Chemistry Newsletter - 03/10/2003

 

University of Wisconsin Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVII - No. 10 March 10th, 2003

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Rakwoo Chang Given Frank J. Padden, Jr. Award of the American Physical Society

The Department has just learned that Rakwoo Chang was given the Frank J. Padden, Jr. Award of the American Physical Society at its 2003 March meeting. Rakwoo is a physical chemistry graduate student working with Professor Arun Yethiraj. The Padden Award recognizes a graduate student for "Excellence in Polymer Physics Research", and is awarded to the outstanding PhD student engaged in polymer physics research. Congratulations to Rakwoo!

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Oxygen Symposium - Saturday, March 29th, 2003.

Registration Form at end of this Newsletter.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

March 11th, 2003

April 8th, 2003

May 13th, 2003

 

Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays ---1:20 PM - Chair’s Office

March 18th, 2003

April 1st, 2003

April 15th, 2003

May 6th, 2003

May 20th, 2003

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Hunkyun Pak, Graduate Student. “Lattice constants controlled self-assembled patterns of paramagnetic dots on a liquid/liquid interface under strong magnetic field”

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 9:45 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Holz, Utah State University.

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael Krische, University of Texas. “Catalytic Cycloreductions, Cycloadditions and Cycloisomerizations: Enones as Latent Enolates in Catalysis”

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Silvia Cavagnero, UW Madison. “Towards a Better Understanding of in Vitro and Cotranslational Protein Folding”

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2003 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. James C. Liao, UCLA. “Engineering Intracellular Control”

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Chan, Ohio State University.

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Thursday, March 13th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Millicent Firestone, Argonne National Laboratory. “Biologically Inspired Materials: Towards Nanomachines”

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Thursday, March 13th and Friday March 14th, 2003 - Willard Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Carlos Bustamante, UC-Berkeley.

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Thursday, March 13th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marissa Rosen, Graduate Student. “Asymmetric Synthesis of a-Amino Acids”

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Thursday, March 13th, 2003 - Willard Lecturer, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Carlos Bustamante, UC-Berkeley. “Recent Advances in Single Molecule Biophysics: Manipulation Status in Biophysics”

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Friday, March 14th, 2003 - Willard Lecturer, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Carlos Bustamante, UC-Berkeley. “Grabbing the Cat by the Tails: Studies of DNA Packaging by Single ø29 Bacteriophage Particles Using Optical Tweezers”

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matry Kirk, University of Mexico.

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Kent Meyer, Graduate Student. “Fully resonant 2D infrared four-wave mixing and its analogy to 2D NMR: Recent results with nickel carbonyl compounds”

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2003 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Peter A. Monson, University of Massachusetts. “Solid-Fluid Equilibrium: From Molecular Structure to Phase Diagrams”

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2003 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jon Lai, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, March 27th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dalia Dhingra, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, March 27th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rachel Weller, Graduate Student.

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Saturday, March 29th, 2003 - Oxygen Symposium, 9:00 a.m., Room TBA, Chemistry Building. Speakers include: Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann.

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Monday, March 31st, 2003, - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. J. Daniel Gezelter, University of Notre Dame.

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Monday, March 31st, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrei Yudin, University of Indiana.

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Huib Bakker, AMOLF Amsterdam, to be announced.

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Wayne Kontur, Graduate Student. “Urea effects on the kinetics of transcription initiation for RNA polymerase”

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2003 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2003 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. A. Z. Panagiotopoulos, Princeton University. “Phase Transitions in Ionic and Colloid-Polymer Systems”

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Angela Wilks, University of Maryland.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Levis, Temple University. “Controlling Chemical Reactivity With Tailored Strong Field Laser Pulses”

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jodie Brice, Graduate Student.

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Friday, April 4th, 2003 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Lindley.

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Vanden Bout, University of Texas, to be announced.

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Sam Glass, Graduate Student. “The role of temperature in collisions and reactions of HCl(g) with supercooled sulfuric acid”

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Fred Wudl, UCLA. “The Organic Chemistry of a Plastic That is Self-Repairable Multiple Times”

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2003 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Kristen Fichthorn, Penn State. “Molecular Simulation of Nanotechnology”

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Thursday, April 10th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hua Yu, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 10th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reagan Miller, Graduate Student.

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Friday, April 11th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shiping Fang, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Neumark, UC-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lyle Isaacs, UMD. “Methylene Bridged Glycoluril Dimers”

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Mark Davis, Caltech. “Engineering of Synthetic Gene Delivery Systems”

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Wilker, Purdue University.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Thomas R. R. Pettus, University of Santa Barbara. “Applications of o-Quinone Methides and p-Quinols in Natural Product Synthesis”

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Thursday, April 17th, 2003 - Analytical McElvain Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Anne L. Plant, NIST.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tami Lasseter, Graduate Student.

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Friday, April 18th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kyubong Jo, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 21st, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Christopher Bardeen, University of Illinois.

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Monday, April 21st, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Vincent Pecoraro, University of Michigan.

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Keyes, Boston University. “Instantaneous Normal Modes, The Potential Energy Landscape, And Dynamics In Supercooled Liquids”

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Tuesday, April 22th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Lenny Sheps, Graduate Student. “Vibrationally driven bimolecular reactions in the liquid phase”

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Emily Carter, UCLA. “Linking Quantum and Continuum Mechanics to Study Materials Under Chemical and Mechanical Stress”

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Thursday, April 24th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jian Zhang, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew Bowman, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 28th, 2003, - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Carlos Simmerling, SUNY, Stony Brook.

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Walker, University of Maryland, College Park. “Solvation at Surfaces: Profiling Interfacial solvent Polarity with Molecular Rulers.”

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Tingting Liu, Graduate Student. “Single-molecule fluorescence study of Cytoplasmic domain of Synaptotagmin I on solid supported planar lipid membrane”

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Monday, April 30th, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ken Karlin, Johns Hopkins University.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor James Schauer, UW Madison- Engineering. “Chemical Analysis of Atmospheric Particulate Matter: Understanding the Origin and Impacts of Aerosols”

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Thursday, May 1st, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gregory Hanson, Graduate Student.

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Friday, May 2nd, 2003 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Art Ellis, UW-Chemistry.

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Monday, May 5th, 2003 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Karl Christe.

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Wilma Olson, Rutgers. “DNA Mechanics and Gene Regulation”

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Castro, Graduate Student. “Molecular beam studies of the collisions of n-alcohols with the NaOH/KOH eutectic mixture”

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2003 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315, Chemistry Building. Dr. Andrea Cochran, Genentech.

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2003 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shane Lamos, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ting Zheng, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yun Luo, Graduate Student.

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Monday, May 12th, 2003 - Ferry Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Harold Scheraga, Cornell University. “The Throbin-Fibrinogen Reaction”

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Monday, May 12th, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Zhiping Zheng, University of Arizona.

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Tuesday, May 13th, 2003 - Ferry Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Harold Scheraga, Cornell University. “Calculation of Protein Structure by Global Optimization of Potential Energy”

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Synthesis Chemist. Bridgestone/Firestone Research, LLC is currently seeking a Synthesis Chemist for an open position at the Research Center in Akron, OH. Researchers at this location are primarily dedicated to the development of new materials for tires and other applications, and are working cooperatively with scientists and engineers of the three major Technical Centers at Akron, Tokyo (Japan) and Rome (Italy). Qualified candidates should have a Ph.D. in Organic, Organometallic, Polymer-Organic, or Inorganic Chemistry, with a strong theoretical background, as well as excellent bench synthesis skills. Successful candidates will develop new chemicals, catalysts and polymers by synthesizing, characterizing, and optimizing these materials. They will help apply useful new materials developed to new or improvement products such as tires and a variety of other products. Must have a strong interest and demonstrated ability in performing hands-on synthesis, purification and characterization. Some knowledge of and experience with polymers is preferred. The holder of this position should be a creative individual with much initiative, must have received strong academic training, and have good problem-solving abilities. Solid verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills are also needed. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. A pre-employment drug test is required. Interested persons may also check our website at: http://www.bfresearch.com. Responses will be made only to interviewees (No Third Parties or Phone Calls). For confidential consideration, direct reply to: Bridgestone/Firestone Research, LLC, Attn: Ms. Cheryl Schlosser, Human Resources-BFIS/BFR, 1655 South Main Street, Akron, OH 44301, e-mail: hrbfr@bfusa.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Grand Valley State University. Two positions as visiting Assistant Professors of Chemistry for the 2003 - 2004 academic year with a strong potential of renewal for the second year. Ph.D. preferred, ABD will be considered. A strong commitment to undergraduate education teaching required. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. One position to teach general chemistry lecture and labs. One position to teach organic chemistry lecture and labs. Chemistry Department/Science and Mathematics Division. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and contact information for three references (phone numbers and e-mail addresses) to: Dr. Harvey Nikkel, Chair, Department of Chemistry, 327 Padnos Hall, Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI 49401, e-mail: nikkelh@gvsu.edu, FAX: (616) 331-3230. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Kurt Deshayes of Genentech Inc., is seeking candidates for an opening in his laboratory for a postdoctoral fellow. He is looking for a person interested in applying a strong background in organic chemistry to problems on the interface of chemistry and biology. He is seeking a person that will rapidly progress to independent work. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the research, he is willing to invest into the training of a person who is qualified and committed. The ideal candidate is someone who wants to do good science, work hard and learn how to approach challenging problems that have a direct impact on human health. The Protein Engineering Department at Genentech has a long history of placing postdocs into good industrial and academic positions. Genentech is a pioneer in biotechnology, and the research done here has made significant contributions in developing therapies in endocrinology, immunology, cardiovascular health and oncology. Significantly, Genentech has a long history of publishing high-impact science in top journals. The Genentech campus is located just south of San Francisco. The atmosphere is decidedly academic with daily seminars and two offsite research symposia, one for all the research staff and another for just the postdocs and their mentors. From 1998 to 2002 Genentech has rated in the top one hundred companies to work for by Fortune magazine, and more impressively a survey in Science last year identified Genentech as the company for which the most people engaged in biomedical research would like to work. This excellent reputation has been created by the positive atmosphere fostered within research and the generous benefits package provided to all full time employees, including postdocs (health insurance, health club memberships, day care, etc.). It is fair to say that the compensation for postdocs at Genentech is far greater than what I received as an academic. It is the goal to have people in the postdoc program do cutting edge research to be published in the highest profile journals. All interested candidates should send a resume, including the names and contact information for three references, to: Kurt Deshayes, Genentech Inc., Department of Protein Engineering, MS 27 1 DNA Way, South San Francisco, CA 94080. He also can also be reached via email at: deshayes@gene.com. Anyone interested in learning more about Genentech should browse the company website: http://www.gene.com. He will be reviewing candidates as their resumes arrive, and will continue searching until the position is filled.

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Iowa State University. Candidates are sought for a postdoctoral research position to start as early as March 31, 2003. The primary work will be in the use of molecular evolution (SELEX) to develop DNA-based transition metal catalysts and ribozymes for organic coupling reactions. Experience with techniques in molecular biology is essential; additional knowledge of organometallic chemistry would be useful. The yearly salary is $35,000. Please submit resume and have three confidential letters of recommendation sent, preferably by e-mail to Keith Woo at: kwoo@iastate.edu. Mailing address: Keith Woo, Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, Phone: (515) 294-5854, Fax: (515) 294-9623, e-mail: kwoo@iastate.edu.

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NEXT NEWSLETTER IS ON MARCH 17th, 2003.

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Registration

Oxygen Symposium

Saturday, March 29, 2003

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

University of Wisconsin-Madison 53706

 

Registration deadline is March 10, 2003 . We urge you to register promptly because the

auditorium has a limited seating capacity. If you have questions about the symposium, contact

us at 263-2424.

 

To register, complete the form below and send it, along with a stamped, self-addressed

envelope, to: Oxygen Symposium, UW Chemistry Department, 1101 University Ave.,

Madison, WI 53706. We will send your admission ticket along with location information and

luncheon ticket (if you paid for a box lunch) to you in your return envelope. Remember to

bring your tickets with you to the symposium!

 

If you wish to attend the University Theater production of the play Oxygen, which bears

directly on portions of the symposium, you should not delay in purchasing your tickets directly

from Vilas Hall Box Office, (608)262-1500. Oxygen will be performed in the Mitchell Theater,

Vilas Hall, on the following dates: March 28 and 29; and April 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and12. Tickets are

$14 for general public and $10 for UW-Madison students.

 

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___ I plan to attend the free, public Oxygen Symposium.

 

Name (please print)______________________________________________________________

 

Street address__________________________________________________________________

 

City/ State/ ZIP_________________________________________________________________

 

Email address__________________________________________________________________

 

___ I would like a box lunch and have enclosed a check for $ 8.00 and made my

sandwich/drink selection. (Choose one from each line. Cookie, chips, and fruit included.)

 

select one >>> ___ vegetarian ___ roast beef ___ ham ___ turkey

 

select one >>> ___ soft drink ___ milk

 

Make your box lunch check payable to Oxygen Symposium and mail with your registration to:

Oxygen Symposium, UW Chemistry Department, 1101 University Ave., Madison, WI 53706.