University of Wisconsin-Madison Newsletter for 1/03/2011

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XXXV - No. 1 January 3rd, 2011

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Chemistry AAAS Fellows for 2010
We are very pleased to inform you that five Madison scientists were elected as Fellows of the AAAS in the Section on Chemistry last year. They are:
•    Nicholas L. Abbott, University of Wisconsin, Madison
•    Helen E. Blackwell, University of Wisconsin, Madison
•    Mark Ediger, University of Wisconsin, Madison
•    Lloyd Smith, University of Wisconsin, Madison
•    Shannon Stahl, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Many of you know Nick Abbott of Chemical and Biological Engineering. CONGRATULATIONS to all five!
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NSF Funding for 400 MHz NMR
We are delighted to announce that a Departmental proposal entitled "Acquisition of a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer for Chemical Research and Learning" has been selected for funding by NSF.  The new instrument will substantially enhance our capabilities for 'routine' NMR characterization of research samples and improve the educational experiences of undergraduates in organic chemistry laboratory courses. Kudos to Charlie Fry for leading this successful effort.  Matt Bowman played an important role as well.
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2011 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

February 8th, 2011 March 22nd, 2011
April 12th, 2011 May 3rd, 2011

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

January 18th, 2011 February 1st, 2011 February 15th, 2011 March 2nd, 2011
March 15th, 2011 April 5th, 2011 April 19th, 2011 May 10th, 2011

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - Willard Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor W. Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Tehshik Yoon, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 - Willard Lectures, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor W. Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jose Onuchic, University of California San Diego. "Sharing the Energy Landscape for Folding and Function:  From Small Proteins to Large Machines"
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Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Curtis Berlinguette, University of Calgary.
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 - Physical McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carolyn Larabell, University of California, San Francisco.
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Friday, February 4th, 2011 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Deborah Blum, UW Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; author: "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York"
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Tuesday, February 8tt, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven J. Sibener, University of Chicago.
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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor David Cane, Brown University.
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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sharon C. Glotzer, University of Michigan.
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Tuesday, February 22nd. 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Case, Rutgers University. "Biomolecular Simulations Using Implicit Solvent Models"
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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Regan Thomson, Northwestern University.
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Robert Bergman.
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Juan de Pablo, UW-Madison, Chemical and Biological Engineering.
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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nicolai Lehnert, University of Michigan.
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Thursday, March 3th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara Imperiali, MIT.
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Physical McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Donald G. Truhlar, University of Minnesota
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Brad Nilsson, University of Rochester.
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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gary Brudvig, Yale University.
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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Blum, University of California, Irvine.
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Thursday, March 31st, 2010 -Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sarah Trimpin, Wayne State University.
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Friday, April 1st, 2011 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Dr. K.V. Reddy, Founder and President of Printel, Inc.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Philip Cole, Johns-Hopkins University.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giulia A. Galli, University of California, Davis.
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Thursday, April 7th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ryan Bailey, The University of Illinois, UC.
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Monday, April 11th, 2011 - Ferry Lectures, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology.
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ephraim Woods III, Colgate University.
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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vince Rotello, University of Massachusetts -Amherst.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 - Organic Seminar - Abbott Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Friday, April 15th, 2011 - Chemistry Department Shain Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Department. Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Dr. John Tallarico, Novartis.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daniel P. Raleigh, SUNY Stony Brook.
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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Geoff Coates, Cornell University.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2010 -Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi, Purdue University.
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Monday, April 25th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Srikanth Sastry, Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Meyer, Johns Hopkins University.
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil Powers, University of California, Davis.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Malika Jeffries-El, Iowa State University.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark S. Gordon, Iowa State University.
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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Amy Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Thursday, May 5th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kim Prather, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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Tuesday, May 9th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kian Tan, Boston University.
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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alan Balch, University of California, Davis.
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Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Nanotechnology at Northwestern University
Summer research experience for undergraduates in Nanotechnology at Northwestern university. 9-week program includes: Hands-on research in nanotechnology; Seminars, field trips, and workshops; Access to world-class facilities; Opportunities to submit your work for possible publication; Opportunities to enjoy the Chicago area. Application deadline is, February 15th, 2011. Award announcement is march 15th, 2011. Eligibility is open to undergraduates majoring in science or engineering who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. A stipend of $4,500 dollars plus round-trip airfare and dormitory housing. For more informantion and to get an application, please go to one of the following: http://www.nsec.northwestern.edu/REU.htm, Phone: 847-467-4862 or e-mail: nanotechnology@northwestern.edu.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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A defined glycosaminoglycan-binding substratum for human pluripotent stem cells.
Klim, JR; Li, LY; Wrighton, PJ; Piekarczyk, MS; Kiessling, LL*.
NATURE METHODS 7 (12): 989-U72 DEC 2010.
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Maltose-neopentyl glycol (MNG) amphiphiles for solubilization, stabilization and crystallization of membrane proteins.
Chae, PS; Rasmussen, SGF; Rana, RR; Gotfryd, K; Chandra, R; Goren, MA; Kruse, AC; Nurva, S; Loland, CJ; Pierre, Y; Drew, D; Popot, JL; Picot, D; Fox, BG; Guan, L; Gether, U; Byrne, B; Kobilka, B; Gellman, SH*.
NATURE METHODS 7 (12): 1003-U90 DEC 2010.
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NosA Catalyzing Carboxyl-Terminal Amide Formation in Nosiheptide Maturation via an Enamine Dealkylation on the Serine-Extended Precursor Peptide.
Yu, Y; Guo, H; Zhang, Q; Duan, LA; Ding, Y; Liao, RJ; Lei, C; Shen, B*; Liu, W.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 132 (46): 16324-16326 NOV 24 2010.
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Cobalt-Mediated, Enantioselective Synthesis of C-2 and C-1 Dienes.
Boyd, WC; Crimmin, MR; Rosebrugh, LE; Schomaker, JM*; Bergman, RG; Toste, FD.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 132 (46): 16365-16367 NOV 24 2010.
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Identification of Synthetic Inducers and Inhibitors of the Quorum-Sensing Regulator LasR in Pseudomonas aeruginosa by High-Throughput Screening.
Borlee, BR; Geske, GD; Blackwell, HE*; Handelsman, J.
APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY 76 (24): 8255-8258 DEC 2010.
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Carpe Diubiquitin.
Martin, LJ; Raines, RT*.
ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 49 (48): 9042-9044 2010.
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Oxaziridine-Mediated Oxyamination of Indoles: An Approach to 3-Aminoindoles and Enantiomerically Enriched 3-Aminopyrroloindolines.
Benkovics, T; Guzei, IA*; Yoon, TP*.
ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 49 (48): 9153-9157 2010.
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Surface-mediated release of a synthetic small-molecule modulator of bacterial quorum sensing: Gradual release enhances activity.
Breitbach, AS; Broderick, AH; Jewell, CM; Gunasekaran, S; Lin, Q; Lynn, DM*; Blackwell, HE*.
CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS 47 (1): 370-372 2010.
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Lyotropic liquid crystalline phases from helical beta-peptides as alignment media.
Thiele, CM; Pomerantz, WC; Abbott, NL; Gellman, SH*.
CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS 47 (1): 502-504 2010.
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Rapid release of plasmid DNA from polyelectrolyte multilayers: A weak poly(acid) approach.
Flessner, RM; Yu, Y; Lynn, DM*.
CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS 47 (1): 550-552 2010.
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Oligomers of a 5-Carboxy-methanopyrrolidine beta-Amino Acid. A Search for Order.
Krow, GR; Liu, NA; Sender, M; Lin, GL; Centafont, R; Sonnet, PE; De Brosse, C; Ross, CW; Carroll, PJ; Shoulders, MD; Raines, RT*.
ORGANIC LETTERS 12 (23): 5438-5441 DEC 3 2010.
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Halogenation of Carbon Substrates for Increased Reactivity with Alkenes.
Lockett, MR; Smith, LM*.
LANGMUIR 26 (22): 16642-16646 NOV 16 2010.
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Characterization of FdmV as an Amide Synthetase for Fredericamycin A Biosynthesis in Streptomyces griseus ATCC 43944.
Chen, YH; Wendt-Pienkowski, E; Ju, JH; Lin, SJ; Rajski, SR; Shen, B*.
JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 285 (50): 38853-38860 DEC 2010.
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Superhydrophobic Thin Films Fabricated by Reactive Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Azlactone-Functionalized Polymers.
Buck, ME; Schwartz, SC; Lynn, DM*.
CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS 22 (23): 6319-6327 DEC 14 2010.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Advertisement for "Research Specialist" position Departments of Biology and Microbiology, and Chemistry University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is seeking to fill the position of "Research Specialist" within the Departments of Biology and Microbiology, and Chemistry. A four-year degree in biology or microbiology or related field is required. Prior experience maintaining mammalian cell cultures (e.g. BSC-1 cells) using aseptic technique is required. Additional duties for which training will be provided include carrying out viral infections with vaccinia virus and the use of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Past experience in either of these techniques is considered helpful, but is not required. Candidates must be able to work independently without extensive supervision, and must possess good written and verbal communication skills. Candidates must also be proficient at collecting data,  logging data, and using Microsoft Office for recording and presenting results. The position will be full time at 40 hr/week, and consist of a one-year appointment. To apply, send a cover letter addressing relevant skills, experience, and prior training, along with a resume, copies of all college transcripts, and contact information for 3-5 recent professional references including phone numbers and email addresses by mail to: Dr. Brant Kedrowski, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901, or by email to: chemhire@uwosh.edu. Review of materials will begin on January 3rd, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics, or Physics & Astronomy, Discipline-Based Education Research. Full-time Tenure-Track Position. The University of Maine invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry, or Mathematics & Statistics, with expertise in chemistry, mathematics, or physics education research. The appointment will be in one of these academic departments, with membership in the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (Maine RiSE Center). This position is one of three new faculty hires created through the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (PSP), an NSF-funded, multi-million-dollar project of the Maine RiSE Center in collaboration with regional school units, to target the teaching and learning of physical sciences in grades 6-9 as well as the preparation of science teachers at the University of Maine. The project includes (1) the selection and implementation of coherent, research-supported curricula; (2) provision of ongoing intensive professional development for teachers; (3) research on the impact of the curricular implementation on student learning and teachers' content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge; (4) reform of university-level STEM instruction. Candidates must have an earned doctorate (by date of appointment) in the discipline, a closely related field, or discipline-based education research. Candidates must have strong experience in discipline-based education research, and have demonstrated commitment to teaching. Postdoctoral experience is preferred but not required. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with middle school or high school teachers and/or students. The new faculty member will be expected to (1) engage in research, writing, and other scholarly activities that contribute to discipline-based education research, (2) teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, (3) supervise graduate and undergraduate research, (4) Develop an externally-funded research program, (5) participate in leadership for collaborative efforts in STEM-education with colleagues in the home department, the Maine RiSE Center, the University, and other professional communities. The position is an academic-year appointment with preferred starting date no later than Sept. 1, 2011. Opportunities for summer salary are available in conjunction with the Maine PSP project. Applications should be submitted by e-mail to: PSP_LAS_Faculty_Search@umit.maine.edu and should include: letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references; summary of research accomplishments and a research plan; statement of teaching experience, philosophy, and interests; post-secondary level transcripts; three letters of recommendation submitted directly by the reference. Review of applications will begin January 3, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Appropriate background checks will be required. More information about the position may be found at: http://www.umaine.edu/center/positions/PSPfaculty. For more information about the Maine RiSE Center and the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership, please see: http://www.umaine.edu/center.
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Three Full-Time Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Positions in Discipline-Based Science Education Research. The University of Maine invites applications for three full-time tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in discipline-based education research. The positions will be in the fields of (1) Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics, (2) Biology, Earth Sciences, or Marine Sciences, and (3) Science Education. These positions were created through the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (PSP) Project, under a grant to the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education to target the teaching and learning of science in grades 6-9 as well as the preparation of science teachers at the University of Maine. The candidate must have an earned doctorate (by date of appointment) in the discipline or a closely related field, experience in discipline-based education research, and a demonstrated commitment to teaching. The new faculty member will be expected to (1) engage in research, writing, and other scholarly activities that contribute to discipline-based education research, (2) teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, (3) supervise graduate and undergraduate research, (4) develop an externally-funded research program, (5) participate in leadership for collaborative efforts in STEM-education with colleagues in the home department, the Maine RiSE Center, the University, and other professional communities. The positions are academic year appointments with preferred starting date no later than September 1, 2011. See: http://www.umaine.edu/center/positions/PSPfaculty for full position announcements and application instructions. Review of applications will begin January 3, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Appropriate background checks will be required.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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The Ralph Lab is engaged in basic plant cell wall chemistry aimed at overcoming the recalcitrance to biomass processing posed by the lignin polymer. Experienced postdoctoral synthetic organic chemist needed to design and produce lignin model compounds (phenolics) and to explore their immobilization and reaction chemistry. Each model compound will mimic a major structure in lignin and will be subjected to radical coupling chemistry to understand cross-coupling propensities to determine the most compatible lignin monomer substitutes for eventual plant lignification. The candidate will work in a supportive laboratory group with a lot of experience in such reaction chemistry. Candidates with prior experience in lignin chemistry or preparation of phenolic compounds are especially encouraged to apply. A strong familiarity with analytical methods for structural characterization (NMR, MS) is expected. The successful candidate will have co-authored one or more peer reviewed publications in reputable international journals, and will be familiar with synthetic organic chemistry methods and instrumental structural analysis methods. The chemist will perform syntheses of lignin monomer, dimer, and higher oligomers, link these compounds to immobilized supports, and examine their cross-coupling propensities with biologically compatible phenolics. Research Associate (Postdoctoral), Biochemistry. Sallary: $36-43K, depending on exp. Percent-Time: 100%. Begin/End Dates: 11/1/2010-10/31/2011 (w. possible extn). Contact Name & Address: John Ralph, Dept. Biochemistry, Enzyme Institute, Room 546, 1710 University Ave Madison, WI 53726-4087, Phone: 608-890-2429, Contact E-mail: jralph@wisc.edu.
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