Chemistry Newsletter 11/09/2009

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XXXIII - No. 35 November 9th, 2009

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Some Sad News
Glen E. Dirreen is dead at Age 75
Glen Dirreen (Ph.D. 1972 with Treichel) died on October 27, 2009 in Germantown, Wisconsin after a long illness.  Immediately upon graduation he was appointed the first director of the UW-Madison general chemistry laboratories a position he held till 1984 when he was appointed coordinator of the general chemistry program and also associate director of the Institute for Chemical Education.  He retired in 1994 and was granted emeritus status.  Glen was a masterful teacher and administrator whose high standards, wit, and friendliness contributed greatly to the success of thousands of first-year chemistry students and hundreds of TAs, and the smooth workings of the general chemistry program. He was one of the first two chemistry academic staff members to be recognized with an indefinite appointment.  Glen was a major collaborator in scholarly publications dealing with laboratory instruction and chemical demonstrations, and in public presentations at national, regional, and local ACS and other professional meetings. He was a leader in Chautauqua courses and other teacher workshops in Madison and elsewhere. He was a key player in all aspects of our chemistry education programs including the annual Christmas Lecture. Glen helped launch the SPICE (Student-Presented Interactive Chemistry Experiences) program and was co-PI on major NSF and private grants.  He contributed to the development of the Freshman Chemistry Study Room, TA training programs, undergraduate advising and registration, counseling graduate students, and safety of chemical laboratories. Glen was a model of integrity in all dealings with students, staff, and supervisors. He was a good influence on students, staff, and faculty.  He was my good friend.
Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

Glenn Dirreen

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Professor John Berry's Conversations in Science Talk: "Antiloguous Harmony in Chemistry and Music" can be viewed on the web at: http://mediaprodweb.madison.k12.wi.us/node/378.
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2009 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

November 17th, 2009 December 15th, 2009 February 16th, 2010
March 16th, 2010 April 20th, 2010 May 11th, 2010

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

November 24th, 2009 December 8th, 2009 January 19th, 2010
February 2nd, 2010 February 9th, 2010 March 2nd, 2010
March 9th, 2010 April 6th, 2010 April 13th, 2010
May 4th, 2010

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ben McCall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Astrochemistry: From H3+ to C60"
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Wednesday, November 11th,  2009 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard Jordan, University of Chicago. "Metal Catalyzed Copolymerization of Olefins with Polar Vinyl Monomers"
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Thursday, November 12th, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joseph Gerdt - Blackwell Group.
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Thursday, November 12th, 2009 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 MS&E Building. Andrew S. Mount, Clemson University. "The high Frontier of Materials Science Lives in the Maine Life of the Sea"
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Friday, November 13th, 2009 - ACS and Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Bruce Bursten, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. "Fun at the Bottom of the Periodic Table:  Theoretical Studies of the Structure and Bonding in Actinide Complexes"
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Monday, November 16th, 2009 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Amit Mitra, UW-Madison, West Group.
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Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marsha Lester, University of Pennsylvania. "Dynamical Outcomes of Quenching: Reflections on a Conical Intersection"
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Wednesday, November 18th,  2009 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., - Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Northwestern University.
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Thursday, November 19th, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aaron McCoy - Mecozzi Group.
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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Patricia L. Clark, University of Notre Dame. "Vectorial Folding During Translation Alters Protein Folding Mechanisms"
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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., - Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eugenia Turov, Berry Group, Student seminar.
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Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lindsay Fay - Gellman Group.
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Friday, December 4th, 2009 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justin Anderson, WARF. "Protecting Your Invention - Intellectual Property at UW-Madison"
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Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jennifer Kohler, UT-Southwestern. "Capturing Glycoconjugate Interactions with Metabolically Incorporated Photocrosslinking Sugars"
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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., - Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gene Wong, Landis Group, Student seminar.
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Thursday, December 10th, 2009 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dongxu Shu, Tang Group.
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Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William Schneider, University of Notre Dame. "Environmental Catalysis from First Principles"
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Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Keith Fagnou, University of Ottawa.
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Friday, January 22nd, 2010 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangtae Kim, Executive Director of the Morgridge Institute for Research.
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Monday, January 25th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Feng Wang, Boston University.
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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jin Quan Yu, Scripps.
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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. John Orlando, National Center for Atmospheric Research. "Laboratory Studies of Hydrocarbon Oxidation Mechanisms Under Atmospheric Conditions"
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Thursday, January 28th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Anna Hurtley, Yoon Group.
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Thursday, January 28th, 2010 -  Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Caulton, Indiana University.
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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Waymouth, Stanford University.
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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Angel E. Garcia, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Tuesday, February 3rd,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Caulton, Indiana University.
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Thursday, February 4th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Huey, Georgia Tech.
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Thursday, February 4th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Parker, Gellman Group.
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephen Craig, Duke University.
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christiane Alba-Simionesco, Head of Laboratoire Léon Brillouin.
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Wednesday, February 10th,  2010 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tobin Marks, Northwestern University.
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Thursday, February 11th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth Tyson, Yoon Group.
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Thursday, February 18th, 2010 - Ferry Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Frank Bates, University of Minnesota.
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Miller, Yale University.
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Horia Metiu, University of California Santa Barbara.
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Wednesday, February 24th,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcetta Darensbourg, Texas A & M.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2010 - Pittcon Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yi Cui, Stanford University.
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Thursday, February 25th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Olga Dykhno, Yoon Group.
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Denmark, University of Illinois-Urbana .
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Straub, Boston University.
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Wednesday, March 3rd,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeremy Smith, New Mexico State University.
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Martin Burke, University of Illinois-Urbana.
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel T. Hess, University of Maine.
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Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Shawn Burdette, University of Connecticut.
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Thursday, March 11th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Weinstein, Stahl Group.
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steve Buchwald, MIT.
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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy H. Warren, Georgetown University.
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Thursday, March 25th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul White, Stahl Group.
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George Schatz, Northwestern University. "Modeling Self-Assembly of Nanomaterials."
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Wednesday, April 7th,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Aaron Sadow, Iowa State.
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Thursday, April 8th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Kelsey Mayer, Gellman Group.
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Friday, April 9th, 2009 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luis Echegoyen, Director of the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation.
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Monday, April 12th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William G. Noid, Penn State University.
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giovanna Ghirlanda, Arizona State.
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Niels H. Damrauer, University of Colorado.
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Milstein, Weizmann institute, Israel.
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yiying Wu, Ohio State University.
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Sorenson, Stahl Group.
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Monday, April 19th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dmitri Babikov, Marquette University.
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giovanna Ghirlanda, Arizona State.
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joan-Emma Shea, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 - Inorganic and Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Geoffrey Coates, Cornell University.
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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Roberto De Guzman, The University of Kansas. "NMR Studies of Bacterial Nanoinjectors and Hantaviral Zinc Fingers"
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Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27th and 28th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel Danishefsky, Sloan Kettering, Columbia University.
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Susannah Scott, UC Santa Barbara.
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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 - McElvain Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Millard Alexander, University of Maryland.
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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Brunold, University Wisconsin-Madison.
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Thursday, May 6th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peter Chen, Spelman College.
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University of Texas Southwestern Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas is seeking applicants for its summer undergraduate research fellowships in the following areas: Biological Chemistry; Biophysics; Cancer Biology; Cell regulation; Chemical Biology; Computational Biology & Systems Biology; Developmental Biology; Genetics; Immunology; Intergrative Biology; Microbiology; Molecular Biology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Quantitive & Analytical Chemistry. The QP-SURF application is available on-line at: http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/QP-SURF/QP-SURFAPP.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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None for This Newsletter
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The Department of Chemistry and Physics of the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine is actively seeking individuals to fill two faculty positions. The first position is that of CHAIR and will be filled at the Associate Professor or Professor level.  The details of the position and application procedure can be found at www.une.edu/hr/ads/deptchairchemphysics.asp. The second position is in INORGANIC CHEMISTRY and will be filled at the Assistant Professor level.  Details of this position and the application procedure can be found at www.une.edu/hr/ads/asstprofinorgchem.asp. Contact: Larry Thompson, Visiting Professor and Interim Chair.
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The University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (http://www.d.umn.edu/chem) is seeking one full-time temporary instructor/assistant professor for the spring 2010 semester. Duties include: Teaching undergraduate chemistry lecture and laboratory courses including general chemistry and liberal education chemistry; Supervising teaching assistants; Serving on departmental committees; Carrying out other departmental duties as assigned. Appointment dates: 1/14/10 through 5/30/10. Qualifications: Essential: Good communication skills as they pertain to teaching and advising; Instructor: MS in Chemistry or closely related field (e.g., Biochemistry, Toxicology); Assistant Professor; PhD in Chemistry or closely related field (e.g., Biochemistry, Toxicology); Desired: Instructor: MS in Chemistry. One or more years of college level chemistry teaching experience. Experience in academic chemistry lab setting involving research or instruction with supervisory responsibility (e.g., teaching assistants); Assistant Professor: PhD in Chemistry. Two or more years of teaching college level chemistry lecture and lab courses. Experience in academic chemistry lab setting involving research or instruction with supervisory responsibility (e.g., teaching assistants). Deadline: Completed applications will be reviewed beginning November 23,2009 and continuing until the position is filled. Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Minnesota Employment System website: https://employment.umn.edu, using job requisition # 163663. The application will consist of the electronic application form plus the following materials, which may be sent directly to the Search Committee Chair (below) or attached electronically: letter of application (with current email address and telephone number); curriculum vitae; undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable); description of teaching experience (with emphasis on chemistry lecture and lab courses you have taught); and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references. Dr. Paul Siders, Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry University of Minnesota Duluth, 1039 University Drive, 246 Chem, Duluth, MN 55812, email: psiders@d.umn.edu; fax: 218-726-7394).
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Assistant Professor - Joint appointment in Forensic Science and Biology. Nebraska Wesleyan University invites applications for an assistant professor to teach in an established graduate program in forensic science and an undergraduate program in biology. This is a nine month, tenure-track position, starting August, 2010. The successful candidate will teach courses in the forensic science biology-chemistry track, including some subset of courses among the following: Introduction to Forensic Science, Forensic Biology, Internship, Forensic DNA, and/ or Analytical Sciences as a Basis for Forensic Investigation. In biology, the successful candidate will teach courses according to their area of expertise. In addition, the successful candidate will serve on division and university committees, advise students, and contribute to student research projects. An earned or nearly completed Ph.D. in Biology, Forensic Science, or a natural science or related field is required. Prior undergraduate and graduate-level teaching and experience in a forensic laboratory are desirable. Send letter of application, current CV, graduate transcripts, and the names and contact information for three references to: Dr. Melissa Connor, Director, Forensic Science Program, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 5000 Saint Paul Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. Review of materials will begin November 15, 2009 and continue until the position is filled.
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The Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, in conjunction with the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University is searching for a tenure-track faculty member at the level of Assistant Professor. Cornell recently established and endowed the Weill Institute (www.icmb.cornell.edu) as part of its New Life Science Initiative. The Institute will consist of 13 faculties (currently 7) as the core component in a $160M new research building, designed by renowned architect Richard Meier. Dr. Scott Emr relocated to Cornell in 2007 as the founding Director of the Institute. The goal of the Institute is to build a vibrant center of scientific excellence in basic biology integrated with existing outstanding programs in chemistry and chemical biology, physics, computational biology and engineering. All Institute faculty are physically located in Weill Hall, but with full appointments in academic departments, to which they contribute teaching and service. The selected candidate for this position will be appointed in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB; http://www.chem.cornell.edu) and be a member of the Institute, and must have interests and expertise consistent with both positions. Applicants are expected to have a strong background in chemistry and/or chemical biology with research that addresses fundamental questions in molecular cell biology (e.g. cell cycle, signaling, membrane traffic, cytoskeleton, etc.). Candidates exploiting specialized approaches, for example: chemical synthesis, structural biology, novel cellular probes, or high-resolution microscopy, will also be considered. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae (highlighting 3-5 publications with title and abstract), a research plan (2-3 pages), and a statement of teaching interests. The cover letter should indicate how the applicant fits the interests of CCB and the Institute. These materials and three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Chemical Biology Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Baker Laboratory, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853-1301. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2009; the closing date is January. 31, 2010. However, applications from exceptional candidates will be considered after the closing date 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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