Chemistry Newsletter - 10/29/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 35 October 29th, 2007

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The 38th Annual Presentation

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI

 

Saturday, December 1, at 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 2, 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 ten 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 5.

For information on the Holiday shows, please see the poster at the end of this newsletter.

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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.

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

 

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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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mo Movassaghi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Cascade Reactions in Complex Alkaloid Total Synthesis”

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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). “Asymmetric Michael Additions: Organocatalysis Advancing the Frontier”

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Thursday, November 1st, 2007 - Material Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Timothy J. Bunning, Air Force Research Laboratory. “Dynamic LC/Polymer Materials: Switchable Holograms to Photoactuators”

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Thursday, November 1st, 2007 - Herb Seminar, 10:00 a.m., Room 5310 Chamberlain. Professor Steve Girvin, Yale University. “Circuit QED: What is the Electric Field of a Single Proton?”

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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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Friday, November 2nd, 2007 - EC&T Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Professor Adina Paytan, Stanford University. “Submarine Groundwater Discharge and Costal Health”

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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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Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor 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 University. “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. “Measuring and Modeling Resonances among Excited Vibrational States of Polyatomic Molecules”

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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. Professor 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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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Manos Mavrikakis, UW Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

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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. Professor 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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Monday, February 4th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mitsuo Kira, Tohoku University.

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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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Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Thomas Mallouk, Penn State University.

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Thursday, February 7th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Corinne Lipscomb (Mahanthappa 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. Professor 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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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stefan Bernhard, Princeton University.

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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. Professor 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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Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nitash Balsara, University of California, Berkeley.

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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. Professor 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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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert West, UW-Madison.

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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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Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Mayer, University of Washington.

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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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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gui Bazan, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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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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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Claudio Verani, Wayne State University.

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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. Professor 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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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Tom Baker, Los Alamos National Lab.

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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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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andreja Bakac, Ames Laboratories.

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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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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher C. Cummins, MIT.

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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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None for this Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Chemical Education, Department of Chemistry, Tenure Track-Assistant Professor. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The UWRF Chemistry Department has 13 full-time faculty and a strong American Chemical Society accredited program, offering degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, and polymer chemistry and supporting an interdepartmental major in biotechnology. The department is in the planning phase for a new first-year curriculum which emphasizes organic and biological chemistry. This faculty position is a full-time, nine-month tenure track appointment. The teaching load is an average of 12 adjusted credits per semester. Responsibilities associated with this position include: Teaching courses, such as a course designed for chemistry and biological science majors, Elementary Principles of Chemistry (an introductory chemistry course designed primarily for Elementary Education majors), General Chemistry with labs, chemistry courses for non-majors, and upper-level courses in one's area of expertise; Advising of Chemistry majors and students interested in Chemistry Education; Scholarly activity, such as research (especially involving students), grant proposal writing, course and lab development, and assessment, particularly in support of the new chemistry curriculum initiative and the Chemistry Major for secondary education; Service, such as advising student organizations, committee participation, at the Department, College, and University levels, and community and regional involvement where professional expertise can be shared. It may be considered an asset for a candidate to show strengths and interests in curriculum reform, assessment, willingness to collaborate with faculty in the College of Education, and teaching summer courses in support of the Master of Science Education program. Qualifications (Required): Education: An earned doctorate in Chemistry, Chemical Education or a related field is required; Post-doctoral experience and/or teaching experience may be considered an asset; Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the University's commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages is expected. To apply: Submit a resume (or curriculum vitae), letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience and a separate statement addressing your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures. Also include a statement of your teaching philosophy (maximum 2 pages) and a statement of plans for undergraduate research (maximum 2 pages). Include unofficial transcripts (official copies will be required if hired) and the names, addresses and telephone number of at least three references who can specifically comment upon your teaching ability,, experience, and professional preparation. Electronic applications will be accepted only in Adobe pdf format. Applicants assume all responsibility for the quality of applications submitted electronically. Inquiries and applications should be addressed to: Dr. David Rusterholz, Search and Screen Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin - River Falls, 410 South 3rd Street, River Falls, WI 54022, e-mail: d.b.rusterholz@uwrf.edu. The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request. Please note: Background checks are conducted on all final candidates for all positions. Review of Applications will begin on December I, 2007, and continue until the position is filled.

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Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Tenure Track-Assistant Professor. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The UWRF Chemistry Department has 13 full-time faculty and a strong American Chemical Society accredited program, offering degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, and polymer chemistry and supporting an interdepartmental major in biotechnology. The department is in the planning phase for a new first-year curriculum which emphasizes organic and biological chemistry. The position is a full-time, nine-month tenure track appointment. Compensation is based on qualifications, including education and experience. The normal teaching load is 12 units. The University expects scholarly activity, including research, scholarship, and creative endeavor, that supports its programs. Qualifications (Required): Education: Doctorate in Chemistry or related field must be completed by the date of appointment; Experience in Organic Chemistry with an interest in an area of organic chemistry that has a biological component (biological chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, protein chemistry, natural products, etc.); Demonstrated interest and ability to develop an undergraduate research program; Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the University's commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages. Postdoctoral experience, and experience and demonstrated strength in teaching undergraduate chemistry may be considered assets. To Apply: Submit a curriculum vitae, description of research plans (3 pages maximum), statement of teaching philosophy (3 pages maximum), and letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience and a separate statement addressing your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures. Include unofficial transcripts (official copies will be required if hired) and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references who can specifically comment upon your teaching ability, experience, and professional preparation. Electronic applications will only be accepted as Adobe pdf files; it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the documents are readable. Inquiries and applications should be addressed to: Michael Kahlow, Chemistry Department, University of Wisconsin - River Falls, 410 South 3rd Street, River Falls, WI 54022, e-mail: michael.a.kahlow@uwrf.edu. The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request. Please note: Background checks are conducted on all final candidates for all positions. Review of Applications will begin on November 19, 2007, and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None for this Newsletter

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