Chemistry Newsletter - 06/19/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 23 June 19th, 2006

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Professor Helen Blackwell selected as a Burroughs Welcome Fund Investigator

Helen Blackwell has been selected as one of ten Burroughs Welcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease. This prestigious award signifies the high regard the scientific and medical communities have for Helen's accomplishments as an independent researcher, and her promise for future discoveries. Further information is at: http://www.bwfund.org/. Congratulations Helen!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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

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SEMINARS

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Wednesday, September, 20th, 2006 - Inorganic and Chemical Education Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Diane Bunce, The Catholic University of America. Hosts are John Moore and Diane Nutbrown.

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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Nelsen SF. Weaver MN. Luo Y. Lockard JV. Zink JI.

Use of the neighboring orbital model for analysis of electronic coupling in Class III intervalence compounds.

Chemical Physics. 324(1):195-201, 2006 May 9.

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Elles CG. Crim FF.

Connecting chemical dynamics in gases and liquids [Review].

Annual Review of Physical Chemistry. 57:273-302, 2006.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Xerox Corporation is seeking a scientist for research and development of advanced photoconductive materials. Essential Job Function: Preparation of organic and inorganic photoconductive materials. The successful candidate must enjoy hands-on bench work and possess extensive synthetic lab skills. As a member of a development team, the individual will be involved in the planning and execution of experiments to design, synthesize, and evaluate new materials for applications to xerography. This is a challenging position and only highly qualified candidates will be considered. Qualifications: Ph.D. or M.S. degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Materials Science; Extensive training in synthetic work or materials preparation; Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential; Must be a strong team player. Xerox offers competitive compensation and benefits. To Apply: Send a resume by mail or email to: Liang-Bih Lin. Ph.D., XEROX Corporation, 800 Phillips Rd., 103-05B, Webster. NY 14580, Phone: 585-422-9975, Fax: 585-422-9237, E-mail: Bang-bih.lin@xerox.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Professor/Research Scientist who will also serve as Director of the Air Pollution Research Center (APRC) of the University of California, Riverside. The APRC is an Organized Research Unit within the University of California system, with responsibilities for research and, through appointments with academic departments, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. APRC's research mission has historically focused on atmospheric processes, including the chemical processes involved in the formation of air pollution and the atmospheric transformations of organic compounds, and the subsequent effects on the environment, including on plants. Candidates should have a record of outstanding, internationally recognized, research productivity in atmospheric sciences. It is expected that the successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, environmental sciences, engineering, or a related discipline, and have a research emphasis in some area of atmospheric processes. He or she will be expected to maintain an active and highly visible research program while providing leadership as Director of APRC. In keeping with the policy of integrating the APRC research programs with the academic research and instructional activities of the campus, the Director/Research Scientist will also hold a 50% tenured appointment at the Full Professor level in an appropriate academic department, where he or she will participate in the undergraduate and graduate instructional programs. A commitment to excellence in both teaching and research and a vision of interconnections between APRC and academic programs are especially important. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The anticipated start time for this position is July 2007. Applicants should send a complete resume, a statement of research interests and a statement of teaching interests, in addition to the names of five individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference, to: APRC Search Committee Chair, c/o Department of Environmental Sciences, Room 2208 Geology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0424. Evaluations of applications will begin July 1, 2006, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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The Louisiana Scholars' College, the state's designated four-year selective-admissions honors college in the liberal arts and sciences, located at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, seeks broadly trained candidates to fill a tenure-track position in chemistry, with a first preference in the area of organic chemistry, and a second preference in biochemistry, beginning August 2006. The position will most likely be filled at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate will hold the PhD, have experience teaching both introductory and advanced chemistry courses, be able to contribute to a team-taught Great Texts curriculum, and have demonstrated evidence of scholarly achievement. Applicants should be committed to liberal arts education and willing to interact with colleagues and students from other fields in the arts and sciences to maintain and improve an integrated, multidisciplinary honors curriculum. Qualified applicants will be considered for the Richard Lounsbury Endowed Professorship in Chemistry, providing additional funds to support research and scholarly activities. Duties include: teaching (12 contact hours per semester if graduate faculty status is maintained, 15 hours otherwise); directing undergraduate theses as needed; scholarly activity; curricular development; and committee work as assigned. Both positions are expected to teach the core interdisciplinary science seminar; a course addressing the history and philosophy of science or a course in the Great Texts core sequence; and share responsibility for the general chemistry for majors sequence, including labs. Additional responsibilities include: organic chemistry (organic chemist) and lab for majors or biochemistry (biochemist) and lab for majors and possibly genomic biology lecture and lab. Students may pursue an individualized honors curriculum through the major in Liberal Arts or complete one of 21 traditional majors, including chemistry. All students complete a year-long undergraduate thesis. For more information on the College, please visit our web site at http://www.nsula.edu/scholars/. Please send vitae, 3 current letters of recommendation, official copies of all graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and representative publications or a dissertation chapter to: Dr. Curt Phifer, Acting Director, Louisiana Scholars' College, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA 71497, voice: 318-357-4577, fax: 318-357-5908 email: cphifer@nsula.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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The University of Heidelberg, Germany, and BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, have founded and will jointly run a new type of academic / industrial research institution, the Catalysis Research Laboratory CaRLa which will become operative in the fall of 2006 on campus in Heidelberg. Both basic (academic) and applied (industrial) research in the field of homogeneous catalysis will be the focus of a team of 12 postdocs to be hired as soon as possible. BASF and the University of Heidelberg have signed a contract to set up a catalysis laboratory. Funded by the two partners and the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, the laboratory is dedicated to the development of new homogeneous catalysts. Starling in the fall of 2006, six post-graduate scientists from the university as well as six researchers and a head of laboratory from BASF will work together to investigate basic research issues and industrial applications in the field of homogeneous catalysis from their base in the Heidelberg Technology Park. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at: http://www.basf.com. Research experience in the field of homogeneous catalysis or in related areas is advantageous but not mandatory. The positions will be for one year with an option for another 12 months. An additional position for a visiting scientist / scholar, sponsored by generous funding of short-term stays by BASF, complements the team of CaRla. Applications by e-mail are welcome; they should have attached a CV, the names and addresses of at least two references, a publication list and a letter of motivation. Please submit your applications electronically to: employment@carla-hd.de.

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