Chemistry Newsletter - 08/19/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 27 August 19th, 2002

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Professor West Wins Excellence in Main Group Chemistry Award

Professor Robert West has just been informed that he is the recipient of the 2001 Award for Excellence in Main Group Chemistry. This award is made yearly by the International Council on Main Group Chemistry and it consists of a gold medal and plaque. It is presented at the international meeting of Bob's choice in the area of main group chemistry. There will be a special symposium involving Bob and six other invited speakers. The award is sponsored by Elsevier. This is a major award and the Department joins in congratulating you, Bob.

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Matthew Woll Selected for ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship

The Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society's Division of Organic Chemistry has just announced that Matthew Woll has been selected to receive the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Fellowship, sponsored by Eli Lilly and Co. This fellowship is for $20,000 and will support Matt for the 2002-2003 academic year. Matt will receive the award at the 2003 National Organic Symposium in June, 2003, at Indianapolis, IN, and he will present a paper on this research. Matt is working in Sam Gellman's laboratory and he is being recognized for his pioneering work on gamma-peptide foldamers. This recognition is only given to the very top graduate students in the country and is a real honor. Congratulations Matt!

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Chemistry Newsletter Returns to weekly Publication Starting on September 3rd, 2002.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

None Scheduled at this Time

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

None Scheduled at this Time

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SEMINARS

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*****CANCELLED*****Wednesday, August 21st, 2002 - Lincoln Seminar Series, Noon, Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Fisher Representative.

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Thursday, September 5th, 2002 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Neville Kallenbach, New York University. "Polyproline II structure in the unfolded state of polypeptides"

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Tuesday, September 10th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Anna Krylov, USC. "Breaking the Curse of the Non-Dynamical Correlation Problem: The Spin-Flip Method Applied to Diradicals and Triradicals"

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steve Diver, SUNY-Buffalo.

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Eric Simanek, Texas A & M.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Toulokhonova IS; Guzei IA; Kavana M; West R.

Synthesis, structure and photophysical properties of i-BuAl(O-8-C10H9N)(2) and [(i-Bu)(2)Al([mu-O-8-C10H9N)](2).

MAIN GROUP METAL CHEMISTRY 2002, Vol 25, Iss 8, pp 489-495.

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Deng W; Burland V; Plunkett G; Boutin A; Mayhew GF; Liss P; Perna NT; Rose DJ; Mau B; Zhou SG; Schwartz DC; Fetherston JD; Lindler LE; Brubaker RR; Plano GV; Straley SC; McDonough KA; Nilles ML; Matson JS; Blattner FR; Perry RD.

Genome sequence of Yersinia pestis KIM.

JOURNAL OF BACTERIOLOGY 2002, Vol 184, Iss 16, pp 4601-4611.

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Gellman SH.

Structure and function in beta- and gamma-peptide foldamers..

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 137-ORGN.

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Gellman SH; Raguse TL; Lai JR.

Progress toward beta-peptide tertiary structure: Self-associating helices.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 213-ORGN.

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Murphy RM; Pallitto MP; Kim JR; Strzelec A; Kiessling LL.

Kinetics of beta-amyloid self-association.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 017-PHYS.

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Bach A; Hutchison JM; Holiday RJ; Crim FF.

Controlling the competition between adiabatic and nonadiabatic dissociation of vibrationally excited molecules.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 048-PHYS.

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Raines RT.

Ribonuclease A: From model system to cancer chemotherapeutic.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 124-PHYS.

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Weisshaar JC.

Velocity-map imaging of ionic products from Co+ plus alkane reactions.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 202-PHYS.

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Ngassa FN; Gelman MA; Gellman SH; Thomasson KA.

Computer simulations of linkages between alpha- and beta-peptide helices.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 356-PHYS.

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Shkel IA; Record MT.

Analysis of binding of charged ligands to DNA oligomers using electrostatic preferential interaction coefficients.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 465-PHYS.

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Record MT; Saecker R; Tsodikov O; Capp M; Courteney E; Holbrook J; Raffaelle M; Felitsky D; Hong J.

Large-scale conformational changes coupled to specific protein-DNA binding.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 467-PHYS.

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Winokur MJ; Chunwaschirasiri W; Sherlock D; Sumstine M; West R.

Absorption, photoluminescence and energy migration in conducting polymers with multiple phases.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 311-POLY.

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Winokur MJ; Chunwachirasin W; West R.

Diffraction and modeling studies of chain conformation and packing in poly(di-N-alkylsilanes).

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 438-POLY.

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Landis CR; Liu ZX; White CB.

Counterion influence on the kinetics of initiation, propagation, and termination for polymerization of 1-hexene as catalyzed by [rac-(C2H4(1-indenyl)(2)Zr(Me)](+) cations.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 439-POLY.

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Smith IWM; Crim FF.

The chemical kinetics and dynamics of the prototypical reaction: OH+H-2 -> H2O+H.

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2002, Vol 4, Iss 15, pp 3543-3551.

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Zimmerman HE; Wang PF.

Intramolecular proton transfer.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2002, Vol 4, Iss 15, pp 2593-2595.

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Arnold U; Hinderaker MP; Nilsson BL; Huck BR; Gellman SH; Raines RT.

Protein prosthesis: A semisynthetic enzyme with a beta-peptide reverse turn.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 29, pp 8522-8523.

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Miles DG; Yang ZH; Yu H.

Surface light scattering adapted to the advanced undergraduate laboratory.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 2002, Vol 79, Iss 8, pp 1007-1012.

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Berggren WT; Westphall MS; Smith LM.

Single-pulse nanoelectrospray ionization.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 2002, Vol 74, Iss 14, pp 3443-3448.

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Copyright © 2002 Institute for Scientific Information

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FELLOWSHIPS / INTERNSHIPS

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NSF-funded Internships in Public Science Education

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: 2002-2003 academic year with the possibility of continuing into the summer. Start date is August 27, 2002.

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

For more information visit: http://mrsec.wisc.edu/edetc/ipse and http://www.discoveryworld.org.

To apply: Contact Dr. Amy Payne at ipse@chem.wisc.edu or 608.262.6711 or download an application at http://mrsec.wisc.edu/edetc/ipse. Applications are due by August 10th.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Federal Milk Market Administrator's office in Bothell, Washington, which is near Seattle. We are contacting you concerning a position which is open in our laboratory. We are looking for a Supervisory Dairy Scientist. The following link is to the job announcement, which can be read using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Web address: http://www.fmmaseattle.com/va02-04.pdf. Please note that the position closes August 23. If you are unable to view the Acrobat file, please let us know, so that we may fax the information to you. You may contact: Gary Jablonski at 1-800-852-9557, or at the e-mail address: gjablonski@fmmaseattle.com, if you have any questions.

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Eastman Chemical Company has a position in its corporate research and development labs for a PhD Analytical Chemist in the area of separations science. The position involves chromatography (LC and GC) methods development, new capability development, analytical problem solving, and participation on project and problem-solving teams. Ideal candidate should have a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and the desire to become a company expert in separations science and lead a chromatography laboratory. Eastman Chemical Company, a Fortune 500 company, is a major manufacturer of plastics, fibers, and specialty organic chemicals. This position is at the Kingsport, TN site. Kingsport is located in northeast Tennessee in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. It is Eastman's policy to provide equal opportunity for all qualified persons; to prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment practices, compensation practices, personnel procedures, and the administration of benefit plans and other programs; and to promote a full realization of equal employment opportunity through continuing affirmative action throughout company establishments. Reference Requisition No. 723 in your cover letter. Send CV/Resume to: lmotz@eastman.com or to Eastman Chemical Company, PO Box 1975, B-215- Staffing, Attn: Laurie Motz, Kingsport, TN 37662.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites applications for tenure-track positions in Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and experimental and theoretical Physical Chemistry, beginning July 2003. The level of appointment is at the rank of Assistant Professor. Outstanding individuals with a strong commitment to research and teaching are encouraged to apply by arranging to have a curriculum vitae, a brief description of research plan, and three letters of recommendation sent to: Professor Stephen J. Lippard, Department of Chemistry, 18-399, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. Application deadline is October 15, 2002.

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The University of California, San Diego, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions in Organic Chemistry at the Assistant Professor level. Applicants will be considered in all areas of organic chemistry, but the committee is particularly interested in the areas of bio-organic chemistry, materials chemistry, catalysis, molecular recognition, and synthesis. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on University of California pay scale. Candidates should send a curriculum vitae, reprints of up to five representative papers, a summary of research plans, and a list of publications to: Chair, Organic Search Committee 4-092F, University of California, San Diego, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0332. Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent under separate cover. Prompt response is recommended. Review of applications begins October 1, 2002 and will continue until the positions are filled. Applications from organic chemists previously submitted are still under consideration: please do not reapply. Information about the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is available at: http://www.chem.ucsd.edu.

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Brandeis University invites applications for a tenure-track position in organic chemistry to start on or after July 1, 2003. Candidates must provide evidence of potential distinction in innovative research and in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Appointments are anticipated at the assistant professor level, but more senior appointments are possible. Those with interests in organometallic, bioorganic, materials, and synthetic chemistry are urged to apply. Applicants should provide a CV, describe their research plans, and arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent to: Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, MS-015, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454-9110 or chmsrch@brandeis.edu. Additional information about the department is available at http://www.chem.brandeis.edu. Applications will be reviewed as they become complete, but those received after Oct. 15, 2002 may not receive full consideration.

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Stanford University Department of Chemistry. Two positions are available for tenure-track or tenured faculty appointments, open rank, in the general areas of Organic Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry. Completed applications must be received by October 15, 2002. Appointment will commence on or after September 1, 2003. Applicants must be strongly motivated toward creative research and committed to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. All applications must include the following materials: Current curriculum vitae & list of publications; A brief statement of research interests (three pages or less); (For junior candidates only) Arrange to have three letters of reference sent on your behalf to the Chair of the appropriate search committee. Applications in the general area of Organic Chemistry should be addressed as follows: Chair, 2002-03 Organic Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5080. Applications in the general area of Inorganic Chemistry should be addressed as follows: Chair, 2002-03 Inorganic Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5080.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Iowa seeks outstanding candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in Analytical Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants with research interests that complement the University of Iowa's strengths in the areas of biosciences, materials chemistry, and environmental sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral experience is desirable, but a Ph.D. degree by date of appointment is required. The ability to teach graduate and undergraduate level analytical courses and entry-level general chemistry is also required. The ability to develop a vigorous and nationally recognized research program is essential. Applicants must submit a full curriculum vita, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, summary of research plans, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the department. All materials should be addressed to: Analytical Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1294. Information about the position and the Department of Chemistry can be found at http://www.uiowa.edu/~chemdept. Review of applications will begin on October 7, 2002.

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Chemistry Department, University of Utah. Three tenured or tenure-track positions are available in the general areas of analytical, organic, and physical chemistry. Applications will be considered at all levels. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the background, motivation, and ability to develop vigorous, competitive research programs, and to be excellent teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. is required; postdoctoral experience is desirable. Applicants for junior-level positions should send an application letter, a description of proposed research, and a detailed vita, and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the address below. Senior applicants should send an application letter and vita. We do not accept applications by e-mail. To direct the applications to the appropriate subcommittee, applicants should indicate in their cover letter in which areas of chemistry their teaching and research interests lie. Review of applications will begin Tuesday, October 15, 2002, and will continue until suitable candidates are identified. Reply to: Search Committee, University of Utah, Department of Chemistry, 315 S 1400 E Rm 2020, Salt Lake City UT 84112-0850.

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Valparaiso University, Department of Chemistry. Tenure-track faculty position, preferably at the assistant professor level, in the area of Analytical Chemistry, beginning in August, 2003. Candidates should have (or be completing) the Ph.D. Dedication to excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning is imperative. This includes directing vigorous undergraduate research. At minimum the teaching responsibilities will include quantitative analysis and advanced instrumental analysis. Send resume, statement of teaching and research interests, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Warren M. Kosman, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso IN 46383-6493 by January 15, 2003 (early review to begin in November). Valparaiso University is a distinguished private university of 3600 students, one hour southeast of Chicago. Candidate must be willing to work in a scholarly community committed to Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Research Opportunities at the Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, and The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD in the area of Applied Spectroscopy. Opportunities exist at both the US Army Research Laboratory and The Johns Hopkins University for Postdoctoral Research Associates to work on projects in the areas of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy (CRDS). ARL is the leading LIBS military R&D laboratory pursuing advancement of LIBS sensor technology for various field analytical applications. In particular, ARL is anticipating significant funding in FY03 for R&D on LIBS as applied to Homeland Defense while JHU has just initiated a major 5-year research program aimed at detection of explosives. Our laboratories are very well-equipped and opportunities exist to work on joint projects between our laboratories as well as with our commercial partners. We are seeking top candidates who are especially interested in working in these exciting areas of chemical analysis which are of great national importance. These postdoctoral positions are open to U.S. citizens only. For further information please contact: Dr. Andrzej W. Miziolek, ARL, APG, at 410-306-0861, miziolek@arl.army.mil, Prof. Paul J. Dagdigian, JHU, at 410-516-7438, pjdagdigian@jhu.edu, and/or Prof. James Spicer, JHU, 410-516-8524, spicer@jhu.edu. For more information on LIBS see http://www.arl.army.mil/wmrd/LIBS and for the upcoming LIBS 2002 conference see http://www.osa.org/LIBS.

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Post Doctoral Research Position RA-02-045H: Research Chemist / Research Food Chemist. Quality Assessment Research Unit, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Russell Research Center, Athens, Georgia. The incumbent will investigate the potential of near infrared spectroscopy for the analysis of dietary fiber in mixed foods (e.g. frozen pre-prepared meals). Responsibilities include the investigation of sampling techniques and acquisition of spectral data using NIR and FT-NIR spectrometers, laboratory analysis of dietary fiber, application of chemometric modeling techniques and interpretation, presentation and publication of results. Recent Ph.D. in Chemistry / Biochemistry / Food Chemistry or related area required; knowledge in spectroscopy, chemometrics and chemical/biochemical assay techniques highly desired; United States citizenship or permanent residency required. For more information see: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/divisions/hrd/hrdhomepage/vancancy/pstdclst. For specific information on the duties and responsibilities of this position or to submit an application, contact: Dr. Sandra E. Kays, USDA/ARS/QARU, 950 College Station Road, Athens, GA 30605, Phone: 706-546-3338, FAX : 706-546-3607, Email: sekays@qaru.ars.usda.gov.

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Post-doctoral Position Available Feig Laboratory Indiana University - Bloomington. An NIH-funded post-doctoral position is immediately available in the laboratory of Prof. Andrew Feig in the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Potential projects will focus on RNA Folding, RNA Cold Denaturation or the role of RNA folding in the cold shock response. This latter system involves a non-coding RNA that post-transcriptionally regulates gene expression with the assistance of a small regulatory protein, Hfq. Our technical approaches to these questions use a broad range of biochemical and biophysical methodologies including: circular dichroism spectroscopy, microcalorimetry (ITC and DSQ, FRET, analytical ultracentrifugation, PAGE and others. Applicants should have a good working knowledge of RNA biochemistry or RNA-protein interactions and the willingness to work cooperatively with others. Candidates must hold a recent (less than five years) Ph.D. degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, or related discipline. Expertise with recombinant DNA techniques, protein/RNA purification, RNA thermodynamics, fluorescence spectroscopy, CD, and/or stopped-flow is desirable. Please send a curriculum vitae and the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references to: Prof. Andrew Feig, Dept. of Chemistry, Indiana University, 800 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405, USA, phone: 812-856-5449, fax: 812-855-8300, email: afeig@indiana.edu. Additional information regarding the lab and these projects including recent lab publications can be found on our website: http://php.indiana.edu/~afeig/Lab/home.htm.

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Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Liver-biliary-pancreatic Center and the General Clinical Research Center University of Connecticut Health Center. We seek an enthusiastic, energetic person with excellent technical skills and demonstrated productivity to work with a research group interested in the liver in health and disease. Current Interests of our group include: Studies on regulation of expression of genes for the rate-controlling enzymes of heme metabolism. Studies of "knock-out" mice. Genes knocked-out include Uroporphyrinogen decarboxylase and MAP kinase kinases. Model systems for chronic hepatitis C and effects of hepatitis C protein expression in transfected cell cultures and transgenic mice. The successful candidate will have a solid grounding and record of publications and preparation of research applications in biochemistry, molecular biology, and work with small rodents. Interested candidates should submit a letter summarizing their major accomplishments and career goals, a CV and bibliography, and the names, phone, fax, email, and addresses of at least 3 references. Address these to: Jean M. Clark, Executive Assistant to Herbert L. Bonkovsky, MD, Director, The Liver-Biliary-Pancreatic Center, and Director of Clinical Research, University of Connecticut Health Center, 263 Farmington Avenue, LI 096, Farmington, CT 06030-1111.

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University of Kansas. Post Doc Research Associate. September 16, 2002 or anytime thereafter. One year with possibility of renewal based on availability of funds and satisfactory job performance. Salary: $30,000 for 12 months (100% time). Pursue research in organometallic carbide complexes and olefin metathesis chemistry. Responsibilities include performing experiments in the chemical laboratory, keeping a documented record or research results, maintaining safe laboratory practices, assisting in documenting research results and assisting in the direction of graduate and undergraduate co-workers. Teach or assist the instructor in up to two chemistry courses per year. These responsibilities may include developing teaching materials, presenting lectures, meeting with students in small group tutorials, supervising laboratories, assigning grades for courses or assisting in grading, devising demonstrations, meeting discussion sections and maintaining office hours. Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field by time of appointment. Demonstrated ability in synthetic inorganic chemistry pertaining to air sensitive organometallic compounds. Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff and students. Minimum score on the SPEAK test or the TSE test. Previous experience teaching undergraduate chemistry curriculum. Commitment to excellence in teaching. Contact Person: Dr. Joseph A. Heppert, Department of Chemistry, 1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, Room 2010, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66047-7582, Phone (785)-864-2270; Fax (785)-864-5396. Application to Include: Letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation. Deadline/Review Date: Initial review of applications will begin on September 3, 2002 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about postdoctoral position should be sent to Dr. Heppert by email at: jheppert@ku.edu.

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The Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University has grown its research-active faculty by 50%, which has created many exciting and innovative research programs and opportunities for our graduate students. In fact, "US News & World Report" ranked NC State's Chemistry Department 51st in the nation, up from 78th place four years ago. We anticipate continued success in the future. At NC State, graduate students are an integral part of our unique research community, which emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to cutting-edge science. When our students graduate, they leave with the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to excel in major chemical industries and academic laboratories across the nation. If you have an interest, please, contact Crissy Williams Brown at crissy_williams@ncsu.edu or call collect (919-515-2548). If you have any questions regarding our research or academic areas, please don't hesitate to contact me or go to our Website at http://www.ncsu.edu/chemistry/chem.html. All full-time graduate students are provided teaching or research assistantships. Their tuition and health insurance are paid by NCSU. Please note that there is no application fee required for domestic students and on-line applications are strongly encouraged. The application deadline for Spring 2003 is November 25 for domestic students and August 15 for international students. For Fall 2003, the application deadline is June 25 for domestic students and April 1 for international students.

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