Chemistry Newsletter - 02/19/2001

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 8 February 19th, 2001

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Analytical Cume Schedule

Students will be notified one week in advance of the location and topic of the cume.

March 24, 2001 April 14, 2001

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Inorganic Cume Schedule

All cumes will be given at 9 am to Noon in room 2373, the dates are all Saturdays. You will be notified of the topic 10 days before the exam, at that time you will also know which professor is writing/giving the exam. If you have any questions please contact Kristi Heming or Paul Treichel (Chair of Inorganic).

March 24th April 28th

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Organic Cume Schedule

2000-2001 Organic Cumulative Examinations Schedule. All exams will be in Room B371 at 7:30 p.m.

March 1, 2001
April 5, 2001 May 3, 2001

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 8335 Chemistry

Mar. 6 Apr. 10 May 8

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Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays

1:20 PM - Chairs Office

Feb. 27
Mar. 20 Mar. 27 Apr. 3
Apr. 24 May 1 May 15

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mary Wirth, University of Delaware.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Christina Hacker, Graduate Student. "Reflectance Difference Spectroscopy on Anisotropic Organic Molecules on Silicon"

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Wednesday, February 21st, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Seth Marder, University of Arizona.

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Scott D. Hanton, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. "Understanding Polymer MALDI"

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 2255 Engineering Hall. Orlin Velev, University of Delaware. "Colloidal Engineering: Functional Materials and Devices Via Templated Assembly"

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Jianshu Cao, MIT. "Theoretical Studies of Room-Temperature Single Molecule Experiments"

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Sangwoon Yoon, Graduate Student. "Bimolecular Reactions of Vibrationally Excited Molecules"

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Jens Norskov, Technical University of Denmark. "Catalysis from First Principles"

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Wednesday, February 28th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Lee Sharp, Grinnell College.

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Thursday, March 1st, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Emily Smith, Graduate Student. "SPR Imaging Measurements of Protein-Peptide and DNA Protein Interactions"

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Rig Hernandez, Georgia Tech. "Chemistry in Changing Environments: A Theoretical Projection of Polymers and Proteins"

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Emily Smith, Graduate Student. "SPR Imaging Measurements of Peptide Arrays"

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Vankat Ganesan, University of California, Santa Barbara. "A New Computational Tool for the Science and Engineering of Advanced Materials"

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Tom Rauchfuss, University of Illinois.

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Thursday, March 8th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Liman Wang, Parr Memorial Award Recipient. "DNA Computing on Surfaces"

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Thursday, March 8th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Tom Eberline, Pennsylvania State Capitol College. "Integrating Computer-based Learning Materials into the Sophomore Organic Chemistry Sequence"

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Notre Dame. "Proton, Hydride, and Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer Reactions in Solution and Proteins"

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Silvia Cavagnero, UW-Madison. "Principles and Practice of Protein Folding in Real Cells"

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. John Bercaw. (McElvain)

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Professor Jacqueline K. Barton, California Institute of Technology. "DNA Charge Transport Chemistry"

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Ken Dill, UCSF. "Modeling Water and the Hydrophobic Effect"

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Andrei Piryatinski, UW-Madison. "Multidimentional Impulsive IR Spectroscopies: Molecular Structure and Vibrational Dynamics"

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Stanislav Shvartsman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Random Walks and Feedback Loops in Autocrine Cell Signaling"

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Julie Kovacs, University of Washington.

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Thursday, March 29th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Eileen Dimalanta, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Stephen B. Jaffe, Mobile Research & Development Corp. "Composition Based Modeling"

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Thursday, April 5th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Sang (Alex) Lim, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Ted Heilweil, NIST.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Marc Hillmyer, University of Minnesota. "Polylactide-Polyolefin Block Copolmymers as Mesoporous Polymer Precursors"

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Folami Ladipo, University of Kentucky.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Xingping (Ping) Su, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Wilson Ho, UC Irvine.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Courtney Thompson, Graduate Student. "Molecular Motions During Physical Aging in Polystyrene"

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Scott L. Diamond, University of Pennsylvania. "Fluid Mechanical Regulation of Cardiovascular Health and Disease"

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Ruma Banerjee, University of Nebraska.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Tian Wu, Graduate Student. "Transchip: A New System for in Vitro Whole Genome Studies of Transcription"

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Thursday, April 19th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mary Kirchoff, EPA. "Teaching Green Chemistry"

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Monday, April 23rd, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, (Joint with Macromolecules), 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Josef Michl.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2001 - Willard Lecture Series - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Sylvia Ceyer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Christoph Weise, Graduate Student. "Studies of Association Equilibria of Simple Amides with the Perfluoronated Surfactant Cesium PFO"

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Andrew C. Hillier, University of Virginia. "Towards the Discovery of Improved Fuel Cell Catalysts: Construction and Reactivity Imaging of Surface Gradients"

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Thursday, April 26th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Gordie Shaw, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Ad Bax, NIH. "NMR of Weakly Aligned Proteins and Nucleic Acids"

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Meredith Porembski, Graduate Student. "Single Molecule Studies of Biologically Relevant Systems"

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Zhen-Gang Wang, California Institute of Technology. "Computationally Guided Evolutionary Protein Design"

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Yves J. Chabal, Bell Labs, New Jersey. (McElvain). "Silicon Oxidation: A Vibrational Study of Oxygen Insertion into Si Surfaces Upon H2O or O2 Exposure"

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Marion O'Leary, Sacramento State University. "Cooperative Learning in Organic Chemistry"

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Reichmann, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Clayton J. Radke, University of California-Berkeley. "Engineering Soft Contract Lenses for Safe Wear"

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

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/areas/careers/7news.html

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is seeking applicants for the position of Director of the Research Resources Center (RRC). Today the RRC faces the future as an effectively managed research support service center playing a key role in the incorporation of new technologies with a growing user base. Given the recent growth of RRC services in the area of biotechnology, the preferred candidate should ideally have a strong background in this area. We seek a director who can effectively lead programmatic growth, has excellent communication skills, and who has demonstrated relevant research and management skills, preferably in an acaclemic environment. Applicants must possess a doctoral degree, five to ten years of related experience, and have knowledge of major instrumentation. Currently RRC research support servir.es include a DNA sequencing facility, a genomic facility, a protein laboratory, a transgenic production service, electron, confocal and Raman microscopy, NMR spectrometry, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, electronic and machine shops and a computer support group. The RRC is a campus-wide program that currently has thirty-six full time employees and provides support service to 430 investigators. The RRC, http://www.rrc.uic.edu/ is a division of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Director reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Resources. The University of Illinois at Chicago is an ambitious, urban, state-supported, Research I institution with world-renowned programs in biomedical, physical, chemical and engineering research. For fullest consideration, send a letter of application by March 15, 2001 with a complete profess'ional vita, and the names and addresses of at least three references whom we may contact, to: Dr. Brenda Russell, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, 310 Administrative Office Building (MC 672), 1737 West Polk Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60612-7227, email: Russell@uic.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Texas Lutheran University is seeking applicants for a tenure track position in Organic Chemistry at the assistant professor level. The successful candidate will teach organic and introductory chemistry and upper level courses in the area of his/her expertise. Candidates must possess a strong interest and proficiency in teaching at the undergraduate level and a well-defined plan for research with undergraduates. Responsibilities include advising undergraduates, teaching courses, participating in faculty governance through department, college, and university committees, engaging in scholarly and creative activities in the natural sciences, and participating in service activities within the local and professional communities. Duties for the position begin in August 2001. Requirements for this full-time, tenure track position include:

  • Earned doctorate with a broad interest in chemistry and natural science in general. For example, a candidate with an interest in chemistry and applications of chemistry to biology would be of particular interest to the university.
  • Commitment to excellence in the advising and teaching of undergraduate students in both natural science and the university's general curriculum.
  • Commitment to curriculum development and to course evaluation and revision to meet changing demands for chemistry programs.
  • Affirmation of the mission of Texas Lutheran University, a nationally recognized undergraduate university of the liberal arts and sciences in the Lutheran tradition (ELCA).

Anticipated rank is Assistant Professor. Position is for a regular academic year, with optional Summer School employment. Salary is favorably competitive with national BAII (Carnegie Classification) institutions. Benefits are excellent. Texas Lutheran University is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA's 28 colleges and universities value and practice academic freedom and prepare women and men for lives of leadership and service in a diverse world, For more information, consult the TLU web site at: http://www.tlu.edu. Please submit a letter of application addressing the above criteria, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and five references (names, addresses, and telephone numbers) to: Dr. John T. Sieben, Dean, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Texas Lutheran University, 1000 W. Court St., Seguin, TX 78155, FAX (830) 372-6095 Phone: (830) 372-6007 e-mail: jsicben@tlu.edu. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2001, and continue until the position is filled.

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Department has an opening for a summer lecturer in General Chemistry 104. The position is a 75% appointment to lecture, hold office hours, supervise lab and perform related duties during the 2001 8-Week Summer Session. The position begins June 18, 2001 and ends August 12, 2001. PhD in Chemistry or chemistry-related field required; experience teaching some level of college chemistry required. We would like to begin interviewing during the week of February 26, but will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Send applications to: Prof. John Moore, Chemistry Department, 1101 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706. Reference PVL #39081.

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Department has an opening for a summer lecturer in Organic Chemistry 343. The position is a 75% appointment to lecture, hold office hours, supervise lab (Chem 344) and perform related duties during the 2001 8-Week Summer Session. The position begins June 18, 2001 and ends August 12, 2001. ABD in Chemistry or chemistry-related field required; PhD strongly preferred. Knowledge of and familiarity with Organic Chemistry required. Send applications by Thursday, March 15, 2001 to: Prof. Samuel Gellman, Chemistry Department, 1101 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706. Reference PVL #39103.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Kenneth M. Nicholas of University of Oklahoma has a postdoctoral position open immediately in his group to join our continuing studies of carbon dioxide activation and conversion by transition metal complexes. Our efforts will concentrate on the development of new catalytic carboxylation reactions and related processes which form C-C bonds using CO2. Recent relevant publications include: 1) M. Shi and K. M. Nicholas, "Palladium- Catalyzed Carboxylation of Allyl Stannanes", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1997, 119, 5057. 2) R. J. Franks and K. M. Nicholas, "Palladium-Catalyzed Carboxylative Coupling of Allyl Stannanes and Allyl Halides", Organometallics, 2000, 19, 1458. He is seeking highly motivated and skilled candidates with a good background in synthetic organotransition metal chemistry, development of new synthetic organic methods, and/or homogeneous catalysis.Please bring this opportunity to the attention of suitable individuals in your group and/or department. A 12 month stipend of $24,000 with health insurance is anticipated. Applicants should send me a vita (email is OK) and have at least two letters of recommendation forwarded as soon as possible. More information about my group's projects and the Department can be found at: http://www.cheminfo.chem.ou.edu. Send to: Kenneth M. Nicholas, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019 USA, Phone: 405-325-3696, Fax: 405-325-6111, email: knicholas@ou.edu.

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