The Weekly Newsletter of the MIT Chemistry Department
Volume 12, Number 14
Friday, April 5, 1996
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Congratulations to Undergraduate Chemistry Majors!!
Several of our junior and senior chemistry majors are recipients of prestigious Institute and Department awards. Raylene Sanchez, '97 will has been awarded the 1996-97 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship which is given each year in recognition of outstanding scholarship and research. Congratulations also to the following seniors who are the recipients of 1996 Undergraduate Chemistry Awards:
***The Alpha Chi Sigma Award***
(In recognition of academic achievement and contributions in
research and/or service to the department)
Jonathan Katz and Annita Zhong
***The Merck Index Award***
(In recognition of outstanding academic achievement)
Danika LeDuc, Michelle Nee, and Juanita Wickham
***The Undergraduate Chemistry Research Award***
Matthias Scholl and Donald Lucas
***The Undergraduate Chemistry Service Award***
***The Undergraduate Chemistry Teaching Award***
Steven Brunelli and Victor van Berkel
***The Hypercube Scholar Award***
- Captain Gerald R. Gendon and Richard L. Lamontagne
- "Acquisition Pollution Prevention in the United States Air Force Weapons System"
- Friday, April 5, 1996
- 1:00-3:00 in Room 10-280
- Seminar in Environmental Chemistry
- Dr. Michael Milburn
- Glaxo, Inc
- "Activation and Function of an Orphan Nuclear Receptor - -Crystal Structure of the PPAR- gamma Ligand Binding Domain"
- Monday, April 8, 1996
- 4:00 p.m. in 68-180
- Macromolecular Structure Function Seminar
- Dr. Thomas Tullius
- Johns Hopkins University
- "A Radical Perspective on DNA"
- Wednesday, April 10, 1996
- 12:00 p.m. in 12-182
- "Tox Talks"
- Professor Urs Wild
- ETH, Zurich
- "Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Microscopy in Condenses Phases"
- Thursday, April 11, 1996
- Harvard/MIT Physical Chemistry Seminar at MIT
- 6-120 @ 5:00 p.m.
- Refreshments @ 4:30 in 6-233
- Professor William H. Armstrong
- Boston College
- "Synthetic Modeling of the Photosystem II Manganese Aggregate"
- Wednesday, April 17, 1996
- 4:00 p.m. in 6-120
- Inorganic Seminar
New Public Television Show Profiles Professor Molina!
Nobel Prize winner Professor Mario Molina will be featured in the upcoming PBS series "Breakthrough: The Changing Faces of Science in America" which profiles contemporary African-American, Latin, and Native American scientists. The series will be seen on Mondays, April 8, 15, and 22 from 9-11:00 p.m. Professor Molina's segment will be on April 8th at 10:00 and is entitled "An Atmosphere of Change".
Dreyfus Foundation Faculty Start-Up Grants Available
The Faculty Start-Up Grants for Undergraduate Institutions Program may be of interest to those postdocs who are due to begin a full-time tenure track appointment at undergraduate institutions. A key feature of these awards is an unrestricted grant of $12,500 that is awarded in September of the year the new faculty member formally begins the first-year appointment. Nomination forms are available from the Dreyfus Foundation office, instructions on the form must be followed exactly, and questions may be directed to the Foundation office. Nominations close May 15th. Direct your questions to The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. 555 Madison Avenue, New York, New York, 10022-3301 or call (212) 753-1760.
- The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, Invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin in January of 1997. The preference is for those in experimental physical polymer science, but exceptional candidates in the areas of polymer science will be considered. The responsibilities are creation of a nationally recognized research program in polymers, direction of graduate student research, and participation in the instructional program and operation of the Department. Sent resume, publications list and confidential research plans to Wayne L. Mattice, Chairman, Search Committee, Department of Polymer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio 44325-3909.
- CE Kaplan Design, Somerville, MA: Adhesive Consultant wanted, advice needed for proper adhesive choice and use, contact Charlotte Kaplan, One Fitchburg Street #C521, Somerville, MA 02143; phone/fax 800-617-5463.
- Biogen, Cambridge, MA: Research Scientist, temporary assignment: Biogen currently seeks a Ph.D. Chemist to fulfill a six month temporary assignment (minimum) within its Medicinal Chemistry Department. Ideally, the candidate will have a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry and be able to work soon, fax cv to Dr. Zhongli Zheng at (617) 679-2616.
- Oral B R&D, Belmont, CA: Analytical Scientist position open in its Research and Development Laboratories in Belmont. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and validation of analytical methods using HPLC, GC, IC, FTIR, UV-VIS and classical analysis as well as developing stability indicating assays for active ingredients in new products and work closely with R&D chemists to support new product launches. A Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry or related discipline and 0 to 3 years industrial experience is required. Contact Dr. Belinda Tsao or Dr. Robert Tricca at Oral B, R&D, 600 Clipper Drive, Belmont, CA 94002 at (415) 598-3637 or (415) 598-5221. Dr. Tsao will be in the Boston area in April.
- St. George's Summer Session, Newport,Rhode Island: Summer Teaching Opportunities, new courses at both the advance and remedial levels and several new enhancement electives, they anticipate the need for additional teachers in the following areas: chemistry, introduction, three sections. Most of the teachers also serve as dormitory supervisors and coaches or activity leaders. They offer a competitive salary with room and board included. Interested teachers should send a complete resume to: Mr. Thomas E. Evans, Jr. Director of the Summer Session at St. George's School, PO Box 1910, Newport, RI 02840-0190, phone (401) 847- 7565, fax (401) 848-0420 or e-mail at email@example.com
- Ligand Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, CA: invites applications for three positions: medicinal chemistry research scientist; medicinal chemistry research associates and natural products isolation research associates. Contact Laura Forest, Human Resources representative at (619) 550-7780 or fax (619) 550-7800. The scientist position requires a Ph.D. while the associate positions necessitate a B.S. or M.S. in chemistry and 1-3 years of laboratory experience
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