Chemistry Newsletter - 09/15/2008


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXII - No. 28 September 15th, 2008

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Madison Ironman 2008

39 year old University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor Thomas Brunold finished this years Ironman competition in 13th place overall and won his age group (35-39) with a time of 9 hrs 20 mins & 05 secs. Thomas beat his own expectations for the race by besting his predicted time of 9:23:00. Thomas has competed in the Madison Ironman since 2002.Thomas had a pack of graduate students cheering him on throughout the day and he stated “That was fantastic support”. Congratulations Thomas!!

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Introductory Research Talks in Physical Chemistry 2008

Thursdays 5:45-7:45 p.m., Room 8335

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

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

These talks are a means of finding research opportunities and of obtaining a broad overview of physical chemistry research in the Department. Students expecting to major in physical chemistry should make every effort to attend all of these talks. Schedule for Introductory Research Talks

 

 

5:45

6:45

7:15

7:45

September 18th

Cavagnero

Schmidt

Ediger

Yu

September 25th

Yethiraj

Brunold

Zanni

Berry

October 2nd

Nathanson

Weisshaar

Crim

 

October 9th

Skinner

Sanders

Landis

 

October 16th

Sibert

Wright

McMahon

 

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Analytical, Inorganic & Materials Faculty Research Talks – Fall 2008

Room 8335 Chemistry

Note to students: One of the best things you can do as a new graduate student is to learn about what’s going on in various faculty members’ labs. The analytical, inorganic and materials faculty will be giving a series of short talks on their research. Sessions will be held in Room 8335 beginning at 5:45 p.m. on Mondays during the first weeks of the semester. There will be four 20-minute talks and an informal supper.

This is a great chance to learn about on-going and future research directions, both inside and outside of your immediate area, and to meet faculty on an informal basis. Even if you do not plan to work for a particular professor, it is always good to know what is happening.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to learn about what is going on in the department. Analytical and Materials students will be required to meet with at least four different professors at some point following these talks, with the goal of joining a research group after November 1st, but no later than November 15, 2008. A form for tracking these appointments will be placed in your mailboxes. Inorganic students must meet with a minimum of four professors – at least three during September. If you have questions, please contact your division coordinators.

 

5:45

6:10

6:35

7:00

7:25

7:50

Sept. 22nd

Keutsch

Brunold

Refreshments

Hamers

Burstyn

 

Oct. 1st

Coon

Weisshaar

Refreshments

Landis

Yoon

 

Oct. 6th

Moore

Berry

Refreshments

Smith

Cavagnero

Fredrickson

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry and Analytical/Materials Chemistry Seminars: The Edward Noble Kramer Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Engineering Room TBA. Professor Matt Tirrell, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Peptide Materials Science”

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Terrance Collins, Carnegie Mellon University. “Iron-TAML activators: effective green chemistry catalysts for peroxide activation”

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Thursday, September 18th, 2008 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 2535 Engineering Hall. Professor Allan S. Hoffman, Bioengineering Department, University of Washington. “The Origins and Evolution of Controlled Drug Delivery Systems (DDS) Over the Past 45 Years”

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Friday, September 19th, 2008 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science & Engineering Laboratory, Room 102. Professor Bill Sonzogni, Director, Environmental Health, WSLH. “Triclosan: Why are we Still Using it?”

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Pablo Debenedetti, Princeton University. “Water in Confined Spaces”

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Friday, September 26th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Glen Ruskin: Director, Office of Public Affairs; American Chemical Society. “The Chemistry of Advocacy”

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 - Ferry Lecture in Macromolecular Science, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jean Frechet. “Polymer Therapeutics: Designing Macromolecules for Chemo- or Immuno-Therapy”

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Friday, October 3rd, 2008 - Ferry Lecture in Macromolecular Science, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jean Frechet. “The Importance of Molecular Architecture: Polymers from Catalysis to Photovoltaics”

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christina White, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark Schlossman, University of Illinois at Chicago. “New Developments in Liquid Interfacial Nanoscience”

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Monday, October 13th, 2008 - Joseph O. Hirschfelder Lectures in Theoretical Chemistry, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark Ratner, Northwestern University. “Energy and Nanoscience - A More Perfect Union”

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 - Joseph O. Hirschfelder Lectures in Theoretical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark Ratner, Northwestern University. “Charge Transport in Molecular Junctions: Mechanism and Behaviors”

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Wednesday, October 15th , 2008 - Joseph O. Hirschfelder Lectures in Theoretical Chemistry, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark Ratner, Northwestern University. “Charge Transport in Molecular Junctions: Vibrations and Decoherence”

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Tuesday, October 21st , 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Garnet Chan, Cornell.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joseph Ready, University of Texas-Southwestern. “Stereoselective Functionalization of Alkynes: Methodology Development and Synthetic Applications”

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joe Francisco, Purdue University. “New Insights into HOCO Radical Chemistry”

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Friday, November 7th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Biddy Martin, Chancellor, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Patricia Clark, University of Notre Dame. “Using the Free Energy of Folding to Transport Proteins Across a Membrane”

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Hoye, University of Minnesota.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur L. Utz, Tufts University. “Bond-Selective Control of a Heterogeneously Catalyzed Reaction”

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Friday, November 21st, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Moore, UW-Madison. “The Chemical Education Digital Library: A New Online Resource for Teachers and Students”

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerhard Hummer, NIDDK.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Manolopolus, University of Oxford. “Chemical Reaction Rates from Ring Polymer Molecular Dynamics”

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ilan Benjamin, University of California. “Relaxation and Reactions at Water Surfaces”

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Bern Kohler, Ohio State University.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William L. Hase, Texas Tech University. “Dynamics and Kinetics of Heat Transfer at Nano-Scale Interfaces”

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Friday, February 13th, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tim Donohue, Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Center, UW-Madison, Department of Bacteriology.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Troy Van Voorhis, MIT. “Exploring Electron Transfer: From Simple Photochemistry to Energy Conversion”

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kristie Boering, University of California.

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Austen Angell, Arizona State University. “The Art and Science of Supercooling:” “Ideal Glassformers” vs “Ideal Glasses”

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Doug Weibel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biochemistry.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Hergenrother, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sunney Xie, Harvard.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrew Phillips, University of Colorado-Boulder.

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Monday, April 6th, 2009 - John E. Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 1:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor James G. Anderson, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 - John E. Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor James G. Anderson, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel T. Hess, University of Maine.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 - Bernstein Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Raphael D. Levine, Hebrew University.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 - Bernstein Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Raphael D. Levine, Hebrew University.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 - Organic Chemistry - Abbott Lecturers, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dave Evans, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel I. Stupp, Northwestern University.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. William Roush, Scripps.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry building. Professor Lewis Kay, University of Toronto.

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Tuesday May 5th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Barry Trost, Stanford University.

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Wednesday, May 6 th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Barry Trost, Stanford University.

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Rowland Junior Fellows Program

We currently have nine Rowland Junior Fellows, and a look at our website will show that they are a scientifically diverse group. This is to let you know about the sixth round of applications, which will be completed on November 30. The Rowland Junior Fellows are young experimentalists who have the opportunity to perform independent research under ideal conditions: a five year term, full salary, funding for start-up, operation, a postdoc, help from technicians, and, best of all, full access to the Institute's shops and services. These Fellows are unusual people, with both good ideas and good hands. They are selected for their scientific achievement, their creativity, their resourcefulness as experimentalists and their ability to work independently. We are again soliciting applications in all the natural sciences and engineering, with special attention to interdisciplinary research and the development of new instrumental methods. We expect to take two more Fellows next year. Although we put no hard restriction on prior experience or career path, the program is aimed at fresh Ph.Ds or postdocs with up to two years experience. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2008. Contact: The Rowland Institute at Harvard, 100 Edwin H. Land Boulevard, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142, TEL: (617) 497-4600, FAX: (617) 497-4627, web: http://www.rowland.harvard.edu.

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Fellowship & Scholarship Monies for Students

The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers has award Monies for Students.

Graduate Students: Annually NOBCChE awards fellowships to graduate students with awards ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. These awards include the fellowships as well as travel and accommodations to the NOBCChE annual meeting.

Undergraduate Students: NOBCChE grants 6 awards to undergraduate students majoring in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering or related disciplines. The awards are for $1000, travel and accommodations to the NOBCChE annual meeting and a summer internships at either Rohm & Haas, Colgate Palmolive Company or The Lubrizol Corporation.

The deadline for complete applications for these awards is October 30th! For guidelines and application materials, send an email request to: nobccheawards2009@gmail.com. Please specify request for undergraduate or graduate award.

NOBCChE Professional Awards.

Honor your colleague, mentor, boss, or peer by nominating them for one of NOBCChE professional awards. NOBCChE recognizes black scientists, engineers, and professors who have made significant contributions to science and/or engineering research and teaching with awards for deserving candidates. We are seeking nominees for these awards by OCTOBER 30, 2008. The awards are as follows and will be presented at the Awards Banquet during the NOBCChE conference.

I. Percy L. Julian Award.

Award granted for outstanding Research in Pure and Applied Science and Engineering.

II. Henry C. McBay Outstanding Teacher Award.

Award granted for demonstrating outstanding contribution to education and the mentoring of young scientists.

III. The Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award.

Award granted to a young scientist who has demonstrated technical excellence and documented contributions to their field.

IV. The NOBCChE Award in Chemical Engineering.

Award granted to a Chemical Engineering Professional who has demonstrated excellence in their field.

V. The Agilent Technologies Professional Development Award.

Award granted to a professor at an HBCU (Historically Black College or University) or an African American professor at any institution dedicated to training students.

Selection is made on the basis of the significance and quality of research and/or teaching, as judged by peer experts and the Awards Committee of NOBCChE. The deadline to make all nominations is October 30, 2008. Nominations for all awards must be made via e-mail to the NOBCChE awards chair at: nobccheawards2009@gmail.com and include all of the following information:

1). A letter of nomination from the individual or the organization making the nomination. This letter should be mainly a summary of the nominee’s relevant accomplishments with particular attention to questions, such as the impact of the nominee’s contributions on his/her chosen field, evidence of originality and creativity, and probable long-range significance of his/her work. Members of the Committee are not likely to be experts in the nominee’s fields, therefore, a description of his/her work should be written with this in mind.

2). Two reference letters from recognized experts in the field from which the Committee may make evaluations. These persons should be familiar with the nominee’s work.

3). Complete curriculum vitae.

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Recent Publications

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Aldehyde-terminated amorphous carbon substrates for the fabrication of biomolecule arrays.

Lockett, MR; Shortreed, MR; Smith, LM*.

LANGMUIR 24 (17): 9198-9203 SEP 2 2008.

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Alkylated trimethylene-bridged bis(p-phenylenediamines).

Nelsen, SF*; Li, G; Schultz, KP; Tran, HQ*; Guzei, IA*; Evans, DH.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (35): 11620-+ SEP 3 2008.

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Kinetic and spectroscopic studies of the ATP: Corrinoid adenosyltransferase PduO from Lactobacillus reuteri: Substrate specificity and insights into the mechanism of Co(II)corrinoid reduction.

Park, K; Mera, PE; Escalante-Semerena, JC; Brunold, TC*.

BIOCHEMISTRY 47 (34): 9007-9015 AUG 26 2008.

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The transcription regulator RcoM-2 from Burkholderia xenovorans is a cysteine-ligated hemoprotein that undergoes a redox-mediated ligand switch.

Marvin, KA; Kerby, RL; Youn, H; Roberts, GP; Burstyn, JN*.

BIOCHEMISTRY 47 (34): 9016-9028 AUG 26 2008.

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Design considerations in high-sensitivity off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy.

Moyer, EJ; Sayres, DS; Engel, GS; Clair, JMS; Keutsch, FN*; Allen, NT; Kroll, JH; Anderson, JG.

APPLIED PHYSICS B-LASERS AND OPTICS 92 (3): 467-474 SEP 2008.

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Mg2Si nanocomposite converted from diatomaceous earth as a potential thermoelectric nanomaterial.

Szczech, JR; Jin, S*.

JOURNAL OF SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY 181 (7): 1565-1570 JUL 2008.

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Synthesis and structure of two new (guanidinate) boron dichlorides and their attempted conversion to boron(I) derivatives.

Findlater, M; Hill, NJ*; Cowley, AH.

DALTON TRANSACTIONS, (33): 4419-4423 2008.

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Mixed quantum-classical equilibrium: Surface hopping.

Schmidt, JR*; Parandekar, PV; Tully, JC.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 129 (4): Art. No. 044104 JUL 28 2008.

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Infrared absorption line shapes in the classical limit: A comparison of the classical dipole and fluctuating frequency approximations.

Schmidt, JR*; Corcelli, SA.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 128 (18): Art. No. 184504 MAY 14 2008.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of Memphis. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a staff scientist in Computational Chemistry to start immediately. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry and excellent oral and written communication skills. The successful candidate will be expected to utilize computational methodologies to perform scientific research, to offer scientific education and training, and to install and maintain software and hardware for the department. Applications must be submitted on-line at: https://workforum.memphis.edu. Applicants will be required to upload an application letter, curriculum vita (including a list of publications, presentations, research interests, etc.), undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and email addresses of three professional references. Screening of applicants will begin Oct 1, 2008, and may continue until the position is filled. Please direct inquiries regarding the position to the search committee chair, Dr. Charles Edwin Webster: (cewebstr@memphis.edu).


FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Rockefeller University seeks exceptional, interactive, and creative scientists to join its faculty. We invite applications from outstanding candidates for tenure-track positions and also encourage tenured Professors to apply, provided that they are early on in their careers. The Rockefeller University provides strong financial support for the research work of its faculty. The positions offer highly competitive salary, benefits and start-up funds, new or recently renovated laboratory space, access to numerous state-of-the-art core facilities and extensive opportunities for collaboration both within the University and with neighboring institutions. The University also provides very strong continuing support for research work beyond start-up, including full support for graduate students. The University has a laboratory-based organization structure that fosters interdisciplinary research in the following areas: Biology of Single Cells; Neurobiology and Behavior; Chemical Biology; Evolution, Ecology, and Developmental Biology; Physics and Biology; Physiology of Multicellular Organisms; Medical Sciences and Human Genetics; Microbiology and Immunology. Details about specific subjects of research can be found at: http://www.rockefellenedufiacultysearch. Applications are being accepted electronically through our Online Application System at: http://oas.rockefeller.edu. Applicants should follow the online application procedure. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 7. 2008. The search will be reopened on April 15, 2009 with a deadline of June 1, 2009.

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The Chemistry Department at Vassar College invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin in Fall 2009. Vassar College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. The candidate should have a PhD with post-doctoral experience and a commitment to undergraduate education. The successful candidate will be expected to teach General Chemistry, contribute to the Analytical Chemistry program, and develop a vigorous undergraduate research program. Opportunities to teach in interdisciplinary programs exist, including Environmental Studies. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, research plans, transcripts, and three letters of reference by September 26, 2008 to chemistrytenure@vassar.edu or to: Dr. Eric Eberhardt, Chemistry Department, Box 748, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604.

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The Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital invites applications for a faculty position at the level of ASSISTANT MEMBER in synthetic, natural products, or medicinal chemistry. We are specifically seeking applicants whose research program is or will be focused on the synthesis or discovery of novel bioactive compounds that would have potential application as either tools for understanding biology or candidates for the development of novel therapies. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated track record in appropriate chemistries and either experience with or interest in establishing programs utilizing small molecules to study biology. The Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics is a multidisciplinary, thematically integrated Department focused on the discovery and development of small molecules for perturbing cellular functions - particularly in systems relevant to pediatric oncology, infectious disease, hematology, and immunology. Departmental faculty work in all areas of drug discovery including cheminformatics, high throughput chemistry, high throughput and high content screening, medicinal chemistry, and analytical chemistry. Individuals will contribute to one or more existing and new programs at the institution, including the interdisciplinary research programs of Developmental Therapeutics for Solid Malignancies, Infectious Disease, Hematological Malignancies, Molecular Oncology, Neurobiology & Brain Tumor, Signal Transduction, or Chemical Biology. St. Jude offers a very competitive package for these positions, including a generous start-up allowance with newly remodeled space and equipment; laboratory resources (as needed); and support positions. In addition, appointees have access to a range of institutional core facilities including analytical chemistry, protein and nucleic acid chemistry, parallel chemistry, microarray analysis, gene knockout and transgenic technologies, high throughput screening, pharmacokinetics, and development of animal models. Those interested in joining this multidisciplinary department should arrange to have their CV, a brief prospectus of research interests, and three letters of recommendation sent to: R. Kip Guy, Ph. D., Chair Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 322 North Lauderdale Street Memphis, TN 38105.

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The Chemistry Department at Pomona College, a member of The Claremont Colleges, invites applications for a position beginning July 1, 2009. While we seek to hire at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure, candidates at the Assistant Professor level with an exceptional record of teaching and research, including publications and successful grant writing will also be considered. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory and advanced courses in organic chemistry. Demonstrated expertise in NMR Spectroscopy is highly desirable. The appointee will be expected to initiate and sustain an externally funded research program that involves active participation of undergraduates. Excellent laboratory facilities and significant start-up funds are available. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, a summary of research plans and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Professor Cynthia Selassie, Chemistry Department, Pomona College, 645 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-6338. FMI: http://www.chemistry.pomona.edu. Review of completed applications will begin October 6, 2008.

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Monmouth College, a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, announces a tenure-track position in Organic Chemistry to begin August 2009. Required: PhD in organic chemistry (prefer completion by August, 2009); excellence in teaching and developing a research program to engage undergraduates. Preferred: additional expertise in inorganic, computational, or environmental chemistry. Teaching duties include organic chemistry, chemistry for non-science majors, and courses in Monmouth's integrated studies program. The successful applicant will be involved in the design of a new science building, scheduled for completion within 5 years. More information about this position can be found at: http://department.monm.edu/chemistry. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, research plans, and list of 3 professional references to: Laura Moore, Chair, Chemistry Search, Monmouth College, 700 E. Broadway, Monmouth, IL, 61462, or by e-mail to: facultysearch@monm.edu. Review begins October 17, 2008 and continues until filled.

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The Department of Chemistry at Lehigh University invites applications for a faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in biochemistry. We are especially seeking candidates with interests relevant to proteomics, biophysical chemistry, enzymology, and chemical biology. Lehigh University has strong interdisciplinary and interdepartmental programs in biological sciences and is investing significant resources over the next few years to develop them further. Successful candidates will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research program and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates must have a Ph.D., postdoctoral experience, and a record of demonstrated scholarship. Search Committee review of candidate files will begin immediately, and all applications submitted by October 17 will receive full consideration for an August 2009 start date. For more information on the department, consult our homepage http://www.lehigh.edu/~inche/. Lehigh University provides comprehensive benefits including partner benefits. The College of Arts & Sciences at Lehigh University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Candidates should send a CV, teaching statement, detailed research proposal, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Robert Flowers, Chair, Search Committee, Lehigh University, Department of Chemistry, 6 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3172.

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry invites applications for a tenure-track appointments beginning July 2009. Applicants with teaching and research interests in all areas of chemistry including inorganic, Organic, Physical, Materials, Chemical Biology, and Biochemistry are encouraged to apply. Applicants working at the interface of these and related areas are also sought. The appointments will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, but outstanding senior applicants may be considered. A completed application will include a curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of research plans, two or more research proposals, a brief statement of teaching interests, and three letters of recommendation. Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo) To receive full consideration completed applications must be received by October 1, 2008. Search Contact: Ms. Karen Fosher, Personnel Administrator, Department of Chemistry, Room 18-392, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139-4307.

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Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - a research-intensive university with English as the medium of instruction and located in the modern city of Singapore - has tenure track faculty positions with generous research funding for your postdoctoral research associates. There are two schemes:

Scheme #1: National Research Foundation Research Fellow cum Nanyang Assistant/Associate Professor @ NTU, with up to US$1.5 million research grant: National Research Foundation (NRF), Research Fellowship (RF) Scheme, (For ALL areas of science & mathematics), Join these new NRF Research Fellows who are co-appointed as Assistant or Associate Professors at Nanyang Technological University. How to apply? https://rita.nrf.gov.sg/AboutUs/NRF_Initiatives/NRF_RF_2008. Please indicate Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as the host institution: http://www.ntu.edu.sg Closing date: 30 Sep 2008, 5:00 PM (Singapore time).

Scheme #2: Nanyang Assistant Professorship Scheme, (For ALL areas of science & mathematics) Join these new Nanyang Assistant Professors (tenure-track positions) at Nanyang Technological University. How to apply? First, apply for the National Research Foundation Research Fellowship: https://rita.nrf.gov.sg/AboutUs/NRF_Initiatives/NRF_RF_2008. Please indicate Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as the host institution: http://www.ntu.edu.sg. Simultaneously, apply for the Nanyang Assistant Professorship: http://scjobs.sciencemag.org/jobs/?job=26901, http://research.ntu.edu.sg/News/Documents/napapplicationform1.doc. Closing date: 30 Sep 2008, 5:00 PM, (Singapore time).

Both schemes has up to 10 positions available annually. We would be grateful if you would apply by the closing date, which is September 30, 2008 at 5pm (Singapore time).

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The Biology and Chemistry Departments at St. Olaf College invite applications for a jointly appointed tenure track position to start September 2009. The successful candidate will have expertise in molecular biology and biochemistry and will demonstrate his or her potential to contribute to both departments and the interdisciplinary Biomolecular Science program. In a multi-year timespan, teaching responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, courses in molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry as well as portions of the integrated introductory chemistry/biology sequence. Applicants should show potential for excellence in teaching in a liberal arts setting and for developing a research program amenable to including undergraduate researchers. Candidates should have earned the Ph.D. by September 1, 2009, and postdoctoral research, industrial experience, and/or teaching experience are highly desired. We particularly value a candidate who has experience or interest in working with a diverse student population. As reflected in the college mission statement, St. Olaf is an inclusive community that respects individuals with different backgrounds and beliefs. Appointment will be distributed approximately 2/3 in biology and 1/3 in chemistry and may be made at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. Review of completed applications will begin September 22, 2008, and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please register at https://jobs.stolaf.edu and submit the following online: a cover letter that summarizes your interest in this position and how you plan to contribute to the position as described; a Curriculum Vitae; a summary (approximately 2 pages) of your teaching philosophy, including teaching interests and pedagogical approaches; a detailed description of your research interests and plans (approximately 3-5 pages plus references), emphasizing the suitability of your research for undergraduate researchers and potential funding opportunities; undergraduate and graduate transcripts (please submit online and send legible hard copy to the address below). In addition, please arrange for three letters of reference, at least one of which focuses on your potential as a teacher, to be sent to: The Molecular Biology/Biochemistry Search, c/o Ms. Tory Borovsky, Biology Department, 1520 St. Olaf Avenue, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN 55057 or chembiosearch@stolaf.edu.

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Vacancy Reference No: MA03918 Salary: £34,793-£44,074. The Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis wishes to appoint a University Lecturer in polymer synthesis to take up appointment in June 2009 or as soon as possible thereafter. Applicants should have a strong research background in any area of polymer chemistry, but we have a particular interest in individuals whose research is in the areas of electronics materials, new materials for energy, or the development of new methodologies for the synthesis of functional materials. The successful applicant will be expected to make a significant contribution to the undergraduate teaching programme in the Department of Chemistry. Appointment will be until the retiring age, but will be subject to an initial probationary period of five years. Applications should include a CV, publications list, and a statement (up to six pages) of future research plans. This should be accompanied by a completed form: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/pd18/ PD18 Parts I and III (downloadable from http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/personnel/forms/pd18/%29 & http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/personnel/forms/pd18/), and should be sent either as single-sided hard copy or electronically to Dr Howard Jones, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW (email: mail to: hrnj1@cam.ac.uk). Applicants should also arrange for three professional referees to send letters of recommendation directly to Dr Jones by the closing date. Informal enquiries about the post may be addressed to the Director of the Melville Laboratory, Professor Wilhelm Huck (<mailto:wtsh2@cam.ac.uk>wtsh2@cam.ac.uk). Information about the Melville Laboratory can be found at: http://www-melville.ch.cam.ac.uk/. Closing date: 15 October 2008. Contact: Prof. Wilhelm T. S. Huck, Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, CB2 1EW, Cambridge, UK. Web: http://www-melville.ch.cam.ac.uk/huck/huck.html.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Jack R. Norton, of Columbia Chemistry has a position to hire a postdoc this spring. If your interested please contact: Jack R. Norton, Dept of Chemistry, Columbia, Havemeyer Hall, 3000 Broadway; New York, New York 10027, (212)854-7644, fax (212)854-7660, e-mail: jrn11@columbia.edu.

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