Chemistry Newsletter - 11/01/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 35 November 1st, 2004

Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

11/9/04

12/14/04

2/8/05

3/8/05

4/12/05

5/10/05

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

11/2/04

11/16/04

12/7/04

12/21/04

1/25/05

2/15/05

3/1/05

3/15/05

4/5/05

4/19/05

5/3/05

5/17/05

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Charles Brooks, Scripps Research Institute. “Examining Theories and Models of Protein Folding with Molecular Simulation”

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Popp, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004 - Harry Steenbock -Biochemistry Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Building. Ada Yonath, Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Assemblies at the Weizmann Institute. “The Amazing Ribosomal Architecture: Positional Catalysis and Antibiotics Synergism”

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Thursday, November 4th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nita Sahai, UW-Madison.“Expanding Horizons in Geochemistry: From Rocks to Algae and Bone”

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Thursday, November 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Porco. “Biomimetic Synthesis of Complex Molecules”

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Thursday, November 4th, 2004 - Harry Steenbock -Biochemistry Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Building. Ada Yonath, Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Assemblies at the Weizmann Institute. “Targeting Ribosomal Functional Features by Substrates, Ligands and Antibiotics”

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Friday, November 5th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Profesor Tracey Holloway, UW-Gaylord Nelson Institute.

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Monday, November 8th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mark Banaszak-Holl, University of Michigan.

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Monday, November 8th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Kenneth Anderson, Harvard. “Targeting the Myeloma Cell in its Microenvironment”

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Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Roger Loring, Cornell University. “Understanding the Infrared Vibrational Echo: From the Morse Oscillator to Myoglobin”

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Wednesday, November 10th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Hashiguchi, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Thursday, November 11th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lloyd Smith, UW-Madison. “Towards Single Molecule Mass Spectrometry”

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Thursday, November 11th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yi Jin Kim, Lee Group.

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Friday, November 12th, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Erin McElroy, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, November 11th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Andy Rutter, EC&T.

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Monday, November 15th, 2004 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Emad Tajkhorshid, Department of Chemistry and the Beckman Institute, UIUC.

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Monday, November 15th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Domenico Accili, Columbia. “Forkhead proteins in diabetes”

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lukas Tamm, University of Virginia.

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David R. Liu, Harvard University. “A New Approach to the Synthesis and Discovery of Functional Molecules”

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Wednesday, November 17th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Diane Nutbrown, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Thursday, November 18th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joshua J. Coon, University of Virginia. “Reshaping the proteomics landscape with ion/ion chemistry: new technology, comparative analysis of phosphorylation, and the histone code”

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Friday, November 19th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Jeff Myers, WI DNR. “Regulation, Risk and Air Toxics: Overview of Current Air Toxics Regulatory Risk Assessment Practices at the Federal Level”

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Monday, November 22nd, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Alan Cherrington, Vanderbilt. “Regulation of Glucose Uptake and Storage by the Liver”

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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marcus Mueller, UW-Madison Physics. “How to Make Polymer Foams: Bubble Nucleation in Compressible Mixtures Containing Polymers”

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Monday, November 29th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Teresa Compton, UW-Madison. “Innate Sensing of Herpeviruses by Toll-like Receptors”

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2004 - Physical McElvain Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Geraldine Richmond, University of Oregon. “Going Nonlinear in Probing Structure and Bonding at Aqueous Surfaces.”

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Neil L. Kelleher, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lingyin Li, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, December 3rd, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jack Sadowsky, Gellman Group.

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Friday, December 3th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Julie Hahm, EC&T.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2004 - McElvain Seminar, 3:30 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. TBA.

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Monday, December 6th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Richard Lee, Brigham & Women’s Hospital. “Thioredoxin Inhibitors: a New Target in Diabetes”

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ward Thompson, University of Kansas.

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Katherine Rees, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Thursday, December 9th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Schwartz, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, December 9th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Karin Wohlever, Gellman/Stahl Groups.

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Friday, December 10th, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Erin McElroy, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, December 10th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Tim Lee, CEE.

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Monday, December 13th, 2004 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Darrin York, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota.

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Monday, December 13th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Gary Ruvkun, Mass. General Hospital. “Genetic and genomic analysis of RNA interference”

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Scholes, University of Toronto. “Exciton, Multiexcitons, and Spin States in Colloidal Quantum Dots: Can Electron Spin be Observed Using Linearly Polarized Light?”

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Janice Hall, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Thursday, December 16th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kimberly Smith, Reich Group.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/fall2004.html.

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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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Truckee Meadows Community College, located in Reno, Nevada, invites applications for a tenure-track chemistry instructor. This position will begin August 10, 2005. Minimum qualifications: A master's degree in chemistry from a regionally accredited institution and two (2) years teaching in a higher education setting. A detailed position announcement including the preferred qualifications, responsibilities and salary can be obtained by contacting: TMCC, Director for Human Resources, 7000 Dandini Blvd., RDMT 211, Reno, NV 89512-3999, Tel (775) 673-7168 or TDD: (775) 673-7000 or visit TMCC's Web site at http://www.tmcc.edu/hrs.

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Research Associate in Environmental Engineering. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for the position of Research Associate in Environmental Engineering. The position requires an individual with a strong laboratory background in analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis to support faculty and graduate student research and teaching programs within environmental engineering. Areas of responsibility are broad and focus on general management of the environmental laboratory activities, including equipment maintenance, health & safety, supply and equipment purchasing, support of the teaching activities in the area of water chemistry, environmental microbiology, and process research, and active involvement with faculty in conducting research, securing research funding and writing technical publications. It is also expected that a successful candidate will develop their own research program in environmental science and/or engineering. Interested parties should submit a detailed resume and a list of at least three references to: Dr. Radisav Vidic, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 943 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 or via e-mail at vidic@pitt.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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California University of Pennsylvania, Organic Chemistry/Biochemist. Application Due: 11/11/2004. This is a tenure track faculty appointment. Salary and rank are competitive and commensurate with academic preparation and experience. An excellent fringe benefits package is included. The position is for an organic chemist with the ability to teach a biochemistry course or courses. Duties for the position will include teaching 24 credit hours per academic year in introductory and advanced courses in chemistry and will require hires to actively participate in ACS Certification of the Chemistry program. A Ph.D. in the chemical sciences is required and applicants must excel in teaching organic chemistry. Successful candidates for the position must have a strong motivation to teach at the undergraduate level, interest in developing integrated lecture/laboratory courses, a desire to enhance the laboratory experience for students, a willingness to actively recruit students and develop collaborative partnerships with high schools and community colleges. Teaching assignments may involve travel to regional sites and/or distance learning formats. In order to be a leading candidate in this search, in addition to the aforementioned requirements, the candidate minimally must be fluent in the English language, be able to communicate well, demonstrate outstanding potential for excellence in teaching through a successful interview and/or classroom demonstration and be experienced in the use of innovative curricular approaches that are student-centered, inquiry-based and hands-on oriented. To be considered, applicants must submit in hard copy all of the following before an on-campus interview is granted: full curriculum vitae; official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for review purposes); letter of application highlighting the applicant’s qualifications and teaching interests; brief statements describing teaching philosophy and plans for a research program; three professional letters of recommendation who have current knowledge of the applicant’s abilities as a teacher. Veterans should forward a copy of form DD214 to the Office of Social Equity, 250 University Ave, Box 9, California, PA 15419. Apply To: Dr. Ted Dominick, Chemistry and Physics, California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., Box 56, California, PA 15419, Phone: 724-938-4147, Via Email: dominick@cup.edu.

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Queens College of the City University of New York invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the level of Assistant Professor in the areas of physical and analytical chemistry, starting August 2005. Preference will be given to theoretical chemistry for the physical position, but experimentalists will be considered. The analytical position is part of a City University of New York initiative in Urban Environmental Science, and preference will be given to separation science or analytical spectroscopy with applications to environmental problems. The successful candidates will be expected to develop externally funded research programs and have a strong commitment to both Ph.D.-level and undergraduate teaching and research. A Ph.D. degree in chemistry is required and postdoctoral experience is preferred. See http://qcpages.qc.edu/Chemistry for a current description of the department. Send cover letter, CV including names of references, detailed research proposals including required set-up costs and facilities needs, and a brief statement of teaching interests and philosophy, and arrange to have sent three current confidential letters of recommendation and graduate transcripts to: Prof. Michael Mirkin (physical) or Prof. David Locke (analytical), Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Queens College/CUNY, Flushing, NY 11367-1597. Review of applications will begin Nov. 22, 2004.

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University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Chemistry invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry beginning Fall 2005. Candidates in all areas of organic chemistry, including chemical biology, are invited to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out a full and vigorous program of innovative research and to contribute to the teaching of graduate and undergraduate students. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Please submit applications, including curriculum vitae, list of publications, summary of past research, plans for future research, and letters of reference from three individuals who are familiar with the candidate's work by November 16, 2004 to: David Crich, Chair, Organic Search Committee, Department of Chemistry (M/C 111), The University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7061.

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The Department of Chemistry of Columbia University is seeking to fill two professorial positions to start July 2005. One, at the junior or senior level, is in experimental physical chemistry, with a preference for biophysical chemistry. The second, at the junior level, can be in inorganic, organic, or biological chemistry. Successful candidates for these positions must have the potential to do pioneering research and to teach effectively. Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae, indicate field of interest, a brief description of their research plan and have three letters of recommendation sent on their behalf. Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2004 and continue until the positions are filled. A Ph.D. is required. Apply to: Faculty Search Committee, Chem. Dept. Mail Code 3155, 3000 Broadway, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027.

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Organic Chemistry. Ripon College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level starting fall 2005. A Ph.D. in organic chemistry or in a related area with a strong organic background is required. A dedication to teaching undergraduates and to establishing a vigorous collaborative undergraduate research program with some external support is essential. Teaching duties will include organic chemistry, advanced organic, and help with other advanced courses consistent with area of expertise and interest. Send an application letter, CV, academic transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Dean Katahira, Department of Chemistry, Ripon College, P.O. Box 248, Ripon, WI 54971-0248. Review of applications will begin November 10, 2004 and will continue until the position is filled. Further information about Ripon College: http://www.ripon.edu.

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Assistant Professor, Chemical Biology, Princeton University. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, from individuals whose research interests are at the interface of Chemistry and Biology, broadly defined. Applications should include a description of research interests, a curriculum vitae, and 3 letters of recommendation. Send applications by November 1, 2004 to: Ms. Lynn Mendenko, Chemical Biology Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1009.

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The Biological Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for a full-time (9 month) tenure track assistant professor to begin August 2005. The Department offers B.S. degrees in Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, and an M.S. in Applied Molecular Biology. Candidates must have: a Ph.D. degree with post-doctoral experience in a biology-related field, expertise in cellular or genetic processes related to aging, a commitment to excellence in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, ability to conduct significant and independent research substantiated by peer-reviewed publications. Candidates with the following qualifications are preferred: relevant teaching experience, grant writing experience, prior success in securing research funding, and an active research program involving human or animal model organisms. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in genetics and cell biology, as well as a course in their specialty to graduate and upper division undergraduate majors. Research will involve some aspect of aging in a model system and/or human aging and should be appropriate for graduate and undergraduate student research. The successful candidate will also support pre-health career students through participation in the development of relevant curricula and programs. Review of applications will begin on November 15 and continue until position is filled. For full consideration, all application materials should be received by this date. To Apply, send a letter of application, vitae, reprints, description of research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy, and arrange to have three letters of references sent to: Ed Wallen, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI 53141, 262-595-2744.

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Grinnell College. A tenure track position in chemistry. We have the flexibility to hire an individual with a Ph.D. in any area of chemistry or related disciplines since this position is an expansion of our faculty as part of Grinnell's commitment to increase the diversity of the faculty at Grinnell College. Our department has been committed to improving the success of students from under-represented groups in science for over a decade. To be considered, a curriculum vitae with a research plan, a brief outline of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation must be mailed to: Associate Professor Leslie J. Lyons, Grinnell College, Department of Chemistry, Grinnell, Iowa 50112-1690, Phone: 641-269-3172, fax: 641-269-4285, web: http://www.grinnell.edu.

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Organic Chemistry Faculty Position. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee seeks an organic chemist for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level. All areas of organic chemistry will be considered, with those that complement departmental strengths and interests favored. A Ph.D. is required and postdoctoral experience is desirable. The successful candidate will provide evidence of scholarly achievements in peer-reviewed journals, promise of attracting external funding, and a strong interest in graduate and undergraduate teaching. To be considered, a curriculum vitae with a research plan, a brief outline of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation must be mailed to: Professor Walter England, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201 (Fax: 414-229-5530, e-mail: england@uwm.edu and postmarked by November 19, 2004.

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Western Illinois University. A tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning August, 2005. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry with postdoctoral and/or teaching experience. The candidate is expected to demonstrate a record of excellent teaching and research involving both graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills. Teaching responsibilities include organic and general chemistry plus occasional graduate level courses. Applicants must have a commitment to excellence in teaching and research at both the undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) levels. The WIU Department of Chemistry maintains state-of-the-art instrumentation (FT-NMR, GC-MS, FT-IR, UV-Vis, etc.) and electronic classrooms which provide great learning and research opportunities for students. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a vita with names of three references, synopsis of both research and teaching interests, and transcripts of graduate work sent to: Dr. T. K. Vinod, Organic Search Committee, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455. Review of applications begins December 6 and continues until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Post-Doctoral Position in Biology/Biochemistry: The Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Arizona University, http://www.nau.edu has a joint post-doctoral position available beginning December 15, 2004 or thereafter. This joint appointment will involve the development of 1) in vitro assays to detect the presence of endocrinedisrupting compounds in fresh water and 2) in vivo assays to examine system level changes in gene expression patterns during tadpole development following exposure to mixes of environmental contaminants. Experience in hormone assay development and genomic techniques such as QPCR and microarray analysis preferred. An understanding of Environmental Endocrine Disruption issues will be helpful. Starting salary range: $30,000 or greater, commensurate with experience. Applicants should send curriculum vitae, summary of research interests, professional goals and experience, three reference letters, and relevant reprints along with the NAU application that is available at: http://hr.nau.edu/m/job/301/317/554618. This site has extensive instructions for how to send in the application. The successful candidate is expected to have experience working with a culturally diverse population of faculty, staff and students. The search will remain open until the position is filled; however, the screening committee will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2004.

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