Chemistry Newsletter - 04/29/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 17 April 29th, 2002

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 8335 Chemistry

May 14th, 2002

 

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Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays ---1:20 PM - Chair's Office

May 7th, 2002 May 21st, 2002

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 11:00 a.m., 1610 Engineering Hall. T. Kyle Vanderlick, Princeton University. "Driving Biological Membranes to the Breaking Point: Fundamental Studies Using Lipid Vesicles"

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Mary J.C. Hendrix, University of Iowa. "Stem Cell Plasticity of Aggressive Tumor Cells"

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Milan Mrksich.

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jeffery Zink, University of California-Los Angeles.

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sang (Alex) Lim, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2002 - Organic - McElvain Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Gordon, Sunnesis.

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Friday, May 3rd, 2002 - Chemistry Colloquia, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Madeline Jacobs, Editor-In-Chief, C&E News. "The Challenges of Editing the Newsmagazine of the Chemical World"

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Friday, May 3rd, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Marie-Claude Heuzey, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal; Genie chimique. "Rheology of Chitosan Solutions"

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Monday, May 6th, 2002 - Catalysis Series Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emilio Bunel, Eli Lilly.

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christian Griesinger, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, University of Frankfurt. "NMR Spectroscopy of Biologically and Chemically Interesting Molecules."

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Matthias Scheffler, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. "Get Real! The Importance of Complexity for Understanding the Functions of Surfaces"

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Professor Ranjan Sen, Brandeis University. "Ins and Outs of Rei Proteins"

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Spiro, Princeton University.

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Thursday, May 9th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marc D. Porter, Iowa State University.

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Friday, May 10th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Thanos Tzavaras, University of Wisconsin. "On the Mathematical Theory of Fluid Dynamic Limits for Collisional Kinetic Models"

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Monday, May 13th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Willard Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carlos Bustamante, University of California-Berkeley. "Studies of DNA Packaging by Single f29 Bacteriophage Particles Using Optical Tweezers"

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Willard Lecture, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carlos Bustamante, University of California-Berkeley. "Mechanical Unfolding of a Single RNA Molecule by Force"

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lila Gierasch, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2002 - Pharmacology Seminar, 12:00 Noon, Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Associate Professor Shao-Cong Sun, Penn State College of Medicine. "NF-kB Activation by Cellelar and Viral Mechanisms"

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Monday, May 20th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yan Chen, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Xiaoyu Chen, Graduate Student.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Griffin TJ; Smith LM.

Single-nucleotide polymorphism analysis by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry (Reprinted from Trends in Biotechnology, vol 18, pg 77-84, 2000).

TRENDS IN GENETICS 2002, pp S10-S18.

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Yikilmaz E; Xie J; Brunold TC; Miller AF.

Hydrogen-bond-mediated tuning of the redox potential of the non-heme Fe site of superoxide dismutase.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 14, pp 3482-3483.

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Xie J; Yikilmaz E; Miller AF; Brunold TC.

Second-sphere contributions to substrate-analogue binding in iron(III) superoxide dismutase.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 14, pp 3769-3774.

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Park Y; Liu W; Storkson JM; Albright KJ; Sih CJ; Ntambi JM; Cook ME; Pariza MW.

Effects of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) metabolites and cognates in heparin-releasable lipoprotein lipase activity in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.

FASEB JOURNAL 2002, Vol 16, Iss 4, pp A224-A224.

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Hinklin RJ; Kiessling LL.

p-methoxybenzyl ether cleavage by polymer-supported sulfonamides.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2002, Vol 4, Iss 7, pp 1131-1133.

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Zimmerman HE; Chen WS.

The diverted Di-pi-methane rearrangement; mechanistic and exploratory organic photochemistry.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2002, Vol 4, Iss 7, pp 1155-1158.

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Landis CR; Uddin J.

Quantum mechanical modelling of alkene hydroformylation as catalyzed by xantphos-Rh complexes.

JOURNAL OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY-DALTON TRANSACTIONS 2002, Iss 5, pp 729-742.

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Tsodikov OV; Record MT; Sergeev YV.

Novel computer program for fast exact calculation of accessible and molecular surface areas and average surface curvature.

JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY 2002, Vol 23, Iss 6, pp 600-609.

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Haigis MC; Kurten EL; Abel RL; Raines RT.

KFERQ sequence in ribonuclease A-mediated cytotoxicity.

JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 2002, Vol 277, Iss 13, pp 11576-11581.

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Copyright © 2002 Institute for Scientific Information

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The University of Texas at El Paso has a limited number of graduate teaching assistantships for the 2002-2003 academic years. These assistantships are to support graduate students engaged in full-time study and research leading to the Master of Science in Chemistry. The full amount of assistance for nine months is $9,700 with continuation of the appointment depending upon meeting academic requirements. Anyone interested in obtaining additional information about the graduate program in chemistry at UTEP, as well as application materials, should write to: Dr. M. L. Ellzey Jr., Professor, Graduate Advisor, Department of Chemistry, El Paso, TX 79902-0513, e-mail: lellzey@utep.edu, phone: 915-747-5701 or 915-747-7559. You can get more information about UTEP at: http://chemistry.ytep.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Director, National Center for Science Literacy, Education and Technology At the American Museum of Natural History New York, NY. The American Museum of Natural History seeks a Director to lead the National Center for Science Literacy, Education and Technology (NCSLET), its national educational outreach initiative. Created in 1997, NCSLET was established to translate the Museum's authentic and dynamic scientific resources ( its scientists, their research and expeditions, its collections and exhibitions) into engaging and effective educational materials and programs, for learners of all ages and to use a range of traditional and new technologies to bring these materials and programs to homes, schools and communities nationwide. The new Director will be charged with expanding NCSLET's current programs and audience to reach students and teachers, families and community-based organizations and to further enhance the Museum's reputation as a key player in the field of science education and the promotion of science literacy nationwide. From this solid base of support and resources, the new Director will be charged with further developing NCSLET's role as a bridge between the Museum's scientific community and the education community and formal and informal institutions in the field, helping to bring it to national prominence as it seeks to play a strong and influential role in shaping science education programs and science literacy nationwide. The Director of NSCLET is responsible, in cooperation with the Vice President for Education and the President of the Museum, for designing and implementing an overall strategy and plan for NCSLET that will include a statement of goals, roles and structure. She or he will then have primary responsibility for implementing that plan. The Director will also lead and manage a diverse, energetic and talented staff and a range of consultants, working in close collaboration with: the Museum's scientific staff; departments across the Museum (including Exhibition, Development, Government Relations, Communications); external partners (e.g., other scientific institutions, government agencies, museums and science centers, community-based organizations, schools and universities) to build programs, audience, networks and distribution channels. Towards these ends, she or he must be an outstanding and collaborative leader with strong management skills and a high degree of creativity with experience building strong organizations internally and interfacing with its constituencies and collaborators to develop strong relationships that increase the Museum's impact, outreach and reputation. While no one person will possess all of the characteristics enumerated below, the ideal candidate will have the following professional experience and personal qualities: Knowledge of and experience working in a variety of educational arenas and settings, both formal and informal (e.g., K-12, higher ed, informal, publishing, or technology) with content including science and anthropology; At least five years experience in a senior management role, with responsibility for successfully leading and managing complex tasks and teams; Experience working with a broad range of traditional, new and emerging media and technologies and understanding their existing and potential applications for learning; A strong network and informed sense of the field of education, its key players and constituent parts; Experience managing all stages of program and materials development; Experience and success in entrepreneurial ventures; and a team-oriented approach and collaborative mind set; A track record of strategic planning, intellectual entrepreneurial activity, translating serious, complex, abstract content (preferably scientific) into engaging, accessible and productive experiences for diverse audiences, and networking in education is essential; Experience in development of evaluation systems; Experience playing a lead role in fund raising initiatives. Personal Qualities: Collaborative work style; Creative thinker; Strong management skills; Strong communications skills, including writing and speaking in front of large groups; An advanced degree in education or a scientific discipline is desirable. Inquiries, referrals, and resumes should be sent with a cover letter and in confidence to: Dr. Mario Borunda or Erin M. DeCurtis Isaacson, Miller, 334 Boylston Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-262-6500, fax: 617-262-6509, e-mails: mborunda@imsearch.com or edecurtis@imsearch.com, web site: http://www.imsearch.com.

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Cloud County Community College, in North Central Kansas, is in search of a physical science instructor. This is a permanent, full- time position that will start in August of 2002. Applicants with Master's Degree in a physical science are preferred. Experience with astronomy and ability to use an observatory are required. The selected candidate would teach classes: Physical Science (a survey course on physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, etc), Astronomy, Geology, and possibly some Chemistry courses. Salary range is 26K to 31K, depending on experience and education. If interested please send resume and copy of transcripts to: Annette Starr, Cloud County Community College, 2221 Campus Drive, Concordia, KS 66901, phone: 785-243-1435.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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St. Cloud State University. Two Assistant Professors in the Department of Chemistry, Fixed-term appointment. Date of appointment is August 26th, 2002. Primary duties: teaching undergraduates courses in gneral chemistry and possibly in basic organic chemistry or physical science for pre-service elementary teachers. 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. A Ph.D. in chemistry required at time of appointment. Post-secondary 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: 320-203-6042, e-mail: Tleenay@stcloudsyaye.edu. The completed application must include letter of application, vita, transcripts (photocopies acceptable for screening), teaching philosophy, and name, phone number, postal and e-mail address of three references. The successful candidates will be required to complete and application form and provide official transcripts sent from the appropriate institutions. Screening of application material will begin on May 8th, 2002 and continue until suitable candidates are found.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Professor William C. Trogler, of the University of California-San Diego has a postdoctoral opportunity in his laboratory. A team of investigators from chemistry, physics, and engineering along with colleagues at the Air Force Research Laboratories were recently awarded a MURI to develop an integrated chemical and biological supersensor. Research in my lab will focus on the synthesis of metal compounds for physical vapor deposition that can be used as thin film resistive and photoconductive sensors for CO, explosives, SO2, NO, VOCs, and CW agents. It will involve a close collaboration with Andy Kummel's group developing MBE techniques for thin film growth along with STM studies of sensor-analyte interactions. The design and fabrication of chemical field effect transistors will be explored in collaboration with Ivan Schuller's group in physics (E-beam lithography) and Yu-Hwa Lo's group (UV lithography) in electrical engineering. There is the possibility of a 6 month internship in an AFRL lab should appropriate collaborative opportunities arise. Given the intense public and private sector interest in this type of interdisciplinary research area, it would offer an excellent preparation for students interested in research careers in academics, industry, or government. Interested applicants should send a CV with a list of publications and names of at least two references, and should indicate when they would be able to start. Funding is available for starting in June or July. The postdoctoral position is for one year with the possibility of renewal upon mutual agreement. It includes health and retirement benefits. The starting salary is set by the UC postgraduate researcher scale and begins at $31-32K/year. Interested applicants should feel free to contact me directly by mail, E-mail, or phone. Please contact: Professor William C. Trogler, University of California, San Diego, Mail Code 0358, La Jolla, CA 92093-0358, email: wtrogler@ucsd.edu, phone: 858-534-6175, fax: 858-534-5383, web site: http://www-chem.ucsd.edu/Faculty/bios/trogler.html.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions in Bioorganic and Supramolecular Polymer Chemistry. Postdoctoral positions available in general area of: (1) molecular recognition of DNA and (2) supramolecular polymer chemistry, involving dendrimers and heterocyclic chemistry. A recent Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related discipline with strong synthetic skills is required. Experience in the chemistry of nucleic acids, heterocyclic chemistry and/or expertise in polymer synthesis and characterization advantageous. Duties include conducting independent and innovative research and supervising Ph.D. and B.S. students. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Please send curriculum vitae, including publication list and the names of three references, and a summary of past accomplishments to: Professor Steven C. Zimmerman, Department of Chemistry, MC712, 600 S. Mathews Ave., University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, E-Mail: sczimmer@uiuc.edu.

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