Chemistry Newsletter - 04/28/2008

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXII - No. 17 April 28th, 2008

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

Department meetings are open to all students, staff, and faculty, and we encourage everyone to join us.

May 13th, 2008

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

May 6th, 2008

May 20th, 2008

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Yingkai Zhang, New York University. “Physical Insights into Histone Lysine Methylation from Multiscale Simulations”

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Cynthia Burrows, University of Utah. “Guanine Oxidation Leading to Hydantoins: Bioorganic Mechanisms and Implications for Evolution”

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Deryn Fogg, University of Ottawa.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 - PChem/Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nien Hui Ge of the University of California, Irvine. “Beyond One Dimension: Coherent 2D IR Spectroscopy as a Structural Probe of Peptides”

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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard Givens, The University of Kansas. “The photo-Favorskii Rearrangement: Mechanistic Investigation and Applications in Neurobiology”

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Friday, May 2nd, 2008 - Departmental Award Ceremony, 3:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Weitz, Harvard University. “Dripping, Jetting, Drops and Wetting; the Magic of Microfluidics”

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher C. Cummins, MIT.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - McElvain Series Seminar in Materials Chemistry, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nate Lewis of Cal Tech.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aimon Tongpenyai (Kiessling Group).

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Friday, May 9th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nathan S. Lewis, California Institute of Technology. “Scientific Challenges in Sustainable Energy Technology”

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Recent Publications

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Single-conformation ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy of model synthetic foldamers: beta-peptides Ac-beta(3)-hPhe-NHMe and Ac-beta(3)-hTyr-NHMe.

Baquero, EE; James, WH; Choi, SH; Gellman, SH*; Zwier, TS.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (14): 4784-4794 APR 9 2008.

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Single-conformation ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy of model synthetic foldamers: beta-peptides Ac-beta(3)-hPhe-beta(3)-hAla-NHMe and Ac-beta(3)-hAla-beta(3)-hPhe-NHMe.

Baquero, EE; James, WH; Choi, SH; Gellman, SH*; Zwier, TS.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (14): 4795-4807 APR 9 2008.

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Phase behavior of semiflexible polymer chains.

Padmanabhan, V; Kumar, SK; Yethiraj, A*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 128 (12): Art. No. 124908 MAR 28 2008.

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Identification of putative crustacean neuropeptides using in silico analyses of publicly accessible expressed sequence tags.

Christie, AE; Cashman, CR; Brennan, HR; Ma, MM; Sousa, GL; Li, LJ*; Stemmler, EA; Dickinson, PS.

GENERAL AND COMPARATIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY 156 (2): 246-264 APR 1 2008.

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Mass spectral characterization of peptide transmitters/hormones in the nervous system and neuroendocrine organs of the American lobster Homarus americanus.

Ma, MM; Chen, RB; Sousa, GL; Bors, EK; Kwiatkowski, MA; Goiney, CC; Goy, MF; Christie, AE; Li, LJ*.

GENERAL AND COMPARATIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY 156 (2): 395-409 APR 1 2008.

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4-chloroprolines: Synthesis, conformational analysis, and effect on the collagen triple helix.

Shoulders, MD; Guzei, IA*; Raines, RT*.

BIOPOLYMERS 89 (5): 443-454 MAY 2008.

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Ribonucleases as novel chemotherapeutics - The ranpirnase example.

Lee, JE; Raines, RT*.

BIODRUGS 22 (1): 53-58 2008.

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Membrane protein separation and analysis by supercritical fluid chromatography-mass spectrometry.

Zhang, K; Scalf, M; Westphall, MS; Smith, LM*.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 80 (7): 2590-2598 APR 1 2008.

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Dye reorientation as a probe of stress-induced mobility in polymer glasses.

Lee, HN; Paeng, K; Swallen, SF; Ediger, MD*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 128 (13): Art. No. 134902 APR 7 2008.

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Sequence-based design of alpha/beta-peptide foldamers that mimic BH3 domains.

Horne, WS; Boersma, MD; Windsor, MA; Gellman, SH*.

ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 47 (15): 2853-2856 2008.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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BASF - The Chemical Company. Sr. Research Scientist I Job. Wyandotte, MI, 48192, USA, Sr. Research Scientist I - 0800613 BASF is proud to be an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. The selected candidate will receive initial training related to the technologies and products of polyurethanes at the BASF Wyandotte R&D department for 6-9 months. Afterwards the expectation is the candidate will be sent on an overseas project assignment in Germany for up to 2 years. During the project assignment in Germany and after returning back to BASF Corporation, the Sr. Research Scientist I will work in the R&D organizations and be involved in the following key activities: Designing/developing new high-performance polyurethane products for a variety of applications, ranging from energy-saving materials, environmentally friendly protective coatings and adhesives, to high-performance elastomers; Staying current with scientific and technical advances and explore new building blocks (isocyanates, polyols, catalysts and other functional additives) and unconventional applications; Establishing structure-property relationships in polyurethanes and providing technical support to basic raw materials development; Establishing and maintaining close working relationships with colleagues across the regions. Qualifications: PhD degree in either Organic/Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Material Science. BASF recognizes Institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent; Demonstrated technical capabilities and problem-solving skills; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal; Prior experience working within a diverse team environment; Ability to relocate to Germany up to a period of 2 years on a project assignment after the first 6-9 months of employment. Desired: Prior working knowledge of the German language and culture; Prior experience in Urethane applications. Apply online at: http://basf.jobs2web.com/job/Sr.-Research-Scientist-I-Job/232474/ .

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of San Diego. Tenure Track position for Female Scientist at the rank of Assistant Professor. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of San Diego, an independent Catholic University, will be inviting applications from exceptional female candidates committed to undergraduate teaching and research. The position is open to candidates with research and teaching interests in any area of chemistry or biochemistry. The teaching load will include General Chemistry and other lecture and laboratory courses in the field of expertise. Candidates are restricted by the Clare Boothe Luce Program (CBL) to women who are U.S. citizens or have permanent residency in the U.S. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at USD is a research-accomplished department, with faculty having received a NSF CAREER Award and a NSF RUI in the past year. The following mission statement was recently adopted by the department: "Our mission is to achieve excellence in teaching and undergraduate research. We will maintain a personalized, student-centered approach to teaching and a collaborative approach to research that maximizes student learning. We will provide classroom and laboratory experiences that will prepare our students to solve realworld problems and succeed in their future careers. We want the University of San Diego to be among the best places to study and practice chemistry and biochemistry at the undergraduate level." Most recently, USD Chemistry and Biochemistry was awarded a Research Corporation Department Development Award to begin in July 2008. The CBL Professor will help the department shape existing and new programs including an intensive undergraduate research program, a vibrant seminar series and a Bridges to Doctoral Institutions program to send USD undergraduate students with an interest in graduate school to R1 institutions for paid summer research. The Clare Boothe Luce Professorship provides the following package: Highly competitive starting salary; Excellent start-up package; Generous discretionary fund for professional growth; Guaranteed summer funding for the first two years of the appointment; Guaranteed undergraduate student support for the first two summers of the appointment; Two years with reduced teaching load; 475 ft2 of well-equipped research space (built in 2003); State of the art multi-disciplinary science facility and instrumentation. To learn more about the department, science facility, faculty and students, visit: www.sandiego.edu/chemistry or contact Dr. Debbie Tahmassebi (e-mail: debbiet@sandiego.edu; phone: 619-260-7454). The position will officially open in summer 2008 with applications due in Fall 2008. Application information will be available on our website and in C&E News.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Post-doctoral NMR position available in the laboratory of Dr. Natalie Goto, studying the structure and function of proteins important for regulating bacterial cell division. Candidates should have a background in biomolecular NMR spectroscopy and/or protein biochemistry. Funding for this position is available for up to three years. Interested applicants should email a CV along with complete contact information of 3 references to: ngoto@uottawa.ca. Web site: http://www.science.uottawa.ca/%7Engoto488/.

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