Chemistry Newsletter - 08/29/2005

 

  University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter

 

XXIX - No. 26 August 29th, 2005

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Chemistry Newsletter Back To Weekly Schedule Starting September 12

The Chemistry Newsletter will be published weekly again starting with the next issue, September 12. Please continue to submit any newsletter items to Bruce Goldade in room 1146 or by e-mail to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu. Thank You.

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Introductory Research Talks in Physical Chemistry

Thursdays 5:45-7:45 pm Room 8335

For entering graduate students interested in physical chemistry, there will be a series of short talks by faculty members describing their research interests. These will be held at 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays during the first weeks of the semester. There will be one half-hour talk followed by an informal supper and then two more talks.

Since these talks are brief, students should follow up by contacting individual faculty members in whose research they are interested. Each student should interview at least three faculty members during the fall semester concerning research opportunities.

These talks are a means of finding research opportunities and of obtaining a broad overview of physical chemistry research in the Department. Students expecting to major in physical chemistry should make every effort to attend all of these talks. Teaching Assistants should mark this time on the schedule cards turned in to the teaching Laboratory Director.

Schedule for Introductory Research Talks

 

5:45

6:45

7:15

Sept. 15

Tom Record

Mark Ediger

Martin Zanni

Sept. 22

Nita Sahai

Frank Keutsch

Silvia Cavagnero

Sept. 29

Jim Weisshaar

John Wright

Gil Nathanson

Oct. 6

Fleming Crim

Bob McMahon

Jim Skinner

Oct. 13

Ned Sibert

Bob Hamers

Joshua Coon

Oct. 20

Qiang Cui

Song Jin

Arun Yethiraj

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

9/13/05

10/11/05

11/08/05

12/13/05

2/14/06

3/21/06

4/11/06

5/9/06

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

9/6/05

9/20/05

10/4/05

10/18/05

11/1/05

11/15/05

12/6/05

12/20/05

1/17/06

2/7/06

2/21/06

3/7/06

3/28/06

4/4/06

4/18/06

 

5/2/06

 

5/16/06

 

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Todd D. Krauss, University of Rochester. “Single Carbon Nanotube Electronics and Photonics”

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Patrick Harran, University of Texas. “Synthetic Means to Reach Natural Ends”

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Thursday, September 8th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar - Gary Parr Memorial Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kimberly Kutz, UW-Madison Graduate Student. “FTMS: An enabling tool for probing neuropeptide signaling”

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Thursday, September 8th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrew Dilger, Burke Group.

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Monday, September 12th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Ruth Nussinov, Nat’l Cancer Institute. “Prediction of Multi-Molecular Assemblies and Protein Structures by Multiple Combinatorial Docking”

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Anne Gershenson, Brandeis University. “Single Molecule Studies of Molecular Mousetraps: Modulating the Conformations of Protease-Serpin Complexes”

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore, Roger Adams Laboratory and Beckman Institute. “Foldamer Heterosequences: Modular and Customizable Molecular Containers”

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Thursday, September 15th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Soper, Louisiana State University. “Flow-Through Lab-on-a-Chip Biosensors for the Detection of Low Abundant Point Mutations in Genomic DNA”

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Thursday, September 15th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Erik Hadley, Gellman Group.

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Monday, September 19th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Leslie Kuhn, Michigan State University. “Multi-Scale Molecular Flexibility in Structure-Based Drug Design”

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Bowman, Emory University. “Large Amplitude Motion in Reaction Dynamics and Vibrations”

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Masahiro Murakami, Kyoto University. “Contrasteric Torque Control by Metal-Orbital Interactions”

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Thursday, September 22nd, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Michelle V. Buchanan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “A High Troughput Approach for the Identification of Protein Complexes”

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Monday, September 26th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Tomasik, Graduate Student, West Group.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Huey W. Huang, Rice University. “Membrane Active Peptides Induce Structural Changes in Lipid Bilayers”

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Karen Wooley, Washington University in Saint Louis. “Well defined nanostructured materials: Discrete nanoobjects and nanoscopically resolved crosslinked networks”

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2005 - Novartis Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dieter Seebach, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. “Structures and Biological Properties of Peptides Consisting of Homologated Proteinogenic Amino Acids”

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2005 - Novartis Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dieter Seebach, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. “Organic Synthesis = Synthetic Engineering?”

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Thursday, September 29th, 2005 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Voyles, Materials Science and Engineering Department, UW-Madison. “Towards the Ultimate Analysis with TEM and STEM”

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Monday, October 3rd, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Jie Liang, University of Illinois at Chicago. “Geometric patterns and evolution of protein local structures: Predicting protein function and designing peptide modulators for protein-protein interactions”

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard A. Loomis, Washington University in St. Louis. “The Interactions of Rare Gas Atoms with Dihalogen Molecules: Finding the Surprise Ending of an Old Story “

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2005 - Organic - McElvain Industrial Speaker, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Jothan Coe, Pfizer.

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Wednesday, October 5th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kenneth Caulton, Indiana University.

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Thursday, October 6th, 2005 - Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Frank DiSalvo, Cornell University.

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Thursday, October 6th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nicola Pohl, Iowa State University.

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Monday, October 10th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Robert Eisenberg, Rush University. “Ion Channels, Living Transistors”

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Monday, October 10th, 2005 - Hirschfelder Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Henry F. Schaefer, University of Georgia. “The Third Age of Quantum Chemistry”

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Tuesday, October 11th, 2005 - Hirschfelder Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Henry F. Schaefer, University of Georgia. “Thermochemistry and Spectroscopy of Soot Formation Intermediates”

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2005 - Hirschfelder Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Henry F. Schaefer, University of Georgia. “Lesions in DNA Subunits: Foundational Studies of Structures and Energetics”

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Thursday, October 13th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Frank Keutsch, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison. “Atmospheric field measurements with new spectroscopic techniques: Climate change and tropospheric chemistry”

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Thursday, October 13th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Laura Wysocki, Burke Group.

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David N. Beratan, Duke University. “Designing Molecules by Optimizing Potentials”

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Adam J. Matzger, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, October 20th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Wright, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison. “Mixed Frequency/Time Domain Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy- The Optical Analogue to Multidimensional Heteronuclear NMR Methods”

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Thursday, October 20th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jane Coughlin, Shen Group.

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Friday, October 21st, 2005 - Chemistry Departmental Colloquium, 3:30 p. m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elaine A. Cohen Hubal from the EPA.

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Monday, October 24th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Robert T. Hembre, Eastman Kodak Chemical Company.

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Monday, October 24th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Stephen Levene, University of Texas at Dallas. “Topology in Molecular Biology: From DNA Mechanics to Enzymology”

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor D. James Donaldson, University of Toronto. “Whad’Ya Know? A Physical Chemist’s Approach to the Atmosphere”

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sergey Kozmin, University of Chicago. “Chemical Synthesis: From New Reactivity to Molecular Complexity and Cell Regulatory Function”

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew Christianson, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Thursday, October 27th, 2005 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lars Samuelson, Lund University, Sweden. “Materials and device physics aspects of semiconductor nanowires”

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Thursday, October 27th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Victoria Wilde, Burke Group.

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Monday, October 31th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Charles Burant, University of Michigan. “Adipocyte Development, Nutrient Sensing and Mutations in AGPAT2”

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard M. Stratt, Brown University. “Relaxation a Little Too Far From Equilibrium”

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Rustem F. Ismagilov, The University of Chicago. “Synthesizing and Understanding Complex Reaction Networks”

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Laurie Grove, Graduate Student, Brunold Group.

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lloyd D. Fricker, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kris Kolonko, Reich Group.

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Monday, November 7th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Nathan Baker, Washington University.

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ronald G. Larson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher Scarborough, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Thursday, November 10th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Lara Spencer, UW-Madison Graduate Student.

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Thursday, November 10th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Caroline Pharr, McMahon Group.

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Monday, November 14th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. F. Anne Walker, University of Arizona.

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Monday, November 14th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Charles Brooks, Scripps Research Institute. “General Features and Methanisms of Functionally Relevant Large-Scale Reorganization of Molecular Machines”

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Charles L. Brooks III, Scripps Research Institute. “Protein Folding Free Energy Landscapes - Insights Into Mechanism, Kinetics and Function From Molecular Simulations”

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Thursday, November 17th, 2005 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. James E. Butler, Naval Research Laboratory.

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Thursday, November 17th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Fast, Mecozzi Group.

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Friday, November 18th, 2005 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p. m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. James E. Butler, Naval Research Laboratory.

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Monday, November 21st, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Boris Kholodenko, Thomas Jefferson University. “Systems Biology of Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Signaling: Can We Navigate Through Molecular Jungles?”

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bhavesh Gandhi, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Monday, November 28th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. John Yin, UW Madison. “Dynamics of Virus Growth and Spread - A Systems Biology Approach”

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daesung Lee, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew Dodge, Burke Group.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Audrey Gasch, UW-Madison, Genetics.

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Monday, December 5th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Yun-Xing Wang, National Cancer Institute. “Using NMR to Answer Fundamental Biological Questions”

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Shana O. Kelly, Boston University.

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. James O’Donnell, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. SooHyuk Choi, Gellman Group.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Blick, UW-Madison, Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Monday, December 12th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. George Rose, Johns Hopkins University. “Proteins: The Unfolding Story”

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Edward J. Kramer, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Phase Transitions in Flatland: Order, Disorder and Defects in Block Copolymer Monolayers and Multilayers”

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jocelyn Pinkert, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Zwier, Purdue University. “Laser Probes of the Potential Energy Surfaces of Flexible Molecules and Water-containing Complexes”

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Thursday, January 19th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Seyed Seradj, Burke Group.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Leitner, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil S. Baran, The Scripps Research Institute. “The Catalytic Cycle of Discovery in Total Synthesis”

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Smith, Denu Group.

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 - McElvain Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Yates, Scripps Research Institute.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Karen Schmidt, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcus Weck, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Venkat Ganesan, University of Texas at Austin. “Dynamical Phenomena in Multicomponent Polymers”

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Thursday, February 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrew Razgulin, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hanna Reisler, University of Southern California.

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Thursday, February 16th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Garske, Denu Group.

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Monday, February 20th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melanie Sanford, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ji-Xin Cheng, Purdue University.

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Jewell, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Roger E. Miller, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Chemistry on the Brink: Photo-induced Reaction Dynamics of Entrance Channel Complexes”

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luke Lavis, Raines Group.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arieh Warshel, University of Southern California. “Computer Simulations of Enzymatic Reactions: Finding out What are the Catalytic Principles that Really Work?”

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christian E. Schafmeister, University of Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangho Park, Lee Group.

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Monday, March 20th, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Walba, University of Colorado. “High Throughput Measurement of ee Using Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals”

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jamie Ellis, Cavagnero Group.

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Wednesday Thru Friday, March 29th - 31st, 2006 - Meloche Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Lippard, MIT.

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bin Sun, Lynn Group.

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patrick Holland, University of Rochester.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark A. Johnson, Yale University.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor D. Tyler McQuade, Cornell University. “Microreactors, Encapsulated Catalysts, and Mechanisms: New Tools and Techniques for Polymer and Small Molecule Synthesis”

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Thursday, April 6th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Schultz, Nelsen Group.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sanat Kumar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan O’Leary, Ponoma College. “Deuterium and Tritium NMR Equilibrium Isotope Effects Involving OH/OH and CH/N Hydrogen Bonds: Stereochemical Applications”

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor H. Jane Dyson, The Scripps Research Institute. “New Insights from NMR into Unfolded Proteins and the Protein Folding Process”

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Thursday, April 18th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Virginia W. Cornish, Columbia University. “Co-Opting Nature's Machineries for Chemical Discovery”

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Thursday, April 20th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jennifer O’Neill, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael J. Saxton, University of California at Davis.

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Thursday, April25th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Matt Sigman, University of Utah.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon Tunge, University of Kansas.

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Jordan, University of Pittsburgh. “Electron and Proton Localization in Water Clusters”

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Stang, University of Utah. “Nanoscale Molecular Architecture: Design and Self-Assembly of Metallocyclic Polygons and Polyhedra via Coordination”

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Thursday, May 4th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Walker, Harvard University.

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeff Johnston, Indiana University.

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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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Range K. Riccardi D. Cui Q. Elstner M. York DM.

Benchmark calculations of proton affinities and gas-phase basicities of molecules important in the study of biological phosphoryl transfer.

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 7(16):3070-3079, 2005.

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Chi Y. Peelen TJ. Gellman SH.

A rapid H-1 NMR assay for enantiomeric excess of alpha-substituted aldehydes.

Organic Letters. 7(16):3469-3472, 2005 Aug 4.

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Lamanna AC. Ordal GW. Kiessling LL.

Large increases in attractant concentration disrupt the polar localization of bacterial chemoreceptors.

Molecular Microbiology. 57(3):774-785, 2005 Aug.

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Nelsen SF. Weaver MN. Zink JI. Telo JP.

Optical spectra of delocalized dinitroaromatic radical anions revisited.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(30):10611-10622, 2005 Aug 3.

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Mednikov EG. Dahl LF.

Nanosized Au4Pd32(CO)(28)(PMe3)(14) containing a highly distorted encapsulated AN tetrahedron: Proposed multi-twinned growth-pattern from two deformed au-centered double icosahedral-based fragments.

Journal of Cluster Science. 16(2):287-302, 2005 Jun.

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Schmidt JR. Corcelli SA. Skinner JL.

Pronounced non-Condon effects in the ultrafast infrared spectroscopy of water - art. no. 044513.

Journal of Chemical Physics. 123(4):44513, 2005 Jul 22.

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Binkowski BF. Miller RA. Belshaw PJ.

Ligand-regulated peptides: A general approach for modulating protein-peptide interactions with small molecules. Chemistry & Biology. 12(7):847-855, 2005 Jul.

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Blackwell HE.

Bacterial crowd control with iron.

Chemistry & Biology. 12(7):721-723, 2005 Jul.

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Guzei IA. Ojwach SO. Darkwa J.

Dichlorobis[2-(3,5-dimethylpyrazolyl-1-carbonyl)furan]palladium(II) bis[aquatris(pentafluorophenyl)boron] dihydrate dichloromethane disolvate.

Acta Crystallographica, Section e (Structure Reports Online). 61(Part 8):M1492-M1494, 2005 Aug.

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2005 Physical Chemistry Picnic

The 2005 Physical Chemistry Picnic will be held Friday, September 9, 2005 at Garner Park. Festivities begin at 4:30pm. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending this yearly event. Ben Auer, Matt Liptak, Heidi Yoon- picnic organizers.

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Career Services Workshop

Sept. 17 ACS career services workshop given by Dr. Ray O'Donnell, Senior Career Consultant. Contact Sarah Baker: baker@chem.wisc.edu to sign up.


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Positions open in NJ. A research consultant working with a major pharmaceutical company that is located around the country is working directly with the managers of a company to help them interview and hire perfect candidates. They are seeking to fill several positions within the pharmaceutical industry, now located in San Diego, CA. Here are the positions they are currently looking to fill. If you would like more information on any of these positions please contact me by phone or by email. Senior Microbiologist: Water testing experience necessary; Vendor auditing experience a must; Must have clean room experience. Junior Microbiologist: Water testing experience necessary: Vendor auditing experience a must: Must have clean room experience. Metrologist: Experience with calibrating laboratory equipment necessary. Senior QA Associate: Lot and Batch Release experience necessary; Must have experience in a clean room environment. Analytical Chemist. Mass Spectrologist. Formulations Chemist. Please contact: Brianne Bangma, Research Consultant, Empyrean Management Group, bbangma@empyrean-group.com, Office: 610-275-4400, Toll Free: 1-866-773-9900.

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The Chemistry Department at Wichita State University seeks an instrumentation manager with a strong background in high field NMR spectroscopy. Main responsibilities include operating and maintaining Varian 300 and 400 MHz NMR instruments, SUN workstations and departmental teaching instrumentation. Qualifications: M.S. chemistry degree with NMR experience required, Ph.D. degree in chemistry preferred; proficiency in acquisition and processing of 1D and 2D NMR data; familiarity with UNIX operating systems; effective writing and interpersonal communication skills; demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and a commitment to diversity. Priority will be given to applicants with prior teaching experience at the college/university level. Exceptional Ph.D. candidates will be considered for Adjunct Professor status in the Chemistry Department. Application procedure: Applications must be submitted on-line at: https://www.hrepartners.com/allopenjobs.aspx. In addition, a letter of application addressing all qualifications, including prior teaching experience; current resume; evidence of the required degree and a list of three professional references, with contact information, should be sent to: Professor Michael J. Van Stipdonk, Chair, Instrumentation Manager Search Committee, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0051; voice 316-9787375; e-mail: mike.vanstipdonk@wichita.edu. To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by September 30, 2005.


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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The University of Toronto at Mississauga, Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences, invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Bio-organic Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2006. Applications will be accepted in all areas of bio-organic chemistry but preference will be given to candidates with research interests in biomacromolecules or at the biology-chemistry interface. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in chemistry, a strong academic background, an excellent research record and potential for excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct an active and innovative research program and be able to teach organic chemistry at the undergraduate level and their research specialty at the graduate level. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will be located in the Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences, University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM), and will also be a member of the graduate Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto. Further information can be found at http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/cps. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applications will be accepted until November 1, 2005. Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, an outline of their proposed research, and should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent on their behalf to: Professor G.W.K. Moore, Chair, Bio-organic Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5L 1C6.

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The University of Vermont (UVM) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in organic chemistry with a focus in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. The appointment would begin September 1, 2006. The successful candidate would contribute to teaching organic chemistry at both the undergraduate and Ph.D. levels and would have the opportunity to develop courses suited to his or her area of expertise. The successful candidate is also expected to develop a strong, externally funded research program. A competitive start-up package of funding, space and facilities will be provided. A doctoral degree in chemistry and postdoctoral experience are expected. The Department of Chemistry is multi-disciplinary with 13 tenured or tenure-track faculty members, 3 research-active emeritus professors, two lecturers, an undergraduate laboratory coordinator/lecturer, and 8 support staff members, including NMR support and a glassblower. A range of modern instrumentation is housed within the Department: two 500 MHz multinuclear NMRs, several mass spectrometers, powder and single-crystal X-ray diffractometers, laser Raman, an ESR spectrometer, and other equipment. Machine shop and electronics design facilities exist both in the Chemistry building and on-campus. The College of Medicine houses other core facilities in NMR, X-ray crystallography, molecular modeling, microscopy & imaging, and DNA synthesis, analysis and microarray facilities. The chemistry faculty has a strong commitment to research. Individual faculty members maintain active research groups and strong extramural funding for research. The graduate program is vibrant with ~45 fulltime graduate students, several postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate chemistry majors who perform research in the department. Additional information about the Department of Chemistry can be found at the web address: http://www.uvm.edu/~chem/. Established in 1791, UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, a small city situated on the shores of Lake Champlain between the Adirondack and Green Mountains. The eight undergraduate colleges and schools within the University have an enrollment of ~7500. Graduate, medical, and continuing education students bring the total enrollments to ~10,000. Location of the College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care directly on campus provides important links between the Department of Chemistry and the biomedical sciences. More information can be found on the University’s website: http://www.uvm.edu. To receive full consideration, applicants must apply online at http://www.uvmjobs.com by October 1, 2005 and must also attach to that application a curriculum vitae and proposed research plans. Three hard-copy letters of recommendation should also be sent directly to: Prof. José Madalengoitia, Chair, Organic Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, The University of Vermont, 82 University Pl, Burlington, VT 05405, phone: 802 656-8247, e-mail: Jose.Madalengoitia@uvm.edu.

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The Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University is seeking to fill a junior - level tenure track position in Inorganic Chemistry or Experimental NMR. The successful candidate is expected to establish a nationally and internationally recognized research program and to demonstrate strong interests and abilities in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Research areas that complement the existing interdisciplinary research programs in catalysis, materials, and biological systems are preferred. Candidates must possess a PhD in Chemistry or Related Scientific field to be considered for this position. Junior candidates should submit Curriculum Vitae, research proposals, and three letters of recommendation. Applications will be accepted until November 7, 2005. Materials should be sent to: Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 8204, Raleigh, NC 27695-8204. ADA arrangements can be made by contacting Morteza G. Khaledi, NCSU, Campus Box 8204, Department of Chemistry, Raleigh, NC 27695-8204, telephone (919) 515-2355 or by email at: morteza_khaledi@ncsu.edu. For further information please see: http://www.ncsu.edu/chemistry/chem.html.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania plans to make a tenure track appointment in chemistry at the assistant professor level. The appointment can be in any field of chemistry. The position is expected to begin on July 1, 2006. Minority and women applicants are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a description of proposed research and 3 reference letters to: Marsha I. Lester, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323. Review of applications will begin on October 17, 2005 and will continue until the position is filled.

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LSU's Department of Chemistry anticipates filling a tenure-track position in the field of physical chemistry, broadly defined, starting about August 15, 2006. Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field. Applicants should be aware of a wide array of accessible state-of-the-art instrumentation including a 700 MHz NMR spectrometer, extensive microfabrication facilities, grid and parallel computing capabilities, and a synchrotron facility (CAMD). While we expect to fill the position at the level of Assistant Professor, we welcome outstanding applicants at all levels. The successful applicant will be expected to establish a strong, well-funded, widely recognized research program, and achieve excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department is expanding in faculty size (~30 research-active faculty and three searches this year), space (a new annex in the architect phase), and Ph.D. student enrollment (currently > 150). Applicants in all areas of physical chemistry are welcome, and we expect to focus on three broadly defined areas of research: biological chemistry, environmental chemistry, and materials chemistry. LSU benefits from state initiatives in Biotechnology and Information Technology. Applications should consist of a letter indicating an interest in the physical chemistry faculty position, research proposal, a statement of teaching philosophy, a curriculum vita (including e-mail address), and three letters of recommendation. To receive full consideration, applications should be received at LSU by October 21, 2005. All materials should be mailed to: Faculty Searches c/o Vickie Thornton, Department of Chemistry, 232 Choppin Hall, Louisiana State University, Ref: Log #0421, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Electronic submission of materials is possible; visit http://chrwh.chem.lsu.edu/hall/Application.html for details.

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In response to the University of Minnesota’s Presidential Initiative on Biocatalysis, the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics and the Biotechnology Institute seek to hire an outstanding faculty member studying fundamental biochemical aspects of biotechnology, biocatalysis or bioenergy. The position is expected to be at the tenure-track assistant professor level, but outstanding candidates at any level will be considered. Review of applications will begin Nov 1st and continue until the position is filled. All candidates must have a Ph.D. degree and a strong publication record. Postdoctoral or equivalent experience is desired. To apply please send a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests and arrange to have sent three letters of recommendation that consider both teaching and research potential to: BMBB Search Committee Chair, c/o Kristi Iskierka, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, 1479 Gortner Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108 USA. An application sent by e-mail to: bmbb-search@cbs.umn.edu should be followed by a hard copy sent to the address above.

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The University of Vermont (UVM) invites applications for two tenure--track Assistant Professor positions in inorganic chemistry. The appointments would begin September 1, 2006. The successful candidates would contribute to teaching inorganic chemistry at both the undergraduate and Ph.D. levels and would have the opportunity to develop courses suited to his or her area of expertise. The successful candidates are also expected to develop a strong, externally funded research program. A competitive start-up package of funding, space and facilities will be provided. A doctoral degree in chemistry and postdoctoral experience are expected. The chemistry faculty has a strong commitment to research. Individual faculty members maintain active research groups and strong extramural funding for research. The graduate program is vibrant with ~ 45 full-time graduate students, several postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate chemistry majors who perform research in the department. Additional information about the Department of Chemistry can be found at the web address: http://www.uvm.edu/~chem/. To receive full consideration, applicants must apply online at: http://wwwuvmjibs.com October 1, 2005 and must also attach to that application a curriculum vitae and proposed research plans. Three hard-copy letters of recommendation should also be sent directly to: Prof. Christopher Landry, Chair, Inorganic Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, The University of Vermont, 82 University PI, Burlington, VT 05405, phone: 802-656-0270, e-mail: Christopher.Landry@uvm.edu.

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University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Assistant/associate Professor of Chemistry, Materials or Polymer Synthesis. The Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York, invites applications for a new tenure track/ tenured Assistant or Associate Professorship with research interests in the area of materials or polymer synthesis, as broadly conceived. The successful candidate must be committed to undergraduate and graduate education, is expected to develop or have a vigorous, funded research program, and shall conduct research in areas that complement, rather than duplicate, existing research efforts. A list of current faculty and sampling of research programs within the Department of Chemistry are available at: http://www.chem.buffalo.edu/. A cover letter, full curriculum vitae, brief statement of teaching philosophy and proposed research plans (< 10 pages), and three letters of recommendation should be sent via e-mail to: chechair@buffalo.edu, or by mail to: Materials Chemistry Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, Natural Sciences Complex, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14260-3000. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2005, and will continue until the position is filled.

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The Chemistry Department at Wichita State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Experimental Physical Chemistry at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August of 2006. Individuals with a Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral experience in chemistry, a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, experience with diverse populations, and the ability to establish a vigorous, externally-funded research program are urged to apply. Applicants should submit a letter of application addressing their qualifications and skills for the position, a curriculum vitae that includes the candidate's publication record, a description of future research plans along with estimates of equipment costs, a description of teaching interests and have three letters of recommendation sent to: Professor D. Paul Rillema, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0051 (Tel: (316) 978-3732; FAX (316) 978-3431; email: paul.rillema@wichita.edu.) Further details can be found on the departmental website: http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=chem&p=/index. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 1, 2005.

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Washington University in St. Louis announces a tenured or tenure track faculty position in cosmochemistry to complement our existing programs in geochemistry and the study of extraterrestrial materials. We seek an outstanding individual who will begin in Fall 2006 at an academic rank consistent with experience and qualifications. Candidates should apply modern, quantitative analytical techniques and have demonstrated or show promise of excellence in both teaching and research. We particularly encourage application by candidates with expertise in the chemical and/or isotopic analysis and characterization of a range of extraterrestrial samples (e.g., lunar, meteoritic, planetary). Candidates must have been awarded the Ph.D. at time of appointment. Send resume, statement of future research interest, and names and contact information for at least three references to: Frank A. Podosek, Search Committee Chair, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, C/B 1169, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63130, or via e-mail: FacSearch@levee.wustl.edu. Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received by November 30, 2005.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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The Gas Phase Chemical Dynamics Program at Argonne National Laboratory has an opening for a post-doctoral appointment working with R. Glen Macdonald. The Gas Phase Chemical Dynamics Program consists of six experimentalists and five theoreticians working on related problems of chemical reactivity, see http//:chemistry.anl.gov. The current opening is in a research program based on the use of high-resolution time-resolved near-infrared and infrared absorption spectroscopy to study the dynamics and kinetics radical + radical processes of interest to combustion chemistry. Several recent articles will give potential candidates an idea of the problems that will be tackled: J. Phys. Chem. A 105, 6817 (2001), and J. Phys. Chem. A 109, 5388 (2005). The successful candidate should be planning to graduate soon or be a recent graduate from a Chemical Dynamics or Kinetics Program. The initial effort will be to integrate a new continuous-wave tunable OPO infrared laser with the existing apparatus. Candidates should have experience in chemical dynamics or kinetics, laser systems, vacuum techniques, and computer data acquisition. A background in rovibrational spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules would be a desirable asset. An application will require a CV and three letters of recommendation to be sent to: R. G. Macdonald, Argonne National Laboratory, Chemistry Division, 9700 South Cass Ave., Argonne, IL, 60439 or email: rgmacdonald@anl.gov. For further information, interested candidates should contact Glen Macdonald by email: rgmacdonald@anl.gov or phone: (630) 252-7742.

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Penn State University. Ayusman Sen (http://research.chem.psu.edu/axsgroup/) and John Badding are looking for two post-doctoral associates to work on a collaborative project regarding the synthesis and characterization (structural, transport etc.) of inorganic/organic nanocomposites. Jerry Mahan in our physics department and Dave Allara in chemistry are also involved. Solid state or solution phase (inorganic or organometallic) synthesis skills (including handling of air sensitive compounds) or more preferably a combination thereof are desirable for this project. Interested candidates should e-mail a copy of their CV, a description of their research interests/experience and two letters of reference to: jbadding@tanzanite.chem.psu.edu. These positions are available immediately and we would like to fill them as soon as possible.

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