Chemistry Newsletter - 04/09/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 15 April 9th, 2001

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WE WELCOME JOHN WRIGHT AND HANS REICH AS THE NEW CHAIRMAN AND ASSOCIATE CHAIRMAN

Dean Phil Certain has just announced the appointment of John Wright as the new departmental chairman for the next academic year, beginning on July 1. John asked Hans Reich to serve with him as the Associate Chairman and Hans accepted. They are both looking forward to serving the department but they also realize that filling the shoes of Chuck Casey and Jim Weisshaar will not be an easy job. "We hope to continue the directions established by our previous chairmen and we look to the department's faculty, staff, and students to help us as we work together in the development of our department." Welcome to John & Hans!!

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Please Note:

Next week's newsletter will be published on Tuesday, April 17th.

Thank You. Bruce Goldade.

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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).

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.

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

Apr. 17 Apr. 24
May 1 May 15

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SEMINARS

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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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Monday, April 16th, 2001 - Joint Analytical Chemistry & Applied Mathematics Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Center for Mathematical Sciences, B-Level Seminar Room. Lila Kari, Department of Computer Science, University of Western Ontario. "Biological Information Processing: From DNA to Computation and Back"

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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 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Matthew D. 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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Thursday, April 19th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. John Phillips, Graduate Student.

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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, 1:30 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. 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 8335 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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Thursday, June 7th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, (Joint with Macromolecules), 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Josef Michl.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Brewer M; Rich DH.

Synthesis of a tripeptide derivative containing the Phe-Arg hydroxyethylene dipeptide isostere.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2001, Vol 3, Iss 6, pp 945-948.

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Whitlock HW.

The importance of model studies in computational organic synthesis.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2001, Vol 123, Iss 10, pp 2127-2133.

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Zimmerman HE; Alabugin IV.

Energy distribution and redistribution and chemical reactivity. The generalized Delta Overlap-Density method for ground state and electron transfer reactions: A new quantitative counterpart of electron-pushing.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2001, Vol 123, Iss 10, pp 2265-2270.

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Plainkum P; Fuchs SM; Raines RT.

A ribonuclease zymogen as a chemotherapeutic for malaria.

FASEB JOURNAL 2001, Vol 15, Iss 4, pp A538-A538.

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Bertozzi CR; Kiessling LL.

Chemical glycobiology.

SCIENCE 2001, Vol 291, Iss 5512, pp 2357-2364.

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Zimmerman HE; Cirkva V.

Excited- and ground-state versions of the tri-pi-methane rearrangement: Mechanistic and exploratory organic photochemistry.

JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2001, Vol 66, Iss 5, pp 1839-1851.

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Serfass L; Carr HS; Aschenbrenner LM; Burstyn JN.

Calcium ion downregulates soluble guanylyl cyclase activity: Evidence for a two-metal ion catalytic mechanism.

ARCHIVES OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS 2001, Vol 387, Iss 1, pp 47-56.

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Copyright © 2001 Institute for Scientific Information

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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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Minority & Women Doctoral Directory

The twelfth annual edition of the Minority & Women Doctoral Directory, to be published in fall 2001, will continue to be a comprehensive national listing of minority and women students who have already received or are about to receive their doctoral degree. The 2001-02 Directory will be made available to colleges and universities in the United States and will once again prove an important tool in increasing minority and women representation in university faculties. Students and graduates listed in our past editions have benefited from having their academic credentials made available to the more than 700 colleges and universities that subscribe to our service. Details and forms may be obtained from: The Chemistry Graduate Office, Room 1120.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Analytical Chemist: S.U.N.Y. College @ Oneonta invites applications for a tenure track, Assistant Professor position in the Chemistry Department. The initial appointment is two years to start August 2001. Teach analytical chemistry and introductory, general and/or environmental chemistry, direct undergraduate research and maintain our instrument suite. The expectations for this position include instruction, research, student advisement, college service and continuing professional development. Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or closely allied field is required with industrial or teaching experience preferred. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Please send an application letter, resume, names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references with three recommendation letters, official graduate transcripts and statement of teaching philosophy and research interests to: Dr. Terry Helser, Chairman, Search Committee, Chemistry Department, Box C, S.U.N.Y. College @ Oneonta, NY 13820-4015. S.U.N.Y. For more information, visit http://www.oneonta.edu.

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Nature Biotechnology seeks an assistant editor. This is a full-time position within an established editorial team based in New York City. Applicants should have a strong research background in either commercial or academic research, a keen critical and analytical sensibility, excellent writing and editing skills, a Ph.D in a relevant science, and an appreciation of the history and evolution of molecular biology into biotechnology. As the journal publishes across a number of disciplines, candidates must show a willingness and demonstrated ability to learn new fields. We offer a competitive salary and excellent working conditions within a dynamic editing and publishing group that is also responsible for: Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Genetics, Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, Nature Structural Biology, and Nature Neuroscience. Please submit a CV (with names of three references), a concise letter outlining your credentials and suitability for the position, and a 500-word News & Views style article on a recent exciting and newsworthy development in any area of biotechnology to: The Editor, Nature Biotechnology, 345 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010-1707, Fax: 212 696 6935; e-mail: biotech@natureny.com to arrive as soon as possible and no later than 23rd April 2001.

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Purdue Pharma L. P. is a fast-growing ethical pharmaceutical company. Currently we have an NMR spectroscopist opening at MS level in our pharmaceutical R&D center located in Southern Westchester County, New York. The successful candidate should have MS degree in chemistry, understanding of NMR theory and good hands-on experience in operating and maintaining modern NMR spectrometer. The primary responsibility will be the structural elucidation of impurities and degradation products in API and finished dosage forms within a regulated environment. Experience with LC-NMR technique is highly desirable. The NMR laboratory functions as a customer-oriented service facility, where communication skills and the ability to work on a variety of different projects simultaneously are essential. Purdue Pharma L. P. offers competitive salaries, an extensive benefits package and excellent opportunities for personal advancement and professional growth. Please mail or fax resume to: Dr. Mieng H. Wann, Purdue Pharma L. P., Research and Development Center, 444 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley, NY 10502, FAX: 914-709-2503.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Duke University. The Department of Computer Science invites applications for a nontenure-track position at the assistant research professor level to begin June 2001. The research topic is Biomolecular Computation. The successful candidate will be involved in the design, construction, and characterization of novel DNA nanostructures which self-assemble to perform desired computations or act as templates for construction of higher-order structures. Extensive experience in molecular biological laboratory techniques and macromolecular design is required. Specific required skills include DNA sequence design, purification and manipulation of synthetic oligonucleotides, PCR, cloning, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and possibly fluorescent activated cell sorting. Responsibilities include experimental design; some hands-on laboratory work; training and supervision of students, technicians, and post-docs; writing progress reports and research manuscripts; and possible teaching of a computational biology course. The successful candidate will be encouraged to seek independent, extramural funding. Salary level will be commensurate with experience. Send vitae and three names of references to: Professor John Reif, Department of Computer Science, D223 LSRC, Duke University, Box 90129, Durham NC 27708. Applications received by May 1 will be guaranteed consideration.

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Chemistry/Biochemistry Position Beginning Fall 2001. The Science Division at Minot State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Chemistry for Fall 2001. Qualified candidates should have completed the requirements for a Ph.D. by August of 2001. Candidates who have completed all Ph.D. requirements except for the dissertation and defense will be considered if the dissertation is near the final stages of completion. The teaching assignment for the position will include introductory chemistry courses, a one semester organic chemistry course, and a one semester biochemistry course. All of the courses have lecture and laboratory responsibilities for the faculty member. Research and publication are required for tenure and promotion. Even though teaching is the primary responsibility, candidates need to be interested in conducting scholarly activity at an undergraduate institution. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications must include a statement of teaching philosophy, research plans, CV, and official college transcripts. Have three letters of reference sent to: Search Committee, Science Division, Minot State University, Minot, ND, 58707. Further information about the Science Division may be obtained from the home page at http://www.science.misu.nodak.edu. Questions about the position may be directed to: Bob Crackel, Chair Chemistry Search Committee, Science Division, Minot State University, Minot, North Dakota, 58707, Phone (701) 858-3852, e-mail: crackel@misu.nodak.edu.

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Applications are invited for the position of Visiting Professor or Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Utah State University for the 2001-2002 academic year, with the possibility for renewal for a second year. Teaching responsibilities, will include introductory chemistry for non-science majors and supervision of the Quantitative Analysis (Fall) and Instrumental Analysis (Spring) laboratories. Ph.D. required by start date and prior teaching experience in analytical chemistry preferred. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on May 6, 2001 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications for the position should include a curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation and should be sent to: Visiting Professor or Lecturer Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Utah State, University, 0300 Old Main Hill, Logan UT 84322-0300. Further inquires can be directed to Jill Griffeth at secretary@cc.usu.edu or 435-797-1619. For more information please visit the following web sites: http://www.personnel.usu or http://www.chem.usu.edu/.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position, North Carolina State University, Optoelectronic Materials. Opening for a postdoctoral research fellow, to work jointly with Professors Marye Anne Fox and James Whitesell, at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. The work would involve preparation of model substrates for optoelectronic applications, mainly focusing on stable paramagnetic species and on the optical properties of self-assembled monolayers and dendrimers bearing absorptive chromophores. We are also interested in exploring photochemical reactions taking place in supercritical CO2. The initial salary will be $29,000 for one year, renewable for a second year with mutual consent. A start date any time after June 1, 2001 but before July 31, 2001 would be acceptable. If interested, please send a resume listing publications and arrange for three letters of support to be sent directly to: Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, Holladay Hall Box 7001, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27607.

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