Chemistry Newsletter for 11-15-2010

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XXXIV - No. 40 November 15th, 2010

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Charlie Giese is Chemistry's New Grants and Contract Specialist
Please join us in welcoming Charlie Giese to Chemistry.  He is our new Grants and Contract Specialist. Charlie comes to us from Psychology, where he held similar responsibilities.  Charlie has been with us two weeks, during which time we have discovered that he has many talents outside of grant management. Charlie is an accomplished singer and musician, and will participate in our Partners in Giving concert with John Berry and Dennis Reece. He can be reached at  cgiese@chem.wisc.edu or 2-4561. Welcome Charlie!!
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2010 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

December 14th, 2010 February 8th, 2011 March 22nd, 2011
April 12th, 2011 May 3rd, 2011  

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

November 16th, 2010 December 7th, 2010 December 21st, 2010 January 18th, 2011
February 1st, 2011 February 15th, 2011 March 2nd, 2011 March 15th, 2011
April 5th, 2011 April 19th, 2011 May 10th, 2011  

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, November 16th, 2010  - Joint Physical/Chemical Biology Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerard C.L. Wong, University of California Los Angeles. "Bacterial Biofilms and Host Defense Peptides:  From Search Engines of Bacterial Social Behavior to Design Rules for Antimicrobials"
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Thursday, November 18th, 2010 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 Materials Science and Engineering Building. Professor Huifang Xu,Department of Geoscience and Materials Science Program, UW-Madison. "Turning water into wine:  piezoelectrochemical  effect for converting mechanical energy to chemical and hydrogen energies"
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Friday, November 19th, 2010 - ECT Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Professor Nita Sahai, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison. "Extracellular  Polymeric  Substances (EPS)  As  Armor  Against Mineral Cytotoxicity : A Mechanistic  Approach"
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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 - Joint Physical/Chemical Biology Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gary J. Pielak, University of North Carolina. "Macromolecular Crowding & Protein Chemistry: Views from Inside & Outside Cells"
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Friday, Deember 3rd, 2010 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Pupa Gilbert, UW Physics Department.
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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William van der Donk, University of Illinois-Urbana.
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - Willard Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor W. Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Tehshik Yoon, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 - Willard Lectures, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor W. Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jose Onuchic, University of California San Diego.
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Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Curtis Berlinguette, University of Calgary.
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 - Physical McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carolyn Larabell, University of California, San Francisco.
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Friday, February 4th, 2011 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Deborah Blum, UW Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; author: "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York"
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Tuesday, February 8tt, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven J. Sibener, University of Chicago.
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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor David Cane, Brown University.
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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sharon C. Glotzer, University of Michigan.
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Tuesday, February 22nd. 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Case, Rutgers University. "Biomolecular Simulations Using Implicit Solvent Models"
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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Regan Thomson, Northwestern University.
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Bergman.
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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nicolai Lehnert, University of Michigan.
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Thursday, March 3th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara Imperiali, MIT.
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Physical McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Donald G. Truhlar, University of Minnesota
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Brad Nilsson, University of Rochester.
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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gary Brudvig, Yale University.
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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Blum, University of California, Irvine.
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Thursday, March 31st, 2010 -Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sarah Trimpin, Wayne State University.
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Friday, April 1st, 2011 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Dr. K.V. Reddy, Founder and President of Printel, Inc.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Philip Cole, Johns-Hopkins University.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giulia A. Galli, University of California, Davis.
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Thursday, April 7th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ryan Bailey, The University of Illinois, UC.
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ephraim Woods III, Colgate University.
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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vince Rotello, University of Massachusetts -Amherst.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 - Organic Seminar - Abbott Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Friday, April 15th, 2011 - Chemistry Department Shain Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Dr. John Tallarico, Novartis.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daniel P. Raleigh, SUNY Stony Brook.
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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Geoff Coates, Cornell University.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2010 -Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi, Purdue University.
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Monday, April 25th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Srikanth Sastry, Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Meyer, Johns Hopkins University.
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil Powers, University of California, Davis.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Malika Jeffries-El, Iowa State University.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark S. Gordon, Iowa State University.
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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Amy Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Thursday, May 5th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kim Prather, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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Tuesday, May 9th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kian Tan, Boston University.
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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alan Balch, University of California, Davis.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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GPC and ESI-MS Analysis of Labeled Poly(1-Hexene): Rapid Determination of Initiated Site Counts during Catalytic Alkene Polymerization Reactions.
Moscato, BM; Zhu, BL; Landis, CR*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 132 (41): 14352-14354 OCT 20 2010.
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Sequence-Dependent Interaction of beta-Peptides with Membranes.
Mondal, J; Zhu, XA; Cui, QA; Yethiraj, A*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 114 (42): 13585-13592 OCT 28 2010.
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Chain mechanism for exchange of D-2 with a ruthenium hydride.
Casey, CP*; Johnson, JB; Jiao, XD; Beetner, SE; Singer, SW.
CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS 46 (42): 7915-7917 2010.
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Efficient Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Human Islet Amyloid Polypeptide Designed to Facilitate the
Specific Incorporation of Labeled Amino Acids.
Marek, P; Woys, AM; Sutton, K; Zanni, MT*; Raleigh, DP.
ORGANIC LETTERS 12 (21): 4848-4851 NOV 5 2010.
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Call for Nominations for UW-Madison and UW System Faculty Teaching Awards
We invite individual faculty members, departments and student organizations to submit nominations of faculty members whose teaching is of such quality that it merits recognition and award.  The committee encourages the nomination of any exceptional distinguished teacher, regardless of specialty or rank. Eleven outstanding teachers received awards in 2010. Nominating procedures and a list of past award recipients can be viewed at: http://www.secfac.wisc.edu/committees/teachingawards/. Nominations are due Tuesday, 18 January 2011. The UW-Madison faculty distinguished teaching awards are: six Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Awards; the Class of 1955 Teaching Excellence Award, which is designated for an instructor, assistant or associate professor; the William H. Kiekhofer Teaching Award, the first teaching award presented at the UW and which is designated for an L&S assistant professor or associate professor; the Emil Steiger Teaching Award, created in 1958; and the Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award, created to recognize excellence in outreach teaching. In addition to selecting nominees to receive UW-Madison faculty distinguished teaching awards, the Teaching Awards Committee also selects nominations of faculty for UW System awards.  The Regents Teaching Excellence Award recognizes outstanding career achievements in teaching at a UW System institution.  The Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teaching that leads to substantial intellectual growth in students.  This year the committee will select one faculty nomination for the Regents Teaching Excellence Award and one faculty nomination for the Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award. Because the committee will use its discretion to decide which nominations shall be selected for UW-Madison awards and which nominations shall be forwarded to UW System for consideration, the committee requests, with the exception of the Van Hise Outreach Award, that the nomination materials (including supporting letters) exclude reference to any specific award. In order to ensure that all nominations receive equal consideration, we ask that you adhere to the relevant nominating procedures.  Nominations for all faculty teaching awards (both UW-Madison and UW System) are due by Tuesday, 18 January 2011 and should be delivered to: the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty, 130 Bascom Hall.  Please direct questions either to the committee chair, Associate Professor Jessica Johnson (263-1927) or to the committee coordinator, Joe Farrenkopf (262-3958).
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We can all agree on the importance of ensuring that children in our public schools receive an excellent education.  Currently, only 68% of students in our public schools graduate from high school (compared to 91% for the rest of the state).  And, 7 out of 10 of our tenth grade students are failing in math and 6 out of 10 are failing in reading.  Research shows that the single most  important factor in raising student achievement is the teacher in the classroom. Therefore, I am excited to announce the launch of Milwaukee Teaching Fellows, a program that recruits, selects, and trains high-quality professionals and recent college graduates to increase student achievement in Milwaukee Public Schools.  No teaching experience is necessary to apply. The  Milwaukee Teaching Fellows office would like to partner with your department to promote this innovative program on campus.  In the midst of this fall semester, we realize that many graduating students are beginning to think about their post college career.  The simplest and most effective way to help your seniors explore the Milwaukee Teaching Fellows program is through you and  your staff.  We are interested in meeting with your department, posting fliers, or reserving exhibit space to talk with your students in person about our program.  Many of your talented, accomplished students would make wonderful Teaching Fellows. Teaching Fellows: Benefit from a streamlined application process; Participate in an specialized summer training; Earn their teaching license while teaching full time, receiving full salary and benefits; Change the lives of students in our highest-need schools by teaching math, science, special education, or bilingual education; Join a group of dedicated educators working to close the achievement  gap. Contact: Sean Roberts, Milwaukee Teaching Fellows, info@MilwaukeeTeachingFellows.org, http://www.MilwaukeeTeachingFellows.org.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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UW-Madison, Chemistry Department. Part Time Position in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory - Starting Spring 2011. This is a Technical Assistant (TA) position for a graduate student who would like to learn how to run all the instruments in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory and to assist graduate students and postdocs in using mass spectrometry to solve problems.  The Mass Spectrometry Laboratory staff generates quality data and keeps the instruments operating optimally.  The TA will be working with a large variety of organic, biochemical, and organometallic compounds.  The appointment will be for at least one year (including the summer of 2011).  Interested students should contact Dr. Martha M. Vestling (vestling@chem.wisc.edu).
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Georgetown University wishes to recruit a tenure track Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry to begin Fall 2011. Areas of research are open and should be complementary to existing research directions in the department.. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in chemistry or a closely related field and postdoctoral training or equivalent is desirable. Development of an internationally recognized research program and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels are expected. Please send curriculum vitae, description of research plans, statement of teaching philosophy, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Georgetown University, Box 571227, Washington, DC 20057-1227. For full consideration, complete applications should arrive before January 15, 2011.
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The University of Texas at Arlington, Tenure Track Position in Experimental Organic Chemistry. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UT Arlington seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning Fall 2011. Candidates must have a PhD in Organic Chemistry or a related area and post-doctoral experience. The successful applicant will initiate and maintain a funded research program and teach graduate and undergraduate organic chemistry. All areas of experimental organic chemistry will be considered. Details can be found at: http://www.uta.edu/chemistry. Candidates should submit via e-mail (PDF attachment) a complete CV, a brief description of planned research (< 5 pages), a statement of teaching philosophy and arrange for 3 recommendation letters to be sent directly to: chemfacsearch@uta.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. The position requires a criminal background check be conducted on finalists.
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The Department of Chemical Engineering. National Tsing Hua University, seeks highly qualified individuals for 2-3 positions in the assistant, associate or full professorship levels. The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in engineering or science, an outstanding record of accomplishments in research and enthusiasm in teaching. Application materials including curriculum vitae, copies of diplomas, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, full publication list, teaching and research plans, contact information (names, mailing addresses, emails, phone numbers) of three referees (only a list is needed upon submission) and the CV at-a-glance (available on http://www.che.nthu.edu.tw/main.php) should be sent to: Professor Yu-Chen Hu by February 14, 2011 at the following address: Professor Yu-Chen Hu, Coordinator. Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemical  Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan 30013, Fax: +886-3-571-5408. E- mail: vchu@mx.nthu.edu.tw.
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University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Assistant or Associate Professor, Inorganic or Organometallic Materials Chemistry. Apply online (http://employment.unl.edu) to Requisition #100700. The Department of Chemistry and the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invite applications for a tenuretrack/tenured faculty member with research interests at the interface of materials chemistry and either inorganic or organometallic chemistry. The position is affiliated with the newly established NSF-funded Center for Nanohybrid Functional Materials. The latter includes thirteen investigators in chemistry, engineering, biology, and materials science and will explore and apply sensing and separations involving nanoscale materials. Applicants whose research interests complement existing strengths and include, for example, the creation or functionalization of ordered nanoscale molecular structures, are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related discipline, a demonstrated research record, the potential for establishing and/or maintaining a nationally prominent and competitively funded research program, and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Information about the Department and this faculty position can be found at: http://www.chem.unl.edu. Applicants should go to http://employment.unl.edu, click on the red "Faculty Tenure / Tenure Leading" button, select view for "Assistant or Associate Professor in Inorganic or Organometallic Materials Chemistry" and complete the application as instructed (requisition #100700).  To be considered, the faculty academic/administrative information form must be completed and a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, detailed description of proposed research projects, summary of past, current and pending research support (if applicable), brief teaching statement, and names of three references uploaded. Applicants for assistant professor must also arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent by email to: chemsearch@unl.edu or to Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0304. Review of applications will begin December 1, 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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