Chemistry Newsletter - 04/24/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 17 April 24th, 2006

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Governor Doyle to Dedicate the Irving Shain Chemistry Research Tower

The Irving Shain Chemistry Research Tower dedication celebrations will be held on Friday May 5th and Saturday May 6th, 2006. Governor Doyle and other top State and UW officials will be at the formal dedication ceremony at 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 5 in Room 1351 Chemistry. Full participation by all Chemistry Department personnel will greatly enhance our standing with outside visitors. For more information on these celebrations and other activities, please go the Chemistry Home page at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu and click on the Quick link for the Irving Shain Research Tower Dedication.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

5/9/06

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

4/25/06

5/2/06

5/16/06

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael J. Saxton, University of California at Davis. “A biological interpretation of anomalous subdiffusion”

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Thursday, April25th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Matt Sigman, University of Utah.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Murphy, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon Tunge, University of Kansas.

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Friday, April 28th, 2006 - Departmental Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alan D. Attie, Professor of Biochemistry & Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison. “Genetics and Genomics of Type 2 Diabetes in Mice”

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Friday, April 28th, 2006 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 1:00 p.m., Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Emily Dyhkhuizen, Kiessling Group. “Synthesis of an Aminothiazole Library as Inhibitors of NDP-Sugar Utilizing Enzymes”

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Monday, May 1st, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. I. Robert Lehman. “TBA”

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Jordan, University of Pittsburgh. “Electron and Proton Localization in Water Clusters”

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Stang, University of Utah. “Nanoscale Molecular Architecture: Design and Self-Assembly of Metallocyclic Polygons and Polyhedra via Coordination”

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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006 - Chemical Education/Inorganic Speaker, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Holme, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2006 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peidong Yang, University of California-Berkeley.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Walker, Harvard University.

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Friday, May 5th, 2006 - Inaugural Irving Shain Chemistry Colloquium, 3:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Allen J. Bard, Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin. “Fuel Cells and the Discovery of Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Based on Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy”

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Monday, May 8th, 2006 - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Adrain Elcock, University of Iowa. “Molecular and Brownian Dynamics Simulations of Complex Biomolecular Systems”

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Monday, May 8th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. Kevin Struhl. “Logic and Mechanisms of Transcriptional Regulation”

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeff Johnston, Indiana University.

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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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Jungbauer LM. Bakke CK. Cavagnero S.

Experimental and computational analysis of translation products in apomyoglobin expression [Review].

Journal of Molecular Biology. 357(4):1121-1143, 2006 Apr 7.

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Baker SE. Tse KY. Lee CS. Hamers RJ.

Fabrication and characterization of vertically aligned carbon nanofiber electrodes for biosensing applications.

Diamond & Related Materials. 15(2-3):433-439, 2006 Feb-Mar.

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Weinhold F.

Resonance character of hydrogen-bonding interactions in water and other H-bonded species [Review].

PEPTIDE SOLVATION AND H-BONDS. 72 PG. 121-+. 2006 [Figures] [Plates] [Color plates].

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Gorske BC. Blackwell HE.

Interception of quorum sensing in Staphylococcus aureus: a new niche for peptidomimetics.

Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry. 4(8):1441-1445, 2006.

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Steinhoff BA. Stahl SS.

Mechanism of Pd(OAc)(2)/DMSO-catalyzed aerobic alcohol oxidation: Mass-transfer-limitation effects and catalyst decomposition pathways.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 128(13):4348-4355, 2006 Apr 5.

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Riccardi D. Schaefer P. Yang Y. Yu HB. Ghosh N. Prat-Resina X. Konig P. Li GH. Xu DG. Guo H. Elstner M. Cui Q.

Development of effective quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) methods for complex biological processes.

Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 110(13):6458-6469, 2006 Apr 6.

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Jin S. Wen X.

Hamiltonian-preserving schemes for the Liouville equation of geometrical optics with discontinuous local wave speeds.

Journal of Computational Physics. 214(2):672-697, 2006 May 20.

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Yue GE. Roper MG. Balchunas C. Pulsipher A. Coon JJ. Shabanowitz J. Hunt DF. Landers JP. Ferrance JP.

Protein digestion and phosphopeptide enrichment on a glass microchip.

Analytica Chimica Acta. 564(1):116-122, 2006 Mar 30.

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Guzei IA. Timokhin VI. West R.

[Bis(trimethylsily)amido-kappa N]{tert-butyl[(E)-2-(tert-butylimino)ethyl]amido-kappa N-2,N '}tin(II), a key intermediate in synthesis of 1,3-di-tert-butyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-1,3,2-diazastannole.

Acta Crystallographica - Section C - Crystal Structure Communications. 62(Part 3):M90-M92, 2006 Mar.

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A TA position at the Molecular Structure Laboratory

UW-Madison Chemistry Department. A part-time appointment (16-20h a week, flexible schedule) is available at the Molecular Structure Laboratory starting May 2006. The successful candidate will learn to conduct single crystal X-ray diffraction experiments, solve and refine crystal structures of organic and coordination compounds, and prepare crystallographic papers and reports. This work will likely result in several scientific publications. A significant responsibility will be maintaining the in-house crystallographic database (PC/LINUX). Please contact Ilia Guzei at: iguzei@chem.wisc.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Chemistry Department Laboratory Manager I. Full-time (10 months), Academic Staff Position. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System. UW-RF's 6000 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science; and Business and Economics. The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. The duties of the successful applicant will include: preparation of solutions and formulations; assembling and maintaining equipment; training of student assistants for introductory and advanced laboratories; management of the Departmental Storerooms (ordering, receiving, and inventory); and perform/oversee departmental collection and disposal of hazardous waste. The position is a full-time (10 month) professional academic support position. Compensation is based on qualifications, including education and experience. Qualifications (Required): A bachelors degree in chemistry or closely related field is required. Experience should include: Familiarity with the typical procedures for safely and accurately preparing reagents, and safely handling chemicals and hazardous waste; (MSDS): familiarity with the use and maintenance of typical chemical apparatus, equipment. instrumentation, and computers; Ability to work in a collegial environment with shifting priorities and changing demands; A demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the University's commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages. To Apply: Submit a resume (or curriculum vitae), letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience and a separate statement addressing your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures. Include an unofficial transcript (official copies will be required if hired) and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references who can specifically comment upon your experience, and professional preparation to: Dr. David P. Rainville, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, Chemistry Department, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 410 South 3rd Street, River Falls, WI 54022, e-mail: david.p.rainville@uwrf.edu. The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request. Deadline to Apply: Review of Applications will begin on May 5 and continue until the position is filled.

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California State University, Long Beach. Chemistry Lecturer Position, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Full-time Lecturer REC # 607; 3 year appointment, renewable 1 year. Effective Date: Aug 21, 2006. Ph.D. in chemistry, potential for effective teaching in introductory chemistry, and the ability to communicate effectively with a culturally and ethnically diverse campus community. Previous lecture experience in collegiate chemistry; ability to teach organic chemistry or other upper division chemistry course; incorporation of modern pedagogical approaches for chemistry instruction. Teach undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in introductory chemistry, general chemistry and possibly in their area of specialty; participate in activities serving the department, university, and community. The normal workload of a full-time lecturer consists of 15 units of direct and indirect instructional activity each academic semester that includes at least 12 units of direct instructional assignments (classroom and laboratory instruction). A lecturer is expected to maintain excellence in teaching and to continually improve his/her instructional effectiveness. This involves, at a minimum, broadening and deepening knowledge of the academic field, and remaining abreast of new developments in the field. Probable Salary Range, Based on Preparation and Experience: $48,000-53,000. Required Documentation: (1) Letter of application, (2) statement of teaching philosophy, (3) curriculum vitae (including an e-mail address), (4) official transcripts from graduate and undergraduate institutions, (5) three letters of recommendation, and (6) statement addressing the candidate's ability to work in a culturally diverse campus community. Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to work in the United States. This proof must be provided at the time of employment at the university. An appointment will not be final until proof is provided. Review of applications will begin on 28 April 2006 and will continue until the position is filled (or recruitment cancelled). Applications, required documentation, and requests for information should be addressed to: Dr. Douglas McAbee, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-3903, phone: (562) 985 1558, e-mail: dmcabee@csulb.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. Two nine-month temporary faculty positions in the Department of Chemistry. Teaching lecture and laboratory courses in general chemistry and/or organic chemistry and/or general education chemistry. Ph.D. in chemistry or related field and teaching experience preferred; MS degree in chemistry or related field and evidence of commitment to teaching excellence required. Starting Date: August 17, 2006. Closing Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Applications: Submit letter of application; curriculum vitae; transcripts (undergraduate and graduate; unofficial acceptable at this time); and names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three references to: Dr. Douglas G. Klarup, Department of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920 (phone [217] 581-3322). Electronic submissions (dgklarup@eiu.edu) are acceptable.

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The Chemistry Department at Roanoke College seeks candidates for a Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor position for the Academic Year 2006-2007. If you know of someone who might be interested, please forward this message to them. This opening is a one year, full time position. Responsibilities include 9 contact hours each term of General Chemistry lecture and lab or other courses appropriate to the candidate’s specialty. Research with a current faculty member and/or supervision of student research is encouraged. Roanoke College, located in Salem Virginia, is a four-year liberal arts college. The Chemistry Department is an ACS approved program, offering majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. We have eight full time faculty members in the department. Please see: http://www.roanoke.edu/chemistry for more information on our programs. Interested persons may contact the department chairperson (Dr. Gail Steehler) by email (gsteehle@roanoke.edu) or phone (540-375-2436). Review of applications will begin May 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, is seeking applicants for a full-time faculty member to accommodate the College’s continued growth at its Fairmont, MN, campus. The successful candidate will be responsible for instruction of science and/or math classes, including anatomy and physiology lab instruction. Qualified candidates will hold a Masters degree with anatomy and physiology background and have previous teaching experience. Send letter of application, CV or resume and names and contact information of three references to: Human Resources Department, Presentation College, 1500 North Main Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401 or e-mail: Doris.Stusiak@presentation.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of Fall 2006. For more information, visit our web site at: http://www.presentation.edu.

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Presentation College is seeking candidates for the following full-time faculty positions to accommodate the College’s continued growth: Chemistry: The successful candidate will be responsible for lecture and lab instruction. Requirements include Ph.D. in the field or enrollment in a Ph.D. program. Previous college teaching, distance learning and basic research experience preferred. Math: The successful candidate will be responsible for instruction of various math courses. Requirements include a Ph.D. in the field or plan of study to pursue a Ph.D. Previous teaching and distance learning experience preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled, with an anticipated start date of August 2006. Send letter of application, CV or resume and contact information for three references to: Human Resources Department, Presentation College, 1500 North Main Street, Aberdeen, SD 57401 or email Doris.Stusiak@presentation.edu. For more information on Presentation College, visit our web site at: http://www.presentation.edu.


POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Professor Takashi Ito, Kansas State University. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biosensing Based on Nanoporous Materials. A full-time postdoctoral research position is available immediately to focus on the fabrication and characterization of nanoporous films and their application for biosensing. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field is required by the time of appointment, and previous experience in electrochemistry or microfluidics-based separation is required. Previous experience in the techniques of electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, organic synthesis or polymer synthesis & characterization is desirable. We are seeking candidates who are self-motivated and career-oriented and have good communication skills. The appointment will be a term appointment for nine months, renewable upon mutual agreement. The salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and at least three letters of recommendation to: Professor Takashi Ito, Department of Chemistry, 111 Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Application review will begin April 30th and continue until the position is filled.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Post Doctorate A. Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory High Performance Software Development Group. A post-doctoral position is available in the High Performance Software Development group of the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The candidate will be involved in the development of new quantum chemistry methods, based on plane-wave DFT and the relativistic ZORA approximation, for treating complex oxide and actinide interfaces. The methods will be developed for massively parallel computers and implemented in the NWChem software package. Candidates are expected to have experience in software development and knowledge of plane wave DFT. Additional experience with the ZORA approximation and parallel programming would be preferred. An ideal candidate will have an interdisciplinary training with a background in computational chemistry, physics, and computer science. This is a limited term employment position with a one-year appointment, and possible extensions up to two years based upon funding and individual performance. Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry (or similar field) from an accredited college/university within the last 5 years is required. Required skills include expertise in computer programming using FORTRAN, C, and plane wave DFT methodologies. Strong written and oral communication skills are also required. Experience in using parallel computers and/or with relativistic methodologies is desirable. Please apply online at: http://www.pnl.gov and reference job #111248.

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110251 Post Doctorate, Computational and Information Sciences Directorate Computational Biology & Bioinformatics. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy, located in Richland, WA is seeking postdoctoral research candidates. The candidate will be involved in the development, analysis, and validation of models of protein interaction networks. We are looking for candidates with either a background in biological sciences who have experience and interest in computational biology research and biological databases, or candidates with a background in, statistics, computer science or analogous areas and interests in biology. Experience in analysis of protein interactions and networks using various high-throughput approaches, the development or use of pathway databases, or experience in the computational analysis of cellular networks is desired. Candidates who have additional working experience in dealing with the experimental methods and data analysis would be preferred. An ideal candidate will have an interdisciplinary training with biology knowledge and computational sciences. A Ph.D. in Biological sciences, statistics, computer science or a closely related field from an accredited college/university within the last 5 years is required. Required skills include expertise in at least one scientific programming or database language. This is a limited term employment position with a one-year appointment, and possible extensions up to two years based upon funding and individual performance. Information about the ongoing projects may be found at: http://www.emsl.pnl.gov/docs/cbbb/ and http://www.sysbio.org/.

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110567 Post Doctorate Appointment - Molecular Modeling and Simulation. A postdoctoral position is available in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for the development and application of advanced computational tools for the analysis of computer simulations of transport processes in microbial membranes and membrane proteins. The applicant is expected to have a demonstrated experience in computational modeling and molecular dynamics simulation of large biomolecular systems. Candidates who have additional working experience in membrane and membrane protein simulations would be highly preferred. Minimum requirements: A Ph.D. in computational biophysics or chemistry, computer science or a closely related field from an accredited college/university within the last 5 years is required. Qualifications: Computer programming skills, including FORTRAN, are required. Experience in using massively parallel computers is highly desirable. We are looking for candidates with a background in computational biophysics or chemistry and a strong interest in computer science and software development. The ideal candidate will have an interdisciplinary training in biophysics, chemistry and computational sciences, and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary research group. Strong written and oral communication skills are also required. Information about the ongoing projects may be found at: http://www.emsl.pnl.gov/docs/cbbb/ and http://www.sysbio.org/.

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