Chemistry Newsletter - 05/15/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 20 May 15th, 2006

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June Issue of the Journal of Chemical Education Online

The June 2006 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available at: http://www.jce.divched.org/. In this issue you will find several articles about the chemistry of lubricating grease, organic laboratories, addressing misconceptions, and many other activities for the classroom and laboratory.

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Summer Hours

The Chemistry Newsletter will be going to Bi-weekly publication after next week’s newsletter. Please continue to drop/send material for the newsletter to me. We will publish the newsletter on the off week for special announcements. Thank You.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

TBA

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

5/16/06

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2006 - Abbott Organic Symposium, 3:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building, Professor Dan Yang, Hong Kong University. “Catalytic Asymmetric Cyclization Reactions for Natural Product Synthesis”

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Thursday, May 18th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joseph O'Connor, UC-San Diego.

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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Scientist II,III, IV, or V. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is investing in a mathematical statistics research capability dedicated to operational decision sciences for advanced physical detection systems. PNNL's capability will primarily focus on national and homeland security and will include stochastic and probabilistic modeling of next generation transducers, integrated instrumentation for threat detection and identification, optimized instrumentation/sensor(s) deployment, and virtual construction and stochastic simulation of new instrument concepts. Research positions offer the opportunity for professional activity and peer reviewed publications from projects that are highly relevant to national and homeland security missions. The fundamental performance expectation is a successful strategy of regular publication and professional activity that is designed to bring national and international credibility and recognition to the staff member and the Decision & Sensor Analytics group. Individual research is expected and rewarded as it strategically supports PNNL's critical research mission in data and decision analysis for advanced detection systems. PNNL maintains sophisticated computational capability for all scientific staff for research and analysis, including such software as Splus, Mathematica, MATLAB and a diverse suite of specialized software in nuclear and general physics, chemistry, acoustics and seismology. The preferred candidate will have experience using two or more of these tools. In addition to technical and research competence, applicants must be able to demonstrate a long-term vision of research that is grounded in team building, cordial and sustained collaborative relationships with other scientists at PNNL, and a strategy for national and international reputation of excellence for the Decision & Sensor Analytics group and themselves. Minimum Requirements: Level II requirements: Master's degree with 0-2 years experience or a Ph.D. is required. Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies. Level III requirements: Master's degree with 3 years experience or a Ph.D. with 1-2 years experience is required. Must be a skilled professional who applies a broad basis of existing theories, principles, and concepts to a specialty field. Level IV requirements: Master's degree with 5 years experience or a Ph.D. with 3 years is required. Must be a technical expert who selects and widely applies principles, theories and concepts in a major field of specialization. Level V requirements: Master's degree with 7 years experience or a Ph.D. with 5 years experience is required. Must have a national or international authority. Applying intensive and diversified knowledge of scientific or engineering principles in broad areas of assignments and related fields. An extensive publication list is required. Placement level will be dependent upon management's assessment of the selected candidate's skills, experience, and ability to contribute. There are (2) positions available. **This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance, which requires US Citizenship** Qualifications: PhD strongly preferred; a graduate level degree in mathematical sciences with course work in general science is desired. Individuals with strong mathematical and statistical skills accompanied by general physics, general science, chemometrics or analytical chemistry experience are encouraged to apply. Individuals with a graduate level degree in physical or biological sciences with a solid mathematical sciences skill set are also encouraged to apply. Students/past graduates should apply online at: http://www.jobs.pnl.gov and reference posting # 111490. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at: Mariah Zabriskie, phone: 509-375-6306, e-mail: mariah@pnl.gov.

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The University of Minnesota's Chemistry Department has several temporary, part-time lecturer positions available in introductory general chemistry and introductory organic chemistry and analytical chemistry for the Fall semester of 2006 (September 5, 2006 - December 20, 2006) and the Spring semester of 2007 (January 15, 2007 - May 12, 2007). Preparing and giving lectures for undergraduate courses; holding office hours; preparing, giving and grading exams; assigning final course grades. A Ph.D. in chemistry is preferred and an M.S. in chemistry or related field is required. Previous teaching experience is also required, preferably, at least two years at the college level. Any qualified person interested in a teaching position should submit a short letter indicating area of interest. Persons who have not previously taught courses in chemistry at the University of Minnesota must also include a current Curriculum Vita and two letters of professional recommendation. Student evaluations of teaching should also be included, if available. All application materials must be received by Wednesday, May 17th2006. Selection Criteria: M.S. is essential, prefer Ph.D.; Prior teaching experience; prefer college level teaching of chemistry courses; Prior teaching experience at University of Minnesota; Quality of references; Quality of student evaluations or feedback.. Please submit all application materials to: Chuck Tomlinson, Assistant to the Vice Chair, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. For more information regarding course offerings and content, Chuck Tomlinson can be contacted at (612) 624-0313 or tomlinso@chem.umn.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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None for this Newsletter

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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NEXT NEWSLETTER IS ON MAY 22nd, 2006.