Chemistry Newsletter - 04/07/2003

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVII - No. 14 April 7th, 2003

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

 

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

 

April 8th, 2003

May 13th, 2003

 

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

 

April 15th, 2003

May 6th, 2003

May 20th, 2003

 

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SEMINARS

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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. “Watching Single Molecules Move: Studies of Rotational Dynamics Near the Glass Transition”

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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. “A Surface-Based System for In Vitro Message Profiling: Transchip-S”

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Thursday, April 10th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reagan Miller, Graduate Student. “Terpene Biosynthesis via the Melvalonate Independent Pathway”

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Friday, April 11th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shiping Fang, Graduate Student. “Programmable 2D and 3D Self-Assembly of DNA-Based Building Blocks for Biosensor Applications”

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Monday, April 14th, 2003 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Dr. Rodney Rothstein, Columbia University. “DNA Double-Strand Break Repair: Looking at Recombination in Living Cells”

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Neumark, UC-Berkeley. "Cluster spectroscopy and dynamics from the molecular to nanodroplet size regimes”

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lyle Isaacs, UMD. “Self-Sorting: The Exception or the Rule?”

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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, 2:00 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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Friday, April 18th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kyubong Jo, Graduate Student.

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Friday, April 18th, 2003 - Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 2006 Rennebohm Hall. Dr. Laurence Hurley, Ph.D., Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Arizona Cancer Center. “G-Quadruplexes: Their Importance in Gene Silencing and as Targets for Drug Discovery”

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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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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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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2003 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Vincent Pecoraro, University of Michigan.

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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 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joshua Telser, Northwestern.

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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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Chemistry Camp

 

The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) offers a summer afternoon laboratory program in chemistry for middle school students entering grades 5-8. Fun with Chemistry Camp is designed to stimulate scientific curiosity through demonstrations, experiments, and other hands-on activities. Contact ICE for dates and cost of the program. The two sessions are the weeks of June 23-27 and July 7-11 from 1:15-4:30 pm. The cost for the week is $125.

For more information or registration form, contact: Patti Puccio, 1305 Chemistry Bldg., 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706; phone: 608/262-3033; fax: 608/265-8094; email: ice@chem.wisc.edu.

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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 23-27 and July 7-11.

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 any or all of the sessions, please stop by room 1305 and tell Patti Puccio that you would like to sign up as a group leader for Chem Camp.

The positions usually fill up fast, so hurry if you’re interested! May 9 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 mid-May. If you would like to have more information or if you have any questions, please call Patti at 2-3033.

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“Oxygen” mixes elements of science and art

 

The last three performances of "Oxygen" by Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 10-12 at the Mitchell Theatre in Vilas Hall. Tickets are available at the Vilas Hall Box Office (262-1500) at $14; $10 for UW-Madison students.

 

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2003 Collegiate Inventors Competition

 

The Department has received information about the 2003 Collegiate Inventors Competition. The posters feature previous winners, including Gellman group member Emilie Porter, a 2000 winner. One important change this year is the creation of a separate Undergraduate Category, which should encourage more submissions from undergraduates. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2003. For further information, visit: http://www.invent.org.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Creighton University invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professorship in Organic Chemistry, beginning Fall, 2003. The position may be extended for a second year. We seek candidates committed to undergraduate education to teach Organic Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory with the possibility of offering an advanced course in their specialty. Directing undergraduate research students is desirable but not required. Send a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement of research interests, and have all academic transcripts and three recommendation letters forwarded to: Search Committee, Chemistry Department, Creighton University, Omaha, NE 68178-0104. Review of completed applications will begin on 9 May, 2003 and continue until position is filled. For further information, visit: http://chemistry.creighton.edu/.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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A post-doctoral position is available to join a team working on active packaging. The project concerns the relation between microstructure, molecular mobility and mass transfer modelling of agro-polymers based packaging. Duration: one year (INRA funding that could eventually be extended for one year more) with a starting date as soon as possible in 2003. Location: Montpellier, south of France. Nationality: all nationalities are accepted, except French. Description of the work: the applicant will joint the Joint Research Unit (INRA - Université Montpellier II - ENSAM - CIRAD association) specialised on Agro-polymers Engineering and Emergent Technologies. The applicant is expected to contribute to research on using agro-polymers such as proteins (wheat, corn glutens, soya proteins) or other natural polymers on packaging materials formulation for providing specific functional properties in the field of active packaging. The main objective is to modify and control mass transfer through or from conventional packaging using agro-polymers as coating, impregnating or encapsulating agents. The main properties directed are gases, vapor, aromas permeabilities but also natural food preservatives migration by introducing them in a matrix able to retain or release it in a controlled manner. The work will focus on mass transfer study and mathematical modelling in relation with shaping processes conditions, microstructure and surface properties of materials. Please send application preferably by e-mail, including a curriculum vitae and summary of current research experiences with publications to: Prof. Nathalie GONTARD, UMR IATE, CC023, B15, Université Montpellier II, Pl. E. Bataillon, 34 095 Montpellier, France - Tel: 33 (0)4 67 14 33 61 - fax: 33 (0)4 67 14 49 90 - e-mail: gontard@arpb.univ-montp2.fr.

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Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu or 262-0293. Thank You.

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