Chemistry Newsletter - 05/24/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 20 May 24th, 2004

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Snout Out 2004

The annual Chemistry Department picnic, the "Snout-Out", is scheduled for Hoyt Park on Saturday, August 28. Please mark your calendar, and we will provide more details as the time approaches. Chris Elles - Graduate Student-Faculty Liaison Committee (GSFLC)

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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

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

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SEMINARS

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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, 9:30 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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Monday, June 7th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 420 Henry Mall. Jamie Williamson, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla. “mRNA Recognition by the STAR Proteins GLD-1 and Quaking”

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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.


Recent Publications

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Landis CR. Clark TP.

Solid-phase synthesis of chiral 3,4-diazaphospholanes and their application to catalytic asymmetric allylic alkylation.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. 101(15):5428-5432, 2004 Apr 13.

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Raines RT.

Active site of ribonuclease A.

ARTIFICIAL NUCLEASES. 13 PG. 19-32. 2004 [Figures].

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Jiang YH. Hong J. Burke SD.

Stereoselective total synthesis of antitumor macrolide (+)-rhizoxin D.

Organic Letters. 6(9):1445-1448, 2004 Apr 29.

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Toulokhonova IS. Guzei IA. West R.

Synthesis of a silene from 1,1-dilithiosilole and 2-adamantanone.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(17):5336-5337, 2004 May 5.

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Casey CP. Martins SC. Fagan MA.

Reversal of enantioselectivity in the hydroformylation of styrene with [2S,4S-BDPP]Pt(SnCl3)Cl at high temperature arises from a change in the enantioselective-determining step.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(17):5585-5592, 2004 May 5.

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Fulmer EC. Mukherjee P. Krummel AT. Zanni MT.

A pulse sequence for directly measuring the anharmonicities of coupled vibrations: Two-quantum two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.

Journal of Chemical Physics. 120(17):8067-8078, 2004 May 1.

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Corcelli SA. Lawrence CP. Skinner JL.

Combined electronic structure/molecular dynamics approach for ultrafast infrared spectroscopy of dilute HOD in liquid H2O and D2O [Review].

Journal of Chemical Physics. 120(17):8107-8117, 2004 May 1.

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Xu DG. Guo H. Gao JL. Cui Q.

A QM/MM study of a nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction catalyzed by 4-chlorobenzoyl-CoA dehalogenase.

Chemical Communications. (7):892-893, 2004 Apr 7.

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Copyright © 2004 Thomson ISI


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ACS Committee on Chemists with Disabilities

“Travel Awards for Students and Postdoctoral Researchers” See: http://membership.acs.org/g/glrm04/docs/travel_award.pdf

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Entrepreneurs and Research Week

 

Governor Doyle has declared the first week in June to be "Entrepreneurs and Research Week" in Wisconsin in recognition of the need for innovation in Wisconsin and to highlight some important events that week. Included in the week will be the UW-Madison conference, BIONANOTECHNOLOGY Nanotechnology + Bioscience: Opportunities in the Bionanotech Convergence Zone, June 3, 2004, UW-Madison, College of Engineering. Over the past several years there has been increasing intersection of two important scientific fields, nanotechnology and biotechnology. The convergence of these two major high-tech fields with their large base of academic research supported by extraordinary growth in federal R&D budgets is creating exciting new possibilities in a wide range of R&D and commercial applications. These range from health care to energy production to environmental protection and beyond. This one-day conference, the Second Annual Wisconsin Nanotechnology Conference, is designed to provide an introduction to this emerging field of bionanotechnology and explore some of the opportunities that are rapidly emerging from the nano + bio research base at UW-Wisconsin as well as nationally. This conference provides a special opportunity to hear and meet the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Schloss, of the NIH. Dr. Schloss is a leading national figure in the National Nanotechnology Initiative and is leading efforts at the National Institutes of Health in their nanotechnology programs. NIH has recently announced planning stages for a series of Nanomedicine Medicine Centers and other important bio-nano programs are being planned by NIH. Be sure to attend this unique opportunity to learn about nanotechnology at NIH. Who should attend: In short, anyone who wants to learn more about how advances in biotech and nantoech are converging to create new r&d and business opportunities. Industry - researchers, R&D managers, strategic planners, business development people; Legal and Financial community - Angel investors, VCs, corporate investors, investment analysts, IP attorneys; Government - legislators, economic development representatives officials involved with business development and growth; Education-faculty, staff and students interested in learning more about this emerging field. Register now - seating is limited. For conference and registration information go to: http://nano.engr.wisc.edu/bionano/.

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8th Annual Great Lake Chinese-American Chemical Society Meeting

 

The Great Lake Chinese-American Chemical Society (GLCACS, http://www.glcacs.org), announces its up-coming 8th annual meeting of GLCACS in Abbott Laboratories, Illinois on June 5, 2004. The GLCACS is one of the chapters of Chinese-American Chemical Society (CACS, http://www.cacs.org). The free membership of GLCACS is mainly open to professionals and students in chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields with Chinese heritage. A student chapter of GLCACS was formed earlier this year to promote the involvement of students in this organization. More details about GLCACS can be found at its website: http://www.glcacs.org. If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact me by email at yihe@wisc.edu and you will be informed about the registration and transportation.

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Memorial IUPAC ICOS-15 Organic Synthesis Conference

 

We cordially invite you to join the 15th International Conference on Organic Synthesis, scheduled for Nagoya, Japan, August 1-6, 2004. More information on this conference can be found at: http://www.ics-inc.co.jp/icos15/ or a brochure is available in Room 1146 Chemistry Building. Registration online is encouraged and is available at: http://www.ics-inc.co.jp/icos15/.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Full-Time Laboratory Director, Department of Chemistry, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado. Fort Lewis College anticipates, contingent on funding, a full-time, non-tenure-track, renewable position in the Department of Chemistry beginning June 2004. Fort Lewis College is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor degree in Chemistry or related field; knowledge of safe handling of laboratory chemicals; knowledge of spreadsheet and data management software; ability to learn to use and troubleshoot instrumentation, including hardware, software, and specialty equipment; handling and preparation of reagents and instrumentation for laboratory experiments. Duties: Oversight of laboratory teaching (50%): conducting pre-laboratory lectures; teaching of freshman and organic laboratory sections (as needed); hiring and supervising the undergraduate Teaching Assistants for the laboratory courses; developing and testing new laboratory course experiments; grading of laboratory experiments; training teaching assistants. Laboratory preparation and maintenance (35%): preparing all laboratory course experiments for General and Organic Chemistry; ordering necessary chemicals and equipment for all laboratory courses; maintaining laboratories to ensure laboratory experiments can be conducted smoothly; routinely maintaining and repairing instruments used in the laboratory courses; maintaining the cryogenics for the NMR; training faculty and students on laboratory instrumentation. Inventory and budget (15%): maintaining a current inventory of all laboratory equipment and supplies; controlling the laboratory course supplies and materials budget; presenting quarterly reports of above budget to the department chair. Work assignments are based on the Department's laboratory instructional needs. Work schedule is based on scheduling parameters set by the Uniform Scheduling Committee, college needs, and duties. A five-day schedule is expected. Evening and weekend work is required on a few occasions. The salary will be $34,000. The work will be over the 12 months of the academic calendar. Required Documentation for Applicants: Letter of application addressing how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and your ability and willingness to carry out the duties of the position; Current curriculum vitae; 3 letters of recommendation; Copies of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies. Note: Official transcripts will be required to complete the hiring process. Address queries and documents to: Professor Robert Milofsky, Department of Chemistry, Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango, CO 81301, Phone: (970) 247-7467, Fax: (970) 247-7567, Email: Milofsky_r@fortlewis.edu. Application Deadline will continue until the position is filled.

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Analytical/General Chemistry - Lecturer. The Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks to fill a temporary, one year, non-tenure track position with responsibility for teaching introductory Analytical Chemistry and General Chemistry. This position formally begins August 1 with classes commencing August 18, 2004. Opportunities for managing laboratory courses, advising undergraduates, and conducting scholarly activity will also be available. This position may be renewable and carries full benefits. Please see www.chem.utk.edu for information about the Department of Chemistry. Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in chemistry and have a strong commitment to chemical education. Send a letter of application, a resume, transcripts, and arrange for three letters of recommendation. Apply To: Fred M. Schell, Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, 552 Buehler Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996-1600, Email: fschell@utk.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Title: Faculty position. Chonnam National University (Korea). Physical Chemistry. Begin/End Date: 5/18/04- 6/22/04. The Department of Chemistry at Chonnam National University invites applicationsfor a faculty position. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry with a substantial record in research, and commitment to the highest standards of academic scholarship and teaching. Selected candidates are expected to initiate and carry out independent research in one of the areas of Experimental Physical Chemistry. All the applicants with expertise in all the areas in experimental physical chemistry are encouraged to submit their applications. Chonnam National University (CNU) located in the South-West of the Korea Peninsula is one of the top 10 competitive universities in Korea. Our department currently has 15 faculty members, 240 undergraduate and 150 graduate students. For the information in detail, please visit our web site at: http://www.chonnam.ac.kr. Send to: Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Chonnam National University, Tel: + 82-62-530-3379, Fax: + 82-62-530-3389, Email: skkook@chonnam.ac.kr.

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The College at Oneonta, (State University of New York) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The initial appointment is two years. Expectations include instruction, research, student advisement, college service and continuing professional development. Start date of August 2004. For additional information, see the College's home page at http://www.oneonta.edu. Teach physical chemistry, participate in introductory and general chemistry, and direct undergraduate research. Participation in an existing NSF-funded educational grant, including the utilization of a new NMR spectrometer, is desirable. The department currently has 10 faculty members and an ACS-approved program. Ph.D. in physical chemistry (promising candidates nearing completion of their Ph.D. will also be considered). Specialty in biophysical chemistry or related field. Send application letter, resume, official graduate transcripts, and statement of teaching philosophy and research interest by e-mail to: chiangif@oneonta.edu and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent by mail to: Dr. Joseph F. Chiang, Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Box GP #1020-D, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY 13820.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Professor Mark R. Hoffmann of the University of North Dakota. Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position in theoretical/computational chemistry in his research group. The position is available immediately. Initial appointment will be for one year, and is renewable for the second year upon mutual consent. There are two major research thrusts in the group at this time, and the postdoc can be aligned with either. 1). Strong laser field interactions. In an effort to better understand recent experiments on strong laser field control of molecular reactivity, we are developing Floquet state-based approaches using state-of-the-art quantum chemistry techniques. A candidate with a background in quasi- or semi-classical dynamics, or a candidate from the atomic, molecular and optical physics community, who wishes to explore ab initio quantum chemistry would be well suited for these studies. 2). Parallel computing multireference perturbation theory. Building on a long-standing interest in and progress in the Generalized Van Vleck Perturbation Theory (GVVPT) variant of multireference perturbation theory for molecular electronic structure, we are developing efficient parallel algorithms for the second-order energy approximation and the energy gradient. Using theoretical and computational advances for the second-order energy, work will commence on third- and fourth-order GVVPT. A candidate with a background in high performance ab initio quantum chemistry is well situated for this position. Experience with GAMESS is desirable. Both positions require significant software development and require proficiency with either the C or Fortran language. To apply, please send a letter and CV to the address below. The contact information for 3 letters of recommendation should be included in the letter. Prof. Mark R. Hoffmann, University of North Dakota, Chemistry Department, Box 9024, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9024, Phone: 701-777-2742, Fax: 701-777-2331, Email: mhoffmann@chem.und.edu.

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Post-doctoral Fellow in Analytical Chemistry. Levitated Drop Microreactor: Towards Highly Parallel Enzyme Kinetics Measurements. In the research group of Prof. Alexander Scheeline, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We seek to develop microliter-volume levitated drops as reactors in which to determine enzyme reaction rates using optical spectroscopy and amperometry. Initial application will be to the kinetics of myeloperoxidase and related species. Reactant transport to and from the drop will be via electro-osmotic flow through capillaries. Ultrasonic levitation will induce fluid circulation within drops, insuring homogeneity. Wall effects will be limited to protein partition to the gas-liquid interface, while gaseous reactant transport to the drop will be facile. Tasks: Design and oversee fabrication of drop levitation assembly; Develop electro-osmotic reactant transport system. Add droplet dispenser for initial drop formation and volume/pH maintenance independent of electro-osmotic transport; Incorporate absorption, fluorescence, and amperometric sensors; Write software to operate the apparatus, record and analyze data; Characterize system operation; Measure reaction rates for myeloperoxidase with substrates and co-factors to clarify the mechanism by which myeloperoxidase generates and reacts with reactive oxygen species. Qualifications: Ph.D. in a physical science, mechanical or electrical engineering; Experience in some aspect of instrument development; Experience in communicating technical information with non-scientists; Comfortable in both individual and team settings; Programming or CAD skills a plus. Duration, Salary: Funding is for one year from Research Corporation. Salary is $30,000 plus benefits. Send to: Prof. Alexander Scheeline, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 600 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, e-mail: scheelin@scs.uiuc.edu.

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HHMI Teaching/Research Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry and Department of Biochemistry, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow with a strong interest in both research and undergraduate education. The position will include both laboratory research in the group of Professor Yi Lu and a unique teaching opportunity in the chemistry department. Potential areas of research within the Lu group include metalloprotein design and engineering, development of metal ion sensors, engineering of novel metalloenzymes for asymmetric transformations, and directed assembly of nanomaterials using protein and/or DNA. In addition to research, the fellow will serve as a co-instructor of an innovative course called “The chemistry and biology of everyday life”. This is a special teaching opportunity, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The course is intended for freshman to senior science majors with the main goal of capturing and increasing student interest in science and research. Successful candidates should have established records in both research and teaching, excellent oral and written communication skills, and a strong desire to capture and foster undergraduate student interest in science, particularly chemistry, biology, and biochemistry. Experience in website design and teaching assessment is a plus. Please send a cover letter and current CV (including contact information for reference letter writers) to: Dr. Brandy Russell, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 600 S Mathews Ave, CLSL A323, MC-712, Box 22-6, Urbana, IL 61801.

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