Chemistry Newsletter 10/19/2009

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XXXIII - No. 32 October 19th, 2009

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The 40th Anniversary of ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI
Saturday, December 5, at 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm - Sunday, December 6, at 1:00 pm &  4:00 pm. Room 1351 Chemistry Building, 1101 University Avenue, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Members of the campus community may obtain free tickets to any of the presentations by sending a self-addressed campus-mail envelope along with a request indicating the date and time of the desired presentation and the number of tickets needed to Patti Puccio at the WISL mailbox (lower left area of mailboxes). If you require more than six tickets, please include a list of the names and addresses of the persons for whom you are requesting tickets. Tickets will be distributed starting November 16. For more information, please see the poster at the end of this newsletter.
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2009 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

October 20th, 2009 November 17th, 2009
December 15th, 2009 February 16th, 2010 March 16th, 2010
April 20th, 2010 May 11th, 2010

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

November 3rd, 2009 November 24th, 2009
December 8th, 2009 January 19th, 2010 February 2nd, 2010
February 9th, 2010 March 2nd, 2010 March 9th, 2010
April 6th, 2010 April 13th, 2010 May 4th, 2010

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ben King, University of Nevada, Reno.
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ron Elber, The University of Texas at Austin. "Long Time Dynamics of Biomolecules by Milestoning: Application to Myosin"
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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Karen Goldberg, University of Washington.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gail Fanucci.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ryan Weber - Mahanthappa Group.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 - Herb Seminar, 10:00 a.m., Room 5310 Chamberlin Hall. Professor Bulbul Chakraborty, Brandeis University. "Fluctuations, Response, Entropy, and "Temperature" in Granular Packings"
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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tianquan Lian, Emory University. "Ultrafast Charge Transfer at Molecule/Quantum dot Interface   Towards Multi-Exciton Dissociation"
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Thursday, October 29th, 2009 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Heather Dasaire, University of Kansas-Lawrence.
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Thursday, October 29th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Albert Padwa, Emory.
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Ben Ocko, Brookhaven National Lab. "Equilibrium-Surface Freezing of Liquids"
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tim Jamison, MIT.
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Thursday, November 5th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ronald Breslow, Columbia University. "The Origin of Homochirality on Prebiotic Earth"
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Thursday, November 5th, 2009 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Arne Gericke, Kent State University.
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Friday, November 6th, 2009 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul DeLuca, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ben McCall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Astrochemistry: From H3+ to C60"
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Thursday, November 12th, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joseph Gerdt - Blackwell Group.
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Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marsha Lester, University of Pennsylvania. "Dynamical Outcomes of Quenching: Reflections on a Conical Intersection"
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Thursday, November 19th, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aaron McCoy - Mecozzi Group.
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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Patricia L. Clark, University of Notre Dame. "Vectorial Folding During Translation Alters Protein Folding Mechanisms"
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Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lindsay Fay - Gellman Group.
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Friday, December 4th, 2009 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justin Anderson, WARF. "Protecting Your Invention - Intellectual Property at UW-Madison"
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Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jennifer Kohler, UT-Southwestern. "Capturing Glycoconjugate Interactions with Metabolically Incorporated Photocrosslinking Sugars"
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Thursday, December 10th, 2009 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dongxu Shu, Tang Group.
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Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William Schneider, University of Notre Dame. "Environmental Catalysis from First Principles"
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Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Keith Fagnou, University of Ottawa.
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Friday, January 22nd, 2010 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangtae Kim, Executive Director of the Morgridge Institute for Research.
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Monday, January 25th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Feng Wang, Boston University.
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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jin Quan Yu, Scripps.
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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. John Orlando, National Center for Atmospheric Research. "Laboratory Studies of Hydrocarbon Oxidation Mechanisms Under Atmospheric Conditions"
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Thursday, January 28th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Anna Hurtley, Yoon Group.
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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Waymouth, Stanford University.
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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Angel E. Garcia, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Thursday, February 4th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Huey, Georgia Tech.
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Thursday, February 4th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Parker, Gellman Group.
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephen Craig, Duke University.
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christiane Alba-Simionesco, Head of Laboratoire L‚on Brillouin.
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Thursday, February 11th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth Tyson, Yoon Group.
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Thursday, February 18th, 2010 - Ferry Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Frank Bates, University of Minnesota.
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Miller, Yale University.
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Horia Metiu, University of California Santa Barbara.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2010 - Pittcon Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yi Cui, Stanford University.
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Thursday, February 25th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Olga Dykhno, Yoon Group.
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Denmark, University of Illinois-Urbana .
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Straub, Boston University.
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Martin Burke, University of Illinois-Urbana.
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel T. Hess, University of Maine.
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Thursday, March 11th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Weinstein, Stahl Group.
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steve Buchwald, MIT.
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Thursday, March 25th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul White, Stahl Group.
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George Schatz, Northwestern University. "Modeling Self-Assembly of Nanomaterials."
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Thursday, April 8th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Kelsey Mayer, Gellman Group.
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Friday, April 9th, 2009 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luis Echegoyen, Director of the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation.
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Monday, April 12th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William G. Noid, Penn State University.
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giovanna Ghirlanda, Arizona State.
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Niels H. Damrauer, University of Colorado.
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yiying Wu, Ohio State University.
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Sorenson, Stahl Group.
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Monday, April 19th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dmitri Babikov, Marquette University.
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giovanna Ghirlanda, Arizona State.
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joan-Emma Shea, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Roberto De Guzman, The University of Kansas. "NMR Studies of Bacterial Nanoinjectors and Hantaviral Zinc Fingers"
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Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27th and 28th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel Danishefsky, Sloan Kettering, Columbia University.
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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 - McElvain Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Millard Alexander, University of Maryland.
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Thursday, May 6th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peter Chen, Spelman College.
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Recent Publications
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X-ray Crystallography Reveals a Reduced Substrate Complex of UDP-Galactopyranose Mutase Poised for Covalent Catalysis by Flavin.
Gruber, TD; Westler, WM; Kiessling, LL*; Forest, KT.
BIOCHEMISTRY 48 (39): 9171-9173 OCT 6 2009.
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Confined dynamics of a ribosome-bound nascent globin: Cone angle analysis of fluorescence depolarization decays in the presence of two local motions.
Ellis, JP; Culviner, PH; Cavagnero, S*.
PROTEIN SCIENCE 18 (10): 2003-2015 OCT 2009.
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Efficient Synthesis and Evaluation of Quorum-Sensing Modulators Using Small Molecule Macroarrays.
Praneenararat, T; Geske, GD; Blackwell, HE*.
ORGANIC LETTERS 11 (20): 4600-4603 OCT 15 2009.
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Identification and Validation of Urinary Biomarkers for Differential Diagnosis and Evaluation of Therapeutic Intervention in Anti-neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody-associated Vasculitis.
Haubitz, M; Good, DM; Woywodt, A; Haller, H; Rupprecht, H; Theodorescu, D; Dakna, M; Coon, JJ*; Mischak, H.
MOLECULAR & CELLULAR PROTEOMICS 8 (10): 2296-2307 OCT 2009.
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Potential applications of hierarchical branching nanowires in solar energy conversion.
Bierman, MJ; Jin, S*.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 2 (10): 1050-1059 2009.
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Molecular Basis of Substrate Promiscuity for the SAM-Dependent O-Methyltransferase NcsB1, Involved in the Biosynthesis of the Enediyne Antitumor Antibiotic Neocarzinostatin.
Cooke, HA; Guenther, EL; Luo, YG; Shen, B*; Bruner, SD.
BIOCHEMISTRY 48 (40): 9590-9598 OCT 13 2009.
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Infrared Multiphoton Dissociation of Peptide Cations in a Dual Pressure Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer.
Gardner, MW; Smith, SI; Ledvina, AR; Madsen, JA; Coon, JJ*; Schwartz, JC; Stafford, GC; Brodbelt, JS.
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 81 (19): 8109-8118 OCT 1 2009.
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Pseudomerohedrally twinned monoclinic structure of unfolded 'free' nonactin: comparative analysis of its large conformational change upon encapsulation of alkali metal ions.
Guzei, IA*; Wang, C; Zhan, YL; Dolomanov, OV; Cheng, YQ.
ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION C-CRYSTAL STRUCTURE COMMUNICATIONS 65: O521-O524 Part 10 OCT 2009.
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Copyright   2009 Thomson ISI
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Grand Challenges Explorations Deadline
This is a reminder that the deadline for submissions to Round 4 of Grand Challenges Explorations is November 2, 2009, a $100 million initiative to encourage bold and unconventional global health solutions. Anyone can apply, regardless of prior experience or institutional affiliation. Previous winners include graduate students, entrepreneurs at private companies, and creative thinkers from all fields of research. To apply now go to: https://gce.gatesfoundation.org/_layouts/GCE/Pages login.aspx. Initial grants will be $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to $1 million. Full descriptions of topics and application instructions are available at: http://www.grandchallenges.org/explorations. We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from scientists around the world and from all scientific disciplines.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Intel Corporation has several openings for physical science Ph.D.s to support/direct R&D of advanced processing methods used to manufacture the next generation of microprocessors. Positions are available in the areas of thin film deposition, electrochemistry, and chemical mechanical polish. Openings are at Intel's primary development facility (Ronler Acres) located ~10 miles west of Portland OR, Ph.D. candidates in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering or related fields should email resumes to: yang-chun.cheng@intel.com.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The Department of Chemistry at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Camden Campus) invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in Analytical Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning September 2010. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in Chemistry and postdoctoral experience. They will be expected to teach lectures and laboratories in Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis, and establish a strong externally funded research group in Analytical Chemistry involving graduate and undergraduate students. Rutgers-Camden is an ACS accredited department offering up to the Masters degree. Applicants must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, 3 page research plan, 1 page teaching philosophy and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Alex J. Roche, Analytical Chemistry Search, Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University, 315 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102. The review process will begin November 1st, 2009, and continue until the position is filled.
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As a part of a campus-wide sustainable energy initiative, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame (http://chemistry.nd.edu) invites applications for multiple open-rank positions, including endowed chairs, in energy-related chemical research. Areas of interest broadly include materials synthesis and characterization, molecular and heterogeneous catalysis, bio- and photochemical energy conversion and storage, as enabled by novel experimental and theoretical chemical science. Notre Dame's energy initiative encompasses the Colleges of Science and Engineering, builds on existing strengths in materials for sustainable nuclear, fossil, and solar energy, and represents a new phase in the University's research growth with strategic investment in people and infrastructure. Successful candidates will establish vigorous programs in chemical sciences, will embrace collaborations within and across disciplines, and will incorporate excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education. Senior applicants should have a record of national and international distinction. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, detailed research plans, and a statement of teaching interests. Junior candidates must also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation, while senior applicants can apply in confidence. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1st, and on a continuing basis until the positions are filled. All materials should be either uploaded at the web-link provided in the Employment Opportunity site at http://chemistry.nd.edu (direct link: http://ee.nd.edu/chemistry/apply/index.cgi?position id=energy) or post-mailed to: Energy Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame, 251 Nieuwland Science Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5670.
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The Department of Chemistry at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Camden Campus) invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in Physical Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning September 2010. The successful candidate should be an experimentalist with a Ph.D. in Chemistry and postdoctoral experience. They will be expected to teach lectures and laboratories in Physical Chemistry, and establish a strong externally funded research group in Experimental Physical Chemistry involving graduate and undergraduate students. Rutgers-Camden is an ACS accredited department offering up to the Masters degree. Applicants must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, 3 page research plan, 1 page teaching philosophy and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Alex J. Roche, Physical Chemistry Search, Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University, 315 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102. The review process will begin November 1st, 2009, and continue until the position is filled.
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Cornell University. The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology is searching for a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level. Outstanding candidates with research interests in organic chemistry that complement rather than duplicate our existing strengths are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be expected to excel in research and teaching in the field of organic chemistry. A Ph.D. degree is required, and postdoctoral experience is preferred. Applicants should submit a graduate transcript (photocopy acceptable), curriculum vitae, publication list, and separate summaries of research experience and research plans. These materials and three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Baker Laboratory, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 14853-1301. Review of applications will begin November 1; the closing date is November 30, 2009.
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Analytical Chemistry, The University of Memphis. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Analytical Chemistry to start August 2010. The appointment is expected to be at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous, innovative, externally funded research program, recruit and attract graduate students, and teach analytical chemistry at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Preferred candidates will have a proposed research program that complements existing activities in the department. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in chemistry. Post-doctoral experience is highly desirable. Applicants should apply on-line at: http://workforum.memphis.edu by uploading a curriculum vita, a description of proposed research with details of equipment needs, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and email contact information for three professional references. Screening of applications will begin November 16, and the search may remain open until the position is filled.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Department of Chemistry, University of Vermont, Waterman Research Group, Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry. An opening for a postdoctoral research associate is available in the Waterman Research Group  at the University of Vermont. General information about our research can be found on line (www.uvm.edu/~rwaterm1). Group research involves synthetic and mechanistic inorganic and organometallic chemistry, which require experience in air-sensitive chemical manipulation and routine characterization techniques (NMR, IR, etc.). The specific project for this researcher involves phosphine dehydrocoupling reactions and phosphinidene chemistry. Candidates are expected to have a Ph. D. degree in a relevant field with a record of productivity, and ideal candidates are motivated, creative researchers looking for a stimulating environment to develop skills and experience relating to homogenous organometallic catalysis. The preferred start date is December 1, 2009, and the appointment is for one year with extension upon mutual agreement. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please send cover letter and curriculum vita and be ready to have 2 3 letters of recommendation submitted upon request to: Prof. Rory Waterman, Department of Chemistry, Cook Physical Science Building, 82 University Place, Burlington, VT 05405, rory.waterman@uvm.edu.

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