Chemistry Newsletter - 04/23/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 17 April 23rd, 2001

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CONGRATULATIONS TO SLIFKIN AWARD WINNERS

Congratulations to the Slifkin award winners: Don Carpenetti, Meredith Porembski, Xiao Hua (Sam) Qiu, Steve Singer, and Emily Smith. The Chemistry Department will be granting five S. C. Slifkin Awards this year to recognize outstanding achievement in graduate research. The Slifkin Awards will be presented at an Awards Symposium on Friday May 11, 2001 at 3:30. We hope to hold the event in the new Seminar Hall but have reserved Room 1361 as a back-up. The faculty in each of the research divisions had the difficult task of selecting the award recipients from a group of very strong candidates. This year's S. C. Slifkin Award winners are:

  • Don Carpenetti -- Inorganic Chemistry
  • Meredith Porembski -- Physical Chemistry
  • Xiao Hua (Sam) Qiu -- Materials Chemistry
  • Steve Singer -- Organic Chemistry
  • Emily Smith -- Analytical Sciences.

Congratulations to Don, Meredith, Sam, Steve and Emily!!

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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

May 8

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Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays ---1:20 PM - Chairs Office

Apr. 24
May 1 May 15

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SEMINARS

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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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Wednesday, April 25th, 2001 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Professor Sergey Bakalov, Iweos, Russian Academy of Sciences. "Modern Micro-Raman Spectroscopy in the Study of Group 14 Compounds"

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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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Monday, April 30th, 2001 - Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building, Professor John Muenter, the University of Rochester. "What Can Electric Dipole Moments Tell Us About the Character ofHighly Excited Vibrational States?"

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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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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Ediger MD; Skinner JL.

Single molecules rock and roll near the glass transition.

SCIENCE 2001, Vol 292, Iss 5515, pp 233-234.

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Ebeling DD; Westphall MS; Scalf M; Smith LM.

A cylindrical capacitor ionization source: droplet generation and controlled charge reduction for mass spectrometry.

RAPID COMMUNICATIONS IN MASS SPECTROMETRY 2001, Vol 15, Iss 6, pp 401-405.

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Nicolaides A; Matsushita T; Yonezawa K; Sawai S; Tomioka H; Stracener LL; Hodges JA; McMahon RJ.

The elusive benzocyclobutenylidene: A combined computational and experimental attempt.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2001, Vol 123, Iss 12, pp 2870-2876.

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Liu ZX; Somsook E; Landis CR.

A H-2-labeling scheme for active-site counts in metallocene-catalyzed alkene polymerization.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2001, Vol 123, Iss 12, pp 2915-2916.

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De Stasio G; Gilbert B; Frazer BH; Nealson KH; Conrad PG; Livi V; Labrenz M; Banfield JF.

The multidisciplinarity of spectromicroscopy: from geomicrobiology to archaeology.

JOURNAL OF ELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY AND RELATED PHENOMENA 2001, Vol 114, pp 997-1003.

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Blomgren F; Larsson S; Nelsen SF.

Electron transfer in bis(hydrazines), a critical test for application of the Marcus model.

JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY 2001, Vol 22, Iss 6, pp 655-664.

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Kiessling LL.

The periodic table of biology.

CHEMICAL & ENGINEERING NEWS 2001, Vol 79, Iss 13, pp 246-246.

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Stahl SS.

Great expectations from small molecules.

CHEMICAL & ENGINEERING NEWS 2001, Vol 79, Iss 13, pp 282-282.

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Copyright © 2001 Institute for Scientific Information

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Increase your teaching experience and earn some money!

Are you interested in being an instructor to 4 middle school students? The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a hands-on laboratory experience for 7th through 9th grade minority students. If you're interested, please contact Tony Jacob at the Chemistry Learning Center, 265-5497 or atjacob@facstaff.wisc.edu, or drop off a note in my mailbox in the Chemistry Department. The salary will be at least $340/week (20 hours/week). Typically, instructors work one to two weeks depending on their schedule and the needs of the program. The tentative schedule is:

week of June 11 in the mornings (or afternoons)

week of June 18 in the afternoons, and

week of June 25 in the mornings

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Merck Research Laboratories, a leader in pharmaceutical research, has career opportunities in Bioprocess and Bioanalytical Research in support of human vaccine development at Bachelors and Masters Degree levels. Successful candidates will apply their diverse backgrounds in life sciences and chemistry to solving analytical challenges associated with next-generation vaccines. Duties include (but are not limited to) independently develop and apply new methods to analyze and characterize biomolecules, such as plasmid DNA for use in vaccine products. Major emphasis is to develop new methods for characterization, release and stability monitoring to support new vaccine products. Job requires strong problem solving ability and excellent communication skills to interact with project teams. BS. or M.S. in Cell Biology, Biochemistry or the equivalent with experimental training and experience. Good writing and communication skills essential. Must be well-organized and worked as a part of a team to achieve project goals. An excellent benefits package accompanies this position at our research facilities located 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Please send curriculum vitae with cover letter, transcript to: Dr. P.K. Tsai, Merck Research Laboratory, WP 17-101, West Point, PA 19486, Fax: 215-993-4849.

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New Teaching/Research Fellow position just authorized at Miami University Middletown for the 2001-02 academic year. It is a one year, full time appointment with the Center for Chemistry Education at Miami University Middletown with possibility of summer employment on either/both ends of the AY. The person will be engaged in teaching first year courses at Miami Middletown while also be working with me and my colleagues at the Center on research and outreach projects. The position requires the minimum of MS in chemistry, but a PhD is preferred. (I see the position as similar to a teaching post-doc with the research and outreach components being in Chemical Education. But of course I'd consider sabbatical support if timing would still allow that.) . Additional details are on the web: http://npio.ucm.muohio.edu/personnel/uemp/. Please contact: Mickey Sarquis, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Director, Center for Chemistry Education, Miami University Middletown, Middletown, OH 45042, (513)727-3278 (phone), (513)727-3328 (fax), email: SarquiAM@MUOhio.Edu, web: http://www.terrificscience.org/.

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Northern Arizona University, Department of Chemistry. Two temporary Instructor positions. Applications are invited for two temporary Instructor positions for the 2001-2002 academic year. A Ph.D. is required with preference to applicants who can contribute to programs in general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry or biochemistry. Applications should include a letter describing professional goals, CV and bibliography, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references. Review of applications will begin on May 7th and continue until the positions are filled. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working and interacting with diverse cultures. Please note that a background check is a requirement for employment of the finalists. Contact: Paul Torrence, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5698; phone 520-523-0298; e-mail: paul.torrence@nau.edu; web address: http://www.nau.edu/~chem/ .

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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 is August 27, 2001. Primary duties: teaching undergraduate courses in general chemistry and possibly in candidate's area of expertise. 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 required. Teaching experience desirable. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds. Apply to: Dr. Tamara Leenay, Chair, Chemistry Search Committee, Chemistry Department, MS-358, St. Cloud State University, 720 Fourth Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498, Phone: (320) 255-3948, Fax: (320) 203-6041, e-mail: Tleenay@stcloudstate.edu. The completed application must include letter of application, vitae, transcripts, (photocopies acceptable for screening), and three recent letters of reference (sent directly from referee). The successful candidate will be required to complete an application form and provide official transcripts sent from the appropriate institutions. Screening of application materials will begin on May 1, 2001 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Professor F. A. Cotton of Texas A&M University is seeking two new postdocs as soon as possible. I need people who can do preparative chemistry in two areas: (1) making long molecular wires, that is extensions of those we have recently published on (see, e.g., Inorg. Chem. 2001, 40, 1256-1264, 1265-1270); (2) making supramolecular structures based on dimetal units like those recently published (see, e.g., J. C. S. Dalton Trans. 2001, 499-501, 502-504). Let me emphasize that I need people who can prepare organic ligands and then make complexes that are air-sensitive from them. Familiarity with electrochemistry and X-ray crystallography would also be welcome, but not essential. Please contact: Professor F. A. Cotton, Doherty-Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, Department of Chemistry, PO Box 30012, College Station, TX 77842-3012, Phone (979) 845-4432, FAX (979) 845-9351, E-mail: cotton@tamu.edu.

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Professor Michael Hecht of Princeton University has a Postdoctoral Position - Available Immediately. De Novo Protein Design, Using Rational and Combinatorial Methods. Contact: Prof. Michael Hecht, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1009, e-mail: hecht@princeton.edu. For information on research in the Hecht lab go to: http://www.princeton.edu/~hecht/.

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

DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE IN ROOM 1148.

NEXT NEWSLETTER IS ON APRIL 30th, 2001.