Chemistry Newsletter - 10/01/2007


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 31 October 1st, 2007

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

Department meetings are open to all students, staff, and faculty, and we encourage everyone to join us.

 

October 9th, 2007

November 20th, 2007

December 11th, 2007

February 12th, 2008

March 11th, 2008

April 15th, 2008

May 13th, 2008

 

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

October 2nd, 2007

October 16th, 2007

November 6th, 2007

November 20th, 2007

December 4th, 2007

December 18th, 2007

January 22nd, 2008

February 5th, 2008

February 19th, 2008

March 4th, 2008

March 25th, 2008

April 1st, 2008

April 22nd, 2008

May 6th, 2008

May 20th, 2008

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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 Thursday during the first weeks of the semester. There will be one half-hour talk followed by an informal supper and then two more talks.

Schedule for Introductory Research Talks:

 

5:45

6:45

7:15

October 4th

Ned Sibert

Qiang Cui

Bob McMahon

October 11th

Fleming Crim

Tom Record

Song Jin

October 18th

Silvia Cavagnero

Mark Ediger

Lian Yu

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Analytical, Inorganic, Materials Faculty Research Talks – Fall 2007

Room 8335 Chemistry

 

Monday, Oct. 1

Monday, Oct. 8

5:45

Prof Nita Sahai

Prof John Moore

6:10

Prof Jim Weisshaar

Prof Judith Burstyn

6:35

Pizza/Refreshments

Pizza/Refreshments

7:00

Prof Clark Landis

Prof Thomas Kuech

7:25

Prof John Wright

Prof Lloyd Smith

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. These 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 don’t 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’s 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, 2007. A form for tracking these appointments will be placed in your mailboxes this week. Inorganic students must meet with a minimum of four professors – at least two during September. If you have questions, please contact your division coordinators.

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Philip J. Reid, University of Washington. “The Phase-Dependent Photochemical Reaction Dynamics of Halooxides and Nitrosyl Halides”

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Robert Williams, Colorado State University. “Harnessing Total Syntheses of Natural Products to Probe Their Biosynthesis”

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Finke, Colorado State.

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Thursday, October 4th, 2007 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Katheryn Resing of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Thursday, October 4th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Gui-Bai Liang, Merck. “Diabetes, Januvia and Beyond - Medicinal Chemistry of DPP-4 Inhibitors”

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Thursday, October 4th, 2007 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., 1610 Engineering Hall. Dr. Vivek M. Prabhu, Polymers Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology. “Measurement advances for Identifying Chemically Amplified Photoresist Materials”

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Friday, October 5th, 2007 - Environmental Chemistry & Technology Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory, 660 N. Park St. Professor John Wright, UW Madison. “A New Family of Multidimensional Spectroscopies based on a Mixed Frequency/Time Domain Nonlinear Laser Spectroscopy”

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Erin D. Sheets, Pennsylvania State University. “Life as a Lipid: Rafts, Dynamics & Interactions”

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Jeffrey Kelly, Scripps Research Institute.

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Bennett, Medical College of Wisconsin, National Biomedical EPR Center. “Mechanistic Insights into the Dizinc Leucine Aminopeptidase from Vibrio”

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Thursday, October 11th, 2007 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.Dr. Roman Zubarev of Uppsala University, Sweden.

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Thursday, October 11th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ram Neupane (Landis Group).

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Friday, October 12th, 2007 - Treichel Minisymposium, 10:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. More Information Coming.

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Justin Gallivan, Emory University.

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 - Hirschfelder Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert J. Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “A Quarter Century of Excitons, Polarons and Solitons in Conjugated Systems”

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Stack, Stanford University. “Bioinspired Oxidation Catalysts: Efficient Epoxidation and Hydroxylation Reactivity.”

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 - Hirschfelder Lecture, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert J. Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Coherence and Spectroscopy in Light Harvesting Complexes”

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Thursday, October 18th, 2007 - Hirschfelder Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert J. Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Theoretical Studies of FRET in Molecular Aggregates”

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Thursday, October 18th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher Shaffer (McMahon Group).

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Friday, October 19th, 2007 - Department Colloquium - The Second Irving Shain Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Royce Murray, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “Analytical Chemistry and Properties of Monolayer Protected Nanoparticles

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Kent Kirshenbaum, New York University.

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David J. Nesbitt, JILA. ““Wet” Chemical Physics: From Gas-Liquid Collisions to Single Molecule RNA Folding”

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Serena DeBeer, SSRL SLAC. “Spectroscopic Characterization of High-Valent Managense and Iron Complexes”

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Thursday, October 25th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nickeisha Stephenson (Stahl/Gellman Group).

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Mo Movassaghi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Vladislav Sadtchenko, George Washington University. “Fast Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy and Microcalorimetry--New Tools to Uncover Mysteries of Ice”

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Chuan He, University of Chicago. “Bacterial Regulation of Metal Ions, Virulence and Antibiotic Resistance”

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Thursday, November 1st, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Roberto Risi (Burke Group).

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Friday, November 2nd, 2007 - Department Colloquium - The Third Irving Shain Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Banholzer, Chief Technology Officer of The Dow Chemical Company.

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Christopher M. Cheatum, University of Iowa. “Spectroscopic Probes of Enzyme Dynamics”

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Thursday, November 8th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jessica Strasser (Burke Group).

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Ross Weatherman, Purdue University.

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Andrew D. Miranker, Yale Univesity. “Elucidating Molecular Mechanisms On and Off the Pathway to Amyloid Deposition”

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Thursday, November 15th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Margaret Wong (Kiessling Group).

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William F. Polik, Hope College.

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nitash P. Balsara, University of California, Berkeley.

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Thursday, November 29th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sayani Chattopadhyay (Raines Group).

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Helen Blackwell, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Giuliano (Gellman Group).

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Thursday, December 13th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Amanda Musch (Berry Group).

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sean M. Decatur, Mt. Holyoke College.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christine McInnis (Blackwell Group).

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Cynthia Burrows, University of Utah.

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon P.D. Abbatt, University of Toronto.

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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Ischay (Yoon Group).

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Victor I. Klimov, Los Alamos National Laboratories.

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Thursday, February 7th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Corinne Lipscomb (Weibel Group).

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Monday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Merck Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Timothy Swager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Douglas J. Tobias, University of California, Irvine.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shane Mangold (Kiessling Group).

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Song-I Han, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Song-I Han, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Thursday, February 21st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joel Broussard (Stahl Group).

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Tom Rovis, University of Colorado.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John D. Weeks, University of Maryland.

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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lani MacArtney (Stahl Group).

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Stephen Craig, Duke University.

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Linda Johnston, Ottawa.

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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Anzovino (Yoon Group).

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Thursday, March 13th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jay Steinkruger (Gellman Group).

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Deborah S. Gross, Carleton College.

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Thursday, March 27th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Moody (Mahanthappa Group).

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Blamer (Gellman/Stahl Group).

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Tuesday, April 15th and Wednesday April 16 th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi, UC-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Barbara A. Lyons, New Mexico State University.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brooke Richardson (Gellman Group).

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Kim Hamad-Schifferli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reto Frei (Blackwell Group.)

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Yingkai Zhang, New York University.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alexander Khrizman (Mecozzi Group).

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Weitz, Harvard University.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aimon Tongpenyai (Kiessling Group).

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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There is an opening within the core mass spectrometry group at Abbott Labs in the Chicago area, due to the pending retirement of a senior researcher. As such, some key requirements are a person who can work independently, interact effectively with project teams, and show enthusiasm for applying mass spectrometry to solve chemical or biological problems. The ideal person will also be skilled in the use of mass spectrometry to solve problems concerning small molecules, such a developing bioanalytical assays to quantitate low levels of drug candidates or endogenous metabolites within cells; profiling small molecules using a metabolomic approach; and familiarity with differing modes of chromatography particularly reversed phase, mixed mode and HILIC. This is a rare position that does not require any specific skills in protein analysis or proteomics. We are within the Discovery organization and serve as an analytical resource to the therapeutic areas. Any interested individuals should feel free to learn more about the company at: http://www.abbott.com or contact me directly at: Steve Cepa, Group Leader, GPRD - Advanced Technology, Abbott Labs, 200 Abbott Park Road, AP31-LL, Dept.R418, Abbott Park, IL 60064-6202, Phone: 847-937-7539, e-mail: Steven.Cepa@abbott.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at Rice University anticipates the availability of a tenure-track position in chemistry. The highest priority will be placed on candidates who demonstrate a strong ability to establish cutting-edge research programs in their chosen fields. The department’s strongest needs currently are in physical and inorganic chemistry. The candidate should indicate in the cover letter in which subject areas he/she would be willing to teach. A doctoral degree in chemistry or a related science is required and postdoctoral experience is desirable. Outstanding candidates who have a strong commitment to both research and teaching are encouraged to apply. In exceptional cases, it may be possible to consider candidates at advanced ranks. All letters of application should include a curriculum vita, a publications list and a description of proposed research projects. These should be sent to: Chair, Chemistry Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry MS 60, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005-1892. Please reference Job Code: EDOC when applying. The applicant should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the above address. The review of applications will begin on November 1, 2007, and all application materials should be received prior to that date to guarantee full consideration.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is seeking nominations and applications for a tenure-track position in Organic Chemistry at the Assistant Professor level. The appointment would begin in the fall of 2008. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and one to two years of postdoctoral experience. He/she will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, externally funded program of innovative research and also be committed to teaching organic chemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A competitive start-up package, salary, space and facilities will be provided. Contact: Associate Professor Daesung Lee, Department of Chemistry (MC 111), 845 West Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7061, Phone: (312) 996-5189, Fax: (312) 996-0431, E-mail: dsunglee@uic.edu.

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Faculty Positions, University of North Dakota. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for several tenure-track Assistant Professor positions starting in Fall 2008. We anticipate hiring one Inorganic Chemist and one Physical Chemist, but will consider all qualified applicants. The successful candidates are expected to establish vigorous, independent programs of externally-funded research and should be able to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in chemistry. UND Chemistry offers an ACS-certified B.S. degree, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The Department has research focuses in energy-related catalysis and environmental chemistry. Candidates with interests in these areas that complement those of current faculty are especially encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. degree is required and postdoctoral experience preferred. Send resume, transcripts for all degrees, research plans, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. David Pierce, Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of North Dakota, 151 Cornell St. Stop 9024, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9024. Completed applications must be received by November 15, 2007 for full consideration. Web site: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/chem/.

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The Department of Chemistry at Brandeis University is seeking creative individuals for faculty positions in all areas of chemistry, beginning fall 2008. We expect to appoint at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, but a more advanced appointment for candidates with exceptional qualifications may be considered, with the level of appointment depending upon qualifications. The successful applicants are expected to establish vigorous, externally funded research programs and be enthusiastic teachers. The Department of Chemistry anticipates a number of searches over the next several years, and is part of a vibrant and interactive scientific community. Resources include state of the art NMR, X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, and electron microscopy facilities; new research buildings are under construction. The suburban campus is located in the Route 128 technology corridor just 20 minutes from Boston and Cambridge. For information about the department, visit http://www.chem.brandeis.edu. Applicants at the assistant level (tenure-track) should submit a CV, description of their research plans and arrange for three letters of recommendation addressed to the search committee at: chmsrch@brandeis.edu (preferred) or Search Committee Chair, Dept. of Chemistry MS 015, Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham, MA 02454-9110. Senior applicants should provide a CV, brief description of their research program, and the names of three potential referees. First consideration will be given to applications received by November 1st, 2007.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan invites applications for an anticipated position at the rank of assistant professor or associate professor in any subdiscipline of chemistry with a proposed start date of September 1, 2008. Priority will be given to applicants who have interests in the areas of Analytical, Inorganic or Materials Chemistry, but outstanding candidates in all other areas are also encouraged to apply. This would be a University-year appointment (9-mos. academic salary with 3 mos. research supported salary.) Candidates are expected to develop an internationally recognized program of scholarly research and to excel in teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. Detailed information regarding the electronic application process and required materials is available on-line at: https://www.chem.lsa.umich.edu/chem/facultyrecruit/. The position will remain open until filled but preference will be given to applicants who have submitted all requested materials prior to Oct 15th, 2007. Information about the Chemistry Department is available on the web site: www.umich.edu/~michchem. Questions about the application process should be sent to: chemfac07@umich.edu.

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Louisiana State University is seeking to fill faculty positions at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level must have a Ph.D. or equivalent with at least two years postdoctoral training. Applicants at the Associate or Full Professor level are further expected to have a strong record of research productivity and extramural support. All areas of biochemistry and molecular biology will be considered, but special consideration will be given to those whose research expertise complements existing faculty interests. These include neurobiology (including receptor trafficking and neurogenesis), regulation of protein synthesis and degradation, transcriptional regulation and chromatin silencing, cell signaling through protein kinases and phosphatases, DNA damage and repair, enzyme catalysis, molecular chaperones, and cancer biology (including chemopreventive action of retinoids, integrin signaling, invasive carcinoma, progression to metastatic disease, and gene therapy). Teaching responsibilities include participation in both medical and graduate school courses. The Department will assist with technical support and competitive start-up funds. LSUHSC-S maintains a central Research Core Facility encompassing eight state-of-the-art technologies. Review of applications will begin in November 2007. Send curriculum vitae, a description of current and future research interests, and the names of three referees to: Robert E. Rhoads, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 1501 Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA 71103, web: http://www.shrevebiochem.com/.

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The Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University seeks a full-time tenure track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor for academic year 2008-2009. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry and be able to show evidence of strong teaching skills. Primary teaching responsibilities include Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry. Applicants are expected to maintain a strong research record. Other responsibilities also include supervising graduate and undergraduate research students and mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students. To apply, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and a research plan, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly from individuals who are able to comment on the applicant's teaching and research skills to: Dr. Albert Cheh, Department of Chemistry, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016-8104; e-mail: acheh@american.edu; fax: 202-885-1752. Email submissions are encouraged. American University is seeking highly dedicated teachers and scholars who are deeply committed to interdisciplinary learning, the application of new technologies in teaching and scholarship, and to the preparation of students for life in a diverse and rapidly changing global society.

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The Amherst College Department of Chemistry http://www.amherst.edu/~chemistry/ invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professorship in biochemistry or bio-organic chemistry beginning in July 2008. The position requires a Ph.D., and calls for teaching at the introductory and advanced undergraduate levels. Opportunities for teaching in interdisciplinary courses and programs are also available. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous research program in which undergraduates can substantively participate. The research program may span the boundaries between biochemistry and other sciences. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a detailed description of their research plans, and should arrange for the forwarding of three letters of reference, all to: Professor Joseph N. Kushick, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002. Review of materials will begin October 8, 2007.

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Texas A&M University. The Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University invites applications for multiple tenure-track faculty positions in all areas of Chemistry, for an anticipated starting date of September 2008. Applications at the Assistant Professor level are particularly sought, but appointments to senior ranks also will be considered for qualified candidates. Successful candidates will be expected to establish and maintain vigorous independent research programs and to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates should submit a curriculum vita, a brief description of research plans, including a onepage executive summary, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Head, Department of Chemistry, Texas A & M University, P.O. Box 30012, College Station, TX 77843-3012. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2007 and will continue until the positions are filled.

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The Department of Chemistry at Brown University invites applications for a faculty position (open search) in the general area of Nanoscience/chemistry. The preferred start date is July 01, 2008. The position is available at either a tenure-track Assistant Professor rank or tenured senior rank (Associate Professor or Full Professor). To guarantee full consideration, all application materials should be received by October 31, 2007. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or postdoctoral training in chemistry or in physics / engineering with a molecular focus. All candidates must have a record of successful research. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Assistant Professor applicants will be expected to demonstrate potential for outstanding scholarship and teaching. Associate and (Full) Professor applicants should have an outstanding record of independent research accomplishment, with concomitant strong evidence of emerging or realized leadership in their field. All candidates should submit a complete curriculum vitae, graduate transcript(s), publication list, statement of research plans and requirements to: Nanoscience/chemistry - Prof. M. B. Zimmt Department of Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, RI, 02912-9108. Assistant Professor applicants should have three letters of reference sent to the Search Committee. Associate Professor and Full Professor applicants should provide the names of at least five references from whom letters can be solicited.

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SUNY Geneseo. The Department of Chemistry at the State University of New York, College at Geneseo seeks applications for a tenure track position in the area of Physical Chemistry starting the Fall 2008 semester. The Department has a long history of involving undergraduates in rewarding research experiences. The new faculty member will be expected to develop a research program conducive to continuing that involvement. S/he will be expected to seek outside funding to support his/her research and support student summer research. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in the areas of physical chemistry and introductory chemistry. A Ph.D. degree in Chemistry is required. Postdoctoral research and evidence of quality teaching experience are desirable. The department consists of ten members and has state of the art instrumentation including UV-Vis Diode Array Spectrometer, FTIR's, HPLC with PDA and Fluorescence Detectors, GC/MS, 300 MHz FTNMR, Capillary Electrophoresis, Spectrofluorometer, Nd-YAG-OPO laser systems, Real Time PCR, DNA Sequencer, and Isothermal Microcalorimeter. The Department is scheduled to move into completely renovated space in three years. Further information on the Department and the faculty research interests may be found at http://www.geneseo.edu/~chem, or by contacting: the Chair, J. A. Boiani at boiani@geneseo.edu or 585-245-5314. Interested applicants can submit an online faculty application at: http://jobs.geneseo.edu. Please also attach a cover letter, curriculum vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a summary of research plans. Also, applicants should arrange for three recent confidential letters of recommendation and undergraduate and graduate transcripts to be sent directly to: Search Committee, Chemistry Department, Integrated Science Center, Room 315, SUNY Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454. To ensure full consideration, completed applications should be received by October 12, 2007. All applicants are subject to drug and criminal background checks.

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University of Maryland. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is expanding its faculty in materials chemistry . We seek innovative scholars with interests that complement existing programs in soft materials, solid-state chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and nanoscience. Candidates should desire to participate fully in the University's existing materials research community. Successful applicants must be committed to developing outstanding academic programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The Department's faculty participate in interdisciplinary centers such as the University of Maryland Energy Research Center, the Maryland NanoCenter, the NSF-funded Materials Science and Engineering Center, the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, and the Center for Biological Structure and Organization. The University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship campus of the University of Maryland System and has state-of-the-art materials synthesis and analysis facilities in TEM, SEM, XRD, XPS, NMR and nanofabrication. The campus, situated just outside of Washington D. C., is close to many national labs, including NIH, NIST, FDA, NASA and NRL. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a 3-page summary of research plans, a statement of educational interests, and contact information for 3 references. Electronic submission of the application through the department's web page is required: see http://www.chem.umd.edu/employment.html for on-line applications. We seek scholars that will develop cutting-edge materials research programs and have a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. A Ph.D. degree in chemistry or related field, significant research accomplishments, and a commitment to teaching are required. Deadline: Review of applications will begin October 15, 2007.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Slavi Sevov of the University of Notre Dame has an immediate opening for a post-doctoral associate to work on a project involving synthesis and organic functionalization of nine-atom Si- and Ge-clusters as well as building of the same-size and same-shape oligomers (nanorods) of these clusters by controlled step-wise assembly. The candidates should have extensive inorganic/organometallic solution-phase synthetic skills and experience with very air-sensitive solution systems. Any experience with building nanostructures from small clusters and characterization of nanoformations by various microscopy techniques, spectroscopically, etc., would be useful as well. Some recent publications related to this project: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 6695; Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46, 2704; Inorg. Chem. 2003, 42, 5789; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 10990; Organometallics 2006, 25, 5678 (a review); J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 4155; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 4026; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 7676; Inorg. Chem. 2005, 44, 2654; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 6860. The position is available immediately and I would like to fill it as soon as possible. Send to: Slavi Sevov, Professor of Chemistry, University of Notre Dame, e-mail: ssevov@nd.edu, web: http://www.nd.edu/~ssevov.

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A 2-year postdoctoral research position is available starting January 2008 in the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry (University of Helsinki) in cooperation with the Division of Atmospheric Sciences of the same University. We are looking for a highly motivated and innovative individual with completed PhD in physics or physical chemistry. The applicant’s PhD degree should have been completed no longer than three (exceptionally four) years before the starting date of the position and the applicant should not have been employed by the University of Helsinki during the previous two years. The multidisciplinary experimental research will focus on optical and chemical properties of nanoparticles embedded in low-temperature inert matrices. This position offers an opportunity to develop research career in a modern and highly multidisciplinary environment at the frontier between nanotechnology, optical spectroscopy, and atmospheric sciences. Optical spectroscopy (FTIR, Raman, photoluminescence) in solid phase is the main research method. The following background and skills are expected from applicants: (i) General knowledge of optics and physical chemistry and (ii) Practical experience in optical spectroscopy. Knowledge of nanophenomena, cryogenic technique and lasers is of advantage. A strong ability to collaborate with others is required. The salary is according to the Finnish regulations for postdoctoral fellows. Interested individuals should send their CV with a full list of publications and a list of three references to: Leonid Khriachtchev, e-mail: leonid.khriachtchev@helsinki.fi. We are looking forward to your application not later than Oct. 31st 2007. Please feel free to email us for further information. For more information please visit our websites: http://www.helsinki.fi/kemia/matrix/index_eng.htm & http://www.atm.helsinki.fi/indexeng.php.

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