Chemistry Newsletter - 01/16/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 3 January 16th, 2001

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SECC Donations

Thanks to everyone in the department who supported the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) with generous donations of $14,460. Special thanks go to Kristi Hemming for her leadership as the department's SECC Coordinator! Thanks Kristi!!

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Chemistry Department Meeting

Tuesday Jan 16, 2001 - 1:30 Room 8335

Agenda: Report on Hiring Progress -- Report on building Renovation -- Graduate Student Recruiting -- Department Self-Study coming soon -- Other Business.

Executive Committee: Matching funds for McMahon NSF proposal (Maximum Dept Contribution ~$32K) - discussion of Graduate School policy of Non-participation - Support for Building Committee Chair.

Closed Session: -- Personnel Matters - - Changes in Academic Staff Appointments

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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. 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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*****CANCELLED***** 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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Gestwicki JE; Strong LE; Kiessling LL.

Visualization of single multivalent receptor-ligand complexes by transmission electron microscopy.

ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 2000, Vol 39, Iss 24, pp 4567.

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Hodges JA; McMahon RJ; Sattelmeyer KW; Stanton JF.

Electronic spectrum of propadienylidene (H2C=C=C :) and its relevance to the diffuse interstellar bands.

ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL 2000, Vol 544, Iss 2, pp 838-842.

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Turner JG; Rakhmilevich AL; Burdelya C; Neal Z; Imboden M; Sondel PM; Yu H.

Anti-CD40 antibody induces antitumor and antimetastatic effects: The role of NK cells.

JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY 2001, Vol 166, Iss 1, pp 89-94.

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Copyright © 2001 Institute for Scientific Information

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Dissertation Support Groups

Counseling and Consultation Services, a division of University Health Services, offers several dissertation support groups for students currently engaged in the dissertation process. The dissertation support groups help students initiate, conduct, and complete their dissertation, thesis, or other large academic project. Issues that are frequently discussed in the group include time and stress management, emotional and academic support, and goal setting. All efforts are made to maintain complete confidentiality. Group times for the Spring, 2001 semester are:

Mondays 4:00-5:45 - Tuesdays 1:00-2:30 - Tuesdays 4:00-5:15 - Thursdays 2:30-3:45 - Fridays 9:00-10:30.

For more information please contact Jeff Hird at jhird@facstaff.wisc.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Australian National University Supercomputer Facility with John Curtin School of Medical Research Computational Chemists (2 posts). Research Associate (Biomolecular Computation) Academic Consultant (Chemistry). ANU Officer (IT) Grade 7, 8, 9 or 10 (continuing). Four experienced computational chemists are required to work in support of collaborative projects with industry and/or in a 'staff scientist' role in support of users of the high performance computing system of the National Facility of the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing. The industrial projects aim to optimize and develop computational chemistry software for high-performance parallel supercomputers, and demonstrate the capabilities of the software and computers in a research program in biomolecular computation. The positions require experience in com/putational chemistry software development and applications, an understanding of parallel computing, a post-graduate degree in a scientific discipline, the ability to write high quality reports and to work to deadlines. Most positions require an understanding of parallel computing and experience in quantum chemistry software, with experience with molecular dynamics software also required within the overall projects. The Research Associate position will involve a strong basic research component and work in close collaboration with Dr J Gready's Computational Molecular Biology and Drug Design Group, John Curtin School of Medical Research. A second position will lead the industrial projects and requires the ability to supervise staff and to strategically plan the future direction of the projects. The Academic Consultant position will require the ability to provide user support and leadership (including collaboration in research programs) in computational chemistry to users of the National Facility. Some flexibility in duties is available across these positions. It is possible that the Academic Consultant could lead the industrial projects. Appointment will be made at a level commensurate with qualifications, experience and the level of direction required. Salary levels are ANUO Grade 7 $44376 - $47950, Grade 8 $49670 - $55229, Grade 9 $57611 - $60258, Grade 10 $61844. Market related loadings may be considered. The University offers attractive salary packages which include generous superannuation provisions. Assistance with reasonable travel and removal expenses can be provided to the successful applicant if appointed from outside Canberra. Further information, indicative duty statements and selection criteria are available at http://anusf.anu.edu.au/Positions_Vacant, or from Dylan.Jayatilaka@anu.edu.au, +61 2 6125 5988 or Jill.Gready@anu.edu.au, +61 2 6125 8304 (Research Associate position only) or Bob.Gingold@anu.edu.au, +61 2 6125 3437. Applications addressing the selection criteria and listing contact details for 3 referees should be sent to: Staffing Recruitment Office, Chancelry 10A, ANU, Canberra, ACT 0200. Please specify the position and level for which you are applying. The closing date is 29 January 2001.

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The Bioprocess and Bioanalytical Research Department of Merck Research Laboratories is seeking a highly motivated individual for an associate scientist position on NMR characterization of biologics. The successful candidate will design and implement NMR based assays to evaluate components in complex biological matrices. The position requires a B.S. or M.S. degree in chemistry, biochemistry or related fields. Preferred candidate will have demonstrated excellent academic performance and have experience in NMR methodologies, and understanding of basic NMR fundamentals. A candidate with experience in carbohydrates, structural studies of biomolecules and Varian spectrometers is preferred. Excellent salary and benefits accompany this position at our modern research NMR facility at West Point, PA (25 miles northwest of Philadelphia). Please send cover letter and curriculum vitae (including college GPA and names of three references) to: qiuwei_xu@merck.com. or Qiuwei Xu, Ph.D. WP 78-107, Merck Co., Inc. West Point, PA 19486. Only candidate selected for interviews will receive responses.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement position in Organic Chemistry beginning Fall, 2001. A search for a tenure-track position in Organic Chemistry will be conducted during 2001-02, and the sabbatical replacement person could be a candidate for the tenure-track position, if desired. Teaching duties will include both organic lecture and laboratory. The candidate must have earned a PhD in Organic Chemistry, and preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and an appreciation of Augustana College's commitment to the liberal arts. Carrying out research projects with undergraduate students is encouraged. All application materials should be received by March 1, 2001, and should be sent to: Dr. Richard Jurasek, Dean, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL 61201. The application should include vitae, a statement of teaching and research objectives, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.

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The Genomics Institute at the University of California, Riverside, invites applicants for an Academic Facilities Coordinator position with an academic career-track 11 - month appointment. Salary for the position is commensurate with education and experience. The position will be available January 1, 2001. Under the general direction of the Director of the UCR Genomics Institute, the Academic Facilities Coordinator will be responsible for supervision, maintenance and operation of the core instrumentation facility for the Institute. The successful applicant will be expected to plan and organize all functions of the instrumentation facility, including establishment of workflow and procedures, selection and supervision of facility staff and ongoing collaborative research. The appointee will work closely with the Director and Associate Directors of the Institute to identify instrumentation needs and to seek funding for new equipment. He or she will assist and advise faculty, students, and others in appropriate use of facilities. Applicants must have a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a related science and extensive knowledge and experience in methodologies associated with instrumentation. Requirements include an awareness of the most recent advances in the field, including state-of-the-art professional and technical knowledge and innovation; an ability to supervise staff and to interact effectively with faculty, students, and others; and knowledge of equipment maintenance and repair. Letter of application, including a curriculum vitae and three letters of reference should be sent to: Kim Lane, CNAS Dean's Office, College Building North, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0127. Additional information about the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences can be found at: http://cnas.ucr.edu. Review of the applications will begin January 8 and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Maitland Jones Jr. of Princeton University has an opening for a Teaching/Research Postdoc to begin as early as May,2001, with the teaching part to start in September. The salary will be about 30K, a bit higher than the usual postdoc salary around here. The exact number will depend on experience, especially teaching experience. The teaching part will involve working with me on the sophomore organic course, which I teach in an unusual fashion. In the fall, lectures fade away as the semester proceeds, to be replaced with small group problem-solving sessions. In the spring semester there are essentially no lectures at all. The PD and I, as well as a few undergraduate teaching assistants, wander through the room helping/directing the groups as they work. One must be willing to work hard and be rather quick on one's feet to succeed in this style of teaching, but I am convinced that it is superior to the usual "talking head" method. I can supply more details on request, or a preprint of a paper describing our teaching efforts here. Please contact: Maitland Jones Jr., Princeton University, mjjr@chemvax.princeton.edu.

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