Chemistry Newsletter - 01/06/2003

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVII - No. 1 January 6th, 2003

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Research Innovation Awards

We have just learned that Martin Zanni and Qiang Cui have been given Research Innovation Awards by the Research Corporation. These awards are given to beginning faculty to assist in starting their research programs. They are given for research that transcends the ordinary and offers promise for significant discoveries. There are only 45 awards made from 200 applications so competition for these funds is fierce. Congratulations to Qiang and Marty!

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Matt Bowman Receives 2002 University Award for Innovation in Teaching.

Congratulations to Matt Bowman, a third year graduate student in Helen Blackwell's group, who has been selected as a recipient of a campus award for Innovation in Teaching. Matt received the award based on his work with the Chemistry 344 labs. This teaching assistant award, along with awards for Exceptional Service, Early Excellence, and Career Excellence, is new for the campus this year. The award includes a $500 stipend. Congratulations Matt!!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 8335 Chemistry

January 21st, 2003
February 11th, 2003 March 11th, 2003 April 8th, 2003 May 13th, 2003

Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays ---1:20 PM - Chair's Office

January 14th, 2003
February 4th, 2003 February 18th, 2003 March 4th, 2003 March 18th, 2003
April 1st, 2003 April 15th, 2003 May 6th, 2003 May 20th, 2003

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gerald Small, Iowa State.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Susan Reslewic, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2003 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Yutaka Ukaji from Kanazawa University. "New Asymmetric Reactions Based on Cooperation of Two or More Metal Centers"

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ara Apkarian, UC-Irvine.

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Thursday, January 30th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. David Cunningham, Abbott Laboratories. "Fluidics and Sample Handling in Diagnostic Products: Glucose testing "NOT" at your fingertips"

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Tuesday, February 4th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gregory Voth, University of Utah. "Proton transport in Aqueous And Biomolecular Systems"

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Monday, April 21st, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Christopher Bardeen, University of Illinois.

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Keyes, Boston University. "Instantaneous Normal Modes, The Potential Energy Landscape, And Dynamics In Supercooled Liquids"

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Chemistry Library Workshops

(No registration required)

SciFinder Scholar 2002: Searching the Chemical Literature. Tuesday, January 14 -- 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Chemistry Library Computer Room, 2361 Chemistry Building. Provides an overview of SciFinder Scholar databases and search features, including structure, substructure, reaction, and research topic. New for version 2002 is the inclusion of stereo bonds. 2001 features search preferences, related works, and calculated properties will be discussed.

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Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire v. 6: Searching for Organic, Inorganic and Organometallic Compound Information. Wednesday, January 15 -- 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Chemistry Library Computer Room, 2361 Chemistry Building. Provides an overview of the Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire databases and search features, including structure, substructure, reaction, and property data. Modifying record display, exporting information, and client availability will be discussed.

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EndNote: Managing Chemistry Literature. Thursday, January 16 -- 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Chemistry Library Computer Room, 2361 Chemistry Building. Covers basic EndNote features, including organization of databases and records, searching and sorting records, importing records electronically from MadCat, chemistry databases (Beilstein, Current Contents, SciFinder Scholar, and Web of Science) and preparing bibliographies.

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Analytical Sciences Seminars

The following link is for the UW Analytical Sciences Seminar 2002: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.html.

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The Wonders of Physics

The UW-Madison Department of Physics is pleased to announce the twentieth annual presentation of The Wonders of Physics with Professor Clint Sprott on these dates: February 9, 2003, 1 and 4 pm February 15, 2003 l and 4 pm February 16, 2003 1 and 4 pm. This fun-filled educational presentation celebrating the twentieth season of The Wonders of Physics for people of all ages will be held in 1300 Sterling Hall, 475 North Charter Street, Madison, WI. Free tickets are recommended to ensure seating and can be obtained by calling (608) 262-2927, by e-mail to wonders@physics.wisc.edu, or on the Web at http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/tickets.htm during the month of January. More information about The Wonders of Physics is available at: http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Voight EA; Rein C; Burke SD.

Synthesis of sialic acids via desymmetrization by ring-closing metathesis.

JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2002, Vol 67, Iss 24, pp 8489-8499.

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Miyazaki K; Yethiraj A.

Entanglement effects in mode coupling theories of polymers.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2002, Vol 117, Iss 23, pp 10448-10451.

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Nelson BP; Liles MR; Frederick KB; Corn RM; Goodman RM.

Label-free detection of 16S ribosomal RNA hybridization on reusable DNA arrays using surface plasmon resonance imaging.

ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY 2002, Vol 4, Iss 11, pp 735-743.

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Gellman SH; Raines RT.

Model systems - This year's model - Editorial overview.

CURRENT OPINION IN CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 2002, Vol 6, Iss 6, pp 727-728.

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Park SH; Raines RT.

Genetic screen to dissect protein-protein interactions: ribonuclease inhibitor-ribonuclease A as a model system.

METHODS 2002, Vol 28, Iss 3, pp 346-352.

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Westler WM; Weinhold F; Markley JL.

Quantum chemical calculations on structural models of the catalytic site of chymotrypsin: Comparison of calculated results with experimental data from NMR spectroscopy.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 48, pp 14373-14381.

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Zhou SG; Deng W; Anantharaman TS; Lim A; Dimalanta ET; Wang J; Wu T; Chunhong T; Creighton R; Kile A; Kvikstad E; Bechner M; Yen G; Garic-Stankovic A; Severin J; Forrest D; Runnheim R; Churas C; Lamers C; Perna NT; Burland V; Blattner FR; Mishra B; Schwartz DC.

A whole-genome shotgun optical map of Yersinia pestis strain KIM.

APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY 2002, Vol 68, Iss 12, pp 6321-6331.

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Copyright © 2003 Institute for Scientific Information

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Lord Corporation Doctoral Fellowship

The University of Akron is pleased to announce the Lord Corporation Doctoral Fellowship for graduate study in Polymer Science. The Lord Fellowship has a stipend of $22,000/year (tax-free) and a tuition scholarship (see attached PDF announcement). We are seeking the most outstanding students for this Fellowship. Information about this program and our other programs can be found at http://www.polymer.uakron.edu. The University of Akron's College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering is the largest academic program for the teaching and research of polymers in the US. With almost one hundred years of history and tradition to draw upon, the College offers technical training at all levels; from work-force certificate training and associates degrees to bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. The internationally renowned faculty are leading the field in the fundamental and applied research and development of polymer materials. In addition to the teaching and research efforts, the college maintains state-of-the-art analytical and testing laboratories for technical service to industry.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry http://www.chem.usm.edu invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2003.Applicants must show promise of developing a vigorous, externally funded research program in organic chemistry. Send curriculum vitae; publications list; and statements of research plans, start-up needs, and teaching philosophy; and request three reference letters be sent to: Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5043.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Faculty Position in Mass Spectrometry Department of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of professor. The ideal candidate will have an outstanding record of research achievement in mass spectrometry. We are particularly interested in candidates with research programs at the interface of chemistry and the life sciences. The Department will add a number of faculty as part of UNL research prioritizations in Proteomics/Structural Biology and Nanotechnology and is involved in research interactions with numerous campus units, including the Center for Materials Research and Analysis, the Plant Sciences Initiative, the Center for Biotechnology, the Nebraska Center for Virology, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The Department is housed in a 220,000 sq. ft building which also houses the Nebraska Center for Mass Spectrometry. More information about the Department can be found at http://www.chem.unl.edu. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vita, a succinct statement of research interests, representative reprints, and the names of three references to: Mass Spectrometry Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588-0304 (Fax: 402472-2044. Review of applications will begin February 17, 2003.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Southern Illinois University - Carbondale invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The Department is currently undergoing a major expansion with the addition of three assistant professors and a new Chair as part of the University's strategic hiring initiative. This initiative supports interdisciplinary and collaborative research in the fields of energy, biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials science, and others. The successful applicant will possess qualifications commensurate with the rank of tenured professor. The candidate must have a strong history of research success in any field of chemistry. The Department offers Ph.D., M.S., B.S., and B.A. degrees in a variety of chemistry specializations and has been developing an interdisciplinary research focus in both materials and biological chemistry. We are seeking a leader with a strong commitment to quality and innovation in teaching and research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will assume a vital leadership role in a young and vibrant Department. Applications, nominations or inquiries concerning this position should be sent to: Chair Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-4409. Applications should contain a letter of interest summarizing qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three references. Review of applications starts February 10, 2003.

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Assistant or Associate Professor, Chemistry or Chemical Education; Lyman Briggs School, College of Natural Science, Michigan State University. The Lyman Briggs School (LBS), web address: http://www.msu.edu/~lbs. For applicants whose scholarly interests are in chemistry, LBS affords opportunities to involve outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in research. Collaborations with faculty across the University, including MSU's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, are encouraged, and a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry (http://www.cem.msu.edu) will be possible. A chemist based in LBS will enjoy the dual benefits of teaching committed undergraduates in small sections, as well as the full research infrastructure of a major university. Applicants whose research is in chemical education will have opportunities to design and study innovations in the teaching of undergraduate chemistry in LBS, and conduct research about science learning at the tertiary level. A chemistry educator can be part of MSU's efforts to provide national leadership in science education, including building CNS-based programs of scholarship and graduate study in science education. Faculty with interests in science education at MSU span several academic units and colleges, and work collaboratively through the Division of Science and Mathematics Education (DSME; http://www.dsme.msu.edu). Joint appointments will be possible in the Department of Chemistry, DSME, or the College of Education. To apply, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, an e-mail address, a statement of your teaching philosophy and a description of your research interests, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to: Chemistry Search Committee, Lyman Briggs School, E-28 Holmes Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48825-1107. Preference will be given to applications received by January 31, 2003; later submissions may be considered if suitable candidates have not yet been identified. Questions should be directed to: Dr. Steven Spees at the above address or (517) 353-6486 or spees@msu.edu.

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Faculty Position in Chemistry / Science Education. The chemistry department at Emporia State University seeks to fill a tenure track position in chemistry/science education beginning August 2003. Chemistry, earth science and physics together comprise the Departments of Physical Sciences, which has an integral role in teacher preparation on this campus. Candidates will be expected to have completed the doctoral degree by the appointment date. A Ph.D. in chemistry or chemical education is preferred, but a candidate who has earned an Ed.D. and has a strong chemistry background will be considered. The successful candidate will bring skills and qualifications that are complementary to those of the current faculty. She or he will teach chemistry courses and also will participate actively in the science education program within physical sciences. High school teaching experience is required. Chemistry course assignments will include introductory level courses on a regular basis, and a general education course for nonscience majors. Other assignments may include more advanced courses in organic, analytical/instrumental, or physical chemistry, depending on the area of expertise of the new faculty member. Science Education responsibilities will include teaching physical science education courses and working with preservice student teachers and inservice MS candidates in physical sciences education. Other science education responsibilities will include supervision of student teachers, direction of MS research projects for inservice teachers and participation on various education-related committees. Scholarly activities and research projects required for tenure and promotion may be carried out either in chemistry or chemical education. These projects are expected to be carried out in collaboration with undergraduate and MS students. A letter of application, CV, transcripts, names and contact information for three references, and other evidence of teaching experience and accomplishments should be sent to: Dr. Michael Keck, Chair, Chemistry Search Committee, Emporia State University, 1200 Commercial, Campus Box 4030, Emporia, KS 66801-5087. Screening will begin January 27, 2003, and continue until position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position : Polyene Photochemistry University of Hawaii. Post-doctoral Opening in the area of photochemical-spectroscopic studies of polyenes, diarylethylenes and/or analogs of photo-sensitive biopigments particularly for photoisomerization under confined conditions. Recent Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Preference will be given to an individual who has had experience in spectroscopic techniques (fluorescence and absorption studies of unstable primary photoproducts) at low temperatures under steady state conditions or in mecahnistic organic photochemical studies (less importantly, in time-resolved spectroscopic methods at room temperature). Experience in handling isomers of polyenes is useful. Initial appointment is for one year with renewal contingent upon funding and mutual agreement. Starting date: immediate or flexible for a highly qualified candidate. Stipend: approx 28,000/yr. Renewal possible, pending availability of funds and mutual agreement. For further information or application for the position, please write to or call: Professor Robert S. H. Liu, Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii, 2545 The Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822, phone: 808-956-5723, FAX: 808-956-5908; e-mail: rliu@gold.chem.hawaii.edu.

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Postdoctoral Positions at the University of Nebraska. Two postdoctoral positions at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska are available to work on the following projects. 1). Synthesis and characterization of organic molecules and polymers with chiral pi-conjugated systems. The goal of the project is to develop organic amorphous materials with exceedingly high optical rotations in the visible/NIR region and novel transport properties. The candidate should have excellent skills in organic synthesis and some experience with instrumentation beyond routine organic NMR, IR, etc. Part of this project will involve close interaction with physicists at the recently funded NSF Materials Research and Engineering Center. Experience in handling air-sensitive materials (glovebox/vacuum line) and/or milligram-scale synthesis would be a plus. 2). Synthesis and studies of organic molecules and polymers with unpaired electrons. The goal of the project is to develop organic polymer magnets (Science 2001, 294, 1503) that are stable at ambient conditions. The candidate should have a demonstrated ability in organic synthesis and aptitude to learn well new instrumental techniques. Experience in EPR spectroscopy (or magnetic measurements) would be useful but it is not required. Contact Andrzej Rajca at: arajca1@unl.edu, Rajca web page: http://www.chem.unl.edu/rajca/rajca.html.

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Postdoctoral Research Position. The USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Biosciences Research Laboratory in Fargo, North Dakota, is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate. a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Biochemistry, Agronomy, Hydrology, Soil Science or a closely related field is required. Salary is commensurate with experience ($45,285 - $70,555 per annum), plus benefits. There are some citizenship restrictions. The incumbent will conduct research on the transport and fate of estrogenic substances in ground water from farm and field waste management practices. Knowledge in the use of bioassays, isolation/characterization of estrogens, instrumentation (i.e. mass spectrometry, NMR, GC, and HPLC), and familiarity with soil, environmental, and field sampling techniques are desirable. Refer to www.ars.usda.gov for the full text announcement (RA-03-029H) and for complete application instructions. Send application materials and references to: Dr. Gerald Larsen, USDA/ARS Biosciences Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 5674, Fargo, ND 58105-5674, or Email: larseng@fargo.ars.usda.gov.

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