Chemistry Newsletter - 03/05/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 10 March 5th, 2001

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Congratulations to Peter Belshaw

Congratulations to Peter Belshaw on winning a New Investigator Award in Pharmacology from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund! The award provides $210,000 in unrestricted research support. Congratulations Peter!!

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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

Inorganic cume will be given at 7:30 p.m., in room B371. 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).

April 5th 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.

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

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

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SEMINARS

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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 Education Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Thomas Eberlein, Penn State Capital College, Schuylkill Campus. "Combining Traditional and Modern Techniques in Teaching Organic Chemistry"

 

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Thursday, March 8th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 3609 Engineering Hall. Burkhard Duenweg, MPI for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany. "Simulation of the Dynamics of Polymers in Solution Via a Hybrid Molecular Dynamics - Lattice Boltzmann Scheme"

 

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Thursday, March 8th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. John Wood, Yale University.

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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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Tuesday, March 20th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. T. Lectka.

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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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Thursday, March 22nd, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Rich Roberts, California Institute of Technology. "Discovery of RNA binding peptides using in vitro selection. Trillions of Molecules, so little time"

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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, Mobil 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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Thursday, April 12th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Kevin Jantzi, 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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Tuesday, April 17th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Shair.

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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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Thursday, April 19th, 2001 - Industrial McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Bruce Dorsey, Merck Research Labs.

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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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Monday, April 23th, 2001 - Hirschmann Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Ronald Breslow, Columbia University. "Biomimetic Chemistry"

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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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Tuesday, April 24th, 2001 - Hirschmann Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Ronald Breslow, Columbia University. "The Chelate Effect in Organic Chemistry"

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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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Thursday, April 26th, 2001 - Hirschmann Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Ronald Breslow, Columbia University. "Hydrophobic and Antihydrophobic Effects in Organic Chemistry"

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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, May 1st, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Meredith Porembski, UW-Madison. "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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Thursday, May 3rd, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Daniel Veber, SmithKline Beechman.

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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 Contact Lenses for Safe Wear"

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Geoff Coates.

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Thursday, May 10th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dave Rotella, Bristol Myers Squibb. "Discovery and Optimization of PDE5 Inhibitors"

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ATTENTION GRADUATE STUDENTS

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IMPORTANT DATES:

MINOR AGREEMENT FORMS: The Graduate School requires that the minor program be outlined in an agreement which is approved by the Department no later than halfway through completion of the sequence minor courses. The minor requirement is normally completed by the second year of Graduate School. Minor Agreement forms are available in Room 1120.

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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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Assistant in Chemistry Postdoctoral Program, Department of Chemistry, University of Florida. This position was established to support the research group efforts for the Chair of Chemistry at the University of Florida. The position will be available early 2001 with a flexible starting date. An appropriate individual for the position will have strong communication skills, leadership ability, and excellent scientific training. The specific area of emphasis in research is relatively open, so a background in any number of areas of inorganic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, or related fields could be appropriate. Strong technical abilities and an unusually broad perspective on chemistry are desirable. Duties will include general assistance in preparation of manuscripts, proposals, and editing of student reports, so very good writing skills are necessary. The research component of the position will involve work in the general areas of oxidation chemistry and catalysis, with possible projects focusing on biochemical oxidations (related to oxidative stress), synthetic methods, kinetics and mechanisms, hydrocarbon oxidations of industrial relevance, and applications of mass spectrometric methods to such problems. Applicants with an interest in gaining teaching experience may have the opportunity to teach in the Department of Chemistry at the undergraduate level. The salary will reflect the experience and background of the successful candidate and can be significantly higher than usual academic postdoctoral salaries. Employment carries full University of Florida employee benefits, including medical coverage. Interested individuals can contact: David E. Richardson, Department of Chemistry, PO Box 117200, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611-7200. E-mail: der@chem.ufl.edu; Fax: 3521-392-3255.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Chemistry Department at Bucknell University seeks outstanding candidates for a one-year (2001-02) appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Teaching will involve general chemistry and either physical or biophysical chemistry. A Ph.D is preferred; ABDs will be considered. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching skill and experience, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor James Swan, Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Review of applications will begin on 30 March 2001.

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Mercer University. The Department of Chemistry announces a search to fill a position at the Visiting Assistant Professor level. The primary duties will be in first-year chemistry, undergraduate research, and the College of Liberal Arts' interdisciplinary curriculum. Faculty duties will commence August 2001. Mercer University is a comprehensive institution of 6,800 students enrolled in eight colleges and schools. The historic core of the University, the College of Liberal Arts, is a selective institution serving 1,900 students. The University and College associate with a rich Baptist heritage with educational programs distinguished by their rigor and academic freedom. Ph.D.-holding applicants should send a letter of interest, vitae, the names and e-mail addresses of three references, undergraduate research proposals, teaching philosophy, and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts to: Dr. D. Scott Davis, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Mercer University, Macon, GA 31207; fax: 478-301-2802; e-mail: davis_ds@mercer.edu. Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Dr. Tim Boyle and Rick Kemp will be looking to fill several (3-4) postdoctoral research associate positions in the very near future to work with us at the Advanced Materials Lab at Sandia in Albuquerque, NM. Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with a Ph.D. in inorganic or organometallic chemistry, electrochemistry, or materials science and catalysis. The position offers a competitive salary and benefits. US citizenship preferred, but permanent authorization to work in the US is required. Successful candidates must be able to conduct independent research on the synthesis and characterization of novel, air-sensitive compounds for use as controlled morphological and size distribution precipitates for basic nanoparticle research, catalyst precursors, and/or battery components. Experience with inert atmosphere synthesis, multi-nuclear NMR, X-ray analyses (single crystal and XRD), electrochemistry and/or SEM are preferred. Please send resumes to: Dr. Tim Boyle, Sandia National Laboratory, 1001 University Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87105, e-mail: tjboyle@sandia.gov.

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Dr. Steven Kaganove and colleagues at the Michigan Molecular Institute have recently secured a sizable, multi-year grant from the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Fund to develop new dendrimer-based colorimetric biosensors. To help realize this vision, we are seeking a postdoctoral fellow with experience in the area of synthetic organic/polymer chemistry. This position will require excellent synthetic and characterization skills. In addition, experience with dendritic or hyperbranched polymers, star polymers, conjugated polymers, photo- polymerization, chemical and/or biological sensors, solution and interfacial behavior of polymers, organic thin films or LB films would be a plus. Information about the institute is available at our web site at: http://www.mmi.org. This position includes health benefits, dental and a generous vacation plan. Interested candidates should contact: Steven Kaganove, Associate Scientist, Michigan Molecular Institute, 1910 West Saint Andrews Road, Midland, MI 48640, e-mail: kaganove@mmi.org, phone: (517) 832-5555 ext. 643.

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