Chemistry Newsletter - 11/12/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 38 November 12th, 2001

 

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There will be no Newsletter next week (11/19/2001), because of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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 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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SEMINARS

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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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Friday, November 16th, 2001 - Chemistry Department Colloquia, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Thomas M. Record, UW-Madison. "Biophysical Studies of the Intial Steps of Gene Expression: How Does RNA Polymerase Open the DNA Double Helix to Initiate Synthesis of an RNA Transcript"

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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 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry. J. Kamakshi, UW Chemistry, Graduate Student. "Self-Assembly of Proteins on Membranes"

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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 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Mikhail Nechaev, Moscow State University.

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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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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. "Hydrogen Sensors and Switches Based on Arrays of Palladium Mesowires"

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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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Park C; Kelemen BR; Klink TA; Sweeney RY; Behlke MA; Eubanks SR; Raines RT.

Fast, facile, hypersensitive assays for ribonucleolytic activity.

RIBONUCLEASES, PT A 2001, Vol 341, pp 81-94.

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Steinmann JG; Phillips JH; Sanders WJ; Kiessling LL.

Synthesis of cyclic sulfates by halocyclization.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2001, Vol 3, Iss 22, pp 3557-3559.

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Russell JN; Butler JE; Wang GT; Bent SF; Hovis JS; Hamers RJ; D'Evelyn MP.

pi bond versus radical character of the diamond (100)-2 x 1 surface.

MATERIALS CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS 2001, Vol 72, Iss 2, pp 147-151.

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Toulokhonova I; Zhao RP; Kozee M; West R.

Reactions of 1,1-dichloro-2,3,4,5-tetraphenylsilole with water and alcohols.

MAIN GROUP METAL CHEMISTRY 2001, Vol 24, Iss 10, pp 737-744.

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Tran NT; Kawano M; Dahl LF.

High-nuclearity palladium carbonyl trimethylphosphine clusters containing unprecedented face-condensed icosahedral-based transition-metal core geometries: proposed growth patterns from a centered Pd-13 icosahedron.

JOURNAL OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY-DALTON TRANSACTIONS 2001, Iss 19, pp 2731-2748.

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Casey CP; Lee TY; Tunge JA; Carpenetti DW.

Direct, observation of a nonchelated metal-alkyl-alkene complex and measurement of the rate of alkyl migration to a coordinated alkene.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2001, Vol 123, Iss 43, pp 10762-10763.

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Peterson SC; Echeverria I; Hahn SF; Strand DA; Schrag JL.

Apparent relaxation-time spectrum cutoff in dilute polymer solutions: An effect of solvent dynamics.

JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART B-POLYMER PHYSICS 2001, Vol 39, Iss 22, pp 2860-2873.

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Everitt KF; Skinner JL.

Isotropic Raman line shapes of N-2 and O-2 along their liquid-gas coexistence lines.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2001, Vol 115, Iss 18, pp 8531-8539.

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Kiessling LL.

Multivalent carbohydrate derivatives as inhibitors and effectors.

GLYCOBIOLOGY 2001, Vol 11, Iss 10, pp 27- .

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Sok DE; Sih CJ.

Difference in susceptibility of tyrosine residue to oxidative iodination between a thioredoxin box region and a hormonogenic region.

ARCHIVES OF PHARMACAL RESEARCH 2001, Vol 24, Iss 5, pp 446-454.

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Copyright © 2001 Institute for Scientific Information

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Department has an opening in Spring for a lecturer in General Chemistry 103. The position is a 60% appointment to lecture, hold office hours, supervise lab and perform related duties during the 2002 Spring Semester. The position begins January 11, 2002 and ends May 26, 2002. PhD in Chemistry or chemistry-related field required; experience teaching some level of college chemistry required. We would like to begin interviewing during the week of December 1, but will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Send applications to: Prof. John Moore, Chemistry Department, 1101 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706. Reference PVL #41013.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The University of Minnesota, Morris seeks two people having broad intellectual interests and strong commitments to excellence in undergraduate education, to fill two tenure-track positions in chemistry beginning August 12, 2002. Responsibilities for both positions include: teaching undergraduate chemistry courses including general chemistry; advising undergraduates; pursuing a research program appropriate to an undergraduate liberal arts campus of the University of Minnesota; and sharing in the governance and advancement of the chemistry program as well as the campus at-large.

Position #1: Candidates must hold or expect to receive a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry by August 12, 2002. One year experience teaching at the undergraduate level is required. (Graduate TA experience is acceptable.) This position includes responsibility for teaching analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis.

Position #2: Candidates must hold or expect to receive a Ph.D. in physical chemistry by August 12, 2002. Two years experience teaching at the undergraduate level is required. (Graduate TA experience is acceptable.) This position includes responsibility for teaching physical chemistry and oversight of a chemistry computer lab.

Please visit the chemistry discipline web page at: http://www.mrs.umn.edu/academic/chemistry/ for additional details. These tenure-track positions carry all of the privileges and responsibilities of University of Minnesota faculty appointments. A sound retirement plan, excellent fringe benefits, and a collegial atmosphere are among the benefits that accompany the positions. Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level for those having the Ph.D. and at the Instructor level for others. The standard teaching load is five courses per year. Applications must include a letter of application, resume, transcripts, three letters of reference, and two statements: (1) a teaching statement in which teaching goals and methods are discussed and (2) a research statement in which the applicant proposes a research program that is viable at a small liberal arts college and accessible to undergraduate students. Send applications to: Chemistry Search Committee Chair, (Please insert position #.), Division of Science and Mathematics, University of Minnesota-Morris, Morris, MN 56267-2128. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Screening will begin November 26, 2001. Inquiries can be made to Nancy Carpenter, Position #1 Search Committee Chair, at (320) 589-6337, e-mail at: carpenne@mrs.umn.edu, or to James Togeas, Position #2 Search Committee Chair, at (320) 589-6309, e-mail at: togeasjb@mrs.umn.edu.

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte seeks applications for a tenure track position in inorganic chemistry at the assistant professor level to begin August 15, 2002. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required; postdoctoral experience is highly preferred. The successful candidate is expected to teach courses in inorganic chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to establish a competitive, externally funded research program in any area of inorganic chemistry, including bioinorganic, organometallic, or solid state chemistry. The Department has a thriving Masters program, participates in interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in biology and in mechanical and electrical engineering, and has access to the resources of the Cameron Applied Research Center. Departmental facilities include two 300 MHz FT NMR spectrometers, AFM, STM, MALDI/TOF, ESI-MS, GC/MS, TGA, DSC, and various FT-IR and UV/Vis spectrophotometers. Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a statement of research plans, a statement of teaching interests, and have three letters of recommendation forwarded on their behalf to: Chair, Inorganic Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, UNC-Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223. For more information see: http://www.chem.uncc.edu.

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University of Massachusetts medical school. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology is pleased to announce the second phase of its faculty expansion program. Under the leadership of Professor C. Robert Matthews, the department is recruiting new and established investigators to participate in the unprecedented research expansion that is taking place at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. During the next year, two new tenure-track faculty positions will be filled in the area of Chemical Biology. We are seeking innovative individuals with strong research accomplishments in synthetic, combinatorial, medicinal, and/or mechanistic organic chemistry who wish to address fundamental problems in biology. UMASS Medical School offers a unique and exciting research environment and opportunities for creative collaboration with groups in biophysics, molecular biology, structural biology, immunology, genetics, cell biology and neurobiology. Salaries and start-up packages will be commensurate with the high level of accomplishment expected for successful applicants. New faculty members will develop cutting-edge research programs, mentor and train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and pursue innovative research as leaders in their fields. A dedication to problems at the interface of chemistry with biological sciences is required. Junior applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the department and a curriculum vitae that includes honors, publications and a two to three page research plan. Senior applicants should also include a brief description of current and future research activities. Applicants should provide the names and addresses of three individuals who are familiar with their accomplishments and potential for success. Materials should be sent to: Professor Tariq M. Rana, Director of Chemical Biology Program, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, The University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North Worcester, MA 01655. Web site: http://www.umassmed.edu/bmp/.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Central Florida invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions, one in Biochemistry and one in Physical Chemistry beginning August 8, 2002. The Department seeks applicants for the Biochemistry position with a research interest in any area of biochemistry. For the Physical Chemistry position, the Department will consider any area of Physical Chemistry, but will give preference to applicants with research interest in the area of nanotechnology/nanoscience. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree, and postdoctoral experience or work experience is preferred. Excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and the development of a vigorous externally funded research program are expected. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a description of research plans, and a brief description of teaching interests (courses), and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Dr. Glenn Cunningham, Faculty Search Committee, University of Central Florida, Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 162366, Orlando, FL 32816-2366. Review of completed applications will begin on November 15, 2001.

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The Department of Chemistry, in association with the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE), at San Diego State University seeks to fill a tenure-track position in chemistry education at the assistant professor level to begin Fall 2002. Candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree in chemistry or a Ph.D. degree with an M.S. in chemistry or the equivalent. The candidate will be expected to develop a research program that investigates learning in chemistry at the university level and that attracts external funding. The primary teaching responsibilities will be to teach physical science to pre-service teachers in an inquiry-oriented classroom environment and also to participate in teaching lower division university chemistry courses. A commitment to working in a multicultural environment with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles is highly desirable. The College of Sciences has several federally funded minority training programs, e.g., MARC, MBRS and McNair and SDSU is ranked 10th in the nation in conferring minority baccalaureate degrees. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to participate in the doctoral program in chemistry offered jointly with the University of California, San Diego and the doctoral program in mathematics and science education offered jointly with the San Diego State University Center for Research in Mathematics and Science, website: http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/CRMSE and the University of California, San Diego. Telephone or e-mail inquiries to: Dr. David Burkey at 619-594-5481 or dburkey@chemistry.sdsu.edu. You may visit the Department at http://www.chemistry.sdsu.edu/chemisty/index.html. To find out more information about CRMSE and the joint doctoral program, you may visit the CRMSE homepage at http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/CRMSE. Applicants must submit: (a) a cover letter which includes a statement of 1) teaching experience and philosophy and 2)research experience; (b) relevant reprints, if available; (c) a complete curriculum vitae; (d) a description of research plans with an estimated equipment budget; and must arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: Chemistry Education Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-1030. Review of applications will begin on November 15th, 2001 and continue until the position is filled.

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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at California State University, Chico is seeking to fill a tenure track 1 faculty position (Assistant Professor) beginning Fall 2002. A Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and research. Teaching experience in university-level biochemistry. Post-doctoral experience. Experience or interest in environmental research. Teach biochemistry lecture and laboratory classes as well as general chemistry. Conduct undergraduate research programs and seek external funding for such projects. Salary: $40,488 - $48,720 per academic year, depending on the level of appointment. Closing Date: Review will begin December 15, 2001. Applications received after that date may be considered. Applicants must submit a resume, a statement of teaching philosophy, a proposal for involvement in undergraduate research, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Donald B. Alger, Department of Chemistry, CSU, Chico, Chico CA 95929-0210, Phone: 530-898-5259, TDD 530-898-4666. For more information about the university, college, and department, you may visit our website at: http://www.csuchico.edu/.

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Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Organic Chemistry Department of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at California State University, Chico is seeking to fill a tenure track faculty position (Assistant Professor) beginning Fall 2002. A Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with a specialization in the area of Natural Products. Outstanding candidates in other subdisciplines of organic chemistry will be considered. Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and research. Teaching experience in university-level organic cherrdstry. Post-doctoral experience. Experience or interest in environmental research. Teach organic chemistry lecture and laboratory classes as well as general chemistry. Conduct undergraduate research programs and seek external funding for such projects. Salary: $40,488 - $48,720 per academic year, depending on the level of appointment. Review will begin December 15, 2001. Applications received after that date may be considered. Applicants must submit a resume, a statement of teaching philosophy, a proposal for involvement in undergraduate research, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. David B. Ball, Department of Chemistry, CSU, Chico, Chico CA, 95929-0210, Phone: 530-898-5259, TDD 530-898-4666. For more information about the university, college, and department, you may visit our website at: http://www.csuchico.edu/.

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Department of Chemistry - University of Northern Iowa. Faculty Search F2002-023. Position Announcement Assistant Professor. Tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in biochemistry. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research and a willingness to seek external funding. The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. degree and will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in biochemistry and other undergraduate courses. The successful applicant will be expected to develop an active research program and to be a mentor to research students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Any area of biochemistry will be considered. Appointment date is August, 2002. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Compensation includes excellent fringe benefits including TIAA, CREF, group life disability, medical and dental coverage. Requirements include a Ph.D. degree in chemistry or biochemistry, a commitment to excellence in teaching and research, demonstrated written and oral communication skills, and a willingness to seek external funds. The candidate selected will be able to teach university level courses in chemistry and biochemistry and provide laboratory research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, a statement of research plans and selected publication reprints and a statement of teaching philosophy. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the search committee chair. The Department of Chemistry web page is http://www.chem.uni.edu. Email inquiries may be made to: john.bumpus@uni.edu. Candidates are assured full consideration if all. required materials are received by December 3, 2001. Address inquiries, complete applications or nominations to: Dr. John A. Bumpus, Chair Biochemistry Search Committee University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0423 Tel: (319) 273-7220 FAX: (319) 273-7127.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of California, Los Angeles, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in inorganic chemistry at the assistant professor or higher level. We are seeking a candidate who will establish a vigorous and innovative research program in any area of inorganic chemistry. Depending on the level, candidates must give evidence of potential or demonstrated distinction in scholarship and teaching. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement of research accomplishments and proposed research plans (not exceeding four pages), and reprints of representative publications. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be mailed to the address below. To assure consideration, all application materials and letters should be received by November 15, 2001 and directed to: Chair, Inorganic Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, P.O. Box 951569, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569, FAX: (310) 206-4038.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Post Doctoral Position Available. The University of New Mexico seeks applicants to study free radicals in skin carcinogenesis, using EPR and molecular biological techniques. Initially an 18-24 month appointment is available starting November 2001. Excellent EPR facilities are available including Bruker Elexsys 9 GHz and 1GHz in vivo imaging systems. Please forward a covering letter, CV, and references to: Dr Graham S. Timmins, College of Pharmacy, Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Toxicology, 2502 Marble NE, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA.

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