Chemistry Newsletter - 08/04/2003

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter

 


XXVII - No. 25 August 4th, 2003

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Morris, Virginia Tech.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professors Rob Corn & Jim Weisshaar, UW Madison Chemistry. Rob Corn, “Optimization of Biomolecular Arrays for SPR Imaging Measurements” and Jim Weisshaar, “Single-molecule and single-vesicle motion by fluorescence microscopy”

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Thursday, September 4th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Anthony Davis, University of Bristol (UK).

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rowena Matthews, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, September 11th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Mazur, Harvard University.

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Thursday, September 11th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Massimo Olivucci.

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shimon Weiss, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Terry Sheppard, Northwestern University.

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Thursday, September 18th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University. “Nanoparticle Probes: The Next Generation Molecular Diagnostic Indicators”

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Monday, September 22nd, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Narayan Hosmane, Northern Illinois University.

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kohei Uosaki, Hokkaido University, Japan. “Non-linear Optical Spectroscopic Studies on Structure and Reactions at Solid/Liquid Interfaces”

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yaoqi Zhou, University of Buffalo.

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dalia Dhingra, UW-Madison Graduate Student.

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Thursday, September 25th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professors Bob Hamers & John Wright, UW-Madison Chemistry. Bob Hamers. “Molecular and Biomolecular Interfaces to Electronic Materials” and John Wright, “The Marriage of Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy and Coherent Control and the Future of the Couple”

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Monday, September 29th, 2003 - Ferry Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kurt Binder, University of Mainz. “Computer Simulations of the Glass Transition in Thin Films”

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2003 - Ferry Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kurt Binder, University of Mainz. “Computer Simulation of Polymer Brushes”

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marty Kirk, University of Mexico.

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Kennedy, University of Michigan. “Monitoring and Discovery of Neurotransmitters by In Vivo Sampling and Capillary Separations”

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Monday, October 6th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Bergman, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Feng Gai, University of Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Ian Davies, Merck Process Research.

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrea Lee, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, October 9th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David P. Weliky, Michigan State University. “NMR Studies of Viral Fusion Peptides and High Temperature Metal Selenophosphate Syntheses”

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Monday, October 13th, 2003 - Hirschfelder Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Heller, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2003, Hirschfelder Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Heller, Harvard University.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2003 - Hirschfelder Lectures, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Heller, Harvard University.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Quackenbush, The Institute for Genomic Research. “Beyond Expression: Extracting Meaning from Microarray Data”

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ken Schweizer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Amanda Brooks, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professors David Schwartz and Lingjun Li, UW-Madison Chemistry. David Schwartz, “From Single Molecules to Populations” and Lingjun Li, “Decoding the Chemical Messengers in Small Nervous System using MS-based Approaches”

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Monday, October 27th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonas Peters, Cal Tech.

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Monday, October 29th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Goldberg, Johns Hopkins University, Balt. MD.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lloyd Smith, UW-Madison Chemistry and Professor Nita Sahai, UW-Madison Geology & Geophysics. Professor Lloyd Smith: “Analyzing Genetic Variations (SNPs) with Invasive Cleavage Reactions on Surfaces”- Professor Nita Sahai:“A Perspective on Biogeochemistry: Emphasizing the Chemistry Underlying Mineral-Organic Interactions in the Environment and in the Human Body

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Monday, November 3rd, 2003 - Inorganic McElvain Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Bergman, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Jonas, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sam Pazicni, Graduate Student.

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Monday, October 10th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aroop Ray, Naveon Corp.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2003- Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Carl Hayden, Sandia National Laboratories.

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Namal DeSilva, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg M. Swain, Michigan State University. “Optically Transparent Diamond Electrodes for Chemical Analysis”

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Monday, November 17th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Lewis, UOP, IL.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrei Tokmakoff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dalibor Sames, Columbia University.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Heather Johnson, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Mark Wightman, UNC-Chapel Hill. “Watching Neurotransmitters in Action with Voltammetry”

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Thursday, November 20th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jiang Yueheng.

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Monday, November 24th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonas Peters, Cal Tech.

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Albert Stolow, Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences.

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tamar Seideman, Northwestern University.

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Steve Buchwald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Fielder, Graduate Student.

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Monday, December 8nd, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joe Jarrett, University of Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hyuk Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Physical Chemistry of Polymers: Personal Perspective for the Past 40 Years”

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alan Kennan, Colorado State.

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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Dickson KA; Dahlberg CL; Raines RT.

Compensating effects on the cytotoxicity of ribonuclease A variants.

ARCHIVES OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS 2003, Vol 415, Iss 2, pp 172-177.

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Shaw GA; Stone DS; Johnson AD; Ellis AB; Crone WC.

Shape memory effect in nanoindentation of nickel-titanium thin films.

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 2003, Vol 83, Iss 2, pp 257-259.

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Lee GH; West R; Muller T.

Bis[bis(trimethylsilyl)amino]silylene, an unstable divalent silicon compound.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2003, Vol 125, Iss 27, pp 8114-8115.

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Jackson TA; Yikilmaz E; Miller AF; Brunold TC.

Spectroscopic and computational study of a non-heme iron {Fe-NO}(7) system: Exploring the geometric and electronic structures of the nitrosyl adduct of iron superoxide dismutase.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2003, Vol 125, Iss 27, pp 8348-8363.

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Weise CF; Weisshaar JC.

Orientation of simple amides at the bicelle-water interface of a lyotropic liquid crystal.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 2003, Vol 107, Iss 27, pp 6552-6564.

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Jendrejack RM; Schwartz DC; Graham MD; de Pablo JJ.

Effect of confinement on DNA dynamics in microfluidic devices.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2003, Vol 119, Iss 2, pp 1165-1173.

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Lawrence CP; Skinner JL.

Vibrational spectroscopy of HOD in liquid D2O. VI. Intramolecular and intermolecular vibrational energy flow.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2003, Vol 119, Iss 3, pp 1623-1633.

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Copyright © 2003 Thomson ISI

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Internships in Public Science Education (IPSE)

 

A great way to learn about exciting research advances in nanotechnology while "Exploring the Nanoworld" with K-12 students and the general public! Paid internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students.

When: 2003-2004 academic year with the possibility of continuing into the summer.

Where: University of Wisconsin-Madison and Discovery World Museum, Milwaukee.

For Information: http://mrsec.wisc.edu/ipse and http://www.discoveryworld.org

To Apply: Contact Dr. Aura Gimm at ipse@chem.wisc.edu or 608.263.7128 or download an application at http://mrsec.wisc.edu/edetc/ipse. Application due by August 20, 2003.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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None For This Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Tenure-track Faculty Position in Analytical Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry, Chungnam National University, South Korea is seeking an Assistant Professor of experimental analytical chemistry in the areas related to biochemistry or analytical instrumentation; however, exceptional applicants in all areas of analytical chemistry will be considered. For all applicants, a Ph.D. degree is required and postdoctoral experience is desirable. The successful applicant will be expected to start teaching in Korean at both the undergraduate and graduate level in March 1st, 2004, and to develop a research program in analytical chemistry. The details concerning application are announced at the home page of Chungnam National University, web address: http://www.cnu.ac.kr.

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Stanford University, Department of Chemistry. Several positions are available for tenure-track faculty appointments in the general areas of Organic Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry. Appointment will commence on or after September 1, 2004. Completed applications must be received by October 1, 2003. To ensure full consideration of your application, please ensure that all letters of reference arrive by this deadline. Applicants must be strongly motivated toward creative research and committed to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applications must include the following materials: Current curriculum vitae & list of publications, Brief statement of research interests, Three letters of reference sent directly to the Chair of the appropriate search committee, on your behalf. Applications in the general area of Organic Chemistry and supporting materials should be addressed as follows: Chair, 2003-04 Organic Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5080. Applications in the general area of Inorganic Chemistry and supporting materials should be addressed as follows: Chair, 2003-04 Inorganic Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5080.

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The University of Iowa Department of Chemistry seeks outstanding applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in either Analytical or Organic Chemistry. Applications in all areas of Analytical Chemistry are invited. Applications in all areas of Organic Chemistry are also welcome, particularly those from candidates whose research interests incorporate aspects of organic synthesis and/or bioorganic chemistry. The ability to teach graduate and undergraduate level courses in the applicant's area of expertise and in entry-level general chemistry is essential, as is the ability to develop a vigorous research program. Applicants should submit a resume, transcripts, and summaries of research and teaching plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1294. Please specify the research area in which you are applying. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2003.

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University of California, Davis. Professor of Education, Mathematics, Science & Technology. Tenure Track, Open Rank, Starting July 1, 2004. The School of Education at the University of California, Davis, seeks a forward-looking individual who will take a leadership role in building a strong program in the area of Mathematics, Science & Technology. Specifically, we are interested in candidates adept at bringing technological innovation to the study of learning and teaching in science or mathematics. The position will be a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level. Ph.D. in Education or an appropriate field; potential for a distinguished record of research in the area of mathematics education or science education, with particular attention to applications of technology to teaching and learning science or mathematics; demonstrated excellence in teaching. At the Associate and Full Professor levels, a substantial record of publication is expected. Also desirable are: graduate work in mathematics or an area of physical, biological, or earth science; expertise in one or more of the following areas: K-12 curriculum and program evaluation, quantitative research methods, cultural or linguistic diversity. Conducting and maintaining a productive research program; publishing; teaching graduate, undergraduate, and teacher credential courses; advising masters and doctoral students; building bridges to the K-12 community and to math/science faculty on campus; and serving on School and University committees. The School has recently launched a major expansion of its programs and faculty, and the development of several new initiatives. Visit our Web site at: http://education.ucdavis.edu/. Applications are being accepted immediately and will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2003. The position will remain open until filled. Submit 1) a letter of interest outlining qualifications, experience and career goals; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) names and addresses of three professional references on-line at: http://education.ucdavis.edu/employment/positions.lasso or mail the same materials to: MST Search Committee, School of Education, UC Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.

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As part of an aggressive expansion program, the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks to fill up to five new tenure-track faculty positions. Exceptional candidates in all areas are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in Biochemistry, Organic, and Inorganic chemistry. Outstanding candidates for advanced rank positions are also encouraged and candidates with interdisciplinary interests will be considered for joint appointments with other departments. Further information is available on our Web site: http://www.chemistry.gatech.edu. Candidates at the entry level should send an application letter, curriculum vitae, a summary of research plans, and three letters of reference. Advanced candidates should send a curriculum vitae and the names of three references. All materials and requests for information should be directed to: Chair, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0400. Applications will be considered beginning October 15, 2003. Applications past that date will be considered until the positions are filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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The Physical Organometallic Chemistry Program in the Chemical Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory is searching for suitable postdoctoral candidates to work (on one, or preferably, two year appointments beginning as soon as possible) with Bob Klingler, Mike Chen, Rex Gerald, and Jerry Rathke on one or two fundamental organometallic chemistry and catalysis problems associated with our program's activities in hydrogen storage and production, carbonylation catalysis, methane activation, or other energy, environmental, or national security relevant research. The research problems will involve high pressure spectroscopic (especially NMR and FT-IR) kinetic and thermochemical studies of air-sensitive transition and main-group metallic (discrete molecular and nanoparticulate) species in micelles, in supercritical fluids, in conventional liquids, or in the solid state. Interested candidates should visit our website and send their resumes to: Jerry Rathke, Group Leader, Physical Organometallic Chemistry Program, Chemical Engineering Division, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439, Phone: 630-252-4549, E-Mail: rathke@cmt.anl.gov, Web: http://www.cmt.anl.gov/toroid-cavity/

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The Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, National Research Council is currently advertising two positions - Program Officer, and Postdoctoral Research Associate. The successful candidate for the Program Officer position will be responsible for all aspects of managing one or more of BCST's studies. This includes identification and recruitment of expert committee members, collection and dissemination of background research and data, meeting scheduling and agenda development, and synthesis, editing, and drafting sections of study reports. The preferred qualifications for the Program Officer position are a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or closely related field with at least one year of experience. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will perform duties similar to the Program Officer but will be provided a greater level of supervision and mentoring. The position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering. The successful candidate will be asked to commit to a one-year tenure in this position. In my experience, these positions are well-suited to bright, self-motivated individuals who have a keen interest in science broadly. These positions afford an opportunity to work simultaneously in several areas of the chemical sciences, as opposed to the deep focus in one area needed for successful research. The successful candidate will broaden his or her knowledge of chemistry and chemical engineering through interaction with some of the nation's top experts in these areas, who serve on BCST and on its study committees. He or she will also have the opportunity to learn about how science influences public policy, to gain knowledge of the differing missions and operations of major federal agencies, and to develop fundraising skills. BCST is currently completing projects in the area of bullet lead forensics, explosives detection, and decontamination of buildings after biological or chemical events. In the coming months, we anticipate activities on preparing the chemical workforce for a global workplace, promoting undergraduate chemistry curriculum reform, testing and evaluation of biological agent point detectors, and developing a sustainable chemical enterprise. We are focused on developing projects in the broad areas of energy, environment, homeland security, and the chemical workforce. I would ask you to forward this message to anyone you know who fits the description above and might be interested. We are hoping to fill at least one of these positions by the fall of this year. Both positions are located in Washington DC. Detailed job descriptions and instructions for applying can be found in the employment section of the National Academies website, http://www.national-academies.org. The positions are listed under requisition numbers 030120 (postdoctoral associate) and 030118 (program officer).

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Postdoctoral Position : Mechanisms of Photochemical Reactions Florida State University. Applicants are sought for a position in the area of photochemical and/or spectroscopic studies concerning cis-trans photoisomerization and photocyclization reactions of olefins, including polyenes related to the trienes in the vitamin D field, and diarylethenes. A recent Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in photochemistry, fluorimetry (steady state and/or transient) and related areas. Possible research topics Include:

1) Probing the phantom’s mysteries (energy, lifetime and charge distribution of twisted intermediates) through studies of temperature and medium effects on selected diarylethenes and diphenylpolyenes.

2) Providing experimental tests of the Hula-Twist cis-trans photoisomerization mechanism.

3) Testing proposals that geometries at certain conical intersections control efficiencies of cis-trans photoisomerizations in polyenes.

Please contact: Jack Saltiel, Professor of Chemistry, e-mail: jsaltiel@chemmail.chem.fsu.edu.

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