Chemistry Newsletter - 09/11/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 29 September 11th, 2006

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Dr. Rodney Schreiner & Dr. Mark Wendt Ranked as Top Teachers

Two Chemistry lecturers were mentioned in last week's Isthmus weekly newspaper among the top teachers on campus, based on their rankings at the website RateMyProfessors.com. The article by Adam Hinterthuer pictured 5 lecturers and professors with ratings of 4.5 or above, and mentioned Dr. Rodney Schreiner & Dr. Mark Wendt among the 4 others with 4.5 rankings. We know that Rodney and Mark are excellent, and now the rest of Madison can see that. Congratulations Rodney and Mark!

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Associate Professor Thomas Brunold Finishes in 6th Place in Wisconsin Ironman Competition

This year’s Wisconsin’s Ironman had 2,400 competitors in its field. The event is one of the most grueling in the world -- 2.4 miles of swimming, followed by 112 miles of cycling, then a 26.2 mile run. Associate Professor Thomas Brunold finished in 6th place with a time of 9:38:48. Thomas has also placed 5th & 8th place in previous years’ Wisconsin Ironman competitions. Congratulations Thomas!!

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Brian Popp wins the 2006 Perkin Scholarship

Brian Popp, a graduate student in Shannon Stahl's group, has won the 2006 Perkin Scholarship. This prestigious award is sponsored by the Society of Chemical Industry, and is affiliated with the 2006 Perkin Medal, won this year by Dr. Jim Stevens of Dow Chemical. The Scholarship includes a cash award, and a trip to the Perkin Medal award dinner at the Society of Chemical Industry in Philadelphia. Congratulations Brian!

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Chris Scarborough wins one of four Simga-Aldrich Innovation Awards

Chris Scarborough, a graduate student in Shannon Stahl's group, has won one of four Simga-Aldrich Innovation Awards for Methodology in Organic Synthesis. Chris will receive a stipend for research and travel, and will also participate in the award symposium at Sigma-Aldrich. Congratulations Chris!

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October Issue of Journal of Chemical Education Now Available Online

 

The October 2006 issue is now available online. This issue celebrates National Chemistry Week, October 22-28, with many resources and articles aligned with the NCW theme Your Home - It’s All Built on Chemistry.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

 

 

9/26/2006 - Exec Meeting Only

 

9/19/2006

10/17/2006

11/14/2006

12/12/2006 - Exec Meeting Only

12/19/2006

2/13/2007

3/13/2007

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

 

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

 

9/26/2006

10/10/2006

10/24/2006

11/7/2006

11/21/2006

12/05/2007

1/23/2007

2/06/2007

2/20/2007

3/06/2007

3/20/2007

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/15/2007

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Introductory Physical Chemistry Research Talks

Here is the Fall 2006 schedule for the Introductory Physical Chemistry Research Talks for entering graduate students interested in physical chemistry.

 

 

5:45

6:45

7:15

7:45

September 14th

Mark Ediger

Silvia Cavagnero

Joshua Coon

 

September 21st

Jim Weisshaar

Nita Sahai

Martin Zanni

 

September 28th

Bob McMahon

Jim Skinner

Frank Keutsch

 

October 5th

Fleming Crim

Thomas Brunold

John Berry

 

October 12th

Tom Record

John Wright

Arun Yethiraj

Qiang Cui

October 19th

Gil Nathanson

Song Jin

Bob Hamers

 

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SEMINARS

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Thursday, September 14th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joseph Binder, Graduate Student, Raines Group. “The Pentafluorosulfanyl Group: A Substituent is Born”

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Thursday, September 14th, 2006 - Material Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Meyya Meyyappan, NASA Ames Research Center. “Novel One-Dimensional Nanostructures and Their Applications”

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Thursday, September 14th, 2006 - Material Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1106 ME. Heidi-Lynn Ploeg, Assistant Professor, ME Department. “Optimization of Skeletal Response Through Biomechanical Simulation in Orthopaedics”

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Friday, September 15th, 2006 - ET & C Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Professor Yigal Erel Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. “Trans-boundary Atmospheric Pollution in the Middle East”

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Monday, September 18th, 2006 - Contemporary Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Jeffrey Brodsky, University of Pittsburgh. “Co-Opting Yeast to Identify Modifiers of Protein Conformational Diseases”

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Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephen R. Leone, University of California, Berkeley. “Chemical Imaging and Nanoscale Dynamics”

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Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 - Biochemistry Seminar, 2:00 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Lasergene Software Presentation. “60-90 Minute Lasergene Software Overview for UW Researchers”

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Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Edwin Vedejs, University of Michigan. “Electrophilic Activation of Borane Lewis Base Complexes”

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Thursday, September 21st, 2006 - Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Wennberg, Caltech. “Near IR Measurements of Greenhouse Gas Column Abundance”

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Thursday, September, 21st, 2006 - Inorganic and Chemical Education Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Diane Bunce, The Catholic University of America. Hosts are John Moore and Diane Nutbrown.

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Thursday, September 21st, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Katherine Partridge, Graduate Student, Yoon Group.

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Thursday, September 21st, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kai Johnsson, Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Monday, September 25th, 2006 - Contemporary Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Richard Vierstra, UW-Madison. “Ubiquitin-fold Proteins: the 800-pound Gorillas in Post-Translational Regulation”

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Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Sotiris S. Xantheas, Chief Scientist, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, PNNL. “Intermolecular Interactions in Water: Development of New Models and Applications to Water Clusters, Clathrate Hydrates, Liquid Water and Ice”

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Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 - Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, 7:30 p.m., 1800 Engineering Hall. University Professor Francisco J. Ayala, National Medal of Science Laureate, Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,University of California, Irvine. “Darwin's Most Significant Discovery: Design without Designer”

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Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 - Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, 7:30 p.m., 1800 Engineering Hall. University Professor Francisco J. Ayala, National Medal of Science Laureate, Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,University of California, Irvine “From Biology to Ethics: The Biological Foundations of Morality”

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Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Amanda King, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Thursday, September 28th, 2006 - Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Anne Andrews, PSU.

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Thursday, September 28th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lauren Huffman, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Friday, September 29th, 2006 - Department Colloquia and Hilldale Lecture, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Professor Charles Casey, UW-Madison. Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and long-standing member of our Department, will present the first Department Colloquium of the year. Refreshments afterward: in the Charter Street Atrium.

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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jennifer S. Hovis, Purdue University. “Membrane Organization Far From Equilibrium”

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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Derek Tan, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jessica Gardner, Graduate Student, Brunold Group.

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Thursday, October 5th, 2006 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Clifford Kubiak, University of California, San Diego.

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Thursday, October 5th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew Shoulders, Graduate Student, Raines Group.

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Tuesday, October 10th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeffrey W. Bode, University of California-Santa Barbara.

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Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John C. Hemminger, University of California, Irvine. “Dry and Wet Salt Surfaces: Composition, Chemistry, and Implications for Atmospheric Chemistry”

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jeffery Long, University of California-Berkeley.

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Thursday, October 12th, 2006 - Material Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Kelly, Imago.

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Thursday, October 12th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kimberly Peterson, Graduate Student, Gellman Group.

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Monday, October 16th, 2006, Hirschfelder Prize Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hans C. Andersen, Stanford University. “A Tale of Two Forces--Personal Recollections of WCA Theory”

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, Hirschfelder Prize Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hans C. Andersen, Stanford University. “Kinetic Theory of Dense and Supercooled Liquids”

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sherry Chemler, SUNY Buffalo.

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, Hirschfelder Prize Lecture, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hans C. Andersen, Stanford University. “Construction of Long Time Markov Models from Short Time Dynamical Simulations”

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2006 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher Reed, University of South Carolina.

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Thursday, October 19th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew Windsor, Graduate Student, Gellman Group.

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Thursday, October 19th, 2006 - Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stan Williams, HP Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA.

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Monday, October 23rd, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sean Elliott, Boston University.

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Tuesday, October 24th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Qiang Cui, UW-Madison Chemistry Department. “Revealing the Secrets of Biomolecules with Novel Molecular Simulation Methods”

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Tuesday, October 24th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Indraneel Ghosh, University of Arizona.

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Thursday, October 26th, 2006 - Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Fred Regnier, Purdue.

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Thursday, October 26th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alexander Clemens, Graduate Student, Burke Group.

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Friday, October 27th, 2006 - Department Colloquia, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Professor Dan Rich, UW-Madison, Pharmacy.

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Herschel A. Rabitz, Princeton University. “Controlling Quantum Dynamics Phenomena with Shaped Laser Pulses Acting as Photonic Reagents”

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kathy Vanheuvelen, Graduate Student, Brunold Group.

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Cathy Murphy, University of South Carolina.

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Grant, Graduate Student, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, November 3rd, 2006 - Department Colloquia, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Abbas Ourmazd. “Protein Crystallography Without the Crystals”

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Monday, November 6th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jerrold Meinwald, Cornell University.

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jerrold Meinwald, Cornell University.

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. “Folding, Aggregation and Peptide-Membrane Interactions at High Speed”

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Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Craig Hall, Emory University.

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Thursday, November 9th, 2006 - Material Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Teri Odom, Northwestern.

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Thursday, November 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael McGuan, Graduate Student, Burke Group.

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Karl A. Scheidt, Northwestern University.

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Tully, Yale University.

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Thursday, November 16th, 2006 - Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Barry Karger, Barnett Institute.

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Thursday, November 16th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Li Guo, Graduate Student, Gellman Group.

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Harrowell, University of Sydney. “Dynamical Constraint and Hierarchical Structure: Recent Advances in the Glass Transition”

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lian Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy. “Crystallization in Polymorphic Systems”

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Thursday, November 30th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Michaelis, Graduate Student, Yoon Group.

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Nelson, University of Pittsburg.

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alexej Jerschow, New York University.

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eun Jin Cho, Graduate Student, Lee Group.

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Friday, December 8th, 2006 - Department Colloquia, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Laura Heisler, WARF.

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006, WISELI Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Linda Nicholson, Cornell.

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Wolfe, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, December 14th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard McDonald, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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`Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kevin W. Plaxco, University of California Santa Barbara.

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arun Yethiraj, UW-Madison Chemistry Department. “Raft Formation and Lateral Diffusion in Membranes”

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Garegin A. Papoian, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Exploring Protein Energy Landscapes with Free Energy Techniques”

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Norbert F. Scherer, University of Chicago.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Todd J. Martinez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Feigenson, Cornell University. “Phase Behavior of Complex Lipid Bilayer Mixtures: An Interesting State of Matter--but Should Cell Biologists Care?”

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Bowman, Emory University. “Ab initio-based Potential Energy Surfaces and Dynamics Using Them”

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Emily A. Carter, Princeton University.

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Monday, March 21st, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Albena Ivanisevic, Purdue University.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Warren Piers, University of Calgary, Canada.

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Friday, April 6th, 2007 - Department Colloquia, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Westrick.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Ritchie, Purdue University.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, University of California, Irvine. “Reactions at Interfaces in the Atmosphere and Why We Should Care”

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - Department Colloquia, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dan Nocera.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - Departmental Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur G. Suits, Wayne State University. “Lost in Configuration Space: Probing Novel Reaction Mechanisms with High-Resolution Imaging”

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phillip Geissler, University of California, Berkeley.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justine Roth, John Hopkins University.

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Friday, May 4th, 2007 - Department Colloquia, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Summers. “The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: An Effective Program for Building Diversity in the Sciences”

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts 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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Frank and Sara McKnight Prize in Undergraduate Chemistry

The University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center announces the Frank and Sara McKnight Prize in Undergraduate Chemistry. Senior Undergraduates are invited to compete for one of three prizes (1st place, $2000; 2nd place, $1000; and 3rd place, $500) recognizing outstanding undergraduate research achievement in chemistry. Interested students should submit an abstract describing their research, GRE scores, undergraduate GPA, and a letter of support from their mentor, to: Robert B. Rawson, PhD (Rob.Rawson@UTSouthwestern.Edu) no later than October 15th, 2006. Up to twelve finalists will be invited to present their posters at the UT Southwestern Biochemistry Research Retreat to be held in New Braunfels, Texas, November 10-12, 2006. Winners will be chosen based on the significance of their work and excellence of presentation. Travel and accommodations for finalists will be provided by UT Southwestern. Finalists for the McKnight Prize will also be eligible for Welch Foundation/UT Southwestern Graduate Fellowships in Chemistry, awarded to students pursuing graduate training in synthetic and/or natural products chemistry at UT Southwestern. This fellowship provides tuition, medical benefits, and a stipend of approximately 32,000 per annum. For additional details, see: Rev 3.05. http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/chemistryprize.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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*Cui, Q*.

Theoretical and computational studies of vectorial processes in biomolecular systems.

THEORETICAL CHEMISTRY ACCOUNTS 116 (1-3): 51-59 AUG 2006.

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Park, S; *Lee, D*.

Gold-catalyzed intramolecular allylation of silyl alkynes induced by silane alcoholysis.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 128 (33): 10664-10665 AUG 23 2006.

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Nichols, BM; Metz, KM; Tse, KY; Butler, JE; Russell, JN; *Hamers, RJ*.

Electrical bias dependent photochemical functionalization of diamond surfaces.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 110 (33): 16535-16543 AUG 24 2006.

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*Middlecamp, CH*; Jordan, T; Shachter, AM; Lottridge, S; Oates, KK.

Chemistry, Society, and Civic Engagement (Part 1): The SENCER project.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 83 (9): 1301-1307 SEP 2006.

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*Middlecamp, CH*; Phillips, MF; Bentley, AK; Baldwin, O.

Chemistry, Society, and Civic Engagement (Part 2): Uranium and American Indians.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 83 (9): 1308-1312 SEP 2006.

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*Bain, GA*; Yi, J; Beikmohamadi, M; Herman, TM; Patrick, MA.

Using physical models of biomolecular structures to teach concepts of biochemical structure and structure depiction in the introductory chemistry laboratory.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 83 (9): 1322-1324 SEP 2006.

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Bain, R; Jacobsen, JJ; Maynard, JH; *Moore, JW*; Mitschele, CJ.

Chemistry comes alive!, Volume 8 - Abstract of special issue 34.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 83 (9): 1406-1408 SEP 2006.

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Lavis, LD; Chao, TY; *Raines, RT*.

Latent blue and red fluorophores based on the trimethyl lock.

CHEMBIOCHEM 7 (8): 1151-1154 AUG 2006.

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Fuchs, SM; *Raines, RT*.

Internalization of cationic peptides: the road less (or more?) traveled.

CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR LIFE SCIENCES 63 (16): 1819-1822 AUG 2006.

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Schmitt, AL; Bierman, MJ; Schmeisser, D; Himpsel, FJ; *Jin, S*.

Synthesis and properties of single-crystal FeSi nanowires.

NANO LETTERS 6 (8): 1617-1621 AUG 9 2006.

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Hansen, EC; *Lee, DS*.

Search for solutions to the reactivity and selectivity problems in enyne metathesis.

ACCOUNTS OF CHEMICAL RESEARCH 39 (8): 509-519 AUG 15 2006.

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Copyright © 2006 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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None For This Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Western Washington University, Department of Chemistry. Applications are invited for three tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level in biochemistry, inorganic and organic chemistry to begin September 2007. Candidates with interdisciplinary interests are strongly encouraged to apply. WWU consistently ranks among the top public comprehensive universities in the West and its chemistry and biochemistry programs are among the strongest of their kind in the country. WWU is a primarily undergraduate institution committed to excellence in Both teaching and research. The department of 17 faculty offers B.S. and M.S. degree programs in chemistry and biochemistry, with the B.S. chemistry degree certified by the ACS. The department has state-of-the art facilities with 8500 sq. ft. of dedicated research space and a large portfolio of modern instrumentation. Current external grant support averages $1M annually. The department is also active in the development of new educational materials, textbooks, and innovative teaching methods. More than $2M in support from Research Corporation, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and WWU is being used to provide competitive start-up packages, student and faculty summer research stipends, student travel support, and matching funds for new instrumentation. WWU is located in Bellingham, WA, midway between Seattle and Vancouver B.C. overlooking the San Juan Islands and adjacent to Mt. Baker and the North Cascades. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy and research plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Prof. Mark Wicholas, Department of Chemistry, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9150. Review of applications will begin October 2 and continue until the positions are filled. A Ph.D. degree is required and post-doctoral experience preferred.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin will expand its faculty with the addition of several tenure-track Assistant Professor positions starting September 1, 2007. We seek outstanding candidates with interdisciplinary interests in the general areas of inorganic, organic, and analytical chemistry. Candidates whose expertise overlaps with our focused efforts in nanoscience, synthesis and characterization of biologically important materials, or fuel cell catalysis are especially encouraged to apply. Exceptional candidates in other areas and at other ranks may also be considered. Visit http://www.cm.utexas.edu for more information on the department. Applications received after October 15, 2006 may not receive full consideration. Candidates should forward a curriculum vitae, a description of research plans, and three letters of reference to: Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station A5300, Austin, TX 78712-0165. The University of Texas is building a culturally and ethnically diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented minority candidates.

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Assistant Professor, Theoretical Chemical Physics. University of Toronto. The Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, invites applications for a tenure stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Chemical Physics Theory Group (http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/research/chemphys), effective on or after July 1, 2007. We are seeking candidates proposing innovative research in quantum dynamics with applications to chemical physics. Applicants should have both a Ph.D. and relevant postdoctoral experience, and are expected to pursue excellence in research and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful candidate will join a highly active research group comprising five faculty whose research interests lie in the areas of equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, classical, semiclassical and quantum mechanics of open and closed molecular systems, quantum control, and nonlinear dynamics. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 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 October 27, 2006. 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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University of Pennsylvania, Department of Chemistry, Faculty Position in Chemistry. 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, 2007. 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: Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323. Letters of reference can also be sent to: search@chem.upenn.edu. Review of applications will begin on October 3, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled.

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The Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University seeks at least two tenure track or tenured faculty members, especially those with research interests in Analytical, Organic, or Physical Chemistry, with a biological emphasis. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and be capable of truly outstanding teaching, scholarship, and research. Postdoctoral experience is desirable in junior candidates. Complete applications will contain a detailed CV, descriptions of research plans and teaching interests, and the names of at least three references. Applications should be submitted online at: http://www.chem.colostate.edu/jobs.html. Junior applicants should have letters of reference sent electronically to: Professor Alan J. Kennan, Chair, Biological Faculty Search Committee, e-mail: bio_srch@lamar.colostate.edu. Applications complete by October 16, 2006 are guaranteed full consideration, but applications will be evaluated until the positions are filled. Files of semifinalists will be available to all Chemistry Department faculty.

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California State University, Chico. Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Inorganic Chemistry Department of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at California State University, Chico, is seeking to fill a full-time, academic year, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall 2007. As a university that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value a diverse faculty and staff. CSU, Chico welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a crosscultural learning environment. Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry by no later than the Fall 2007 appointment date. Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and research. Teaching experience in university-level inorganic chemistry. Post-doctoral experience. Experience in bioinorganic chemistry. Teach inorganic chemistry lecture and integrated (analytical, inorganic and physical) laboratory classes as well as general chemistry. Conduct undergraduate research and seek external funding for such projects. Faculty are expected to provide academic advising and mentoring, to maintain a productive research and grant program, and to participate in service to the program, university, and community. Salary: $43,632 - $55,008 per academic year, based on qualifications and experience. Review will begin October 16, 2006. Applications completed after that date may be considered. Applicants must submit a resume, statement of teaching philosophy, proposal for involvement in undergraduate research, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three current letters of recommendation to: Dr. Randy Miller, Chair, Inorganic Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, California State University, Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0210, Phone: 530-898-5259, TDD 530-898-4666, E-mail: RMMiller@)csuchico.edu. For more information about the university, college, and department, you may visit our website at: http://www.csuchico.edu/.

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University of Utah, Chemistry Department. Four tenure-track positions are available in the general areas of Biological, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry. While the openings are at the assistant professor level, exceptional senior candidates in all areas, but particularly NMR, may be considered. We are just completing construction of a dedicated NMR building, with state-of-the-art instrument and laboratory space. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the background, motivation, and ability to develop vigorous, competitive research programs, and to be excellent teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. is required; postdoctoral experience is desirable. Applicants for an assistant professor position should send an application letter with detailed vita, a description of proposed research, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the address below. Senior applicants should send an application letter and vita. Review of applications will begin Oct. 15, 2006 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. Reply to: Search Committee University of Utah Department of Chemistry 315 S 1400 E Rm 2020 Salt Lake City Ut 841 12-0850.

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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 Bioinorganic or Synthetic Organic Chemistry. The appointment would begin September 1, 2007. The successful candidate would contribute to teaching inorganic or 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 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. 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.uvrmobs.com by October 1, 2006 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: Department of Chemistry, Bioinorganic and Organic Search Committees, The University of Vermont, 82 University Pl, Burlington, VT 05405. E-mail contacts: Bioinorganic: Christopher.Landry@uvm.edu, Organic: Jose.Madalengoitia@uvm.edu.

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Central Missouri State University. Position Description: A tenure-track, Assistant Professor, position to teach Analytical Chemistry, certain lower division chemistry courses, and direct undergraduate research. (Position No. 998463). Appointment Date: August 2007. Review begins 1 November 2006 and continues until position is filled. Received a Ph.D. degree in chemistry by the appointment date; Formal training or demonstrated experience in Analytical and another area of chemistry (forensics, environmental ...) is desirable; Demonstrated skills for teaching undergraduate students, both majors and non-majors; Demonstrated ability to direct undergraduate research; Demonstrated effective communication skills in both written and oral form; Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a diverse student population; Experience with instruments and techniques commonly used in modern chemistry laboratories; Demonstrated skills for chemical instrumentation upkeep and repair desirable; Experience with computers in teaching and research settings; Experience in organizing classroom activities and supervising laboratories. Candidates must send a letter of application, statements describing teaching philosophy and research interests, CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial accepted), and three letters of recommendation: Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics, WCM 405, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO 64093-5055.

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The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks to fill several tenure-track faculty positions. Exceptional candidates in particular in the following areas are encouraged to apply: (1) Inorganic Chemistry; (2) Macromolecular Structural Biology; (3) Organic Chemistry; and (4) Bio-Analytical Chemistry. Outstanding candidates at all ranks are encouraged to apply; candidates with interdisciplinary interests will be considered for joint appointments with other departments. Further information is available at: http://www.chemistry.gatech.edu. Entry level candidates should send an application letter, curriculum vitae, a summary of research plans, and three letters of reference. Advanced candidates should send a curriculum vitae and the names of three references. All materials and requests for information should be directed to: Chair of the Search Committee, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0400. Applications will be considered beginning October 13, 2006. Applications received past that date will be considered until the positions are filled.

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The University of Iowa. Organic/Inorganic Chemistry and Experimental Physical Chemistry Faculty Positions. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions effective August 2007 in Organic/Inorganic Chemistry and Experimental Physical Chemistry (e.g. nanoscience, biophysical, etc.) and will offer a highly competitive salary and start-up package. Applicants should demonstrate clear potential to develop and lead a nationally prominent, externally funded research program and commitment to excellence in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Increasing gender and ethnic diversity of faculty and students at the University of Iowa is a major goal; women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates must have a PhD and postdoctoral experience and demonstrated research scholarship and productivity. Please enter requested information and upload your letter of interest, CV, teaching interest statement, and detailed research proposal(s) in pdf format via the link at http://www.chem.uiowa.edu/ and arrange for academic transcripts and three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Organic/Inorganic Chemistry or Experimental Physical Chemistry Faculty Search Committee, University of Iowa, Department of Chemistry, Iowa City, IA 52242-1294. Application review will begin October 1st and will continue until the positions are filled.

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Eastern Illinois University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in organic chemistry, beginning August 2007. All areas of organic chemistry will be considered. A PhD in organic chemistry or related area is required, postdoctoral or equivalent industrial experience preferred. Potential for excellence in teaching and for establishing a vigorous, externally funded research program involving undergraduate and graduate (MS) students is required. Submit letter of application, CV, research plans, statement of teaching philosophy, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to: Dr. Edward Treadwell, Department of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920; (217) 581-6229; fax: (217) 581-6613; electronic submissions to emtreadwell@eiu.edu. For more information visit http://www.eiu.edu/~eiuchem/. Application review begins October 1, 2006 and continues until the position is filled.


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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Professor Bill Casey of the Chemistry Department at UC Davis has a position for a post-doctoral researcher available immediately to help study the kinetics of oxygen-isotope-exchange reactions in polyoxometallate molecules. The research requires general solution-chemistry skills with aqueous solutions and basic NMR experience. O17 NMR will be a primary research tool. The candidate should be able to mesh smoothly with a small team of researchers involved in the project. Please send responses directly to: Professor Casey at: whcasey@ucdavis.edu.

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