Chemistry Newsletter - 11/14/2005

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXIX - No. 36 November 14th, 2005

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Tracy Drier Wins American Society of Glassblower's Wilt Award

Congratulations to Tracy Drier for winning the American Society of Glassblower's Wilt Award for the best Technical Workshop Demonstration at the recent ASG meeting! Congratulations Tracy!

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The 36th Annual Presentation

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI

Saturday, December 3 at 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 4 at 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm

Room 1351 Chemistry Building, 1101 University Avenue, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Members of the campus community may obtain free tickets to any of the presentations by sending a self-addressed campus-mail envelope along with a request indicating the date and time of the desired presentation and the number of tickets needed to the General Chemistry Office mailbox. (If you require more than ten tickets, please include a list of the names and addresses of the persons for whom you are requesting tickets.) Tickets will be mailed during the week of November 7th.

Check local television listings for the date and time of the PBS broadcast of this special program.

For information on the Holiday shows, please see the flyer at the end of this newsletter.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

 

12/13/05

2/14/06

3/21/06

4/11/06

5/9/06

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

11/15/05

12/6/05

12/20/05

1/17/06

2/7/06

2/21/06

3/7/06

3/28/06

4/4/06

4/18/06

5/2/06

5/16/06

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Charles L. Brooks III, Scripps Research Institute. “Protein Folding Free Energy Landscapes - Insights Into Mechanism, Kinetics and Function From Molecular Simulations”

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Thursday, November 17th, 2005 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. James E. Butler, Naval Research Laboratory. “Diamond Diversity”

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Thursday, November 17th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Fast, Mecozzi Group.

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Friday, November 18th, 2005 - Lincoln Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Dr. Roger Newton, Director of Science - Maybridge. “Heterocyclic Chemistry and Drug Discovery”

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Friday, November 18th, 2005 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p. m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. James E. Butler, Naval Research Laboratory. “Diamond Perfection?”

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Monday, November 21st, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Boris Kholodenko, Thomas Jefferson University. “Systems Biology of Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Signaling: Can We Navigate Through Molecular Jungles?”

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bhavesh Gandhi, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Monday, November 28th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. John Yin, UW Madison. “Dynamics of Virus Growth and Spread - A Systems Biology Approach”

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daesung Lee, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew Dodge, Burke Group.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Audrey Gasch, UW-Madison, Genetics.

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Friday, December 2nd, 2005 - Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 2006 Rennebohm Hall. Professor Jeffery Aubé, University of Kansas. “Synthesis and Structures from Alkyl Azides”

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Monday, December 5th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Yun-Xing Wang, National Cancer Institute. “Using NMR to Answer Fundamental Biological Questions”

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Shana O. Kelly, Boston College. “Interfacing and Templating Nanostructures with DNA”

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. James O’Donnell, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. SooHyuk Choi, Gellman Group.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Blick, UW-Madison, Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Nano-Electromechanical Systems and Their Applications”

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Monday, December 12th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. George Rose, Johns Hopkins University. “Proteins: The Unfolding Story”

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Edward J. Kramer, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Phase Transitions in Flatland: Order, Disorder and Defects in Block Copolymer Monolayers and Multilayers”

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jocelyn Pinkert, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Zwier, Purdue University. “Laser Probes of the Potential Energy Surfaces of Flexible Molecules and Water-containing Complexes”

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Thursday, January 19th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Seyed Seradj, Burke Group.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Leitner, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil S. Baran, The Scripps Research Institute. “The Catalytic Cycle of Discovery in Total Synthesis”

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Smith, Denu Group.

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 - McElvain Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Yates, Scripps Research Institute.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcus Weck, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Venkat Ganesan, University of Texas at Austin. “Dynamical Phenomena in Multicomponent Polymers”

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Thursday, February 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrew Razgulin, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hanna Reisler, University of Southern California.

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Thursday, February 16th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Garske, Denu Group.

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Monday, February 20th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melanie Sanford, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ji-Xin Cheng, Purdue University.

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Jewell, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alex Benderskii, Wayne State University.

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luke Lavis, Raines Group.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arieh Warshel, University of Southern California. “Computer Simulations of Enzymatic Reactions: Finding out What are the Catalytic Principles that Really Work?”

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christian E. Schafmeister, University of Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangho Park, Lee Group.

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Monday, March 20th, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Walba, University of Colorado. “High Throughput Measurement of ee Using Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals”

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jamie Ellis, Cavagnero Group.

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Wednesday Thru Friday, March 29th - 31st, 2006 - Meloche Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Lippard, MIT.

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bin Sun, Lynn Group.

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patrick Holland, University of Rochester.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark A. Johnson, Yale University.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor D. Tyler McQuade, Cornell University. “Microreactors, Encapsulated Catalysts, and Mechanisms: New Tools and Techniques for Polymer and Small Molecule Synthesis”

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Thursday, April 6th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Schultz, Nelsen Group.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sanat Kumar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan O’Leary, Pomona College. “Deuterium and Tritium NMR Equilibrium Isotope Effects Involving OH/OH and CH/N Hydrogen Bonds: Stereochemical Applications”

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor H. Jane Dyson, The Scripps Research Institute. “New Insights from NMR into Unfolded Proteins and the Protein Folding Process”

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Thursday, April 18th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Virginia W. Cornish, Columbia University. “Co-Opting Nature's Machineries for Chemical Discovery”

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Thursday, April 20th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jennifer O’Neill, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael J. Saxton, University of California at Davis.

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Thursday, April25th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Matt Sigman, University of Utah.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon Tunge, University of Kansas.

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Jordan, University of Pittsburgh. “Electron and Proton Localization in Water Clusters”

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Stang, University of Utah. “Nanoscale Molecular Architecture: Design and Self-Assembly of Metallocyclic Polygons and Polyhedra via Coordination”

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Thursday, May 4th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Walker, Harvard University.

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeff Johnston, Indiana University.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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None For This Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Max Planck Society together with MerckKGaA, N.V. Organon and Schering AG plans to appoint 3 Independent Junior Group Leaders in the newly established Chemical Genomics Centre of the Max Planck Society. Two junior group leaders should have a strong background in organic chemistry, chemical biology or a related area as proven by an excellent publication record. The two junior groups will focus their research activities on a current topic of chemical biology in particular on protein-protein interactions. The third junior group leader should have a strong background in biology, biochemistry or a related area as proven by an excellent publication record. The junior group will focus on proteins involved in oncology. Junior Group Leaders are usually younger than 35 years old and hold an advanced degree with at least one year post-doctoral experience. The contract is for a group leader at the Junior- or Associate Professor level (up to W2 scale) and is limited to 5 years, starting in the winter of 2005/06. Funding will be provided in collaboration with Merck, Organon and Schering. Support for laboratory personnel, consumables and equipment will also be provided. The Chemical Genomics Centre includes groups from six Max Planck Institutes and is designed to develop and apply the approaches of Chemical Genetics to biological systems All junior groups will be located in laboratories in the newly established Biologisch-Medizinisches Zentrum Dortmund in the immediate vicinity of the Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Physiologie. Applicants considered for the positions are expected to participate in a symposium in Dortmund on October 31, 2005. Applications including c.v., publication list, a research proposal and two letters of recommendation should be sent to: Sabine Arndt, Chemical Genomics Centre of the Max-Planck-Society, Otto-Hahn-Str. 15, D - 44227 Dortmund, e-mail: Sabine.Arndt@cgc.mpg.de, before October 4, 2005. For further information see http://www.cgc.mpg.de.

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The Department of Chemistry at Idaho State University (ISU) invites applications for two full time, one-year appointments as Visiting Faculty beginning in August, 2006 (positions available pending funding). A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related field is preferred, although excellent M.S. candidates will also be considered. A single applicant pool will be evaluated for the two positions beginning January 15 and will continue until both positions are filled. Responsibilities for one position include teaching undergraduate organic chemistry lecture and laboratory courses and potentially General Chemistry. The responsibilities for the second position include teaching General Chemistry and additional teaching in the candidate's area of expertise. Candidates should submit a) a letter that includes both teaching preferences and a teaching philosophy statement, b) a curriculum vitae; and c) arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Dr. Robert W. Holman, Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Idaho State University, Campus Box 8023, Pocatello, ID 83209. Applications from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged. Information about our department can be found on our website at: http://www.isu.edu/chem/.

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The Department of Chemistry of Western Illinois University is in search of a Chair. To all potential candidates, please be aware of our search. The website for the description of the search is at: http://www.wiu.edu/employment/ or http://www.wiu.edu/chemistry/. For additional information, please contact: Iraj Kalantari, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, 1 University Circle, Western Illinois University, Macomb IL 61455, Email: i-kalantari@wiu.edu, FAX: (309) 298-1857.

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The University of California, Merced, the tenth campus in the UC system and the first new American research university of the 21st century, is inviting applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in organic chemistry. We particularly encourage candidates in the areas of organic materials or bioorganic chemistry. Applicants should have a record of research, publication, and teaching commensurate with a faculty appointment at the University of California and should have demonstrated the potential to develop an internationally recognized, innovative research program. Our campus emphasizes interdisciplinary research and education and we do not have discipline-based departments. A list of the current faculty of the School of Natural Sciences may be found at: http://naturalsciences.ucmerced.edu/. Applications must be made via our Web site: http://jobs.ucmerced.edu/list_academic_positions.faces;jsessionid=B0ED838F7212ED182B711821A24FCE3C?seriesId=1, job code ASNS269A, and must be received by Nov. 3, 2005. Anne Myers Kelley, Professor, School of Natural Sciences, University of California, Merced, Mailing address: P.O. Box 2039, Merced, CA 95344. Physical address: 4225 Hospital Rd., Bldg. 1200, Atwater, CA 95301-5142, Main campus: 5200 North Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343, Tel. 209-724-4345, cell 209-658-7145, fax 209-724-4356, e-mail: amkelley@ucmerced.edu, web: http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/amkelley/.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Post-doctoral Research and Teaching Associate, Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research, The University of Maine, Orono, Maine. The Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research at the University of Maine invites applications for a post-doctoral position in chemical or earth science education research or a closely related field. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, earth sciences or a related field, have a strong research record in one of these areas, and have demonstrated excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will participate in writing proposals for external funding and teach one or more courses each year at the introductory undergraduate level or in the Center’s interdisciplinary Master of Science in Teaching program. Preference will be given to those who have experience in educating teachers and who have successful grant-writing experience. The position is a twelve-month appointment, with possible renewal for a second year, and preference will be given to those who can start early in 2006. Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, summary of research accomplishments, research plan, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of excellence in teaching and/or student supervision, copies of three representative publications, and the names and addresses (including e-mail and phone) of at least three referees to: Center Post-doctoral Search Committee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Maine, 5709 Bennett Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5709; Tel. (207) 581-1016; Fax. (207) 581-3410. Materials may be submitted electronically to: Leisa.Preble@umit.maine.edu. For more information about the Center, please see http://www.umaine.edu/center. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Post Doctorate - Molecular Interactions and Transformations. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Richland, WA. Reference #: 110499. The Molecular Interactions and Transformations group is looking for postdoctoral candidates to contribute to a dynamic experimental research program to develop novel hydrogen storage materials. The positions will involve the study of chemical hydrogen storage materials, including but not limited to borohydrides, ammonia boranes, organic hydrides and main group hydrides. Candidates will need a Ph.D. or equivalent training in the chemical sciences. The experimental research positions will require thorough knowledge and working experience in a synthetic chemistry laboratory, including experience working with air sensitive reagents under inert atmosphere. The research will involve laboratory synthesis and testing of new hydrogen storage materials and synthesis and testing of catalysts for hydrogen release and regeneration. Hands-on experience and knowledge of common spectroscopic techniques, including multinuclear NMR, FTIR, Raman, XRD, DSC and PCT, is required and advanced understanding of these techniques is desirable. Successful candidates will be required to learn advanced experimental techniques in multidimensional NMR, XAFS, and neutron spectroscopies. While the positions are targeted for chemists, materials scientists with the appropriate chemical background are encouraged to apply. Candidates must work well with others and have experience with performing multiple research tasks, analyzing data, designing new experiments, be adept at presenting results at National conferences and writing up results for publication in peer review journals. **This is a limited term employment position. Assignment duration is dependent upon funding and individual performance. Minimum Requirements: Successful candidates must have received a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or Physics within the last 5 years from an accredited college or university. **Must meet minimum requirements to receive further consideration. Note: Placement level will be dependent upon management's assessment of the selected candidate's skills, experience, and ability to contribute. In order to reduce cycle time, internal and external solicitations of interest may run concurrent. However, qualified PNNL staff will be given first consideration. For further consideration please visit http://www.jobs.pnl.gov and reference posting # 110499. Kevin Burbank, Phone: 509-372-4214, e-mail: kevin.burbank@pnl.gov.

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