Chemistry Newsletter - 05/22/2000

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXXV No. 21 May 22nd, 2000

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Congratulations to Jan Froding

Congratulations to Jan Froding on her promotion to Academic Department Manager! Jan has been in the Chemistry Department for over 30 years. She has worked in various divisions for the Chemistry department and is also the supervisor for the secretarial staff. The University instituted this new title to recognize managers of large and complex departments who bear major responsibilities. Jan's service to chemistry is invaluable! The department thanks Jan for her aid in helping the whole department navigate through complex university procedures. Her expertise and good humor keep the chair's office on course. Congratulations Jan!

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Congratulations to Art Ellis

Congratulations to Art Ellis who has won the Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award given by the University of Wisconsin School of Engineering to recognize outstanding teaching of engineering students. Art's innovative integration of materials chemistry into the general chemistry curriculum has captured the interest of everyone in his courses including the engineers. His dedication to teaching inspires and motivates all those around him. Congratulations Art!

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Summer Hours

This week's newsletter will be the last regular weekly newsletter for the summer. The newsletter will go bi-weekly and will only be published on the off weeks for emergency information. Still continue to send all information for the newsletter to me in the duplicating room. The newsletter will resume weekly publication after the summer. Thank You.

Bruce Goldade - Chemistry Fast Copy Center Manager

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Finance Committee Meetings

The following dates have been confirmed for the Finance Committee Meetings this spring.

All of the meetings will be held on Tuesday from 1:20 to 3:30 PM

May 23

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SEMINARS

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Thursday-Friday. June 1st - 2nd, 2000 - Symposium Series in Developmental and Molecular Toxicology, (Thursday, 6/1) 1:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., (Friday, 6/2) 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pyle Center. Keynote Address: Dr. James Whitlock, Jr., Stanford University. "Bridging the Gap: Developmental Toxicology and Biology" addressing "Ah Receptor Mediated Disruption and Developmental Toxicology" Additional Information: http://www.wisc.edu/ehcenter , e-mail: ehsadmin@ehcenter.wisc.edu , voice: 608-262-5556.

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Recent Publications

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Ivanisevic A; Reynolds MF; Burstyn JN; Ellis AB.

Photoluminescent properties of cadmium selenide in contact with solutions and films of metalloporphyrins: Nitric oxide sensing and evidence for the aversion of an analyte to a buried semiconductor-film interface.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2000, Vol 122, Iss 15, pp 3731-3738.

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Casey CP; Kraft S; Powell DR.

Dimerization of rhenium alkynyl carbene complexes by a process involving two [1,1.5] rhenium shifts and coupling of the remote alkynyl carbons.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2000, Vol 122, Iss 15, pp 3771-3772.

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Friedman L; Higgin JJ; Moulder G; Barstead R; Raines RT; Kimble J.

Prolyl 4-hydroxylase is required for viability and morphogenesis in Caenorhabditis elegans.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 2000, Vol 97, Iss 9, pp 4736-4741.

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Gaines DF; Beall H.

Hydrogen-deuterium exchange in decaborane(14): Mechanistic studies.

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2000, Vol 39, Iss 8, pp 1812-1813.

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Vedejs E; Donde Y.

Crystallization-induced asymmetric transformation of a tertiary phosphine.

JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2000, Vol 65, Iss 8, pp 2337-2343

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Zhang HZ; Banfield JF.

Understanding polymorphic phase transformation behavior during growth of nanocrystalline aggregates: Insights from TiO2.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 2000, Vol 104, Iss 15, pp 3481-3487.

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For Industrial Positions, see the Chemistry Career Services Newsletter at:

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/placement/7news.html

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Faculty Opening - We seek your assistance in identifying suitable candidates for a temporary two-year faculty appointment in the Chemistry Department at Kalamazoo College beginning in September 2000 (classes begin Monday, September 18). The principal responsibilities include teaching courses (classroom and laboratory) in analytical chemistry and in introductory chemistry. Applicants must have a Ph. D. in analytical chemistry or related fields at the time of the appointment, and chemists with experience in environmental applications are encouraged to apply. A tenure-track search will be undertaken in two years, and the occupant of the temporary position will be eligible to apply for this opening. Opportunities for research with undergraduate students will be available. This opportunity can provide valuable teaching experience for one hoping to obtain a permanent position at a primarily undergraduate school. Applicants should submit cover letter, resume, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial accepted), and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Thomas J. Smith, Department of Chemistry, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3295, Telephone 616-337-7017, FAX 616-337-7052, e-mail: tsmith@kzoo.edu . All applications received by June 1 will receive prompt consideration.

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Department of Chemistry, School of Molecular & Microbial Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Applications are invited from candidates with a commitment to, and demonstrated excellence in, the field of organic chemistry, specifically with a focus on the synthesis of biologically important compounds or their analogues by contemporary methodology. The appointee will be expected to develop vigorous research programs and to forge collaborative links within the Department, within the Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences, and with the University's Institute for Molecular Bioscience. The position will involve teaching contributions in all levels of the lecture, tutorial and laboratory programs, and applicants should be able to demonstrate a capacity for high quality performance. The appointee will be expected to be active in departmental and professional affairs and to accept a share of administrative responsibility. Formal qualification to PhD level, or equivalent, and appropriate postdoctoral experience is essential. The position is a continuing full-time appointment at Lecturer (Level B). Salary Range $49,535 - $58,823 per annum, plus an employer superannuation contribution of 17%. Relocation assistance is available. Further information about the Department may be obtained on http://www.chemistry.uq.edu.au and about the Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences on http://www.uq.edu.au/biosci. Details of the position are available from the Head of the School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences, Professor John de Jersey, telephone +61 7 3365-4622, e-mail: dejersey@biosci.uq.edu.au from the Head of the Department of Chemistry, Associate Professor John Cotton, telephone +61 7 3365-3837, email: cotton@chemistry.uq.edu.au. Applications (original plus eight copies) quoting Reference No. 29100 and including the names and contact information for three academic referees should be sent to: the Personnel Officer, Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Qld, 4072. Applications close on 23 June, 2000.

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Kansas State University. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a temporary or visiting faculty member beginning August, 2000. We seek a temporary faculty member, preferably with a Ph.D. in chemistry, and a strong commitment to undergraduate education to teach freshman chemistry courses. This faculty member would also have 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 undergraduate and graduate studies; a statement of teaching philosophy; and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent to: Professor Peter M.A. Sherwood, Chair Temporary Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, 66506-3701. Screening will commence June 19, 2000 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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Rainy River Community College. Chemistry Instructor. Rainy River Community College is located near Voyageur's National Park in the wilderness of northern Minnesota. Full-time, unlimited position (with two-year mandatory probationary period). Starting date is August 21, 2000. The position carries a full benefit package. Members of Rainy River Community College's faculty should be exceptional educators, committed to excellence in teaching and leaming. Candidates must 1) possess strong discipline expertise; 2) be studentcentered; 3) be enthusiastic about the teaching and learning process; 4) be practitioners of active and experiential learning strategies, 5) demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to the assessment of student academic achievement; and 6) be willing to explore the use of technology to enhance teaching and student learning. Duties include: Teach freshman and sophomore level Chemistry courses (and labs) including Chemical Science, Principals of Chemistry I and II, and Organic Chemistry I and II. Other duties may include student advising, course evaluation, classroom and laboratory preparation, evaluation of student performance, committee assignments, classroom research, and community service. Master's degree with a major in Chemistry, or with 23 graduate quarter credits in Chemistry that would apply to the major. Teaching experience in lower divisional collegiate setting. Experience in teaching via interactive television (ITV). Experience in the use of web-based instructional supports. Experience in student recruitment. Familiarity with the mission of a comprehensive community college. Applications must include a letter of application, resume, transcripts of all college or university coursework, three professional letters of recommendation, and a brief statement of the applicant's teaching philosophy, especially as it relates to a community college setting. In order to assure consideration, application materials must be received by June 15, 2000. Applications received after this date may be considered if the applicant pool is not sufficiently large or diverse. Send materials to: Tammy Wood, Personnel Office, Rainy River Community College, 1501 Highway 71, International Falls, Minnesota 56649, (218) 285-2204. Applicants with disabilities who need accommodations to fulfill the application requirements for this position should contact Carol Grim (218) 285-2238.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Chemistry invites applications for a Lecturer for General Chemistry 104 or 109 for the 2000-01 fall semester. Duties for this 60% appointment include lecturing, office hours, lab supervision and related duties. Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field, and experience teaching some level of college chemistry, are required. Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, names and phone numbers of at least three references, and a brief statement of teaching interests and professional goals to: Professor John Moore, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706 by May 29, 2000.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Axys Advanced Technologies has job opportunities for students and postdocs to enter the burgeoning field of combinatorial chemistry. We currently have openings at all levels (BS/MS/PhD) in our state-of-the-art facility in San Francisco. As members of our research groups, individuals would develop and validate synthetic methods suitable for the production of large combinatorial libraries. They must have academic or industrial synthetic organic chemistry experience, the ability to design and optimize multistage synthetic sequences with minimal guidance, working knowledge of purification and compound characterization, and excellent analytical, interpersonal, and written/verbal communication skills. Our leading scientists will provide the unique training necessary to blossom in this exciting field. Axys Advanced Technologies is a world leader in the design and production of innovative combinatorial chemistry. Our chemists are members of dynamic, interdisciplinary teams applying synthetic organic, medicinal, process, combinatorial, and computational chemistry to the discovery of new drug candidates. We offer attractive salaries and benefits, generous equity participation, and the opportunity to make significant contributions in breakthrough areas of drug discovery. To apply please have qualified individuals forward their resumes to: Axys Advanced Technologies, HR Department (Attn: Job# N00-ACH-U), 385 Oyster Point Blvd., Suite 1, South San Francisco, CA 94080; e-mail: hr@axystech.com . For additional information, feel free to visit our website at www.axystech.com. .

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Good BS and MS level synthetic chemists are sought. Dupont's CRD offers excellent scientific atmosphere, benefits and career progression. Send resumes to: Dr. Subramaniam Sabesan, P. O. Box 80328, Dupont Company, Wilmington, DE 19880-0328.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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University of Virginia. A postdoctoral position in luminescence and sensor development is available for a July or August starting date. Projects involve luminescence based sensors using inorganic complexes. Interest in luminescence and a strong background in organic synthesis are required. Candidates should send a CV and the names of two references to James Demas. E-mail with an attachment (rtf or Word 97) is the preferred method. Send to: James Demas, Chemistry Department, McCormick Rd., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904, e-mail: demas@virginia.edu, FAX (804) 924-3710.

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Professor Brian J. Hales of Louisiana State University currently has an opening for 1-2 postdoctoral. positions in his laboratory. Our research is in the areas of biophysical and bioinorganic chemistry and focuses on the investigation of the mechanism of the nitrogen fixing enzyme, nitrogenase. Three different approaches are being undertaken in this investigation. In the first, molecular biology is used to create point mutations in the vicinity of the active site on one form of the enzyme, V-nitrogenase, slowly converting it back to the structure of another form, Mo-nitrogenase. The second approach involves a study of the enzymology differences (e.g., substrate binding, product differences) between Mo-nitrogenase and V-nitrogenase (Wild-type and mutants) in order to better understand their reduction mechanism. The final approach is a spectroscopic investigation (EPR, ENDOR, MCD, and/or XAS) of intermediate states of the enzyme reaction obtained by ethylene glycol quenching. The postdoctoral appointee would use one or a combination of these approaches, depending on their interest and expertise. The initial appointment would be for I year with possible extension to 2-3 years. Contact: Professor Brian J. Hales, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70803-1804, Phone: 255-388-3361, Fax: 255-388-3458.

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University of New Mexico, Postdoctoral Research Associate starting July 15, 2000, or as soon thereafter as possible. We are interested in an individual with a Ph.D. in chemistry to participate in a research project in one of two areas. The first area involves the study of adhesive forces at a metal/di electric interface. Experience in infrared spectroscopy, surface plasmon phenomena, thin film production, and thin film characterization would benefit participation in this project. The second project involves the production of IR waveguide sensors. Experience in infrared spectroscopy, sol-gel processing, surface modification, and thin film characterization would benefit participation in this project. Experience in the use of cliernometric data interpretation techniques would benefit either project. The projected salary level is $30,000 per year. Screening of application will begin July 5, 2000. For best consideration all application materials must be received by June 30, 2000, however the position will remain open until filled. Please send letters of interest, vitae, and three letters of recommendation to: Thomas M. Niernczyk, Department of Chemistry, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M. 87131.

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