Chemistry Newsletter - 08/30/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 27

August 30th, 2004

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Chemistry Newsletter Back To Weekly Schedule Starting September 13

 

The Chemistry Newsletter will be published weekly again starting with the next issue, September 13. 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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Professor Shakhashiri on WAKE UP WISCONSIN every other Tuesday at 6:44 a.m. WKOW-TV Channel 27 in Madison

Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri brings science to life for early morning viewers in South Central Wisconsin every other Tuesday at 6:44 a.m. on Channel 27, WKOW-TV's "Wake Up Wisconsin" early news program. With hosts Roland Beres and Tara Arnold he discusses contemporary science issues and regularly displays spectacular demonstrations. On August 16 the topic was lasers and featured Professor John Wright. On August 31 the topic will be methane, its properties, and safe handling.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9340 Chemistry

9/14/04

10/12/04

11/9/04

12/14/04

2/8/05

3/8/05

4/12/05

5/10/05

 

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

9/7/04

9/21/04

10/5/04

10/19/04

11/2/04

11/16/04

12/7/04

12/21/04

½5/05

2/15/05

3/1/05

3/15/05

4/5/05

4/19/05

5/3/05

5/17/05

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Organic Faculty Research Presentations

6:30

6:55

7:35

8:00

Thursday, Sept. 2

Ron Raines

Sandro Mecozzi

Tuesday, Sept. 7

Bob McMahon

Chuck Casey

Ben Shen

Helen Blackwell

Thursday, Sept. 9

Padma Gopalan

Daesung Lee

Howard Zimerman

Sam Gellman

Tuesday, Sept. 14

Laura Kiessling

Shannon Stahl

Steve Burke

David Lynn

Thursday, Sept. 21

Silvia Cavagnero

Stephen Nelsen

Peter Belshaw

Hans Reich

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SEMINARS

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Thursday, September 2nd, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Scott Shippy, University of Illinois-Chicago. “Analytical Tools for Following Chemical Signaling in the Central Nervous System”

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Tuesday, September 7th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Continetti, University of California, San Diego. “Three-Body Dissociation Dynamics of the Low-Lying Rydberg States of H3”

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Thursday, September 9th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Susan Coppersmith, UW-Madison. “Comparing classical and quantum complex systems”

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Monday, September 13th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. in B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Elizabeth Komives, UC-San Diego. “Protein-Protein Interactions: Interfaces and Conformational Changes”

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nancy S. Goroff, SUNY-Stony Brook. “Conjugated Halocarbon Chemistry: Carbon Sticks and Iodine Glue”

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Tuesday, September 14 th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Anders Nilsson, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. “Probing Hydrogen Bonding in Water and Ice using X-rays”

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Thursday, September 16th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jim Weisshaar, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, September 16th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mansuk Kim, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, September 16th, 2004 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Sean Sun, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins. “Dynamics of Actin-Myosin Interaction: From Single Molecules to Muscle Contraction.”

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Tuesday, September 21th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. George Schatz, Northwestern University. “Oxygen Atom Reactions: From Gas Phase Reaction Dynamics to Materials Chemistry”

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shannon Stahl, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Wright, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Anne Tam, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Victor Batista, Yale University. “Multidimensional Quantum Dynamics: Methods and Applications”

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Santiago, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, September 30th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Song Jin, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, September 30th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Igor Alabugin, Florida State University.

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Monday, October 4th, 2004 - Organic Hirschmann Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hideo Tomioka, Mie University.

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2004 - Organic Hirschmann Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hideo Tomioka, Mie University.

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Benoit Roux, Cornell Medical School.

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Douglas Grotjahn, San Diego State University.

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Thursday, October 7th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lingjun Li, UW-Madison. “Neuropeptidomic Analysis of a Small Nervous System using Multidimensional MS-based Approaches”

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Thursday, October 7th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sharon Beetner, Casey Group.

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Monday, October 11th, 2004 - Theoretical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Eitan Geva, University of Michigan.

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Tuesday, October 12th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gil Nathanson, UW-Madison. “Interfacial Reactions in Pure and Salty Glycerol”

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Wednesday, October 13th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dean Roddick, University of Wyoming.

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Thursday, October 14th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nita Sahai, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, October 14th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher Marvin, Burke Group.

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Monday, October 18th, 2004 - Hirschfelder Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Casey Hynes, University of Colorado and Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, or Adventures in the Theory of Reactions in Solution”

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Tuesday, October 19th, 2004 - Hirschfelder Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Casey Hynes, University of Colorado and Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. “Chemistry in a Cold Climate: Heterogeneous Reactions Important in Atmospheric Ozone Depletion”

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2004 - Hirschfelder Lectures, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Casey Hynes, University of Colorado and Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. “Solvation and Electronic Funnels: Polar Environment Impacts on Conical Intersections”

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Jones, University of Rochester.

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Thursday, October 21st, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Bob Hamers, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, October 21st, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sankaran Thayumanavan, University of Massachusetts.

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Monday, October 25th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Armin DeMeijere, University of Göttingen, Germany. “From Purely Small Rings to Biologically Active Compounds”

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Tuesday, October 26th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Steve Bradforth, University of Southern California. “Dynamics of Radicals in Solution Probed by Femtosecond Photodissociation and Photodetachment”

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Jordan, The University of Chicago.

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Thursday, October 28th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Juan de la Mora, Yale University.

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Monday, November 1st, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Janice Hall, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Charles Brooks, Scripps Research Institute. “Examining Theories and Models of Protein Folding with Molecular Simulation”

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Popp, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Thursday, November 4th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. TBA.

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Thursday, November 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Porco.

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Monday, November 8th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mark Banaszak-Holl, University of Michigan.

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Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Roger Loring, Cornell University. “Understanding the Infrared Vibrational Echo: From the Morse Oscillator to Myoglobin”

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Wednesday, November 10th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Hashiguchi, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Thursday, November 11th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lloyd Smith, UW-Madison. “Towards Single Molecule Mass Spectrometry”

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Thursday, November 11th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yi Jin Kim, Lee Group.

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Monday, November 15th, 2004 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Emad Tajkhorshid, Department of Chemistry and the Beckman Institute, UIUC.

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lukas Tamm, University of Virginia.

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David R. Liu, Harvard University. “A New Approach to the Synthesis and Discovery of Functional Molecules”

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Wednesday, November 17th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Diane Nutbrown, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Thursday, November 18th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melissa Boersma, Belshaw Group.

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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marcus Mueller, UW-Madison Physics. “How to Make Polymer Foams: Bubble Nucleation in Compressible Mixtures Containing Polymers”

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2004 - Physical McElvain Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Geraldine Richmond, University of Oregon.

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Neil L. Kelleher, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ward Thompson, University of Kansas.

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Katherine Rees, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Thursday, December 9th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Schwartz, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, December 9th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Karin Wohlever, Gellman/Stahl Groups.

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Monday, December 13th, 2004 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Darrin York, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota.

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Scholes, University of Toronto. “Exciton, Multiexcitons, and Spin States in Colloidal Quantum Dots: Can Electron Spin be Observed Using Linearly Polarized Light?”

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Thursday, December 16th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kimberly Smith, Reich Group.

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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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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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Landis CR. Sillars DR. Batterton JM.

Reactivity of secondary metallocene alkyls and the question of dormant sites in catalytic alkene polymerization.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(29):8890-8891, 2004 Jul 28.

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Luk YY. Tingey ML. Dickson KA. Raines RT. Abbott NL.

Imaging the binding ability of proteins immobilized on surfaces with different orientations by using liquid crystals.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(29):9024-9032, 2004 Jul 28.

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Everitt KF. Lawrence CP. Skinner JL.

Density-dependent isotropic Raman line shapes in compressed room-temperature nitrogen.

Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 108(29):10440-10444, 2004 Jul 22.

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Besemann DM. Meyer KA. Wright JC.

Spectroscopic characteristics of triply vibrationally enhanced four-wave mixing spectroscopy.

Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 108(29):10493-10504, 2004 Jul 22.

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Nathanson GM.

Molecular beam studies of gas-liquid interfaces [Review].

Annual Review of Physical Chemistry. 55:231-255, 2004.

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Jackson TA. Brunold TC.

Combined spectroscopic/computational studies on Fe- and Mn-dependent superoxide dismutases: Insights into second-sphere tuning of active site properties [Review].

Source Accounts of Chemical Research. 37(7):461-470, 2004 Jul.

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Miller RL. Maifeld SV. Lee D.

Ruthenium-catalyzed silyl ether formation and enyne metathesis sequence: Synthesis of siloxacycles from terminal alkenyl alcohols and alkynylsilanes.

Organic Letters. 6(16):2773-2776, 2004 Aug 5.

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Brunold TC.

Spectroscopic and computational insights into the geometric and electronic properties of the A-cluster of acetyl-coenzyme A synthase

Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. 9(5):533-541, 2004 Jul.

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Epand RF. Raguse TL. Gellman SH. Epand RM.

Antimicrobial 14-helical beta-peptides: Potent bilayer disrupting agents.

Source Biochemistry. 43(29):9527-9535, 2004 Jul 27.

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Copyright © 2004 Thomson ISI

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AN INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN SCIENCE IS FUN PRESENTATIONS

 

The Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in Science is Fun presentations during the 2004-05 academic year. Science Is Fun Presentations are offered both on and off campus to a wide variety of audiences including students, teachers, parents, and members of the community at large. Presenters will gain experience in the safe and proper presentation of science demonstrations in school settings, shopping malls, and other public venues. New presenters will join an experienced staff who enjoy doing demonstrations and who continue to develop the art of presenting a science demonstration. Training will involve: learning scientific principles and phenomena, prior preparation to public presentation, developing skills for connecting with different audiences, mastering safety practices, and proper staging and displaying demonstrations. Presenters will become comfortable in genuinely sharing their personal joy and fun in doing science. In addition, anyone interested in checking out and/or researching new demonstrations will be welcomed. Weekly sessions will be held most likely from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. The first meeting of the semester will be on Friday, September 3, 2004 in Room B371 Chemistry. Undergraduate students may elect to register for credit in directed (Chemistry 299) or independent study (Chemistry 699). Graduate students may elect to receive seminar credit (Chemistry 901-The Teaching of Chemistry) or research credit (Chemistry 991) based on interest and consent of instructor. For further information and to sign up for the Fall 2004 semester please e-mail Dr. Linda Zelewski, (zelewski@chem.wisc.edu).

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2004 Division of Polymer Chemistry Biennial

Polymer Design for Biology: Activity and Structure.

Savannah, Georgia, October 3-6, 2004. Topics: Interfacial Biophysics; Surface Engineering; Supramolecular and Covalent Synthesis; Biochemical Activity of Polymers; Tissue Engineering. For online details and registrations, see: http://www.polyacs.org/arcmeetings/biennial.1004.shtml.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Green Chemistry Institute is looking for quality individuals with knowledge and enthusiasm for advancing green chemistry and engineering. A variety of positions are under consideration, including sabbatical assignments, Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignments, internships-for-credit, fellowships, contractors, and consultants. Requirements: background in chemistry, biology, engineering, environmental science or other technical field related to green chemistry; working knowledge of the area of green chemistry and/or green engineering. Interested individuals should email a cover letter and resume or CV with "position application" in the subject line to gci@acs.org. Visit our web site at http://chemistry.org/greenchemistryinstitute to learn more about the Institute. Send to: Green Chemistry Institute, American Chemical Society, 1155 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202/872-6102, Fax: 202/872-6206, Email: gci@acs.org. URL: http://chemistry.org/greenchemistryinstitute.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Assistant Professor in Inorganic Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, invites applications for a tenure stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Inorganic Chemistry effective on or after July 1, 2005. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in the broadly defined area of Inorganic Chemistry, a strong academic background, an excellent research record and demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching. The successful candidates will be expected to conduct an active and innovative research program and to teach inorganic chemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate level. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2004. Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, 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: Chair of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 80 St. George Street, Room 151 Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H6, Canada. Applicants may mail material to the address above, or email to: chmsrch@chem.utoronto.ca. If submitting electronically, only PDF documents will be accepted.

http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/positions/faculty.html.

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Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, invites applications for a new, full-time, tenure track position in Organic Chemistry beginning in August 2005. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching (especially organic chemistry and introductory chemistry) and to developing a research program appropriate to an undergraduate setting (for more information on undergraduate research at Bridgewater State College, see http://www.bridgew.edu/ATP/. A Ph.D. and post-doctoral experience in organic chemistry or a related area are required, including, but not limited to, Green Chemistry. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, and prior teaching experience is preferred. For consideration, submit a statement describing your teaching philosophy and research plans, a curriculum vita and official transcripts to: Office of Human Resources, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA 02325. Also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the same address. Review of complete applications will begin on 31 October 2004 and continue until the position is filled.

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Rowan University is seeking applications from physical chemists and analytical chemists for tenure-track Assistant Professor positions starting 9/1/2005. The Physical Chemist may teach Physical Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, and will perform biophysical research with undergraduates. The Analytical Chemist may teach Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Methods, and will perform analytical research with undergraduates. Both may teach freshman chemistry or chemistry for non-science majors. Ph.D., excellent communication skills and a commitment to teaching are required. Send vita, copy of graduate transcript, statement of teaching philosophy, research plans and three letters of recommendation to: Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro, NJ 08028. Review of applications begins Oct 15, 2004 and continues until the positions are filled. See our web page at http://www.rowan.edu/chemistry/.

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Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, invites applications for a tenure stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Organic Chemistry effective on or after July 1, 2005. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in the broadly defined area of Organic Synthesis or Organic Materials, a strong academic background, an excellent research record and potential for excellence in teaching. The successful candidates will be expected to conduct an active and innovative research program and to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2004. Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, 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: Chair of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 80 St. George Street, Room 151 Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H6, Canada. You may mail your material, to the address above, or email to, chmsrch@chem.utoronto.ca. If you are submitting electronically, only PDF documents will be accepted.

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Assistant Professor in Polymer Chemistry. The University of Toronto at Mississauga, Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences, invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Polymer Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2005. Applications will be accepted in all areas of polymer chemistry but preference will be given to candidates with research interests in polymer synthesis, polymer self-assembly, materials synthesis and characterization, nanotechnology or the study of polymeric materials at the polymer-biology interface. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in chemistry, with extensive research experience in the areas of polymers, 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 to teach at both the undergraduate and 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. Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2004. Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, 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: Dr. Alexander Cruden, Chair, Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5L 1C6.

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Canada Research Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry, The Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (Donnelly CCBR), and the McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine (MCMM), University of Toronto, invites applications for a junior position in Bioanalytical Chemistry, effective on or after July 1, 2005. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in developing and deploying state-of-the-art analytical and spectroscopic techniques to study aspects of biological systems. The candidate should complement existing strengths and opportunities in biological and medicinal chemistry at the University of Toronto. The successful applicant will be nominated for a junior level (i.e., Tier II) Canada Research Chair (CRC). This position will be joint between Chemistry and the CCBR (http://ccbr.med.utoronto.ca/) and MCMM (www.mcmm.ca). (For information on the CRC program, please see http://www.chairs.gc.ca/.) Applicants are expected to establish a research program in which international leadership in a field-of-study will be widely recognized. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct an active and innovative research program and to effectively teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Departments. Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2004. Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, 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: Chair of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 80 St. George Street, Room 151 Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H6, Canada. You may mail your material, to the address above, or email to, chmsrch@chem.utoronto.ca. If you are submitting electronically, only PDF documents will be accepted.

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California State University, Sacramento. Tenure-track Position, Chemistry with Emphasis in Organic Area. Effective Fall 2005. B.S. or B.A. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry (or completion of final requirements for Ph.D. by August 15, 2005) with a strong background in organic chemistry, including organic synthesis and instrumentation techniques (NMR, GC-MS, and chromatography). Applicant should possess a strong course work background in organic chemistry. One or two years of postdoctoral experience is preferred. Applicants must be able to teach upper division/graduate lecture and laboratory courses in organic chemistry and introductory general and organic chemistry courses. The ability to develop curricular materials in organic chemistry, to instruct students in modern instrumentation, to develop independent-study projects for undergraduate and graduate students in chemistry and to compete for external grants is required. Applicants should have current knowledge of the following instrumental techniques to solve organic chemical problems: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC); Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS); Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). Knowledge of computer programs in organic chemistry is desirable. Experience and interest in using technology in instruction its desirable. The ability to teach classes using these techniques, along with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and curriculum development is expected. The ability to work with a diverse student population is essential. Applicants should have an experimental background in organic chemistry. Experience in organic synthesis is preferred. Current practical knowledge and uses of the instrumentation described above in organic chemistry is expected. Applicants should have experience teaching university level introductory or organic chemistry courses and modern organic chemistry laboratory techniques. Teaching experiences may be as a teaching assistant but more independent teaching assignments are preferred. Experience in developing organic chemistry experiments is desirable. Duties may include: Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in organic chemistry lecture and laboratory; teaching introductory general and organic chemistry courses; advising students, committee assignments; community service; developing and maintaining departmental facilities and programs in organic chemistry; writing external grant proposals; and developing a program of scholarship in organic chemistry involving undergraduate and graduate students. Normal teaching loads are 3-4 classes per semester (lectures and labs). CSU, Sacramento is primarily an undergraduate institution. Appointment is for Academic year, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Review of Applications will begin October 1, 2004: position open until filled. An applicant must submit I) a letter of application; 2) a curriculum vita; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy; 4) evidence of current knowledge and experiences; 5) a statement of proposed research appropriate for an undergraduate institution that has a MS program in Chemistry with limited resources. The statement should include background, objectives, experimental plans, accessibility of project to undergraduates and graduates, potential for external funding, and supplies and equipment required; 6) undergraduate and graduate transcripts; 7) and three letters of reference sent separately and arranged for by applicant. Applications and inquiries should be addressed to: Dr. James C. Hill, Chair, Department. of Chemistry, California State University, Sacramento 6000 J Street, Sacramento, California 95819-6057, FAX: (916) 278-4986 E-mail: hilIjamesc@csus.edu.

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Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University invites applications and nominations for Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The college seeks an individual with an earned doctorate in chemistry or biochemistry who is eligible for tenure at the rank of full professor based on a distinguished record of research and teaching that shall continue at Auburn. The individual must demonstrate outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills, and should provide a vision to carry the chemistry and biochemistry department forward in the areas of research, scholarship, and outreach. The initial chair appointment will be for four years and may be extended for a second four-year term. Additional departmental information can be accessed at http://www.auburn.edu/chemistry. The selected candidate must be eligible for employment in the U.S. at the date of appointment and must be able to communicate effectively in English. Applications should be mailed to: Professor Robert B. Cook, Chemistry Search Committee Chair, Department of Geology, 210 Petrie Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849. The application should consist of a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of intent that describes research, teaching, and administrative interests, a visionary statement for Auburn’s chemistry and biochemistry department, a current e-mail address, and the addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references. Nominations only may be sent by e-mail to cookrob@auburn.edu Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2004 and continue until a candidate is recommended for appointment.

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The University of Iowa. The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce the continuing expansion of staff and facilities that has seen the appointment of six new faculty in the last three years. The department now invites applications for a new Assistant Professor tenure-track position effective for the Fall of 2005. Applicants in any area of organic chemistry are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to those with interests in synthetic organic and bioorganic chemistry. The successful candidate will clearly demonstrate the potential to develop and lead a nationally prominent, competitively funded basic research program, and display a commitment to excellence in teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate level. Candidates must have a PhD and postdoctoral experience and demonstrated scholarship and research productivity. Candidates should submit a letter of application, CV, a detailed research proposal including a list of major instrumentation/computational needs, and transcripts of academic records and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Organic Faculty Search Committee, University of Iowa, Department of Chemistry, Iowa City, IA 52242-1294. Review of applications will begin as applications arrive and will continue until the position is filled.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for full-time tenure-track positions at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor levels in all areas of chemistry including the interdisciplinary areas of materials chemistry and chemical biology. Candidates will be expected to establish a high-quality, externally funded research program and have a commitment to outstanding graduate and undergraduate teaching. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae, list of publications, a detailed statement of research and professional objectives, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Gregory S. Girolami, Head, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois, 505 S. Matthews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, (217/333-5071) or visit http://www.scs.uluc.edu/chem/posannounce.html for online application instructions. Salary negotiable. Ph.D. required. All applications received by September 24, 2004 will receive full consideration for appointments starting August 16, 2005.

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Penn State University, Chemistry Department, Faculty Positions. Two Junior and two Senior level faculty positions are available for Fall 2005. All areas of chemistry will be seriously considered. The Chemistry Department at Penn State has recently moved into a new state-of-the-art building. Departmental research spans both traditional and non-traditional cutting-edge areas, and faculty members have opportunities to participate in university-wide life sciences, materials, environmental, and computational institutes. Appointees are expected to establish an exceptionally strong and highly visible research program that incorporates excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Senior appointments should have a previous record of national and international distinction. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and research plans to: Chair of the Search Committee, Box C, Department of Chemistry, 104 Chemistry Research Building, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802. Junior applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to this address. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2004 and continue until the positions are filled. For more information and an application form: http://www.chein.psu.edu/facultyapplication.html.

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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, 2005. 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. Additional information about the Department of Chemistry can be found at the web address: http://www.uvm.edu/~chem/. For full consideration, application materials must be received by October 1, 2004. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae and description of proposed research plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Prof. Jose Madalengoitia, Chair, Synthetic/Bioorganic Search Committee Department of Chemistry, The University of Vermont, 82 University PI, Burlington, VT 05405, phone: 802 656-8247 e-mail: Jose.Madalengoitia@uvm.edu.

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The University of Vermont (UVM) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in inorganic chemistry. The appointment would begin September 1, 2005. The successful candidate 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 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. Additional information about the Department of Chemistry can be found at the web address: http://www.uvm.edu/~chem/. For full consideration, application materials must be received by October 15, 2004. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae and description of proposed research plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Prof. Christopher Landry, Chair, Inorganic Search Committee Department of Chemistry, The University of Vermont, 82 University Pl, Burlington, VT 05405, phone: 802 656-0271, e-mail: Christopher.Landry@uvm.edu.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences, Biochemistry. Initial appointment to this position will be for four years beginning first semester of academic year 2005-06 and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor. The incumbent will participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities including teaching, sustained scholarly research, academic advising and service on college committees. Initially, she or he will teach courses in biochemistry and general chemistry. In future years the incumbent will contribute to the department's general audience (non-major) course offerings. The incumbent is expected to establish a productive research program involving undergraduates. Start-up funds will be available to help initiate a research program. Among the qualifications required for appointment are the Ph.D. degree (in hand or expected by December 2004) and a strong background in chemistry and biochemistry. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Additional information about the department can be found on the departmental web site at http://www.oberlin.edu/chem. To be assured of consideration, letters of application, including a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate academic transcripts, research plans and at least three letters of reference should be sent to: Albert R. Matlin, Chair, Department of Chemistry, 119 Woodland Street, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio 44074, by October 15, 2004. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences, Inorganic Chemistry. Initial appointment to this position will be for four years beginning January 2006 and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor. The incumbent will participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities including teaching, sustained scholarly research, academic advising and service on college committees. She or he will teach courses in inorganic chemistry, synthesis/spectroscopy and general chemistry and, periodically, offer courses for nonmajors. In addition, the incumbent is expected to establish a productive research program involving undergraduates. We are interested in applications from candidates with research programs in all areas of inorganic chemistry. Start-up funds will be available to help initiate a research program. Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree (in hand or expected by December 2005). Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Additional information about the department can be found on the departmental web site at http://www.oberlin.edu/chem. To be assured of consideration, letters of application, including a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate academic transcripts, research plans and at least three letters of reference should be sent to: Albert R. Matlin, Chair, Department of Chemistry, 119 Woodland Street, Oberlin College, Oberlin. Ohio 44074, by October 15, 2004. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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A postdoctoral fellowship in NMR Spectroscopy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This position is in the Discovery Analytical Chemistry group, part of Wyeth Research, and involves the study of new methods to automate chemical structural analysis. The ideal candidate for this position will have completed his or her Ph.D. by the summer or early fall of 2004. Candidates should possess a strong chemistry background, particularly organic or medicinal chemistry, and be fluent in the application of 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy in the characterization of small organic molecules. In addition, candidates must have strong instrumentation skills and significant computer programming experience. Although this position will be based in Cambridge, Mass., we anticipate that this project will involve collaboration with scientists in NMR, MS, and chromatography at our other research sites in NY, NJ, and PA. Therefore, you must have very good interpersonal skills and exceptional communication skills. If you feel that you meet all of the above qualifications, please send your resume to: Dr. Walter Massefski, Wyeth Research, e-mail: wmassefski@wyeth.com.

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University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, Department of Chemistry. A postdoctoral opening is immediately available in the area of photochemistry of atmospheric organic pollutants. The project involves the study of the photochemical transformation mechanisms of nitropolycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons adsorbed onto models of the atmospheric particulate matter in order to provide understanding on the fate of these contaminants in the atmosphere. We are particularly interested in understanding surface physical and chemical effects on the photo-degradation rates, identification of reactive intermediates and of products. Preference will be given to an individual who has had experience in UV-visible, fluorescence and HPLC methods. Experience with resolved laser spectroscopic techniques is very useful but not required. Candidates should send a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and two letters of recommendations. For further information of application for this position please write to: Prof. Rafael Arce, Department of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, P. O. Box 23346, Río Piedras, PR 00931-3346, Ph: (787) 764-0000, Ext. 2433, Fax: (787) 759-6885, rarce@goliath.cnnet.clu.edu.

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United States Department of Agriculture, Research Chemist Gs-1320-11. Salary $48,947 to $63,629 – plus Benefits. The National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Plant Polymer Research Unit, Peoria, Illinois, is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Chemist). There are some citizenship restrictions. The position will entail the modification of zein, the dominant corn protein in collaboration with an industrial (CRADA) partner. Techniques used will include addition of non-reactive additives and chemical substitution of the zein using various reagents that will either provide branch points or cross links. The goal of the research is to develop a new safe, environmentally friendly fiber that will provide a new market for a by-product of the bioethanol industry. Recent Ph.D. in chemistry, polymer science, biochemistry or related field of study is required; experience in chemical synthesis and polymer characterization is desired. A complete copy of the vacancy announcement RA-04-083L can be found at http://www.ars.usda.gov. USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For specific information on the duties and responsibilities of this position or to submit an application, contact: Dr. Gordon Selling, Plant Polymer Research Unit, USDA/ARS/NCAUR,1815 N. University St., Peoria, IL 61604, phone: 309-681-6338, fax: 309-681-6681, email: sellingg@ncaur.usda.gov.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Quantum Chemistry with Dr. Ortiz, Available Winter, 2005. The Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University invites applications for the position of postdoctoral research associate (two positions) to work on a project directed by Professor J. V. Ortiz. A Ph.D in Chemistry, Physics or a related field is required, and previous experience in ab initio quantum chemistry is desirable. The postdoctoral fellow will develop and apply propagator methods of molecular electronic structure. See details of the group's activities as well as recent publications at: http://www.ksu.edu/chem/personnel/faculty/grad/jvo/Ortiz/group.html Dr. Ortiz's Home Page. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year and will likely be renewable for a second year depending on mutual agreement and funding. The salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and two letters of recommendation to: Professor J. V. Ortiz, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, 111 Willard Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-3701, or via email at ortiz@ksu.edu. Application review will begin September 30, 2004 and continue until the position is filled.

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