Chemistry Newsletter - 10/30/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 36 October 30th, 2006

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John Berry is the first winner of the Ernst-Haage Prize

We are delighted to announce that John Berry is the first winner of the Ernst-Haage Prize in Bioinorganic Chemistry. The Ernst-Haage Prize of the Max-Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry in Muelheim an der Ruhr was created in 2006, and is given annually to a doctoral or postdoctoral research associate who has made a major contribution to the area of bioinorganic chemistry. Congratulations John!

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Dr. Mark Wendt to Receive 2006 James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Mark Wendt will be the recipient of the Department's 2006 James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. The award ceremony, at which Dr. Wendt will give an address and TA awards will be presented, will be on December 1 at 3:30 PM. Please put that date in your calendars and plan to attend! Further details will be forthcoming. Congratulations Mark!

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The 37th Annual Presentation

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI

Saturday, December 2, at 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 3, 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 Sue Martin-Zernicke at the Analytical Chemistry mailbox. 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 1st. The program will be broadcast by Wisconsin Public Television on Friday, Dec 22, at 4:30 pm, Sunday, Dec 24, at 8:00 am, and Monday, Dec 25 at 10:00 am. In other locations, check local television listings for the date and time of the PBS broadcast of this special program. 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

 

 

11/14/2006

 

12/12/2006 - Exec Meeting Only

12/19/2006

2/13/2007

3/13/2007

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

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

 

11/7/2006

11/21/2006

12/05/2007

1/23/2007

2/06/2007

2/20/2007

3/06/2007

3/20/2007

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/15/2007

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SEMINARS

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

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Yu Shan, Skinner Group.

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

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

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

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Monday, November 6th, 2006 - Hirschmann Lecture Series, Organic Chemistry, 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday, November 7th, 2006, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jerrold Meinwald, Cornell University. “Exploring the Chemistry of Biotic Interactions, Part I and II”

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Monday, November 6th, 2006 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Tania Baker, MIT. “Remodeling of Proteins and the Proteome by AAA+ ATPase Machines”

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

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Stacey Carrier, Crim Group.

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Roger Kuhlman, Dow Chemical, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Yang Yang, Cui Group.

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

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

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alexej Jerschow, New York University. “Radiation-Free NMR and MRI and Quadrupolar MRI”

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Ruomu Jiang, Sibert Group.

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006 - Materials McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Heath, Cal Tach.

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. John Hottle, Keutsch Group.

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Thursday, December 14th, 2006 - Material Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Teri Odom, Northwestern.

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

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Thursday, December 21st, 2006 - Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Guangde Chen & Lei Zhu, Jin Research Group.

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Buhro, Yale University.

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Monday, February 26th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Koichi Komatsu, Kyoto University.

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

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

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Kost, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alan Goldman, Rutgers University.

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

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester.

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

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dan Nocera, MIT. “The Energy Future of our Planet: Chemistry to the Rescue”

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts University.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Product Development Scientists/Engineers. My firm is conducting a search on behalf of a multinational, specialty materials company that has multiple openings for recently graduated Doctoral and Postdoctoral Chemists, Engineers, or Materials Scientists for Product Development or Project Management opportunities. The specific academic discipline or materials background that a candidate has is not as important as the individual’s academic and research excellence, program and people management skills, and strong scientific methodology. Essentially, the company is looking for the best of the best. The company’s product platforms range from inorganic materials to surfactants and surface active materials to polymers, with applications in specialty coatings, additives, membranes, building and construction products. Successful candidates can be involved in any of the above areas in both long-term as well as shorter term research projects; they could also be involved in joint research ventures with customers as well as collaborative programs with academic institutions. The openings are located at the company’s research centers in China, India and Eastern Europe, each of which is dramatically expanding, with projections of doubling in size over the next year. These are permanent local assignments within the company’s overseas subsidiaries, and offer a high potential for research fulfillment and career progression. Compensation and benefits are on the local economy scale and are directly competitive with other major international chemical companies that also have significant research presences in these countries. I am very interested in talking to highly qualified, motivated individuals who are considering overseas research positions. Send info to: Joseph G. Schroer, Technical Recruiting, 713 White Oak Lane, Gladstone, MO 64116-4607, Phone: 816-459-8748, Fax: 816-459-7430, e-mail: jgs@kc.rr.com.

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The European Molecular Biology Laboratory, EMBL, is an international research organisation with its Headquarters Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany and four additional Units in Hinxton (the European Bioinformatics Institute, EBI), Grenoble, Hamburg, and Monterotondo. EMBL offers a highly collaborative, uniquely international culture. It fosters top quality, interdisciplinary research by promoting a vibrant environment consisting of young independent research groups with access to outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. High-level expertise is available in Computational Biology, diverse aspects of experimental Molecular Biology as well as Physics, Biophysics, Chemical Biology and instrument development. Group Leader: Chemical Biology, Heidelberg, Germany. EMBL plans to expand its activities in Chemical Biology by recruiting an outstanding candidate in this area. Currently, EMBL has an excellent Chemical Biology core facility offering large scale screening of small molecule libraries with a variety of in-vitro as well as cell-based assays. In addition, Carsten Schultz applies bioorganic chemistry to study signal transduction pathways relevant to cystic fibrosis and Anne- Claude Gavin investigates metabolite-protein interactions across the proteome. We particularly encourage candidates with experience in fluorescence sensor development or in vivo labeling or modification techniques to apply. Expertise in synthetic organic chemistry would be an asset. We also welcome candidates with demonstrated excellence in other areas of Chemical Biology. An initial contract of 5 years will be offered to the successful candidate. This can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of review. Further information on the position can be obtained from Carsten Schultz, e-mail: schultz@embl.de. To apply, please email a CV, three references and a concise description of research interests and future plans quoting ref. no. VN/06/130/GE in the subject line, to: application@embl.de, EMBL, Personnel, Postfach 10.2209, D-69012 Heidelberg, Germany, Fax: +49 6221 387555, http://www.embl.org.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a tenure-track position in experimental physical chemistry. Appointment is anticipated at the Assistant Professor level, but a more senior appointment may be considered in exceptional cases. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae with a statement of research plans, and should arrange for submission of four letters of recommendation. Applicants should be eager to participate in the Department's instructional program and to establish an active research program. We anticipate that review of applications will begin on November 15, 2006. Address applications to: Physical Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, CB#3290, Venable Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3290, http://www.chem.unc.edu/.

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The Department of Chemistry at Eastern Illinois University seeks an inorganic or analytical chemist for a tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level to begin August 2007. All areas of inorganic or analytical chemistry will be considered. Candidates must hold the PhD in inorganic or analytical chemistry or a related area and show promise for excellence in teaching and for establishing a vigorous, externally funded research program involving undergraduate and graduate (MS) students. Post-doctoral or equivalent industrial experience is highly desirable. The Department of Chemistry has 16 full-time faculty members and a strong tradition of student-faculty collaborative research. Undergraduate programs include concentrations in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Management as well as a chemistry emphasis in secondary science teaching. Further information about the department is available at http://www.eiu.edu/~eiuchem/. Interested individuals are invited to submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, research plans, and a statement of teaching philosophy and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to: Dr. Mark McGuire, Department of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920; (217) 581-6228; fax: (217) 581-6613; electronic submissions to memcguire@eiu.edu. Review of applications will begin November 20, 2006 and continue until the position is filled.

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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 2007. 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 level. Candidates should submit a curriculum vita, a brief description of research plans, including a one-page executive summary, and arrange for three letters of recommendations 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, 2006 and will continue until position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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In January 2007, my research program will be moving from Boston College to the University of Toronto. My laboratories will be housed within the Faculty of Medicine (Biochemistry, http://www.biochemistry.utoronto.ca/) and the Faculty of Pharmacy (http://www.pharmacy.utoronto.ca/). University of Toronto has outstanding programs in many areas of biomedical research, and I am very excited about the resources that exist there for my program. The move to Toronto will enable significant growth of my research group, and I am looking to fill several positions as soon as possible.

Postdoctoral fellow, Bioanalytical chemistry. Candidates are sought for a project focused on ultrasensitive electrochemical biosensing using a novel nanostructured platform. A number of subprojects are underway focused on the detection of cancer biomarkers, and the current aim is the detection of these analytes in clinical samples and the construction of a multiplexed chip. Experience with electrochemistry, surface modification, biosensing, or nanofabrication is desired.

Postdoctoral fellow, Chemical Biology. Candidates are sought for a project focused on engineering cell-permeable molecules with organellar specificity. The current focus of this work is obtaining an understanding of how the chemical properties of peptide-based compounds promote specific organellar localization, and the eventual goal of this work is to control trafficking of pharmaceutically active compounds within the cell. Experience with chemical synthesis/characterization and/or cell biology is desired.

Postdoctoral fellow, Bionanomaterials. Candidates are sought for an AFOSR-funded project that will focus on carbon-nanotube separation technologies relying on biomolecular carriers. Experience with chromotography, carbon nanotubes, and/or peptide and DNA synthesis is desired.

Send info to: Shana O. Kelley, Ph. D., Professor of Chemistry, Boston College, Eugene F. Merkert Chemistry Center, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, phone: (617)552-3121, fax: (617)552-2705, email: shana.kelley@bc.edu.

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