Chemistry Newsletter - 01/03/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 1 January 3rd, 2005

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Some Sad News

Emeritus Professor Paul Bender died in his sleep on Wednesday, December 29th, 2004. Professor Bender had been in poor health. He was born in 1917 and retired from the Physical Chemistry Division in 1979. He and his wife, Margaret, fund the Margaret McLean Bender Scholarship Fund which provides a scholarship for an outstanding woman majoring in Chemistry. Many women have benefited from Dr. and Mrs. Bender's generosity since the fund was established in 1995. We send our condolences to Mrs. Bender. A memorial service is planned for sometime in March.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

2/8/05

3/8/05

4/12/05

5/10/05

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

1/25/05

2/15/05

3/1/05

3/15/05

4/5/05

4/19/05

5/3/05

5/17/05

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SEMINARS

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Thursday, January 13th, 2005 - Special Functional Organic Materials Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Faculty Candidate Amar Flood, UCLA. “Molecular Machines: from Electronics to Mechanical Systems”

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Thursday, January 20th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephanie Dekeyser, Li Group.

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tobin Sosnick, University of Chicago.

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Brian Stoltz, California Institute of Technology. “Complex Natural Products as a Driving Force for Discovery on Organic Chemistry”

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Thursday, January 27th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Grimm, Lee Group.

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Thursday, January 27th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Neil Kelleher, University of Illinois. “Reading the Post-Translational Codes of Biology Using Tandem Mass Spectrometry of High Mass Ions”

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/spring2005.html.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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Recent Publications

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Dhiman A. Muller T. West R. Beeker JY.

Electrochemistry and computations of stable silylenes and germylenes.

Organometallics. 23(24):5689-5693, 2004 Nov 22.

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Peelen TJ. Chi YG. English EP. Gellman SH.

Synthesis of 4,4-disubstituted 2-aminocyclopentanecarboxylic acid derivatives and their incorporation into 12-helical beta-peptides.

Organic Letters. 6(24):4411-4414, 2004 Nov 25.

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He Y. Hinklin RJ. Chang JY. Kiessling LL.

Stereoselective N-glycosylation by Staudinger ligation.

Organic Letters. 6(24):4479-4482, 2004 Nov 25.

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Hansen EC. Lee DS.

Ring closing enyne metathesis: Control over mode selectivity and stereoselectivity.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(46):15074-15080, 2004 Nov. 24.

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Nelsen SF. Weaver MN. Konradsson AE. Telo JP. Clark T.

Electron transfer within 2,7-dinitronaphthalene radical anion.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(47):15431-15438, 2004 Dec 1.

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Copyright © 2004 Thomson ISI

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Stony Brook, State University of New York. We're writing to bring your attention to summer research opportunities for undergraduates majoring in the Physical and Environmental Sciences and Mathematics. We are currently soliciting student applications for our NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs: the Center for Environmental Molecular Science's Summer Research Program and the Mineral Physics Institute's Summer Scholars Program. Selected students will receive a $3,500 stipend, a travel allowance of up to $600, and housing on the University campus. The students will spend ten weeks working with the faculty members and will experience most of the fundamental elements of academic research. Enclosed please find posters announcing our programs. All of the same information and more (including the application and examples of past projects) can be found at our Websites: http://www/mpi.stonybrook.edu/SummerScholars/ or http://www.cems.stonybrook.edu/Education&Outreach/. We would greatly appreciate it if you would share this information with your students. Donald J. Weidner, Director, Mineral Physics Institute, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100, Tel: 631-632-8241, Fax: 631-632-8140 or Richard J. Reeder, Director, Center for Environmental Molecular Science, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100, Tel: 631-632-1924, Fax: 631-632-1937.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Pediatrics. Research Technologist, Sr., Infectious Diseases. Test clinical samples using different molecular diagnostic assays as well as contribute to the development of new molecular diagnostic tests, with the goal of understanding the epidemiology and pathophysiology of viral respiratory disease in children. Maintain all aspects of a molecular laboratory; order necessary reagents and equipment and train and direct other technologists as needed. Carry out directed research that includes biological applications of molecular amplification technology, PCR, handling RNA/DNA and clinical samples. Organize data for presentation or publication and learn new methods and procedures as directed. Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry or related field, and three years experience in PCR, including operation and maintenance of instruments and performance of specialized molecular amplication and biological essays. Strongly prefer master's degree in related area or additional years related experience including other molecular methodologies pertaining to RNA or DNA. Demonstrate proficiency in independent judgement and management of daily laboratory operations, trouble shooting equipment and problem solving of laboratory procedures related to molecular biology and PCR. Familiarity with biological applications of molecular amplification technology and infectious diseases. Be proficient at most standard molecular methods including PCR, handling RNA/DNA and clinical samples. 40 hours per week in the MACC Fund Research Center Infectious Diseases research laboratories. Scheduling flexibility will be required to accommodate changing business needs. Competitive wage plus comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, disability and group term life insurance; retirement programs; paid vacation, sick and holiday time; and tuition reimbursement. Free parking in campus lot. Send resume and references to: Jane Martell, Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Pediatrics, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, MFRC756 Milwaukee, WI 53226 or Employment Applications Available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays at MCW Employment Office, 1st Floor, Medical Education Building, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Faculty Position in Science Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Applications are invited to fill a tenure-track position in postsecondary science education at the Assistant Professor level. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a natural science. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a vigorous, externally funded research program in postsecondary science education, teach effectively at the graduate and undergraduate levels, supervise graduate students, and perform appropriate Departmental and University service. Tenure for this position will reside in a traditional science department in the College of Arts and Sciences. Candidates from traditional research degree programs should provide evidence of expanded professional development specifically designed to integrate disciplinary and pedagogical knowledge. Preferred scholarly interests are in the development and application of new approaches to postsecondary science education supporting multidisciplinary teaching efforts in the life sciences. The successful candidate would have a primary appointment in one of the natural science departments. The application should include: (i) a cover letter; (ii) a curriculum vitae; (iii) a summary of research experience and plans for future research; and (iv) a statement of teaching experience, philosophy and interests. Applicants should arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent. Names and addresses of references should be included in the cover letter. Applicants may send application materials and arrange for letters of recommendation to be sent electronically, preferably in pdf or Word format, to asdeans@kent.edu, or by mail to: Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, Ohio 44242-0001.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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None Available for this Newsletter

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