Chemistry Newsletter - 02/05/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 6 February 5th, 2007

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GSFLC Poster Session at Union South

The GSFLC is having poster session on March 22 in Union South at 4:00pm. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you there in March!

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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

 

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, 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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Monday, February 12th, 2007 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Truskett, The University of Texas at Austin. “Clarifying Some Basic Consequences of Confinement for Fluids”

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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 Chen (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, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 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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Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Chemistry. Professor Frank A. Weinhold, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison. “Water Wars: Some Reflections on the Nature of Hydrogen Bonding”

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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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Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards

Information about the UW-Madison internal competition for the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface has been posted at the following web site: http://info.gradsch.wisc.edu/research/institutionalnom.html. This program provides up to $500,000 over five years to support postdocs with backgrounds in the physical/computational sciences whose work addresses biological questions and who are dedicated to pursuing careers in academic research. The award bridges the postdoctoral appointment and early years of a faculty appointment.

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Recent Publications

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Organic glasses with exceptional thermodynamic and kinetic stability.

Swallen, SF; Kearns, KL; Mapes, MK; Kim, YS; McMahon, RJ*; Ediger, MD*; Wu, T; Yu, L; Satija, S.

SCIENCE 315 (5810): 353-356 JAN 19 2007.

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Solution structure of a small protein containing a fluorinated side chain in the core.

Cornilescu, G; Hadley, EB; Woll, MG; Markley, JL; Gellman, SH*; Cornilescu, CC.

PROTEIN SCIENCE 16 (1): 14-19 JAN 2007.

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(alpha/beta+alpha)-Peptide antagonists of BH3 Domain/Bcl-x(L) recognition: Toward general strategies for foldamer-based inhibition of protein-protein interactions.

Sadowsky, JD; Fairlie, WD; Hadley, EB; Lee, HS; Umezawa, N; Nikolovska-Coleska, Z; Wang, SM; Huang, DCS; Tomita, Y; Gellman, SH*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (1): 139-154 JAN 10 2007.

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Vibrational energy relaxation of azide in water.

Li, SZ; Schmidt, JR; Skinner, JL*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 125 (24): Art. No. 244507 DEC 28 2006.

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Time scales and pathways of vibrational energy relaxation in liquid CHBr3 and CDBr3.

Ramesh, SG; Sibert, EL*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 125 (24): Art. No. 244512 DEC 28 2006.

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Relaxation of the CH stretch in liquid CHBr3: Solvent effects and decay rates using classical nonequilibrium simulations.

Ramesh, SG; Sibert, EL*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 125 (24): Art. No. 244513 DEC 28 2006.

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Interplay among folding, sequence, and lipophilicity in the antibacterial and hemolytic activities of alpha/beta-peptides.

Schmitt, MA; Weisblum, B; Gellman, SH*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (2): 417-428 JAN 17 2007.

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Neutral loss of water from the b ions with histidine at the C-terminus and formation of the c ions involving lysine side chains.

Fu, Q; Li, LJ*.

JOURNAL OF MASS SPECTROMETRY 41 (12): 1600-1607 DEC 2006.

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Selective patterned growth of silicide nanowires without the use of metal catalysts.

Schmitt, AL; Jin, S*.

CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS 19 (2): 126-128 JAN 23 2007.

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Mechanism of cyclopropanol to cyclopropanol isomerization mediated by Ti(IV) and a Lewis acid.

Casey, CP*; Strotman, NA.

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY-REVUE CANADIENNE DE CHIMIE 84 (10): 1208-1217 OCT 2006.

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The utility of ETD mass spectrometry in proteomic analysis.

Mikesh, LM; Ueberheide, B; Chi, A; Coon, JJ*; Syka, JEP; Shabanowitz, J; Hunt, DF.

BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA ACTA-PROTEINS AND PROTEOMICS 1764 (12): 1811-1822 DEC 2006.

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Supplemental activation method for high-efficiency electron-transfer dissociation of doubly protonated peptide precursors.

Swaney, DL; McAlister, GC; Wirtala, M; Schwartz, JC; Syka, JEP; Coon, JJ*.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 79 (2): 477-485 JAN 15 2007.

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Copyright © 2007 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Beloit College - Instrument Specialist. Beloit College seeks a Science Division Instrument Specialist to work with science faculty to support instruction and research. This full time, year round, administrative position, with the option for some teaching and research, starts August, 2007. Candidates should have completed the requirements (or all requirements but the dissertation) for the Ph.D. degree by the starting date. More information on line at: http://www.beloit.edu/~humanres/employment.shtml. To apply, send C.V., statement of instrumentation experience, transcripts, and names of three references to: Doreen Dalman, Instrument Specialist Search, Beloit College, Beloit, WI 53511, e-mail: dalmand@beloit.edu. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1, 2007 and as received until the position is filled. Beloit College is committed to the education benefits of diversity and urges all interested individuals to apply. AA/EEO Employer.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Bradley University invite, applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Bioanalytical or Natural Products Chemistry starting fall 2007. Prior to the appointment date, a Ph.D. in Chemistry or Biochemistry is required. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Candidates are expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program and pursue excellence in research and teaching at both the undergraduate and M.S. level. Teaching responsibilities may include analytical, biochemistry, general chemistry, and associated labs. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of all transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, research interests. start-up requirements. and three letters of recommendation to: Chair of Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Bradley University, Peoria, IL 61625. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Information about the position and the Department can be found at: http://www.bradley.edu/las/chm.

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A one-year leave replacement position in biochemistry is available at the College of Wooster. The position has been advertised in C&EN and a full description of the appointment is also posted online at: http://www.wooster.edu/chemistry/Leave_Replacement.pdf.

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Pierce College, a Community College near Tacoma, Washington is currently accepting applications for two tenure track Chemistry Instructors. One position will be at our campus in Lakewood, WA and the other will be at our campus in Puyallup, WA. Course assignments will range from Introduction to Chemistry for non-science majors to General Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers and may also include Organic Chemistry for Science majors. We are especially interested in applicants who have demonstrated success teaching chemistry to a diverse audience. Further information may be found at the Pierce College website: http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/Pers. Contact: Karen Harding, Chemistry Department Coordinator, Pierce College, 9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98403, phone: 253-964-6674, e-mail: kharding@pierce.ctc.edu.

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Valparaiso University, Department of Chemistry. Biochemistry tenure-track faculty position, assistant professor, beginning August, 2007. Prefer bio-analytical or bio-physical interests. Candidate should have or be completing Ph.D. Dedication to excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning is imperative, including directing vigorous undergraduate research. Send CV, statements of teaching and research interests, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Warren M. Kosman, Department of Chemistry, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 46383 by March 1, 2007. Valparaiso University is a distinguished private university of 3900 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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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Atmospheric Particle Chemistry Postdoc Position. Postdoctoral position is available at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The research focuses on laboratory and field studies of physical and chemical properties of individual aerosol particles using our single particle mass spectrometer and a variety of other aerosol instrumentation. Qualified candidate will work closely with senior scientists to design and execute field and laboratory experiments and tests. A Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, atmospheric sciences or a related discipline is required. Prior hands-on experience with instrument design, standard aerosol instrumentation, mass spectrometry, vacuum techniques and lasers is essential as well as practice with complex data analysis and computer programming skills. Additional skills include experience in working in a research team environment; good oral and written communications; interpersonal skills; initiative; the ability to collaborate effectively on teams; creative/innovative thinking. Minimum Requirements: A PhD in chemistry, physics, atmospheric sciences or a related discipline is required; Must meet minimum requirements to receive further consideration. Qualifications: Experience with complex data analysis; Hands-on experience with instrument design, standard aerosol instrumentation, mass spectrometry, vacuum techniques and lasers; Experience working collaboratively within a research team. This Job ID (112079) replaces Job ID (111064). If you have applied for Job ID (111064) there is no need to re-apply. Jennifer Downing, phone: 509-375-3846, e-mail: jennifer.downing@pnl.gov. About Tri-Cities: http://www.visittri-cities.com/.

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