Chemistry Newsletter - 04/01/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 13 April 1st, 2002

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

April 9th, 2002 May 14th, 2002

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

April 2nd, 2002 April 16th, 2002
May 7th, 2002 May 21st, 2002

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002 - Sprague Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dudley Williams, Cambridge University. "How to kill resistant bacteria - the Vancomycin story"

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., 1610 Engineering Hall. L.S. Fan, Ohio State. "Systems/Control"

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Papanikolas, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. "Energy Migration Dynamics in a Light-Harvesting Polymer Based on Polypyridyl Ru(II) Complexes"

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002 - Women In Science - Town Hall Meeting, Noon, Room 108 Plant Sciences Building. WISELI will introduce itself and its goals and ask attendees to help set priorities.

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Robert Abraham, Burnham Institute.

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*****POSTPONED***** Wednesday, April 3rd, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Henry Bryndza, DuPont.

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Thursday, April 4th, 2002 - Sprague Lecture Series, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dudley Williams, Cambridge University. "Promoting Binding and Catalysis through Cooperativity"

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Thursday, April 4th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jonathan Sweedler, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. "Approaches to Measuring Neuropeptides in Simpler Nervous Systems"

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Friday, April 5th, 2002 - Chemistry Colloquia - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christie Enke, University of New Mexico. "Electrospray Ionization for Mass Spectrometry: How It Works and When It Doesn't"

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Friday, April 5th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Ralph Colby, The Pennsylvania State University. "Rheology of Glass Formation"

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Tuesday April 9th, 2002 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Rm 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Eric T. Kool, Stanford University. "Mimicking the Molecules and Mechanisms of DNA Replication."

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., 1610 Engineering Hall. H.C. Chang, Notre Dame. "Electrokinetic Microfluidics"

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Jerry Workman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Pennsylvania State University. "Protein Complexes That Regulate Transcription by Modifying Chromatin"

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***** NOTE ROOM CHANGE *****Thursday, April 11th, 2002 - Special Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 2373 Chemistry Building. Professor Jennie R. Jo, Ph.D, MPH, R.N. "Dying While Waiting: The Fate of Navajo Uranium Miners"

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*****CANCELLED*****Friday, April 12th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mathias Beller, University of Rostock, Germany.

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Friday, April 12th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Jason Butler, University of Florida. "Influence of Hydrodynamic Interactions on the Dynamics of Fibers and Polymers in Suspension"

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Monday, April 15th, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Susannah Scott, University of Ottawa.

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Monday, April 15th, 2002 - Chemical Education Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William Coleman, Wellesley College. "What's on Flick's Hard Drive - Exploring Interactive Web-Based Tools Across The (Chemistry) Curriculum"

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Meloche Lecture, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andreas Heuer, University of Munster. "Dynamic Heterogeneities and Energy Landscapes: What Do We Learn From Computer Simulations?"

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Kit S. Lam, University of California-Davis. "From Combinatorial Chemistry to Chemical Microarray to Cancer Proteomics"

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar (McElvain Seminar), 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Maurice Brookhart, UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Inder Verma, Salk Institute.

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Thursday, April 18th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor S. Scott Saavedra, University of Arizona.

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Friday, April 19th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Arthur Lodge, University of Wisconsin. "On-Line Measurement of Elasticity and Viscosity in Flowing Polymeric Liquids"

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Monday, April 22nd, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar (McElvain Seminar), 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Morris Bullock, Brookhaven National Laboratory.

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar (Organic Series), 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Hartwig, Yale University.

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building, Professor Richard Zare, Stanford. "Prospects for Advances in Micro and Nanoscale Chemical Analysis"

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Andrew Gellman, Carnegie Mellon University. "Surface Chemistry"

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Michael Klagsbrun, Harvard Medical School. "The VEGF and Semaphorin Receptor, Neuropilin, is a Regulator of Developmental and Tumor Angiogenesis"

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Hartwig, Yale University.

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Thursday, April 25th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Chris Pawela, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 25th, 2002 - Women In Science - Town Hall Meeting, 4:00 p.m., Room 1111 Genetics/Biotechnology Center Auditorium. WISELI will introduce itself and its goals and ask attendees to help set priorities.

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Thursday, April 25th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alexander Greer, CUNY Brooklyn.

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Friday, April 26th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Associate Professor Kathleen Feigl, Michigan Technological University. "A Stochastic Rheological Model for Polymeric Fluids"

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Howard Turner, Symyx Technologies.

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 11:00 a.m., 1610 Engineering Hall. T. Kyle Vanderlick, Princeton University. "Driving Biological Membranes to the Breaking Point: Fundamental Studies Using Lipid Vesicles"

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Mary J.C. Hendrix, University of Iowa. "Stem Cell Plasticity of Aggressive Tumor Cells"

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Milan Mrksich.

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jeffery Zink, University of California-Los Angeles.

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sang (Alex) Lim, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2002 - Organic - McElvain Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Gordon, Sunnesis.

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Friday, May 3rd, 2002 - Chemistry Colloquia, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Madeline Jacobs, Editor-In-Chief, C&E News. "The Challenges of Editing the Newsmagazine of the Chemical World"

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Friday, May 3rd, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Marie-Claude Heuzey, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal; Genie chimique. "Rheology of Chitosan Solutions"

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Monday, May 6th, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emilio Bunel, Eli Lilly.

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christian Griesinger, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, University of Frankfurt. "NMR Spectroscopy of Biologically and Chemically Interesting Molecules."

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Matthias Scheffler, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. "Get Real! The Importance of Complexity for Understanding the Functions of Surfaces"

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Ranjan Sen, Brandeis University. "Ins and Outs of Rei Proteins"

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Spiro, Princeton University.

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Thursday, May 9th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marc D. Porter, Iowa State University.

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Friday, May 10th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Thanos Tzavaras, University of Wisconsin. "On the Mathematical Theory of Fluid Dynamic Limits for Collisional Kinetic Models"

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Willard Lecture, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carlos Bustamante, University of California-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lila Gierasch, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Associate Professor Shao-Cong Sun, Penn State College of Medicine. "NF-kB Activation by Cellelar and Viral Mechanisms"

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Monday, May 20th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yan Chen, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Xiaoyu Chen, Graduate Student.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Wang XG; Sibert EL.

A perturbative calculation of the rovibrational energy levels of methane.

SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART A-MOLECULAR AND BIOMOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY 2002, Vol 58, Iss 4, pp 863-872.

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Shkel IA; Tsodikov OV; Record MT.

Asymptotic solution of the cylindrical nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann equation at low salt concentration: Analytic expressions for surface potential and preferential interaction coefficient.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 2002, Vol 99, Iss 5, pp 2597-2602.

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Cao XP; Hamers RJ.

Formation of a surface-mediated donor-acceptor complex: Coadsorption of trimethylamine and boron trifluoride on the silicon (001) surface.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 2002, Vol 106, Iss 8, pp 1840-1842.

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Bach A; Hutchison JM; Holiday RJ; Crim FF.

Vibrational spectroscopy and photodissociation of jet-cooled ammonia.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2002, Vol 116, Iss 12, pp 4955-4961.

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Chang RW; Yethiraj A.

Brownian dynamics simulations of salt-free polyelectrolyte solutions.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2002, Vol 116, Iss 12, pp 5284-5298.

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Shew CY; Yethiraj A.

Integral equation theory for the structure of DNA solutions.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2002, Vol 116, Iss 12, pp 5308-5314.

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Nelsen SF; Reinhardt LA; Tran HQ; Clark T; Chen GF; Pappas RS; Williams F.

Ionized bicyclo[2.2.2]oct-2-ene: A twisted olefinic radical cation showing vibronic coupling.

CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL 2002, Vol 8, Iss 5, pp 1074-1081.

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Moore CJ; Altmann KN; Bisognano JJ; Bosch RA; Eisert D; Fisher M; Green MA; Hansen RWC; Himpsel FJ; Hochst H; Julian RL; Kleman K; Kubala T; Pedley B; Rogers GC; Severson M; Stott JP; Taylor JW; Trzeciak WS; Wallace DJ; Wehlitz R; Bissen M.

Current status of the Synchrotron Radiation Center.

REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS 2002, Vol 73, Iss 3, pp 1677-1679.

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Paulson CA; Ellis AB; Moran PD; Kuech TF.

Near-field scanning optical microscopy investigation of immiscibility effects in In1-xGaxP films grown by liquid phase epitaxy.

JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS 2002, Vol 91, Iss 5, pp 2785-2790.

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Copyright © 2002 Institute for Scientific Information

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Symposium on Polymeric Coatings

October 7-10, 2002 - Columbus, Ohio.

The symposium will bring together academic and industrial researchers to address issues pertaining to surface modification, polymeric coatings and their applications. It will also provide a forum for presentation of applied and fundamental research topics on surface science to identify and discuss future opportunities. The organizers are seeking topical experts who are willing to share their knowledge and research experiences in the areas that include, but not limited to:

  • Processing of thin films
  • Thin film characterization
  • Structure-property relationship of coatings
  • Surface modification using polymeric coatings
  • Coatings for biological applications
  • Thin films for microelectronic applications

You can submit the abstract by (a) either emailing it to one of the organizers or (b) by going to the conference website www.asminternational.org/materialssolutions/index.htm . If you submit the abstract electronically, please send me an email with your abstract title and authors' name. Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you at Columbus this fall. The organizers are: Ramakrishnan Rajagopalan, 814-865-9735, rama97@mailcity.com, Vijay Subramanian, 734-769-3206, vsubrama@fmo.com, Karthik Vaideeswaran, 859-232-1260, adhesion@hotmail.com, Jude O. Iroh, 513-556-3115, jude.iroh@uc.edu.

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Attention Third and Fourth Year Graduate Students!!

2002-2003 ACS Division of Organic Chemistry - Graduate Fellowships in Organic Chemistry

http://www.chem.wayne.edu/acs-organic-division/fellowships.html

The Division of Organic Chemistry plans to award 2002-2003 academic year fellowships for Ph.D. students to be held during their third or fourth year of study. Sponsors of the fellowships awarded last academic year are: Abbott Laboratories; Albany Molecular Research, Inc.; Aventis Pharmaceuticals; Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute; DuPont Pharmaceutical Company; Eli Lilly & Co.; Merck & Co.; Novartis; Organic Reactions, Inc.; Organic Synthesis, Inc.; Pfizer, Inc.; Pharmacia Corporation; The Procter & Gamble Company; Schering-Plough Research Institute; GlaxoSmithKline; Wyeth-Ayerst Research Laboratories; and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. Nominations should be submitted in triplicate by the candidate's Ph.D. thesis advisor and consist of:

  • Three letters of recommendation (the adviser's and two others). Letters of reference should comment on the academic record, productivity, and career potential of the applicant.
  • A resume prepared by the candidate. The resume should give personal data, education, professional experience, honors and awards, and a list of publications (reprints are not necessary but preprints or brief summaries of unpublished work can be included).
  • A short essay on a research area of the candidate's choice and prepared by the candidate. Directions for preparing the essays can be found on the http://www.chem.wayne.edu/acs-organic-division/fellowships.html.

Evidence of research accomplishment will be an important factor in the selection of the fellowship holders. Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent resident visa holders at the time of application. Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged. The Organic Division will post the fellows' essays on its web site. All application material must be received by Professor Peter Wipf, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Chemistry, 219 Parkman Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (Tel.: 412-624-8606; Fax: 412-624-0787; e-mail: pwipf@pitt.edu) by June 7, 2002. Announcement of the awards will be made by August 2002.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Baylor University. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (ACS certified, PhD program) invites applications for a full-time position as Visiting Professor or Visiting Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2002 (2 semesters) or Spring 2002 (1 semester) to teach organic chemistry. There is the possibility of extension for one additional year. Ph.D. degree in chemistry required. Successful candidate must be able to communicate chemical concepts to undergraduates. Research opportunities exist in collaboration with chemistry and biochemistry faculty. Submit letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and statement of teaching philosophy to: Dr. Marianna Busch, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798-7348, e-mail: Marianna_Busch@baylor.edu. Review of applications begins May 1, 2002 and continues until the positions are filled. For maximum consideration, application materials should be received by June 15, 2002.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has an opening for a person with expertise in bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular cell pharmacology, or related discipline to fill a two-year postdoctoral position directed towards development and investigation of novel mechanisms of antisense action, in vitro and/or in vivo; in the context of existing and soon-to-be nucleic acid based chemistries. Contact: Brenda Baker, Ph.D., Associate Director, Antisense Core Research, Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., bbaker@isisph.com.

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Professor Douglas Grotjahn of San Diego State University is searching for an excellent candidate for a postdoctoral position in his laboratory, starting between now and summer. The research involves several related projects in ketene and carbene chemistry. Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in several of the following areas: synthetic organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, catalysis, and mechanism, use of multinuclear and multidimensional NMR. I'm looking for someone with a strong desire and motivation to learn new techniques and good interpersonal skills. Some computations may also be involved. Qualified candidates, who should arrange to have two or three letters of recommendation sent to: Associate Professor Douglas Grotjahn, Department of Chemistry, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-1030, phone int. + 619-594-0231, fax int. + 619- 594-4634, e-mail: grotjahn@chemistry.sdsu.edu.

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Professor Steven C. Zimmerman of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has several Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions in Bioorganic and Supramolecular Polymer Chemistry. Postdoctoral positions available in general area of: (1) molecular recognition of DNA and (2) supramolecular polymer chemistry, involving dendrimers and heterocyclic chemistry. A recent Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related discipline with strong synthetic skills is required. Experience in the chemistry of nucleic acids, heterocyclic chemistry and/or expertise in polymer synthesis and characterization advantageous. Duties include conducting independent and innovative research and supervising Ph.D. and B.S. students. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Please send curriculum vitae, including publication list and the names of three references, and a summary of past accomplishments to: Professor Steven C. Zimmerman, Department of Chemistry, MC712, 600 S. Mathews Ave., University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, E-Mail: sczimmer@uiuc.edu.

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