Chemistry Newsletter - 05/06/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 18 May 6th, 2002

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

May 14th, 2002

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, 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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Wednesday, May 8th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Lawrence, The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "New Chemical Tools for the Control, Manipulation, and Visualization of Signaling Pathways: From Combinatorial Chemistry to Cell Biology"

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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. "Strategies for the Creation and Interrogation of Chip-Scale Platforms"

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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. "Influence of Local and Global Sequence in the Folding of a Predominantly Beta-Sheet Protein"

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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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None For This Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The University of Redlands announces two faculty positions in the Department of Chemistry beginning in the Fall 2002. The first is a one-year full time position in physical or analytical chemistry. The candidate for this position will be expected to teach general chemistry and general chemistry laboratory, spectroscopy laboratory, chemistry for nonmajors and advanced laboratory. The other position is for a biochemist, bioanalytical chemist or closely related area. The position is initially for one-year full time with the possibility for yearly renewal up to three years. Teaching responsibilities include biochemistry, general chemistry and general chemistry laboratory, and possibly nonmajors courses. A Ph.D. and demonstrated potential for excellence in undergraduate teaching are preferred for both positions. The University of Redlands is a small, undergraduate, liberal arts university with excellent opportunities for collaboration in research and teaching. The Department of Chemistry possesses a wide variety of modern instrumentation and extensive computer facilities. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references to: J. Henry Acquaye, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Redlands, P.O. Box 3080, Redlands, CA 92373-0999. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled or June 30, 2002, whichever comes first. More information about the University of Redlands is available at http://www.redlands.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Professor Marc M. Greenberg of Colorado State University is seeking candidates for several postdoctoral positions in his research group. His research program includes projects in the following areas:

  • The study of reactive intermediates involved in nucleic acid damage.
  • The development and application of methods for modified oligonucleotide synthesis.
  • The study of the mutagenicity and repair of lesions produced in nucleic acids as a result of oxidative stress.
  • The design of inhibitors of base excision repair.
  • The design of nucleotide-based radiosensitizing agents.

A brief description of our research, including a partial list of recent publications can be found at http://www.chm.colostate.edu. Prior experience in radical and/or nucleic acid chemistry is not required. Potential candidates should send a C.V. and three letters of recommendation to me at: Professor Marc M. Greenberg, Colorado State University, department of Chemistry, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1872, Phone: 970-491-7972, Fax: 970-491-1801, or via e-mail to: mgreenbe@lamar.colostate.edu.

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Postdoctoral Opportunity, UW-Madison, Institute on Aging. The Biology of Aging & Age-Related Diseases Training Grant is an established, multidisciplinary grant funded by NIH that focuses on basic mechanisms of aging, preventive interventions, and clinical problems encountered by older adults. Training is available with outstanding researchers in the following areas:

  • Mitochondrial DNA abnormalities (Aiken-Animal Health & Biomedical Sciences)
  • Role of gonadal steroids in cognition (Asthana-Medicine)
  • Genetics & genomics of diabetes (Attie-Biochemistry/Comparative Biosciences)
  • Aging serotonergic system (Behan-Vet Med-Comparafive Biosciences)
  • Osteoporosis (Binkley, Drezner-Medicine)
  • Muscular aging (Cartee-Kinesiology, Schultz-Anatomy)
  • Iron metabolism (Eisenstein-Nutritional Sciences)
  • Cell migration & signaling (Huttenlocher-Pediatrics)
  • Oxidative stress (Oberley-Pathology & Laboratory Med.; Weindruch-Medicine/Nutritional Sci.)
  • Extracelluar matrix signaling molecules (Keely-Pharmacology)
  • Energy metabolism (Kemnitz-Physiology/Primate Center, Schoeller-Nutrifional Sciences)
  • Molecular aspects of neurodegeneration (Kiessling-Chemistry)
  • Alzheimer's Disease (Malter-Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
  • Ocular disease (Mares-Periman-Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences)
  • Immune response (Muller-Medicine)
  • Gene expression analysis (Prolla-Genetics, Weindruch-Medicine/Nutritional Sciences)
  • Swallowing (Robbins-Medicine)
  • Caloric restriction (Weindruch-Medicine/Nutritional Sciences)
  • Prostate cancer (Wilding-Clinical Oncology)

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident by date of award. To apply, submit the following by June 1, 2002:

  • Letter stating research interests
  • CV
  • Transcripts of ALL college coursework (copies acceptable)
  • GRE and/or MCAT scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • All individuals who did not complete their advanced degree in the United States must submit a certification that it is equivalent to a degree from a U.S. college or university.

Send to: Dr. Richard Weindruch, C/O Kay Smith, Administrator, Institute on Aging - UW-Madison, 1300 University Avenue, Room 2245, Madison, WI 53706.

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Craig A. Taatjes anticipates one or two postdoctoral openings in his laboratory at the Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA. Our facilities are excellent and our postdoctoral salaries are competitive. United States citizenship is not required. My laboratory is one component of an aggressive basic and applied research effort at the Sandia Combustion Research Facility. My research is directed in several areas, with the goal of understanding issues in gas-phase chemical kinetics important in combustion. We concentrate on investigation of radical + stable molecule reactions, and on spectroscopic characterization of product or intermediate species. Development and implementation of new experimental techniques for optical probing of reaction kinetics is also pursued. The aim of my research is to utilize kinetics studies in order to understand the mechanism of critical combustion reactions in as great a detail as possible. Several different experimental methods are used in my laboratory. Kinetics studies are carried out using either the pulsed-laser photolysis / cw, laser-induced fluorescence or pulsed-laser photolysis / cw, infrared long-path absorption technique to initiate and monitor the progress of selected reactions. Our present work focuses on studies of product formation in the reactions of alkyl radicals with O2 and reactions of vinyl and HCO radicals. Plans for the near future include studies of combustion-relevant reactions of HO2 and RO2 radicals and small aromatic species, but significant latitude exists to pursue other systems. Reactions are initiated with either a pulsed Nd:YAG or an excimer laser; laser-induced fluorescence detection is carried out using (doubled) cw dye lasers, and infrared absorption studies are performed with radiation from difference-frequency mixing, diode lasers, or an F-center laser. Time-resolved frequency-modulation spectroscopy is also employed in many of the infrared absorption experiments. Spectroscopic studies of radicals formed via photodissociation or reaction will also be used to gain insight into mechanisms of important reactions. Also, there is the opportunity in my laboratory to pursue the development of new detection methods and to apply them to chemical kinetics studies. Finally, ongoing close cooperation with Stephen Klippenstein and James Miller at the CRF provides the possibility of collaboration on computational chemistry. Additional information about recent work in his laboratory is available at http://www.ca.sandia.gov/CRF/staff/taatjes.html. Send to: Craig A. Taatjes, Combustion Research Facility, M/S 9055, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA 94551-0969, FAX: 294 2276, phone: (925) 294 2764, web: http://www.ca.sandia.gov/CRF/staff/taatjes.html.

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