Chemistry Newsletter - 11/18/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 39 November 18th, 2002

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The 33rd Annual Presentation of.....

"Once Upon A Christmas Cheery In The Lab Of Shakhashiri!"

Details can be found in the flyer at the end of this newsletter!!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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December 10th, 2002 January 21st, 2003
February 11th, 2003 March 11th, 2003 April 8th, 2003 May 13th, 2003

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

November 19th, 2002 December 3rd, 2002 December 17th, 2002 January 14th, 2003
February 4th, 2003 February 18th, 2003 March 4th, 2003 March 18th, 2003
April 1st, 2003 April 15th, 2003 May 6th, 2003 May 20th, 2003

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2002 - Student Physical Chemistry Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mark Formaneck. "Understanding allosteric transitions in biomolecules using molecular simulation methods"

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2002 - Frontiers in Pharmacology Seminar, Noon, Room 1111 Biotechnology Center. Professor Christopher E. Turner, SUNY. "Paxillian and Focal Adhesion Signaling"

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Douglas Lauffenburger, MIT. "Cytokine Engineering Within a Cellular Systems Context"

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Wednesday, November 20th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ryan Nelson, Graduate Student.

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Wednesday, November 20th, 2002 - Biophysics Joint Group Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dr. Charles Anderson, Record's Group, UW-Madison, Department of Chemistry. "Thermodynamic Nonideality in Multicomponent Systems: Some New Ways of Analyzing Classical Types of Measurements"

********************Thursday, November 21st, 2002 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robin Garrell, University of California, Los Angeles. "Optimizing Biomolecular Adhesion: From Mechanisms to Microfluidics"

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Thursday, November 21st, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Terra Potocky.

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Thursday, November 21st, 2002 - Environmental Toxicology 800 Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 125 McArdle Laboratory. Dr. Adnan Elfarra. "Potential Role of Flavin-Containing Monooxygenases in Metabolism and Toxicity of Cysteine S-Conjugates and Methionine"

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Thursday, November 21st, 2002 - Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 8335, Chemistry Building. Harald Morgner, University of California-San Diego. "Molecular structure of liquid surfaces."

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Monday, November 25th, 2002 - Contemporary Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Udo Heinemann. "Structural Genomics of Human Proteins: The Protein Structure Factory"

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Tuesday, November 26th, 2002 - Frontiers in Pharmacology Seminar, Noon, Room 1111 Biotechnology Center. James L. Keck, University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Mechanisms of Cellular Genome Maintenance"

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Tuesday, November 26th, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Joe Qin, University of Texas-Austin. "Process Sensor Integrity Under feedback Control and Optimization"

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Friday, November 28th, 2002 - Rheology Research - 3M Lecture, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Roderic Lakes, University of Wisconsin.

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2002 - Biophysics Joint Group Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Regina Murphy, UW-Madison, Department of Chemical Engineering. "Kinetics of Beta-Amyloid Peptide Aggregation"

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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2002 - Student Physical Chemistry Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Annabel Muenter. "The effect of dissolved ions on the interactions of HCl gas with liquid glycerol"

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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2002 - Frontiers in Pharmacology Seminar, Noon, Room 1111 Biotechnology Center. Professor Sankar Ghosh, Yale University. "NF-kB: An Evolutionarily Conserved Mediator of Immune and Inflammatory Responses"

********************Tuesday, December 3rd, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. A. Z. Panagiotopoulos, Princeton University. "Phase Transitions in Ionic and Colloid-Polymer Systems"

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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joseph Francisco, Purdue University. "Structure and Reactivity of Open-Shell Complexes: New Frontiers in Atmospheric Chemistry"

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Wednesday, December 4th, 2002 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Phillips, Graduate Student.

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Wednesday, December 4th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ira Weinstock, Emory University.

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Thursday, December 5th, 2002 - Environmental Toxicology 800 Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 125 McArdle Laboratory. Dr. Wade Bushman. "The lessons of the One-Eyed Sheep"

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Thursday, December 5th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Erin Carlson.

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Thursday, December 5th, 2002 - Anatomy Department Seminar, 4 p.m., Room 140 Bardeen, (Anatomy Library). Dr. Aaron Fox, University of Chicago. "Stories from Different Kinds of Secretory Systems"

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Monday, December 9th, 2002 - Contemporary Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Michal Linial.

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Monday, December 9th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rajendra Rathore, Marquette University.

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2002 - Student Physical Chemistry Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Robert Holiday. "Vibrationally driven bimolecular reactions"

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George O'Doherty, West Virginia.

********************Tuesday, December 10th, 2002 - Frontiers in Pharmacology Seminar, Noon, Room 1111 Biotechnology Center. Andrew J. Morris, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. "Synthesis and Inactivation of Lysophosphatidic Acid"

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. David Sholl, Carnegie Mellon University. "Simulating Practical and Possible Materials for Gas Separation Membranes: Zeolites, Carbon Nanotubes, and Metal Alloys"

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Thursday, December 12th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shane Lamos.

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Thursday, December 12th, 2002 - Environmental Toxicology 800 Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 125 McArdle Laboratory. Thomas Malone. "The Use of Toxicogenomics and Proteomics in Toxicology"

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Friday, December 13th, 2002 - Rheology Research - 3M Lecture, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Wendy Crone, University of Wisconsin.

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Monday, December 16th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Frank Schaper, University of Illinois.

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2002 - Frontiers in Pharmacology Seminar, Noon, Room 1111 Biotechnology Center. David Toczyski, University of California-San Francisco. "Dividing With Broken Chromosomes"

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2002 - Biophysics Joint Group Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Landick, UW-Madison, Department of Bacteriology. "RNA Polymerase: Structure, Catalysis, and Regulation"

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Monday, April 21st, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Christopher Bardeen, University of Illinois.

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Analytical Sciences Seminars

The following link is for the UW Analytical Sciences Seminar 2002: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.html.

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The Argonne National Laboratory Named Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Director's Office initiated these special postdoctoral fellowships at Argonne National Laboratory, to be awarded internationally on an annual basis to outstanding doctoral scientists and engineers who are at early points in promising careers. The fellowships are named after scientific and technical luminaries who have been associated with the Laboratory and its predecessors, and the University of Chicago, since the 1940's; these include George W. Beadle (biologist), Arthur Holly Compton (high energy particle physicist), Ugo Fano (atomic physicist), Nicholas Metropolis (computational physicist), Willard Frank Libby (nuclear chemist), Glenn Seaborg (chemist), Harold Urey (nuclear chemist), Eugene Wigner (theoretical physicist), and Walter H. Zinn (nuclear reactor physicist), and will be assigned to the fellowship recipients according to the scientific or technical discipline of the fellowship holder. These fellowships complement the existing Enrico Fermi and Maria Goeppert-Meyer fellowships at Argonne. Candidates for these fellowships must display superb ability in scientific or engineering research, and must show definite promise of becoming outstanding leaders in the research they pursue. The Laboratory intends to award four such fellowships this coming year. Fellowships are awarded for a two-year term, with a possible renewal for a third year, and carry a stipend of $70,000 per annum with an additional allocation of up to $20,000 per annum for research support and travel. The Fellows, who will be competitively selected by a special fellowship committee, are given the freedom of associating with Argonne scientists in a research area of common interest. More specific information regarding research activities at Argonne can be obtained by viewing the overview at website http://www.anl.gov/OPA/vtour/, as well as the more detailed websites of the various research groups, centers and facilities, which can be accessed via the home webpage http://www.anl.gov. Applying for an Argonne Named Postdoctoral Fellowship. One application is sufficient to be considered for all named fellowships. The first Fellowships can start as early as March 2003. To apply, a letter of nomination for each candidate is requested. In addition, the candidate is requested to supply the following materials to the Director of the Argonne National Laboratory, by December 31, 2002: Curriculum Vitae; Bibliography of publications and preprints; Description of research interests to be pursued at the Laboratory - we encourage applicants to contact Argonne staff in their areas of interest in order to explore possible areas of research; And the names of two scientists (other than the original nominator) whom the candidate has asked to supply letters of recommendation. It is the candidate's responsibility to arrange that the two letters of support be sent to the Laboratory at the address below before December 31, 2002. The Laboratory expects to complete the selection process by early February 2003. Correspondence should be sent to: Argonne National Laboratory, Office of the Director, Fellowship Program, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439, Email: Fellowship-Program@anl.gov, Fax: 630-252-7923.

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PFIZER 2003 SUMMER INTERN PROGRAM

Applications for the 2003 Summer Intern Program are currently being accepted. Please visit the following website for program guidelines and requirements: http://www.PfizerRDgrad.com. All applications must be submitted electronically via this website. (Hard copy applications will not be accepted.) Application submission deadline is February 15, 2003. Official transcripts should be mailed to: Pfizer, Inc., Eastern Point Road, Groton, CT 06340, Attn: Summer Intern Program, MS 8200-25. Please forward any questions to: grosummerintprog@groton.pfizer.com.

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Students of Color in the Sciences: Personal Stories of Issues and Opportunities

The students of color have formed an organization called AHANA (African, Hispanic, Asian, Native American) and under the sponsorship of L&S, CALS, the Provost's Office and the Vice Chancellor's Office (among others), they are holding a special forum entitled, "Students of Color in the Sciences: Personal Stories of Issues and Opportunities." It will be held on 11/19/02 from 5-6:30 PM at 911 Van Vleck. The goal of AHANA is to support, encourage, and maintain the interests of students of color in the pre-health professions. In particular, they are attempting to promote awareness regarding issues faced by students of color in the biological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and to increase communication among faculty, staff, and students. Communication is viewed as a crucial issue in helping students of color achieve success at Wisconsin. They would like to have faculty, staff, TAs, friends, and students attend the forum.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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UW-Whitewater. Academic Staff, Rank of Lecturer. Sabbatical Replacement Spring Semester. Starting Date: January 19, 2003. Ph.D. (or ABD) in Chemistry required. Particular expertise in modern analytical chemistry. Demonstrable student rapport. It is also assumed that the successful candidate will be committed to rigorous standards in the areas of safe laboratory practice and waste disposal. The position will primarily involve teaching the courses of an Analytical Chemist on sabbatical leave. The successful candidate will teach Instrumental Analysis and Introductory Chemistry laboratories. Credentials should be submitted to: Dr. Philip T. Johns, Chair, Department of Chemistry, UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190 (email: johnsp@uww.cdu - inquiries only, no applications) http://academics.uww.edu/chemistry/cheni.html http://www.uww.edu/admin/employmt/employ.htm. Credentials must include a letter of application, vita, an educational summary, all relevant professional experience (including teaching, postdoctoral, industrial, etc.), copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three current letters of recommendation. (Transcript photocopies are acceptable for initial application.) Applicants must initiate the submission of recommendation letters. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, lists of applicants must be released on request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. Incomplete credential files cannot be considered.

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Instructor in Physical Chemistry, Washington State University. Applications are sought for a permanent, full-time, 12-month, non-tenure track faculty position as Instructor in the Physical Chemistry Division beginning July 14, 2003. The successful candidate will be expected to: supervise undergraduate and graduate laboratories in physical chemistry, design laboratory experiments, develop new experimental approaches in laboratory instruction, coordinate and maintain laboratory courses and facilities, train users of major shared research equipment, write equipment proposals, and teach an occasional special topics course. Requirements: Ph.D. with a strong background in experimental physical chemistry or chemical or materials instrumentation, demonstrated experience in laboratory instruction, potential for grant writing, strong communication skills and evidence of teaching and laboratory skills including computer methods and techniques. Preferred qualifications include: Postdoctoral experience, previous responsibility for major equipment and experience coordinating instrumentation proposals to funding agencies and a desire to pursue original research. Please send CV, statement of interest in the position, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: K. W. Hipps, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Washington State University, PO Box 644630, Pullman, WA 99164-4630. Information about the Department of Chemistry is listed on the departmental web page at http://www.chem.wsu.edu/. Review of completed applications will begin January 10, 2003 and will continue until filled.

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Iowa State University. Vacancy Announcement: Lecturer. Vacancy Number: 023551. Department: Chemistry. Proposed Start Date: 08/16/03. Appointment Conditions: Term, 09 Months, Full Time, Appointment Ending 05/15/2005. Special Conditions: Non-tenure track appointment, with possibility of renewal. Instructional responsibilities may include general, organic or analytical chemistry lectures and the associated laboratories. Additionally, administrative duties as an assistant to the Coordinator of General Chemistry will be assigned as needed. This announcement is for two nine month non-tenure track appointments starting on August 16, 2003 and ending May 15, 2005. Additional two month summer teaching appointments are also possible. Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in chemistry. Preferred Qualifications: Prior teaching experience. Application deadline is January 15, 2003. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vita, and contract information for three references to: Chair of the Lecturer Committee, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 50011.

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UW-Whitewater. Academic Staff. Rank of Lecturer. Starting date of January 19, 2003. Non tenure-track one year half - time appointment. Subject to renewal contingent upon performance. Minimum of M.S. in Chemistry or equivalent preparation. Applications from any area of Chemistry. Expertise in the instructional use of computers is expected. Competitive. Dependent upon qualifications and experience. The position will primarily involve instructional responsibilities in the freshman laboratories and Organic Laboratory. Average of 12 contact hours per week. Applicants will be expected to contribute to course development. Credentials should be submitted to: Dr. Philip T. Johns, Chair, Department of Chemistry, UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190 (email - johnsp@uww.edu - inquiries only, no applications) http://academics.uww.edu/chemistry/chem.html, http://www.uww.edu/admin/employmt/employ.htm. Credentials must include a letter of application, vita, an educational summary, all relevant professional experience (including teaching, postdoctoral, industrial, etc.), copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three current letters of recommendation. (Transcript photocopies are acceptable for initial application.) Applicants must initiate the submission of recommendation letters. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, lists of applicants must be released on request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. Incomplete credential files cannot be considered.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Gulf Coast Community College will have a tenure-track opening in chemistry beginning Fall, 2003. Information appeared in the November issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education and will appear again in January. Application forms are available on the employment page of our web site: http://www.gulfcoast.edu.

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University of Southern Colorado. The USC Chemistry Department (Colorado State University- Pueblo after 7/1/03) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in analytical chemistry (preferred) starting in August 2003. Additional preference will be given to candidates with expertise in forensic chemistry (preferred) or materials science. Previous teaching and/or postdoctoral research experiences are desirable. A Ph.D. is required. We seek candidates with the potential to be excellent teacher/scholars, mentors and role models for undergraduates. The appointee will be expected to be committed to excellence in teaching and to develop a strong externally funded research program involving undergraduates. The USC Chemistry Department is a Colorado Commission of Higher Education - Program of Excellence awardee and is committed to quality teaching, curricular innovation and undergraduate research. It is well equipped for both modern teaching and research and is housed in a newly renovated Chemistry building. USC is a PUI (~4000 students) offering an ACS approved BS degree and an MS. USC is also an HSI. Send CV, cover letter, transcripts (UG,G), a statement of teaching philosophy, research interests and plans, start-up needs and three letters of reference to: Dr. Mel Druelinger, Chair, Search Committee, Chemistry Department, University of Southern Colorado, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, CO 81001. Review of candidates will begin November 15, 2002 and will continue until the position is filled. Position subject to funding. Additional information may be found at: http://csm.uscolo.edu/chem.

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Austin State University. Tenure Track Position in Organic Chemistry. Beginning Fall 2003, doctorate in Organic Chemistry required. Postdoctoral and/or teaching experience a plus. Send letter of application including teaching philosophy and research plans suitable at both the MS and BS levels along with resume, transcripts and three letters of reference to: Dr. Richard H. Langley, Stephen F. Austin State University, Box 13006, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3006. Review of applicants will begin one month after the appearance of this advertisement and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the research group of Fred Lewis at Northwestern University. The NSF-supported research project has two major thrusts: (a) the study of electron transfer processes in synthetic p-stacked donor-bridge-acceptor type molecules and (b) the use of kinetic modeling of temperature dependent photochemical data to map the potential energy surfaces for unimolecular isomerization reactions. Further information about these activities and representative publications are available at http://www.chem.nwu.edu/~lewis/. The initial appointment will be for a period of 1 year beginning on or after January 1, 2003. Renewal is contingent on performance. Qualified applicants should have demonstrated accomplishments in two or more of the following: steady state spectroscopy, transient spectroscopy, computer modeling, and organic synthesis. The applicant will be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate research students and to assist in the preparation of manuscripts. Interested applicants should send a detailed vita and a list of three or more references, including current research advisors, to: Frederick D. Lewis: lewis@chem.northwestern.edu.

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Postdoctoral Research Opening. Organometallic Chemistry, Brookhaven National Laboratory. Our research includes kinetic, mechanistic, and synthetic studies in organometallic chemistry, with an emphasis on reactions of transition metal hydrides. This postdoctoral opening is for a new project on hydrogen atom transfer reactions, using flash photolysis and transient IR measurements. Candidates should have a recent Ph.D. with a strong background in organometallic chemistry, including handling of air-sensitive compounds. Experience in kinetic measurements (e.g., flash photolysis) is preferred but not required. Brookhaven's Chemistry Department offers postdoctoral research associates an attractive salary ($35,000/year, plus full benefits) and a varied geographic setting (60 miles east of New York City, and 10 miles from the Long Island beaches). Applicants are asked to send a curriculum vitae and the names of three references to: Morris Bullock, Chemistry Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000, e-mail: bullock@bnl.gov, web: http://www.chemistry.bnl.gov/-wishart/bullock.html.

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