Chemistry Newsletter - 01/08/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 2 January 8th, 2000

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NSF Computer Grant

The Chemistry Departments NSF computer grant WILL be funded. We haven't heard the funding level but the request from NSF was for $162k (matched by $125k from UW, which we have to use anyway as part of the computer classrooms and network infrastructure upgrades). The six "major users" whose research was used to justify the expense are Tom Brunold, Bob Mcmahon, Jim Skinner, Frank Weinhold, Arun Yethiraj, and Bob Hamers. Thanks for all the effort!!

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Keck Proposal for a Chemical Genomics Center

The Keck Proposal for a Chemical Genomics Center has been funded in full at $1.5M. Laura Kiessling and Peter Belshaw took the major roles in writing the proposal and orchestrating the Keck site visit. The proposal involved input from many in the department. The interactions among UW scientists during the course of writing the Keck proposal will lead to many productive collaborations. Thanks to Laura, Peter, and everyone else who helped to put together the successful proposal.

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Analytical Cume Schedule

Students will be notified one week in advance of the location and topic of the cume.

February 3, 2001 March 24, 2001 April 14, 2001

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Inorganic Cume Schedule

All cumes will be given at 9 am to Noon in room 2373, the dates are all Saturdays. You will be notified of the topic 10 days before the exam, at that time you will also know which professor is writing/giving the exam. If you have any questions please contact Kristi Heming or Paul Treichel (Chair of Inorganic).

February 17th March 24th April 28th

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Organic Cume Schedule

2000-2001 Organic Cumulative Examinations Schedule. All exams will be in Room B371 at 7:30 p.m.

February 1, 2001
March 1,2001 April 5, 2001 May 3, 2001

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

Jan. 16
Feb. 13 Mar. 6 Apr. 10 May 8

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Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays

1:20 PM - Chairs Office

Jan. 9
Jan. 30 Feb. 6 Feb. 27
Mar. 20 Mar. 27 Apr. 3
Apr. 24 May 1 May 15

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Steve White, UC Irvine. "Folding Proteins Into Membranes: Energetics and the Prediction of Structure from Sequence"

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Juan de Pablo, UW. "Molecular Simulation of Complex Fluids: What Can We Learn From Simulations"

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Thursday, February 1st, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. TBA.

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Alex Stuchebrukhov, UC Davis.

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Thursday, February 8th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Greta Hurtt, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Veronica Vaida, University of Colorado.

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Thursday, February 15th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. TBA.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mary Wirth, University of Delaware.

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. TBA.

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Jianshu Cao, MIT. "Theoretical Studies of Room-Temperature Single Molecule Experiments"

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Thursday, March 1st, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Emily Smith, Graduate Student. "SPR Imaging Measurements of Protein-Peptide and DNA Protein Interactions"

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Rig Hernandez, Georgia Tech. "Chemistry in Changing Environments: A Theoretical Projection of Polymers and Proteins"

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Thursday, March 8th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Liman Wang, Parr Memorial Award Recipient. "DNA Computing on Surfaces"

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Thursday, March 8th, 2001 - Chemical Education Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Tom Eberline, Pennsylvania State Capitol College. "Integrating Computer-based Learning Materials into the Sophomore Organic Chemistry Sequence"

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Notre Dame. "Proton, Hydride, and Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Reactions in Solution and Proteins"

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Professor Jacqueline K. Barton, California Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Ken Dill, UCSF. "Modeling Water and the Hydrophobic Effect"

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Thursday, March 29th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Sang (Alex) Lim, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 5th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Tian Wu, Graduate Student. "Transchip: A New System for In Vitro Whole Genome Studies of Transcription"

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Ted Heilweil, NIST.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Xingping (Ping) Su, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Wilson Ho, UC Irvine.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Chunhong Tao, Graduate Student. "Optical Sequencing"

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Thursday, April 19th, 2001 - Chemical Education Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mary Kirchoff, EPA. "Teaching Green Chemistry"

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2001 - Willard Lecture Series - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Sylvia Ceyer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Gordie Shaw, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Ad Bax, NIH. "NMR of Weakly Aligned Proteins and Nucleic Acids"

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Yves J. Chabal, Bell Labs, New Jersey. (McElvain). "Silicon Oxidation: A Vibrational Study of Oxygen Insertion into Si Surfaces Upon H2O or O2 Exposure"

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2001 - Chemical Education Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Marion O'Leary, Sacramento State University. "Cooperative Learning in Organic Chemistry"

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Reichmann, Harvard University.

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For Industrial Positions, see the Chemistry Career Services Newsletter at:

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/areas/careers/7news.html

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Nominations Sought for 2001 ACS

Technical Achievements in Organic Chemistry Award Program

The Organic Division of the American Chemical Society is seeking to increase the involvement of Bachelor's- and Master's-level chemists in Divisional activities. Although these individuals regularly make important contributions in the workplace, all too often they receive little or no recognition for their efforts from the scientific community. As one of the means to address this situation, the Organic Division has instituted an annual symposium at the Fall ACS meeting to recognize the achievements of non-Ph.D. chemists. We are now seeking nominations for the coming year's program. The tenth annual Symposium on Technical Achievements in Organic Chemistry will be held on August 29, during the 222nd National Meeting of the ACS in Chicago, Illinois. The invited speakers will present their recent discoveries in basic or developmental research during 30 minute presentations. (As an awards symposium, under ACS bylaws there is no question and answer period.) Speakers are selected in a two-phase process. First, a letter of nomination is submitted to the Division on behalf of the nominee; then a subcommittee, composed of several members of the Organic Division Executive Committee, select the speakers based on several criteria: (a) evidence illustrating the creativity and independence of the nominee; (b) the nominee's publication and patent record; (c) any other information that documents the special achievements and/or contributions made by the nominee. We encourage nominators to select candidates who are both excellent scientists and good communicators. To nominate a Bachelor's- or Master's-level chemist for this symposium, please send a letter describing the nominee's contributions and include a copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae. (Additional letters and supporting documents are most welcome, but not essential.) Nomination materials can be mailed to: Dr. David J. Hart, Department of Chemistry, The Ohio State University, 100 W. 18th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Questions may be directed to Dr. David J. Hart via email at hart.10@osu.edu. Deadline for receipt of nominations is March 1, 2001. Information is also available in the Division of Organic Chemistry fall Newsletter located on the Web at: www.chem.unt.edu/acs/fall00newsletter.html.

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Undergraduate Research Symposium 2001

Announcing the third annual "Undergraduate Research Symposium 2001: Celebrating Research, Creative Endeavor and Service Learning" April 4, 2001, at the UW-Madison Memorial Union. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ken McGrew, the Undergraduate Research Symposium campus representative for the school of Letters & Science, can be reached at this email address: krmcgrew@lssaa.wisc.edu or by phone at 2-2583. He will be happy to answer any questions about the Symposium. The application materials may be found, filled out online, and printed on the Morgridge Center web page: http://www.wisc.edu/union/wud/morgridge/. This procedure requires Acrobat Reader. I will be following up this email with paper copies of application materials early next week, which will arrive via campus mail. This event will celebrate undergraduate student achievement, creativity and service learning across the full range of intellectual endeavors at the UW-Madison. Oral presentations, posters, art exhibits, and individual or ensemble performances will be included. All undergraduate students who are enrolled in a degree program during the 2000-2001 academic year, including students who graduated in December 2000, may apply. Students may make presentations regarding ongoing research. Presentations by students who have participated in team projects are also eligible (these students must submit in addition to the application, the "Team Form.") Faculty sponsorship is required. An individual faculty or instructional staff member may sponsor up to three applications (individual or team) for this event. The deadline for submissions is 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 16, 2001, in the Office of the Provost, 150 Bascom Hall. Notification will occur during the week of March 5, 2001. Ken McGrew, Advisor, Honors Program.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Professor Paul R. Sharp of the University of Missouri is writing to ask your assistance in filling a postdoctoral position in his laboratory at the University of Missouri, Columbia. The position involves organometallic chemistry on the edge of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. For a recent publication in this area see: Sharp, P. R. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2000, 122(40), 9880-9881. DOI URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja005512s. Reprints URL: http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/download.pl?ja005512s/h7jy. He is looking for someone skilled in the synthesis and characterization of air sensitive compounds. Good careful laboratory technique is required. The Department has excellent facilities and the city of Columbia has consistently rated high as a desirable city in which to reside. Information about the department may be found at: http://www.missouri.edu/~chemwww/. Interested candidates should submit their CV, a brief summary of current research interests, and two letters of recommendation. The position will remain open until filled. Please contact: Paul R. Sharp, 125 Chemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, e-mail: SharpP@missouri.edu, Phone: 573-882-7715, FAX: 573-882-2754, Homepage: http://www.chem.missouri.edu/SharpGroup/.

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