Chemistry Newsletter - 05/13/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 19 May 13th, 2002

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2002 Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineers

Professor John Wright was selected for the 2002 Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineers. Benjamin Smith Reynolds and Charles Burgess incorporated the Burgess Battery Company in 1917 in Wisconsin and participated extensively in helping the University. In memory of Reynolds, this award is presented to the faculty member who contributes most to the instruction of engineering students. Congratulations John!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

May 14th, 2002

 

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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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*****CANCELLED*****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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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Masahiro Hirama, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

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Monday, September 30th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steve Diver, SUNY-Buffalo.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Zhang JM; Dahl LF.

First-known high-nuclearity silver-nickel carbonyl cluster: nanosized [Ag16Ni24(CO)(40)](4-) possessing a new 40-atom cubic T-d closed-packed metal-core geometry.

JOURNAL OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY-DALTON TRANSACTIONS 2002, Iss 7, pp 1269-1274.

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Moser DF; Bosse T; Olson J; Moser JL; Guzei IA; West R.

Halophilic reactions of a stable silylene with chloro and bromocarbons.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 16, pp 4186-4187.

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Budzien J; Raphael C; Ediger MD; de Pablo JJ.

Segmental dynamics in a blend of alkanes: Nuclear magnetic resonance experiments and molecular dynamics simulation.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2002, Vol 116, Iss 18, pp 8209-8217.

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Yethiraj A.

Polymer melts at solid surfaces.

ADVANCES IN CHEMICAL PHYSICS, VOLUME 121 2002, Vol 121, pp 89-139.

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Nelsen SF; Pladziewicz JR.

Intermolecular electron transfer reactivity determined from cross-rate studies.

ACCOUNTS OF CHEMICAL RESEARCH 2002, Vol 35, Iss 4, pp 247-254.

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Zuniga J; Bastida A; Requena A; Sibert EL.

A theoretical study of the vibrational spectrum of the CS2 molecule.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2002, Vol 116, Iss 17, pp 7495-7508.

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Berggren WT; Takova T; Olson MC; Eis PS; Kwiatkowski RW; Smith LM.

Multiplexed gene expression analysis using the invader RNA assay with MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry detection.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 2002, Vol 74, Iss 8, pp 1745-1750.

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Copyright © 2002 Institute for Scientific Information

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WISCONSIN INITIATIVE FOR SCIENCE LITERACY

Our democratic society has become increasingly dependent on science and technology. It is essential for the well being of our society that all citizens develop an appreciation of science, the benefits of technology, and the potential risks associated with advances in both; that is, that citizens gain "science literacy."

Science literacy does not imply detailed knowledge of chemistry or physics or biology, but rather a broad understanding and appreciation of what science is capable of achieving and equally important, what science cannot accomplish. Science literacy will enable the public to make informed choices and to reject shams, quackery, unproven conjecture, and to avoid being bamboozled into making foolish decisions.

The Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy is a new program with two goals to promote literacy in science, mathematics, and technology among the general public, and to attract future generations to careers as the researchers, entrepreneurs, and teachers on whom the Nation's continuing economic health and national security will depend. Societal progress in addressing critical issues occurs by having both a skilled, creative, and productive workforce and a citizenry able to judge the risks and to enjoy the benefits of advances in science and technology. The Initiative seeks to boost opportunities for educational success for all students, especially those from under-represented groups, and to empower adults to participate responsibly in our cherished democratic institutions. The Initiative aims to enhance the development of talent for careers in science and in science teaching and to advance the level of appreciation of science among the non-practitioners who are beneficiaries of advances in science. The Initiative will explore and bridge links between science, the arts, and the humanities.

The Initiative is directed by Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Department. Programs will draw on the concepts developed by Dr. Shakhashiri during many years of innovative work in science education and through his extensive experience as a faculty member at the University, his work with the UW-Madison Institute for Chemical Education, and his six years as the chief education officer of the National Science Foundation. His very successful programs have included research and development in chemistry demonstrations, the annual Holiday Lecture, the Chemical Demonstrations Book Series, communicating science on radio and television, the "Science is Fun" Web site, the Conversations in Science Series, and the newly launched "Science in the City" program.

The Initiative is headquartered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Support is being sought from individuals, business and civic groups, and private and government sources. Support for this program will have a direct and continuing impact on our Nation's ability to maintain its leadership in the sciences and technology.

For more information about the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, contact: Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1396, Telephone: 608-262-0538, Email: bassam@chem.wisc.edu, Web: http://www.scifun.org. For information about making a gift to the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, contact: University of Wisconsin Foundation, David H. Simon, Director of Development, 1848 University Avenue, P.O. Box 8860, Madison, Wisconsin 53708-8860, Telephone: 608-263-4545, E-mail: uwf@supportuw.org, Web: http://supportuw.org.

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Miller Research Fellowships for 2003-2006

Nomination Deadline: 03 October 2002.

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 03, 2002. No nominations will be accepted that arrive later than this date. Early nominations are encouraged and allow the candidate more time to prepare their application. Your letter of nomination should include the following information:

  • Nominee's complete current mailing address, E-mail address, and current telephone number.
  • (Anticipated) Date of Ph.D.
  • 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, E-mail, 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 citizen; are eligible for nomination. However, awards are subject to verification of eligibility for obtaining a J- 1 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, 2003 and ending July 31, 2006. Approximately eight to ten Fellowships are awarded each year. Candidates will be notified of the results of the competition by early January 2003, and a general announcement of the awards will be made in the spring. Send to: Raymond Jeanloz, Professor of Earth & Planetary Science, Professor of Astronomy and Executive Director, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, Telephone: (510) 642-4088 Fax: (510) 643-7393, 2536 Channing Way, Berkeley, California 94720-5190, E-Mail: 4mibrs@socrates.berkeley.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of Minnesota, Morris seeks an individual committed to undergraduate education to fill a one-year, full-time position in chemistry beginning August 12, 2002. Responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate chemistry courses including general chemistry; advising undergraduates; conducting research; and sharing in the governance and advancement of the chemistry program and of the college. Candidates must hold or expect a Ph.D. degree in any area of chemistry by August 12, 2002. Two years experience teaching at the undergraduate level is required. (Graduate TA experience is acceptable.) To learn more about our college, please visit: http://www.mrs.unm.edu/positions/. Excellent fringe benefits and a collegial atmosphere are among the benefits that accompany the position. Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level for those having the Ph.D. in hand and at the Instructor level for others. The standard teaching load is twenty credit hours per year. Send letter of application, resume, transcripts, three reference letters, and a teaching statement in which teaching goals and methods are discussed to: Chemistry Search Committee Chair, Division of Science and Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Morris, Morris, MN 56267-2128. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Screening will begin May 27, 2002. Inquiries can be made to: James Togeas, Search Committee Chair, at (320) 589-6309 or e-mail; togeasjb@mrs.umn.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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None For This Newsletter

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Post-doctoral / Research Associate Position Carlsberg Laboratory. A position within the Carlsberg Laboratory, Department of Chemistry is open immediately. We're looking for a candidate with skills in practical NMR spectroscopy of biomolecules and an interest in taking part in the ongoing research within the department. The currents projects are aimed at: primary structure determination of carbohydrates and other natural compounds, conformation and dynamics of carbohydrates and application of HR-MAS / nano-probe NMR on solid-support. Furthermore, projects are planned towards investigations of protein-carbohydrate interactions. The candidate will also be involved in the research activities around the "Danish Instrument Center for NMR Spectroscopy of Biological Macromolecules" hosted by the laboratory. At the center the group is responsible for development and implementation of new pulse sequences for all types of biomolecules. The laboratory is situated in Copenhagen, Denmark. The laboratory is partly founded by the Carlsberg foundation and has a long tradition of basic research. The laboratory is well equipped, with Bruker and Varian instruments (250, 500, 600 and 800 MHz) equipped with standard probes and HR-MAS /nano-probes. Furthermore, as cryogenic probe has been ordered for the 800 MHz spectrometer. The laboratory is well equipped with other types of equipment as mass-spectrometers, as well. The group collaborates closely with the Ole W. Søørensen in the same laboratory. For further information please contact: Jens ØØ. Duus, Carlsberg Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Gamle Carlsberg Vej 10, DK2500 Valby- Copenhagen, Denmark, E-Mail: jd@crc.dk, Phone: +45 33 27 52 07, or take a look at our homepage: http://www.crc.dk.

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