Chemistry Newsletter - 01/31/2000

 

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XXXV No. 5 January 31th, 2000

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Chemical Clean Sweep Day

The University Safety Department has agreed to organize a chemical disposal day in the Chemistry Department on Monday, February 14. On this day, you may bring items for disposal to Room S352 in our building (north end of sub-basement), starting at 9 a.m. Any items other than waste solvents, radioactive materials, and large gas cylinders will be accepted, including unknowns and gas lecture bottles. No documentation will be required. Items for disposal will be accepted by appointment only. Go to Room S352 on February 14 to make an appointment.

Please use extraordinary caution in moving your chemicals to Room S352. Use secondary containment (bucket, trays, or boxes) for transportation of breakable containers. Do not double stack containers. A limited number of carts will be available outside Room S352. If a spill should occur, immediately use a chemical absorbent, and report the spill to UW Safety (call 9-444-6088 or go to Room S352). Any questions can be addressed to Tom Foseid (2-8745).

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Inorganic Chemistry Cumulative Exam Schedule, 2000

All cumes are in room 2373 from 9 am to noon.

**NEW DATE** February 12th
March 4th April 1st

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Finance Committee Meetings

The following dates have been confirmed for the Finance Committee Meetings this spring.

All of the meetings will be held on tuesday from 1:20 to 3:30 PM

February 15 February 29 March 21
April 4 April 25 May 23

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Wei Kong, Oregon State University. "Studies of Electronic Properties of Medium and Large Sized Molecules Oriented in a Strong Uniform Electric Field"

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room1227 Engineering Hall. Brian Kelley, Genetics Institute. "Chemical Engineering Contributions in Industrial Biotechnology"

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Thursday, February 3rd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Cara Jenkins, Graduate Student. "Peptic Nucleic Acids: Synthesis and Application"

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Tuesday, February 8th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Grant Smith, University of Utah. "Polymer Melt Dynamics: Experiment, Theory and Simulation"

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Tuesday, February 8th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Keith Woerpel, UC-Irvine.

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2000 - Joint Physical and Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. John Brauman, Stanford University. "Gas-Phase Ion Chemistry"

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Thursday, February 17th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Peter Petillo, University of Illinois-Urbana.

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Monday & Tuesday, February 21st and 22nd, 2000 - Willard Lecture Series, (21st) - 4:00 p.m., Room B371 and (22nd) - 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Alex Pines, University of California, Berkeley. (21st) - "Lights Up - NMR and MRI" - (22nd) - "Ups and Downs of Spins in Solids"

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Jim Morken, UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Thursday, February 24th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Martin Bevan, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, February 29th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Jim Prestegard, University of Georgia. "Dipolar Coupling in Magnetically Aligned Media: A New Approach to Protein Structure and Ligand Interaction"

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Tuesday, February 29th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Lectka, John Hopkins.

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Tami Raguse, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. W. E. Moerner, Stanford University. "Shedding Light on Single Molecules"

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Thursday, March 9th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Pengfei Wang, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor Bart Kahr, University of Washington.

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. William Thomas, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Charles Parmenter, Indiana University. "Intra-and Intermolecular Dynamics of Molecules with Internal Rotation"

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Tuesday, April 11st, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dor Ben-Amotz, Purdue University. "Measurement and Modeling of Solvation Forces and Fluctuations"

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Thursday, April 13th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Matthew Bursavich, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Lewis Rothberg, University of Rochester. "Making Light of Polymers"

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Thursday, April 20th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Andrew Hawk, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Irina Shkel, UW-Madison. "Salt Control of DNA Oligomer Binding in Technological Applications"

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor John R. Scheffer, UBC-Vancouver.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Byron Griffith, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dana Dlott, University of Illinois. "Vibrational Energy Relaxation in Liquids Studied by Ultrafast Two-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy"

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor Jumi Shin.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Robert Halter, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, May 9th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Grier, University of Chicago. "When Like Charges Attract: Surprises in Macroionic Interactions"

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2000 - (McElvain) - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Stanley Williams, Hewlett Packard. "Architectonics of Molecular Computers"

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Recent Publications

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Sitzman SD; Banfield JF; Valley JW.

Microstructural characterization of metamorphic magnetite crystals with implications for oxygen isotope distribution.

AMERICAN MINERALOGIST 2000, Vol 85, Iss 1, pp 14-21.

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Goodman L; Pophristic V; Weinhold F.

Origin of methyl internal rotation barriers.

ACCOUNTS OF CHEMICAL RESEARCH 1999, Vol 32, Iss 12, pp 983-993.

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Scalf M; Westphall MS; Smith LM.

Charge reduction electrospray mass spectrometry.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 2000, Vol 72, Iss 1, pp 52-60.

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Xu YH; Fujino T; Naito H; Dohmaru T; Oka K; Sohn H; West R.

Electroluminescent properties of a novel sigma*-pi* conjugated polymer, poly[1,1-(2,3,4,5-tetraphenylsilole)].

JAPANESE JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS PART 1-REGULAR PAPERS SHORT NOTES & REVIEW PAPERS 1999, Vol 38, Iss 12A, pp 6915-6918.

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Wang XG; Sibert EL; Martin JML.

Anharmonic force field and vibrational frequencies of tetrafluoromethane (CF4) and tetrafluorosilane (SiF4).

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2000, Vol 112, Iss 3, pp 1353-1366.

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Patra CN; Yethiraj A.

Generalized van der Waals density functional theory for nonuniform polymers.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2000, Vol 112, Iss 3, pp 1579-1584.

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Egorov SA; Skinner JL.

Vibrational energy relaxation of polyatomic solutes in simple liquids and supercritical fluids.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2000, Vol 112, Iss 1, pp 275-281.

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Zimmerman HE; Alabugin IV; Chen WS; Zhu ZN.

Dramatic effects of crystal morphology on solid state reaction course; Control by crystal disorder; Mechanistic and exploratory organic photochemistry.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 1999, Vol 121, Iss 50, pp 11930-11931.

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Smith GD; Paul W; Monkenbusch M; Willner L; Richter D; Qiu XH; Ediger MD.

Molecular dynamics of a 1,4-polybutadiene melt. Comparison of experiment and simulation.

MACROMOLECULES 1999, Vol 32, Iss 26, pp 8857-8865.

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Copyright � 2000 Institute for Scientific Information


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Integrated Science Program for Freshmen

Maria Klawe and Julyet Benbasat from the University of British Columbia are visiting 2/7-8 to discuss their integrated science program for freshmen, Science One, with many groups on campus. They will be speaking Monday, February 7 from 12:00-1:00 in 168 Noland Hall. This will be followed by an opportunity to discuss their program with them in a more interactive setting. Those of us who have been wanting to better connect biology, physics, chemistry and math should find this model particularly exciting. The title and abstract follow: Science One and Beyond: An Integrated Cohort Approach Transforming Undergraduate Science Education at UBC This seminar tells the story and inner workings of Science One, an integrated first year program offered to 72 students each year, and how, over its six year existence, Science One has been gradually transforming the educational experience for the other 6,000 science undergraduates at UBC. Science One has inspired a variety of new undergraduate programs and courses, and is changing both student and faculty expectations of undergraduate learning in science. Web site: http://www.science.ubc.ca/~science1/ .

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

http://www.chem.wisc.edu/placement/7news.html

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Education Outreach Postdoctoral Position at Stanford University effective July 2000. Education Outreach Coordinator at the Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA), an NSF sponsored partnership among Stanford University, IBM Almaden Research Center, and the University of California, Davis. Responsibilities: manage extensive summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and assist in the development of new science education initiatives with The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or a related field plus a demonstrated interest in education. Effective July 2000. Contact: Suzanne Orcutt, Assistant Director, CPIMA, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5025. E-mail: suzanne.orcutt@stanford.edu .FAX: (650) 725-5558. Web site: http://www.stanford.edu/group/CPIMA/ .

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York College of CUNY. Assistant Professor of Chemistry. (Tenure Track - Starting Date: September 1, 2000). Undergraduate teaching in instrumental analysis or organic chemistry and advanced electives. Applicant must be able to maintain an active research program supported by external funding and participate in departmental and college committees and activities. PhD and postdoctoral research experience in analytical/physical or organic/big-organic chemistry. Candidates should present evidence of their commitment to undergraduate teaching and research. Send cover letter, resume, names, addresses, telephone numbers of three (3) references, and a brief description of research interest to: CODE: Chem, Mr. A. Melendez, York College of CUNY, Room 2H05m 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11451.

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St. Lawrence University invites applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement position to begin in August 2000. A Ph.D. is required for a visiting assistant professorship. ABD candidates will receive consideration for appointment at the rank of instructor. Teaching responsibilities include introductory and advanced organic chemistry lectures and laboratories. Other teaching assignments will be based on departmental needs and strengths and interests of the successful candidate. The department offers an ACS approved major, minor and combined environmental studies-chemistry program. All chemistry majors complete a senior research project. Opportunities for faculty-student collaborative research will be provided along with support for professional development. Please forward a vita, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Prof. Larry French, Department of Chemistry, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617. The search committee will begin to review completed applications on Feb. 25, 2000.


POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Dr. Touradj Solouki of the University of Maine has a position available for an individual with a Ph.D. in chemistry and a specialty in mass spectrometry to participate in the development and application of ultra high-resolution mass spectrometric techniques for the analysis of small organic and inorganic molecules. The focus of this project is the rapid detection and identification of various analytes based on FT-ICR exact molecular mass assignment and multistage MSn mass spectrometry. The research will be performed with a newly acquired 7T FT-ICR mass spectrometer. The successful candidate will utilize various ionization methods such as EI, ESI and CI and separation techniques such as gas chromatography. Interested candidates should send a resume and two letters of recommendation to my attention: Dr. Touradj Solouki, 5706 Aubert Hall, Department of Chemistry, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Alternatively, application material may be sent electronically by e-mail to: solouki@maine.edu . This position is available immediately and offers excellent benefits; screening of applications continues until the position is filled.

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Professor David Lawrence of Albert Einstein College of Medicine is writing to inform you of the availability of several postdoctoral positions in his research group. He is particularly interested in identifying individuals with a strong chemistry background and the desire to apply the tools of chemistry to the design, synthesis, and evaluation of synthetic modulators (e.g. inhibitors) of protein kineses (combinatorial libraries), the preparation of fluorescent probes of protein kinase activity that function in living cells, and the creation of light-activatable enzymes. Although some background in biological chemistry is desirable, it is more important that the individual has a strong interest in participating in a multidisciplinary research program. The scientific environment at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is uniquely collaborative and highly interactive. The Department holds weekly journal club meetings that are attended by the majority of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in the Department. In addition, a second weekly meeting is held in which postdocs and graduate students are given the opportunity to discuss their ongoing research projects in an informal setting. The NMR and mass spectral facilities in the Department are superb and are thus able to support the strong chemical orientation of the research programs at Einstein. Any interested individuals should contact me at the address given or via e-mail at: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1300 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, New York 10461-1602, Phone: 718-430-2814, Fax: 718-430-8565, e-mail: dlawrenc@aecom.yu.edu.

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The Chemistry and Materials Division of the Research Department (Naval Aviation Science & Technology Office) at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California anticipates the availability of a postdoctoral research fellowship commencing in the last half of Fiscal Year 2000 (i.e., April-September 2000) in one or more of the following specialties of organic synthesis: organic nitramines; nitroaliphatic chemistry; saturated nitrogen heterocycles such as diazocines, pyrimidines, and azetidines; difluoramine and its derivatives; energetic fluorine chemistry; nitroheteroaromatic chemistry; organic laser dye chemistry; organic dendrimer chemistry. Upon formal application, candidates will develop a short research proposal of mutual interest. The annual stipend ranges from $36,000-$45,000 depending on postgraduate experience. Benefits include relocation expenses, medical and life insurance, and a professional travel allowance. Consult the program's Web sites: http://www.asee.org/postdoc/default.htm and http://www.onr.navy.mil/sci_tech/special/onrpgaju.htm . U.S. CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED. The next application deadline is 1 April 2000. Write or call the principal investigator to express interest: Dr. Robert Chapman, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (Code 4T4220D), China Lake, CA 93555; phone (760) 939-1663.

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