Chemistry Newsletter - 04/25/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 16 April 25th, 2005

********************

Computer Center's Spring Newsletter

The Spring 2005 Computer Center Newsletter can be found in your mailboxes or on line. Here is a link to it on the website: http://computing.chem.wisc.edu/logbook/newsletter/spring.pdf

Thank you, Kara Hartmann

********************

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

5/3/05

5/17/05

********************


********************

SEMINARS

********************

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry, Rm 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Bruce D. Kay, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Using Nanoscale Amorphous Films to Study Processes in Supercooled Liquid Water and Liquid Solutions

********************

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Philip Boudjouk, North Dakota State University. One Simple Step to Polyfunctional Cyclohexasilanes. Serendipity in Action.

********************

Thursday, April 28th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, Rm 8335 Chemistry. Shan Ke, Kwon Group. EPR Directed Biotin-PEG-CPA-Avidin MTX Prodrug Therapy

********************

Thursday, April 28th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, Rm 1315 Chemistry. Will Pomerantz, Gellman Group. "Dendrimer Synthesis and Applications: Branching out into Biology"

********************

Friday, April 29th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry, Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Brian Majestic.

********************

Friday, April 29th, 2005 - Lincoln Seminar Series, Rm 1315 Chemistry. Justin K. Murray, Gellman Group. "Efficient Synthesis of Beta-Peptide Combinatorial Libraries Using Microwave Irradiation"

********************

Monday, May 2nd, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, Room B1118 Biochemistry. Johannes Rudolph. “Cdc25: Mechanism and Regulation of a Protein Phosphatase”

********************

Monday, May 2nd, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, Rm 1315 Chemistry. Professor Paul Chirik, Cornell University. "Nitrogen Fixation with Soluble Transition Metal Complexes."

********************

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005 - Physical Seminar, Rm 1315 Chemistry. Professor Wayne F. Reed, Tulane University. Light Scattering for Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Characterization of Polymer Solutions

********************

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, Rm 1315 Chemistry. Professor Kenneth Karlin, Johns Hopkins University. Biomimetic Small Molecule Metal Ion Interactions: Copper and Heme-Copper O2 and CO Chemistry

********************

Thursday, May 5th, 2005 - Samuel M. McElvain Seminar Series, Rm 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Charles M. Lieber, Harvard University. Nanoscience and the Pathway to Nanotechnologies

********************

Thursday, May 5th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, Rm 1315 Chemistry. Rachel Wezeman, Blackwell Group.

********************

Friday, May 6th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry, Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Tasha Stoiber.

********************

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, Rm 1315 Chemistry. Professor Daniel Gamelin, Univ. of Washington Seattle. "Oxide Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors: From Nanocrystals to Room-Temperature Ferromagnetism."

********************

Thursday, May 12th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, Rm 1315 Chemistry. Grant Geske, Blackwell Group.

********************

Thursday, May 19th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, Rm 1315 Chemistry. Melissa Boersma, Belshaw Group.

********************

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 1315 Chemistry. Robert E. Maleczka, Jr., Michigan State University (Host Gellman).

********************

Friday, June 3rd, 2005 - Organic Seminar, Rm 1315 Chemistry. The Nelsen 65th Birthday Symposium. June 3-5, 2005

********************


********************

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

********************

Casey CP. Strotman NA.

Furan forming reactions of cis-2-alken-4-yn-1-ones.

Journal of Organic Chemistry. 70(7):2576-2581, 2005 Apr 1.

********************

Gunji T. Sakai Y. Suyama Y. Arimitsu K. Abe Y. West R.

Preparation and properties of C-60-polysiloxane hybrids.

Journal of Sol-Gel Science & Technology. 32(1-3):43-46, 2004 Oct-Dec.

********************

Jagannathan K. Reddy G. Yethiraj A.

Integral equation theory for symmetric nonadditive hard sphere mixtures.

Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 109(14):6764-6768, 2005 Apr 14.

********************

Egorov SA. Lawrence CP. Skinner JL.

A mode-coupling theory of vibrational line broadening in near-critical fluids.

Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 109(14):6879-6883, 2005 Apr 14.

********************

Copyright © 2005 Thomson ISI

********************


********************

Inorganic/Organic Chemists Interested in Publishing?

Are you interested in supplementing your income with freelance work? Or curious about publishing as a career and how to get started? Do you have an excellent level of English and a good knowledge of chemistry? We are currently looking for freelance copy editors for the European Journals of Inorganic Chemistry (EurJIC) and Organic Chemistry (EurJOC). So don’t delay! Send your CV by email to: Dr. Karen Hindson, e-mail: ejic-joc@wiley-vch.de.

********************


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

********************

Lecturer in Chemistry, Iowa State University. The Iowa State University Chemistry Department is seeking candidates for non-tenure track appointments, filled at full or part-time, and for terms of one or more years, with option of renewal based on need and satisfactory performance. The position responsibilities include high-quality teaching of undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in Chemistry. Teaching assignments may include General, Analytical, Organic or Physical Chemistry including laboratories in these areas. Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in Chemistry with prior post-secondary teaching experience as an instructor in Chemistry with outstanding teaching evaluations and should have an excellent academic record. Exceptional applicants with a Ph.D in a field closely related to Chemistry may be considered. Previous experience as an instructor of a large University or College level chemistry class and in supervising teaching assistants is preferred. Candidates should send application materials by e-mail to: Professor Keith Woo, Associate Chair, Department of Chemistry at: kwoo@iastate.edu. The application deadline is May 15, 2005.

********************

The Chemistry Department at the University of Arizona is seeking an Assistant NMR Facility Manager with strong technical and interpersonal skills to assist the running of a large research and teaching support facility. Duties include: Magnet maintenance of 6 NMRs (200 MHz - 600 MHz, both Varian and Bruker) including cryogen filling, shimming and performance testing; Equipment trouble shooting and interfacing with vendor service personnel to provide reliable NMR service; UNIX computer management; Repairs, preventative maintenance and use of diagnostic equipment to maintain equipment at highest level of performance; Upgrade implementation to provide improved equipment capabilities; Customer service including sample service, training of students and supervision of trainees; Clerical duties such as record keeping, accounting and billing Knowledge. Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of NMR theory, software and applications; Experience in repair and maintenance of NMR instruments or equivalent radio frequency technology; Proficiency in use of electronic diagnostic and troubleshooting tools (oscilloscope, sweeper, frequency counter etc); Basic understanding of structural organic chemistry; Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and teach in small groups and individually; Proficiency with commonly used PC and UNIX software; preferred UNIX management experience. Minimum qualification: Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Physics or Electronics Engineering AND two years of experience in the field of NMR installation, repair or maintenance; OR Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources. For full position details see job posting #32649 at: http://www.hr.arizona.edu/jobs. A cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three references should be submitted via the on-line application system. Evaluation of applications begins 05/02/05 and will continue until the position is filled.

********************

University of Wisconsin - Madison. Research Specialist Position, Organic Chemist. A technician with knowledge of organic chemistry is sought for a research project at the interface between chemistry and biology. This research project will be conducted in a physiology laboratory that employs imaging with optical probes and other biophysical methods to study bioelectrical signaling. The goal of the project is the development of novel optical voltage sensors for the study of neural circuitry. This work entails organic synthesis of novel amino acids and their incorporation into peptides using solid-phase synthesis. Products will by characterized by fluorescence spectroscopy and assays in live neural tissue. Candidates should have an undergraduate degree in chemistry or have had extensive coursework (including labs) in chemistry. Those with laboratory experience in organic chemistry will be given priority in consideration. This is an opportunity for exposure and immersion in an exciting area of modern molecular research. Start in June – flexible. Contact: Meyer Jackson, Dept of Physiology, University of Wisconsin - Madison. 608-262-9111; mjackson@physiology.wisc.edu.

********************


********************

FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

********************

Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in Bioorganic/Medicinal Chemistry. The C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position beginning as early as August 16, 2005. The Department seeks applicants with an interest in developing an independent research program in bioorganic and/or medicinal chemistry. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or medicinal chemistry. Postdoctoral research experience is desirable. Teaching interests should be in one of the traditional areas of chemistry. Excellence in teaching at the upper undergraduate and at the graduate level, the development of a vigorous and externally funded research program, and collaboration in research with faculty in other disciplines at the University are expected. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a description of research plans, a detailed start-up budget, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Bioorganic/Medicinal Faculty Search Committee, C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry, PO Box 6045, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6045. Review of completed applications will begin on March 21, 2005 and will continue until the position is filled.

********************

The University of the Virgin Islands is a small historically Black publicly supported land-grant institution. Appointees must be able to work productively with students and colleagues of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. UVI is seeking faculty with interests, experience, and expertise in curriculum innovation, interdisciplinary studies, and distance education as well as teaching and scholarly excellence in their specialties. The Science and Mathematics Division is seeking candidates who will teach a minimum of 24 credit hours per academic year at the undergraduate level in the following position: Visiting Assistant/Associate Professor of Chemistry: Applicants for this position are required to have a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Preference will be given to those candidates that hold a Ph.D. in Analytical/Environmental Chemistry or Physical Chemistry. The successful candidate will develop and maintain an active extramurally-funded research program in an area of chemistry cited above. Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level, adaptability and genuine interest in teaching are important assets. Rank and compensation will be based on academic preparation, teaching and relevant experience. Benefits include a liberal TIAA-CREFF or the Virgin Islands Government Retirement Plan as well as a comprehensive group medical and dental insurance plan. If applicable, economy airfare to St. Thomas for the appointee and immediate family, and shipping allowance of up to $1,250 will be paid by the University upon presentation of receipts. Send letter of application, resume, transcripts, and names and telephone numbers of three references to: John Leipzig, Ph.D., Chancellor, University of the Virqin Islands, No. 2 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, VI 00802-9990 or e-mail: sttchan@uvi.edu with copy to aparr@uvi.edu. Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2005 or until the position is filled. For more information, please email the Division Chair, Dr. Adam Parr at aparr@uvi.edu or visit us on-line at http://hrweb.uvi.edu/.

********************


POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

********************

The Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Carbohydrate Science (http://www.aiccs.com) is seeking outstanding applications for the position of Post Doctoral Fellow in expression and purification of glycosyltransferases from mycobacteria, and the development of assays for their activity. Applicants should have extensive experience in the cloning and expression of proteins, ideally those that are involved in the bioprocessing of carbohydrates. Successful applicants will also have expertise in the purification of proteins and be qualified and experienced to work with radioisotopes. Familiarity with techniques used to characterize organic molecules, e.g. mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy, is also desirable, although not essential. Candidates submitting an application should meet the following minimum requirements: Be within 5 years since completion of a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a related field; Have demonstrated exceptional academic standing; Have a demonstrated publication record in high profile journals. All potential applicants are asked to send as one complete application: A brief cover letter indicating your interest in the Centre and your key attributes/qualifications which are ideally suited to this position; A current curriculum vitae including educational background, descriptions of previously conducted research, and publication and presentation list; Names of three references (with complete current contact information) who have had a good opportunity to assess the candidate's potential for research. The position is available July 1, 2005 and the appointment is for 1 year, based in the Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta. The stipend for this position is $33,000 - 38,000 per annum. Consideration of applications will begin on May 15, 2005 and the position will remain open until filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank all individuals for applying but only those selected for interview will be contacted. Only complete applications will be accepted. Applicants should be directed to the: Centre Manager, Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Carbohydrate Science, Department of Chemistry, E5-23A Chemistry Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB CANADA T6G 2G2.

********************

The Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University invites applications for the position of postdoctoral research associate to work on a joint project directed by Professors Dan Higgins and Maryanne M. Collinson. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field is required by the time of appointment and previous experience in molecular spectroscopy and/or confocal fluorescence imaging and spectroscopy is needed. A basic knowledge of sol-gel chemistry is also desirable and the person must be eligible for employment in the United States upon appointment. The postdoctoral fellow will utilize single molecule optical imaging and spectroscopic methods to characterize the molecular scale properties of silicate thin films prepared by the sol-gel process. Details of the group's activities as well as recent publications can be found at http://www.ksu.edu/chem/personnel/faculty/grad/ (see Collinson, Maryanne and/or Higgins, Dan). The initial appointment will be for a period of one year and will likely be renewable for a second year depending on mutual agreement and funding. The salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send a cover letter that mentions this position and their interest in it, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and at least two letters of recommendation to: Professor Maryanne Collinson, Department of Chemistry, 111 Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-3701 or via email at mmc@ksu.edu. Application review will begin May 1, 2005 and continue until the position is filled.

********************


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

DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE IN ROOM 1146.

NEXT NEWSLETTER IS ON MAY 2nd, 2005.