Chemistry Newsletter - 11/21/2005

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXIX - No. 37 November 21st, 2005

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Beat The Holiday Rush

Just a reminder to get your requests/repairs into the glass shop so you are ready to do your research over the break. The glass shop is located in room 3201.

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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

 

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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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. “Cellular responses to environmental stress revealed by whole genome expression analysis”

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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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Monday, December 5th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar - McElvain Speaker, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Meade, Northwestern University.

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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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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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Wednesday, January 25th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ken Karlin, John Hopkins UniversityJocelyn Pinkert, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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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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Wednesday, February 8th, 2005 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Allison Campbell, Pacific Northwest Lab.

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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Maifeld SV. Lee D.

Group-selective ring-closing enyne metathesis.

Chemistry-A European Journal. 11(21):6118-6126, 2005 Oct 21.

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Kissounko DA. Guzei IA. Gellman SH. Stahl SS.

Titanium(IV)-mediated conversion of carboxamides to amidines and implications for catalytic transamidation.

Organometallics. 24(22):5208-5210, 2005 Oct 24.

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Maifeld SV. Lee DS.

Unusual tandem alkynylation and trans-hydrosilylation to form oxasilacyclopentenes.

Organic Letters. 7(22):4995-4998, 2005 Oct 27.

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Bentley AK. Ellis AB. Lisensky GC. Crone WC.

Suspensions of nickel nanowires as magneto-optical switches.

Nanotechnology. 16(10):2193-2196, 2005 Oct.

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Pontrello JK. Allen MJ. Underbakke ES. Kiessling LL.

Solid-phase synthesis of polymers using the ring-opening metathesis polymerization.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(42):14536-14537, 2005 Oct. 26.

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Moser DF. Naka A. Guzei IA. Muller T. West R.

Formation of disilanes in the reaction of stable silylenes with halocarbons.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(42):14730-14738, 2005 Oct 26.

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Van Wynsberghe AW. Cui Q.

Comparison of mode analyses at different resolutions applied to nucleic acid systems.

Biophysical Journal. 89(5):2939-2949, 2005 Nov.

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Nie B. Shortreed MR. Smith LM.

Scoring single-nucleotide polymorphisms at the single-molecule level by counting individual DNA cleavage events on surfaces.

Analytical Chemistry. 77(20):6594-6600, 2005 Oct 15.

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Mednikov E.G., Ivanov S.A., Slovokhotova I. V., Dahl L. F.

Nanosized [Pd52(CO)36(PEt3)14] and [Pd66(CO)45(PEt3)16] Clusters Based on a Hypothetical Pd38 Vertex-Truncated ν3 Octahedron.

Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2005, v. 44, No. 42, p. 6848-6854. October 28, 2005.

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Copyright © 2005 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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Four Faculty Positions. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (www.uwsp.edu/chemistry). As a result of retirements we must fill four tenure-track Assistant Professor positions to begin August 2006 in an 18-member ACS approved, undergraduate chemistry department. Positions are in Biophysical, Analytical, Organic, and Inorganic Chemistry. Individuals with expertise and experimental research interests related to materials and/or the environment are especially encouraged to apply. In your cover letter, please specify the position(s) for which you are applying. Ph.D. required: must be completed by September 2006. Candidates will teach courses in their sub-discipline and in general chemistry as needs require. Applicants must show promise for excellence in teaching and will be expected to develop a research program involving undergraduates. Send hard copies of vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, plans for proposed research, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and have three letters of reference sent to: Chair of Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481. Screening will begin on January 3, 2006 and will continue until the positions are filled. Positions will be filled pending budgetary approval.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invites applications for one or more tenure-track/tenured faculty positions. The positions are contingent on the availability of funds. We are adding a number of faculty members as part of campus-wide enhancements in structural biology/proteomics and nanotechnology and are particularly interested in applicants with research interests in analytical or bioanalytical chemistry, mass spectrometry, and computational/theoretical approaches to structural biology. 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 an application letter (including a 3-5 page description of proposed research), a detailed vita, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation forwarded to the search committee. Applicants for associate professor should submit an application letter, a vita, a list of current and pending funding, and the names of three references. Applicants should go to the website at: http://employment.unl.edu and complete the Faculty/Administrative form. All materials should be sent to: 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 November 30th and will continue until the position(s) have been filled.

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Tenure-track position in Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry and CBSD, The University of Montana. The Department of Chemistry at The University of Montana seeks to fill a tenure-track position in Biochemistry. Research interests should be in Biochemistry in areas that complement our strengths in environmental, organic, physical or analytical chemistry. The development of externally funded research programs, contributing to our undergraduate chemistry teaching and the development of upper division and graduate courses are required. The successful candidate will also become a member of the Graduate Program in Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics (http://www.umt.edu/grad/programs/biomolecular/), and the associated Center (CBSD), in addition to their tenure-track position in the Department of Chemistry. A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related field, postdoctoral experience and evidence of potential for teaching excellence at the undergraduate level are required. We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor level, but applications for the Associate level from candidates with outstanding records of scholarship and extramural funding are welcome. Applications, including a complete CV, a full description of future research plans, a summary of past research accomplishments and a statement of teaching philosophy should be sent to: Nigel D. Priestley, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812-1656. Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address. Information about the department can be accessed from our web page: http://www.umt.edu/chemistry. The review of applications will begin on November 21, 2005 and continue until the position is filled.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Organic Chemistry. Candidates should have a Ph.D in chemistry and, preferably, postdoctoral experience. The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for excellent teaching of organic chemistry at the undergraduate level, consisting of two 3-credit hour lecture courses per semester in addition to overall responsibility for the undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory program. Although primarily a teaching appointment, the successful candidate will also direct an active research program involving undergraduate students or developing innovative teaching techniques and methods. In addition, the successful candidate can expect service assignments such as advising undergraduates majoring in chemistry or biochemistry. Candidates should submit a curriculum vita, a statement of teaching experience, interests and philosophy, and a detailed outline of plans for research or other creative activity. In addition, candidates should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted to the Chair of the Search Committee. Application materials should be sent to: Professor Ronald L. Halterman, Chair, Organic Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 620 Parrington Oval, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019. Review of applications will begin no later than December 1, 2005 and will continue until the position is filled. Minority and women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We will also accept completed applications in PDF format, sent to: thackney@ou.edu.

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California State University, Fresno. Tenure-track opening for an inorganic chemist at the assistant professor level beginning August 2006. We are a large, public, predominantly undergraduate university in Central California. We offer a BS, a BA, and an MS in Chemistry. We are seeking an individual who is or has the potential to be an excellent teacher. We also have a strong commitment to research as an essential component of undergraduate and graduate education, and will expect the person who fills this position to establish an active research program and to seek outside funding in experimental inorganic chemistry. Interested individuals can find out more about California State University, Fresno by going to the university website at: http://www.csufresno.edu. The university also has a website for New/Prospective Faculty at http://www.csufresno.edu/aps/newfaculty.html that provides information not only on the university but also on the greater Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area. Vacancy announcements for all full-time faculty positions can be located at: http://www.csufresno.edu/aps/vacancy/vacancy.html. Candidates may submit their formal application, vita, unofficial transcripts from their graduate and undergraduate institutions, a letter describing their qualifications for the position, a statement of their teaching philosophy and research interests, and have three letters of recommendation sent to the department. Details regarding these items can be found on our website at: http://csufresno.edu/Chemistry/search/index.html#inorganic. To ensure full consideration, all application information should be on file by January 6, 2006. Dr. Barbara J. Mayer, Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None For This Newsletter

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