Saturday, January 21, 2017

Chemistry Bumper Cars, 2017

In the age of globalization, Reddit, DM, and coffee shops, it's surprising when you don't hear about a faculty move at least two months ahead of it becoming reality.

(Alert! Repurposed text to follow!)

Last year's list has grown ungainly, and so it's time for a new batch. Same rules apply: If you hear of a move, please tell me in the comments, and I'll post in the "Pending Confirmation" section. Escape from pending purgatory involves sending me a link or other documentation from the new institution. Happy speculating!

Moves

Adam Braunschweig (Miami to CUNY)
Nathan Gianneschi (UCSD to Northwestern)
Karen Goldberg (Washington to Penn)
Laura Kiessling (Wisconsin to MIT)
Chenglong Li (OSU to Florida)
John MacMillan (UTSW to UCSC)
Christopher McCurdy (Mississippi to Florida)  thanks, Cunningham!
Pere Miro (UNF to South Dakota) thanks, Chemjobber!
Randall Peterson (Harvard MGH to Utah, admin)
Ronald Raines (Wisconsin to MIT)
Chris Scarborough (Emory to Syngenta)
Kirk Schanze (Florida to UT-San Antonio)
Daniel Seidel (Rutgers to Florida)
James Skinner (Wisconsin to Chicago)
Carlos Silva (Montreal to Georgia Tech)
Greg Verdine (WaVe, WuXi Venture, Eleven, Fog)
Michael Wolfe (Harvard Med to Kansas)
Roy Wollman (UCSD to UCLA)
Bill Wuest (Temple to Emory)
Chengguo Xing (Minnesota to Florida)  one source


Pending Confirmation

Jen Heemstra (Utah to ???) two sources
Ken Knappenberger (Florida State to PSU)
Andreas Lendlein (HZG to Texas A+M)  two sources
Rob Paton (Oxford to Colorado State)  one source
Scott Phillips (PSU to Boise State)
Junrong Zheng (Rice to Peking)



Very unlikely method - too much H2O gets into the deuterium oxide...


New Hires

Samuel Awuah (Kentucky)   thanks, Lippard lab!
Jean-Luc Ayitou (Illinois Institute of Tech)
Jeff Bandar (Colorado State)
Chris Barile (UN-Reno)
Eszter Boros (Stony Brook)
Andrew Buller (Wisconsin)  thanks, Chemjobber!
Carlos Carrero (Auburn)  three sources
Matthew Chambers (LSU)
Xi Chen (CUNY ASRC)
Christopher Dares (FIU two sources
Eric Detsi (UPenn)
Noemie Elgrishi (LSU)
Todd Gingrich (Northwestern)
Christopher Hendon (Oregon)
Kristin Hutchins (Texas Tech)  thanks, Moore group!
Meredith Jackrel (WU St. Louis)
Evan Joslin (U of the South)  one source
Jessica Kramer (Utah Bioengineering)
Jiwoong Lee (Copenhagen)
Semin Lee (LSU)
Ashley Longstreet (Tampa)   two sources
Long Luo (Wayne State)
Tomoyasu Mani (UConn)
Andrew Nieuwkoop (Rutgers)
Michael Norris (Richmond)  one source
Eric Price (Saskatchewan)
Rebecca Quardokus (UConn)
Madalyn Radlauer (San Jose State)  personal communication
Maxwell Robb (Caltech)
Jennifer Rupp (MIT)
Kimberly See (Caltech)
Christo Sevov (Ohio State) thanks, Sanford Lab!
Alexey Silakov (Penn State)
Zachary Smith (MIT)
Mark Tibbitt (ETH)  one source
Pratyush Tiwary (Maryland)
Gael Ung (UConn)
Alexandra Velian (Washington)
Konstantinos Vogiatzis (Tennesseeone source
Xingchen Ye (IUB)
Joseph Zadrozny (Colorado State)

Pending Confirmation

Jennifer Bridwell-Rabb (Michigan)
Marie Heffern (UC Davis)
Rashad Karimov (Auburn)
Jarad Mason (Harvard)
Yiming Wang (Pitt)
Zachary Wickens (Wisconsin)

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For 2016 moves, click here
For 2015-2016 moves, click here

For 2014-2015 moves, click here.
For 2012-2013 moves, click here

153 comments:

  1. Ashley Longstreet (MIT postdoc) to University of Tampa

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    1. If you are willing to take my word for it, I have a "personal communication" that Ashley Longstreet as accepted at Tampa. She will start in the fall and will be working on photoredox catalysis.

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  2. Carlos carrero isn't pending, he's been at Auburn since August of this year:
    http://www.eng.auburn.edu/programs/chen/faculty/#carrero

    http://www.ccarrerogroup.com/news/

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  3. Jean-Luc Ayitou

    https://science.iit.edu/people/faculty/jean-luc-ayitou

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  4. "Very unlikely method - too much H2O gets into the deuterium oxide..."

    Perhaps, but what makes it even more unlikely is that the SS United States is moldering away at a dock near Philly--and when I say moldering, I mean that the decay is visible from an airplane coming in to PHL to land. It's sad.

    Back to the happier news about hiring....

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  5. Daniel Suess new hire at MIT
    http://chemistry.mit.edu/daniel-suess-join-department

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    1. Got him on last year's list, thanks!
      http://justlikecooking.blogspot.com/2016/02/chemistry-bumper-cars-2016-2017.html

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  6. Chris McCurdy Mississippi to Florida Medicinal Chemistry: http://pharmacy.ufl.edu/faculty/christopher-mccurdy/

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  7. Samuel Awuah to University of Kentucky
    http://lippardlab.mit.edu/news

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  8. Chris Hendon from MIT to join University of Oregon

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    1. The coffee master! I wonder if he will make coffee for his colleagues.

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  9. Nathan Gianneschi to Northwestern

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    1. Yup I heard the same thing. Great catch of NW!

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    2. Returning to his alma mater, nice.

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    3. This may be why UCSD has multiple openings this year!

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  10. Chenglong Li, OSU to UFlorida

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  11. New hire: Eszter Boros at Stony Brook University
    http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/chemistry/news/inthespotlight.html
    http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/chemistry/faculty/Boros.Eszter.html

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  12. Jeff Bandar (Lambert PhD, Buchwald PostDoc) new hire at Colorado State University.

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  13. http://www.chem.colostate.edu/dr-jeff-bandar-to-join-faculty-in-august-2017/

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    1. He's got a page up at CSU:

      http://www.chem.colostate.edu/people/jsbandar/

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  14. xingchen ye from alivisatos group to IUB

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  15. heard the rumor that scarborough from emory is quitting academia and going to industry

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    1. I just looked at his publication record, he is probably quitting because he won't get tenure. His publication record is kind of shitty, only 6 papers in the past 6 years. That definitely doesn't cut it for tenure.

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    2. He's already at Syngenta.

      https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-scarborough-17191a52

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    3. Decision was not motivated by tenure but by having more interest in industrial research. No need to start unsubstantiated rumors.

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    4. And calling someone's publication record 'shitty' is pretty low. What if it was six Science/Nature papers?

      Even if that was the case it is besides the point. Don't judge someone when you're not in the position to do so.

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    5. It wasn't six science or nature papers, most weren't even JACS papers. That is why that publication record is shitty because most papers were not in top journals.

      What planet are you from? You have some pretty low standards if you think a publication record like that deserves tenure.

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    6. When did stating a fact start become considered as a low blow?

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    7. Hi everyone - thanks for the discussion. Let's try to keep it professional. I hope Dr. Scarborough is happy in his new role in industry.

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    8. Sorry to keep this active See Arr Oh, but I'd like to defend the honor of CS here. I know that he had made the decision to leave academia approximately a year ago and this may be a cause, rather than a consequence, of his relative lack of publications. You might notice the lack of the "finishing flurry" of papers typical for assistant professors approaching tenure. As to the quality of the work, the Angew. Chemie and JACS papers are really good. The Inorg. Chem. ones are high-quality material as well. One thing to keep in mind is that it's a lot harder to get synthetic inorganic chemistry into JACS than it was ten, fifteen years ago. Unless you're A) a faculty member from a top-ten school or B) an established star who's been publishing in JACS for twenty plus years, Franken-Stang won't give your work a fair review. I concede that even with another two or three IC-or-better publications that the tenure case would be borderline (likely hinging on funding), but I wouldn't characterize CS as a flame-out by any stretch of the imagination.

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  16. Semin Lee from Jeffrey Moore's group, new hire at LSU (http://www.lsu.edu/science/chemistry/people/Faculty/divisions/Organic_Division.php)

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    1. Moore Group tweet: https://twitter.com/MooreGroupUIUC/status/838841927088943104

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  17. Long Luo from Dick Crook's group postdoc/ Henry White group PhD. is a new hire at Wayne State
    http://chem.wayne.edu/luogroup

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  18. Jiwoong Lee (Ben List PhD, Jeff Long PostDoc) new hire at Copenhagen University. http://jiwoonglee1222.wixsite.com/leelab

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  19. Alexey Silakov joins Chemistry Department of Penn State http://chem.psu.edu

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  20. University of South Dakota news: https://twitter.com/ChemProfCramer/status/833463509606400001

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    1. True. Pere Miro is moving from University of North Florida to University of South Dakota.

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    2. Also true for Bess Vlaisavljevich.

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  21. Joe Zadrozny new hire at CSU.
    http://www.chem.colostate.edu/dr-joseph-zadrozny-to-join-faculty-in-august-2017/

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  22. Christo Sevov to Ohio State as per their group Twitter.
    https://twitter.com/Sanford_Lab/status/833725511289417728

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  23. Chris Hendon is confirmed to join Uoregon:
    https://around.uoregon.edu/content/computational-chemist-join-energy-and-materials-cluster?utm_source=ato02-22-17

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  24. Rob Paton from Oxford to Colorado State

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  25. Bandar confirmed: http://www.chem.colostate.edu/dr-jeff-bandar-to-join-faculty-in-august-2017/

    Also to Colorado State Joseph Zadrozny: http://www.chem.colostate.edu/dr-joseph-zadrozny-to-join-faculty-in-august-2017/

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  26. Carlos Silva to Georgia Tech: https://www.chemistry.gatech.edu/people/Silva%20/Carlos

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  27. PRATYUSH TIWARY to U of Maryland 2017 http://www.chem.umd.edu/news/theorist-interdisciplinary-scientist-pratyush-tiwary-joins-faculty

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  28. Bill West to Emory: https://twitter.com/wmwuest/status/836252900997410816

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  29. Does anyone know why Alan Saghatelian's Research Gate page sayy he's affiliated with Cornell Chem? Is he moving from Salk?

    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alan_Saghatelian

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  30. Jennifer Bridwell-Rabb (Drennan lab post-doc) to Michigan chemistry.

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  31. Sarah Reismen @ Caltech tweet regarding Kimberly See and Maxwell Rob (both UIUC post docs) https://twitter.com/sarah_reisman

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    1. can also say through personal communication (I'm at UIUC) that this is true

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    2. Maxwell Robb to Caltech chemistry (Moore Group tweet): https://twitter.com/MooreGroupUIUC/status/838841788664262658

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    3. Thanks! A fine landing spot.

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  32. Todd Gingrich joining Chemistry Department of Northwester University in fall of 2018

    Link: http://www.chemistry.northwestern.edu/about/news/

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  33. Kristin Hutchins (UIUC postdoc with Jeffrey Moore) joining Texas Tech chemistry: https://twitter.com/MooreGroupUIUC/status/838841661472059396

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  34. Ken Knappenberger from FSU to Penn State (via Ray Schaak tweet)

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    1. https://twitter.com/rayschaak/status/837655169798127618
      RaySchaak: We are very excited to welcome Ken Knappenberger, a former student of Will Castleman, to our Penn State Chemistry faculty this fall!

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  35. Alexandra Velian (Cummins PhD) University of Washington Chemistry
    http://depts.washington.edu/chem/people/faculty/velian.html

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    1. Two former Cummins PhD students at Washington now. Great pick!

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    2. UW a good place to study chem.

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  36. Noémie Elgrishi (UNC postdoc with Jillian Dempsey) and Matthew Chambers (Nocera PhD, UNC postdoc with Alex Miller) both joining Louisiana State University
    http://www.lsu.edu/science/chemistry/people/Faculty/faculty.php#

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  37. Meredith Jackrel joins Washington University in St. Louis.

    http://www.chemistry.wustl.edu/people/primary-faculty/meredith-jackrel

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  38. Rashad Karimov (Hartwig post-doc) is going to Auburn.

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    1. Afraid not, we've historically been pretty slow to publicly announce hires online.

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  40. Christopher Barile- University of Nevada- http://www.unr.edu/chemistry

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  41. Marie Heffern (Chang Lab @ UCB) to UC Davis.

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  42. I have also heard this

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  43. Andrew Buller to Wisconsin

    https://www.chem.wisc.edu/content/andrew-buller-join-department-chemistry-assistant-professor

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  44. Through the grapevine: Scott Phillips (Penn State to Boise State)

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    1. why on earth would scott phillips move there?

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    2. Not sure, but I've got a good lead that says he's joining the materials science department, not chemistry (chem doesn't have a PhD program, apparently)

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    3. PSU is also imploding in organic chemistry/materials so it isn't totally crazy. Great catch for BSU!

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    4. You are right about PSU imploding regarding organic chemistry, so yes it's not surprising he is moving. But it is surprising that he is moving to Boise state, I never even heard of that place. Why isn't he moving to a school in the same class as PSU. Why is he completely downgrading universities?

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    5. Something is fishy here. What does imploding mean? I do not buy that argument.
      School is top 20 in the nation. Attracts top students. Publications are steady. I do not see anything imploding

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    6. Rankings are irrelevant and outdated - would you consider Columbia and Cornell top 10 programs currently? Outside of the rockstar bioinorganic faculty (Benkovic included) who else is above average? The lost their young star to MIT last year and Gong Chen has left for China. Not surprising that Phillips would be the next out.

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    7. Tom Mallouk and Ray Schaak are still doing quite well in addition to the bio-inorganic people. Other than them, i agree with your comment. I have no idea what's going on there.

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    8. I just looked up Boise State dept of Chem and dept of Mat Sci. Chem doesn't even have a PhD program, but they hired two guys out of industry/government in the last 3 years (Michael Callahan from NASA and Adam Colson from Dow). Maybe they're ramping up a research program there, although I can't imagine that a school in Idaho can afford to pay big $$$. If Scott Phillips is going to materials science, that department has a 5-year-old PhD program and has been hiring like crazy based on the number of assistant profs on the roster. It looks like Boise State just got R3 Carnegie status last year! What's going on in Boise that people are leaving NASA, Dow, Penn State, NIST, etc to go there?!?!

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    9. Boise State got a big endowment from Micron to strengthen their engineering school.

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    10. http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/education/boise-state-university/article41603763.html

      $25MM donation for materials science department. I went to BSU for a seminar a few years sago. It is definitely in a rising trajectory.

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    11. Well, there you go. It's always nice to be the biggest fish in the little pond. He'll be provost within 5 years.

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    12. Thanks, Anon! Let's not overlook the blue football field. Could have been a factor.

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  45. John MacMillan: UT-Southwestern to UC-Santa Cruz

    http://www.chemistry.ucsc.edu/faculty/singleton.php

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  46. Zachary Wickens to UW Madison

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    1. Any evidence, aside from a seminar?

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    2. https://www.chem.wisc.edu/users/zwickens

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    3. https://www.chem.wisc.edu/users/zwickens

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  47. Jarad Mason (Jeff Long/Chad Mirkin) to Harvard

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    1. Great news! Will bring fresh air to Harvard's somewhat conservative/traditional chemical research directions :)

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    2. I guess he realized that he wouldn't fit in at Princeton since he wasn't doing photoredox

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    3. As soon as I ready the name "Jarad Mason", I started singing the Ozzy Osbourne song "Perry Mason" in my head. "Who can we get on the case, we need Jaaaaarad Maaaaason, oh yeah!" Best of luck

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  48. What's up with all this automotive spam?

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    1. It's what happens when the blog admin is away too long...

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  49. Carrow moving back to faculty position in Japan? Gossip news in Prof. Nozaki lab. Not enough photoredox for Princeton?

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    1. Any link to hard evidence? A seminar proceeding, a paper, an email?

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    2. This is pure fiction. The photoredox quip signifies nescience of my research area to boot.

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    3. If anything, it is far more likely that one of the photoredox researchers moves west (hint: Bay Area) for personal and professional reasons. I will wait official word before saying anything further...

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    4. @ anon 4:56 PM: if berkeley wants to take on all that baggage have fun, always better to leave someone else holding the bag

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    5. MacMillan obviously is not going to cal. Princeton has an endless supply of special sauce for him especially with Knowles tenured now.

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    6. @6:45 AM. Nobody specified MacMillan or Berkeley.

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  50. Yiming Wang (Toste, Buchwald) to Pitt

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  51. Point of Order: Knappenberger should be under moves rather than new hires. He's been at Florida State for some time, going to Penn State from there.

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  52. Alexander Sokolov to Ohio State https://chemistry.osu.edu/people/sokolov.0

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  53. Andrew Roberts to Utah

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  54. Bess Vlaisavljevich is a new hire at the University of South Dakota.

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  55. Kiril Kovnir from UC Davis to ISU

    http://chemgroups.ucdavis.edu/~kovnir/index.html

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  56. Any word on where Heemstra is considering? Would be a great get wherever she ends up!

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    1. Heemstra is leaving Utah?

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    2. heard about her tenure situation and surprised she is still there...

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    3. I'm not familiar with her current situation, but she's originally from California - maybe going back home. Lots of places in the UC system where someone of her caliber might end up.

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  57. In addition to Kiril Kovnir, Julia Zaikina is hired as an inorganic assistant prof at ISU. Also, Davit Potoyan is a new theory hire at Iowa State.

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    1. Oh wow midwest schools (ISU, OSU, UWisc) are hiring like crazy these days! If the trend continues East/West coast is might get trumped very soon ;)

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  58. James Shepherd joins U of Iowa, 2017
    https://chem.uiowa.edu/people/james-shepherd

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  59. Justin M. Lopchuk (Baran) to Moffitt

    http://lopchuklab.com

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  60. Justin Caram (currently a postdoc in the Bawendi Group at MIT) joins UCLA as an assistant professor.

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