Chemistry Newsletter - 12/17/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 42 December 17th, 2007

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Professor Laura Kiessling selected as the recipient of the 2008 Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal from Yale University

Please join us in congratulating Professor Laura Kiessling on her selection as the recipient of the 2008 Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal from Yale University. The Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal is an honor presented each year by the Graduate School Alumni Association to a small number of outstanding alumni. The medal recognizes distinguished achievements in scholarship, teaching, academic administration, and public service-all areas in which the legendary Dean Cross excelled. It is the highest honor bestowed by Yale upon its alumni. Congratulations, Laura!

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Assistant Professor Tehshik Yoon Receives a UW Research Service Award

We send our congratulations to Assistant Professor Tehshik Yoon for his receipt of a UW Research Service Award! Research Service Awards are granted to junior faculty who have major service commitments outside of their own department, as a way of recognizing the burden that these activites exact on untenured faculty. The award consists of two months summer salary, thereby freeing grant funds that can be used for other purposes. Congratulations, Tehshik!

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Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri Television Schedule

Wisconsin Public Television will telecast the 2007 Christmas Lecture on:

Friday, December 21st, at 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, December 23rd, at 8:00 a.m.; Monday, December 24th, at 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday, December 25th, at noon; Friday, December 28th, at 1:00 p.m.; and on Monday, December 31st, at 9:00 a.m.

Check local listings for dates and times of telecasts elsewhere around the country.

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Newsletter on Christmas Vacation

The Chemistry Newsletter is on Christmas Vacation for the rest of this year. The Chemistry newsletter will return the first week of next year, 1/07/2007. Please continue to submit all of your newsletter items to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu. Thanks and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

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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.

February 12th, 2008

March 11th, 2008

April 15th, 2008

May 13th, 2008

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

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, 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. “Taming Coulomb Interactions in Models for Ionic Solutions and Water”

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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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Recent Publications

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Olefin metathesis in homogenous aqueous media catalyzed by conventional ruthenium catalysts.

Binder, JB; Blank, JJ; Raines, RT*.

ORGANIC LETTERS 9 (23): 4885-4888 NOV 8 2007.

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Radical hydrogen bonding: Origin of stability of radical-molecule complexes.

Hernandez-Soto, H; Weinhold, F*; Francisco, JS.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 127 (16): Art. No. 164102 OCT 28 2007.

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Epitaxial growth of large pentacene crystals on Si(001) surfaces functionalized with molecular monolayers.

Weidkamp, KP; Tromp, RM; Hamers, RJ*.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C 111 (44): 16489-16497 NOV 8 2007.

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Intraspecies regulation of ribonucleolytic activity.

Johnson, RJ; Lavis, LD; Raines, RT*.

BIOCHEMISTRY 46 (45): 13131-13140 NOV 13 2007.

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Ferrous human cystathionine beta-synthase loses activity during enzyme assay due to a ligand switch process.

Cherney, MM; Pazicni, S; Frank, N; Marvin, KA; Kraus, JP; Burstyn, JN*.

BIOCHEMISTRY 46 (45): 13199-13210 NOV 13 2007.

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Photochemical grafting of n-alkenes onto carbon surfaces: the role of photoelectron ejection.

Colavita, PE; Sun, B; Tse, KY; Hamers, RJ*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (44): 13554-13565 NOV 7 2007.

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Modulation of bacterial quorum sensing with synthetic ligands: Systematic evaluation of N-acylated homoserine lactones in multiple species and new insights into their mechanisms of action.

Geske, GD; O'Neill, JC; Miller, DM; Mattmann, ME; Blackwell, HE*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (44): 13613-13625 NOV 7 2007.

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Biomimetic assembly of zinc oxide nanorods onto flexible polymers.

Morin, SA; Amos, FF; Jin, S*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (45): 13776-+ NOV 14 2007.

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Crystallographic Characterization of the alpha/ss-Peptide 14/15-Helix.

Choi, SH; Guzei, IA*; Gellman, SH*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (45): 13780-+ NOV 14 2007.

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Novel therapeutics with enhanced biogical activity generated by the strategic introduction of silicon isosteres into known drug scaffolds.

Gately, S; West, R*.

DRUG DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH 68 (4): 156-163 JUN 2007.

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Vertically aligned carbon nanofibers coupled with organosilicon electrolytes: Electrical properties of a high-stability nanostructured electrochemical interface.

Tse, KY; Zhang, LZ; Baker, SE; Nichols, BM; West, R*; Hamers, RJ*.

CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS 19 (23): 5734-5741 NOV 13 2007.

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Catalysis of imido group hydrolysis in a maleimide conjugate.

Kalia, J; Raines, RT*.

BIOORGANIC & MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS 17 (22): 6286-6289 NOV 15 2007.

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Report on the European Glassblowers Symposium.

Drier, TO*.

FUSION 54 (4): 29-32 NOV 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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Chemistry Teaching Faculty Positions at West Virginia University. The C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University invites applications for several Teaching Assistant Professor or Instructor positions, beginning August 2008. Successful applicants will participate in teaching and development of the general chemistry program. These positions are nine-month appointments and include full benefits. There is potential for summer teaching at additional compensation. Teaching Assistant Professors at WVU are eligible for promotion; however, promotion to senior ranks is not a requirement for institutional commitment and career stability in a Teaching Faculty appointment. Appointments are renewable term appointments, with provision for up to three-year renewable terms for successful teaching faculty. There is no maximum number of terms. Applicants must have a doctoral or master’s degree in chemistry or chemical education, or the equivalent; a doctoral degree is required for appointment as Teaching Assistant Professor. Applicants must be committed to active learning and a student-centered orientation, have an interest in course development, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be willing to use instructional and web-based technologies. Teaching experience is desirable. Offer of employment is contingent upon ability to provide satisfactory documentation at time of application verifying eligibility to work for West Virginia University in the above-mentioned position. Applicants must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, description of teaching philosophy, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the search committee. Include teaching evaluations, as available. All materials must be mailed to: Teaching Professor Search Committee, C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry, PO Box 6045, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6045. Recommendation letters must address the applicant’s teaching capability. Review of completed applications will continue until the position is filled, with priority given to applications received by February 1, 2008.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research in the field of Chemical Education and facilitate the Department’s larger efforts in the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI - http://www.cwsei.ubc.ca). Chemistry’s initiative presently focuses on the enhancement of teaching and learning in our first year chemistry laboratory program, but may be expanded in the future to include higher-level laboratory programs and lecture courses. Candidates must possess a strong commitment to science education, and have excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills. It is preferred that candidates hold a doctoral degree in Chemistry or Chemical Education however, candidates with a PhD in Education and an MSc in chemistry will also be considered. English fluency is also required. The postdoctoral fellow will serve as the departmental liaison with CWSEI. Specific responsibilities in this connection include working in collaboration with Chemistry faculty to develop an integrated plan of laboratory program evaluation and innovation: identifying specific learning goals that represent faculty-consensus, developing valid assessments of student learning, participating in and supervising the development of new program materials and practices for improving student learning, and publishing findings in chemistry education journals. The postdoctoral appointment will be for one year initially, and may be renewable for a second year. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Applicants should submit a CV, statement of teaching philosophy and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: “Science Education Initiative PostDoc” (seipd@chem.ubc.ca). Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2007 and continue until the position is filled. UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.

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