Chemistry Newsletter - 05/02/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 17 May 2nd, 2005

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Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri and the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy Honored by the Madison Metropolitan School District

Professor Shakhashiri was awarded the “MMSD Distinguished Service Award for Citizen: District Wide” at the 2005 Awards Recognition Ceremony held on April 25 at LaFollete High School. The MMSD Board of Education cited Professor Shakhashiri for his science education and cultural contributions to the community through programs such as Conversations in Science Series, SCIENCE IS FUN presentations, Science Saturdays, Conversation on Creativity, and other local activities of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy.

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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

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SEMINARS

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Monday, May 2nd, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Chirik, Cornell University. “Nitrogen Fixation with Soluble Transition Metal Phosphatase”

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Monday, May 2nd, 2005 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Johannes Rudolph “Cdc25: Mechanism and Regulation of a Protein Phosphatase”

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Wayne Reed, Tulane University. “Light Scattering for Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Characterization of Polymer Solutions”

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kenneth Karlin, Johns Hopkins University. “Biomimetic Small Molecule Metal Ion Interactions: Copper and Heme-Copper O2 and CO Chemistry”

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Thursday, May 5th, 2005 - McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Charles M. Lieber, Harvard University. “Nanoscience and the Pathway to Nanotechnologies”

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Thursday, May 5th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m. , Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rachel Wezeman, Blackwell Group.

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Friday, May 6th, 2005 - Organic Lincoln Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Rob Zambias, Fisher Scientific/ACROS. “Metal Catalysts: Carbon-Carbon Coupling Reactions”

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Friday, May 6th, 2005 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Tasha Stoiber, EC&T.

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Virginia Cornish, Columbia University.

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Gamelin, University of Washington-Seattle. “Oxide Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors: From Nanocrystals to Room-Temperature Ferromagnetism”

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Thursday, May 12th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Grant Geske, Blackwell Group.

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Thursday, May 19th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melissa Boersma, Belshaw Group.

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Friday, June 3rd - 4th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, - Room 1315 Chemistry. The Nelsen 65th Birthday Symposium, June 3-5, 2005. Visit the web site for details: http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/compchem/sfn_65th/nelsen.html.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/spring2005.html.

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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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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, Phone: 608-262-9111; mjackson@physiology.wisc.edu.

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Sabbatical Replacement, Physical Chemistry, Augustana College. The chemistry department at Augustana College seeks a physical chemist for the 2005-2006 academic year, beginning August 29, 2005. Ph.D in physical chemistry is required. Teaching assignments include the standard one year course in physical chemistry for junior and senior chemistry and biochemistry majors, general chemistry, and general chemistry laboratory. Augustana College is a selective, four-year, liberal arts institution with an ACS accredited chemistry department equipped with a wide range of modern instrumentation. Send a letter of application, c.v., undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a concise statement of teaching philosophy and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Jeff Abernathy, Dean of the College, Augustana College, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. Review of applications will begin March 21, 2005, and continue until the position is filled.

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Part-time Chemistry Instructor, Augustana College. The chemistry department at Augustana College seeks a chemistry instructor for two terms of the academic year (8/29/05-2/27/06) to teach general chemistry, general chemistry lab (1st term) and organic chemistry lab (2nd term). Ph.D. in chemistry preferred. Send a letter of application, c.v., undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Jeff Abernathy, Dean of the College, Augustana College, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. Review of applications will begin March 21, 2005, and continue until the position is filled.

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We have an open position in our technical service department at Aldrich Chemical. Job Purpose: To interpret and communicate technical information from available resources. To maintain the image of Sigma-Aldrich as a source of scientific information and to promote our obsession with service. To document customer interactions. Job Functions: Utilize scientific knowledge and available resources to communicate requested information to the customer by phone, email, and fax; Direct consultative inquiries to more experienced scientists in Technical Service; Direct customers to our website for the retrieval of technical information known to be available; Maintain a professional demeanor by understanding, believing and expressing the Sigma-Aldrich values in all communications with both internal and external customers and colleagues; Send information to customers as promised; Document product quality issues; Document errors in Sigma-Aldrich electronic and printed publications; Recommend and participate in process improvement studies; Actively participate on intra- and inter-departmental teams as assigned. Requirements: Bachelors degree in one of the chemical or biological sciences; or B.A. with equivalent experience in relevant scientific-based or laboratory/production work; Interpersonal skills; Acts as a resource and role model for others; Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Computer usage; Participates in group discussions; Teamwork; Ability to multitask; Ability to rapidly and constantly change topics of discussion/levels of communication. Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear; The employee is frequently required to use hands to operate a telephone, computer, fax machine, and other office equipment; The employee is often required to walk, stand and reach above their shoulders; The employee is occasionally required to lift 50 pounds; Specific vision requirements of this job include close vision and color vision. The starting salary is ~$36,700. If you are interested, you can email, fax or mail your resume to me: nrobinson@sial.com.

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One-year Temporary Lecturer Position in Organic Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire invites applications for a one-year temporary lecturer position in Organic Chemistry to begin in August 2005. The successful candidate must be committed to high quality education. Interested candidates should send a statement of their pedagogic knowledge and skills, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, research interests, and three letters of recommendation to: Christopher F. Bauer, Chair, Department of Chemistry, UNH, Durham, NH 03824, Phone:603-862-1550, FAX 4278, e-mail: chris.bauer@unh.edu. Review of the applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania invites applications for two (possibly three) temporary one-year positions to begin fall 2005, teaching introductory and/or organic chemistry. Requires M.S. in chemistry/chemical education (Ph.D. preferred). Ability to work with diverse populations is preferred. For more info about the department, visit http://departments.bloomu.edu/chem. To apply, visit http://www.bloomu.edu/facstaff/hr_jobs.php. Application review will begin immediately.


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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at Millikin University invites applications for a tenure track position in inorganic chemistry at the Assistant Professor rank beginning Fall 2005. Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry and be interested in teaching and conducting research in an undergraduate, liberal arts institution that emphasizes close faculty-student interaction. Teaching responsibilities include inorganic, general and participation in the university liberal learning program. Experience in geochemistry a plus. The chemistry department is ACS-accredited and well-equipped for teaching and research. Http://www.millikin.edu/chemistry. Candidates should send curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, brief statement of teaching/research plans, and names of three references to: Dr. Ed Acheson, Department of Chemistry, Millikin University, Decatur, IL 62522.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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A post-doctoral research associate position is available beginning January 2006 in the Dept. of Physics and Physical Oceanography at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland. The candidate should have good experimental skills and a strong interest in optics and research in structure and dynamics in soft matter. (See http://www.physics.mun.ca/~anand to get an idea of the research interests in the lab.) To apply, please send by email a CV, a paragraph in your email stating your research interests, a list of publications, and the names and email addresses of two referees to: Anand Yethiraj anand@physics.mun.ca. The contract is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

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