Chemistry Newsletter - 04/18/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 15 April 18th, 2005

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Helen Blackwell Wins Research Corporation Cotrell Scholar Award

Helen Blackwell has won a Research Corporation Cotrell Scholar Award for 2005. Only 13 such awards were given nationally. Congratulations to Helen for her impressive and continuing accomplishments!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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 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. “Investigating Effect of Photodissociation on Detection Efficiency of Protein Molecules in MALDI”

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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 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ghislain Deslongschamps, University of New Brunswick.

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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.

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Friday, April 29th, 2005 - Organic Lincoln Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justin K. Murray, Gellman Group. “Efficient Synthesis of Beta-Peptide Combinational Libraries Using Microwave Irradiation”

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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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U.W. Madison-Chemistry Department. Part Time Position in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, Starting Summer 2005. This is a Technical Assistant (TA) position for a graduate student who would like to learn how to run all the instruments in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory and to assist graduate students and postdocs in using mass spectrometry to solve problems. The Mass Spectrometry Laboratory staff generates quality data and keeps the instruments operating optimally. The TA will be working with a large variety of organic, biochemical, and organometallic compounds. The appointment will be for at least one year (including the summer of 2005). Interested students should contact: Dr. Martha M. Vestling (vestling@chem.wisc.edu).

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Beloit College. Laboratory and Safety Coordinator - FT position will provide technical and educational support to the Biology and Chemistry Depts., instruct safety components of biology and chemistry lab courses, equipment and instrument training, and additional laboratory sections of chemistry classes as needed, maintain laboratories, plan and prep for course experiments, operate and supervise use of NMR spectrometer, maintain cryogenics for NMR and SEM equipment. Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or related field; experience working with college students in laboratory environments; knowledge and experience in using laboratory equipment in basic scientific research applications and the ability to safely handle and prepare reagents and instrumentation. More info at http://www.beloit.edu/~humanres/employment.shtml. Review of applications will begin April 27, 2005 and continue until the position is filled. Submit application letter, resume, and three references to: Beloit College, Prof. B. Spencer, 700 College St., Beloit, WI 53511. Beloit College is committed diversity in all its forms, and urges all interested individuals to apply.

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The Chemistry and Catalysis Research Lab at Eastman Chemical Company has a position we are seeking to fill for a homogeneous catalysis chemist. It is an entry-level research position in the group to invent, evaluate, develop and support commercial processes for homogeneous reactions in new and existing processes. A Ph.D. in Organic or Inorganic Chemistry with research experience in homogeneous catalysis is required. Job responsibilities will include research in the development of technology for producing chemicals from synthesis gas, mechanistic studies to support the commercialization of such processes, detailed examination of the products and by-products of chemical reactions using a variety of separation, isolation and analytical techniques and providing technical expertise to support manufacturing facilities. It is desirable that the candidate have a background in kinetics and a working knowledge of organometallic, oxidation or polymer catalysis. A combination of good technical, interpersonal, and communication skills are needed as our process and product development is carried out in a mutli-disciplinary technical team environment. Qualified candidates should apply through our company website at: http://www.eastman.com/employment/positions_available/employment.htm. For more information about ECC, our website is http://www.eastman.com.

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Bostik, Inc. Senior Scientist - Team Leader, Wauwatosa. Job Responsibilities: Lead junior scientists on various projects aimed at developing new and improved processes and products for industrial applications; Interact with product line managers to orient decisions and strategy onto the technical aspects of upcoming projects, plan and developments; Manage and communicate project developments in order to determine project plans; participate in hands-on laboratory work; Make presentations of new projects to key internal and external customers; Develop formulated products through raw material screening and comparison to existing solutions; Participate in product development efforts with those of European affiliates of the company; Regularly consult with the senior scientists on the research team at the affiliated companies and represent company during scientific discussions and meetings; Utilize variety of applications and scientific techniques; Prepare reports and papers, and make technical presentations to customers, and supervise product trials in simulated customer environments. Job Requirements: Minimum Requirements: Ph. D degree may be in the field of Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Polymers or Chemistry, but the underlying Master’s Degree must be in Chemistry; plus; 6 years of experience in rheology or rheometry; including; 5 years of experience in laboratory test methodology for industrial applications; including; 3 years of experience in polymeric formulas development: including; 3 years of experience in industrial processes of finished goods manufacturing; and including; 3 years of experience in industrial processes of polymeric materials manufacturing.; 40 hrs/wk from 8:30 am-5:00 pm.; Must have proof of present legal authority to work in the United States on a full time basis. Applicants should contact: Mr. Jeff Merkt, Director of Research and Development, Bostik, Inc., 11320 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 414-774-2250.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Western State College of Colorado invites applications for a temporary position in Chemistry. The successful candidate will have special interests in organic/biochemistry and will be capable of teaching the following courses: introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry, a full year of organic chemistry with laboratory, and a non majors general education chemistry course (Contemporary Chemistry). The position requires teaching 24 semester credits per academic year, academic advising, assessment, lab preparations and duties as assigned. The program in chemistry has approximately 25 majors, a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum, and three full-time faculty members. Please visit our website http://www.western.edu/chemistry. Start date: August 2005. Master's degree required, Ph.D. preferred. Candidates must possess strong commitment to undergraduate education and demonstrated excellence in teaching. Send letter of application with curriculum vitae, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, and have three letters of reference sent to: Chair Chemistry Search, Hurst Hall 128, Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, CO 81231. For more information please contact: Dr. Anne Ryter at (970) 943-7098; Fax: (970) 943-7120; E-mail: aryter@western.edu. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during screening. Official transcripts are required prior to issuing contract. Screening of applications will begin April 18, 2005 and continue until the position is filled.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire invites applications for a one-year temporary lecturer position in Organic Chemistry to begin August 2005. The successful candidate must be committed to high quality education. Interested candidates should send a letter describing their pedagogic knowledge and skills, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Christopher F. Bauer, Chair, Department of Chemistry, UNH, Durham, NH 03824. (603) 862-1550 (FAX 4278), e-mail: chris.bauer@unh.edu. Review of the applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Rowan University. Assistant Professor, Analytical Chemistry. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (full-time, one-year, temporary position). Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate chemistry courses and laboratories (majors and non-majors). Teaching assignments may include courses in freshman chemistry, chemistry for non-science majors, quantitative analysis, and instrumental methods. See our web page at: http://www.rowan.edu/chemistry. Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry. Candidates nearing completion of the Ph.D. are also invited to apply. The successful candidate will be required to teach chemistry at all levels and have outstanding communication skills. The application should include a resume, a statement of teaching philosophy, graduate transcripts (unofficial) and two letters of recommendation. Starting Date: September 1, 2005. Review of applications will begin May 16 and continue until the position is filled. Send data to: Dr. Robert Newland, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro, NJ 08028-1701, 856/256-4502, e-mail: newland@rowan.edu.

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Position Announcement, University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, Chemistry and Engineering Physics, Lecturer in Chemistry; part-time. One semester appointment teaching general chemistry lecture and laboratories with possibility of renewal in Spring 2006. A Masters in Chemistry or related field, minimum of one year experience teaching undergraduates and minimum of three years post bachelors teaching or laboratory experience. The successful candidate must be committed to undergraduate education. The successful candidate will have demonstrated commitment to or experience with diverse populations. Additional infonnation about this position and the department can be found at http://www.uwplatt.edu/~chemep. Appointment Date: August 2005. Send a letter of application, a resume, a statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references to: Dr. Charles Sundin, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin - Platteville, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818. Application Date: Review of applications will begin late April 2005 and continue until the position is filled.

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Position Announcement, University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, Chemistry and Engineering Physics. Lecturer in Chemistry. One-year, sabbatical replacement appointment teaching general chemistry lecture and laboratories and contributing to the department in an area such as research developing new laboratory experiences advising, service, outreach, or instrumentation. A Masters in Chemistry (Ph.D. preferred), minimum of one year experience teaching undergraduates and minimum of three years post bachelors teaching or laboratory experience. The successful candidate must be committed to undergraduate education and be prepared to contribute to the department in an area such as research, developing new laboratory experiences, or instrumentation. Other qualifications include commitment to undergraduate education and demonstrated commitment to or experience with diverse populations. Additional information about this position and the department can be found at http://www.uwplatt.edu/~chemep. Appointment Date: August 2005. Send a letter of application, a resume, a statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references to: Dr. Charles Sundin, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin - Platteville, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818. Application Date: Review of applications will begin April 25, 2005 and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Oxford University and Imperial College London. Two Postdoctoral Research Positions. Conjugated Porphyrin Oligomers for Photodynamic Therapy via Two Photon Absorption.

Position 1: Synthesis. Applications are invited for an EPSRC-funded postdoctoral research position to explore the synthesis of conjugated porphyrin oligomers for photodynamic therapy, with Professor Harry Anderson, in the new Chemistry Research Laboratory (http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/). Applicants should have a strong background in organic synthesis. For further details can be downloaded from http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/jobs.asp. Four copies of applications, in the form of a letter and curriculum vitae with the names and addresses of two academic referees, should be sent to: The Administrator (quoting ref. DM05008/HLA), Chemistry Research Laboratory, Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TA e-mail: dpadmin@chem.ox.ac.uk. Salary: £19,460 - £21,640 p.a. Closing date: Friday 29 April 2005.

Position 2: Photophysics and Photobiology. Applications are also invited for an EPSRC-funded postdoctoral research position to pursue photophysical and photobiological aspects of this project, with Professor David Phillips (Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, London). Applicants should have a strong background in laser photophysics. For further information, contact: David Phillips, Hofmann Professor of Chemistry, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ; tel 020 7594 5716; fax 020 7594 5812; email: d.phillips@imperial.ac.uk.

This collaborative interdisciplinary project involves organic synthesis, molecular engineering, photophysics, nonlinear optics, microscopy and photobiology. For background references see J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 15352; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 9712; Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2005, 4, 13; Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2002, 1, 120. Both posts are available from August 2005, or a mutually acceptable date, for 2 years.

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Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. Postdoctoral fellowship available in the area of synthetic organometallic chemistry with a focus on transition metal hydride complexes in catalysis and materials chemistry (see for example Organometallics 2005, 24, 479-481; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 516 - 517; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 1870-1882). The candidate must have expertise in the synthesis and characterization of air-sensitive compounds and in NMR spectroscopy and must have received the PhD degree after Sept 2003. The deadline for applications is May 30, 2005. The starting time is flexible and the position is initially for 1 year. The salary is 37,000 $CDN. Please send your application to the following address and have two letters of recommendation e-mailed or mailed to: Robert H. Morris, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 80 St George St, Toronto,Ont., M5S 3H6, e-mail: rmorris@chem.utoronto.ca, Phone and Fax (the same number): 1-416-978-6962, Web page: http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/~rmorris/.

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Postdoctoral opening in DNA instrument development. Robert F. Curl of the Chemistry Department at Rice University is seeking a Post-doctoral Fellow to do research leading to the development of a four laser-based system for improved DNA sequencing. A preliminary report on this effort has very recently been published (E. K. Lewis, et al, Proc Natl. Acad. Sci. 102, 5346-5351 (2005)). This position requires extensive experience with lasers and optics. To be eligible for this position, a person must have received the doctorate within four years of September 1, 2005. Please send a resume and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to: Robert Curl, Chemistry Department, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005-1892, USA, e-mail: friend@rice.edu by July 15, 2005.

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