Chemistry Newsletter - 01/10/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 2 January 10th, 2005

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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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Tuesday, January 18th, 2005 - Special Functional Organic Materials Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Faculty Candidate Lara Estroff, Harvard. “Examples of Multivalency in Biology: Antibodies and Crystal Growth.”

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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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Monday, January 24th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Arthur E. Johnson. “Maintenance of Membrane Integrity by Ribosomes, Translocons and BiP During Protein Trafficking at the ER”

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tobin Sosnick, University of Chicago. “Protein Folding Pathways Discerned Using ψ-Analysis and Other Methods”

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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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Monday, January 31tst, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Talks by Yuehui He, Shelly Lusetti and Brian Miler. “Recipients of the Boyer Postdoctoral Excellence Award in Biochemistry”

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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Chemistry. The department consists of 13 tenured or tenure-track faculty, is housed in a dedicated four-story building, and offers the ACS-approved degree in chemistry. The department has a long history in undergraduate education in terms of both classroom instruction and the inclusion of undergraduates in research and scholarly activity. The candidate is expected to have an earned Ph.D. in Chemistry or Biochemistry, be a successful classroom instructor, possess strong leadership and administrative skills, and be active in the discipline. Significant experience with undergraduate involvement in research is desirable. The appointment will be made at the Professor or Associate Professor level. Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and administrative philosophy, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Dr. Stephen Addison, Chair of the Chemistry Chair Search Committee, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 105 Lewis Science Center, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR 72035. Review of applications will begin on February 11, 2005, and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2005.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Organic Chemistry - Assistant Professor. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a tenure track opening in organic chemistry at the Assistant Professor level. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required and postdoctoral experience is desired. The successful candidate must have a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is expected to develop an externally funded research program. Responsibilities include teaching organic chemistry lecture and laboratory courses. Opportunities exist for collaborative research with UTEP's Ph.D. programs in Environmental Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Pathobiology, and other interdisciplinary programs. Applicants in all areas of organic chemistry will be considered and should send an application letter, a detailed vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a description of proposed research. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be separately sent to: Organic Chemistry-Assistant Professor Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, UTEP, El Paso, TX 79968-0513. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2005, and will continue until the position is filled. More information about our department can be found at the web site: http://www.chemistry.utep.edu.

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University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Assistant Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences. Will teach undergraduate organic chemistry courses and upper-level chemistry courses in the candidate's area of expertise. Will participate in an interdisciplinary undergraduate Environmental Sciences program and graduate program in Environmental Science and Policy. Will perform scholarly activities consistent with rank, advise students, perform institutional service, and contribute to the ongoing development of the department. Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related field from an accredited institution by the beginning date of the appointment. Expertise in organic chemistry is required. The successful candidate must have demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship, commitment to undergraduate education, and communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with a diverse array of students and colleagues. Preferred: Prior teaching experience; post-doctoral research experience. Starting Date: August 22, 2005. Position is a nine-month tenure-track appointment. The UW System provides a liberal benefits package including participation in a state pension plan. Applicants must be considered for tenure and promotion in six years although tenure decision may be at any time. Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor is simultaneous with tenure. Excellence in teaching and sustained scholarly activity required for retention and promotion. Submit a letter of application indicating teaching and research interests, curriculum vitae, three recommendation letters, and transcripts of graduate work. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with application; official transcripts of all post-secondary work will be required for employment. Submit application materials to: Organic Chemistry Search Committee Chair; Department of Natural and Applied Sciences; University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311-7001. Phone: 920/465-2266. FAX: 920/465-2376. Email: LYONJ@uwgb.edu. For More Visit the UW-Green Bay website at: http://www.uwgb.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Biochemistry: The Northern Arizona University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate - Biochemist/Biophysicist - to join a laboratory working on biophysical studies of G-quadruplex DNA drug interactions. This appointment will involve laboratory research focused on systematic biophysical studies of the energetics of formation and the thermal stability of complexes formed by model G-quadruplex DNA systems with low molecular ligands known to interact with DNA. The successful applicant will have a recent Ph.D. in biophysics or biochemistry, and publications indicating experience with nucleic acid chemistry and specifically studies of drug interactions with nucleic acids. Experience with isothermal titration calorimetry, ITC, differential scanning calorimetry, DSC, and their application to the study of binding interactions between small molecules and biopolymers is preferred. Experience with various spectroscopy techniques (UV-vis, CD, Fluorescence, NMR) will be helpful. Demonstrated communication and writing skills are required. The starting salary will be $36,000. This is a two year position with a possible third year subject to funding availability. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, along with the NAU application, and any relevant reprints as instructed on the NAU web site, http://hr.nau.edu. The successful applicant will be expected to work with a culturally diverse population of faculty, staff, and students. The screening committee will begin reviewing applications on February 1, 2005 and the search will remain open until the position is filled.

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Iowa State. Postdoctoral opening. Keith Woo has an opening for a postdoctoral position in his group which he hopes to fill soon. The position requires a strong background in synthetic inorganic/organometallic chemistry and spectroscopic techniques. Research projects include catalysis (oxidation, cyclopropanation, dechlorination, etc.) and supramolecular assemblies. Please pass this information to any qualified candidates in your group or department. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vita and arrange to have three reference letters sent to me. I can be contacted at kwoo@iastate.edu for further information. The appointment will be for one year with the possibility of renewal, pending funding and mutual agreement. The position includes full benefits and is available immediately. Interested applicants should feel free to contact me directly by E-mail or phone. kwoo@iastate.edu.

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