Chemistry Newsletter - 06/04/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 22 June 4th, 2001

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Congratulations to Paul Schatz

Congratulations to Paul Schatz on writing a successful proposal to both the National Science Foundation and to the UW Instructional Laboratory Modernization Program. The purchase order for a 300 MHZ Varian NMR Spectrometer equipped with an automatic sample changer and went out today. The NMR will enhance the undergraduate lab experience for hundreds of organic chemistry students each semester! The success of the proposal depended heavily on Paul's recognition as a national leader in introducing NMR spectroscopy into the undergraduate organic chemistry curriculum and on the innovative set of problem solving experiments that he proposed to take full advantage of the NMR. Congratulations Paul!!

Paul is retiring as the Director of the Organic Laboratories at the end of June. His innovation and leadership have established UW Madison as a leader in the development of modern organic laboratory instruction. Paul received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996. We thank Paul for his contributions to UW-Madison and wish him well.

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Some Sad News

Emeritus professor Edwin M. Larsen died Monday, May 28, at the age of 85. Contributions may be made to the Edwin M. and Kathryn M. Larsen Scholarship Fund, c/o the University of Wisconsin Foundation; and/or The Friends of Hoyt Park, Inc., 3958 Plymouth Circle, Madison, WI 53705.

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More Sad News

Jake Urben, our long-time custodian here in Chemistry, died on Monday, May 21, 2001, at a Madison, Wisconsin, nursing home after a short illness. He was born April 8, 1931, in Belleville. He was employed by the UW Chemistry Department for 25 years.

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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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*****CANCELLED***** 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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Nelsen SF; Li GQ; Konradsson A.

Twist-dependent electronic coupling in an organic intervalence radical cation.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2001, Vol 3, Iss 10, pp 1583-1586.

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Cao XP; Coulter SK; Ellison MD; Liu HB; Liu JM; Hamers RJ.

Bonding of nitrogen-containing organic molecules to the silicon(001) surface: The role of aromaticity.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 2001, Vol 105, Iss 18, pp 3759-3768.

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Behr P; Morris JR; Antman MD; Ringeisen BR; Splan JR; Nathanson GM.

Reaction and desorption of HCl and HBr following collisions with supercooled sulfuric acid.

GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS 2001, Vol 28, Iss 10, pp 1961-1964.

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Besemann DM; Condon NJ; Murdoch KM; Zhao W; Meyer KA; Wright JC.

Interference, dephasing, and vibrational coupling effects between coherence pathways in doubly vibrationally enhanced nonlinear spectroscopies.

CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2001, Vol 266, Iss 2-3, pp 177-195.

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Everitt KF; Skinner JL.

Molecular theory of three-pulse photon echoes for solutes in non-polar fluids.

CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2001, Vol 266, Iss 2-3, pp 197-204.

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Kanai T; Ishibashi H; Hayashi Y; Oka K; Dohmaru T; Ogawa T; Furukawa S; West R.

Anomalous thermochromic transition of poly(di-n-octylsilane).

JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART B-POLYMER PHYSICS 2001, Vol 39, Iss 11, pp 1085-1092.

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Srinivas G; Yethiraj A; Bagchi B.

Nonexponentiality of time dependent survival probability and the fractional viscosity dependence of the rate in diffusion controlled reactions in a polymer chain.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2001, Vol 114, Iss 20, pp 9170-9178.

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Hirsch J; George SD; Solomon EI; Hedman B; Hodgson KO; Burstyn JN.

Raman and extended X-ray absorption fine structure characterization of a sulfur-ligated Cu(I) ethylene complex: Modeling the proposed ethylene binding site of Arabidopsis thaliana ETR1.

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2001, Vol 40, Iss 10, pp 2439- +.

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Copyright © 2001 Institute for Scientific Information

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Sacnas - Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

2001 National Conference Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center

Phoenix, Arizona - September 17 - 30.

Sacnas is an advocate for minority students and professionals to obtain advanced degrees and to become national leaders in science research, policy and education. The Sacnas National Conference provides a forum for students, faculty and professionals in science and education to share research, address the unique accomplishments and challenges of minorities in science, form networks of mentors and colleagues, and gain access to educational and career opportunities. Complete agenda, times and details on this conference can be picked up in Room 1148 Chemistry.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of the University of California, San Diego has openings for a non-tenure track lecturer. This position may be of interest to: sabbatical visitors; recent Ph.D. recipients who seek a "teaching postdoc"; or outstanding teachers who seek temporary or part-time opportunities. Position involves teaching general chemistry lab (full-time) or general chemistry lecture (part-time). All candidates must have a Ph.D. degree. Appointments may be from one quarter up to one year with the possibility of extension, and may commence as early as September 2001. For those with part time appointments, research collaboration with departmental faculty is possible but must be arranged by the candidates separately from the teaching appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the University of California pay scale. Candidates should send a curriculum vitae and names and addresses of three references to: Chair, Lecturer Search Committee 3-865L, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0332, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0332. Prompt response is recommended. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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The C.P. Hall Company is a progressive, Materials Science based company which serves both the Personal Care and the Polymer Industries. We are looking for a scientist who is equally at home in organic synthesis and in analysis to develop new/improved organics to enhance the performance of our customers' products. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Organic Chemistry with a strong working knowledge of analytical techniques such as NMR, GC/MS and HPLC. Industrial experience in product development would be a plus. Excellent communications skills are absolutely essential to be effective in our team-oriented R&D environment, as well as at the interface with our customers. U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status is required. This position, located at our suburban Chicago laboratory, offers a competitive salary and benefits package, along with the opportunity to make an impact in the supportive atmosphere of a small, privately held company. To learn more about us, visit our web site at http://www.cphall.com. Interested candidates should e-mail resumes to gwentwor@cphall.com. The C.P. Hall Company, Gary Wentworth, Ph.D., Vice President, R & D, Address: 5851 W. 73rd St., P.O. Box 910, Bedford Park, IL 60499.

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State University of New York. Instructor, Academic Year, tenure-track position; Chemistry Faculty. The Instructor will be expected to: 1) design and implement laboratory experiments and exercises for the General Chemistry Laboratory courses FCH 151 and FCH 153; 2) evaluate the educational effectiveness of the laboratory course, revising and updating any aspects of the curriculum that assessment indicates could and should be improved; 3) determine the content and coordination of pre-lab lectures, placing particular emphasis on instruction for the safe handling procedures associated with chemical materials; 4) coordinate the peer tutors, provide an instructional philosophy training session for the tutors each semester, establish the workshop sections and assignments, maintain the payroll records for the workshops, and work with the lecture faculty to develop and revise workshop content materials; 5) other similar duties as designated by the Faculty Chair. The minimum requirement is an MS in Chemistry. Chemistry teaching experience is preferred. Available August 1, 2001. Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2001, or until the position is filled. Interviews will begin immediately after this date. Send a letter of application, a one-page statement of college chemistry teaching philosophy, and curriculum vitae to search chair below. Have three (3) letters of support from professional references sent directly to: Search Chair, Dr. D. L. Johnson, Professor of Chemistry SUNY ESF, 121 Jahn Lab, One Forestry Drive Syracuse, NY 13210-2726 e-mail: slwilbur@esf.edu. Visit the Chemistry Faculty website at http://www.esf.edu/chemistry or visit SUNY-ESF on the web at http://www.esf.edu.

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California Institute of Technology is beginning their search for the second round of Beckman Senior Research Fellows at Caltech. This program is intended to be comparable to the Harvard Junior Fellowships and Berkeley Miller Fellowships: candidates are expected to be at the same level of excellence, capable of independent work, and competitive for the most prestigious academic and other positions on completion of their fellowship. We expect that the most outstanding candidates for these positions will come from the top departments of chemistry and life sciences. Beckman Senior Research Fellows will be selected in part on the basis of a novel and independent research proposal. The field of research is open, but should be relevant to the mission of the Beckman Institute: to invent methods, instrumentation and materials that will open new avenues for fundamental research in the chemical and biological sciences. The annual salary for this position is $50K including a full benefits package. In addition, a research fund of $40K per year for supplies, equipment, travel, and other appropriate expenses will be provided. Each Fellow will be affiliated with a faculty mentor/sponsor, who will provide laboratory space. Appointments will be for a term of up to three years. It is expected that two appointments will be made each year. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. by the time their appointment begins, and may have no more than three years of postdoctoral experience. The recipients of the next fellowships will be announced in early 2002, to begin in summer or fall 2002. Applications must be received no later than September 30, 2001. Further details concerning the position, including the application procedure, may be found at the website: http://www.its.caltech.edu/-bi/fellows.

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Jane Meyers, a recruiter with Dorothy Farnath & Associates has a career opportunity for an Application Scientist with a leading provider of discovery research software. It is an excellent opportunity for an individual with a Phd or Post-Doctoral Degree in chemistry or related field with experience in computation chemistry/molecular modeling. Please contact: Jane Meyers, Dorothy A. Farnath & Associates, web site: http://www.farnath.com, phone: 856-810-2200, Fax: 856-810-2140 fax, e-mail: jmeyers@farnath.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Organic or Biochemistry (1 position). The Department of Chemistry and Geology at Minnesota State University, Mankato has an immediate opening for a fixed term faculty position. The responsibilities include: 1. Teach undergraduate chemistry courses. Courses include general education, chemistry of life processes, organic and upper level organic chemistry. 2. Develop curriculum for courses taught. 3. Participate in departmental committees and activities, and in the advising of students of culturally diverse origins. Qualifications include: 1. PhD, ABD or masters in organic, biochemistry or closely related field. 2. Demonstrated ability to teach effectively. 3. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively. 4. Commitment to the education of students of culturally diverse origins. 5. Able to accept employment in the United States on August 20, 2001.

Analytical (2 positions). The Department of Chemistry and Geology at Minnesota State University, Mankato has immediate openings for two fixed term faculty positions in analytical chemistry. The responsibilities for the positions include: 1. Teach undergraduate and graduate chemistry courses. Primary duties include teaching analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis. Other duties may include the teaching of general education or general chemistry courses. 2. Develop curriculum for analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis courses. 3. Participate in departmental committees and activities, and in the advising of students of culturally diverse origins. Qualifications include: 1. PhD, ABD or masters in analytical chemistry or closely related field. 2. Demonstrated ability to teach effectively. 3. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively. 4. Commitment to the education of students of culturally diverse origins. 5. Able to accept employment in the United States on August 20, 2001. To apply for either of these positions please send a letter of application; curriculum vitae, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three references; and a brief statement of teaching philosophy to: Jeffrey R. Pribyl, Chair, Fixed Term Search, Dept. of Chemistry and Geology, 242 Trafton, Science North, Mankato, MN 56001.

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The Chemistry Department, The University of Tennessee invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of Polymer Chemistry with a preference for candidates specializing in the synthesis of polymeric materials. Preference will be given to the Assistant Professor level but exceptional candidates at more senior levels will be considered. The appointment can begin in January 2002 or August 2002. Candidates who can contribute to one or more of the areas covered by the recently announced Research Centers of Excellence at the University of Tennessee (Advanced Materials, Environmental Biotechnology, and Structural Biology) are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate the background, motivation, and ability to develop a vigorous, well thought out, and competitive research program, and to be committed to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph. D. is required and post-doctoral experience is desired. Collaborative opportunities exist with researchers at the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory (managed by UT-Battelle, LLC). Interested individuals should send an application letter, a detailed vita, and a description of proposed research, and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent separately to Chair of the Search Committee, ATTN: Ms Jan McGuire, Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-1600. Applicants may benefit from consulting our web page http://www.chem.utk.edu in developing their application. Review of Applications will begin on June 15 and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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A postdoctoral position is available in Abbott Laboratories Hospital Products Division for research directed toward the development of new drug therapies for the treatment of chronic renal failure. The qualified candidate must have a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry, or in medicinal chemistry with a strong background in chemical synthesis. Good knowledge of biochemistry and enzyme kinetics as well as laboratory analytical methods, particularly HPLC, and UV-vis spectroscopy, would be advantageous, although not required. Good oral and written communication skills are essential as well as the ability to work as part of a team. Send CV or resume with references to: Dr. Christopher Bieniarz, Abbott Laboratories, Dept. 99X, Bldg. AP4, 100 Abbott Park Road, Abbott Park, IL 60064-3500.

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The UW-Madison McNair Scholars Program is a federally-funded program to prepare low-income and first-generation college students or students from groups under-represented in graduate education for doctoral studies. The Graduate School will have a 100 percent time administrative postdoctoral appointment available for the period August 1, 2001, to September 30, 2002. The skills required include computer literacy, interpersonal skills necessary to work with diverse campus clientele, ability to organize programs, analyze data and prepare reports. Experience and course work in sciences, engineering, mathematics, higher education, statistics, or business are desirable. Position: Coordinator, Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. Degree and Area of Specialization: Recently graduated Ph.D. or summer 2001 defense date. Social sciences background preferred. Computer literacy and experience analyzing data and preparing reports are required; experience with federally-funded projects desirable; good interpersonal skills and experience working with diverse campus clientele and academic staff; experience or knowledge of graduate in the biological/physical sciences, psychology, engineering, business, education, or sociology are desirable; ability to advise/tutor undergraduates in general course work; ability and/or experience in planning and implementing academic support programs; sensitivity to the educational needs of low-income, first-generation, and minority college students. Principal duties are: coordinate the UW-Madison McNair Scholars Program; prepare program performance and annual reports to the Department of Education; supervise and assign responsibilities to 4 Program Counselors (graduate assistants); coordinate recruitment, selection, and retention of 25 Juniors and Seniors during the academic year program; coordinate the selection and placement of 25 McNair Scholars in summer research programs at UW-Madison; design and organize the academic year and summer series of seminars and workshops, selecting panelists and speakers; design, publish, and update official University of Wisconsin-Madison McNair Scholars Program publications, including editor of web site; maintain accurate records and reports on all McNair Scholars; organize and accompany students attending graduate fairs and scholarly conferences; writing on topics related to the McNair Program for publication in national publications such as "Equality" published by the Council for Opportunity in Education and conference presentations; perform other duties as assigned by the McNair Program Director. Interested applicants must submit a letter of application, professional resume, and three references to: Julie Karpelenia, Room 307 Bascom Hall, no later than Friday, June 15, 2001. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have questions, please contact: Ms. Karpelenia at (608) 262-8389.

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Professor Robert J. Levis, of Wayne State University invites applications for two postdoctoral positions to investigate optimal control of chemical reactivity using shaped, strong field laser pulses. This work is part of a collaborative effort with the theoretical group of Herschel Rabitz at Princeton University to develop closed-loop, strong field control schemes. The work will involve probing the mechanisms of strong field chemistry (molecules in laser fields exceeding 10^13 W cm^-2) and developing strong field quantum control schemes for the detection of complex polyatomic molecules (see Science 292, 709, 2001). In this work, the techniques of photoelectron spectroscopy and ion spectroscopy are combined with regeneratively amplified Ti:sapphire ulses, shaped using spatial light modulation, to produce the control experiment. Closed-loop control of selective bond cleavage and rearrangement processes is an exciting new field for chemical physics and interested students are invited to contact Professor Levis for more information at: Professor Robert J. Levis, Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202, Phone: (313) 577-2597, e-mail: rjl@chem.wayne.edu, web: http://chem.wayne.edu/~levislab. A complete description of the research, laboratory and facilities can be found on our web page: http://www.chem.wayne.edu/~levislab.

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The Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University invites applications for the position of postdoctoral research associate to work on a joint project, directed by Professors Dan Higgins and Maryanne M. Collinson. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related filed is required, and previous experience in molecular spectroscopy and/or confocal fluorescence imaging and spectroscopy is needed. The postdoctoral fellow will utilize single molecule optical imaging and spectroscopic methods to characterize the molecular scale properties of silicate thin films prepared by the sol-gel process. Details of the group's activities as well as recent publications can be found at http://www.ksu.edu/chem/personnel/faculty/grad/. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year and will likely be renewable for a second year depending on mutual agreement and funding. The salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and at least two letters of recommendation to: Professor Dan Higgins, Department of Chemistry, 111 Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-3701 or via email at higgins@ksu.edu or mmc@ksu.edu. Application review will begin June 15 and continue until the position is filled.

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The Chemistry Department of the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University invites applications for the position of laboratory coordinator. The appointment will involve a ten month contract and will begin in August, 2001. A master's degree in chemistry or a closely related field is required, as is a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Responsibilities will include teaching sections of introductory chemistry laboratories, developing new experiments, selecting and training TA's, and other aspects of coordinating multi-section laboratories. Experience with minor instrument repair and laboratory safety programs is a plus. The chemistry department is ACS accredited and has 12 faculty members supported by two staff persons. More information about the colleges and the department is available at http://www.csbsiu.edu. All applicants must submit a letter of application, a statement of their philosophy of laboratory teaching and learning, curriculum vitae, copies of all transcripts, and three recent letters of recommendation to: College of Saint Benedict, Human Resources, 37 South College Avenue, St. Joseph, MN 56374-2099. Evaluation of applicants will begin on June 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu or 262-0293. Thank You.

DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE IN ROOM 1148.

NEXT NEWSLETTER IS ON JUNE 18th, 2001.