Chemistry Newsletter - 11/05/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 37 November 5th, 2001

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Congratulations to North American Mechanical, Inc. (NAMI)

Congratulations to North American Mechanical, Inc. (NAMI), the mechanical contractor for the chemistry building project, on receiving a 2001 Project of Distinction award from the Associated Builders and Contractors for their work on the Chemistry Building Addition. Award selection is based on several criteria, including quality workmanship, scope and complexity of the mechanical systems, difficulty of construction, and safety record. Our thanks to Don Stando (foreman, research tower addition), Dan Pedek (foreman, renovation project), Melody Doyle, Kurt Wellenstein, Steve Ross, and the entire NAMI crew for their excellent work on behalf of the Department. Links: http://www.naminc.com/ , http://www.abcwi.org/.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 8335 Chemistry

November 13th, 2001 December 11th, 2001 January 8th, 2002
February 12th, 2002 March 12th, 2002 April 9th, 2002 May 14th, 2002

Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays ---1:20 PM - Chair's Office

November 6th, 2001 November 20th, 2001
December 4th, 2001 December 18th, 2001 January 15th, 2002 February 5th, 2002
February 19th, 2002 March 5th, 2002 March 19th, 2002 April 2nd, 2002
April 16th, 2002 May 7th, 2002 May 21st, 2002

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ATTENTION GRADUATE STUDENTS

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IMPORTANT DATES:

MINOR AGREEMENT FORMS: The Graduate School requires that the minor program be outlined in an agreement which is approved by the Department no later than halfway through completion of the sequence minor courses. The minor requirement is normally completed by the second year of Graduate School. Minor Agreement forms are available in Room 1120.

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315. Nancy Thompson, UNC-Chapel Hill. "Dynamics of Proteins Near Membrane Surfaces: Studies by Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscopy."

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2001 - Student Seminar Series, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry.Matt Hutchison (Crim Group). "Vibrationally Mediated Photodissociation of Ammonia"

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Joan Broderick, Michigan State University.

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Thursday, November 8th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Thomas C. Farrar, UW-Madison. "Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Structure and Dynamics and Hydrogen Bonding Liquids"

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Thursday, November 8th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Thomas Clark.

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Monday, November 12th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Bob Clark, UW Madison, Graduate Student.

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Monday, November 12th, 2001 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry. Martha Montague, UW Chemical Engineering. "Imaging Layers Based on Surface-Initiated Polymers"

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315. Jingsong Zhang, University of California-Riverside. "Photodissociation Dynamics of Small Hydrocarbon Free Radicals: The H- atom Product Channels."

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2001 - Student Seminar Series, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry. Travis Berggren (Smith Group). "Single Pulse Nanoelectrospray Mass Spectrometry-Ink Jet Printing Meets Mass Spec"

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Mark A. Barteau, University of Delaware. "Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Surface Oxametallacycles: Connections to Olefin Epoxidation"

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Dave Schubert.

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Thursday, November 15th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor David C. Schwartz, UW Madison. "Single Molecule Systems for Genome Analysis"

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Thursday, November 15th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Matthew Hinderaker.

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Monday, November 19th, 2001 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. SonBinh Nguyen, Northwestern University. "Polymer-Biopolymer and Polymer-Inorganic Nano-Structures: Novel Hybrid Materials"

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Monday, November 19th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Susie Martins - Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Jeffery Hubbell, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, ETH and University of Zurich.

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2001- Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Bob Clark-Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2001 - Student Seminar Series, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry. Wei Cai (Hamers Group). "Chemical Patterning of Iodine-terminated Silicon Surfaces Using Visible Light"

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Costas Maranas, Penn State. "Modeling and Optimization in Protein and Metabolic Engineering"

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Thursday, November 29th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Robert Rossi, Carleton College. "Just One Fix: An Idealist's Dogged Pursuit of the Solar Photoelectrochemical Golden Fleece"

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Thursday, November 29th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Alex Shaginian.

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2001 - Student Seminar Series, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry. Chris Lawrence (Skinner Group). "Ultrafast Vibrational Spectroscopy of Water"

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Tim Deming, University of California-Santa Barbara.

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Fabio Ribeiro, Polytechnic Institute. "Hydrodechlorination Reactions on Palladium Catalysts"

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Thursday, December 6th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Matthew Woll.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Reginald M. Penner, University of California-Irvine.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Kristi Anseth, University of Colorado, Boulder. "Photopolymerization of Degradable Polymer Networks and Their Medical Applications"

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Thursday, December 13th, 2001 - Organic Seminar - Industrial McElvain Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Eric M. Gordon, Sunesis.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Stanger HE; Syud FA; Espinosa JF; Giriatt I; Muir T; Gellman SH.

Length-dependent stability and strand length limits in antiparallel beta-sheet secondary structure.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 2001, Vol 98, Iss 21, pp 12015-12020.

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Nelsen SF; Blomgren F.

Estimation of electron transfer parameters from AM1 calculations.

JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2001, Vol 66, Iss 20, pp 6551-6559.

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Florio GM; Sibert EL; Zwier TS.

Fluorescence-dip IR spectra of jet-cooled benzoic acid dimer in its ground and first excited singlet states.

FARADAY DISCUSSIONS 2001, Vol 118, pp 315-330.

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Cheng RP; Gellman SH; DeGrado WF.

beta-peptides: From structure to function.

CHEMICAL REVIEWS 2001, Vol 101, Iss 10, pp 3219-3232.

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Copyright © 2001 Institute for Scientific Information

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Sigma Xi, a leading international scientific society, headquartered in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is seeking an exceptional leader as their new Executive Director. This organization with over 70,000 members has an excellent endowment with the potential to grow in membership and influence by fostering a creative and dynamic interaction among science, technology and society on a local, national and international level. Reporting to the Board, this position offers an excellent opportunity to plan, develop, and lead comprehensive strategic planning and program development strategies in leading this growth. This person will be responsible to lead in developing, integrating, and implementing plans of diverse units into an effective organizational plan as well as provide highly effective leadership to the 40 person in-house staff. This Executive Director must be able to effectively lead on two fronts: 1) develop and implement a strategy to engage the chapter-based grass-root members in meaningful scientific programs that will add relevance to our world and to their membership in the society and 2) develop and implement a strategy to engage the entire organization on national and global scientific issues and programs that promote science in such a manner that adds meaning and relevance to each member, each chapter, each section and the society. One must be able to share the grass roots vision as well as the bigger picture vision, obtain "buy-in" to both and implement both. Working closely with board members, committee chairs, and other top team members in developing the organization's vision and goals, this person must be a creative, strategic-thinker with the ability to communicate and implement throughout the organization to effectively tie the operational plans to the strategic plan. One must have exceptionally effective interpersonal skills with the ability to lead in building strong ties with board members, chapter members, chapter presidents, committee chairs and others who are leading local, domestic and global initiatives. The ability to win and maintain the long-term respect of the competent heads of the different units is critical. This will require a leader who truly cares. This position requires an exceptional appreciation of science, research and strategic planning, solid business savvy, knowledge of public relations, a working knowledge of true marketing, good fund raising skills, and excellent implementation skills at the grass roots, national and international levels. An appreciation and understanding of current and emerging information technologies that can increase the effectiveness of research, staff, marketing, public relations, as well as grass root, national and international membership development is important. A prime candidate will be personable, energetic, technically strong, analytical, politically savvy, a team builder and leader, and aggressive without being arrogant. This is a growth opportunity. This individual must be a "leader by example" whom others want to follow because he/she truly cares, listens and engages others, has a deep and sincere feeling for the grass root members, the big picture members, the staff and wants this society to make a significant difference in our world. Please contact us by e-mail, fax, write, or call us at: Grantham Griffin & Buck. Inc., 161 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, Phone: 919-932-5650, Fax: 919-942-1624, e-mail: Grantham@ggbinc.com.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison. Part Time TA position at the X-ray Laboratory. The position is for a motivated chemistry graduate student interested in structures of molecules and who enjoys working with computers and doing calculations. The student will acquire sound theoretical and experimental crystallographic knowledge. Additionally, the applicant will gain result presentation and paper writing skills, which will lead to several publications during the X-ray apprenticeship. The TA will deal with various organic and organometallic compounds and interact with students and faculty. Interested students should contact: Dr. Ilia Guzei at: iguzei@chem.wisc.edu.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison. Part Time TA position in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. This is a position for a graduate student who would like to learn how to run all the instruments in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory and who will assist graduate students and postdocs in using mass spectrometry to solve problems. The staff of the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory are all involved in keeping the instruments operating optimally and in generating quality data. A successful technical assistant will be able to add mass spectrometry skills to their resume. The TA will be working with a large variety of organic, biochemical, and organometallic compounds. Interested students should contact: Dr. Martha M. Vestling at: vestling@chem.wisc.edu.

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Northwestern University's Searle Center for Teaching Excellence is leading several innovative research-based learning and teaching initiatives. We seek applicants for the following position that will help advance one of these efforts: Coordinator of Research and Evaluation, Science Workshop Programs. The successful candidate will assume major responsibility for evaluating a highly innovative program in the gateway science courses that promises to make a significant contribution to science education. Candidates should have strong expertise in assessment and evaluation, both qualitative and quantitative, an understanding of learning and teaching literature, and the ability to work with science faculty. Applications are invited from (but not limited to) persons with PhD's (preferred) or ABD's in: Education, Science Education, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Social Science and Humanities Education, Health Science Education, and Professional Development in Higher Education. The position carries a competitive benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Send letter of application, CV, NAMES OF four references, and a sample of writing to: Dr. Gregory Light, Associate Director, Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, 627 Dartmouth Place, Evanston, IL 60208-4181. Review begins immediately and will continue until positions are filled. For additional information about the positions and the Center see http://president.scfte.northwestern.edu .

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The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Chemistry Department, Position Number: 032c.0102. Working Contract Title: Lecturer. Requirements (Degree/Experience): Ph.D. in Chemistry preferred; ABD or Masters degree will be considered. Responsibilities: Part-time, potentially full-time, Academic Staff position to begin February 4, 2002 (for Spring, 2002). Reappointment to Fall, 2002 and Spring, 2003 may be possible to cover pending faculty sabbatical leaves. Responsibilities include lecture, discussion and/or laboratory supervision in our general chemistry courses. We seek to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber, skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application, and integration of knowledge. Under a court approved settlement and Wisconsin statutes, we are required to provide the public, upon request, a list of all nominees and applicants who have not requested in writing that their identity not be revealed. Persons agreeing to be final candidates will have their identity revealed as. a final candidate. Starting Date: February 4, 2002. Salary: Competitive. Terms of Appointment: One semester Academic Staff position (Position may be extended beyond one semester, pending funding of sabbatical leave applications.) Person to: Contact: Dr. Robert E. Moore, Chair; Department of Chemistry University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; Oshkosh, W1 54901-8645 FAX (920) 424-2042 E-mail: moore@uwosh.edu. Send letter of application, resume, three current, confidential letters of recommendation (Fax: 920-424-2042), and transcripts (photocopies acceptable initially). Application Deadline: November 16, 2001.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California-San Francisco invites applications for a tenure-track position. Candidates should have a strong background in the use of biophysical, chemical, or quantitative approaches to the study of contemporary problems in molecular and cell biology. Preference will be given to candidates at the Assistant Professor level; however, outstanding senior candidates will also be considered. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae that includes publications, and a brief statement of research accomplishments and interests. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the committee to coincide with receipt of the application. Applications are due December 3, 2001. All materials should be sent to: Dr. Wendell Lim Chair, Faculty Search Committee Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology University of California San Francisco 513 Parnassus Avenue, HSW 1201H San Francisco, CA 94143-0450.

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Ithaca College Chemistry. Assistant/Associate Professor. Ithaca College invites applications for two tenure eligible faculty positions in Chemistry at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Curricular areas with courses to be taught by the new faculty members include introductory and upper division biochemistry and organic chemistry. Interest in instrumental analysis and applications, and additional interests are welcome. Applicants must have a strong commitment to undergraduate research as an essential part of undergraduate education. Ability to supervise undergraduate research is required. Successful candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate chemistry at introductory and advanced levels for both chemistry majors and students majoring in other sciences, and courses for students majoring in areas outside of science. Since the Chemistry Department anticipates additional retirements of senior faculty, applications from experienced faculty who wish to lead in the development of a renewed department are welcome, as are applications from faculty at the beginning of their teaching and research careers. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Previous teaching and/or post-doctoral experience are highly desirable. Send application letter with vita, a brief description of research plans, and a statement of teaching philosophy to: Frank W. Darrow, Chair, Department of Chemistry, 361 Center for Natural Sciences, Ithaca College, Ithaca NY 14850-7279. Letters of recommendation will be requested from those applicants who are selected for further review. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

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St. Mary's College of Maryland, a public Carnegie Baccalaureate Liberal Arts institution. A comprehensive program of support is provided for faculty, including professional travel, internal grants for research and teaching, paid pre-tenure leaves, and sabbaticals for tenured faculty. Outstanding facilities of the college include a new science center, renovated facility for history and social science, and a new campus center. A robust development of information technology, including the hiring of information technologists for each academic division, serves to support faculty and students in research and pedagogy. St. Mary's College of Maryland invites applications for the following tenure track faculty positions. All positions require an earned doctorate except as noted. Responsibilities include teaching, scholarly activity, and service. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the appropriate chairperson as listed below. Postings of these positions will also appear in appropriate discipline publications.

St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 East Fisher Road, St. Mary's City, MD. 20686.

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The Department of Chemistry at Western Michigan University seeks applications for an Assistant Professor of Organic or Bio-organic chemistry beginning in the Fall, 2002 pending budgetary approval. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or Biochemistry with post-doctoral experience, research expertise in the field of organic chemistry compatible with the department's emphasis on environmental chemistry. Candidates with research interests in the area of bioorganic chemistry; particularly synthesis and spectroscopy of small molecules which exhibit biological activity will receive preference. Background or experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry or organic preferred. All candidates will be required to develop and sustain an excellent research program in their specialized areas that must have an environmental component, participate in multi-investigator, interdisciplinary research grants, participate in collaborative research, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, teach undergraduate and graduate chemistry courses, and develop new courses in their area of expertise. Candidates for consideration at advanced rank must have externally funded research and a demonstrated record of scientific achievements. The Chemistry Department offers the B.S. (ACS-approved), M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry and has as its focus research and teaching in environmental chemistry and related fields of basic chemistry. Interested candidates should submit detailed curriculum vitae, transcripts, two or three research summaries, teaching philosophy and goals, and a minimum of three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Jay C. Means, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-3842, e-mail: means@wmich.edu. The review of applications will begin Nov. 1, 2001.

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Oklahoma State University. Two faculty positions in chemistry: Available Fall, 2002. Two tenure-track positions, one at the Assistant Professor level in analytical and/or inorganic chemistry and one open position at the Associate Professor level. Successful candidates are expected to develop their own nationally recognized research programs and to teach graduate and undergraduate courses. Please submit a completed resume, a 1-2 page teaching philosophy, plans for research, and a minimum of three letters of recommendation sent separately from individuals familiar with your credentials to: K. D. Berlin, Department of Chemistry, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, by the deadline of November 26, 2001.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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NONE AVAILABLE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

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