Chemistry Newsletter - 05/21/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 21 May 21st, 2001

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Congratulations to Mark Ediger and Sam Gellman

Congratulations to Mark Ediger and Sam Gellman on receiving Helfaer Professorships in Chemistry! Helfaer Professors are selected by a committee in the Chemistry Department to recognize research excellence. The Helfaer Professorship provides unrestricted research support of $15,000 per year for the next five years. Congratulations Mark and Sam!!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

*****No Meetings Until September*****

 

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SEMINARS

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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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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Coulter SK; Schwartz MP; Hamers RJ.

Sulfur atoms as tethers for selective attachment of aromatic molecules to silicon(001) surfaces.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 2001, Vol 105, Iss 15, pp 3079-3087.

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Feldmann DM; Reeves JL; Polyanskii AA; Goyal A; Feenstra R; Lee DF; Paranthaman M; Kroeger DM; Christen DK; Babcock SE; Larbalestier DC.

Magneto-optical imaging of transport currents in YBa2Cu3O7-x on RABiTS (TM).

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY 2001, Vol 11, Iss 1, pp 3772-3775.

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Smith LM; Scalf M; Ebeling DD; Westphall MS.

Charge reduction electrospray mass spectrometry: Controlling charge states of large ions.

FASEB JOURNAL 2001, Vol 15, Iss 5, pp A1157-A1157.

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Nickel AML; Seker F; Ziemer BP; Ellis AB.

Imprinted poly(acrylic acid) films on cadmium selenide. A composite sensor structure that couples selective amine binding with semiconductor substrate photoluminescence.

CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS 2001, Vol 13, Iss 4, pp 1391-1397.

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Park C; Schultz LW; Raines RT.

Contribution of the active site histidine residues of ribonuclease A to nucleic acid binding.

BIOCHEMISTRY 2001, Vol 40, Iss 16, pp 4949-4956.

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Copyright © 2001 Institute for Scientific Information

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6th Annual Science & Engineering Education Scholars Program

July 30 - August 3, 2001

The University of Minnesota is hosting this summers 6th Annual Science & Engineering Education Scholars Program. Please bring this notice to the attention of: doctoral candidates in their last two years of study; assistant professors with one year or less in a faculty position; post-doctoral associates. SEESP provides professional development opportunities for new faculty members or graduate students with aspirations of an academic career. The focus is on teaching and learning scholarship and how to balance that with research scholarship. Cost of the program is $1500 plus transportation. Applicants are asked to send a letter of support indicating the funding source. In the College of Engineering, costs are being shared between the department and the college. In Letters and Science, you will want to determine the best approach. We encourage you to support applicants since the program is worthwhile and CIC has approved the program. UW-Madison hosted the program for the first four years; the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana hosted it last summer. Details of the Program and an On-line Application Form Can Be Found At: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/seesp/index.html. the Deadline for Application Is May 25. Questions? Contact Mike Corradini or Sandy Courter at: courter@engr.wisc.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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City of Milwaukee, Employment Opportunity. Chemist I / Chemist II, Health Department-Laboratories. The chemist in this position works to perform chemical analyses and other test procedures for various programs, which may include Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, Environmental Chemistry, Industrial Hygiene and Food and Water Control. In addition, this position assists in the quality control and quality assurance effort of the laboratory. This is a grant-funded position. Minimum Requirements for both Chemist I and II level:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related physical science field with a minor in chemistry from an accredited college.
  • Transcripts must be submitted with Training and Experience Questionnaire and application.
  • Residency in the City of Milwaukee within 6 months of appointment and throughout employment.

In addition to all of the above minimum requirements, the Chemist II level requires the following:

  • After attainment of Bachelor of Science Degree with major in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related physical science field, at least 2 years of experience in a professional laboratory setting performing analytical procedures at a similar level of complexity as those performed by this classification. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and ability to work well with multidisciplinary and multicultural staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to perform basic laboratory functions and techniques.
  • Ability to operate and maintain lab equipment used in chemical analysis, such as atomic absorption spectrometers, UV/VIS spectrophotometers and ion and gas chromatographs.
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard and possess basic knowledge of computers.

For Chemist I the current salary range (640) is $31,400.98 to $35,572.68 annually with excellent benefits. For Chemist I, appointment is usually at $31,400.98. For Chemist II the current salary range (642) is $ 36,805.86 to $44,631.86 annually with excellent benefits. For Chemist II, appointment is $ 36,805.86 only. The Selection Process will be job related. It will consist of one or more of the following: Training and experience evaluation; written, oral or performance tests or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job. The examination will be held as soon as practical after June 1, 2001. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice, however, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified by mail of the date, time and place of the examination. Application Blanks and further information may be obtained on our website: http://www.milwaukeeder.com, in person or via mail from: The City of Milwaukee Department of Employee Relations, 200 East Wells Street, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3554, or by calling (414) 286-3751.

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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Lecturer (100% Academic year 2001- 2002). Earned Master's or Doctorate degree in Chemistry or related field, and demonstrated evidence of the ability to clearly communicate general chemistry concepts in the classroom and chemistry laboratory is required. Experience in teaching college level general chemistry is an asset. One academic year teaching appointment. The appointment period is August 20, 2001 to May 19, 2002. General chemistry will be the primary teaching responsibility. Instructional responsibilities include a total of 15 credit hours per semester or the equivalent. Submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to: Chair, Academic Staff, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004. FAX: 715- 836-4979, Phone: 715-836-3417. To ensure consideration, all application materials must be received no later than June 15, 2001. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The University reserves the right to contact references of its own choice. Nominees and applicants who have not requested in writing that their identity not be revealed, and all finalist names, will be revealed on request. For additional information related to this search see: http://www.chem.uwec.edu/lecturer/, or call 715-836-3417 or send an email to: jennem@uwec.edu.

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Kansas State University. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a Departmental Crystallographer beginning July 2001 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Department has a Bruker SMART CCD diffractometer with a low-temperature attachment, and the X-ray facility averages over 250 crystal structure determinations annually. The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting both routine and non-routine crystal structure determinations and may also be required to assist with crystallographic training of graduate students. Experience in small-molecule crystallography is essential, and the ideal candidate will have experience using Bruker CCD diffractometers and SHELXTL software. Some systems management of both SGI and DOS/NT computers is required. Excellent communication and organizational skills are necessary, and it is expected that all applicants will have earned a doctoral degree in Chemistry or a related field by the start date. The Departmental Crystallographer would be encouraged to take the opportunity to collaborate in research with our departmental research groups. Informal enquiries are welcome to: the Department Head, Professor Sherwood (Tel: (785)532-6665; e-mail: escachem@ksu.edu: FAX: (785)532-6666). Applicants should submit a letter of application; a complete curriculum vita; copies of transcripts from graduate studies; a statement of their research interests; and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent to: Professor Peter M.A. Sherwood, Chair Departmental Crystallographer Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, 66506-3701. Screening will commence June 1, 2001 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Details of the department can be found at http://www.ksu.edu/chem.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Lawrence University Department of Chemistry invites applications for a 1-year faculty position that will start in September 2001. Qualifications: We seek candidates with the Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or a related field and an interest in quality teaching at the undergraduate level. ABD candidates will be considered. Teaching responsibilities and opportunities: On Lawrence's 3-term academic calendar, the appointee will teach a sophomore-level course in chemical analysis during the spring term, and portions of our general chemistry sequence in the fall and winter terms. Each course involves responsibility for both classroom and laboratory instruction. There may be some additional opportunities, depending on the candidate's interests and the department's needs. Research opportunities: There are opportunities for research with undergraduates in our new science building. The department plans a tenure-track search in this area in the fall of 2001; the 1-year appointee will be eligible to apply for that position. More information may be found at: http://www.lawrence.edu and http://www.lawrence.edu/dept/chemistry. Applicants should send: A letter of application; An up-to-date curriculum vitae; Teaching and Research Statements; Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable); and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Jerrold P Lokensgard, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Lawrence University, Appleton, W1 54912-0599, Phone: Voice: 920-832-6726, Fax: 920-832-6962, e-mail: jerrold.p.lokensgard@lawrence.edu. Review of applications is on-going, and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postgraduate Researcher: The Marine Biology Research Division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, seeks a protein biochemist with experience in gene cloning and expression or metalloprotein biochemistry to participate in a multidisciplinary project investigating manganese oxide biomineralization. The position is part of an NSF-funded Collaborative Research Activity in Environmental Molecular Science (CRAEMS) which spans the disciplines of microbiology, bioinorganic chemistry, and environmental aqueous geochemistry. The project is co-directed by B. Tebo (Scripps), T. Spiro (Princeton), G. Sposito (UC Berkeley), and J. Bargar (Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory). The postdoctoral researcher will interact with other program participants to investigate the molecular mechanisms of manganese oxidation by bacteria and the mechanisms by which the resulting oxide solids impact the chemistry of heavy metals and organic contaminants in soils and natural waters. The successful applicant will be based at Scripps, and will be responsible for expressing, purifying and characterizing the products of microbial genes which have been identified as controlling manganese(II) oxidation activity. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant field of Biology or Biochemistry is required. One-year appointment may be renewed up to three years subject to review and availability of funding. Rank and salary will be commensurate with UC salary scales. Send curriculum vitae, reprints, statement of research activities/interests, and suggested external reviewers to: Dr. Brad Tebo, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0202, phone 858-534-5470; fax 858-534-7313; e-mail: btebo@ucsd.edu; web site: http://tebolab.ucsd.edu/. Review of applications will begin 6/15/01, and will continue until position is filled.

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