Chemistry Newsletter - 03/19/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 12 March 19th, 2001

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Congratulations to Shannon Stahl

Congratulations to Shannon Stahl on receiving an Innovation Recognition Award from Dow Chemical. The Award includes an unrestricted $10,000 research grant and a 2-day all expense paid vacation at Dow's South Charleston, WV R&D center, where the entertainment includes his participation in a research symposium. Congratulations Shannon!!

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Congratulations to Ron Raines

Congratulations to Ron Raines on being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the 2001-02 academic year! The fellowship provides the opportunity to spend full time on research for the year. Congratulations Ron!!

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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

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 - 7:30 p.m. Room B371 May 5th- 9 a.m. Room 2373

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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

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 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. Andrei Piryatinski, UW-Madison. "Multidimentional Impulsive IR Spectroscopies: Molecular Structure and Vibrational Dynamics"

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 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 1361 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. Silvia Cavagnero, UW-Madison. "Principles and Practice of Protein Folding in Real Cells"

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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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Thursday, April 5th, 2001 - Chemical Education Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Marion O'Leary California State University, Sacramento. "On the Right (or is it Left?) Foot. Getting Started in Organic Chemistry"

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 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 1361 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, 3:30 a.m., Room 1361 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 Education 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 23rd, 2001 - Hirschmann Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Ronald Breslow, Columbia University. "Biomimetic Chemistry"

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2001 - Willard Lecture Series - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sylvia Ceyer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2001 - Willard Lecture Series - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 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 1315 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 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 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 1361 Chemistry Building. Geoff Coates.

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Thursday, May 10th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Dave Rotella, Bristol Myers Squibb. "Discovery and Optimization of PDE5 Inhibitors"

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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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Forensic Scientist - Drug Identification Chemist. Entry Professional Program. Milwaukee, Madison and Wausau Crime Laboratories. The register created from this recruitment may be used to fill vacancies within the next six to twelve months. The first vacancy is within the Wausau Crime Laboratory. Start at $29,491 per year plus excellent benefits. A twelve-month probationary period is required This position is included in the Professional Science Bargaining Unit. This is an entry level position in which the successful candidate will develop proficiency in performing forensic examinations of physical evidence related to criminal offenses; preparing written reports of findings; and presenting oral testimony in court. Examinations are performed on controlled substances and other substances using sophisticated chemical and instrumental techniques (i.e., FTIR, GC/MS, GC, UV and HPLC) to isolate, identify and occasionally quantitate drug substances. Specialized training will include chemical, microscopic and instrumental analyses; report writing and oral testimony. Well-qualified applicants will have a bachelor's degree with a major equivalent in Chemistry or a closely related field. Chemistry; knowledge of scientific procedures and analytical instrumentation; knowledge of the use of computers for basic scientific and routine business purposes; and written and oral communication skills. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, an alien authorized to work in the U.S.) and must be fluent in technical English. Applicants will also be required to successfully complete a thorough background check upon appointment. To obtain special application materials, call: 608/267-9030 or write to DOJ/BHRS; 123 West Washington Avenue, Room 808; P.O. Box 7857; Madison, WI 53707-7857; e-mail: schenkll@doj.state.wi.us.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Marietta College invites applications for a faculty position in Organic Chemistry at the Assistant Professor level, to begin in August 2001. This position will either be a tenure-track or a one-year appointment, depending upon applicant qualifications. A Ph.D. in organic chemistry is required. This is a replacement position in a four-person ACS-approved department. Candidates must be committed to excellence in teaching and to developing a research program for undergraduate students. Primary teaching responsibilities include the two-semester organic sequence, an upper-level organic course, and participation in the general chemistry program. The department has good instrumentation, including FT-NMR, FT-IR, and GC-MS, and anticipates new laboratory facilities in spring 2003. Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, descriptions of teaching philosophy and research interests, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Debra S. Egolf, Department of Chemistry, Marietta College, Marietta, OH 45750, fax to 740-376-4753, or email to: egolfd@marietta.edu. Applications must be received by April 6, 2001.

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The University of Minnesota's Chemistry Department has temporary teaching positions available for the 2001 Summer Session (June 12 - August 3). Available positions may include courses in general, analytical, and physical chemistry. A Ph.D. in chemistry preferred. M.S. in chemistry or related field required. Previous teaching experience is required, prefer at least two years at the college level. Selection Criteria: - M.S. is essential, prefer Ph.D. - Prior teaching experience; prefer college level teaching of chemistry courses - Prior teaching experience at University of Minnesota (day or evening). - Quality of references. - Quality of student evaluations or feedback. Any qualified person interested in a teaching position should submit a short letter indicating area of interest, along with current curriculum vitae and two letters of professional recommendation. All application materials must be received by Friday, March 30th. Please submit to: Summer Session Search Committee, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry, 115 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant Street, Minneapolis, NIN 55455. For more information regarding course offerings and content, please contact Lisa Peterson at (612) 624-0313 or peterson@chem.umn.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Associate Profesor Christopher B. Gorman of North Carolina State University currently has two openings for postdoctoral position in his research group. The first position will involve construction of new, active surfaces for nanoscale manipulation and integration. These surfaces will then be used to demonstrate directed transport and assembly. The second position will involve exploration of molecular structure-property relationships for single molecule current-voltage behavior. These positions are both very interdisciplinary. Each will involve some combination of synthetic chemistry, surface science, self-assembly, probe microscopy/lithography and conventional lithography - a combination that I would seek to define in collaboration with the candidate based upon her/his talents and professional interests. I hope potential candidates would not preclude themselves from applying because of a lack of experience in some of these areas - I am specifically interested in colleagues who seek to augment their experience in a postdoctoral research position. I request that interested candidates send their CV, the names of three references and information regarding their availability to: Associate Professor of Chemistry Christopher B. Gorman, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Campus Box 8204, Raleigh, NC 27695- 8204, Telephone: (919) 515-4252, Facsimile: (919) 515-8920, InterNet: Chris_Gorman@ncsu.edu. Learn about the Gorman group on the WEB: http://www2.ncsu.edu/ncsu/chemistry/cbg.html.

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