Chemistry Newsletter - 04/24/2000

 

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XXXV No. 17 April 24th, 2000

Inorganic Chemistry Cumulative Exam Schedule, 2000

All cumes are in room 2373 from 9 am to noon.

***PLEASE NOTE FINAL DATE CHANGE***

 

April 29th

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Finance Committee Meetings

The following dates have been confirmed for the Finance Committee Meetings this spring.

All of the meetings will be held on Tuesday from 1:20 to 3:30 PM

April 25 May 23

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SEMINARS

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Monday, April 24thd, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Tobin Marks, 3M McElvain Speaker.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Irina Shkel, UW-Madison. "Salt Control of DNA Oligomer Binding in Technological Applications"

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor John R. Scheffer, UBC-Vancouver. "In The Footsteps of Pasteur: Asymmetric Induction in the Photochemistry of Crystalline Ammonium Carboxylate Salts"

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Thursday, April 27th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Ned Seeman (Analy Sci/Mat Sci), New York University. "DNA Nanotechnology"

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Thursday, April 27th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Byron Griffith, Graduate Student. "Directed Evolution of Proteins"

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Thursday, April 27th, 2000 - CBI Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Professor Meyer Jackson. "Optical Probes in Physiology: Progress and Plans"

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Monday, May 1st, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Debra Rolison, Naval Research Laboratory - Joint with Analytical.

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dana Dlott, University of Illinois. "Vibrational Energy Relaxation in Liquids Studied by Ultrafast Two-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy"

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***POSTPONED UNTIL FALL OF THIS YEAR*** Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor Jumi Shin.

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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Jack Douglas, (Analy Sci/ACS), National Institutes of Standards & Technology. "Correlated Motion in a Simulated Supercooled Liquid"

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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Mike Hopkins, The University of Chicago.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Cynthia Jameson.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Stanley I. Sandler, University of Delaware. "The Use of Computational Chemistry to Predict the Phase Behavior of Complex Systems"

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Robert Halter, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - CBI Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Professor Lloyd Smith, UW-Madison Chemistry Department. "DNA Computing on Surfaces"

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Monday, May 8th, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Michael Fryzuk.

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Monday, May 8th, 2000 - Madison Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group, 7:30 p.m., Room 1360 Biotechnology Center. Dr. Ian Jardine, President LC and LC/MS Division of ThermoQuest. "Ultra High Throughput Proteomics and Ion Traps Tandem Mass Spectrometry"

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Tuesday, May 9th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Grier, University of Chicago. "When Like Charges Attract: Surprises in Macroionic Interactions"

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Tuesday, May 9th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University. "Towards an Improved Understanding of the Glassy State"

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Thursday, May 11th, 2000 - CBI Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Professor Jeff Johnson, UW-Madison. "Transcriptional Activation of the Antiozidant Response Element by Hydroquinones"

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2000 - (McElvain) - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Stanley Williams, Hewlett Packard. "Architectonics of Molecular Computers"

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Thursday, May 18th, and Friday May 19th, 2000 - Frontiers of Genomics IV Symposium, (Thursday 5/18) 1:00 p.m., Genetics/Biotech Center, (Friday 5/19) 8:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Nobel Laureate Walter Gilbert Keynote Speaker. More Information to follow.

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Recent Publications

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Berghout HL; Crim FF; Zyrianov M; Reisler H.

The electronic origin and vibrational levels of the first excited singlet state of isocyanic acid (HNCO).

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2000, Vol 112, Iss 15, pp 6678-6688.

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Wang CY; Ediger MD.

Lifetime of spatially heterogeneous dynamic domains in polystyrene melts.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2000, Vol 112, Iss 15, pp 6933-6937.

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Vaughan WE.

Potential of interaction of a counterion with a two-dimensional array of fixed charges.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2000, Vol 112, Iss 14, pp 6495-6497.

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Porter EA; Wang XF; Lee HS; Weisblum B; Gellman SH.

Antibiotics - Non-haemolytic beta-amino-acid oligomers.

NATURE 2000, Vol 404, Iss 6778, pp 565-565.

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Barchi JJ; Huang XL; Appella DH; Christianson LA; Durell SR; Gellman SH.

Solution conformations of helix-forming beta-amino acid homooligomers.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2000, Vol 122, Iss 12, pp 2711-2718.

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Landis CR; Sawyer RA; Somsook E.

Synthesis and characterization of a chiral, aza-15-crown-5-functionalized ferrocenyldiphosphine ligand for asymmetric catalysis.

ORGANOMETALLICS 2000, Vol 19, Iss 6, pp 994-1002.

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Copyright � 2000 Institute for Scientific Information

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GROUP LEADERS WANTED for Fun with Chemistry Camps!

The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) will again be offering the Fun with Chemistry Camps (Chem Camps) this summer. The camps provide fun and exciting chemistry laboratory experience for middle school students. There are two identical sessions of the camp, each of which runs for five weekday afternoons. The dates for this year's camps are June 12-16 and July 17-21.

We need group leaders (graduate students, senior undergraduates) to provide support to 4-6 students in the laboratory. We typically need between 10 and 12 group leaders for each session. The time commitment is approximately 12:45-4:30 PM each day, and the pay is $250 per weekly session. If you are interested in working any or all of the sessions, please stop by room 1321 and tell Kathleen Shanks that you would like to sign up as a group leader for Chem Camp.

The positions usually fill up fast, so hurry if you're interested! May 5 is the last day to sign up and be guaranteed consideration for a position. Group Leaders are selected on a combination first-come-first-served/interview basis. Group Leaders will be informed if they have been selected by mid-May. If you would like to have more information or if you have any questions, please call Kathleen at 2-2940.

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28th Reaction Mechanisms Conference

Online registration is now available for the 28th Reaction Mechanisms Conference. The conference will be held June 24-29, 2000 on campus in Grainger Hall. Details concerning registration, the scientific program, and poster abstract submission may be found on the conference website. Students and postdocs are especially encouraged to attend the meeting and to submit a poster on your work. The conference website is located at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/~mcmahon/mechconf/ .

This distinguished conference has held a position of long-standing significance in mechanistic chemistry since its founding 58 years ago. This year's conference promises to provide both a stimulating scientific program and a delightful conference venue. Special elements of the conference program include the Conference Banquet, which will feature an after-dinner presentation by Professor Jerome Berson of Yale University, entitled "Conjectures and Refutations in Mechanistic Chemistry: The Illogic of Scientific Discovery." The Chemistry Department will also offer tours of its recently completed building addition, featuring state-of-the-art laboratories for organic chemistry.

Conference Organizers: Scientific Program - Barry K. Carpenter, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Baker Laboratory, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-1301, Phone: 607-255-3826, FAX: 607-255-4137, E-mail: bkc1@cornell.edu . Local Arrangements: Robert J. McMahon, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706-1396, Phone: 608-262-0660, Fax: 608-265-4534, E-mail: mcmahon@chem.wisc.edu .

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For Industrial Positions, see the Chemistry Career Services Newsletter at:

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/placement/7news.html


FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The University of Maine is expanding its program in sensor technology through the initiation of an effort focused on biosensor development. Support for this project comes from a recently awarded NSF infrastructure grant supplemented by committed funding from the University. Applications are invited for one tenureable senior faculty position and two non-tenure track research faculty positions to start as early as July 1, 2000. Candidates must possess a doctoral level degree and a record of research productivity in a relevant scientific discipline such as surface chemistry, polymer science (molecular imprinting), electrochemistry, protein, nucleic acid (aptamer), or carbohydrate synthesis and characterization, electro-physiology, optoelectronics, or biophysics, Specific experience in R&D of biosensors is helpful but not required. Candidates for the senior position must have a demonstrated ability to obtain external funding and sustain a vigorous, vital research program, and participate effectively in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful candidate will hold a joint academic year appointment in the Laboratory for Surface Science & Technology (LASST, an on-campus interdisciplinary program in surface and interface science) and an appropriate academic department. He or she will have a critical role in coordinating the University's expansion in the biosensor arena. Non-tenure track research professors will hold 12-month appointments in LASST with available funding for three years. The ability to acquire external funding may allow these positions to evolve into on-going academic appointments. Significant opportunities for collaboration with the burgeoning chemical / biological sensor industry are also available. Technical support, laboratory space, and significant start-up funds will be provided for all three positions. Salary range and rank for all positions will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin May 15, 2000. Candidates should submit a letter of application stating which position they are applying for, curriculum vitae, description of research accomplishments, research plan, several representative publications, and the names and addresses of at least three references to: Biosensor Faculty Search Committee, The University of Maine, Laboratory for Surface Science & Technology, 5764 Sawyer Research Center, Orono, ME 04469-5764; Tel. (207) 581-2254; Fax. (207) 581-2255.

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Full-Time, Tenure Track Instructor/Assistant Professor. Position # 160-0938. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. School of Science, Management and Technologies Chemistry Department. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in organic and first-year chemistry lecture and laboratory courses. Teaching load will be 12 contact hours per semester. Additional responsibilities may include assisting in the development of the Forensic Chemistry program. Active research will be encouraged. Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or related field. 3 years of teaching experience, or the equivalent. (Candidates in the final stagesof writing/defending their dissertations may be considered.) Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in forensic sciences. Comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Submit a CV with position # and title, official transcripts (undergraduate as well as graduate) and three current references to: Dr. Eric Randall, Dean of SM&T, Department GSL, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA 16444. Teaching abilities and fluency in English will be assessed during a demonstration lecture. Applications must be postmarked by May 12, 2000. For more information see: http://www.edinboro.edu/cwls/chem/Main-Menu.html .

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Senior Scientist/Associate Principal Scientist (NMR/LC-NMR Position) Our Drug Safety and Metabolism, Toxicology and Bioanalysis Department has an opportunity for a Senior Scientist/Associate Principal Scientist to manage a NMR/LC-NMR lab. You will be responsible for the development of triple resonance NMR methodology to identify protein ligand/drug binding sites and characterization of recombinant proteins. You will also be responsible for structural elucidation of metabolites from small drug molecules. This will involve support work for pharmacokinetic and drug metabolism/safety/toxicological studies, performing sample analysis and data interpretation of same. To qualify, you will need a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Biological and Biophysical Chemistry, Structural Chemistry or Biology and at least 2-5 years of NMR or LC-NMR experience relatd to drug discovery or development. Research experience related to radioisotope handling, metabolite profiling, skills in HPLC and operation of a NMR are essential. Any candidate considered for this position must have proven oral presentation and writing skills. ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: ICN) employs 14,000 employees in 20 countries. Our employees seek research-based solutions to human ailments, market our portfolio of pharmaceutical products, and aspire to global leadership and citizenry. ICN renews its commitment to research and development in this new millennium. Please submit your scannable resume, introductory cover letter, salary history and expectations to: ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Paul Kotz, 3300 Hyland Ave., Box SC131000, Costa Mesa, CA., 92626, Telephone: (714) 545-0100 x3065, Fax: (714) 641-7268, E-mail: pdkotz@icnpharm.com . You can visit our website at http://www.ICNPharm.com .

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Analytical NMR Chemist. Lyondell Chemical Company is an innovative global manufacturer and marketer of basic chemicals and polymers that enhance the quality of life. The Lyondell enterprise has annual revenues of over $10 billion derived from operations in 15 countries performed by more than 10,000 employees. Lyondell is seeking an NMR Chemist to join the corporate analytical group. The incumbent will utilize NMR spectroscopy to solve problems related to fundamental catalyst research, new product development, manufacturing and customer support or all aspects of the Lyondell enterprise. In addition to a strong background in NMR spectroscopy, the position requires a good working knowledge of organic chemistry to facilitate detailed spectral interpretation and analytical problem solving. Knowledge of other analytical and spectroscopic techniques (particularly vibrational spectroscopy) is desirable. Strong written and oral communication skills are required for effective communication with internal and external analytical customers and documentation of results. The applicant should have a Ph.D. degree with 0-3 years of relevant experience. The position is located in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania (suburban Philadelphia area) but will be relocating to Houston in the next 3-5 years. For consideration, please submit your submit your resume to: David Kinney, Lyondell Chemical Company, 3801 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073 or by email (Microsoft Word format preferred) to: cnsdrka@lyondell.com .

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoc in NMR Microscopy. A position is available immediately at the Department of Chemistry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), for implementation and development of NMR microscopy techniques. The main research involves studies of biopolymers, microorganisms and plant metabolism as well as of polymers and formulations of pharmaceutical interest. Collaborations with Pharmacia and Amersham Pharmacia Biotech are ongoing. Possibilities are given to initiate own research and new collaborations. The instrumentation consists of two Bruker DRX600 and DRX400 spectrometers, both instruments equipped for micro-imaging and high-resolution NMR spectroscopy. The 600 MHz instrument is also equipped with a HR-MAS gradient probe. Applicants should have a strong background in NMR imaging, preferably microscopy/micro-imaging, ability to work independently and play an active role in collaborations. Initial inquiries via e-mail to lennart.kenne@kemi.slu.se or herbert.baumann@eu.apbiotech.com . Send curriculum vitae, summary of research interest and experience together with names of three references to: Prof. Lennart Kenne, Department of Chemistry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE-750 07 UPPSALA, SWEDEN. The university web site is http://www.slu.se .

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Western Michigan University. A Postdoctoral Fellowship Position is available in organometallic chemistry. The successful candidate will participate in research projects involving the formation of organized media supports (i.e., vesicles, dendrimers,imprinted polymers) for catalyst applications, the synthesis of new late transition-metal catalysts for environmentally-benign processing conditions and investigations of related aqueous organometallic complexes. Modern instrumentation needed to support the research effort, including 400-MHz NMR, ESR, FT-IR, X-ray Diffractometer, chromatographic equipment, etc.,is readily available. Requires a Ph.D.in a related field of chemistry. Demonstrated experience in the synthesis and full characterization of inorganic and organometallic compounds, as well as experience in two or more of the following areas is highly recommended: catalysis research, polymer chemistry, single crystal X-ray crystallography, thermal gravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis, manipulation of air-sensitive reagents, coordination chemistry, and single-site polymerization catalysts. Salary will be $25,000 (US) per year plus benefits. The position is for one year with renewal contingent upon continued funding and mutual consent. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The position will be available from 1 July 2000 or earlier. More information about the position or the University can be obtained by going to http://unix.cc.wmich.edu/~buffinb/index.html and following the links. Interested persons should write to: Dr. Brian Buffin, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-3842, (616) 387-2420 phone, (616) 387-2909 fax, e-mail: brian.buffin@wmich.edu , web site: http://unix.cc.wmich.edu/~buffinb/index.html .

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Post-doctoral Fellowship In Infrared Laser Kinetic Spectroscopy. Robert F. Curl and Graham P.Glass of the Chemistry Department at Rice University are seeking a Post-doctoral Fellow in the in the field of infrared laser kinetic spectroscopy of free radicals. In these experiments, a suitable precursor for the radical of interest is flash photolyzed by an excimer laser and the transient infrared absorption of radical produced is observed using a tunable, cw IR laser probe. The probe laser is a difference frequency source. For somewhat more information see http://pandora.rice.edu/curlglas.html and linked pages. This position requires extensive experience with lasers and the normal technology of Chemical Physics. Previous experience working with cw tunable lasers is desirable. Individuals who have received their doctorates within the last five years are preferred. 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. Deadline is June 1, 2000.

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