Chemistry Newsletter - 06/06/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 20 June 6th, 2005

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Thomas Brunold Wins Mad City Marathon

Congratulations to Thomas Brunold for winning the Madison Marathon! That same dedication, discipline, training, and hard work also make him a great scientist. Thomas's winning time for the race was 2 hours, 31 minutes, 17 seconds. Thomas trimmed 4 minutes off his finish last year and 9 minutes from his 2003 finish. Thomas has placed second in this race for the last two years. Thomas: YOU ARE THE MAN!

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Professor Bassam Shakhashiri Named Wisconsin Academy Fellow

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters has announced its 2005 selection of Wisconsin Academy Fellows, a formal recognition conferred upon men and women of extraordinary lifetime accomplishment in the sciences, arts and letters. The new Fellows include chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri. Fellows are so named for their qualities of judgment, perceptiveness, and knowledge of how literature, art, and science contribute to the cultural life and welfare of the state. They also have a career marked by an unusually high order of discovery; technological accomplishments; creative productivity in literature, poetry, or the fine or practical arts; historical analysis; legal or judicial interpretation; or philosophical thinking. Congratulations Bassam!

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Grant Geske Wins Predoctoral Fellowship Award from ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry

Grant Geske, a grad student in Helen Blackwell's group, has won a Predoctoral Fellowship Award from the ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry. This prestigious award, of which there were only seven given nationally, will support Grant and his research for one year. Congratulations Grant!

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Departmental Committee Chairs

The Finance Committee is composed of the Department Chair, the Associate Chair, the Executive Director (Matt Sanders), the Academic Department Manager (Carolyn Williams), and the Division Chairs.

Hans Reich has again agreed to serve as Associate Chair for this next academic year.

The following faculty members were elected Division Chair for next year:

Analytical Science Division - Bob Hamers.

General Chemistry Division - John Moore.

Inorganic Chemistry Division - Judith Burstyn.

Organic Chemistry Division - Sam Gellman.

Physical Chemistry Division - Ned Sibert.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

TBA

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

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SEMINARS

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Thursday, June 30th, 2005 - Special Physical Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrew Orr-Ewing, University of Bristol, UK.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/spring2005.html.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Konig PH. Hoffmann M. Frauenheim T. Cui Q.

A critical evaluation of different QM/MM frontier treatments with SCC-DFTB as the QM method [Review].

Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 109(18):9082-9095, 2005 May 12.

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Schwartz DC. Waclawik AJ. Ringwala SN. Robbins J.

Clinical utility of videofluorography with concomitant Tensilon administration in the diagnosis of bulbar myasthenia gravis.

Digestive Diseases & Sciences. 50(5):858-861, 2005 May.

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Lawrence CP. Skinner JL.

Quantum corrections in vibrational and electronic condensed phase spectroscopy: Line shapes and echoes.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 102(19):6720-6725, 2005 May 10.

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Sheps L. Crowther AC. Elles CG. Crim FF.

Recombination dynamics and hydrogen abstraction reactions of chlorine radicals in solution.

Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 109(19):4296-4302, 2005 May 19.

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Schenker R. Mock MT. Kleber-Emmons MT. Riordan CG. Brunold TC.

Spectroscopic and computational studies on [Ni(tmc)CH3]OTf: Implications for Ni-methyl bonding in the A cluster of acetyl-CoA synthase.

Inorganic Chemistry. 44(10):3605-3617, 2005 May 16.

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Levitsky K. Boersma MD. Ciolli CJ. Belshaw PJ.

Exo-mechanism proximity-accelerated alkylations: Investigations of linkers, electrophiles and surface mutations in engineered cyclophilin-cyclosporin systems.

Chembiochem. 6(5):890-899, 2005 May.

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Eldred SE. Pancost MR. Otte KM. Rozema D. Stahl SS. Gellman SH.

Effects of side chain configuration and backbone spacing on the gene delivery properties of lysine-derived cationic polymers.

Bioconjugate Chemistry. 16(3):694-699, 2005 May-Jun.

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Copyright © 2005 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Claflin Universities Department of Chemistry is accepting applications to fill an Instructor/Lab. Manager position. The successful candidate will hold a M.S. degree in the sciences and will join a department committed to providing quality instruction and research opportunities to undergraduate students. The selected candidate will manage the following: chemistry laboratories, maintain instrumentation, chemical inventory and chemical stockroom. The candidate will also teach Physical Science Laboratories, serve on committees, and other responsibilities deemed necessary to fulfill the mission of the department and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Complete applications will include: a letter of application; a full curriculum vitae; a brief statement of teaching philosophy; and the names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three references. Please send to: Dr. Angela Peters, Chair Chemistry Department, e-mail: angela.peters@claflin.edu, Claflin University, 400 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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Director of the MIT Department of Chemistry Instrumentation Facility (DCIF): The facility currently houses NMR, Mass Spec., EPR, and peripheral instrumentation used routinely by faculty and students in the Chemistry Department. The DCIF currently employs three staff members who are involved in providing mass spectra as a service, instrument maintenance and repair, teaching, and computer maintenance. The Director will assume supervisory responsibility for (i) the laboratory staff; (ii) instrument acquisition, including proposal preparation, repair, and maintenance; (iii) teaching and training of student operators; (iv) the implementation of current instrumental research techniques in response to faculty needs; and (v) the operating budget and staff development for the lab. Application deadline is June 7, 2005. Salary range for this position is $75-85K. Applications received by June 7, 2005 will be given first consideration. Required skills: Experience in modern multidimensional NMR spectroscopy, with a PhD in Chemistry desired. Strong computer administration skills also desired. Ability to interact with students and faculty with diverse needs and interests - as well as keen sense of priorities - needed. Inquires should be directed to: Dr. Richard J. Wilk, Administrative Officer II, Department of Chemistry, e-mail: rjwilk@mit.edu, 18-390, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139.

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Brianne Bangma, Research Consultant, Empyrean Management Group, has several new positions that she is currently looking to fill in the following areas: Analytical Chemistry; Associate Scientist to Group Leader - Small molecule and Solid dosage; Pilot Plant Technician; Pilot Plant Supervisor; Pilot Plant Manager; Tech Writer. These positions are all located in New Jersey with a major pharmaceutical company and need to be filled ASAP. If you are interested in any of these positions please contact me at: Brianne Bangma, Research Consultant, Empyrean Management Group, bbangma@empyrean-group.com , Office: 610-275-4400, Toll Free: 1-866-773-9900.

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Crystallography Specialist. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Maintain the Center for Materials Research and Analysis Crystallography Central Facility. Determine crystal structures. Assist research faculty and students in performing molecular mechanics calculations. Maintain and repair the instrumentation in the Facility. Master's in a related field plus two years experience in x-ray crystallography, structural analysis and computational analysis of molecular structure required. PhD in a related field preferred. Thorough knowledge of x-ray diffraction techniques and ability to troubleshoot x-ray crystallography instruments required. Experience distinguishing between poor and high quality crystalline samples desirable. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Review of resumes will begin June 15. Apply at: http://employment.unl.edu .

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Fixed term appointment). Winona Campus. Primary duties include teaching undergraduate lecture and/or laboratory courses in chemistry for chemistry majors and science majors outside of chemistry as well as general education courses for liberal arts students; 12 credits per semester (lecture and laboratory) is the usual load. A successful candidate would have a Ph.D. in a chemistry discipline or closely related area and exhibit a strong commitment to engaging and motivating all students within a liberal arts tradition. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrable excellence in teaching and whose research can meaningfully include undergraduates. Competitive, entry level. Review Process Begins: 05/25/05. Starting Date: 08/20/05. Contact Information: Chemistry Search, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, 700 Terrace Heights #14, Winona, MN 55987. Contact email: kmccormi@smumn.edu. Materials to be submitted: Cover letter, a statement of teaching philosophy (with particular reference to teaching within the liberal arts tradition), curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Type of Position: Full-Time. Contract Length: 09 Months. Benefits: Full. Department Webpage: http://www2.smumn.edu/deptpages/~chemistry/.

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Assistant Professor Physical Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at La Salle University is seeking to fill a full time, possibly tenure track, position at the assistant professor level beginning Fall 2005. The applicant must able to teach Physical Chemistry and preference will be given to those who have a Ph.D. in chemistry. Other teaching responsibilities might include General Chemistry or Instrumental /Analytical Chemistry. The successful applicant must also possess an interest in teaching and research at the undergraduate level in an ACS approved program. Send application including CV, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statements of research nterests and teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to: Dr. David Cichowicz, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, La Salle University, 1900 West Olney Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199, e-mail: chemdept@lasalle.edu. Applicant screening will begin June 1, 2005, and continue until the position is filled.

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One-year Temporary Lecturer Position in Organic Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire invites applications for a one-year temporary lecturer position in Organic Chemistry to begin August 2005. The successful candidate must be committed to high quality education. Interested candidates should send a letter describing their pedagogic knowledge and skills, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Christopher F. Bauer, Chair, Department of Chemistry, UNH, Durham, NH 03824. (603) 862-1550 (FAX 4278) (e-mail: chris.bauer@unh.edu). Review of the applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Professor Gary R. Weisman Email: gary.weisman@unh.edu. Department of Chemistry Phone: 603-862-2304 University of New Hampshire Fax: 603-862-4278 Durham, NH 03824-3598 UNH Chem Dept home page: U.S.A. http://www.unh.edu/chemistry/grw.html.

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Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. Nine-month temporary faculty position in the Department of Chemistry. Teaching lecture and laboratory courses in general chemistry and/or biochemistry. Ph.D. in chemistry or biochemistry and teaching experience preferred; MS degree in chemistry or biochemistry and evidence of commitment to teaching excellence required. Starting Date: August 17, 2005. Closing Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Submit letter of application; curriculum vitae; transcripts (undergraduate and graduate; unofficial acceptable); and names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three references to: Dr. Douglas G. Klarup, Department of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920 (phone [217] 581-3322). Electronic submissions (cfdgk@eiu.edu ) are acceptable.

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Physical Chemistry, The Department of Chemistry at the University of New Mexico, web site: http://chemistry.urnn.edu , invites applications or nominations for a tenure-track faculty position in Physical Chemistry at the assistant, associate, or full professor level. This position is subject to approval of funding and expected to begin in either August 2005 or January 2006. Minimal requirements include a PhD in Chemistry or related areas with a specialty in Physical Chemistry. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. The successful candidate must commit to excellence in teaching and is expected to develop a nationally recognized and externally funded research program. Any candidate with a research interest related to the Physical Chemistry / Chemical Physics of nano-materials or Biophysical Chemistry / Biophysics on the nanometer scale is highly encouraged to apply. Ample opportunity exists for collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. A complete application includes: a letter of intent, a current CV, a short statement on research interests and research plans, a statement of teaching experience and interests, and three letters of recommendation. A completed application packet should be sent to: Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. Review of completed applications will begin June 1, 2005 and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position Available. University of California, Davis. Seeking candidate with NMR experience to conduct research on flavor chemistry and molecular interactions. Requires PhD in Chemistry, Agricultural Chemistry, Food Science or related field. Send CV, list of 3 references, and list of publications to: Dr. Susan E. Ebeler, Dept. of Viticulture and Enology, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, 530-752-0696 (phone), seebeler@ucdavis.edu.

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Professor Chuck Winter of Wayne State University has an immediate postdoctoral opening in his group. The position requires a strong background in synthetic inorganic and/or organometallic chemistry, along with an excellent command of experimental and spectroscopic techniques. Experience with molecular orbital calculations is helpful, but not required. Research will be focused on the synthesis and characterization of main group and transition metal complexes containing nitrogen-rich heterocyclic ligands. This work is supported by the Office of Naval Research. A preliminary communication on this project has appeared: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2003, 42, 2761-2764. The ideal candidate will combine high motivation, independence, and excellent leadership ability with a strong record of achievement as a graduate student. The appointment will be for one year, subject to satisfactory performance, and is renewable for a second year by mutual consent. The position is available immediately. The Chemistry Department at Wayne State University has excellent instrumentation to support our research efforts, including a new Bruker X-ray diffractometer and excellent NMR facilities. His group is currently comprised of 10 Ph.D. students, one postdoctoral fellow, and two undergraduates. We have a large spacious laboratory, and will move into a renovated laboratory in the near future. Please pass this information on to any qualified candidates in your group or department. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae to me and should arrange to have three reference letters sent to me on their behalf. I can be contacted for further information. Send to: Charles H. Winter, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University, 5101 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202, Phone (313) 577-5224, Fax (313) 577-8289, E-mail: chw@chem.wayne.edu, web: http://www.chem.wayne.edu/.

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Post-Doctoral Position. University of Utah, Department of Bioengineering. We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow for a two year appointment beginning in Winter/Spring 2005. This position is in a dynamic, interdisciplinary research group whose target is development of enzyme triggered drug delivery vehicles designed for the prevention of HIV infection in women. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry or related discipline. A strong background in synthetic chemistry is required. Interest or background in polymer science is also desirable. Independence, creativity and good communication skills are essential. To apply send as one file (pdf or doc) a cover letter, CV and names of 3 references to: Phone: 801-587-3681, e-mail: patrickkiser@uofu.net.

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