Saturday, January 21, 2017

Chemistry Bumper Cars, 2017-2018

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!

Update, May 2017: Are you a newly-minted prof? The stalwart reporting cadre of C&EN want to make you aware of a (private, exclusive) Facebook group to share stories and support your new role. Want in? Go here.

Moves

Huiwang Ai (UC Riverside to UVA)
Adam Braunschweig (Miami to CUNY)
Brian Blagg (Kansas to Notre Dame)  five sources
Gong Chen (PSU to Nankai, 2016)
Qiang Cui (Wisconsin to Boston U)  thanks, SJE!
Mark Davis (Caltech to USC)  thanks, Maxxie!
Michael Fischbach (UCSF to Stanford ChEM-H)  thanks, Carolyn!
Nathan Gianneschi (UCSD to Northwestern)
Karen Goldberg (Washington to Penn)
Jim Heath (Caltech to ISB, admin)
Ryan Hili (UGA to York)
Yannis Kevrekidis (Princeton to Johns Hopkins)
Laura Kiessling (Wisconsin to MIT)
Ken Knappenberger (Florida State to PSU)
Kirill Kovnir (Iowa State)
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)
Stavroula Sofou (Rutgers to Johns Hopkins)
Christine Thomas (Brandeis to Ohio State)
Greg Verdine (WaVe, WuXi Venture, Eleven, Fog)
Casey Wade (Brandeis to Ohio State)
Daniel Weix (Rochester to Wisconsin)
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

Aaron Esser-Kahn (UCI to Chicago) two sources
Jen Heemstra (Utah to Emory?) three sources
Rong Huang (VCU to Purdue?)  one source
Andreas Lendlein (HZG to Texas A+M?)  two sources
Rob Paton (Oxford to Colorado State?)  one source
Scott Phillips (PSU to Boise State?) one source
Jennifer Prescher (UCI to Minnesota)  one source
J. Fraser Stoddart (NW to Texas A&M?) conflicting sources...
David Walt (Tufts to HMS?)  one source
Junrong Zheng (Rice to Peking?)  one source



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)
Carson Bruns (CU Boulder) thanks, Carson ?!?!
Andrew Buller (Wisconsin)  thanks, Chemjobber!
Justin Caram (UCLA)
Carlos Carrero (Auburn)  three sources
Matthew Chambers (LSU)
Craig Chapman (UNH)
Xi Chen (CUNY ASRC)
Saurabh Chitnis (Dalhousie, 2018)
Christopher Dares (FIU two sources
Laura Dassama (Stanford Chem-H)
Eric Detsi (UPenn)
Todd Doran (UMN)
Letian Dou (Purdue)
Elizabeth Elacqua (PSU)
Noemie Elgrishi (LSU)
Shirin Faraji (Gronigen)
Jeremy Feldblyum (SUNY Albany)
Thomas Gianetti (Arizona)
Todd Gingrich (Northwestern)
Samer Gozem (Georgia State)
Marie Heffern (UC Davis)
Christopher Hendon (Oregon)
Kristin Hutchins (Texas Tech)  thanks, Moore group!
Enver Izgu (Rutgers)
Meredith Jackrel (WU St. Louis)
Carlos Jimenez-Hoyos (Wesleyan)
Tim Johnstone (UCSC)
Matt Jones (Rice)
Evan Joslin (U of the South)  one source
Masha Kamenetska (Boston U)
Jessica Kramer (Utah Bioengineering)
Jiwoong Lee (Copenhagen)
Semin Lee (LSU)
Mark Lipke (Rutgers)
Ashley Longstreet (Tampa)   two sources
Justin Lopchuk (Moffitt)
Long Luo (Wayne State)
Tomoyasu Mani (UConn)
Megan Matthews (Penn)
Jamie Neely (Saint Louis U)  thanks, Paul!
Andrew Nieuwkoop (Rutgers)
Michael Norris (Richmond)  one source
Davit Potoyan (Iowa State)
Eric Price (Saskatchewan)
Rebecca Quardokus (UConn)
Madalyn Radlauer (San Jose State)  personal communication
Maxwell Robb (Caltech)
Andrew Roberts (Utah)
Jennifer Rupp (MIT)
Aaron Rury (Wayne State) from school Facebook page (?!?)
Brett Savoie (Purdue ChemE)
Kimberly See (Caltech)
Christo Sevov (Ohio State) thanks, Sanford Lab!
Benjamin Sherman (TCU)  two sources
James Shepherd (Iowa)
Alexey Silakov (Penn State)
Zachary Smith (MIT)
Alexander Sokolov (Ohio State)
Jamie Spangler (Johns Hopkins)
Mark Tibbitt (ETH)  one source
Pratyush Tiwary (Maryland)
Emily Tsui (Notre Dame)
Gael Ung (UConn)
Alexandra Velian (Washington)
Konstantinos Vogiatzis (Tennesseeone source
Yiming Wang (Pitt)  in department phone list
Zachary Wickens (Wisconsin)
Jingjie Wu (Cincinnatti)
Han Xiao (Rice)
Xingchen Ye (IUB)
Joseph Zadrozny (Colorado State)
Julia Zaikina (Iowa State)
Melissa Zastrow (Houston)
Jianyuan (Jason) Zhang (Rutgers)

Pending Confirmation

Jennifer Bridwell-Rabb (Michigan)
Scott Hansen (Oregon)
Dugan Hayes (URI)
Scott Horowitz (UC-Denver)
Rashad Karimov (Auburn)
Stephen Lopez (Northeastern)
Lara Malins (ANU)
Jarad Mason (Harvard)
Jeff Mighion (Kent State)
Jia Niu (Boston College)
Sudeshna Roy (Ole Miss)
Bess Vlaisavljevich (South Dakota)
Ran Zhao (Alberta)

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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

358 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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    2. Profile on PSU website
      http://chem.psu.edu/directory/klk260

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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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  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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    4. I think of "Taddy Mason" and start looking for my phone

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    5. Can confirm. Met with Mason at Harvard's grad school visit day last week.

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    6. https://chemistry.harvard.edu/news/warm-welcome-dr-jarad-mason

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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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    7. MacMillan to Berkeley rumor is real. He has an offer and has made intimations to his group that "if a move were to occur, it would occur in X time frame." It's an offer/counter-offer game now. He might stay, but the possibility of a move is more than just talk.

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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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    4. quote: "heard about her tenure situation and surprised she is still there..."

      What's that supposed to mean? Clearly she got tenure and deservingly so: solid publications and she's been very successful at getting grants (NSF, NIH, DARPA)!!

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    5. She was originally denied tenure, appealed, and then received tenure - and rightfully so. Clearly the department has some issues if she was even considered borderline! She will thrive elsewhere with a supportive bioorganic division.

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    6. heard from friends in Utah chem that she stopped interactions with faculties in her department. Seems like her moving is just a matter of time.

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    7. But since they approved tenure there must surely be some friends in there, no? Btw I never heard of a situation when someone appeals the tenure decision! Potentially useful info for me as I start my tenure-track track job this fall :-)

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    8. Heard that department said no and university reversed that in the end. Awkward situation...

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    9. I heard that you can appeal tenure decisions if new/important information comes up, like you just published a nature paper or received a big grant or something of that sort.

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    10. I have a decent source and last they heard Heemstra is being courted by a few places but hasn't decided yet. They said department vote was a mix...seems kind of messed up.

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    11. I believe she received her NIH grant after the department voted NO on her case. It is hard to get tenured in the department where all of Assistant Organic Professors got NIH grants before they submitted their tenure package. I was a little worried about her case.

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    12. From her website it looks like there was Army, NSF, DARPA, and Cottrell $$$ before tenure. Is that not enough these days?

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    13. It should be good enough at most places these days! However, it may not be enough at Utah when comparing her tenure package(grants, publication record, and outside letters) with other Organic Faculty members who recently got tenured there. Her research is in the area of bioorganic chemistry. Thus, it is expected that she should get NIH grants in order to maintain a productive program after she receives tenure. Without NIH grants, it will get nowhere since it is expensive to do biological research. Army, NSF CAREER and Cottrell are more not enough because these combined grants are less than an R01 NIH grant in the dollar amount. It is a tough case! I do feel bad for Jen. However, I am sure she has already got offers from other places!

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    14. Point taken. Although to be fair, there are currently 10 organic faculty listed on their website (aside from Jen) and only 5 currently have NIH funding. I would also argue that these days Army funding is actually superior to that of the NIH (and will probably increase over the next 4 years).

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    15. @10:21am - "outside letters" - have you seen these? Aren't they confidential? You're also forgetting DARPA in your math. I've heard that can be >$ than R01. Looking at the number of people in Jen's group, she must have some good grants.

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    16. Her tenure case is done and she is moving to Emory now. Really no point for all the discussion.

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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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  61. Jia Niu to Boston College (announcement on their website)

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  62. Jeremy Feldblyum to SUNY Albany

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  63. Dugan Hayes (Argonne National Lab) to the University of Rhode Island

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  64. Phil Baran to Harvard

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    1. Nice April fool's joke

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    2. You got me! April Fool's!

      I'm wondering, why is the possibility of Baran moving such an obvious joke? I'm not an organic chemist, so i'm just wondering.

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    3. Picture Lebron James in Cleveland, but with D-Wade, Chris Paul and Melo as teammates. Why would he want to go to the Bulls?

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    4. Show me the moneyApril 02, 2017 8:19 PM

      dunno, maybe to go from 100% overhead to mid 60's? That's a good number of extra grad students/postdocs

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  65. Carlos Jiménez-Hoyos to Wesleyan University

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  66. Jeff Mighion (Princeton/Sorensen, Emory/Davies) to join the faculty at Kent State.

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  67. anyone knows if Letian Dou from UCB has any offer yet? I know he was on market last year and didn't end up anywhere. I don't know too much about his research field but his publication record looks almost scary lol, over 8k citations

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    1. I am not commenting on his science. However, if you check his personal website, you will see some serious English issues. Not sure if this is also happening in his research statement...

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    2. it doesn't seem to stop him from getting interviews...

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    3. Good science with bad english is still a good science and while bad science can't be saved with fluency.

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    4. The market is tight enough that you should need both skills.

      We need fewer mediocre science professors, *and* fewer inarticulate, illiterate professors . I've seen enough of both.

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    5. However, fluency can ambush proposals, publications, and funding thereby getting in the way of good science. Also, many people forget that teaching is a major part of this job - fluency and the ability to communicate is paramount.

      I should be clear, this statement is generally speaking, I am not familiar with the candidate mentioned above. I have served on a number of search committees and review panels to affirm the comments above.

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    6. A modest command of the English language does not imply illiteracy, nor does a poor understanding of using articles imply an inability to speak. As a native English speaker, I've still managed to find plenty to learn from non-native speakers; certainly there's a point where it becomes difficult to understand someone, but are you really saying you find it difficult to comprehend Dr. Dou's website? That reflects more on you than it does on Dr. Dou.

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    7. I am a non-native speaker and my colleagues still correct some grammar errors in my manuscript or proposal for me. I do not think there is any communication problem but this indeed affects my teaching. I am working hard to reduce the burden of my native speaker students.

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  68. A close colleague from Emory said that Jen Heemstra is going there from Utah.

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  69. Not sure if anyone has caught this one, looks to be 2 yrs old now. Gong Chen went to Nankai from Penn State. Like what was mentioned earlier - PSU has nothing going for it in Organic, pretty crazy!

    http://chem.nankai.edu.cn/en/dt.aspx?n=A001514758

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    1. How about not getting tenure?... jussayin. What is with all these bashings of PSU. It may not be doing too well in one area but overall PSU has proved to be consistency good always somewhere in top 20-ish lists. It hands down beats John Hopkins, Rice, Emory, Brown etc which are all pretty respectable places on their own.

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    2. Nope, he got tenure. Had solid funding and some great papers.

      Top 20-ish, riiight. Again, aside from its bioinorganic group - which are top notch - there is nobody home. The only reason they still have a top 30 rating is the sheer # of faculty and the # of students they graduate (both inflate rankings). FWIW I would much prefer a slim department of high productivity than the opposite both at the graduate student level and also for faculty lifestyle. Trajectory wise I would much prefer Irvine, Emory, NYU, and UNC to PSU and all the others you listed above these days.

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    3. Dude, you don't know anything about PSU. Yes they have a strong program in bioinogranic, no one will doubt that. They are also very strong in inorganic and materials chemistry. PSU has Tom Mallouk (JACS editor), Ray Schaak (ACS Nano Editor), Paul Cremer (JACS Editor). They are more then just a bioionorganic place, they are definitely a top 20 program overall. Perhaps you should perform some more research on a program before you bash it.

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  70. Jingjie Wu, Postdoc of Pulickel Ajayan at Rice, is a new hire of the Chemical Engineering department at U of Cincinnati. He is currently recruiting graduate students.

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  71. Steven A. Lopez (Aspuru Guzik Group) to Northeastern Chemistry http://www.northeastern.edu/cos/chemistry/

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  72. Aaron Rury to Wayne State Chemistry (from Jahan Dawlaty's group at USC)

    https://www.facebook.com/wsuchemistry/photos/a.342036502644027.1073741830.334766813370996/729869147194092/?type=3&theater

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  73. Ran Zhao (CalTech) to Alberta.

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  74. Andrew Roberts joins Utah

    https://chem.utah.edu/directory/roberts/index.php

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  75. Daniel Weix to Wisconsin from Rochester

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  76. Craig Chapman (Northwestern/Schatz, Washington/Li) to join University of New Hampshire, 2017. http://depts.washington.edu/ligroup/craig-chapman-joins-faculty-at-university-of-new-hampshire/

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  77. Andrew Roberts is a new hire at Utah: https://chem.utah.edu/directory/roberts/index.php

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