Chemistry Newsletter - 04/30/2001

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 18 April 30th, 2001

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Inorganic Cume Schedule

You will be notified of the topic 10 days before the exam, at that time you will also know which professor is writing/giving the exam. If you have any questions please contact: Kristi Heming or Paul Treichel (Chair of Inorganic).

 

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May 5th - 9 a.m. Room 2373

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Organic Cume Schedule

2000-2001 Organic Cumulative Examinations Schedule. All exams will be in Room B371 at 7:30 p.m.

May 3, 2001

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

May 8

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Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays ---1:20 PM - Chairs Office

May 15

 

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ad Bax, NIH. "NMR of Weakly Aligned Proteins and Nucleic Acids"

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Meredith Porembski, UW-Madison. "Single Molecule Studies of Biologically Relevant Systems"

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Zhen-Gang Wang, California Institute of Technology. "Computationally Guided Evolutionary Protein Design"

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Yves J. Chabal, Bell Labs, New Jersey. (McElvain). "Silicon Oxidation: A Vibrational Study of Oxygen Insertion into Si Surfaces Upon H2O or O2 Exposure"

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Daniel Veber, SmithKline Beechman.

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Reichmann, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., 1227 Engineering Hall. Clayton J. Radke, University of California-Berkeley. "Engineering Soft Contact Lenses for Safe Wear"

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Geoff Coates.

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Thursday, May 10th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Dave Rotella, Bristol Myers Squibb. "Discovery and Optimization of PDE5 Inhibitors"

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Thursday, May 10th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Professor James Taylor, UW-Madison. "Leapfrogging the Microcircuit Pattern-size Barrier: The Wisconsin Development of X-ray Phase Masks for Next Generation Semiconductor Lithography"

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Xingping (Ping) Su, Graduate Student. "DNA computing on nanometer-sized gold particle surfaces"

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Thursday, June 7th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar (Joint with Macromolecules), 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Josef Michl.

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

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/areas/careers/7news.html

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Mass Spectrometrist. Department of Chemistry, The University of Maine. The Mass Spectrometrist will be responsible for maintaining an ESI/MALDI FT-ICR and related equipment in optimal working condition. The successful candidate will have a B.S. degree preferably in analytical chemistry or biochemistry (M.S. preferred) and will be familiar with analytical separation techniques and ultra high vacuum technology. Two years of experience with mass spectrometers and laboratory operations is preferred. Experience in laboratory teaching and /or training is preferred. Knowledge of electronics and computer programming is a plus. Our laboratories are equipped with the state-of-the art new instrumentation and offer a great opportunity for a recent MS or BS graduate in chemistry or biochemistry considering a new position to take an active role in research and explore new areas. The candidates must be eligible to accept employment in the Unites States. A more detailed version of the "Job Description" for this position is available at the URL address http://chemistry.umeche.maine.edu/~solouki/TSHP12.html. This is a regular, full-time professional appointment. Salary range: $36,000 to $42,000. This position is available immediately and the initial appointment is for 1 year. Renewal is contingent upon receipt of external funding and performance. Interested candidates may send hard or electronic copies of their resume (and two letters of reference on their behalf) directly to me at solouki@maine.edu or send fax copies to (207) 581-1191. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. Touradj Solouki, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 5706 Aubert Hall, 359, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5706, Tel: (207) 581-1172, Fax: (207) 581-1191, E-mail: solouki@maine.maine.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Grand Valley State University. Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry. This is a teaching postdoctoral position. Ph.D. in chemistry. The successful candidate must have a strong interest in teaching undergraduate chemistry. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Teach lecture and laboratory courses for non-majors. Professor David Tanis will serve as an experienced teaching mentor for this position. Professor Tanis is the recipient of the 1999 Michigan College Chemistry Teachers Award, the 2000 GVSU Outstanding Teacher Award and the 2001 MAGB Faculty Award. Send letter of application, complete resume, a one-page description of your expectations of this position, and phone numbers and/or email address of two references to: Dr. Harvey Nikkel, Chair Department of Chemistry 327 Padnos Hall Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI 49401. Email: nikkelh@gvsu.edu, FAX: (616) 895-3230. Application review will begin May 30, 2001 and continue until the position is filled.

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Department of Chemistry, Sogang University. Associate Professor Duck-Hyung Lee, Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Sogang University in Korea. The chemistry department now invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor. Send all information to: Duck-Hyung Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Sogang University, Mapo, Seoul 121-742, Korea, (Tel) 02-705-8450 (FAX) 02-701-0967, (e-mail): dWee@ccs.sogang.ac.kr.

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The University of West Florida seeks additional applications for a tenure track position as Assistant Professor, with a starting date to be arranged between 8/01 and 8/02. Candidates must have a Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry (or Biochemistry with a strong background in organic chemistry) and post-doctoral experience. Teaching experience is desirable, and "hands-on" experience with modern instrumentation is expected. Duties include teaching organic chemistry and biochemistry at the undergraduate level, and establishing an active research program. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a complete resumé, documentation supporting their teaching experience and a description of plans for research and scholarly activity, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Dr. S. P. Tanner, Chemistry, University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy., Pensacola, FL 32514. Consideration of applicants will begin on June 1, 2001 and continue until the position is filled. Salary commensurate with experience. Additional information can be found at http://uwf.edu/chem.

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The Department of Chemistry at St. Mary's College of Maryland invites applications for a one-year appointment as a visiting assistant professor in analytical chemistry beginning in the fall of 2001. Applicants must have a Ph. D. in analytical chemistry and be committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching. Teaching responsibilities include quantitative analysis, instrumental analysis, general chemistry I and II, and related laboratories. To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (w/e-mail address), undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a summary of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Paul P. Blanchette, Chairman, Analytical Chemistry Search Committee, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD 20686. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Visit our website: http://www.smcm.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Albert Einstein Chemical Biology Fellows Program

Postdoctoral positions are available for outstanding scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Starting Salary $40,000. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, with, a solid background in one or more of the following areas: organic synthesis, peptide synthesis, combinatorial, chemistry, physical organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, enzymology, and/or bioinformatics/computational chemistry. The Albert Einstein College of Medicine has established a program that provides Ph.D. level chemists with the opportunity to participate in a highly interactive biomedical environment. Under this program, postdoctoral fellows engage in cutting edge research that interfaces between the chemical and biological worlds. We believe that chemists who can speak the language of the biologist, will be at a decided advantage, be it in a pharmaceutical, biotech, or an academic environment. Ongoing collaborative programs include:

The Design, Synthesis, and Screening of Combinatorial Libraries. These compound libraries are designed to identify inhibitors of enzymes implicated in signal transduction pathways, including protein kinases and protein phosphatases. Some chemical synthesis experience is useful, as well as a deep interest in high throughput synthesis and screening (i.e. robotics, informatics, assay development). See the representative publication: R. Yeh, T. R. Lee, and D. S. Lawrence "From Consensus Sequence Peptide to High Affinity Ligand: A "Library-Scan" Strategy", J. Biol. Chem., 2001, 276P 12235-12240.

Cell-Based Fluorescent Sensors. This program focuses on the preparation of novel biosensors, species that detect the activity of biochemical pathways in living cells. A strong background in organic synthesis is essential as is an interest in microscopy. For an example see http://www.aecom.yu.edu/aif/instructions/area_measurement/monocyte.htm.

Light Activatable Enzymes, Enzyme Inhibitors, and Transcription Factors. This program, which includes several research groups, has developed novel methods to alter the biochemistry of living cells using enzymes and enzyme inhibitors that are inert until activated by light. A strong background in enzymology or organic synthesis is useful as well as an interest in acquiring experience in cell culture techniques, microscopy, and photochemistry. See a description of our technology at http://www.aecom.yu.edu/aif/instructions/uneaging/index.htm and a representative publication: K. Curley, and D. S. Lawrence "Photoactivation of a Signal Transduction Pathway in Living Cells". J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 1998, 120, 8573-8574.

Cell-Based and Related High Throughput Screens. The application of DNA microarrays and massive cell-based functional screens to compare and contrast the biochemical and functional differences between various cell types (e.g. metastatic versus nonmetastatic cells) with the ultimate goal to identify novel therapeutics. A background in pharmacology is highly desirable as is interest in robotics and assay development.

Interested individuals should contact: Professor David S. Lawrence either via e-mail at dlawrenc@aecom.yu.edu or at The Department of Biochemistry, The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1300 Morris Park Ave, NY, NY 10461 USA.

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Announcing an opening for a post doctoral fellow at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Springs, Maryland. The project involves NMR and molecular modeling investigations of enzyme-inhibitor complexes. In addition to the more traditional multi-dimensional methods for structure determination we will be employing PFG methods to screen potential ligands for enzyme binding as well as for the determination of the thermodynamic parameters of the binding process. Position Requirements are listed below. Postdoctoral Position: We are looking for a candidate having a Ph.D. in physical organic or bio-organic chemistry or a related field with some experience in the application of computational protein chemistry, structure-based drug design, protein modeling, and NMR spectroscopy. The candidate should be able to tackle the state-of-the-art methodologies necessary for protein modeling and structure-based drug design studies. Familiarity with UNIX and major software modeling packages such as Insight II modules, and X-PLOR is desirable. Please submit a copy of your resume via e-mail to: Rickey.Hicks@NA.AMEDD.ARMY.mil, or to: Rickey P. Hicks, Chief NMR Spectroscopist, NMR Group, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, phone: 301 319-9253.

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Professor Warren Piers of the University of Calgary is looking to fill up to three Postdoctoral positions in his research group at the University of Calgary. Starting dates are flexible, but the positions are available immediately. Candidates with excellent synthetic skills, particularly those involving the handling of air and moisture sensitive compounds are encouraged to apply. In addition to a full range of Departmental equipment (NMR, X-Ray, Mass Spec, see http://www.chem.ucalgary.ca ), my research group is well equipped with four glove boxes, a Varian GC/MS, a Waters GPC/HPLC, a potentiostat/galvanostat for cyclic voltammetry, photolysis capabilities and a solvent purification system. The city of Calgary is located in the foothills of the Alberta Rockies and is a great place to spend some time if you enjoy an outdoor lifestyle.Potential projects include:Synthesis and Applications of Novel Multifunctional Perfluoroaryl Boranes. Several challenging synthetic targets are envisioned. Applications in Lewis acid catalysis or olefin polymerization co-catalysis will be explored upon realization of synthetic goals.Polymerization Reactions Catalyzed by B(C6F5)3 and Related Lewis Acids. Novel polymers prepared via B(C6F5)3 catalyzed dehydrogenative silanolysis of alcohols will be characterized and evaluated. Application to dendrimer synthesis is ongoing. Preparation of functionalized polymers via this methodology is also envisioned. Mechanistic Studies on Monocyclopentadienyl Titanium Olefin Polymerization Catalysts. The reactions of catalytically relevant species with dihydrogen will be explored in detail in an effort to quantify and manipulate the "hydrogen response" of an industrially important class of catalysts.Interested candidates should send an email along with a CV to Prof. Warren Piers at wpiers@ucalgary.ca. Prof. Warren Piers, Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Phone: 403-220-5746, FAX: 403-289-9488, email: wpiers@chem.ucalgary.ca, web: http://www.chem.ucalgary.ca/groups/wpiers/index.html.

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