UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 9/30/2013

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVII - No. 28 September 30th, 2013

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Bassam Shakhashiri performs before an audience filled with children and their parents during his annual "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery In the Lab of Shakhashiri" program.
Photo: Bryce Richter

UW-MADISON CHEMIST NAMED FRIEND OF EDUCATION'
Bassam Shakhashiri, known far and wide for his annual holiday season exhibitions of chemistry, has been named a "Friend of Education" by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
State Superintendent Tony Evers included Shakhashiri, a UW-Madison chemistry professor, among five 2013 Friends of Education award recipients Thursday in his State of Education address. The five awardees have made significant contributions to the education of students in their communities or across the state.
"When citizens commit their time and energy to improving public education, children and their communities benefit tremendously," Evers said. "Each day through their work and volunteer service, these individuals demonstrate what it means to be a Friend of Education."
Shakhashiri, past president of the American Chemical Society, holds the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea, is director of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, and was founding director of the Institute for Chemical Education.
But he is best known to UW-Madison undergraduates as a popular instructor and for his annual televised and sold-out show, "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri."
"His science advocacy seeks to impart the joy of discovery, which he believes will lure future generations to careers as researchers, entrepreneurs, and teachers," according to the DPI's announcement.
The other Friends of Education are retired Schreiber Foods executive Nancy Armbrust, Centro Hispano Executive Director Tony Baez, Appleton school administrator Ron Dunlap, and radio station owner Ron Fruit.
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2013 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Oct. 8th, 2013 Nov. 12, 2013 Dec. 10, 2013 Feb. 11, 2014
Mar. 11, 2014 Apr. 15, 2014 May 13, 2014  

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

Oct. 1, 2013 Oct. 1, 2013 Nov. 5, 2013 Nov. 19, 2013 Dec. 3, 2013
Dec. 17, 2013 Jan. 21, 2014 Feb. 4, 2014 Feb. 18, 2014 Mar. 4, 2014
Mar. 25, 2014 Apr. 22, 2014 May 6, 2014 May 20, 2014  

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. David Osborn, Sandia National Laboratory "Following Isomer-resolved Chemical Pathways in Atmospheric and Combustion Chemistry"
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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 2:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Julien Papillon, Novartis "Novartis Chemical Biology Symposium "Discovery of Orally Available Aldosterone Synthase (CYP11B2) Inhibitors""
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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 - Chemical Biology Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Michael Marletta, Scripps Research Institute "Novartis Chemical Biology Symposium - "Nitric Oxide Signaling: From Bugs to Humans""
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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Lisa Marcaurelle, H3 Biomedicine "Organic McElvain - Diversity-oriented synthesis for chemical biology and drug discovery"
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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 - Materials Science Program Seminar. 4:00 pm, Room 265 in the Materials Science and Engineering Building. Professor Ken Carter, Dept. of Polymer Science and Engineering, Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst, Conte Center for Polymer Research. "Semiconducting Polymer Networks and Thin Film Devices"
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Friday, October 4th, 2013 - Department Colloquium, 1:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Vincente Talanquer, University of Arizona "What Do Our Students Learn? ChemEd Seminar Series"
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Friday, October 4th, 2013 - Department Seminar, 3:30 pm, 2006 Pharmacy. Professor Eric Ferriera, Colorado State University "Pharmacy Seminar"
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Monday, October 7th, 2013 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 2:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Jack Simons, The University of Utah "The Wonderful World of Molecular Anions"
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Monday, October 7th, 2013 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Stan Wong, State University of New York, Stony Brook "Talk Title TBA"
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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Jack Simons, The University of Utah "How low-energy electrons can damage DNA or repair damage within DNA"
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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341. "Department Meeting"
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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor James Petersson, University of Pennsylvania "Organic Seminar"
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Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 2:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Jack Simons, The University of Utah "How electrons attach to peptides in ETD/ECD mass spectrometry experiments to generate very specific bond cleavages and fragment ions"
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Thursday, October 10th, 2013 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Richard M. Crooks, University of Texas at Austin "Dendrimer-Encapsulated Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Characterization, and Electrocatalysis"
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Friday, October 11th, 2013 - Department Colloquium, 1:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Peter Mahaffy, King's University College, Canada "Getting From Here to There: Toward More Engaged and Active Learning of Chemistry"
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Monday, October 14th, 2013 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Russell J. Holmes, University of Minnesota "Talk Title TBA"
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Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Sholl, Georgia Institute of Technology "Accelerating Technologies for CO2 Capture Using Computational Screening of Nanoporous Crystals"
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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Chae Yi, Marquette University "Seminar"
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Thursday, October 17th, 2013 to Saturday, October 19th, 2013 - Department Outreach, 4:00 pm, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry, "CHOPs Preview Weekend"
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Thursday, October 17th, 2013 to Saturday, October 19th, 2013 - Department Outreach, 4:00 pm, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry, "PGSEC Preview Weekend"
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Monday, October 21st, 2013 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Seminar. Prof. Christy Haynes, University of Minnesota "Nanoparticle Toxicity and Therapeutics"
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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carol Deutsch, University of Pennsylvania "Ribosome-Peptide Pas de Deux: Tunnel Vision"
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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Steve Martin, University of Texas at Austin "Synthesis and Biology of Heterocyclic Natural Products"
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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Wes Brogden, UW-Madison "TBD"
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Thursday, October 24th, 2013 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Gloria Sheynkman, UW-Madison (Smith Group) "Enabling the detection of protein variations through integration of mass spectrometry and RNA-Seq"
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Monday, October 28th, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Bldg.. Professor Michael Shirts, University of Virginia "Putting the statistics back in statistical mechanics"
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Monday, October 28th, 2013 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Phil Hustad, Dow Chemical Company "Materials McElvain Seminar - Talk Title TBA"
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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Steven S. Brown, NOAA "The Changing Face of U.S. Air Quality: Summer vs. Winter, Urban Smog vs. the Natural Gas Boom, and Why Chemical Mechanisms Matter"
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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Connie Lu, University of Minnesota "Chemistry of Metal-Metal Bonds"
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Thursday, October 31st, 2013 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. William Murphy, UW-Madison Cell & Regen Med Center "Talk Title TBA"
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ashok Deniz, Scripps Research Institute "Single-molecule biophysics of protein disorder"
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Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Gregory Robinson, University of Georgia "Seminar"
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 - Organic, Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Professor E. W. Bert Meijer, Eindenhoven Univ of Technology the Netherlands "Ferry Lectureship "From Macromolecules to Supramolecular Polymers""
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 - Analytical, Department Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Francesca Casadio, The Art Institute of Chicago "Analytical McElvain Seminar"
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Friday, November 8th, 2013 - Department, Organic, Physical Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor E. W. Bert Meijer, Eindenhoven Univ of Technology the Netherlands "Ferry Lectureship Colloquium "Mastering complexity: non-covalent synthesis of functional supramolecular systems""
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Monday, November 11th, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Bldg.. Professor G. Andres Cisneros, Wayne State University "Insights on AlkB family and DNA polymerase enzymes from computational simulations"
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341. "Department Meeting"
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Anna Mapp, University of Michigan "Organic Seminar"
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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Bob Bedard, Honeywell UOP "TBD"
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Thursday, November 14th, 2013 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Brian Frey, UW-Madison Chemistry, Smith Group "New Mass Spectrometry Technologies for Proteomics and Applications in Tissue Engineering"
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Friday, November 15th, 2013 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Denise Cudworth, Dow Agrosciences "GSFLC Alternative Career Colloqiuium"
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Monday, November 18th, 2013 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Padma Gopalan, UW Madison Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering/Chemistry "Talk Title TBA"
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Saturday, November 30th, 2013 - General Outreach, 1:00 pm, Room 1351 Chemistry Building. Prof. Bassam Shakhashiri and Rodney Schreiner, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri "
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Sunday, December 1st, 2013 - General Outreach, 1:00 pm, Room 1351 Chemistry Building. Prof. Bassam Shakhashiri and Rodney Schreiner, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri "
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Sunday, December 1st, 2013 - General Outreach, 4:00 pm, Room 1351 Chemistry Building. Prof. Bassam Shakhashiri and Rodney Schreiner, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri"
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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, "Department Meeting"
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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Arthur Winter, Iowa State University "Organic Seminar"
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ACS ON CAMPUS
ACS on Campus (http://acsoncampus.acs.org/events/university-of-wisconsin-madison-10-29-...) is an outreach program dedicated to helping students, post-docs, and faculty advance their careers. The program brings leaders in chemistry, publishing, research, science communication, and career development to university campuses to present seminars and workshops.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host ACS on Campus on Tuesday, October 29 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm and on Wednesday, October 30 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.  Students and faculty are invited to learn about topics such as the basics and ethics of scholarly publishing, SciFinder  and exploring a career in industry or government.  A complimentary lunch will also be provided for all registered attendees. This event is not just for chemists. Sessions are appropriate for researchers in all fields of science. Register now for the event on the ACS on Campus website. http://acsoncampus.acs.org/event/?ee=83.
Please visit the website for location and speaker information as well as additional details.  The event is free, but registration is required in order to attend.  Questions can be sent to: acsoncampus@acs.org.
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Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity
This program supports postdoctoral research appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has as its goal the advancement of scholars from underrepresented groups in higher education.  The program seeks to provide opportunities for scholarly development for the next generation of faculty at UNC and other research universities. http://research.unc.edu/carolina-postdocs/index.htm.
The application window for this program is open, with a deadline of November 15, via the link embedded above (I have also included a link to the Chemistry Department's home page, http://www.chem.unc.edu/)
If you or they have any questions, please feel free to contact: Jeff Johnson, Vice Chair for Diversity, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, jsj@unc.edu.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Thermal and electrochemical stability of organosilicon electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries.
Chen, X; Usrey, M; Pena-Hueso, A; West, R*; Hamers, RJ*.
JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, 241 311-319; 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2013.04.079 NOV 1 2013.
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Structure-Guided Rational Design of /-Peptide Foldamers with High Affinity for BCL-2 Family Prosurvival Proteins.
Smith, BJ; Lee, EF; Checco, JW; Evangelista, M; Gellman, SH*; Fairlie, WD.
CHEMBIOCHEM, 14 (13):1564-1572; 10.1002/cbic.201300351 SEP 2 2013.
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Toxicity of Oxidatively Degraded Quantum Dots to Developing Zebrafish (Danio rerio).
Wiecinski, PN; Metz, KM; Heiden, TCK; Louis, KM; Mangham, AN; Hamers, RJ*; Heideman, W; Peterson, RE; Pedersen, JA.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 47 (16):9132-9139; 10.1021/es304987r AUG 20 2013.
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Positional and compositional disorder in a ruthenium(II) piano-stool complex.
Guzei, IA*; Dolinar, BS; Khumalo, N; Darkwa, J.
Acta Crystallographica Section C-crystal Structure Communications, 69 847-850; 10.1107/S0108270113017605 8 AUG 2013.
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Enhanced Hydrogen Evolution Catalysis from Chemically Exfoliated Metallic MoS2 Nanosheets.
Lukowski, MA; Daniel, AS; Meng, F; Forticaux, A; Li, LS; Jin, S*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135 (28):10274-10277; 10.1021/ja404523s JUL 17 2013.
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Stabilization of Different Types of Transition States in a Single Enzyme Active Site: QM/MM Analysis of Enzymes in the Alkaline Phosphatase Superfamily.
Hou, GH; Cui, Q*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135 (28):10457-10469; 10.1021/ja403293d JUL 17 2013.
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Aryl Nitrene Rearrangements: Spectroscopic Observation of a Benzazirine and Its Ring Expansion to a Ketenimine by Heavy-Atom Tunneling.
Inui, H; Sawada, K; Oishi, S; Ushida, K; McMahon, RJ*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135 (28):10246-10249; 10.1021/ja404172s JUL 17 2013.
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Patterning and Impregnation of Superhydrophobic Surfaces Using Aqueous Solutions.
Manna, U; Lynn, DM*.
ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 5 (16):7731-7736; 10.1021/am4026467 AUG 28 2013.
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Microscopic Origins of Enhanced Gas Adsorption and Selectivity in Mixed-Linker Metal-Organic Frameworks.
McDaniel, JG; Yu, K; Schmidt, JR*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 117 (33):17131-17142; 10.1021/jp405857p AUG 22 2013.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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University of Idaho. Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Chemistry - Physical or Analytical. Open for Recruitment: September 2013 - until further notice. Position Available: January 2014. Salary Range: Commensurate with experience. Full Time. Location: Moscow, ID.
Materials Required:
     •    Online Application:
          https://www.sites.uidaho.edu/AppTrack/Agency/Applicant/CurrentOpenings.a...
     •    Letter of Application
     •    Curriculum Vitae
     •    Statements of Research Interests, Teaching Philosophy, and Experience
     •    3 Confidential Letters of Recommendation
Application Procedure: To be considered, applicants should:
     •    Complete online application
     •    Submit the following via the online application system (prefer .pdf or .doc format):
          •    Letter of Application
          •    Curriculum Vitae
          •    Statements of Research Interests, Teaching Philosophy, and Experience
     •    3 letters of recommendation directly from each referee either via email to chemoff@uidaho.edu or
          fax (208) 885-6173.
Responsibilities and Duties:
     •    Instruction: The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate level chemistry
          courses. He/she should be able to communicate effectively, both in written and oral English, with
          students of diverse educational backgrounds.
     •    Research: The successful candidate will perform experimental research in either Physical or
          Analytical Chemistry. It is expected that he/she will involve undergraduate and graduate students in
          their research, thus expanding the research opportunities in the department. The faculty member will be expected to secure competitive funding.
     •    General: The appointee is expected to contribute to the research, teaching, and service mission of
          the institution by serving on committees, advising students, participating in seminars and interacting
          with faculty and students.
Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Physical or Analytical Chemistry     
Desired Qualifications:
     •    Post-doctoral experience
     •    Experience in college-level teaching
     •    Evidence of potential for excellence in research
     •    Evidence of potential to secure external funding
     •    Interest in interacting with complementary programs
     •    Ability to establish relationships with National Labs, especially INL and PNNL
Closing Date: Review of applications will begin in October 2013 and will continue until position is filled.  The successful candidate must be able to show proof of eligibility to be employed in the United States. Please direct questions to: Dr. Frank Cheng, ifcheng@uidaho.edu .  We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
The Department of Chemistry has 15 faculty and offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The 4 subdisciplines - analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical - are represented in the department. http://www.uidaho.edu/sci/chemistry.
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The Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor faculty position in experimental physical chemistry, Areas of interest include but are not limited to singlemolecule spectroscopy, ultrafast optical physics, and tip-enhanced spectroscopy. Candidates are expected to establish a vigorous independent research program as well as to engage in interdisciplinary/collaborative research. Teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in physical chemistry is expected. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Applicants should submit a SINGLE PDF containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research plan, teaching statement, and 1-2 representative publications (opt.) to: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/32477. Applicants should also arrange to have four PDF letters of recommendation uploaded at: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/32477. Review of applications will begin Oct. 21, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to: Chair, Physical Chemistry Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-3290, e-mail: chemsearch@unc.edu.
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New York University. Department of Chemistry. Faculty Position: Physical or Inorganic Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at New York University NYU, located in Greenwich Village in the heart of Manhattan, invites applications for a faculty appointment at the rank of assistant professor in physical or inorganic chemistry. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2014, pending budgetary and administrative approval. The Department of Chemistry at NYU is implementing a significant growth plan, that has led to the recent creation of the Molecular Design Institute and the Biomedical Chemistry Institute, and the hire of five senior and five junior faculty members. Duties will include undergraduate and graduate teaching. Applicants should have an outstanding record of research and a commitment to teaching. Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and statements of future research and teaching plans. These materials, as well as three reference letters, must be submitted to our web-based application system using the following link: www.nyuopsearch.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=51690. Posting Number: 00517. Application review will begin October 15, 2013. Any questions about this position can be directed to: chemistry.search@nyu.edu. NYU encourages applications from women and members of minority groups. NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Prospective candidates are invited to visit our department webpage to view the search ad (Posting Number 00517) for instructions on how to apply: http://chemistry.fas.nyu.edu/object/chem.nyufacultypositions.
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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Wyoming invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in inorganic chemistry. A Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field is required; postdoctoral experience is desirable. Applicants with research interests in energy related fields are especially encouraged to apply. Excellence in research, teaching, and advising at both the graduate and undergraduate levels will be expected of a successful candidate. Teaching loads are commensurate with the expectation of a strong, externally funded research program. For additional information, see our web site at http://www.uwyo.edu/chemistry/ or e-mail to chemistry@uwyo.edu. Applicants should send a CV, research proposals with estimate of start-up costs, a brief statement of teaching interests and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Inorganic Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Dept. 3838, 1000 E. University Ave., University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071. Review of applications will begin October 28th and continue until suitable candidates are identified.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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