Chemistry Newsletter for 9/4/2012

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVI - No. 26 September 4th, 2012

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UW-Madison Ranks 19th Among World Universities
Taking the highest spot of any Big Ten school, UW-Madison is ranked number 19 among all world universities. Shanghai's Jiao Tong University publishes the annual list, which is based upon alumni and staff research and citations.
For the second year in a row, the University of Wisconsin-Madison was ranked 19th among world universities in an annual survey done by Shanghai's Jiao Tong University. UW-Madison is one of only six American public universities to place in the top 20 and the highest in the Big Ten. The University of Michigan ranked 22nd. Rankings are based upon alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, research performance, highly cited researchers and papers published in Nature and Science, articles indexed in Thomson Reuters' Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index and per capita performance based on the size of an institution. The top 10 universities remain the same as last year in the Academic Ranking of World Universities with Harvard University ranked first followed by Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Cambridge.
United States institutions dominate the rankings with 17 of the top 20 universities and 53 of the top 100.
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New Assistant Lab Directors!
It gives us great pleasure to tell you that we have hired two new Assistant Lab Directors who are starting in August. Stephen Block will help with the evening labs in General Chemistry and teach a section of Chemistry 103; and Brian Esselman will help run the Organic evening labs and teach a section of Chem 343. Stephen will have an office in 1321B, and Brian's office is B324A. You can reach them at: sblock@chem.wisc.edu and besselman@chem.wisc.edu. Please welcome these two new staff members.
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New Chemistry Addition Update
We are pleased to report that the UW-System Board of Regents voted to include the $103.5 M Chemistry Building Project in the capital budget for the 2013-2015 biennium.  This action represents an important step in the approval process, but it is not the final step.  The project must now be approved by the State Building Commission and the State Legislature.  These actions will occur in the next 6-9 months.
In the coming months, the Department will conduct a variety of tours for state legislators and administrators.  Thanks to MANY of you for your participation in the master planning process during 2011, which enabled us to reach the current state of approvals.
For the Facilities Committee, Bob McMahon - Fleming Crim - Jim Weisshaar.
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Chemistry Newsletter Back To Weekly Schedule Starting September 17th
The Chemistry Newsletter will be published weekly again starting with the next issue, September 6th. Please continue to submit any newsletter items to Bruce Goldade in room 1146 or by e-mail to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu. Thank You.
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2012 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

September 11th 2012 October 16th, 2012 November 13th, 2012 December 11th, 2012
February 12th, 2012 March 12th, 2012 April 16th, 2012 May 14th, 2012

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

September 4th, 2012 September 18th, 2012 October 2nd, 2012 October 23rd, 2012 November 6th, 2012
November 20th, 2012 December 4th, 2012 December 18th, 2012 January 22nd, 2012 February 19th, 2012
March 5th, 2012 March 19th, 2012 April 2nd, 2012 April 23rd, 2012 May 7th, 2012

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark Distefano, University of Minnesota. "Chemical Biology of Protein Prenylation"
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Tussday, September 11th, 2012 - The Edward Noble Kramer Lectureship in Physical Chemistry, 4:00 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Professor Steven M. George, University of Colorado-Boulder. "Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Films Fabricated Using Atomic and Molecular Layer Deposition Techniques"
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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, All Day, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Travis Williams, University of Southern California.
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Thursday, September 13th, 2012 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Colin Anson - Stahl Group. "Palladium-Catalyzed Carbonylative Cross-Coupling"
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Thursday, September 13th, 2012 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi, UW Madison. "Electrochemical Approach for the Development of Highly Efficient Photoelectrode and Catalyst Materials for Use in Solar Fuel Production"
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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Weronica Vaida, University of Colorado-Boulder. "Water and light in environmental chemistry on contemporary and ancient Earth"
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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas J. Meyer, University of North Carolina.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Ying Ge, UW Madison, Department of Physiology. "Comprehensive Analysis of Protein Modifications by Top-down Mass Spectrometry-based Proteomics"
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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas J. Meyer, University of North Carolina.
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Friday, September 21st, 2012 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas J. Meyer, University of North Carolina. "Our Energy Future. Science and Technology Challenges of the 21st Century"
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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New Class of Amphiphiles Bearing Rigid Hydrophobic Groups for Solubilization and Stabilization of Membrane Proteins.
Chae, PS; Rasmussen, SGF; Rana, RR; Gotfryd, K; Kruse, AC; Manglik, A; Cho, KH; Nurva, S; Gether, U; Guan, L; Loland, CJ; Byrne, B; Kobilka, BK; Gellman, SH*.
CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 18 (31):9485-9490; 10.1002/chem.201200069 JUL 2012.
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Meditation or Exercise for Preventing Acute Respiratory Infection: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Barrett, B; Hayney, MS; Muller, D; Rakel, D; Ward, A; Obasi, CN; Brown, R; Zhang, ZJ; Zgierska, A; Gern, J; West, R*; Ewers, T; Barlow, S; Gassman, M; Coe, CL.
ANNALS OF FAMILY MEDICINE, 10 (4):337-346; 10.1370/afm.1376 JUL-AUG 2012.
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Chemical Patterning and Physical Refinement of Reactive Superhydrophobic Surfaces.
Manna, U; Broderick, AH; Lynn, DM*.
ADVANCED MATERIALS, 24 (31):4291-+; 10.1002/adma.201200903 AUG 16 2012.
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Conversion of biomass to sugars via ionic liquid hydrolysis: process synthesis and economic evaluation.
Sen, SM; Binder, JB; Raines, RT*; Maravelias, CT.
BIOFUELS BIOPRODUCTS & BIOREFINING-BIOFPR, 6 (4):444-452; 10.1002/bbb.1336 JUL-AUG 2012.
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Science is Fun Extravaganza as part of the Wisconsin Science Festival
Saturday, September 29 - 10:00 a.m. - Rm 1351 Chemistry
The festival runs from September 27-30. Visit www.wisconsinsciencefest.org for more information.
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Seely on Science: Chemical Agents Wage War Against Bacteria
Remember chemistry sets?
All those test tubes and neat little packets of different chemicals. A microscope. Maybe even a small Bunsen burner. And the promise of making something boil or foam or maybe even modestly blow up. Chances are, if you probe a bit into the background of many scientists, there is a chemistry set in their past. Scratch the surface of just about any branch of science and you'll find chemistry. Yet it remains in some ways the invisible science as its practitioners toil away   too often unnoticed and underappreciated   figuring out the chemical underpinnings of the natural world and chemical solutions to some of our thorniest problems. On the UW-Madison campus, for example, chemistry is showing us a way to better understand and fight one of the most dangerous of the many bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics. The bacterium is called Acinetobacter baumanni, or A. baumanni, and it proved a terror in front-line hospitals in Iraq, earning the nickname "Iraquibacter."
But in her laboratory at UW-Madison, chemist Helen Blackwell and her colleagues have spent a decade unlocking some of the chemical secrets of A. baumanni and may be on the verge of finding a new weapon against the stubborn pathogen. Chemistry, it turns out, underlies that bacterium's ability to become deadly. The bacterium relies on a behavior called "quorum sensing" to do its dirty work. Using chemical signals, the bacteria gather and form into "biofilms." Once they reach a critical mass   Blackwell calls it "swarming"   they work together to wreak havoc by coating everything from catheters to breathing tubes. Thousands of patients die annually from infections caused by the microbe, contracting pneumonia and urinary tract and blood infections.
"It's like they're saying 'Hey, if there are enough of us around, let's change how we behave,'" Blackwell said. This kind of communication long has fascinated Blackwell. In fact, she said she spent years studying chemical signaling in plants. Because they can't move, she said, plants have developed remarkable signaling systems to send and receive information from the world around them. Now, Blackwell has drawn on her understanding of signaling to disrupt the process in A. baumanni. Stored in a cooler in her lab are vials and vials of synthetic compounds which she has created over the years. "That's one of the neat things about chemistry," Blackwell said. "You can make things that nature doesn't make."
By continually tweaking the makeup of the compounds, Blackwell has created combinations of chemicals that can be used to interrupt A. baumanni's chemical signaling, thereby effectively blocking its ability to congregate into biofilms. The work holds out the promise of an eventual medical treatment that would short-circuit the  workings of bacteria that can be so deadly for recovering patients. And this particular approach to thwarting bacteria has an important advantage, Blackwell said. Traditional anti-bacterial agents destroy the bacteria in one way or another and push into overdrive the evolutionary machinery that prompts a bacterium to rapidly reproduce and eventually develop ways to resist the agents that are trying to destroy it.
Blackwell's approach, however, has the advantage that it doesn't kill the bacteria, it just disrupts its behavior. As a result of this somewhat sneakier approach, the bacterium isn't pushed as rapidly to change and the development of resistance can be significantly slowed, Blackwell said. Even with the promise of the research, Blackwell cautioned there is much left to study and the compounds she has created will be most promising in the short term as tools for better understanding the phenomenon of quorum sensing.
But that is how science proceeds. Unlike TV shows and movies, science in the real world takes decades. In real labs, scientists have few eureka moments. Instead, they spend years trudging over and over again between a cooler and a lab bench carrying small vials of chemicals that are placed in a dish to react with other chemicals. They wait for a reaction, take notes and then do it over again. And again. And again. And again. That, Blackwell said, is fundamental research.
And, yes, Blackwell had a chemistry set.
August 24, 2012 6:00 am  •  RON SEELY | Wisconsin State Journal | rseely@madison.com | 608-252-6131
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Michigan Technological University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Chemistry beginning fall 2013. We seek an individual with the vision and skills to elevate the department's research prominence, further our strong tradition of educational excellence, and expand our graduate programs. The chair will maintain a dynamic research program compatible with existing university strengths; foster collaborations with other departments, centers and institutes; and advance the department's position as a key player in the university research community. The successful candidate will have qualifications commensurate with appointment to the rank of Full Professor in Chemistry. Applicants are invited to submit a letter of interest with the following documents: curriculum vitae; statements of research, teaching, and administrative philosophies; and names of 4 references to: chchairsearch@mtu.edu. Review of applications will begin October 8th, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. Additional information: http://chemistry.mtu.edu. Please contact Paul Charlesworth ((906) 487-2702, pcharles@mtu.edu) if you have questions about this position. The Department of Chemistry consists of l6 full-time faculty members, 10 full-time staff, and a variable number of other research and instructional personnel. The department offers 4 undergraduate degrees, a 5-year BS-MS, and the PhD in chemistry. Department faculty also advise students in several non-departmental PhD programs in biochemistry, environmental engineering, and atmospheric sciences. We currently enroll approximately 100 undergraduate students and 35 graduate students, most of whom are PhD candidates. The department occupies 46,000 sq. ft in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering building in the center of campus. Michigan Tech is a publicly funded university, with a science/technology focus, located in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. The university is composed of the College of Sciences and Arts, College of Engineering, and the Schools of Business and Economics, Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Technology. Currently 485 faculty are engaged in over 30 academic programs with more than 5700 residential undergraduate students and a growing population of graduate students, currently numbering 1300. Research expenditures in the chemistry department have increased steadily and reached nearly $1.5M in FY11, including federal, state, and private support. The university boasts 22 active research centers and institutes (http://goo.gl/Yi3SX), which provide interdisciplinary opportunities and resources for faculty ad staff.
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The Eastern Illinois University Department of Chemistry invites applications for a chemist or biochemist who will develop a research program that is closely linked to sustainable energy and/or the recently built campus renewable energy center. This tenure-track Assistant Professor position begins August 2013. The successful candidate will develop an interdisciplinary, externally funded research program (experimental or computational) involving undergraduate and MS students and strengthen the department's role in the new MS in Sustainability program. Teaching responsibilities will include courses at all levels, including introductory and advanced courses in the candidate's area of expertise. A Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry or related area is required; postdoctoral or industrial experience preferred. For more information, see: http://www.eiu.edu/~eiuchem/ and http://www.eiu.edu/sustainability/eiu_renewable.php. Submit letter of application, CV, research plan, teaching philosophy, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and have three reference letters sent to: Dr. Rebecca Peebles, Dept. of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920 or rpeebles@eiu.edu. Application review begins 10/1/12 and continues until position is filled. Eastern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community.
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The Department of Chemistry at the George Washington University is actively soliciting nominations and applications for a new tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning with the 2013-2014 term. While the search is open to all areas of analytical chemistry, we encourage applications from individuals with research interests in separations with particular focus on biomolecules, such as those of importance in proteomics and metabolomics, or sensors for use in energy/environmental needs or homeland security. Successful candidates are expected to advance the vision of the University and the Department as a leading urban research University and maintain an active, externally funded, research program. A commitment to excellence in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level is expected. Significant opportunities exist for substantial collaborations with other departments in Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, as well as many private and federal laboratories in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area (such as the Naval Research Laboratory, National Institutes of Health, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.) GW colleagues also maintain strong collaborations with unique National Facilities such as Brookhaven, Argonne and the Jefferson Laboratories. Basic Qualifications for both positions: A Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Application Procedure: Complete an online faculty application at: https://www.gwu.jobs/user/new  and upload a cover letter, curriculum vita, publication list, and statements of research and teaching interests. Recommendations from at least three references should be sent directly to: Analytical Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, George Washington University, 725 21st St., N.W., Washington, DC 20052 or via email at gwchem@gwu.edu. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. The Search Committee can be reached by e-mail at gwchem@gwu.edu or by calling 202-994-6121.
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Tenure Track Faculty Position, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Atlanta, GA 30332-0400 . The Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry seeks to fill one or more tenure-track faculty positions in the area of Biochemistry. Exceptional candidates at all levels are encouraged to apply. Candidates with interdisciplinary research programs may beconsidered for joint appointments with other campus units. Candidates for appointment at the assistant professor level should submit an application letter, curriculum vita and a summary of research plans, and arrange for submission of three letters of reference. Candidates for advanced levels should submit an application letter, curriculum vita, and the names of three references. All materials and requests for information should be submitted electronically, as per the instructions found at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1552. The application deadline is September 14, 2012, with application review continuing until the positions are filled. Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution.
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry within the Division of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego, http://www-chem.ucsd.edu is playing a key role in a UCSD campus-wide effort to build the preeminent program in quantitative biosciences (q-Bio) research and teaching. To anchor this effort, the department invites applications for a tenured Full Professorship in Physical Chemistry, with a preferred focus on theoretical molecular biophysics (10-447). The successful candidate will hold the Francis Crick Endowed Chair, and will help to steer future development of the q-Bio initiative. This will include collaborations with other departments including Mathematics and Physics, and such UCSD organizations as the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in one of the quantitative physical sciences and a recognized program of excellence in both teaching and research in theoretical molecular biophysics. The University is committed to an excellent and diverse faculty and student body. A successful candidate will be judged on teaching and research accomplishments as well as on a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scale. Review of applications will commence on September 24, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit online a curriculum vitae with list of publications, reprints of up to five representative papers, and a personal statement that includes a summay of research plans. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to and leadership in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion should be included in the application materials see: http://Faculty-Applicant-C2D-C2D-Info.asp. Applications should be submitted to: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF00216. Candidates should also provide names and contact information for three individuals to submit letters of reference addressing research, teaching and professional service.
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We are writing to ask your help in identifying qualified candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) in Analytical Chemistry, broadly defined. Candidates should be qualified and interested to teach entry-level general, analytical, and specialized chemistry courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. UTK is the flagship campus of The University of Tennessee System with an enrollment of 27,000 students (21,000 undergraduate; 6,000 graduate). The Chemistry Department currently consists of 29 full-time faculty members, three lecturers, 125 graduate students, and over 20 postdoctoral associates. UTK is located only 25 miles from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), we enjoy strong collaborative research ties to ORNL through several centers and joint institutes that help foster joint research projects. These include the Genome Science and Technology School and the Joint Institutes for Biology, Computation, Neutron Sciences, and Advanced Materials. More information about research programs at ORNL and the Joint Institutes can be found via links on the departmental web page. The Chemistry Department offers excellent support facilities including a NMR Instrument Center, a MS Instrument Center, a Polymer Characterization Laboratory, etc. as described on our departmental web page. Additionally the aforementioned Joint Institutes and other ORNL User facilities provide unique opportunities for chemcal and physical characterization and fabrication. Further information about the Department and the research environment may also be obtained by an inquiry directly to the search committee. Faculty members are expected to establish an active, externally-supported research programs while maintaining a strong commitment to effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A competitive start-up package will be provided to supply the successful candidate with the time and funds required to initiate a strong, internationally recognized research program. Appointments are expected to begin August, 2013. Interested and qualified persons should consult instructions at: http://www.chem.utk.edu/positions.html for submitting an application. Review of applications will begin in October of this year and continue until the position is filled. The Department of Chemistry is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce; applicants are invited to visit the University's diversity website http://www.utk.edu/diversitv/ .
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Assistant/associate/full Professor, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, NTHU. The Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, seeks highly qualified individuals for 1-2 positions in the assistant, associate or full professorship levels. The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in engineering or science, an outstanding record of accomplishments in research (bioMEMS, biomaterials or cellular mechanics) and enthusiasm in teaching. Application portfolio including curriculum vitae, copies of diplomas, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, full publication list, teaching and research plans, contact information (names, mailing addresses, emails, phone numbers) of three referees (only a list is needed upon submission) and the CV at-a-glance (available on http://bme.web.nthu.edu.tw/bin/home.php) should be sent to Ms. Peggy Sung by September 28, 2012 at the following address: Ms. Peggy Sung, College of Engineering National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan 30013 Fax: 886-3-571-2670 E-mail: chsung@mx.nthu.edu.tw.
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The Department of Chemistry at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Chemistry. A Ph.D. is required: preferably in bioanalytical or analytical chemistry; postdoctoral experience is recommended. The successful candidate will be responsible for a 5.5 course load, which includes: teaching analytical chemistry and developing the accompanying analytical chemistry laboratory, teaching general chemistry and lab, and creating one advanced course. An active research program involving undergraduates is expected. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a brief statement of research plans at an undergraduate liberal arts institution, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Fred LaRiviere, Department of Chemistry, Washington and Lee University, Lexington VA 24450, e-mail: larivieref@w1u.edu. Review of applications begins immediately and will close on October 19, 2012.
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame is searching to fill up tp three new tenure-track positions. All areas of chemistry and biochemistry are under consideration. Exceptional candidates at all levels are encouraged to apply. Materials should be submitted to the application website at: https://academiciobsonline.org/aji/jobs/1750 by October 15th 2012 to receive full consideration.
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Western Washington University. Applications are invited for one tenure track position at the assistant professor level in chemistry with a specialization in science education. This will be a joint appointment between the chemistry department and the Science, Math and Technology Education (SMATE) program at Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham, WA, beginning September 2013. The chemistry department and SMATE program are committed to WWU's goal of recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, and welcome applications from diverse candidates. The ideal candidate will enhance our existing strengths in education and research by teaching chemistry and teacher preparation courses as well as leading an active research program in science education. A Ph.D. by hire date is required. Please see the full position announcement for all required and preferred qualifications:  https://jobs.wwu.edu/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=3664). To apply, submit a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statements of teaching philosophy and research plans to WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment (linked to electronic job posting). In addition, arrange for three letters of recommendation to be mailed to: sara.young@wwu.edu or Sara Young, Western Washington University, 516 High St MS 9150, Bellingham, WA 98226. WWU is an AA/EO employer. For disability accommodation call (360) 650-3774. Review of applications begins October 15, 2012; position open until filled.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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