Chemistry Newsletter - 04/08/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 14 April 8th, 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

 

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

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

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SEMINARS

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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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Monday, April 15th, 2002 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Ivan Panaitov, University of Sophia, Bulgaria. "Interfacial and Temporal Organization of enzymatic Hydrolysis."

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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. "Polymerized Planar Biomembrane Assemblies"

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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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Journal of Chemical Education, April 2002 Issue.

The April issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now online at: http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/. This issue features: Inorganic Laboratory Experiments, Teaching Organic Chemistry, Crystal Models in Plastic Boxes, and Teaching Chemistry with Puzzles and Games.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Instrumentation Facility Director for the Department of Chemistry Instrumentation Facility at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Director is responsible for overseeing the operation of the DCIF. A strong background in NMR spectroscopy is highly desirable, with experience using Bruker and Varian instruments. Duties include training users in the practice of modern NMR spectroscopy, supervising DCIF staff, helping to acquire new scientific instrumentation, managing the finances of the DCIF, helping set DCIF policy, and working with researchers on a large number of diverse research efforts. The DCIF houses six NMR spectrometers (a 600, two 500, a 400, and two 300 MHz instruments), an EPR spectrometer, a FT-ICR-MS, a GC-MS, a Moessbauer spectrometer, a FT-IR spectrophotometer, a polarimeter, and numerous workstations. Excellent language and communication skills as well as managerial skills are essential. The position is full-time with benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Applicants should send a cover letter, a resume, and the names, e-mail address, phone numbers, and addresses of three persons that can provide letters of recommendation to: MIT DCIF Director Search Committee, 18-TFO, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. MIT.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Sonoma State University. Faculty Employment Opportunity Department of Chemistry Visiting Assistant Professor (August 26, 2002 - June 6, 2003). Qualified candidates are being sought for a one-year temporary teaching appointment during the 2002/03 academic year in biochemistry or organic chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Sonoma State University for the 2002-3 academic year. The preferred candidate will demonstrate motivation to enter the teaching profession. Dependent on changes in staffing levels, it is anticipated that the department will later post a tenure track position to begin employment Fall 2003. For more information on the Department of Chemistry please consult our website: http://www.sonoma.edu/chemistry/. Duties: The position will involve teaching an upper-division biochemistry or organic chemistry lecture and laboratory classes, and lower division chemistry laboratories. The minimum requirements to qualify for this position are the completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry or Chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry or organic chemistry by August 15, 2002; potential for successful teaching as demonstrated in a research presentation during the interview; and an established record of research in biochemistry or organic chemistry. A background in experimental biochemistry or organic chemistry will be helpful. Preference will be given to candidates with university-level teaching experience. The annual salary for this position will be $33,552.00-42,297.60 depending on experience. The salary is based on 12/15 of the full-time equivalent salary. Actual salary is dependent upon number of units assigned, educational preparation, experience and availability of funds. Subject to any CSU system faculty contract salary increases. An excellent benefits package is also included (health, dental, and vision care). Deadline for postmark of applications for the fall semester is May 1, 2002. Please submit a letter of application indicating the area(s) listed under Duties statement above in which you are interested, a complete and current vita, current teaching evaluations if available, and the names, titles and phone numbers of people whom you have asked to send letters on your behalf to: Dr. Vincent Hoagland, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609, Phone: (707) 664-2334, FAX: (707) 664-3012, TDD: (707) 664-2958 (for voice and hearing-impaired only), e-mail: kathleen.hardy@sonoma.edu. 101816 - Please refer to this number on all correspondence and inquiries regarding this position.

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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 767987348. 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. Baylor University is a Baptist University affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. E-mail: Mariann_Busch@baylar.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position: Rio de Janeiro. We have funding, available immediately, for a post-doc for one year in the Time-Resolved Spectroscopy Laboratory, Institute of Chemistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The project involves the kinetics and spectroscopy of excited state proton transfer (ESIPT) systems, in both solution and polymeric matrices. A knowledge of the standard techniques of fluorescence spectroscopy is necessary and experience in time-resolved spectroscopy would be a definite plus. Interested parties should send a C.V. to: Prof. Ira M. Brinn, e-mail: irabrinn@iq.ufrj.br.

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Postdoctoral Position, Bacterial Pathogenesis and Genetics, Chicago, Illinois, USA. We have a position open for a recent Ph.D. scientist to join our NIH funded laboratory at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. Our laboratory is part of the Microbiology-Immunology Department which consists of a vibrant interactive collection of bacterial, viral, protozoan, and immunological researchers. We study the obligate human pathogen Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Projects are ongoing studying the molecular mechanisms used to mediate pilus antigenic variation. We are investigating interactions between the bacterium and host cells, particularly epithelial cells and PMNs. We are exploring the mechanisms used to assemble pili on the bacterial cell and how this allows for DNA transport for genetic transformation. We are also interested in developing genetic methods to exploit the genome sequences of the pathogenic Neisseria and areusing MicroArray analysis to map global gene expression changes. Reprints and other information can be found at: http://bugs.mimnet.nwu.edu/labs/Faculty/seiferth.html. We offer a competitive stipend and benefits. Applicants should have recent training in molecular biology or biochemistry and evidence of research skill by publications in peer reviewed journals. Qualified applicants should send a CV and names and contact information of at least three references to: Dr. Hank Seifert, h-seifert@northwestern.edu, -or- Department of Microbiology-Immunology, Northwestern University Medical School, 303 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.

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Postdoctoral Positions in Protein Folding, Engineering and NMR. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Chicago. Postdoctoral positions are available , in June 2002 in my laboratory which is relocating to the University of Chicago. Ongoing projects include: 1) The structure, dynamics and folding of unique "single-layer ß-sheets; 2) Engineering of small antibody mimics, "Monodies"; 3) NMR characterization of the structure and dynamics of protiens. For further information of the Department and University, please visit our web site at: http://bmb.bsd.uchicago.edu. A successful candidate should have experience either in biophysical analysis of macromolecules or in protein engineering, and strong interest in protein structure. Strong background in one or more of the following fields is advantageous: protein folding, biomolecular NMR spectroscopy, molecular modeling, protein biochemistry, library screening (phage display and/or yeast two-hybrid) and recombinant DNA. Please send a CV and the names and addresses of at least too references to: Shohei Koide, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Chicago, Cummings Life Science Center, 920 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, E-mail: Shohei_Koide@urmc.rochester.edu.

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