Chemistry Newsletter - 05/07/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 19 May 7th, 2001

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NEW Divisional Chairs

Professor John Wright, our new Department Chair for next year, has now formally announced the following appointments:

Associate Chair - Hans Reich

Analytical Science Division Chair - Rob Corn

General Chemistry Division Chair - John Moore

Inorganic Chemistry Division Chair - Clark Landis

Organic Chemistry Division Chair - Sam Gellman

Materials Science Program Chair - Robert Hamers

Physical Chemistry Division Chair - James Skinner

Congratulations to all these appointees.

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New Building Addition "Honor Award"

The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) conferred an "Honor Award" to the Chemistry Building Addition in ceremonies held last week at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. The Design Award Competition is held in conjunction with the annual AIA-Wisconsin Convention. Among 68 projects nominated for the competition, the Chemistry Building Addition was one of only 3 projects to receive an "Honor Award" - the highest level of distinction - in recognition of overall design excellence.

The Department extends warmest thanks to our colleagues at Flad and Associates for their beautiful architectural design concepts and outstanding work, and we congratulate them on this well-deserved peer recognition of their accomplishments. Key members of Flad's Design team include: David Black (Project Designer), Mike Eberle (Project Architect), Mike Acton, Rachel Davey, Diane Dorschner, Matt Aro, Ray Borst, and A. J. Gersich. At Flad, alone, 35 people contributed to this project. Congratulations to *everyone* involved in this award-winning project!

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Congratulations to Gery Essenmacher

Congratulations to Gery Essenmacher for being selected to receive the 2001 Norman Bassett award from the UW Student Personnel Association for outstanding achievement in student service. This award is in recognition of excellence in student personnel work over a period of time and in developing new, creative, and effective programs for dealing with student needs. Gery was recognized for his work in advising students in the SOAR program as entering undergraduates, dealing with student concerns while in General Chemistry, and as potential and currrent chem majors. Founded in 1956, the SPA promotes interaction between colleagues and professional development among those working with college students and selected 5 award recipients this year. These winners were honored at a luncheon April 25. Congratulations Gery!!

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Congratulations to Fleming Crim

Congratulations to Fleming Crim on his election to the National Academy of Sciences! He was one of four chemists and a total of 72 scientists to receive this distinction this year. Congratulations Fleming!!

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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 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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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West CW; Estiarte MA; Rich DH.

New methods for side-chain protection of cysteine.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2001, Vol 3, Iss 8, pp 1205-1208.

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Smith EA; Wanat MJ; Cheng YF; Barreira SVP; Frutos AG; Corn RM.

Formation, spectroscopic characterization, and application of sulfhydryl-terminated alkanethiol monolayers for the chemical attachment of DNA onto gold surfaces.

LANGMUIR 2001, Vol 17, Iss 8, pp 2502-2507.

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Reinsberg SA; Qiu XH; Wilhelm M; Spiess HW; Ediger MD.

Length scale of dynamic heterogeneity in supercooled glycerol near T-g.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2001, Vol 114, Iss 17, pp 7299-7302.

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Khare R; de Pablo J; Yethiraj A.

Molecular simulation and continuum mechanics investigation of viscoelastic properties of fluids confined to molecularly thin films.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2001, Vol 114, Iss 17, pp 7593-7601.

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Chang RW; Yethiraj A.

Solvent effects on the collapse dynamics of polymers.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2001, Vol 114, Iss 17, pp 7688-7699.

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Jiang XQ; Yu H; Frayne R; Unal O; Strother CM.

Novel magnetic resonance signal enhancing coating material.

ADVANCED MATERIALS 2001, Vol 13, Iss 7, pp 490.

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Bond PL; Banfield JF.

Design and performance of rRNA targeted oligonucleotide probes for in situ detection and phylogenetic identification of microorganisms inhabiting acid mine drainage environments.

MICROBIAL ECOLOGY 2001, Vol 41, Iss 2, pp 149-161.

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Hinklin RJ; Kiessling LL.

Glycosyl sulfonylcarbamates: New glycosyl donors with tunable reactivity.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2001, Vol 123, Iss 14, pp 3379-3380.

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Srinivas G; Yethiraj A; Bagchi B.

FRET by FET and dynamics of polymer folding.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 2001, Vol 105, Iss 13, pp 2475-2478.

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McGuire MM; Edwards KJ; Banfield JF; Hamers RJ.

Kinetics, surface chemistry, and structural evolution of microbially mediated sulfide mineral dissolution.

GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA 2001, Vol 65, Iss 8, pp 1243-1258.

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Bodsgard BR; Burstyn JN.

Silica-bound copper(II) triazacyclononane: a robust material for the heterogeneous hydrolysis of a phosphodiester.

CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS 2001, Iss 7, pp 647-648.

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Copyright © 2001 Institute for Scientific Information

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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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GROUP LEADERS WANTED for Fun with Chemistry Camps!

The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) will again be offering the Fun with Chemistry Camps (Chem Camps) this summer. The camps provide fun and exciting chemistry laboratory experience for middle school students. There are two identical sessions of the camp, each of which runs for five weekday afternoons. The dates for this year's camps are June 11-15 and July 16-20.

We need group leaders (graduate students, senior undergraduates) to provide support to 4-6 students in the laboratory. We typically need between 10 and 12 group leaders for each session. The time commitment is approximately 12:45-4:30 PM each day, and the pay is $250 per weekly session. If you are interested in working any or all of the sessions, please stop by room 1305 and tell Kathleen Shanks that you would like to sign up as a group leader for Chem Camp.

The positions usually fill up fast, so hurry if you're interested! May 11 is the last day to sign up and be guaranteed consideration for a position. Group Leaders are selected on a combination first-come-first- served/interview basis. Group Leaders will be informed if they have been selected by May 18. If you would like to have more information or if you have any questions, please call Kathleen Shanks at 2-2940.

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MILLER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2002-2005

Nomination Deadline: 04 October 2001

The Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science invites you to assist the faculty scientists at the University of California at Berkeley in nominating candidates for Miller Research Fellowships in the basic sciences. The Miller Institute seeks to discover and encourage individuals of outstanding talent, and to provide them with the opportunity to pursue their research on the Berkeley campus. Fellows are selected on the basis of their academic achievement and the promise of their scientific research. Each Miller Fellow is sponsored by a department of the Berkeley campus and performs his or her research in the facilities provided by the department. The Fellowships are intended for brilliant young women and men of great promise who have recently been awarded, or who are about to be awarded, the doctoral degree. The deadline for nominations this year is October 04, 2001. No nominations will be accepted that arrive later than this date. Early nominations are encouraged. Your letter of nomination should include the following information:

1) Nominee's complete current mailing address, E-mail address, and current telephone number.

2) (Anticipated) Date of Ph.D.

3) Your recommendation and judgement of candidate's promise

This letter of nomination need not be lengthy, but should include all of the information requested above. To ensure that nominees receive correspondence, the nomination letter must provide accurate and complete mail, email, and telephone contact information. In addition to the above items, the Executive Committee also finds it helpful in the nomination letter to have the candidate compared with others who are at a similar stage in their development. Suitable nominees will be invited to submit documentation supporting their nomination. Such materials will be accepted only following an invitation from the Institute. Additional letters of support will be requested from those other than the nominator. Direct applications are not accepted. Please note that persons already in positions on the Berkeley campus are not eligible for nomination or receipt of an award. Non-US citizens are eligible for nomination. However, awards are subject to verification of eligibility for obtaining a J-I scholar visa. The Institute will provide an annual stipend of $45,000 and a research fund of $10,000 per annum. There is a provision for travel to Berkeley for Miller Fellows and their immediate families and a maximum allowance of $3,000 for removal of personal belongings. The Miller Institute also provides health and dental insurance. Fellowships are awarded for three years, generally beginning August 1, 2002 and ending July 31, 2005. Approximately eight to ten Fellowships are awarded each year. Candidates will be notified of the results of the competition by early January 2002, and a general announcement of the awards will be made in the spring. Professor Raymond Jeanloz Professor of Earth & Planetary Science, Professor of Astronomy and Executive Director, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, 2536 Channing Way, Berkeley, California 94720-5190, E-Mail: 4mibrs@socrates.berkeley.edu.

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UW-Madison Career Fair

Wednesday, May 9 - Noon - 7:00 p.m. Come to the Red Gym. 716 Langdon St.

(parking available at the Lake Street ramp)

  • Academic Staff positions
  • State Civil Service positions
  • Limited Term positions
  • Student positions

Our positions offer excellent State benefits, access to campus facilities and organizations, opportunities to grow in your career, and a friendly casual work environment. Visit our website at http://www.ohr.wisc.edu.

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Beyond Genomics: Chemical Biology Symposium

University of Minnesota is pleased to invite you to the upcoming, Beyond Genomics: Chemical Biology Symposium that will take place May 18 & 19th at the Moos Tower on the University Campus. Dr. Greg Verdine will present the keynote speech, May 18th at 11:00 a.m. Note that this conference is being held at no cost to participants, however due to logistic planning, a registration will be necessary to attend. Sponsors of this symposium include NIH Training Grants in Biotechnology, Chemistry/Biology Interface, Molecular Biophysics, the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Biological Sciences, the Graduate School, and the Biomedical Genomics Center at the University of Minnesota. As you can see from the multiple sponsors listed, this symposium would serve as a tool to bring together a number of disciplines within the University. It promises to be both an interesting and educational symposium. You may refer them to the Symposium website: http://www.pharmacy.umn.edu/resgrad/medchem/biosympinfo.html for registration, program details and abstract submission guidelines.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Hendrix College Department of Chemistry invites applications for a full-time chemistry laboratory coordinator, chemical hygiene officer, and campus chemical compliance director. The starting date is possible as soon as the position is filled, but no later than September 2001. A contract in the range of 9-12 months can be negotiated. A bachelor's degree in chemistry is required, and a master's in chemistry or education is preferred. The responsibilities of this position include management of the chemical stockroom, supervision of student laboratory assistants, preparation of reagents and equipment for laboratory experiments, maintenance of the chemical inventory, ordering and receiving chemicals and supplies, and instrument maintenance. Upon completion of the appropriate training, this individual will assume the role of departmental chemical hygiene officer and campus chemical compliance director. These responsibilities will involve training students and faculty in the proper use, storage, and disposal of hazardous chemicals as well as insuring safe practices and OSHA compliance in the stockroom and laboratories. Depending on interest and background, this position could evolve into one which includes an instructional role in the teaching laboratories. Applicants should send a letter of application, vita, all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, all in hard copy, to: Dr. Randall Kopper, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway, AR 72032, e-mail: kopper@hendrix.edu, phone: (501) 450-1275.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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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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Carthage College seeks a visiting assistant professor of chemistry for a one-year, full-time, sabbatical replacement position starting in August 2001. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in either Analytical Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry, and a desire to teach courses in quantitative analysis, advanced inorganic and general chemistry. The ACS accredited department is part of a thriving liberal arts college located between Chicago and Milwaukee. Research opportunities exist. Applicants are sought from the Midwest Region. Send a CV, statement of teaching philosophy and three letters of recommendation as soon as possible to: Charlotte Chell, Chair, Division of Natural Sciences, Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, WI 53140-1994. For Additional Information, Please Contact: Dr. Christine A. Blaine, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, WI 53140, (262)551-5872, e-mail: blaine1@carthage.edu.

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Faculty Position, Proteomics/Mass Spectrometry. Tenured or Tenure-track, Rank Open. The College of Medicine at the University of South Alabama seeks a dynamic investigator with an established research program in the area of proteomics/protein chemistry utilizing mass spectrometry as a major research tool. Rank and competitive salary will depend on experience and accomplishments. The successful candidate will be provided with spacious laboratory facilities in which to conduct an independent research program, and will have responsibility for the proteomics/mass spectrometry core facility, including technical support. A grant has recently been funded to purchase state-of-the-art equipment. Faculty appointment will be in the newly established Cancer Institute and/or in one of the basic science departments. The College of Medicine is a rapidly developing institution with strong research emphasis in basic medical science, with more than 80% of the graduate faculty having substantial extramural funding. To apply, send a statement of relevant accomplishments and future research plans, curriculum vitae, and names of three references to: Dr. June Ayling, Search Committee Chair, Pharmacology Department, MSB 3370, College of Medicine, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688, jayling@jaguarl.usouthal.edu.

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Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor. Department of Chemistry, Davidson College, invites applications for a one-year position in Chemistry beginning fall semester, 2001. The teaching assignment will include lecture and laboratory for Inorganic Chemical Analysis (CHE 121) fall semester and spring semester plus a laboratory associated with chemistry for non-science majors (CHE 105) during the fall semester. (For further information about CHE 105 and 121, please see course descriptions available at the department's web site: http://www.chm.davidson.edu/ For CHE 121, course ceilings each semester will probably be 34 students in lecture, with 17 students in each of its two associated laboratory sections. Therefore, this position offers an excellent opportunity for someone who is considering a career in college teaching to gain experience in an environment that allows close contact with students. In addition, there will be opportunities for doing research, even though research is not a requirement for this position. A Ph.D. is preferred, but ABD candidates will be considered. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include health insurance and life insurance. Applicants should send a resume, description of teaching interests and experience, and both undergraduate and graduate transcripts (photocopies are acceptable at this time) and should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to: be sent to: Dr. Merlyn D. Schuh Department of Chemistry Davidson College P. 0. Box 1719 Davidson, NC 28036. Consideration of completed applications will begin May 15, 2001. For further information, call (704) 894-2304 or send email to meschuh@davidson.edu.

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West Virginia University seeks to hire someone to assist in the teaching of sophomore-level organic chemistry this fall. We will also be trying to fill several tenure track positions within the near future with our most urgent need being in organic chemistry. An ad for a visiting assistant professor position in organic chemistry recently appeared in C&E News and a subsequent ad seeking applicants to fill the tenure-track positions will appear sometime this summer. If you or your colleagues know of a current or former student who is or will be seeking an academic position, please have them contact myself or Professor Harry Finklea at finklea@wvnvm.wvnet.edu, who will be taking over as our new chair starting July 1st. Professor Jeffrey L. Petersen, Department of Chemistry, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6045, Phone: 304-293-3435 Ext. 4423, FAX: 304-293-4904. homepage: http://petersen.chem.wvu.edu, research activities: http://petersen.chem.wvu.edu/research.html, Departmental seminar program: http://petersen.chem.wvu.edu/seminar.html.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Chemical Education Postdoctoral Position - A research position is available in the Chemical Education Program at Texas Tech University. The focus is quantitative and qualitative analysis of the effects of curricular changes on student learning, with possible opportunities for classroom teaching and research project design. The ideal candidate would have a Ph.D. in chemical education or chemistry and a strong background in statistical analysis. The appointment is for one year, beginning on September 1, 2001, with the possible extension for a second year. Send a CV, transcript copies, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: Professor Robert E. Blake, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 79409-1061.

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Professor Robert A. Moss of Rutgers University, will have a postdoctoral position available this summer for work on the chemistry of carbenes, diazirines, carbocations, etc. Research synopses and recent publications are available at: http://rutchem.rutgers.edu/faculty/moss.html. Please contact: Professor Robert A. Moss, Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University, 610 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8087, e-mail: moss@rutchem.rutgers.edu, phone: (732) 445-2606, fax: (732) 445-5312.

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