Chemistry Newsletter - 11/05/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 36 November 5th, 2007

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The 38th Annual Presentation

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI

 

2007 Once upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri–Sold Out

All four presentations are "sold out." Requests for tickets are being processed in the order they were received and tickets will be distributed this week. The program will be telecast on Wisconsin Public Television on the following dates:

Friday, December 21 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec 21 4:30 pm, Sunday, Dec 23 8:00 am, Monday, Dec 24 12:30 pm, Tuesday, Dec 25 12:00 noon, Friday, Dec 28 1:00 pm and Monday, Dec 31 9:00 am.

For date and time of telecast elsewhere around the country check local PBS and cable stations listings.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

Department meetings are open to all students, staff, and faculty, and we encourage everyone to join us.

November 13th, 2007

December 11th, 2007

February 12th, 2008

March 11th, 2008

April 15th, 2008

May 13th, 2008

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

 

November 6th, 2007

 

November 20th, 2007

December 4th, 2007

December 18th, 2007

January 22nd, 2008

February 5th, 2008

February 19th, 2008

March 4th, 2008

March 25th, 2008

April 1st, 2008

April 22nd, 2008

May 6th, 2008

May 20th, 2008

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Christopher M. Cheatum, University of Iowa. “Spectroscopic Probes of Enzyme Dynamics”

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adrien LaVoie, INTEL Corporation. “Enabling the World’s Fastest Microprocessors: The Interface of Atomic Layer Deposition and Organometallic Chemistry”

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Thursday, November 8th, 2007 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1106 Mechanical Engineering. Professor John Lippold, The Ohio State University. “Recent Advances in the Understanding of Material Weldability”

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Friday, November 9th, 2007 - EC &T Seminar, 12:00 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Yukihiro Hara, Materials Science. “ZnO nanorods and Thin film--Applications of these type of materials for Photovoltaic solar cells”

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Friday, November 9th, 2007 - EC &T Seminar, 4:00 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Valeria Puddu, The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. “TiO2: Photocatalysis and Solar Cell Applications”

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Monday, November 12th, 2007 - EC &T Seminar, 12:00 p.m., 1003 Engineering Centers Building. Professor Claudio Alejandro Estrada Gasca, National University of Mexico. “Renewable Energy: An Alternate to Face the Depletion of Hydrocarbon Sources and the Global Climate Change”

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ross Weatherman, Purdue University.

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Andrew D. Miranker, Yale University. “Elucidating Molecular Mechanisms On and Off the Pathway to Amyloid Deposition”

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Thursday, November 15th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Margaret Wong (Kiessling Group).

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William F. Polik, Hope College. “Measuring and Modeling Resonances among Excited Vibrational States of Polyatomic Molecules”

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Thursday, November 29th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sayani Chattopadhyay (Raines Group).

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Helen Blackwell, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Giuliano (Gellman Group).

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Thursday, December 13th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Amanda Musch (Berry Group).

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sean M. Decatur, Mt. Holyoke College.

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

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christine McInnis (Blackwell Group).

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Cynthia Burrows, University of Utah.

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon P.D. Abbatt, University of Toronto.

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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Ischay (Yoon Group).

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

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Victor I. Klimov, Los Alamos National Laboratories.

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

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Thursday, February 7th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Corinne Lipscomb (Mahanthappa Group).

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Monday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Merck Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Swager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Douglas J. Tobias, University of California, Irvine.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shane Mangold (Kiessling Group).

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Song-I Han, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stefan Bernhard, Princeton University.

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Thursday, February 21st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joel Broussard (Stahl Group).

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Rovis, University of Colorado.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John D. Weeks, University of Maryland.

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

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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lani MacArtney (Stahl Group).

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephen Craig, Duke University.

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Linda Johnston, Ottawa.

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

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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Anzovino (Yoon Group).

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Thursday, March 13th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jay Steinkruger (Gellman Group).

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Deborah S. Gross, Carleton College.

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

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Thursday, March 27th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Moody (Mahanthappa Group).

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University.

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

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Blamer (Gellman/Stahl Group).

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

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Tuesday, April 15th and Wednesday April 16 th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carolyn Bertozzi, UC-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Barbara A. Lyons, New Mexico State University.

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

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Thursday, April 17th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brooke Richardson (Gellman Group).

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Kim Hamad-Schifferli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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

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Thursday, April 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reto Frei (Blackwell Group.)

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Yingkai Zhang, New York University.

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Deryn Fogg, University of Ottawa.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alexander Khrizman (Mecozzi Group).

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Weitz, Harvard University.

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

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aimon Tongpenyai (Kiessling Group).

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Recent Publications

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Unexpected crystallization of 1,3-bis(4fluorophenyl)propan-2-one in paratone oil.

Guzei, IA*; Kolonko, KJ; Reich, HJ*.

ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION E-STRUCTURE REPORTS ONLINE 63: O4094-U3459 Part 10 OCT 2007.

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Intramolecular trapping of an intermediate in the reduction of Imines by a hydroxycyclopentadienyl ruthenium hydride: Support for a concerted outer sphere mechanism.

Casey, CP*; Clark, TB; Guzei, IA*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (38): 11821-11827 SEP 26 2007.

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Dynamical effects in line shapes for coupled chromophores: Time-averaging approximation.

Auer, BM; Skinner, JL*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 127 (10): Art. No. 104105 SEP 14 2007.

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Targeting protein-protein interactions: Lessons from p53/MDM2.

Murray, JK; Gellman, SH*.

BIOPOLYMERS 88 (5): 657-686 2007.

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Partly cloudy with a chance of showers.

Casey, CP*; Wong, CH.

ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 2 (9): 573-576 SEP 2007.

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Copyright © 2007 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Thermofisher Scientific - Madison Location. We are staffing a temporary lab technician - Raman Product Group. This position will require 15-20 hrs per week and will pay approx. $13/hr, for the 3 to 4 month position. There is talk of having an annual internship in the RAMAN department for future employment. The Position would entail running samples on Raman instrumentation, processing and compiling spectra, and running of samples to contribute to marketing and sales tools. This candidate will be provided with training, but will be expected to work independently. Any students who would be interested, please contact me directly. We are hoping to fill this temp position asap. Contact: Brian M. Musser, Human Resources Assistant, Thermo Fisher Scientific, 5225 Verona Road, Bld. 4, Madison, WI 53711, P: 608-276-6348, F: 608-273-6880, e-mail: Brian.Musser@ThermoFisher.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the College of Natural Sciences at California State University, Chico, are seeking to fill a full-time, academic year, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor faculty position in Chemical Education beginning fall 2008. The successful candidate will join a growing team of science educators within the College as we seek to enhance our current programs for teachers and contribute to the improvement of science teaching at all levels. Responsibilities will include working to recruit, retain, mentor and advise pre-service secondary chemistry teachers; engaging in scholarly activities in chemical education; and building university, school and community partnerships in science education. Teaching responsibilities will include lower and upper division courses for majors in chemistry and biochemistry. A doctorate in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Chemical Education by no later than the fall 2008 appointment date is required. Application review will begin January 9, 2008. Applicants should submit a vita, a 1-page narrative describing your evidence of quality teaching, a statement of plans for scholarly activity in chemical education, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three current letters of recommendation to: Dr. Christopher Nichols, Chair, Chemical Education Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University, Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0210. Email: cjnichols@csuchico.edu. For details about the department and college, please visit: http://www.csuchico.edu/chem and http://www.csuchico.edu/nsci.

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A growing and dynamic Department of Chemistry at the University of South Florida invites applications for a tenure-track 9-month appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2008 pending budgetary approval. We seek an outstanding candidate who will develop a vigorous, externally funded research program in chemical education. The successful applicant will complement existing strengths in chemical education research as well as contribute to the growth of a center for chemical education. ABDs will be considered, but applicants should have Ph.D. in chemistry, chemistry education, or a closely related area conferred by time of appointment. (If degree is not conferred by that time, the appointment would initially be made at the Instructor rank until degree is conferred.) To be considered, applicants must submit a letter of application, CV, detailed research plan and teaching philosophy to the address given below. Applicants must arrange for letters of recommendation to be sent by individuals knowledgeable of the applicant's professional work directly to the USF Department of Chemistry. Salary is negotiable. Deliver electronic applications (preferred method) to: chemsearch@cas.usf.edu. Alternatively, paper applications may be sent to: Prof. Randy W. Larsen, Dept. of Chemistry, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. CHE 205, Tampa, FL 33620-5250. Review begins December 3, 2007 and continues until position is filled. According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public. For ADA accommodations, contact Kimberly Read, (813)-974-4487 at least five working days prior to need.

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University of Northern Colorado, Vacancy Announcement. Position Title: Associate/Assistant Professor of Chemistry - Chemical Education. Position Number: F99716. An earned doctorate in chemistry or chemical education or a doctorate in science education with a master’s degree in chemistry. The ability to direct graduate and undergraduate research in chemical education and demonstrate the ability to teach graduate and undergraduate chemical education courses and advanced undergraduate courses in one chemistry discipline. Demonstrate accomplishments in or the potential for high-quality teaching, excellence in research, and successful grant proposal activity, and a record of scholarly publications and presentations commensurate with prior experience and activity. Preferred Requirements: Four to five years experience as an assistant/associate professor. This is a full-time, tenure-track position at the associate or assistant professor level in the Chemistry and Biochemistry program. The successful candidate will be an active contributor to our undergraduate (ACS-accredited) and graduate (M.S. in chemistry, M.S. in chemical education and Ph.D. in chemical education) programs. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in graduate and undergraduate chemistry, chemical education and science education courses. Teaching assignments may include off-campus and/or partner school activities. This position requires developing a research program in chemical education for undergraduate and graduate students. The candidate is expected to secure external funding, to advise undergraduate and graduate students, and provide professional service to the University and the discipline. A description of the Program Area and its faculty is available at: http://www.unco.edu/nhs/chemistry. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include health, life, and dental insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement programs. Requested Start Date: August 18, 2008. Application Materials, Contact, and Application Deadline: A complete application includes: a letter of application, resume, transcripts of undergraduate and graduate studies, three reference letters sent separately, a statement of personal teaching philosophy, and a statement of research plans and interests. Evidence of accomplishments in grant support, peer-reviewed publications, teaching effectiveness, and professional service is desirable. Send to: James Schreck, Chair, Search Committee, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Northern Colorado, Campus Box 98, Greeley, CO 80639 or catherine.bohannan@unco.edu. Review of application materials will begin on November 30, 2007 and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, you may call (970) 351-2559. Qualified candidates should complete and submit the Faculty Voluntary Demographic and Acknowledgement form located at FacultyEmploymentAcknowledgement.doc, the Human Resource Services Office-Carter Hall Room 2002, or on the UNC HR website. Additional Requirements: Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. If a degree is required, original transcripts must be submitted within one (1) month of hire.

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Professor and Chair. Georgetown University invites applications and nominations for Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry. We are seeking candidates with an internationally recognized research program, strong external funding, demonstrable leadership and administrative ability, excellent interpersonal skills, and a vision for enhancing the research and educational programs of the department. The position is open to all areas of chemistry. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in chemistry or a closely related field. As part of Georgetown's Master Plan for the Sciences, the new chair will have the unprecedented opportunity to lead the department in a period of rapid development including a new state-of-the-art science building targeted to open in 2010, subsequent renovation of the existing building to the same level, and significant growth in the number of faculty. Additional information about the department can be found at: http://www.georgetown.edu/departments/chemistry. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, the names of three references, and a summary of research and educational activity and plans. Nominations and applications should be sent to: The Chemistry Chair Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057-1227, e-mail: chemsearch@georgetown.edu. Review of applications will begin November 30th, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

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The Department of Chemistry at The University of Montana (UM) invites applications for the position as Director, The Shafizadeh Rocky Mountain Center for Wood & Carbohydrate Chemistry at the Associate or Full Professor level. The Shafizadeh Center has a tradition of research oriented toward industrial and environmentally-friendly uses of carbohydrates. Applicants must have a strong background in organic carbohydrate chemistry or a related field and be able to teach undergraduate and graduate organic chemistry courses. The successful candidate is expected to have a dynamic externally funded research program and to have demonstrated excellence in teaching. The Shafizadeh Center laboratories are outfitted with modern instrumentation that includes GC/MS, HPLC, IC, GPC, DSC, and computer controlled reaction equipment. Applicants should send a CV including a list of publications to: Bruce E. Bowler, Chair, Shafizadeh Search, Department of Chemistry, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812. Email: bruce.bowler@umontana.edu. Review of applications will commence on November, 1, 2007.

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Two Chemistry Faculty Positions in the Energy for the Future Initiative at the University of California, Davis. The UC Davis Department of Chemistry; http://www.chem.ucdavis.edu/ invites applications for two Chemistry faculty positions associated with the UC Davis Energy for the Future Initiative targeting major energy issues facing California and the nation. One position is at the Assistant Professor level, and the other position could be at a tenured rank (Associate or Full Professor). Online applications for these positions are available at: http://energy.ucdavis.edu. This website also provides further information about the Energy for the Future Initiative, which brings a total of fourteen new faculty positions to the campus, including a total of four positions in the Chemistry Department to be filled over a 2-3 year period. The search is open to all areas of fundamental chemistry targeting energy science and technology. However, two areas are of special interest: (i) New Materials for Energy Applications, and (ii) Bio-Inspired, Biochemical, and Biological Approaches to Energy Generation and Utilization. Competitive candidates will bring a strong research program in chemistry relevant to energy, as well as a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Chemistry or related disciplines is required. The positions are open until filled; but to assure full consideration, online applications should be submitted no later than October 15, 2007, for a targeted start date of July 1, 2008.

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Tenure-track position in Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - The University of Montana. The Department of Chemistry invites applications at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Organic Chemistry. The development of externally funded research programs, making contributions to lower division organic chemistry teaching and the development of upper division and graduate courses in organic chemistry is required. A Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field, postdoctoral experience in organic chemistry and a strong potential for teaching excellence is necessary. Applications, including a complete CV, a full description of research plans, and a statement of teaching philosophy should be sent to: Nigel D. Priestley, Chair, Organic Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812-1656. Email: nigel.priestley@umontana.edu. Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address. Information about our department may be accessed from our web page: http://www.umt.edu/chemistry. The review of applications will start on November 1, 2007, and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None for this Newsletter

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