Chemistry Newsletter - 12/03/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 40 December 3rd, 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.

 

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, 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 6th, 2007 - Joint Midwest Mechanics/Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1106 MEB. Dr. Roger Kamm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Sub-cellular Mechanics and its Influence on Biological Function”

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Friday, December 7th , 2007 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Sonya Havens, EC&T. “Iron Biogeochemistry in the Surface Waters of the Laurentian Great Lakes”

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Monday, December 10th, 2007 - MS&E Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 MSE. J.P. Liu, University of Texas at Arlington. “Ferromagnetic Nanoparticles - Building Blocks of Future Magnets”

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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.“Conformation and Dynamics of Amyloid Aggregates via Isotope-Edited Infrared Spectroscopy”

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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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Friday, January 25th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hans Reich, UW-Madison. “Structure and Reactivity of Organolithium Reagents”

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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. “The Chemistry of Organic Aerosols in the Atmosphere: Relationships to Air Quality and Climate”

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Friday, November 30th, 2007 - EC &T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory, 660 N. Park St. Professor Timothy Filley, Purdue University. “Environmental Drivers to Change in Soil Organic Carbon Storage”

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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. “Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Analysis to Study Local Water Dynamics in Soft Molecular Assemblies and Protein Aggregates”

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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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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. “Nanoscale Imaging of Membrane Raft Domains: From Supported Membranes to Cells”

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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. “Chemical Composition of Individual Aerosol Particles: SOA, Biofuels, and Beyond”

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

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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. “Using Nanoparticles to Control Biological Function”

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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. “Physical Insights into Histone Lysine Methylation from Multiscale Simulations”

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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. “Dripping, Jetting, Drops and Wetting; the Magic of Microfluidics”

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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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Science is Fun Student Public Presentations

4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 7, Room 1361 Chemistry

You are invited to attend the End-of-the Semester session given by students participating in the "Science is Fun Student Public Presentations" program. Throughout the semester over 20 undergraduate students have worked with staff from the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy to learn the science and art of making public presentations. They will share their personal joy and excitement in doing science as they present a variety of chemical demonstrations.

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Faculty Candidate Information

Eric Ferreira

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

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

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”

Corey Wilson

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

Title not available – will update

Danica Galonic Fujimori

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

Title: “Halogenation of Unactivated Carbon Centers in Natural Products Biosynthesis”

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Recent Publications

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Multilayered films fabricated from plasmid DNA and a side-chain functionalized poly(beta-amino ester): Surface-type erosion and sequential release of multiple plasmid constructs-from surfaces.

Zhang, JT; Montanez, SI; Jewell, CM; Lynn, DM*.

LANGMUIR 23 (22): 11139-11146 OCT 23 2007.

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Solid-phase synthesis of alkanethiols for the preparation of self-assembled monolayers.

Derda, R; Wherritt, DJ; Kiessling, LL*.

LANGMUIR 23 (22): 11164-11167 OCT 23 2007.

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Protein prosthesis: 1,5-disubstituted[1,2,3]triazoles as cis-peptide bond surrogates.

Tam, A; Arnold, U; Soellner, MB; Raines, RT*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (42): 12670-+ OCT 24 2007.

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Non-carbo hydrate inhibitors of the lectin DC-SIGN.

Borrok, MJ; Kiessling, LL*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (42): 12780-12785 OCT 24 2007.

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Ferromagnetic semiconducting EuO nanorods.

Bierman, MJ; Van Heuvelen, KM; Schmeisser, D; Brunold, TC; Jin, S*.

ADVANCED MATERIALS 19 (18): 2677-+ SEP 17 2007.

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Apparent dewetting of ultrathin multilayered polyelectrolyte films incubated in aqueous environments.

Zhang, J; Fredin, NJ; Lynn, DM*.

LANGMUIR 23 (23): 11603-11610 NOV 6 2007.

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Direct photopatterning and SEM Imaging of molecular monolayers on diamond surfaces: Mechanistic insights into UV-Initiated molecular grafting.

Wang, X; Colavita, PE; Metz, KM; Butler, JE; Hamers, RJ*.

LANGMUIR 23 (23): 11623-11630 NOV 6 2007.

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Charge localization in a 17-bond mixed-valence quinone radical anion.

Nelsen, SF*; Weaver, MN; Telo, JP.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 111 (43): 10993-10997 NOV 1 2007.

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Influence of substrate temperature on the stability of glasses prepared by vapor deposition.

Kearns, KL; Swallen, SF; Ediger, MD*; Wu, T; Yu, L.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 127 (15): Art. No. 154702 OCT 21 2007.

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Validation of rice genome sequence by optical mapping.

Zhou, S; Bechner, MC; Place, M; Churas, CP; Pape, L; Leong, SA; Runnheim, R; Forrest, DK; Goldstein, S; Livny, M; Schwartz, DC*.

BMC GENOMICS 8: Art. No. 278 AUG 15 2007.

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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 Health Sciences Center (HSC) at West Virginia University invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions in several areas of research targeted for growth in accordance with its new Strategic Research Plan (SRP). The SRP is designed to significantly expand research and graduate training in six thematic focus areas of research which includes biomedical, behavioral and translational clinical research consistent with the NIH Roadmap. Recruitment of basic and clinical biomedical research investigators is currently being implemented in a two-step process (Phase I and Phase II) intended to build six Interdisciplinary Research Centers of Excellence. Each Research Center includes faculty from various basic and clinical departments or disciplines within the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing which are component schools of the academic health sciences center. Successful applicants will receive independent research space, competitive salaries and significant start-up packages. Core facilities for proteomics, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, gene chip analysis, cellular imaging, tissue banking, transgenic biology, functional brain imaging (fMRI & PET/CT) and pharmacogenetics are available. Phase I recruitment now in progress for biomedical scientists will fill 21 tenure-track faculty positions in the research focus areas of neuroscience, cancer cell biology, and cardiovascular sciences. Phase II recruitment which has recently opened includes 21 additional faculty positions in the areas of respiratory biology and lung diseases, immunopathology and microbial pathogenesis as well as diabetes and obesity. Additional recruitment of M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. physician scientists with basic, clinical, or translational research interests aligned with these 6 thematic research focus areas is also in progress. For each research focus area, excellent opportunities exist for collaborations with faculty involved in behavioral, epidemiology, health outcomes and prevention research as well as drug discovery and therapeutics. Faculty appointed as Assistant Professors are expected to achieve NIH funding within 3-4 years; those appointed at the Associate Professor or Professor level should have a transferable NIH-funded research program and credentials for a tenured academic appointment in either a basic science or clinical department within the School of Medicine or School of Pharmacy. Established investigators in several of the focus areas of research who have outstanding academic credentials will be named Wyeth Research Scholars.

Neuroscience - investigators with expertise in molecular genetics, signal transduction, cellular neural networks, stem cell biology, sensory tissue regeneration; neuroimaging, depression and psychiatric illness, stroke and cognitive neurosciences.

Cancer Cell Biology - investigators with expertise in genomic sciences, tumor cell microenvironment, cell adhesion and motility, tumor cell invasion, matrix biology, signal transduction pathways and cell growth control mechanisms.

Cardiovascular Sciences - investigators with expertise in vascular tone, inflammatory induced endothelial injury, ischemia-reperfusion injury, extra-cellular matrix biology, angiogenesis, peripheral vascular disease, microvascular regulation, cardiac biochemistry and vascular remodeling.

Respiratory Biology and Lung Diseases - investigators with expertise in airway inflammation and reactivity, lung vascular and epithelial injury, lung matrix biology, airway remodeling, obstructive lung disease and neurogenic aspects of asthmatic lung disease.

Immunopathology and Microbial Pathogenesis - investigators with expertise in cytokines, immune system disorders, mucosal immunity, chronic inflammation and wound healing, inflammatory bowel disease, infectious diseases, immunotoxicology and immune cell activation.

Diabetes and Obesity - investigators with expertise in metabolic disorders, lipid transport, insulin resistance, diabetic vascular disease, adipocyte biology and regulation of energy homeostasis - - - includes recruitment of an established investigator (M.D. or Ph.D.) with training in endocrinology, biochemistry, physiology, nutrition or molecular genetics to direct the Research Center. Qualifications: Ph.D. or M.D. with outstanding research credentials, an interest in mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, a desire to participate in collaborative research efforts, and the motivation for an academic career which includes the education of health professional students. Faculty recruited will be Member Scientists in an Interdisciplinary Research Center with primary tenure-track academic appointments in either a basic or clinical department. Identify research area of interest and submit curriculum vitae with three references to: Dr. Thomas M. Saba, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Education, West Virginia University Health Sciences Center, Associate Dean, School of Medicine, P.O. Box 9104, Morgantown, WV 26506-9104.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University. One postdoctoral position is available to work in the development of electronic nanodevices for pathogen detection and health diagnosis. The candidate will be involved in nanomaterials growth, device fabrication/characterization, and biosensing development. The research scope includes: (1) fabrication of nanoelectrode arrays using nanomaterials and other microfabrication techniques, (2) testing and characterization of the devices using electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, electrochemistry, and laser spectroscopy, (3) development of methods to enhance the speed and accuracy of nucleic acid based pathogen detection. The suitable postdoctoral candidate is required to have a Ph.D. degree in nanomaterials, electrochemistry, analytical chemistry, bioengineering, applied physics, surface science, or closely related fields. We are seeking candidates who are self-motivated and career-oriented, with good interpersonal skills, and who are willing to closely work with other group members in a dynamic research environment with close academic, industrial, and government collaborations. U.S. citizen is preferred since the candidate may need to access to NASA Ames Research Center for some collaborative experiments. Screening of applications will begin on Nov. 15, 2007 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three referees to: Prof. Jun Li, Department of Chemistry, 111 Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506; E-mail: junli@ksu.edu.

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