Chemistry Newsletter - 05/10/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter

 


XXVIII - No. 19 May 10th, 2004

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Helen Blackwell Selected for the 2004 Shaw Scientist Award

We are delighted to announce that Helen Blackwell has been selected as a recipient of the 2004 Shaw Scientist Award. These awards were established by the Milwaukee Foundation in 1992 and they are intended to advance research in the fields of biochemistry, biological sciences, and cancer. The program is designed to give encouragement to young scholar-scientists who show great promise of substantial scientific achievement. These awards are very competitive and it is a distinct honor to be chosen. We are very excited for Helen and send her our Congratulations.

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Summer Hours

The Chemistry Newsletter will be going to Bi-weekly publication starting with next week. Please continue to drop/send material for the newsletter to me. We will publish the newsletter on the off week for special announcements. Thank You.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

05/11/2004

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

TBA

Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:20 PM - Room 9341

05/18/2004

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Barry Lentz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “A View of Cell Membrane Fusion: Protein Machines Work on Lipid Materials”

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Thursday, May 13th, 2004 - R.B. Herb Materials Physics Seminar, 10:00 a.m., Room 3405 Sterling Hall. Professor Frank Marsiglio, University of Alberta. “What Can We Learn About Superconductivity From the Optical Conductivity?”

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Friday, May 14th, 2004 - Department fo Chemistry Award Ceremony, 3:00 p.m., Room 1315 Seminar Hall. Awards program for the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Awards and Departmental Undergraduate Fellowships and Scholarships.

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Monday, May 17th, 2004 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Heinrich Vahrenkamp, Universität Frieburg, Germany. “Preparative and Mechanistic Zinc Chemistry: Modeling Biological Thiolate Alkylations”

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Monday, May 24th, 2004 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Boris Tumanskii, Technion, Haifa, Israel. “EPR Study of Persistent Linear, Branched and Metal-Containing Silyl Radicals”

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Thursday, May 27th, Special PChem Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335, Chemistry Building. Gary Maciel, Colorado Sate University. “Structure and Reactivity of the Silica Surface. A Solid-State NMR Study.”

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Friday, May 28th, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jason K. Pontrello, Kiessling Group. “Extending the Utility of Synthetic Multivalent Ligands Derived From the Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization (ROMP): New Systems, New Synthetic Methods, Non-Sugar Ligands”

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2004 - R.G. Herb Materials Physics Seminar, 10:00 a.m., Room 3405 Sterling Hall. Professor Boris Ivanov, Institute of Magnetism Ukr. Acad. Sci., Kyiv, Ukraine. “Dynamics of magnetization for the Submicron Vortex State Magnetic Dots”

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Schneider, University of Delaware.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.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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Recent Publications

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Craft JL. Horng YC. Ragsdale SW. Brunold TC.

Nickel oxidation states of F-430 cofactor in methyl-coenzyme M reductase.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(13):4068-4069, 2004 Apr 7.

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Goodrich TT. Lee HJ. Corn RM.

Direct detection of genomic DNA by enzymatically amplified SPR imaging measurements of RNA microarrays.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(13):4086-4087, 2004 Apr 7.

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Leites LA. Bukalov SS. Zabula AV. Garbuzova IA. Moser DF. West R.

The Raman spectrum and aromatic stabilization in a cyclic germylene.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(13):4114-4115, 2004 Apr 7.

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Yu XH. Cai H. Guzei IA. Xue ZL.

Unusual equilibria involving group 4 amides, silyl complexes, and silyl anions via ligand exchange reactions.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(14):4472-4473, 2004 Apr 14.

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Lu MC. Knickerbocker T. Cai W. Yang WS. Hamers RJ. Smith LM.

Invasive cleavage reactions on DNA-modified diamond surfaces.

Biopolymers. 73(5):606-613, 2004 Apr 5.

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Copyright © 2004 Thomson ISI

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Department of Chemistry Award Ceremony

Friday, May 14th, 2004. 3:00 p.m., Room 1315 Seminar Hall. Awards program for the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Awards and Departmental Undergraduate Fellowships and Scholarships.

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Congratulations to Lawrence Klein!

The College of Letters and Science Faculty Honors Committee is extremely pleased to name Lawrence Klein the 2004 F. Chandler Young Distinguished Senior Honors Student. The award includes a prize of $2,500. The award certificate will be presented at the Honors Reception, Nicholas Suites, Kohl Center, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., May 15, 2004. Funds for this award were generously provided by the Norman Bassett Foundation in honor and memory of F. Chandler Young, who once served the Foundation as Vice President. Mr. Young for many years was Associate Dean in the College of Letters and Science and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the UW-Madison. He was an educational psychologist who earned his Ph.D. at the UW-Madison and published extensively in the areas of scholastic progress patterns and counseling psychology. Lawrence has maintained a 4.0 GPA in Comprehensive Honors while double majoring in Biochemistry and Physics and completing research which led one of his referees to call him “the most scientifically mature undergraduate researcher I have come across in 22 years in Madison”. He has worked most recently with Jim Weisshaar, and his research has already resulted in a poster paper delivered at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting. Current work is intended to lead to a publication on the “Bending of Single DNA Molecules by the Protein IHF, as Studied by Fluorescence Resonant Energy Transfer.” Once again, congratulations!

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Strategic Management in the Life and Engineering Sciences

 

Strategic Management in the Life and Engineering Sciences (SMILES) is a new program that aims to help fulfill the global need for leaders in dynamic life sciences, agribusiness and engineering organizations. Curriculum for this new program includes leadership, entrepreneurial finance, negotiation and strategic management of knowledge assets, including intellectual property. Students interact with international professionals from high-impact firms. Graduates may work in businesses such as biotech, agribusiness, pharmaceuticals, human interfaces with digital technologies and medical devices. Or, graduates may work in law, accounting or consulting roles that demand expertise in business development related to science. One track within the program emphasizes leadership in contemporary agricultural domains. Program students already have degrees in life sciences or engineering. This program offers an opportunity to develop key business skills in the context of UW-Madison's internationally recognized depth in the life and engineering sciences. It offers exceptional opportunities to develop expertise in creating economic and social value from science and technology. Job titles of our graduates: Business Development Director Consultant; Technology Licensing Director; R&D Manager; International Commodity Trader Market Analyst or Risk Manager for life science-based industries. Contact Information: SMILES, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Business, 3150 Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706-1323, phone: 608-262-4000, Fax: 608-265-4192, e-mail: uwmadmba@bus.wisc.edu.

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Miller Research Fellowships for 2005-2008

 

Nomination Deadline: 04 October 2004. 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, 2004. Early nominations are encouraged and allow the candidate more time to prepare their application. Your letter of nomination requires the following information: 1) Nominee's full name, complete current mailing address, E-mail address, and 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 must include all of the information requested above in order to ensure that nominees receive notification of the nomination and advice of subsequent procedures for completion of the fellowship application process. In addition to the above items, the Executive Committee also finds it helpful in the nomination letter to have the candidate compared with others 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 contingent upon eligibility for obtaining J-1 Scholar visa status. The Institute will provide an annual stipend of $50,000 and a research fund of $10,000 per annum. There is 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 medical and dental insurance. Fellowships are awarded for three years, generally beginning August 1, 2005 and ending July 31, 2008. Approximately eight to ten Fellowships are awarded each year. Candidates will be notified of the results of the competition in January 2005, and a general announcement of the awards will be made in the spring. We are grateful for your thoughtful participation in this process and hope that you regard the time you may devote to this effort justified by the contribution you will be making to the careers of distinguished young scientists.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Entry Level Environmental Chemist Opportunity. Coming Soon in the Summer of 2004. Bureau of Laboratory Services, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Madison, Wisconsin. Work in Madison, Wisconsin for an agency that helps ensure that Wisconsin’s food and water supplies are safe. You can make a difference in situations that can impact the lives of others. You will: Analyze environmental samples for pesticides and industrial pollutants; Apply what you’ve learned in your coursework to applied laboratory projects; Work with advanced scientific instrumentation; Work in Madison, Wisconsin, rated as one of the highest quality-of-life cities in America. We’re looking for people with energy, a knowledge of analytical chemistry typically learned in a chemistry major curriculum, an understanding of the theory of gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy, and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team. Hours: 40 per week. Send your name, address, and email address to: Steve Sobek, State of Wisconsin, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Protection, 4702 University Avenue, PO Box 7883, Madison, WI 53707-7883. An application packet will be sent to you when the position recruitment begins in early summer.

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Bruker BioSpin Corp. has immediate openings in our Billerica MA and Fremont CA offices for NMR Applications Scientists. (job ref. NMR0401). They are looking for individuals with the following background and skills. A Ph.D. or M.S. in chemistry, biochemistry or physics; Extensive experience with high resolution liquids NMR spectroscopy; Experience in implementing novel pulse sequences and experiments; Experience with processing of multidimensional NMR datasets; A working knowledge of the LINUX and/or Windows2000 operating systems; Good written and oral communication skills; The ability to take the initiative and to work independently. The job duties include: NMR instrument demonstrations, evaluation of new hardware and software, implementation of new experiments, setup of instruments for a variety of NMR experiments at customer sites, on-site and in-house user training and user support. The position offers travel opportunities within the United States and abroad.

We are also seeking a HPLC or HPLC/MS Chemist. (job ref. LC0401). They are looking for an individual with the following background and skills. A B.S or M.S. in chemistry or biochemistry; Strong hands-on working knowledge of HPLC and/or HPLC/MS instrumentation; Experience in the analysis of a variety of sample types; Good written and oral communication skills; The ability to take the initiative and to work independently. The job duties include: LC-NMR/MS instrument demonstrations, development and optimization of separations for LC-NMR, implementation of new experiments, setup of LC-NMR/MS instruments and experiments at customer sites, on-site and in-house user training and user support and more. The position offers travel opportunities within the United States and abroad. Interested applicants can submit their resume with names and addresses of two references and salary expectations by mail or fax to: Dina Coyle, Bruker BioSpin Corp., 15 Fortune Drive, Billerica, MA 01821, Or electronically to: Dina.coyle@bruker-biospin.com. Electronic submissions should contain the resume as attachments in a standard word processing format, as PDF files or as a link to a resume file.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Assistant Professor Chemistry, San Diego Mesa College. Applicants for this position must show evidence of the following minimum qualifications: Master's degree in Chemistry; OR, Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry AND a Master's degree in Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Physics, Physics, Molecular Biology, or Geochemistry; OR, Possession of a current California Community College Instructor Credential in Chemistry; OR, The equivalent; AND, Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. Application forms are available on-line at: http://www.sdccd.net/employment/. Otherwise, to request application forms, please e-mail the SDCCD Employment Office at: jobs@sdccd.net, call (619) 388-6580.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Wyeth Research is looking for strong candidates to fill a postdoctoral fellowship in NMR Spectroscopy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This position is in the Discovery Analytical Chemistry group, part of Wyeth Research, and involves the study of new methods to automate chemical structural analysis. The ideal candidate for this position will have completed his or her Ph.D. by the summer or early fall or 2004. Candidates should possess a strong chemistry background, particularly organic or medicinal chemistry, and be fluent in the application of 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy in the characterization of small organic molecules. In addition, candidates must have strong instrumentation skills and significant computer programming experience. Although this position will be based in Cambridge, Mass., we anticipate that this project will involve collaboration with scientists in NMR, MS, nd chromatography at our other research sites in NY, NJ, and PA. Therefore, you must have very good interpersonal skills and exceptional communication skills. If you feel that you meet all of the above qualifications, please send your resume to: Dr. Walter Massefski, Wyeth Research, e-mail: wmassefski@wyeth.com.

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Applications are invited from well-qualified candidates in your laboratories for a postdoctoral position under my direction in the Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University. Research efforts involve the solid-state/hydrothermal synthesis and chemical properties (e.g. photocatalysis, ferroelectricity) of new layered transition metal oxide and related hybrid solids. Please have interested applicants send a C.V., contact information for 3 references, and a statement of research interests to: paul_maggard@ncsu.edu or to the address listed on my website: http://www2.ncsu.edu/ncsu/chemistry/facultyPages/pam.html. Paul Maggard, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8204, Phone: 919-515-3616, Fax: 919-515-5079.

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