Chemistry Newsletter - 01/20/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 3 January 20th, 2004

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Argonne National Labs - Faculty and Student Programs for 2004-2005

We have received the catalog of Faculty and Student Programs for 2004-2005 from the Division of Educational Programs at Argonne National Labs. If you are interested in looking at this catalog, it will be shelved in the Career Services Library in Room 1121.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9340 Chemistry

2/10/2004

03/09/2004

04/13/2004

05/11/2004

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

02/03/2004

02/17/2004

03/16/2004

04/20/2004

05/04/2004

05/18/2004

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The Organic cume exams will be given in room 1315 Chemistry Building, 7:00 PM on the following dates:

CUMULATIVE EXAM SCHEDULE 2003-2004

February 5

March 4

April 1

May 6

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SEMINARS

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2004 - Analytical McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gavin MacBeath, Harvard University. “Protein Microarrays: From Functional Genomics to Protein Profiling”

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2004 - Special Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Song Jin, Ph.D., Harvard University. “Hierarchical Organization of Nanowires for Integrated Nanoelectronic Systems”

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2004 - R.G. Herb Materials Physics Seminar, 10:00 a.m., Room 3405 Sterling Hall. Dr. Peter Littlewood, Cavendish laboratory, Cambridge, UK. “Phase Coherence in Excitonic Matter”

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2004 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. F. Cerrina, UW-Madison. “Maskless DNA Microarrays Synthesis: Current Technology and Future Applications”

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Friday, January 23rd, 2004 - Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Liem Dang, Pacific Northwest Labs. “Computational Studies of Liquid Water Interfaces”

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Monday, January 26th, 2004 - Special Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mon Ouyang, Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara. “Coherent Spin Memory and Transfer in Chemically Synthesized Semiconductor Quantum Dots”

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Monday, January 26th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Brendan Orner. “Recent Progress in Chemical Biology”

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patricia Jennings, University of California, San Diego. “The Functional Energy Landscape for Interleukin-1ß. Modulation of the Populations of the Ensemble Through Native-State Topology”

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Thursday, January 29th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bei Nie, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Cloninger, Montana University. “Using Dendrimers to Study Protein-Carbohydrate Interactions”

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Friday, January 30th, 2004 - Chemistry Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Joel Nelson, WARF. “PHASE TRANSITIONS: Perspectives on Alternative Careers for Chemistry Graduates”

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Monday, February 2nd, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. David D. Thomas. “Spectroscopic Probes of Muscle Protein Dynamics”

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mark Gordon, Iowa State. “A Cluster-Based Approach to Solvation”

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcey Waters, University of North Carolina. “Pi-Pi and CH-Pi Interactions in Biomolecular Recognition”

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Thursday, February 5th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kimberly Kutz, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justin Murray, Graduate Student.

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Monday, February 9th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Carlos F. Barbas, III. “Polydactyl Zinc Finger Proteins: Developing Strategies to Control and Discover Genes”

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Dutcher, University of Guelph. “Glass Transition and Chain Mobility in Thin Polymer Films”

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Thursday, February 12th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Keith Stevenson, University of Texas. “Spatially-Resolved Spectroelectrochemical Imaging of Polymorphous Metal Oxides”

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Thursday, February 12th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ratmir Derda, Graduate Student.

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Monday, February 16th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Floyd Romesberg. “Evolution of Biomolecule Dynamics”

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sunney Chan, Caltech. “Protein Folding and Unfolding: Probing the Free Energy Landscape of a Protein”

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sunney Chan, Caltech. “Biological Controlled Oxidation of Small Alkanes”

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Thursday, February 19th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Franz Geiger, Northwestern University. “Surface Processes Studied in Real Time Using Nonlinear Optical Laser Spectroscopy: from Geochemistry to Atmospheric Chemistry”

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Thursday, February 19th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Beatriz DeGuia, Graduate Student.

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Monday, February 23rd, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Richard Bergman. “Systems Biology and the Pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes”

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Weitao Yang, Duke University. “Simulation of Chemical Reactions in Enzymes with a Density Functional Theory QM/MM Free Energy Method”

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2004 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Erik Sorensen, Princeton University.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Qiang Fu, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Keunho Kim, Graduate Student.

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Friday, February 27th, 2004 - Chemistry Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Laura Kiessling, UW-Madison.

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Monday, March 1st, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Janet Wood. “Transporter ProP of Escherichia Coli: Osmosensor and Osmoregulator”

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Igal Szleifer, Purdue University. “Kinetics of Protein Adsorption: Multiscale Molecular Approach”

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Thursday, March 4th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Greg Swain, Michigan State University. “Optically Transparent Diamond Electrodes for Chemical Analysis”

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Thursday, March 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Hansen, Graduate Student.

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Monday, March 8th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Sylvai Christakos. “New Insights into the Mechanisms of Vitamin D Action”

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Meloche Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Gardner, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “PAS Domains: A Versatile Way to Build Protein-Based Switches”

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Thursday, March 11th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lu Shang, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, March 11th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Dykhuizen, Graduate Student.

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Monday, March 22nd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ben L. Feringa, Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

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Monday, March 22nd, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. James A. Fee. “Those Amazing Iron-Sulfer Clusters”

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ben L. Feringa, Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

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Thursday, March 25th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Murray Johnston, University of Delaware. “Mass Spectrometry of Ultrafine Particles: What’s in the Air We Breathe?”

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Friday, March 26th, 2004 - Chemistry Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ron Raines, UW-Madison.

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Monday, March 29th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Arthur Horwich. “Chaperonin-Mediated Protein Folding”

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Thursday, April 1st, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Xu Zhang, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 5th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Daniel Lane. “A Novel Mechanism for the Hypothalamic Control of Food Intake and Body Weight”

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. A. Ravishankara, University of Colorado, Boulder. “Laboratory Investigations of Free Radical Reactions: A Key Component of Atmospheric Chemistry”

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Claire Walczak. “Molecular Mechanisms of Mitosis: A Cellular Tug-Of-War”

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Thursday, April 8th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Josheph Lakowicz, University of Maryland. “Radiative Decay Engineering: The Use of Metallic Particles to Control
Fluorescence Emission”

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Thursday, April 8th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Chutima Jiarpinitnun, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 12th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Tim Ryan. “Dissecting Molecular Control of Presynaptic Function”

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Blank, University of Minnesota. “Probing the Local Environment During Reactive Dynamics in Solution”

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Huw Davies, SUNY-Buffalo.

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Thursday, April 15th, 2004 - Joint Analytical/Physical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Minh Cho, Korea University.

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Thursday, April 15th, 2004 - Organic McElvain Industrial Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Nugent, Bristol-Meyers Squibb.

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Monday, April 19th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Paul F. Cook. “Mechanism of the Haemophilus Influenzae Serine Acetyltransferase”

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Fayer, Stanford University. “Hydrogen Bond Dynamics Probed with Ultrafast Infrared Vibrational Echo Correlation Spectroscopy”

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Sheridan, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard Caprioli, Vanderbilt University. “Tissue Imaging and Profiling of Proteins by Mass Spectrometry for Discovery in Clinical and Biological Research”

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Monday, April 26th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. ChulHee Kang. “Taming Calcium Ion: Its Implication on Drug Side Effects”

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marsha Lester, University of Pennsylvania. “Significant OH Radical Reactions in the Atmosphere: A New View”

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyung Woon Jung, University of Southern Florida.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Analytical Meloche Lecture Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carol Robinson, Cambridge University.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Amanda Jones, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Vern Schramm “Enzymatic Transition States, Analogues, Cancer and Malaria”

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Friday, April 30th, 2004 - Chemistry Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jim Skinner, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Barry Lentz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “A View of Cell Membrane Fusion: Protein Machines Work on Lipid Materials”

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2003 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lou Noodleman, Scripps Research Institute.

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Monday, May 3rd, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. William Theurkauf “The Mitotic Response To Geneotoxic Stress”

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Analytical McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Charles Cantor, Sequenom Inc. “Precise Quantitative Analysis of Nucleic Acids by Mass Spectrometry”

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Payne, Graduate Student.

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Schneider, University of Delaware.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.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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Chang, R; Yethiraj, A.

The behavior of salt-free polyelectrolyte solutions at charged surfaces.

PROGRESS IN ORGANIC COATINGS, 47 (3-4): 331-336 SEP 2003.

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Reddy, G; Lawrence, CP; Skinner, JL; Yethiraj, A.

Liquid state theories for the structure of water.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 119 (24): 13012-13016 DEC 22 2003.

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Copyright © 2003 Thomson ISI

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An Invitation to Instruct in Science Saturdays and Science Is Fun Presentations

The Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy invites undergraduate and graduate students, post docs, staff, and faculty to participate in its expanded offerings of 2004. Science Saturdays is a hands-on program for middle school students and their parents/guardians offered several times during the academic year. One goal is to enhance the quality of learning by fostering a supportive family environment and providing a focus on topics of interest both to students and adults. Another goal is to develop both intellectual and hands-on skills that contribute to the joy of handling chemicals in safe and fun ways. Instructors will be trained to conduct different types of sessions as well as help develop new sessions in areas such as polymers, electrochemistry, material science and engineering, nanotechnology, acoustics, spectroscopy, etc.

 

Science Is Fun Presentations are offered both on and off Campus to a wide variety of audiences including students, teachers, parents, and members of the community at large. New instructors will gain experience in the safe and proper presentation of science demonstrations in school settings, shopping malls, and other public venues. New presenters will join an experienced staff who enjoy doing demonstrations and who continue to develop the art of presenting a science demonstration. Training will involve learning scientific principles and phenomena, preparation prior to presentation, developing skills for connecting with different audiences, mastering safety practices, staging and displaying demonstrations, and generally having fun. Anyone interested in checking and/or researching new demonstrations will be welcomed.

 

Weekly sessions will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. Other occasional meetings will be scheduled after the first meeting of the semester on January 23.

 

Undergraduate students may elect to register for credit in directed (Chemistry 299) or independent study (Chemistry 699). Graduate students may elect to receive seminar credit (Chemistry 901-The Teaching of Chemistry) or research credit (Chemistry 991) based on interest and consent of instructor.

 

For further information and to sign up for the second semester offerings please contact one of the following by e-mail or in person:

 

Dr. Rod Schreiner, Room 9349 , e-mail: SCHREINER@chem.wisc.edu,

Dr. Linda Zelewski, Room 9301, e-mail: Zelewski@chem.wisc.edu,

Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri, Room 9355, e-mail: bassam@chem.wisc.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Biological/Scientific C++ Programmer. MSD has continuing openings and is always seeking qualified scientific software programmers. Successful applicants will provide scientific computing support for national and international research and development projects in Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Proteomics at the US National Institutes of Health. Our clients produce some of the largest and most rapidly growing repositories of public biomedical data and analysis tools in the world. Must have a minimum of 3 years experience in C++ Development and 1 year of Perl. Candidates with PhD's or Master's in Genetics, Bioinformatics, Molecular/Micro Biology fields are highly desired. Position requires strong Analysis, organizational, written and verbal communications skills. Candidates must also have a strong background in Algorithm development, statistics and data extraction areas. Other desired skills include SQL and RDBMS Programming. Must meet all requirements to qualify. Other experience includes Gene Clustering areas. Please contact: Mona Jackson, NIH IT Recruiter, 131 Park St. N.E., Vienna, VA 22180, (O) 703-281-7440 x 149, (F) 703-242-4592, e-mails: mjackson@msdinc.com, cp1@msdinc.com, web address: http://www.msdinc.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Sabbatical Replacement - Visiting Assistant Professor / Instructor - Organic Chemistry. Beloit College seeks a one-year sabbatical replacement starting in August, 2004. This full-time 9-month position includes teaching two chemistry courses each semester, including the first and second semesters of organic chemistry. Candidates should have completed the requirements (or all requirements but the dissertation) for the Ph.D. degree by the starting date. To apply, send C.V., statement of teaching experience, transcripts, and names of three references to: Professor Brock Spencer, Chemistry Department, Beloit College, Beloit, WI 53511. E-mail: spencer@beloit.edu. Review of completed applications will begin February 15, 2004 and continue until the position is filled. For more information about Beloit College see: http://www.beloit.edu and http://www.beloit.edu/~chem/.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

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