Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 02/15/2016

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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XL - No. 05 February 15th, 2016

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ANDY MCCAMMON IS AWARDED 2016 HIRSCHFELDER PRIZE
Jim Skinner is delighted to report that the winner of the 2016-17 Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry is Andy McCammon at UCSD.  Andy is one of the pioneers of biosimulation, and he has worked extensively in this area since the late seventies. His work has been cited over 43,000 times (and that is on web of science, which under-reports!), so clearly his work has had an enormous impact.   He will visit us September 26-28, 2016 and deliver three lectures; please mark your calendars! Congratulations Andy!!
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LAURA KIESSLING RECEIVES A 2016 HILLDALE AWARD
Congratulations to Professor Laura Kiessling on receiving the 2016 Hilldale Award in the Physical Sciences.  These prestigious awards recognize scholarly contributions in teaching, research and service in each of the four faculty divisions:  Arts & Humanities, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Studies.  Laura joins the cohort of the most eminent scholars on our campus who have received this award. Congratulations, Laura!
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ANOTHER MILESTONE TOWARD A NEW CHEMISTRY BUILDING
On February 8 Governor Walker signed off on a contract for the next stage of design of our new building. This means that the Preliminary Design Report that was submitted last fall has now been approved and we can move to the detailed design phase. Work is expected to start the first week in March. There are more hurdles ahead but we have cleared an important one and we have an excellent design so far. Now on to the next level!
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2016 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

3/08/2016 4/12/2016 5/10/2016

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

2/16/2016 3/01/2016 3/29/2016 4/05/2016
4/26/2016 5/03/2016 5/17/2016  

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Kurt Kremer, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research "Multiscale Simulations for Soft Matter: Applications and New Developments"
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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nathan Neff-Mallon, UW-Madison (Wright and Brunold Group) "Inorganic Student Seminar Resonance IR: Multidimensional Spectroscopy for Bioinorganic Applications"
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Thursday, February 18th, 2016 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry - Seminar Hall. Dr. Clifton Barry, NIH, NIAID "Organic Seminar "Exploiting the biochemistry of trehalose to develop real-time imaging probes for tuberculosis""
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Thursday, February 18th, 2016 - Analytical, Materials Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Margaret Robinson, UW Madison - Hamers group "Analytical Seminar - Title TBD"
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Friday, February 19th, 2016 - General Special Event, 5:00 pm, "2016 WARF Discovery Challenge - Call for Participants"
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Monday, February 22nd, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Dominika Zgid, University of Michigan "Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Arthur Bragg, Johns Hopkins University "Structure, Dynamics, and Disorder in Excited States of Photoresponsive Conjugated Materials"
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Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Rajamani (Raj) Gounder, University of Purdue "Inorganic Seminar Catalysis of Energy and the Environment Mediated by Zeolites and Molecular Sieves"
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Friday, February 26th, 2016 to Saturday, February 27th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, "Graduate Recruiting Visit Weekend"
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Joel Eaves, University of Colorado-Boulder "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Vincent Lavallo, University of California - Riverside "Inorganic Seminar"
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Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor M. Kevin Brown, Indiana University "No Strain, No Gain: Advances in the Synthesis and Use of Cyclobutanes"
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Friday, March 4th, 2016 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry - Seminar Hall. Binnu Hill, UW School of Business - Diversity and Inclusion "Department Colloquium - Binnu Hill "
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Friday, March 4th, 2016 - General Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Binnu Hill, "Case for Diversity and Inclusion; Successes in the Business School"
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Monday, March 7th, 2016 - Department, Analytical Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Dr. Kimberly Ennico-Smith, NASA Ames Research Center "McElvain Analytical Seminar - New views of the Pluto system -- far from boring, cold, dead worlds"
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Stephen Bradforth, University of Southern California "Unraveling the Mechanism of Singlet Fission in Polyacenes"
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. Department of Chemistry, "Department Meeting"
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Robert Knowles, Princeton University "Organic Seminar "Proton-coupled Electron Transfer in Organic Synthesis and Asymmetric Catalysis""
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Thursday, March 10th, 2016 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Steven Oja, University of Washington, Seattle "Monitoring Electrochemistry with Light"
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Friday, March 11th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 8:30 am, Fluno Center. "Chemistry Board of Advisers Meeting"
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Sunday, March 13th, 2016 to Thursday, March 17th, 2016 - General Special Event, 8:00 am, American Chemical Society, "ACS Meeting - San Diego"
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Sunday, March 13th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 5:00 pm, TBD. UW-Madison Department of Chemistry, "Department Reception at ACS National Meeting"
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Friday, March 25th, 2016 - Department, Inorganic, Organic Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Marion Emmert, Worcester Polytechnic Institute "Super Group seminar"
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Monday, March 28th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Bldg.. Professor Adam P. Willard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar"
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor James Forrest, University of Waterloo "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Dean Tantillo, University of California Davis "Organic Seminar "Walking in the Woods with Quantum Chemistry - The Importance of Inherent Carbocation Reactivity in Terpene Biosynthesis""
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Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Larry Wang, UW-Madison (Stahl Group) "Inorganic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, March 31st, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Richard Oakley, University of Waterloo "Organic Seminar "Magnetic Ordering and Conductivity in Heavy Atom and Multi-Orbital Radicals""
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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
2016 SUMMER CHEMISTRY CAMPS

The ICE Fun with Chemistry Camps have been a Chemistry Department and Madison tradition since their inception in 1984. They now draw campers from as far away as New York City, Seattle, Chicago, Twin Cities partly because they are unique in their hands-on approach--campers actually get to do science, not just watch it happen. This year there will be 5 half-day sessions held during the weeks of June 13-17, June 27-July 1, and July 11-15. Camps being offered are Fun with Forensics Chemistry, Fun with Chemistry, Fun with Chemistry Inventions, and Fun with Engineering. Camps are open to campers entering grades 5 to 8, cost $215/session;  campers may attend more than one session. Camp scholarship are available through support from Sigma-Aldrich.
For full information and the full set of online registration materials, go to the ICE web site:
http://ice.chem.wisc.edu/Camps.html.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Mechanism of imidazolium ionic liquids toxicity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and rational engineering of a tolerant, xylose-fermenting strain.
Dickinson, Q; Bottoms, S; Hinchman, L; McIlwain, S; Li, S; Myers, CL; Boone, C; Coon, JJ*; Hebert, A; Sato, TK; Landick, R; Piotrowski, JS.
MICROBIAL CELL FACTORIES, 15 10.1186/s12934-016-0417-7 JAN 20 2016.
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Swing motion as a diffusion mechanism of lipid bilayers in a gel phase.
Oh, Y; Kim, J; Yethiraj, A*; Sung, BJ.
PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 93 (1):10.1103/PhysRevE.93.012409 JAN 19 2016.
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Diastereoselective Synthesis of the Aminocyclitol Core of Jogyamycin via an Allene Aziridination Strategy.
Gerstner, NC; Adams, CS; Grigg, RD; Tretbar, M; Rigoli, JW; Schomaker, JM*.
ORGANIC LETTERS, 18 (2):284-287; 10.1021/acs.orglett.5b03453 JAN 15 2016.
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Conformational and Dynamic Properties of Poly(ethylene oxide) in an Ionic Liquid: Development and Implementation of a First-Principles Force Field.
McDaniel, JG; Choi, E; Son, CY; Schmidt, JR*; Yethiraj, A*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 120 (1):231-243; 10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b10065 JAN 14 2016.
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Mechanism of Copper/Azodicarboxylate-Catalyzed Aerobic Alcohol Oxidation: Evidence for Uncooperative Catalysis.
McCann, SD; Stahl, SS*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 138 (1):199-206; 10.1021/jacs.5b09940 JAN 13 2016.
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Structure-Based Design and Biological Evaluation of Triphenyl Scaffold-Based Hybrid Compounds as Hydrolytically Stable Modulators of a LuxR-Type Quorum Sensing Receptor.
O'Reilly, MC; Blackwell, HE*.
ACS INFECTIOUS DISEASES, 2 (1):32-38; 10.1021/acsinfecdis.5b00112 JAN 2016.
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Single-Cell, Time-Resolved Antimicrobial Effects of a Highly Cationic, Random Nylon-3 Copolymer on Live Escherichia coli.
Choi, H; Chakraborty, S; Liu, RH; Gellman, SH*; Weisshaar, JC*.
ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY, 11 (1):113-120; 10.1021/acschembio.5b00547 JAN 2016.
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Selective Inhibition of Collagen Prolyl 4-Hydroxylase in Human Cells.
Vasta, JD; Andersen, KA; Deck, KM; Nizzi, CP; Eisenstein, RS; Raines, RT*.
ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY, 11 (1):193-199; 10.1021/acschembio.5b00749 JAN 2016.
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Comparative Genomic Analyses of the Human NPHP1 Locus Reveal Complex Genomic Architecture and Its Regional Evolution in Primates.
Yuan, B; Liu, PF; Gupta, A; Beck, CR; Tejomurtula, A; Campbell, IM; Gambin, T; Simmons, AD; Withers, MA; Harris, RA; Rogers, J; Schwartz, DC*; Lupski, JR.
PLOS GENETICS, 11 (12):10.1371/journal.pgen.1005686 DEC 2015.
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Comprehensive Characterization of AMP-Activated Protein Kinase Catalytic Domain by Top-Down Mass Spectrometry
Yu, DY; Peng, Y; Ayaz-Guner, S; Gregorich, ZR; Ge, Y*.
So Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, Springer,  New York, Pa 233, Spring St, New York, NY 10013 USA., SN 1044-0305, 1879-1123, FEB, 2016, VL 27, IS 2.
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An unprecedented mechanism of nucleotide methylation in organisms containing thy X.
Mishanina, TV; Yu, LP*; Karunaratne, K; Mondal, D; Corcoran, JM; Choi, MA; Kohen, A.
Science, Amer Assoc Advancement Science, Washington, Pa 1200 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20005 USA. SN 0036-8075, 1095-9203, JAN 29, 2016, VL 351, IS 6272.
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Epitaxial Stabilization between Intermetallic and Carbide Domains in the Structures of Mn16SiC4 and Mn17Si2C4.
Fredrickson, RT, Guo, YM; Fredrickson, DC*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, Amer Chemical Soc,  Washington, 1155 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036 USA, SN 0002-7863, JAN 13, 2016, VL 138, IS 1.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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NONE FOR THIS NEWS LETTER
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The department of chemistry at Smith College has initiated a search for a non-tenure-track, full-time visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry position to begin July 2016. This position is an initial one-year appointment with an additional re-appointment possible, conditional on performance and the needs of the College. Depending on the candidate's field of specialization, primary teaching responsibilities will include a total of five courses per year in areas suited to the candidate's expertise. The department offers courses in General, Organic, Inorganic and Physical chemistry, as well as Biochemistry and Environmental Chemistry. All members of the Chemistry Department participate in teaching and we seek a colleague committed to learning, developing, and maintaining a dynamic curriculum that is responsive to the needs of Smith's diverse and talented student body. Applicants must have a Ph. D. in chemistry and a commitment to excellence in teaching; post-doctoral experience is not required but preferred.
We believe this is an outstanding opportunity for any Ph.D. graduate/ Post-doctoral associate who would want to get real academic experience at a top liberal-arts institution. Smith College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts. We are very interested in having a strong pool of candidates, especially those from under-represented groups. Contact: Cristina Suarez, Chemistry Department, Chair, Email: csuarez@email.smith.edu, Phone: (413) 585-3838.
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Hartwick College invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track, three-year position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor in Chemistry starting in August, 2016. This three-year term appointment will end in May 2019 with annual renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance. We seek candidates with expertise in Organic Chemistry, with preference given to those with experience teaching at the undergraduate level. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Chemistry (preferably Organic Chemistry) by the time of the appointment and experience teaching at the undergraduate level. Specific teaching assignments will include Organic Chemistry with laboratory and Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry with laboratory. Other teaching assignments may include General Chemistry with laboratory, and possibly general education courses, including First Year Seminars. Teaching load will average 20 semester credit hours or their equivalent per academic year, and all faculty members teach during the College's distinctive four-week January Term. The successful candidate must be committed to excellence and innovation in undergraduate teaching, active engagement in scholarly or creative activities, and working closely with students in a small college environment. Academic advising and some committee service also are expected with this appointment.
Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to broadening "the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community." Underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Additional information about Hartwick (an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research) and the Department may be found on our web site at www.hartwick.edu.
Hartwick College is committed to providing a safe and secure educational environment. Employment at Hartwick College is therefore contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.
To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence or the potential for it, and three letters of reference sent directly by your referees. All materials should be addressed to: Dr. Andrew Piefer, Chair. Electronic submissions to: chemsearch@hartwick.edu are required. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.
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Lamar University, a public, Carnegie Doctoral Research University, invites applications for two tenure-track chemistry faculty positions. The positions are available in fall 2016 pending final funding. These positions are expected to be at the rank of assistant professor. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Lamar University is a medium sized comprehensive public university located in Beaumont, Texas, approximated 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and 90 miles east of Houston. As part of a new strategic plan, the University has increased its focus on research. With a recently completed $7 million renovation to our facilities, an investment of $1.5 million in instrumentations, and a growing graduate program, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is poised to make a significant impact in the region and the state.
Applicants with expertise in Environmental Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry or Forensic Science, are particularly encouraged to apply. We are seeking motivated teachers and researchers with an earned Postdoctoral degree. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Candidates are expected to have a strong potential for creative, independent research and demonstrate a commitment to education at all levels.
Applicants must apply online at https://jobs.lamar.edu by completing the personal data information form and attaching a complete vitae, a statement of teaching interests and experience, research plans (including undergraduate participation but not to exceed five pages), and a list of at least three professional references.
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Faculty Opening: Chemistry Instructor (General Chemistry). Rock Valley College, a comprehensive community college located in Rockford, Illinois, serves a diversified metropolitan area of over 370,000 people. Rockford is centrally located in northern Illinois, within 90 minutes of Chicago as well as Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. The College is the principal institution of post-secondary education in the region. RVC is an educational leader in providing quality, accessible, lifelong learning opportunities, cultural enrichment, and support for economic and technological development.
Conditions of Employment: This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position to begin August 2016, with the tenure decision in three years. Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and group life insurance plans are offered and State Universities Retirement System (SURS) administered retirement plan. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Optional overload and summer teaching assignments are possible, depending upon availability. Some flexibility in work schedule is necessary. Interest in serving a diverse student population is essential.
The successful candidate will provide evidence of strong teaching ability in chemistry and must be comfortable with a variety of students, including many having limited science and math preparation. The successful candidate must also be willing to interface with and offer courses in conjunction with growing and changing industrial and engineering technology programs on campus. The job will also involve working with technology faculty and local industry in designing programs in these areas. While there is no requirement to conduct research, opportunities for doing so are available in the area, and any of these that would involve students would be particularly welcome.
Required Qualification:
     •    An earned Master's Degree with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in chemistry, to teach introductory
          and general courses in chemistry.
Desired Qualifications:
     •    Education beyond the master's level is desirable. Ph.D. preferred.
     •    Recent teaching experience in general chemistry as well as a commitment to the mission of the
          community college and interest in involvement in division and college initiatives are desired.
Application Process: Applicants are encouraged to submit the following materials electronically at:
https://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/Community/Employment_HR/index.cfm or documentation may be submitted under single cover to the address listed below. The search and screen committee will begin evaluating application materials March 15, 2016. Applications may continue to be received until the position is filled.
     •    Letter of interest which specifically addresses how you are qualified for the position.
     •    Current resume, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers of a minimum of three
          professional references.
     •    Unofficial transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work completed. Offer to hire cannot be
          extended without official transcripts.
     •    (Optional) Documentation of successful classroom instruction.
Contact: Rock Valley College, Human Resource Services, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114.
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The Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University is seeking to fill TWO tenure track faculty positions in the area of Analytical Chemistry. Of particular interest are those individuals developing innovative and sophisticated programs in measurement science to quantitatively characterize complex chemical and biological systems. These are open rank searches; however, preference will be given to candidates at the junior level whose research interests will complement existing programs in the Department, College of Sciences, and University.
Successful candidates are expected to establish a nationally and internationally recognized research program and to demonstrate strong interests and abilities in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates must possess a PhD and post-doctoral experience in Chemistry or a related scientific field to be considered for this position. Candidates should submit electronic copies of their curriculum vitae, research proposals, and a cover letter at: http://jobs.ncsu.edu under position number 00105377. The candidates should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent on their behalf to: Professor David C. Muddiman, Chair of the Search Committee. Review of applicant materials will begin on March 15, 2016 and will continue until the positions are filled. We welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. AA/EOE. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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NONE FOR THIS NEWS LETTER
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