on specialty. Twelve contact hour average per semester. Ph.D. preferred. Quality teaching experience, or potential in freshman level introductory/general chemistry is expected. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations preferred. Starting date is August 25, 2001. 1 year temporary with possible renewal. Send letter of application, three confidential letters of reference, resume, statement outlining teaching philosophy and interests, and copies of all transcripts to: Dr. L..L. Mack, Department of Chemistry. Bloomsburg, University, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. (Search # 52-1-119). Finalists for this position must communicate well and successfully complete an interview, which includes a teaching presentation. For more information, ,call (570) 399-4895 or contact e-mail at: lmack@bloomu.edu or the department web sight at: http://chem.bloomu.edu. Review of applications will begin, on May 7, 2001 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Luther College. Assistant Professor/Instructor in organic chemistry. One year appointment; intend to conduct a search during Fall 2001 for a tenure-track position beginning August 2002. Ph.D. or ABD in organic chemistry required. To teach primarily organic chemistry in our ACS-approved department. Further information about the College and the community of Decorah is available by visiting the college's website: http://www.luther.edu/. Review of applications begins April 30, 2001, and continues until the position is filled. The successful applicant will be required to complete Employment Eligibility Verification Form 1-9 of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. All correspondence including letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of goals, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work should be sent to: Dr. Dale Nimrod, Head, Department of Chemistry, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa 5210, Telephone: 319-387-1684 (office), FAX: 319-387-1080, E-mail: nimrodda@luther.edu.

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Bloomsburg University. Position Announcement - AA#52-1-120. Instructor of Chemistry. Temporary Position. One semester replacement in ACS approved Chemistry Department beginning late August 2001. Instructional responsibilities will be in general chemistry. Twelve contact hour average per semester. A minimum of MS in chemistry required. Quality teaching experience. or potential in freshman-level introductory/general chemistry is expected. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations preferred. Starting date is August 25, 2001. 1 year temporary with possible renewal. Send letter of application, three confidential letters of reference, resume, statement outlining teaching philosophy and interests, and copies of all transcripts to: Dr. L.L. Mack, Department of Chemistry. Bloomsburg, University, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. (Search # 52-1-119). Finalists for this position must communicate well and successfully complete an interview, which includes a teaching presentation. For more information, call (570) 399-4895 or contact e-mail at: lmack@bloomu.edu or the department web sight at: http://chem.bloomu.edu. Review of applications will begin, on May 7, 2001 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Department of Chemistry University of Northern Iowa. Tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in Organic Chemistry. The successful applicant will teach undergraduate and graduate level organic and general chemistry courses. The person hired for this position will develop an active research program and be a mentor to research students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is expected that the successful applicant will have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research, and a willingness to seek external funding. Appointment date is August 2001. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent fringe benefits including TIAA, CREF, group life, disability, medical, and dental coverage. The Ph.D. degree is required and postdoctoral experience is preferred. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, an active research program involving undergraduate majors and master's students, and obtaining external funding. The successful candidate must have demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Teaching assignments will include the undergraduate and graduate courses in organic chemistry and general chemistry. Complete applications received by May 29, 2001 will be given full consideration. The Department encourages applications from minority persons, women, disabled persons, and Vietnam-era veterans. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, a detailed statement of research plans and selected publication reprints, and a detailed statement of teaching philosophy, and arrange for three reference letters to be sent to the address below. Address inquiries, applications with complete resumes, or nominations to: Chair, Organic Chemist Search Committee Department of Chemistry University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0423. The Department of Chemistry web page address is: http://www.chem.uni.edu/. Email inquiries may be directed to Dr. Kirk Manfredi at: manfredi@uni.edu, Tel: (319) 273-2985 FAX: (319) 273-7127.

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Bloomsburg University. Position Announcement - AA#52-1-121. Instructor/Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Temporary Position. One-year term replacement in ACS-approved Chemistry Department beginning late August 2001 with possible renewal. Instructional responsibilities will be in general chemistry and biochemistry. Twelve contact hour average per semester. Ph.D. preferred. Quality teaching experience, or potential in freshman level introductory/general chemistry is expected. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations preferred. Starting date is August 25, 2001. 1 year temporary with possible renewal. Send letter of application, three confidential letters of reference, resume, statement outlining teaching philosophy and interests, and copies of all transcripts to: Dr. L.L. Mack, Department of Chemistry. Bloomsburg, University, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. (Search # 52-1-119). Finalists for this position must communicate well and successfully complete an interview, which includes a teaching presentation. For more information, call (570) 399-4895 or contact e-mail at: lmack@bloomu.edu or the department web sight at: http://chem.bloomu.edu. Review of applications will begin, on May 7, 2001 and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Michigan State University. Postdoctoral Position. Solid State NMR Studies of Viral Fusion Peptides. This is an NIH-funded project to investigate the structure and motion of membrane-bound viral fusion peptides. These studies will provide insight into the mechanism of peptide-induced liposome fusion and ultimately, viral/host cell membrane fusion. We have two 400 MHz solid state NMR spectrometers available for these studies. The ideal candidate would have experience in solid state NMR, along with some experience in biochemistry, peptide synthesis, and/or protein expression. lease send curriculum vitae and names and contact information of two references to: Dr. David P. Weliky, Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 8824-1322, Phone: (517)355-9715 ext. 281, FAX: (517)353-1793, e-mail: weliky@cem.msu.edu, Website: http://poohbah.cem.msu.edu/Faculty/Welikygrp/index.html.

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

DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE IN ROOM 1148.

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