Chemistry Newsletter - 04/04/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 13 April 4th, 2005

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

4/12/05

5/10/05

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

4/5/05

4/19/05

5/3/05

5/17/05

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Zhen-Gang Wang, California Institute of Technology. “On the Nature of Physical Gels”

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Thursday, April 7th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kirk J. Hogan, UW-Medical School, Department of Anesthesiology. “Perils in One Carbon Metabolism”

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Thursday, April 7th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher Paradise, Burke Group.

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Friday, April 8th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Min Suk Bae, EC&T.

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Saturday, April 9th, 2005 - Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, 8:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Celebrating Women in Science.

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Monday, April 11th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Pamela Stanley, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Roles for O-Frucose Glycans in Notch Signaling in Mammals”

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Heather Allen, Ohio State University. “Acids, Salts and Water: Spectroscopy at Air-Liquid and Air-Oxide Interfaces”

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Wednesday, April 13th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melanie M. Cooper, Clemson University.

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Thursday, April 14th, 2005 - McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Steven A. Hofstadler, Ibis Therapeutics.

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Friday, April 15th, 2005 - Organic Lincoln Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew B. Soellner, Raines Group.

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Friday, April 15th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Sara Kerr, EC&T.

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Monday, April 18th, 2005 - Theoretical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building, Ioan Andricioaei, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. “On Methods to Enhance the Calculation of Kinetic Properties”

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Monday, April 18th, 2005, - Madison Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group Meeting, 7:30 pm, Room 1360, Biotechnology Center. UW-Madison: Dr. Jill Wolken, Invitrogen. “Mass spectrometry in Drug Discovery Solutions”

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Monday, April 18th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Marianna Max “Molecular Basis of Sweet Taste Perception”

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peter Wright, Scripps Research Institute. “Beyond 3D Structure: Insights from NMR into Protein Function and Flexibility”

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daniel A. Singleton, Texas A&M University. “Dynamic Effects in Ordinary Organic Reactions in Solution”

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patrick Farmer, University of California-Irvine.

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Thursday, April 21st, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Yuan Lin, Graduate Student - Smith Group.

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Thursday, April, 21st, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Megan Jacobson, Blackwell Group.

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Friday, April 22nd, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Shawn Chadwick, EC&T.

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Monday, April 25th, 2005 - Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, 5:30 p.m., Elvehjem Museum of Art. Roald Hoffmann. “Chemistry & Ceramics: Shared Ground, Common Fire”

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Monday, April 25th, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Professor Scott Silverman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “DNA as a Catalyst and Scaffold: Unconventional Applications of DNA in Bioorganic Chemistry and Nanotechnology”

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bruce Kay, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “Multidimensional Quantum Dynamics: Methods and Applications”

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Thursday, April 28th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Shan Ke, Graduate Student - Kwon Group.

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Thursday, April 28th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Will Pomerantz, Gellman Group.

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Friday, April 29th, 2005 - Organic Lincoln Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justin K. Murray, Gellman Group.

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Friday, April 29th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Brian Majestic, EC&T.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Chirik, Cornell University.

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Monday, May 2nd, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Johannes Rudolph “Cdc25: Mechanism and Regulation of a Protein Phosphatase”

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Wayne Reed, Tulane University. “Light Scattering for Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Characterization of Polymer Solutions”

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kenneth Karlin, Johns Hopkins University. “Biomimetic Small Molecule Metal Ion Interactions: Copper and Heme-Copper O2 and CO Chemistry”

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Thursday, May 5th, 2005 - McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Charles M. Lieber, Harvard University. “Nanoscience and the Pathway to Nanotechnologies”

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Thursday, May 5th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m. , Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rachel Wezeman, Blackwell Group.

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Friday, May 6th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Tasha Stoiber, EC&T.

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Virginia Cornish, Columbia University.

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Gamelin, University of Washington-Seattle.

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Thursday, May 12th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Grant Geske, Blackwell Group.

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Thursday, May 19th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melissa Boersma, Belshaw Group.

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Friday, June 3rd, 2005 - Organic Seminar, - Room 1315 Chemistry. The Nelsen 65th Birthday Symposium, June 3-5, 2005.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/spring2005.html.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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GROUP LEADERS WANTED

for

Fun with Chemistry Camps!

 

The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) will again be offering the Fun with Chemistry Camps (Chem Camps) this summer. The camps provide fun and exciting chemistry laboratory experience for middle school students. There are two identical sessions of the camp, each of which runs for five weekday afternoons. The dates for this year's camps are June 20-24 and July 11-15.

We need group leaders (graduate students, senior undergraduates) to provide support to 4-6 students in the laboratory. We typically need between 10 and 12 group leaders for each session. The time commitment is approximately 12:45-4:30 PM each day, and the pay is $250 per weekly session. If you are interested in working one or both of the sessions, please sign up in Room 1305 (bring a copy of your resume).

The positions usually fill up fast, so hurry if you're interested! April 21 is the last day to sign up and be guaranteed consideration for a position. Group Leaders are selected on a combination first-come-first-served/interview basis. Group Leaders will be informed if they have been selected by May 10. If you would like to have more information or if you have any questions, please call Patti Puccio at 2-3033.

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Celebrating Women of Science

Saturday, April 9, 2005, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Department of Chemistry, 1:00 to 3:30 pm.

 

9:00 am to noon - Room 1315 Chemistry, John D. Wiley; Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering & UW-Madison Chancellor.

Gelsomina De Stasio, Professor of Physics; “Curing Incurable Cancers”

Ann Kelley, Professor of Psychiatry; “Brain Chemistry and Food: Neural Control of the Need to Feed”

Judith Burstyn, Professor of Chemistry; “Life’s a Gas: How Tiny Molecules Control Your Cells”

Wendy Crone, Professor of Engineering Physics; “Poking and Proding Materials at the Nanoscale”

Laura Kiessling, Professor of Chemistry; “Carbohydrates: What Do They Do?”

 

Registration is required for the afternoon hands-on sessions. To obtain a registration form, visit the Science Is Fun Web site at www.scifun.org, or call Sue at 263-2424.

 

Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Drug Metabolism plays a central role in drug discovery and development process at Merck. We are seeking a candidate who will be responsible for structure determination of drug metabolites and other unknown organic molecules in support of these activities. This represents a good career opportunity for a candidate to join an NMR group with state of the art facilities and of high repute. It also represents an opportunity to become integrated into a multi-disciplinary scientific environment that is Drug Metabolism. The NMR facility includes two state-of-the-art Varian Inova spectrometers (500 and 600 MHz), each equipped with a Cold Probe. Ph.D. in chemistry (or equivalent) with proven hands-on experience in small-molecule NMR spectroscopy and a strong background in organic chemistry / structure elucidation. Strong communications skills and ability to work in a fast-paced team environment are also required. Additional experience in metabolite identification, chromatography, LC-MS, and/or LC-NMR is a plus. Resumes should be submitted through http://www.merck.com, (search for "Scientific" jobs available in the "U.S." with a keyword of "NMR"; the requisition number is CHE000709).

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Cabot Superior MicroPowders (CSMP) is a leading US (Albuquerque, NM) materials solutions provider. CSMP leverages its technical core competencies delivering advanced materials systems for a variety of markets and applications. CSMP has developed a manufacturing process for powders that provides unique characteristics that are not achievable by other manufacturing processes. We value integrity, respect, innovation and competitiveness. As part of CSMP’s growth plan, we are seeking applicants to fill the following positions. Scientist: Analytical Laboratory Manager. Job Code: OPS 11. Description: Manage analytical function by providing technical and administrative leadership for research and quality control. Develop and implement characterization methods. Desired Level of Education: PhD with relevant experience. Field of Expertise: Analytical Chemistry with experience in physical and chemical characterization of powders. Desired Skills: 10 years of analytical chemistry experience and a minimum of 5 years of analytical management experience. CSMP offers competitive pay, an attractive benefits package, and career advancement opportunities. For prompt confidential consideration, please send resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, referencing applicable Job Code(s) to: csmp_hr@cabot-corp.com.

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Job opportunities at Myriad. The company is looking to grow and is currently looking for two entry level Ph.D. organic chemists. We are preferably looking for people who could start in the spring or early summer but I am certain we would be interested in good candidates who would not be available until the fall. There is also an opening for a research associate at either the BS or MS level. The desire would be for this person to start quite quickly as well. If you know of any good candidates could you have them send their resume to me (e-mail is fine) and I will pass it along to the appropriate people. I will vouch for Myriad as an excellent place to work. The company has some exciting drugs in phase II, and soon in phase III trials, and it is a very friendly place to work. Please contact: Robert J. Halter, Ph.D., Myriad Pharmaceuticals, 320 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, (801) 584-3767, e-mail: rhalter@myriad.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Sabbatical Replacement, Physical Chemistry, Augustana College. The chemistry department at Augustana College seeks a physical chemist for the 2005-2006 academic year, beginning August 29, 2005. Ph.D in physical chemistry is required. Teaching assignments include the standard one year course in physical chemistry for junior and senior chemistry and biochemistry majors, general chemistry, and general chemistry laboratory. Augustana College is a selective, four-year, liberal arts institution with an ACS accredited chemistry department equipped with a wide range of modern instrumentation. Send a letter of application, c.v., undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a concise statement of teaching philosophy and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Jeff Abernathy, Dean of the College, Augustana College, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. Review of applications will begin March 21, 2005, and continue until the position is filled.

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Part-time Chemistry Instructor, Augustana College. The chemistry department at Augustana College seeks a chemistry instructor for two terms of the academic year (8/29/05-2/27/06) to teach general chemistry, general chemistry lab (1st term) and organic chemistry lab (2nd term). Ph.D. in chemistry preferred. Send a letter of application, c.v., undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Jeff Abernathy, Dean of the College, Augustana College, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. Review of applications will begin March 21, 2005, and continue until the position is filled.

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The Faculty of Arts and Science at Grant MacEwan College seeks an excellent candidate for a full-time continuing instructor appointment in the Department of Chemistry, beginning July 2005. A Ph.D. in organic/bioorganic chemistry or related area is required; postdoctoral or equivalent industrial experience is highly desirable. Candidate must show promise for excellence in teaching and for eventually establishing a research program involving undergraduate students. Applicants should provide their curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts and recent teaching evaluations. Three letters of reference quoting the competition number and sent under a separate cover are also required. For further information, contact: Dr. Lucio Gelmini (780) 497-5813 or GelminiL@MacEwan.ca. Position Title: Chemistry Instructor, Competition No.: 05.03.026. Closing date: Monday, May 2, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. In your application, ensure that your resume includes the Competition Number and Position Title. By mail: Human Resources Department, Grant MacEwan College 7-105, 10700 104 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2. By email: careers@macewan.ca in PDF, RTF, or Word format. Grant MacEwan College thanks all applicants for their interest in employment; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine. Position Announcement: Analytical Toxicologist or Pharmacologist -- Associate or Full Professor. The Department of Veterinary Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a full-time 9-month tenure-track position as an analytical toxicologist or pharmacologist for appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. This is a 9-month appointment with the opportunity to earn summer salary. Starting date is August 16, 2005. The faculty member will join a department with considerable expertise and extramural funding in reproductive biology and the roles of sex steroids and endocrine disruptors. Collaboration is encouraged with faculty of the Department, toxicologic pathologists in the Department of Pathobiology, and the Toxicology Section of the College, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Candidates must possess a PhD in analytical chemistry, toxicology, pharmacology, or a closely related field. Duties will vary according to the type of appointment and the interests of the candidate. Teaching will include supervision of graduate research, and instruction of graduate students in a course on analytical methods in toxicology and pharmacology. The major focus is on a successful research program. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. To ensure full consideration, applications must be postmarked on or before April 30, 2005. Applicants should provide a letter of interest describing professional goals, a curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three referees. Send to the following address: Linda Swett, Search Coordinator, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, 2001 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802, Phone Number: 217-333-8781. Additional information on the position is available at the Department of Veterinary Biosciences website: http://www.cvm.uiuc.edu. Inquiries to the Search Committee chair, Dr. Val Beasley, via email at: val@uiuc.edu or by phone at 217-333-9360 are welcome.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Post-Doctoral Position Available. Obiter Research, LLC Urbana IL. Expected Start Date June 1, 2005. Contact: Dennis Compton, PhD at: drcompton@obiterresearch.com. Obiter research is a rapidly growing custom chemical and contract synthesis lab located at the University of Illinois Research Park. We are looking for highly motivated and skilled synthetic organic chemists who are willing to grow with our company. Candidates are expected to work well independently as well as in a team environment. The position has the potential to advance to a Senior Research Chemist. Starting salary will be $45,000. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Interested applicants should send a copy of their resume and research summary to the e-mail address listed above.

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