Chemistry Newsletter - 11/19/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 38 November 19th, 2007

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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

November 20th, 2007

December 11th, 2007

February 12th, 2008

March 11th, 2008

April 15th, 2008

May 13th, 2008

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

 

December 4th, 2007

December 18th, 2007

January 22nd, 2008

February 5th, 2008

February 19th, 2008

March 4th, 2008

March 25th, 2008

April 1st, 2008

April 22nd, 2008

May 6th, 2008

May 20th, 2008

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SEMINARS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Employee Trust Fund Video Library

ETF has a Video Library that contains very helpful videos on various topics. They have added a new one just recently on Voluntary Additional Contributions - Supplementing your WRS Benefit. Topics covered include the types of contributions, how to make them, interest, distribution options, and requirements. The link to ETF’s Video Library. You will note when accessing this on the ETF website that there are many excellent videos on various WRS topics. http://etf.wi.gov/webcasts.htm. Kathleen O'Rourke-Benjamin, UW Madison Benefits Director, phone: 608-262-1022.

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Faculty Candidate Information

Lyudmila Slipchenko

Monday, Nov. 26 at 3:30 p.m.

Title: Forces that Govern Life: On the Way to Understanding Intermolecular Interactions

Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 9:00 a.m.

Daniel Fredrickson

Thursday, Nov. 29th at 3:45 p.m.

Title: Chemical Bonding Phenomena at Work in Alloys: Discerning the Origins of Structural Complexity in Intermetallic Compounds

Friday, Nov. 30th at 10:00 a.m.

Jordan Schmidt

Monday, December 3rd at 3:45 p.m.

Title: Approximate Methods for Quantum Dynamics

Tuesday, December 4th at 9:00 a.m.

Eric Ferreira

Thursday, December 6th at 3:45 p.m.

Title: Palladium and Ruthenium Catalysis Inspired by Both Reaction Mechanisms and Natural Products

Friday, December 7th at 9:00 a.m.

Sarah Reisman

Monday, December 10th at 3:45 p.m.

Title: Total Synthesis of (+/-) Welwitindolinone A Isonitrile and a Thiourea-catalyzed Enantioselective Addition of Silyl Ketene Acetals to Oxocarbenium Ions

Tuesday, December 11th at 9:00 a.m.

Corey Wilson

Tuesday, December 11th at 3:00 p.m.

Title not available – will update

Wednesday, December 12th, 9:00 a.m.

Danica Galonic Fujimori

Thursday, December 13th at 3:45 p.m.

Title: Halogenation of Unactivated Carbon Centers in Natural Products Biosynthesis

Friday, December 14th at 9:00 a.m.

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Recent Publications

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The ABCs of multiple bonding - Response.

Weinhold, F*; Landis, CR*.

SCIENCE 318 (5851): 746-748 NOV 2 2007.

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Palladium-catalyzed oxidative Amination of alkenes: Improved catalyst reoxidation enables the use of alkene as the limiting reagent.

Rogers, MM; Kotov, V; Chatwichien, J; Stahl, SS*.

ORGANIC LETTERS 9 (21): 4331-4334 OCT 11 2007.

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Spectroscopic and computational studies of Ni3+ complexes with mixed S/N ligation: Implications for the active site of nickel superoxide dismutase.

Fiedler, AT; Brunold, TC*.

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 46 (21): 8511-8523 OCT 15 2007.

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Why are lipid rafts not observed in vivo?

Yethiraj, A*; Weisshaar, JC*.

BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 93 (9): 3113-3119 NOV 2007.

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Analysis of cell surface carbohydrate expression patterns in normal and tumorigenic human breast cell lines using lectin arrays.

Chen, SY; Zheng, T; Shortreed, MR; Alexander, C; Smith, LM*.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 79 (15): 5698-5702 AUG 1 2007.

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H/D exchange- and mass spectrometry-based strategy for the thermodynamic analysis of protein-ligand binding.

Tang, L; Hopper, ED; Tong, Y; Sadowsky, JD; Peterson, KJ; Gellman, SH*; Fitzgerald, MC.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 79 (15): 5869-5877 AUG 1 2007.

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Controlling charge on levitating drops.

Hilger, RT; Westphal, MS; Smith, LM*.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 79 (15): 6027-6030 AUG 1 2007.

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Molecular beacon-style hybridization assay for quantitative analysis of surface invasive cleavage reactions.

Lockett, MR; Shortreed, MR; Smith, LM*.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 79 (15): 6031-6036 AUG 1 2007.

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Dual electrospray ion source for electron-transfer dissociation on a hybrid linear ion trap-orbitrap mass spectrometer.

Williams, DK; McAlister, GC; Good, DM; Coon, JJ*; Muddiman, DC.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 79 (20): 7916-7919 OCT 15 2007.

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Methods of changing biopolymer volume fraction and cytoplasmic solute concentrations for in vivo biophysical studies.

Konopka, MC; Weisshaar, JC*; Record, MT*.

OSMOSENSING AND OSMOSIGNALING 428: 487-504 2007.

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Advances in the metallotropic [1,3]-shift of alkynyl carbenoids.

Lee, D*; Kim, M.

ORGANIC & BIOMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY 5 (21): 3418-3427 2007.

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Copyright © 2007 Thomson ISI

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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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Chemical Education - Ohio University. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Ohio University invites applications for a tenure-track position with research interests in Chemical Education beginning August 2008. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, significant teaching experience, and skills for directing General Chemistry. Teaching and post-doctoral experience preferred. Applicants must apply online at: http://www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=53616 and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of research interests, and statement of teaching experience/philosophy. Each applicant should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: Chemical Education Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Clippinger Laboratories, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979 or emailed to: khurshid@ohio.edu. Review of applications will begin December 15 and continue until the position is filled. Further information on the position, and the department can be found at: http://www.ohio.edu/chemistry/.

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Ripon College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level starting in August, 2008. A Ph.D. in physical chemistry or in a related area with a strong physical background is required. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Preference will be given to candidates with biophysical or computational research interests. A dedication to teaching undergraduates and to establishing a vigorous collaborative undergraduate research program with some external support is essential. Teaching duties will include physical chemistry, introductory chemistry, and advanced and interdisciplinary courses consistent with areas of expertise and interest. Send an application letter, CV, academic transcripts, statement of teaching and research interests, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Dean Katahira, Department of Chemistry, Ripon College, P.O. Box 248, Ripon, WI 54971-0248. Review of applications will begin Dec. 14, 2007, and will continue until the position is filled. Ripon College is committed to diversity and, as an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer, encourages all qualified individuals to apply. Further information about Ripon College is available at: http://www.ripon.edu.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), in collaboration with the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research, http://www.ncesr.unl.edu, invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position in the area of homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysis with an emphasis on green chemistry. As a member of the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research, the selected candidate will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team composed of chemists, biochemists, microbiologists and crop scientists interested in biofuels and bio-based products. Information about the department can be found at: http://www.chem.unl.edu. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related discipline, a demonstrated research record, the potential for establishing and/or maintaining a nationally prominent and competitively funded research program, and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Applicants for Assistant Professor should submit a cover letter, a 3-5 page description of proposed research, detailed curriculum vitae, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation forwarded to the search committee. Applicants for Associate Professor should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with a full list of publications, a summary of past, current and pending research support, a brief statement of research, and the names of three references. To be considered for the position, applicants should go to the website: http://employment.unl.edu requisition 070872 and complete the Faculty/Administrative form. All application materials should be sent to: Catalytic Chemist Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0304, Fax: 402-472-2044; e-mail: chemsearch@unl.edu. Review of applications will begin on December 3, 2007 and will continue until the position has been filled.

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Western Washington University. Assistant or Associate Professor, Biochemistry. Full-time, tenure-track position beginning September 16, 2008. Outstanding senior candidates will be considered for appointment as Associate Professor. Candidates with interdisciplinary interests are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Teach general chemistry and undergraduate and graduate courses in field of specialization. Participate in student advisement and departmental committees and activities. Direct student

research projects including the presentation and publication of research. Write extramural grant proposals in support of curriculum improvement and research. Required: Ph.D. required by time of appointment; Required area: Biochemistry; Strong record of or potential for effective teaching; Strong record of or potential for scholarship and ability to develop an externally funded research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students. Preferred: Post-doctoral experience; Demonstrated experience working with a diverse student body is a desired attribute. Information about the department can be found at http://www.chem.wwu.edu. To Apply: Submit a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy and research plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Prof. Steven Gammon, Department of Chemistry, Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham WA 98225-9150. Review of applications (including attached materials and letters of recommendation) begins January 8, 2008 and continues until position is filled.

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The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Northern Arizona University invites applications for two positions 1) a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Chemical Education and 2) a non-tenure track Lecturer position, both starting August 2008. Minimum qualifications for both positions include a Ph.D. in Chemistry or Chemical Education. For further information regarding these positions please refer to: http://www.nau.jobs. Preferred qualifications for the tenure-track Assistant Professorship include: (1) experience in teaching lecture courses in general or organic chemistry, (2) experience or interest in curriculum development and coordination of department wide programs in general or organic chemistry, (3) experience or interest in computer-assisted instruction and other innovative or progressive teaching methods, (4) experience or interest in developing distance learning (e-learning) chemistry courses, and (5) a publication record in the chemical education area. The successful applicant will be expected to provide excellent instruction in introductory courses in general and/or organic chemistry and develop an externally funded record of scholarly achievement in one or more of the following areas: curriculum development, laboratory program development, graduate student mentoring in chemical education, and outreach programs for minority students interested in scientific careers. Preferred qualifications for the Lecturer position include (1) experience in teaching college level lecture and laboratory courses in general and/or organic chemistry, and (2) experience and/or interest in curriculum development and the implementation of progressive teaching methods. The successful applicant will be expected to actively participate in ongoing chemical education efforts in the department and to adopt current teaching-learning pedagogy methods used in the introductory chemistry programs. Successful applicants for both of these positions will be expected to work effectively with a culturally diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. Completed applications will include: a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a professional development plan addressing the job description and the preferred qualifications, and three letters of recommendation. The search committees will begin reviewing applications on December 7, 2007 and accept applications through January 7, 2008. Send application materials to: ChemEd Search Committee, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5698.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) seeks applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Organic Chemistry. UIS offers a B.S. degree in an ACS approved program. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or a closely related field completed before August 14, 2008. Responsibilities include: teaching introductory and advanced organic chemistry; participating in our interdisciplinary and online liberal arts and sciences initiatives; and directing undergraduate student research. The primary responsibility of a faculty member at UIS is to demonstrate excellence in teaching. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to maintain an active research program. Research expertise in all areas of Organic Chemistry will be considered. The search committee will begin reviewing applications October 31, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled. Send a letter of application including statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, a curriculum vitae, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. H. D. Bapat, Chair, Chemistry Search Committee, M. S. HSB 314, University of Illinois at Springfield, One University Plaza, Springfield IL. 62703. For more information see our web page at: http://www.uis.edu. The University of Illinois at Springfield is located in the state capital and is the third campus of the University of Illinois. UIS serves approximately 4500 students in 21 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs, and is expanding its lower-division and online course offerings. The curriculum stresses a strong liberal arts core with outstanding professional programs.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None for this Newsletter

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