Chemistry Newsletter - 01/22/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 4 January 22nd, 2007

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

 

2/13/2007

 

3/13/2007

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

 

1/23/2007

2/06/2007

2/20/2007

3/06/2007

3/20/2007

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/15/2007

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kevin W. Plaxco, University of California Santa Barbara. “Better Living Through Biosensors”

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Thursday, January 25th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Seo Bong Chang (Smith Group) and Danielle Swaney (Coon Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, January 25th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joseph Stringer, Graduate Student, Blackwell Group.

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Thursday, January 25th, 2007 - Genomics Seminar, 2:30 p.m., Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111. Annelise Barron, Ph.D. Northwestern University. “DNA Sequencing by Free-Solution Microchannel Electrophoresis of DNA-Polyamide Conjugates”

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arun Yethiraj, UW-Madison Chemistry Department. “Matrix: Dynamics of Fluid in Disordered Materials”

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marc A. Hillmyer, University of Minnesota. “Self-assembly of Multicomponent Block Copolymers in Dilute Solution”

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Thursday, February 1st, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kristy Kounovsky (Schwartz Group) and Smitha Jha (Keuch Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Garegin A. Papoian, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Exploring Protein Energy Landscapes with Free Energy Techniques”

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones, University of Bristol, UK. “What Goes Around Comes Around – Exploring Homogeneous Transition Metal Mediated Catalysis”

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Thursday, February 8th, 2007 - Materials and Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ned B. Bowden, University of Iowa.

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Thursday, February 8th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tamas Benkovics, Graduate Student, Yoon Group.

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Norbert F. Scherer, University of Chicago.

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ann Valentine, Yale University.

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Thursday, February 15th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ruibing Chem (Li Group) and Tim Schramm (Schwartz Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, February 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. James Hrovat, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007,   11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Todd J. Martinez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Learning Design Rules for Light-Driven Molecular Devices from First Principles Dynamics”

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Buhro, Washington University.

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Monday, February 26th, 2007 - Joint Organic/InOrganic Seminar - Sprague Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Koichi Komatsu, Kyoto University, Japan. “Chemistry of p-Conjugated Systems Having s-p Interaction with Rigid s-Frameworks”

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Feigenson, Cornell University. “Phase Behavior of Complex Lipid Bilayer Mixtures: An Interesting State of Matter--but Should Cell Biologists Care?”

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 - Organic Seminar - Sprague Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Koichi Komatsu, Kyoto University, Japan. “Organic Chemistry of Fullerenes: Solid-State Reaction to Molecular Surgery”

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Thursday, March 1st, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Beth Landis (Hamers Group) and Jeannine Szczech (Jin Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, March 1st, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brent Bastian, Graduate Student, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Bowman, Emory University. “Ab initio-based Potential Energy Surfaces and Dynamics Using Them”

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrei Yudin, University of Toronto. “Construction of Complex Amines: Mechanistic Insights and Synthetic Applications”

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Kost, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

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Thursday, March 8th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Graeme McAlister (Coon Group) and David Good (Coon Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, March 8th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Katherine Traynor, Graduate Student, McMahon Group.

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Friday, March 9th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Michael Westrick, Sterling Vineyards. “Commercial Winemaking, Home Winemaking and Careers in the Wine Business”

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Green, Penn State University.

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - Joint Analytical/PChem Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Haw Yang, Penn State University.

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jessica Menke, Graduate Student, McMahon Group.

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Emily A. Carter, Princeton University. “What to do when Density Functional Theory Fails? Beyond DFT to Improved Descriptions of Materials Behavior”

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Adrian Whitty, Biogen Idec Inc.

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Albena Ivanisevic, Purdue University.

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Morin (Jin Group) and Mohanna Ray (Schwartz Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentation”

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Margrith Mattman, Graduate Student, Blackwell Group.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Warren Piers, University of Calgary, Canada.

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Thursday, March 29th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Cynthia M. Friend, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Angeles Paz, Colonia San Pedro Zacatenco, Mexico.

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Friday, April 6th, 2007 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. F. Dean Toste, University of California-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Ritchie, Purdue University.

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alan Goldman, Rutgers University.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - McElvain Series Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Don Hunt, University of Virginia.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth Moscato-Goodpaster, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, University of California, Irvine. “Reactions at Interfaces in the Atmosphere and Why We Should Care”

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Victor Snieckus, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Jorgensen, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rebecca Splain, Graduate Student, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - Second Annual Shain Colloquium Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dan Nocera, MIT. “The Energy Future of our Planet: Chemistry to the Rescue”

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur G. Suits, Wayne State University. “Lost in Configuration Space: Probing Novel Reaction Mechanisms with High-Resolution Imaging”

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paramjit Arora, New York University.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Finke, Colorado State.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Ann Carroll, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peerasak Paoprasert, Graduate Student, Gopalan Group.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phillip Geissler, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan Kahne, Harvard University.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justine Roth, Johns Hopkins University.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Mark Wightman, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Maren Buck, Graduate Student, Lynn Group.

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Friday, May 4th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: An Effective Program for Building Diversity in the Sciences”

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts University. “Getting Surfaces to Reveal Secrets via Probing with Small Molecules”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Zhang (Stahl Group) and Xiaoyu Wang (Hamers Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Julee Byram, Graduate Student, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David MacMillan, Princeton University.

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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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Multilayered films fabricated from combinations of degradable polyamines: Tunable erosion and release of anionic polyelectrolytes*.

Zhang, J; Lynn, DM*.

MACROMOLECULES 39 (26): 8928-8935 DEC 26 2006.

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Stabilizing and destabilizing effects of phenylalanine -> F-5-phenylalanine mutations on the folding of a small protein.

Woll, MG; Hadley, EB; Mecozzi, S*; Gellman, SH*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 128 (50): 15932-15933 DEC 20 2006.

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"Proton holes" in long-range proton transfer reactions in solution and enzymes: A theoretical analysis.

Riccardi, D; Konig, P; Prat-Resina, X; Yu, HB; Elstner, M; Frauenheim, T; Cui, Q*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 128 (50): 16302-16311 DEC 20 2006.

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Dynamics in glass-forming mixtures: Comparison of behavior of polymeric and non-polymeric components.

Ediger, MD*; Lutz, TR; He, YY.

JOURNAL OF NON-CRYSTALLINE SOLIDS 352 (42-49): 4718-4723 Sp. Iss. SI NOV 15 2006.

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Generation and characterization of phase and amplitude shaped femtosecond mid-IR pulses.

Shim, SH; Strasfeld, DB; Zanni, MT*.

OPTICS EXPRESS 14 (26): 13120-13130 DEC 25 2006.

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An antiparallel alpha-helical coiled-coil model system for rapid assessment of side-chain recognition at the hydrophobic interface.

Hadley, EB; Gellman, SH*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 128 (51): 16444-16445 DEC 27 2006.

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Excited-state mixed-valence distortions in a diisopropyl diphenyl hydrazine cation.

Jenny, VL; Jeffrey, IZ; Luo, Y; Weaver, MN; Konradsson, AE; Fowble, JW; Nelsen, SF*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 128 (51): 16524-16531 DEC 27 2006.

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Ring opening of 2,5-didehydrothiophene: Matrix photochemistry of C4H2S isomers.

Kim, YS; Inui, H; McMahon, RJ*.

JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 71 (26): 9602-9608 DEC 22 2006.

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Staudinger ligation of peptides at non-glycyl residues.

Soellner, MB; Tam, A; Raines, RT*.

JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 71 (26): 9824-9830 DEC 22 2006.

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Valence and extra-valence orbitals in main group and transition metal bonding.

Landis, CR*; Weinhold, F*.

JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY 28 (1): 198-203 JAN 15 2007.

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Commentary - Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative...?

Middlecamp, CH*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 84 (1): 31-31 JAN 2007.

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Roles of salt and conformation in the biological and physicochemical behavior of protegrin-1 and designed analogues: Correlation of antimicrobial, hemolytic, and lipid bilayer-perturbing activities.

Lai, JR; Epand, RF; Weisblum, B; Epand, RM; Gellman, SH*.

BIOCHEMISTRY 45 (51): 15718-15730 DEC 26 2006.

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Ultrasensitive near-infrared integrated cavity output spectroscopy technique for detection of CO at 1.57 mu m: new sensitivity limits for absorption measurements in passive optical cavities.

Engel, GS; Drisdell, WS; Keutsch, FN*; Moyer, EJ; Anderson, JG.

APPLIED OPTICS 45 (36): 9221-9229 DEC 20 2006.

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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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Valparaiso University, Department of Chemistry. Tenure-track Biochemistry faculty position, preferably at the assistant professor level and preferably with bio-analytical or bio-physical interests, beginning in August, 2007. Candidates should have (or be completing) the Ph.D. Dedication to excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning is imperative. This includes directing vigorous undergraduate research. Send resume, statement of teaching and research interests, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Warren M. Kosman, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso IN 46383-6493 by March 1, 2007. Valparaiso University is a distinguished private university of 3600 students, one hour southeast of Chicago. Candidate must be willing to work in a scholarly community committed to Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition.

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Organic Chemistry. Visiting Assistant Professor, Simpson College. Simpson College has a full time one semester sabbatical replacement position to teach organic chemistry including lab during the Fall 2007 semester. This is an excellent opportunity for a postdoc or advanced graduate student interested in teaching at a primarily undergraduate institution to gain teaching experience. Applicants should have completed an M.S. degree or be ABD in a Ph.D program in organic chemistry. A strong commitment to undergraduate teaching expected. Send application letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Werner Kolln, Simpson College, 701 N. C St., Indianola, IA 50125 or e-mail to: werner.kolln@simpson.edu. The Simpson campus in Indianola, IA is located just 12 minutes from Des Moines, the capital of Iowa. Simpson College is regularly listed in U.S. News and World Report's the top-10 of Midwestern colleges for quality and value. Go to: http://www.simpson.edu/hr/jobs/index.html for additional information.

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Research Assistant - Kansas State University. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a 9 month term research assistant position. The successful applicant must have a Ph. D. in chemistry with experience in synthesis and characterization of nanoscale materials, and some experience in environmental chemistry would be ideal. We desire someone with experience in photochemistry with training in inorganic, materials, and/or physical chemistry. This research assistant would carry out laboratory research in the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials, and investigation of their chemical and photochemical properties. Nanoparticle (spheres, rods and other shapes) of metals and metal oxides are of interest. Applicants should submit a resume and letters of reference to: Professor Kenneth J. Klabunde, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, 66506. Screening will commence on February 1, 2007 and continues until a suitable candidate is found. Details of the department can be found at http://www.ksu.edu/chem.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Bowling Green State University. Postdoctoral position in Photochemistry. Date Posted: 01/14/2007. A postdoctoral position will be available starting March 1, 2007 to study the photoinduced electron transfer in hydrogen-bonded donor-acceptor systems. Experience in femtosecond laser spectroscopy is required. Some experience with computational chemistry using Gaussian software is preferred. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and curriculum vitae to: kglusac@bgsu.edu. Contact: Ksenija D. Glusac, Chemistry, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, Phone: 419 372 3229, Email: kglusac@bgsu.edu. Website: http://personal.bgsu.edu/~kglusac/

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