Chemistry Newsletter - 04/11/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 14 April 11th, 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

4/19/05

5/3/05

5/17/05

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SEMINARS

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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. “Protein Assembly and Immobilization by Staudinger Ligation”

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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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Wednesday, April 27th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 13415 Chemistry Building. Professor Philip Boudjouk, North Dakota State. “One Simple Step to Polyfunctional Cyclohexasilanes. Serendipity in Action”

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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. “Efficient Synthesis of Beta-Peptide Combinational Libraries Using Microwave Irradiation”

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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 - 4th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, - Room 1315 Chemistry. The Nelsen 65th Birthday Symposium, June 3-5, 2005. Visit the web site for details: http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/compchem/sfn_65th/nelsen.html.

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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Cavagnero S. Jungbauer LM.

Painting protein misfolding in the cell in real time with an atomic-scale brush [Review].

Trends in Biotechnology. 23(3):157-162, 2005 Mar.

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Hansen EC. Lee DS.

Synthesis of beta,beta-disubstituted vinyl boronates via the ruthenium-catalyzed Alder ene reaction of borylated alkynes and alkenes.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(10):3252-3253, 2005 Mar 16.

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Potocky TB. Menon AK. Gellman SH.

Effects of conformational stability and geometry of guanidinium display on cell entry by ss-peptides.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(11):3686-3687, 2005 Mar 23.

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Weinhold F.

Comments on Purser's article: “Lewis structures are models for predicting molecular structure, not electronic structure”

Journal of Chemical Education. 82(4):NIL_3-NIL_4, 2005 Apr.

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Lovas FJ. McMahon RJ. Grabow JU. Schnell M. Mack J. Scott LT. Kuczkowski RL.

Interstellar chemistry: A strategy for detecting polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in space.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(12):4345-4349, 2005 Mar 30.

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Schenker R. Kieber-Emmons MT. Riordan CG. Brunold TC.

Spectroscopic and computational studies on the trans-mu-1,2-peroxo-bridged dinickel(II) species [{Ni(tMC)}2(02)](OTf)2: Nature of end-on peroxo-nickel(II) bonding and comparison with peroxo-copper(II) bonding.

Inorganic Chemistry. 44(6):1752-1762, 2005 Mar 21.

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Fiedler AT. Brunold TC.

Combined spectroscopic/computational study of binuclear Fe(I)-Fe(I) complexes: Implications for the fully-reduced active-site cluster of Fe-only hydrogenases.

Inorganic Chemistry. 44(6):1794-1809, 2005 Mar 21.

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Huang FH. Guzei IA. Jones JW. Gibson HW.

Remarkably improved complexation of a bisparaquat by formation of a pseudocryptand-based [3]pseudorotaxane.

Chemical Communications. (13):1693-1695, 2005.

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Copyright © 2005 Thomson ISI

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Nelsen Symposium - June 3-4, 2005

 

Former students and colleagues of Prof. Steve Nelsen invite you to attend a scientific symposium to be held in Madison on June 3-4, 2005, in celebration of Steve's 65th birthday. Please visit the following web site, where you will find information about the scientific program, speakers, schedule, and banquet (on Saturday June 4th). http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/compchem/sfn_65th/nelsen.html. There is no registration fee for the symposium, but there is a fee for the banquet at Nadia's Restaurant. Please register by filling out the registration form that is available on the website. Please return the form by May 20th, with payment for the banquet, to Nayith Pedroza: Nayith Pedroza, Organic Division Coordinator, 7121 Chemistry Department, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706. On behalf of the organizing committee, Bob McMahon. Organizers: Si Blackstock (Alabama), Ed Clennan (Wyoming), Pete Gannett (West Virginia), Bob McMahon (Wisconsin).

 

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ACR-PRF Summer School

June 12-16, 2005 The University of Arizona, Tucson

ACR-PRF Summer School on Molecular Photoelectron Spectroscopy for Chemical Research and Education. For more information, please visit: http://www.pes.arizona.edu.

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The Overcoming Challenges Award

The Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society has established an award designed to recognize a woman undergraduate from a two-year or four-year institution for her efforts in overcoming hardship to achieve success in chemistry. The award consists of a plaque, a monetary award of $250, and up to $1,000 in travel expenses to the fall ACS national meeting. The recipient will be recognized at the WCC Luncheon on Tuesday afternoon at that meeting. Criteria: Awardee must be a woman undergraduate currently enrolled in a two-year chemistry related program or pursuing a major or minor in a four-year chemistry program at a school that does not grant a doctorate in chemistry. The awardee must have completed one semester of college level chemistry; Applicants must demonstrate that they have overcome hardships (economic, personal, or academic) in pursuit of their education in order to be considered for the award; The jury will consider 4 categories: improvement, initiative, successes, and grades from the previous two semesters (not cumulative grade point average). Award Administration: Nominees must submit a letter requesting the award, one letter of recommendation, and school transcripts. The request should contain nominee name, address, telephone number, and email address as well as explain the hardships the student has overcome and her current successes. Submissions should be sent to: Women Chemists Committee, American Chemical Society, 1155 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20036. Nominations must be received by May 1, 2005. The award will be presented at the fall ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC, at the Women Chemists Luncheon on Tuesday, August 30, 2005.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of Minnesota's Chemistry Department has several temporary, part-time lecturer positions available in introductory general chemistry and introductory organic chemistry for the Fall semester of 2005 (September 6, 2005 - December 21, 2005) and the Spring semester of 2006 (January 17, 2006 - May 13, 2006). Duties include: Preparing and giving lectures for one or more undergraduate, introductory level courses, office hours, meeting with teaching assistants, exam preparation, and assignment of final course grades. Qualifications: Ph.D. in chemistry preferred. M.S. in chemistry or related field required. Previous teaching experience is required, prefer at least two years at the college level. Any qualified person interested in a teaching position should submit a short letter indicating their interest, along with current curriculum vitae and two letters of professional recommendation. Student evaluations of prior chemistry teaching are also strongly recommended. All application materials must be received by Friday, April 15, 2005. Selection Criteria: - M.S. is essential, strongly prefer Ph.D; Prior teaching experience; prefer college level teaching of chemistry courses; Quality of references; Quality of student evaluations or feedback; Prior teaching experience at University of Minnesota. Please submit all application materials to: Professor Louis Pignolet, Vice Chair, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant Street Minneapolis, MN 55455. For more information regarding course offerings and content, please contact Chuck Tomlinson at (612) 624-0313. This material is available in alternative formats upon request. To request disability accommodations, please contact: Chuck Tomlinson, Chemistry, 115 Smith (612) 624-0313. For further information on providing necessary accommodations, please contact Disability Services, 16 Johnston Hall, 101 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 624-4037.

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Empyrean Management Group. The following are brief descriptions of positions looking to be filled with a large pharmaceutical company with locations in New Jersey and Philadelphia: New Jersey: Associate Director of QA; Group Leader of AR&D; Senior Scientist AR&D; Formulations; Formulations Scientist; Associate Scientist/ 2 positions one in AR&D and one in Formulations AR&D: Under supervision of other scientists; Formulations: Under the supervision of other scientists; QC Chemist; Associate QC Chemist; QA Auditor of Manufacturing. Philadelphia: Clinical Production Manager; Supervisor of Clinical Production; Clinical QA Manager. For more information please contact: Brianne Bangma, Research Consultant, Empyrean Management Group, Office: 610-275-4400, Toll Free: 1-866-773-9900. For a complete listing of the job titles and the job descriptions please stop by Room 1146 Chemistry Building.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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St. Cloud State University. Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Fixed-term appointment. Salary dependent upon academic qualifications and experience. Date of Appointment: August 29, 2005. Primary duties: teaching undergraduate courses in preparatory chemistry and introductory organic/biochemistry. Faculty are required to demonstrate the following: ability to teach and/or perform effectively; scholarly achievement or research; continued preparation and study; contribution to student growth and development; service to the university and community. Ph.D. in chemistry or related area required at time of appointment. Post-secondary teaching experience desirable. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds. The Department currently has 12 full-time faculty positions and offers an American Chemical Society approved program. Apply to: Chair, Chemistry Search Committee Chemistry Department, MS-358 St. Cloud State University 720 Fourth Avenue South St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498, Phone: (320) 308-2046, Fax (320) 308-6041, e-mail: mjeannot@stcloudstate.edu. The completed application must include a letter of application, vita, transcripts (photocopies acceptable for screening), teaching philosophy, a brief statement of research interests, three letters of reference sent directly from the evaluator. The successful candidate will be required to complete an application form and provide official transcripts sent from the appropriate institutions. All application materials must be postmarked no later than May 9, 2005 to be guaranteed consideration.

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Assistant Research Professor - Inorganic Chemistry The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of Auburn University invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty position in Chemistry to establish an independent research program in the synthesis and purification of organometallic and inorganic compounds of Group 13. A Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry and related post-doctoral experience is required. The candidate selected for this position, which begins in August 2005, must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States on date appointment is scheduled to begin and must be able to communicate in English. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae and have three letters of reference sent to: Asst. Research Professor Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Auburn University, AL 36849-5312. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2005 and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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None for this Newsletter

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