Chemistry Newsletter - 03/26/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 13 March 26th, 2001

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Congratulations to Judith Burstyn

The Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates Network (WEPAN) has selected the University of Wisconsin-Madison Women in Science and Engineering Residential Program as a recipient of the 2001 WEPAN Women in Engineering Program Award. The Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) Award recognizes an outstanding program or project that serves as a model for other institutions. The residential program at UW-Madison was developed by Professors Caitilyn Allen, Wendy Crone, and Judith Burstyn and Ms. Kay Reuter-Krohn. The award will be presented at the 2001 NAMEPA/WEPAN Conference on Monday, April 23. Congratulations Judith!!


Analytical Cume Schedule

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

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

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SEMINARS

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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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Tuesday, March 27th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Dr. Ben Shen, UC-Davis. "Lessons from natural product biosynthesis and prospects of engineering microorganisms for chemical structural diversity"

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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. "New Applications of Ultrafast, Terahertz, and Chemical Imaging Infrared Spectroscopies."

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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. Professor Nicholas Abbott, UW-Madison Chemical Engineering. "Amplification of biomolecular interactions using liquid crystals and nanostructured surfaces"

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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. "Chemistry with Sub-Ångström Resolution."

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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, 3:30 p.m., Room 1351 Chemistry Building. Ronald Breslow, Columbia University. "Biomimetic Chemistry"

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Monday, April 23rd, 2001 - Willard Lecture Series - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building, (New Lecture Hall). Sylvia Ceyer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "The Unique Chemistry at Surfaces: Splats, Hammers, and Sinkholes."

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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. "New Surface Reaction Mechanisms: Role of Bulk H in Catalytic Hydrogenation and F Atom Abstraction by Si."

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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, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 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 1361 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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Thursday, May 10th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Xingping (Ping) Su, Graduate Student. "DNA computing on nanometer-sized gold particle surfaces"

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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Espinosa JF; Munoz V; Gellman SH.

Interplay between hydrophobic cluster and loop propensity in beta-hairpin formation.

JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 2001, Vol 306, Iss 3, pp 397-402.

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Murdoch KM; Condon NJ; Zhao W; Besemann DM; Meyer KA; Wright JC.

Isotope and mode selectivity in two-dimensional vibrational four wave mixing spectroscopy.

CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS 2001, Vol 335, Iss 5-6, pp 349-356.

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Copyright © 2001 Institute for Scientific Information

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NMR / Analytical Chemistry Position. Isis Pharmaceuticals, Carlsbad, California. The Antisense Research Division of Isis Pharmaceuticals is seeking a highly motivated individual for a position in NMR and analytical chemistry. The successful candidate will assume responsibility for day-to-day NMR operations in support of the entire company, while also providing limited analytical instrumentation support to chemists within the Antisense Chemistry department. This position requires degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related field. The preferred candidate will have experience in NMR methodologies and understanding of basic NMR fundamentals. A candidate with experience in mass spectrometry and Varian NMR spectrometers is preferred. Experience with other analytical methodologies, computer networking, &/or the Solaris operating system would also be welcome. Strength is required in all areas of communication, problem solving, data analysis, and interpersonal skills. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a broad array of technologies, applying and developing methods to solve challenging & interesting problems. Excellent salary and benefits accompany this position at our location in Carlsbad, California (30 miles north of San Diego, near the coast). Resumes can be faxed to 760-603-2700, e-mailed to: resume@isisph.com, or mailed to: Isis Pharmaceuticals, 2292 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008. Please reference Job Code PW900 with any correspondence.

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The Chemical Process R&D Department of the DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company has immediate openings for M.S. synthetic organic chemists. Our Department's need for chemists presents an exciting opportunity for anyone keenly interested in organic chemistry. DuPont Pharmaceuticals is a research-based pharmaceuticals company, committed to growth. DuPont Pharmaceuticals' drugs directly impact the well-being, health, and life span of millions of people worldwide. We require chemists who have a thorough mechanistic understanding of organic chemistry, and at least 1-2 years of experience running reactions as part of a research program. A person in this position will be part of a multi-disciplinary team composed of organic, analytical, and physical chemists and chemical engineers, inventing and developing processes to make new pharmaceutical compounds. This team will move the process through the laboratory and kilolab stages, and then transfer technology to the on-site pilot plant or to off-site manufacturers. The ultimate goal is a commercial manufacturing process that is practical, cost-effective, and safe. Process development is a demanding discipline requiring a thorough understanding of the chemistry that is being developed. We prepare multi-kilo quantities of drug candidates during their development lifetimes and oversee technical transfer to successful manufacturing processes. Often our research requires intense study to overcome problems. To meet this challenge, we have state-of-the-art equipment and scientific support. Our projects are run to challenging deadlines. We require an enthusiastic, results-oriented attitude and the ability to work effectively within a team. If you have any students who are suitably qualified, please ask them to respond via Email, using the address Chem-Process-MS@dupontpharma.com. DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company, Chemical Process R&D Department, Deepwater, New Jersey.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The University of Minnesota's Chemistry Department has temporary Fall and/or Spring semester teaching positions available in General Chemistry for the 2001-2002 academic year. 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 interest, along with current curriculum vitae and two letters of professional recommendation. All application materials must be received by Friday, April 13th, 2001. Please submit to: Professor Louis Pignolet, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455. For more information regarding course offerings and content, please contact Lisa Peterson at (612) 624-0313, e-mail: peterson@chem.umn.edu. Individuals hired for these positions may be reappointed in subsequent years at the discretion of the Department of Chemistry.

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1-Year Teaching position, Biochemistry & General Chemistry. The Lawrence University Department of Chemistry invites applications for a 1-year faculty position that will start in September 2001. We seek candidates with the Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a related field and an interest in quality teaching at the undergraduate level. Teaching responsibilities and opportunities: On Lawrence's 3-term academic calendar, the appointee will teach a junior/senior level biochemistry course (with laboratory) during one term, and portions of our general chemistry sequence in the other two terms. The department plans a tenure-track search in this area in the fall of 2001; the 1-year appointee will be eligible to apply for that position. More information may be found at: http://www.lawrence.edu and http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/chemistry. Applicants should send: A letter of application; An up-to-date curriculum vitae; Teaching and Research Statements; Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable); Three letters of recommendation to: Professor Jerrold P. Lokensgard, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI 54912-0599, Phone: 920-832-6726, Fax: 920-832-6962, e-mail: jerrold.p.lokensgard@lawrence.edu. Review of applications will begin April 2, 2001, and will continue until the position is filled.

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1-Year Teaching position, Analytical & General Chemistry. The Lawrence University Department of Chemistry invites applications for a 1-year faculty position that will start in September 2001. We seek candidates with the Ph.D. in Analytical chemistry or a related field and an interest in quality teaching at the undergraduate level. Teaching responsibilities and opportunities: On Lawrence's 3-term academic calendar, the appointee will teach a sophomore level course in chemical analysis during one term, and portions of our general chemistry sequence in the other two terms. The department plans a tenure-track search in this area in the fall of 2001; the 1-year appointee will be eligible to apply for that position. More information may be found at: http://www.lawrence.edu and http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/chemistry. Applicants should send: A letter of application; An up-to-date curriculum vitae; Teaching and Research Statements; Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable); Three letters of recommendation to: Professor Jerrold P. Lokensgard, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI 54912-0599, Phone: 920-832-6726, Fax: 920-832-6962, e-mail: jerrold.p.lokensgard@lawrence.edu. Review of applications will begin April 2, 2001, and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Professor Chad A. Mirkin of Northwestern University is looking to fill a postdoctoral position in our organometallic subgroup. The timing is such that the candidate must be ready to start by June 15. If interested, please contact me by email immediately at camirkin@chem.nwu.edu, or by mail at: Chad A. Mirkin, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and Director of the NU Center for Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-assembly, 2145 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208, Phone: 847-491-2907, Fax: 847-467-5123, web addresses: http://www.chem.nwu.edu/~mkngrp/index.html, and http://nanosphere-inc.com/.

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Richard Meltzer of UGA has an opening for a post doctoral position beginning as soon as possible. The research program is funded under the auspices of Bill Yen's National Science Foundation grant. The post doc position would be for a period of at least one year with the possibility for continuation for a second year. The research involves the investigation of high-lying states of ions in solids and electron transfer processes induced by optical excitations. Experience in optical spectroscopy and/or charge transport measurements is desirable. Interested students who will be graduating soon or post docs who are looking for a follow-up position, please direct their attention to this position by e-mail at: rmeltzer@hal.physast.uga.edu..

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