Chemistry Newsletter - 12/15/2003

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVII - No. 41 December 15th, 2003

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ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI

 

The 2003, “Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri” program will be broadcast in Madison on WHA-TV Channel 21 on Thursday, December 25 at 4 pm and Sunday, December 28, at 8 am.

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Newsletter Christmas Break

 

Next week’s newsletter will be the last newsletter of the year. The newsletter will resume weekly publication on 1/5/2004. Thank You.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9340 Chemistry

2/10/2004

03/09/2004

04/13/2004

05/11/2004

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

12/16/2003

02/03/2004

02/17/2004

03/16/2004

04/20/2004

05/04/2004

05/18/2004

 

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The Organic cume exams will be given in room 1315 Chemistry Building, 7:00 PM on the following dates:

CUMULATIVE EXAM SCHEDULE 2003-2004

January 8

February 5

March 4

April 1

May 6

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hyuk Yu, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Krishna Kumar.

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2004 - Analytical McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gavin MacBeath, Harvard University. “Protein Microarrays: From Functional Genomics to Protein Profiling”

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Friday, January 23rd, 2004 - Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Liem Dang, Pacific Northwest Labs. “Computational Studies of Liquid Water Interfaces”

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patricia Jennings, University of California, San Diego.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bei Nie, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Cloninger, Montana University.

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sharon Glotzer, University of Michigan.

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Tuesday, February 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcey Waters, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kimberly Kutz, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justin Murray, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mark Gordon, Iowa State.

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Thursday, February 12th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Keith Stevenson, University of Texas. “Spatially-Resolved Spectroelectrochemical Imaging of Polymorphous Metal Oxides”

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Thursday, February 12th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ratmir Derda, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sunney Chan, Caltech. “Protein Folding and Unfolding”

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Thursday, February 19th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Beatriz DeGuia, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Weitao Yang, Duke University.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2004 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Erik Sorensen, Princeton University.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Qiang Fu, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Keunho Kim, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Igal Szleifer, Purdue University.

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Thursday, March 4th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Greg Swain, Michigan State University. “Optically Transparent Diamond Electrodes for Chemical Analysis”

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Thursday, March 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Hansen, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Gardner, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

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Thursday, March 11th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lu Shang, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, March 11th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Dykhuizen, Graduate Student.

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Monday, March 22nd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ben L. Feringa, Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ben L. Feringa, Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

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Thursday, March 25th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Murray Johnston, University of Delaware. “Mass Spectrometry of Ultrafine Particles: What’s in the Air We Breathe?”

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Thursday, April 1st, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Xu Zhang, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. A. Ravishankara, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Thursday, April 8th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Josheph Lakowicz, University of Maryland.

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Thursday, April 8th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Chutima Jiarpinitun, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Blank, University of Minnesota.

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Huw Davies, SUNY-Buffalo.

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Thursday, April 15th, 2004 - Organic McElvain Industrial Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Nugent, Bristol-Meyers Squibb.

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Fayer, Stanford University.

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Sheridan, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard Caprioli, Vanderbilt University. “Tissue Imaging and Profiling of Proteins by Mass Spectrometry for Discovery in Clinical and Biological Research”

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marsha Lester, University of Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyung Woon Jung, University of Southern Florida.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carol Robinson, Cambridge University.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Amanda Jones, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Barry Lenz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Analytical McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Charles Cantor, Sequenom Inc. “Precise Quantitative Analysis of Nucleic Acids by Mass Spectrometry”

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Payne, Graduate Student.

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Schneider, University of Delaware.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.html.

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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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6th Annual Undergraduate Symposium, April 15, 2004

A terrific opportunity for undergraduate students engaged in research, service learning, and other creative projects this year. The 6th annual Undergraduate Symposium will be held on April 15, 2004 in the Memorial Union. We need your help to make sure this year's event is the best ever. The Undergraduate Symposium is a forum designed to showcase undergraduate students' creativity, achievement, talent, research and service- learning across all disciplines through oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibitions, and performance. Students from all over the university participate at all levels of their degree work. Undergraduates enrolled during the 2003-2004 academic year are eligible to apply, including those who will be graduated in December. Please help spread the word about the symposium to appropriate students, and urge them to participate. Many students base their participation on term papers they are doing for fall or spring courses, or on independent studies, internships, senior theses, or honors theses. Consider joining the increasing number of faculty who make participation in the Undergraduate Symposium one of the requirements of independent studies, theses, and other such projects. It is possible to arrange a whole panel revolving around the work done in a single course. Note that all Symposium participants must list a "mentor" for their project, and no project abstract will be accepted unless a mentor has approved it. The Undergraduate Symposium website at http://www.learning.wisc.edu/ugsymposium/ provides more information. The web form for submitting proposals will be available there early in December; the deadline is February 27, 2004. Tell your students about this. Feel free to contact either Jennie Gulig, e-mail: jlgulig@wisc.edu or Virginia Sapiro, e-mail: vsapiro@wisc.edu if you have questions. Contact: Virginia Sapiro, Sophonisba Breckinridge Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies, Associate Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, 117 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI 53706-1380, PH: 608-262-5246 FAX: 608-265-3353.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates at Northwestern University

Science undergraduates for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Materials Research Experience for Minority Undergraduates Program at Northwestern University (NU). The Program targets undergraduate materials science, chemistry, physics, and engineering majors in the United States. It begins at the end of June and runs for 9 weeks. Each participant receives a stipend of $4,000 for full participation in the program. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center houses a group of outstanding faculty, who do a variety of research within their smaller interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs). REU/MRI interns will have the opportunity to select a project from one of these groups and work closely with a faculty mentor and graduate student or post doctoral fellow. Former interns have really benefited from their summer experience at NU and receive excellent recommendations from faculty members for jobs or applications to graduate school, and some participants have even published their research. Typically, we process all of the applications about two weeks after the deadline. We have a rolling admissions; therefore, outstanding applicants may be notified before the deadline. For more information about the Program and our Center, please visit our website at http://mrcemis.ms.nwu.edu. You will find an application attached or you can download one at http://mrcemis.ms.nwu.edu/mrsec/pdfs/REU%20%20application2004_web.pdf or http://mrcemis.ms.nwu.edu/mrsec/pdfs/MRI%20application2004_web.pdf. We also offer a program for science teachers and professors; please visit http://mrcemis.ms.nwu.edu/mrsec/education/edu_rest.htm. Once you have been accepted to the program, we will send you an acceptance letter, and prior to the beginning of the program, we will send you a list of projects to choose from and an orientation packet, which includes information on campus housing, meals, transportation, etc. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions: Laura Ernst, Director of Education and Outreach, Materials Research Center, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, K111, Evanston, IL 60208-3116, TEL (847) 491-3606, FAX (847) 467-6727.

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Spring 2004 Course Available in Natural Sciences, MATC Arts & Sciences Division

 

Below is the course and sections that we currently have available for part-time teaching assignment. Pay for the course is based on $36.25 per scheduled classroom hour, or approximately $3,800 for a course that meets seven hours per week as this one. Our semester begins Monday, January 12, 2004 and ends with exam week during May 10-14, 2004. Typically, a part-time faculty member in Natural Sciences can teach one course per semester due to contractual restrictions, though depending upon the course, sometimes two are possible. Note: In order to be qualified to teach in the Arts & Sciences division, faculty must have at least 18 graduate credits in the subject area (or closely related field); we prefer at least a master’s degree. Nature of Chemistry. Focuses on the basic chemical principles that have application to higher level chemistry courses. These include a strong emphasis on problem solving and mathematical calculations; the development of atomic and molecular structure; an introduction to the naming and chemical properties of inorganic compounds, an emphasis on the periodic table, chemical equations and solution chemistry. Examples are taken from scientific and health-related fields. The laboratory component emphasizes safety, introduces basic laboratory skills and reinforces lecture topics. This course can be used as a stand alone, associate degree level course or as a prerequisite for a first college transfer level chemistry course. Available sections (course number, days, times, location): Note: We are looking for one person to teach this lecture and two lab/discussion sections 806.102.605 & 607. MW - 11:00 am to 12:15 pm (lecture, combined sections), M - 12:30 pm to 2:20 pm (lab, sect 605), W - 12:30 pm to 2:20 pm (lab, sect 607). Downtown campus.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews. Senior Scientific Officer in Solution State NMR (Salary £18265 - £27339 per annum) Closing date Jan 5th 2004. The School of Chemistry with support from Sasol Technology UK propose to appoint a solution state NMR spectroscopist at the Senior Scientific Officer to guide and oversee the development of solution state NMR within the School. Applications are invited from individuals with an interest in providing a top quality NMR capability for a diverse user base in this RAE Grade 5 department. You should have a PhD and some postdoctoral experience in using modern NMR experimental methods, instrumentation, software and developing off-line processing strategies. You will be expected to advise researchers both within the School and within Sasol Technology, who have recently established their European Research Centre for homogeneous catalysis within the School. You will also play a leading role in the future development of NMR to serve a growing user base in synthesis, protein biochemistry, catalysis and materials chemistry. The School is well equipped with five modern service instruments (2 x 500MHz, 3 x 300MHz). Informal enquires to: Professor David OHagan, e.mail: do1@st-andrews.ac.uk or tel: 01334 467176. Formal application forms can be requested from jobline@st-andrews.ac.uk. Quote ref: ME052/9563/03 (E.mail applications are NOT acceptable).

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The University of Arkansas. Assistant Professor, Department and BU: Chemistry and Biochemistry/CHBC. Closing Date: Open until filled. Annual Salary: $52,000 or Commensurate with education and experience. This is a 9-month tenure-track position. A doctoral degree with an emphasis in inorganic chemistry, broadly defined. Candidates should provide evidence or ability to develop a creative and nationally competitive research program with motivation toward excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. Interested persons should send their resume, official college transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Charles Wilkins Chemistry Building 101 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 72701 or e-mail to: cheminfo@uark.edu. The position will remain open until filled.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position at the rank of assistant or associate professor. We will add 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/bioanalytical chemistry, materials science (inorganic or physical), or protein/macromolecular crystallography. Information about the department can be found at http://www.chem.unl.edu. All applicants should have a demonstrated research record; the potential for establishing and/or maintaining a significant externally funded research program, and strong interests in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, the names of three references, and a succinct statement of research interests; applicants for assistant professor should also arrange to have three letters of reference forwarded. All materials should be sent to: Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 685880304 (Fax: 402-472-2044; e-mail: Igalusha2@unl.edu. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2004 and the search will continue until the position is filled.

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The Department of Chemistry, Queen's University, invites applications for a faculty appointment as a Tier II Canada Research Chair. The rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preference will be given to scholars in the early- or mid-career stages.. The main criteria of interest to the selection committee are academic excellence, recognized expertise in bioinorganic, bio-organic, bio-physical, bio-analytical, or bio-theoretical chemistry, fit with our biological /medicinal chemistry focus, one of four research areas targeted for development by the Department, and fit with the University's Strategic Research Plan. The appointment is contingent upon the applicant competing successfully, internally and externally, for a Tier II Canada Research Chair. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching experience and philosophy, and a statement of research interests including a research proposal. It is the responsibility of applicants to have letters from at least three referees sent directly to the address below. The deadline for completed applications, including letters of reference, is January 31, 2004. The range of starting dates is July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005. Applications and letters of reference should be sent to: Dr. David M. Wardlaw, Head, Department of Chemistry, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6. Further information about this opportunity can be obtained by contacting the Head at 613-533-2624 or head@chem.queensu.ca. Additional information on the Department of Chemistry can be found at http://www.chem.queensu.ca. The Queen's Strategic Research Plan is found at http://www.queensu.ca/vpr/vproffice.html. Note that CRC guidelines specify that Tier II applicants should normally be within 10 years of the Ph.D. degree; see http://www.chairs.gc.ca/english/new/index.html for details.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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NIH Postdoctoral Position Available. Integration of cardiovascular metabolism, physiology, and function. A unique integrative biology position is available in the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Sciences (Edward Lakatta, Chief) and the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Unit (Richard Spencer, Chief) of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Initial projects will center on spectroscopic studies of myocardial metabolism related to congestive heart failure and ß-adrenergic stimulation and blockade of the heart in the living rat. Other research opportunities may also be available depending upon the interests and background of the candidate. NMR instrumentation consists of a triple-resonance vertical wide-bore Bruker DMX 400 Avance system with microimaging capability, a double-resonance Bruker 7T/30 cm DBX Biospec, and a double-resonance Bruker 1.9T/31 cm ABX Biospec. Applicants with expertise in cardiac or muscle physiology, biochemistry, or pharmacology, or in biological NMR spectroscopy or imaging, are preferred. Applicants must have fewer than five years of postdoctoral experience. Interested individuals should e-mail their CV and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three references to: Dr. Richard Spencer, NMR Unit, NIH/NIA, GRC 4D-06, 5600 Nathan Shock Drive, Baltimore, MD 21224; Tel. 410-558-8226; e-mail: spencer@helix.nih.gov. NMR Unit website: http://www.grc.nia.nih.gov/branches/lci/nmr/nmr.htm and LCS website: http://www.grc.nia.nih.gov/branches/lcs/lcs.htm.

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Postdoctoral Position in Polymerization Catalysis. A postdoctoral position is available in Professor Klaus H. Theopold’s group in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Delaware. The industrially sponsored project involves the screening of supported olefin polymerization catalysts for the preparation of novel polyolefin composite materials with interesting physical or chemical properties. Applicants should have some experience with synthetic organometallic chemistry and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts. Close collaboration with sponsor personnel is planned, and there is potential for continuation of the work in affiliation with the sponsor. The position carries a salary of $30,000/year and is renewable upon mutual consent and subject to the availability of continued funding. The starting date is flexible, but I hope to identify suitable candidates and make an offer before the end of 2003. Interested candidates should send a complete CV and have at least two confidential letters of recommendation (one from their Ph. D. advisor) sent to: Prof. Klaus H. Theopold, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716. Submission by e-mail to: theopold@udel.edu is strongly encouraged. See http://www.udel.edu/theopold/theopold.html for further information. Contact: Prof. Klaus H. Theopold, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716-2522, USA. Phone: (302)831-1546; Fax: (302)831-6335; E-mail: theopold@udel.edu; SMS: theopold@vtext.com; WWW: http://www.udel.edu/theopold/theopold.html.

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