Chemistry Newsletter - 06/19/2000

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXXV No. 23 June 19th, 2000

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Congratulations to Professor Art Ellis

It gives the College of Engineering of the University of Wisconsin-Madison great pleasure to inform Art Ellis that he has been chosen by the Selection committee as one of three recipients of the 2000 Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineers. Art Ellis's exceptional contributions in the educational process of the students in the College of Engineering were noted by the Selection Committee. The letter of nomination on your behalf states that you are a remarkable teacher and scholar, a role model who inspires not only students but also colleagues to excel in teaching and to continually search for new and better ways to teach. It also notes that a particular strength of your research and teaching innovations has been to bridge the Materials Science/Engineering/Chemistry disciplines. It further states, "Almost solely due to Art's pioneering efforts, students in engineering -- not only at Wisconsin, but across the world -- now see rich examples and demonstrations of the chemical principles underlying light emitting diodes, memory metals, superconductivity, and other engineering-oriented technologies." Several faculty expressed strong support for your nomination and noted your ongoing initiatives and national recognition in chemical education. The award consists of a bronze medallion and an appropriate financial reward that will be presented to you at the Engineers' Day dinner, which will be held on Friday, October 20, 2000 at 6:30 p.m., at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. On behalf of the faculty and students in the College of Engineering, I wish to express our thanks for your outstanding contributions to teaching and to congratulate you on this award. Congratulations Art!!

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Hello to Dr. Ilia Guzei

Dr. Ilia Guzei will join us as New Director of X-ray Crystallography beginning in August 2000. Dr. Guzei is now Director of X-ray Crystallography at Iowa State. He will replace Dr. Doug Powell who is moving to University of Kansas.

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SEMINARS

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None Available for this Newsletter

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Recent Publications

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Messmore JM; Holmgren SK; Grilley JE; Raines RT.

Sulfur shuffle: Modulating enzymatic activity by thiol-disulfide interchange.

BIOCONJUGATE CHEMISTRY 2000, Vol 11, Iss 3, pp 408-413.

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Taunton AE; Welch SA; Banfield JF.

Geomicrobiological controls on light rare earth element, Y and Ba distributions during granite weathering and soil formation.

JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS 2000, Vol 303, pp 30-36.

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Chandrasekhar V; Nagendran S; Bansal S; Kozee MA; Powell DR.

An iron wheel on a tin drum: A novel assembly of a hexaferrocene unit on a tin oxygen cluster.

ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 2000, Vol 39, Iss 10, pp 1833-+.

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Gordon EJ; Gestwicki JE; Strong LE; Kiessling LL.

Synthesis of end-labeled multivalent ligands for exploring cell-surface-receptor-ligand interactions.

CHEMISTRY & BIOLOGY 2000, Vol 7, Iss 1, pp 9-16.

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Krueger CG; Dopke NC; Treichel PM; Folts J; Reed JD.

Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry of polygalloyl polyflavan-3-ols in grape seed extract.

JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD CHEMISTRY 2000, Vol 48, Iss 5, pp 1663-1667.

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American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

Research Funds Available from the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant to the University of Wisconsin. Applications received by August 14, 2000 will be considered at a meeting to be held shortly thereafter. Applications submitted subsequently will be considered only if the funds are still available for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2001. Who may apply: Assistant Professors with promising research ideas in the general area of cancer research who currently do not have a nationally competitive research grant. New faculty members are especially encouraged to apply. For additional eligibility requirements, general guidelines, procedure to follow in applying and a copy of the format for application please stop by Chemistry Duplicating, Room 1380 Chemistry Building.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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University of New Hampshire. The Department of Chemistry has a vacancy for a temporary faculty member beginning August 2000. A Ph.D. in Chemistry is required. The faculty member will have a strong commitment to undergraduate education, and will be involved with teaching freshman lecture and lab courses. In addition, there are opportunities for collaboration with department research groups. Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Howard R. Mayne, Department of Chemistry, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, phone: 603-862-1550, e-mail: howard.mayne@unh.edu . Screening will commence July 1, 2000, and will continue until a suitable candidate has been found. Information on the department can be found at http://www.unh.edu/chemistry .

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University of Wisconsin-Madison. Assistant Director - Biotechnology Center. Degree and area of specialization: B.A. or B.S. in the biological sciences or a related field; Master's degree in same area preferred. Minimum of 4 years of substantial involvement in research or sponsored programs administration. At least 4 years management/supervisory experience required, preferably in a research department setting. Grantsmanship experience necessary. Budget experience required. Knowledge of University administrative policies and procedures a plus. Excellent communication and organizational skills a must. The UW-Madison Biotechnology Center (UWBC), multi disciplinary in scope, provides high tech services for UW and private industry researchers and develops public education programs. UWBC's extensive funding portfolio totals more than $8 million from state, federal, and private funding sources. The Center employs a staff of approximately one hundred persons. The UWBC has three major functions: 1) provides researchers essentail core facilities using equipment and technologies that are too expensive or sophisticated for individual laboratories to purchase and maintain; 2) provides outreach education programs regarding complex scientific, ethical, and legal issues as they relate to biotechnology and genomic research; and 3) promote recruitment and retention of faculty and other researchers in the area of biotechnology and genomics, spanning diverse fields, such as biology, chemistry, physics, and math. This position will report to Dr. Michael Sussman, the director of the UWBC, and provide support to the scientific endeavors of the Biotechnology Center and its scientific staff. The position will be the bridge between the various UWBC units, colleges, and faculty and other researchers campus wide. This position will also oversee the day-to-day operations at the Center. Actively participate in strategic planning initiatives and policy development for the UWBC to achieve its three major functions. Direct day-to-day management and implementation of policy. Help organize and participate in program and planning activities (50%). Responsible for the administrative, financial, and personnel management of the UWBC (25%). Plan, direct, coordinate, control, monitor, and evaluate the administrative and financial operations and activities; Oversee financial management of approximately $8 million in state, federal, and private funding annually; Provide leadership and operational expertise for the design, integration, and maintenance of cost accounting systems for core facilities and fiscal management of grants and contracts; Plan and supervise the annual state budget building process; Responsible for human resources development and management for a combined total of approximately one hundred faculty & staff; Oversee and direct the physical plant operations of the Biotechnology building; Serve as chief administrative and financial advisor to the director, faculty, and staff; Ensure that they are appraised of and fully utilize potential funding resources and research collaboration opportunities; Drawing on knowledge of research and sponsored administration, assess and appraise faculty and other researchers of potential conflicts of interest in acceptance of funding and innovative collaborative research projects; Oversee extramural pre-award activities (20%). Analyze, develop, and oversee the implementation of revenue enhancing strategies and initiatives, and the exploration and development of new department funding sources such as fund raising (5%). Limited Appointees. Department(s): GRAD / BIOTECHNOLGY CTR., Minimum Salary: $51,124 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications. This is a renewable appointment. Appointment percent: 100%. Send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing # 37258 to: Dr. Brian Kay, C/O Jenny Hergenrother, UW Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall, Madison, WI 53706-1580, Phone: 608-265-5478, TTY Phone: N/A, Fax: 608-262-6748, E-mail: hergenrother@biotech.wisc.edu . NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

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Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for a visiting faculty position in Biochemistry during its second and third terms, 2000-01 (beginning November 27, 2000). Teaching duties will include Biochemistry lecture and lab as well as some General Chemistry classes and labs. This position will be upgraded to a full-time tenure-track position beginning 2001-02, and the visiting faculty person could choose to be a candidate for that position. The candidate must have earned or be near to completing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or Molecular Biology, and preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and an appreciation of Augustana College's commitment to the liberal arts. Carrying out research projects with undergraduate students is encouraged but not required. All application materials should be received by August 15, 2000, and sent to: Dr. Richard Jurasek, Dean, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL 61201. The application should include vitae, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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None Available for this Newsletter

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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The Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University is looking to fill a postdoctoral position in our Central Instrument Facility - Materials Characterization Facility. The successful applicants must have experience in XPS-UHV technologies (this can include XPS, UPS, SIMS, Auger). Experience with other materials analysis techniques is also desirable. This position will become a permanent staff position in the department. The position also offers the opportunity to travel to training courses or specialty conferences. The successful applicant must also demonstrate an ability to work with graduate and undergraduate students and faculty and will be required to provide training courses and workshops for students and postdocs. This position will also provide the successful applicants with opportunities to collaborate with an extensive group of materials chemistry and engineering researchers. The application must include a CV, list of publications, 3 letters of reference, and a statement of interest for the position and should be sent to: Dr. Christopher Rithner, Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1872.

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University of Hawaii. Post-doctoral Fellow, beginning in Fall 2000, one-year, renewal pending availability of funding. Studies of nonlinear optical properties of azulene (and related) donor-acceptor molecules and dyes. To be able to design new systems for above studies and carry out the necessary organic synthesis, isolation and characterization. To prepare NLO polymers for spectroscopic measurements and additional testing. Experience in chemical synthesis is necessary. Additional experience with polymers and photochemical techniques is desirable. Submit cv and two letters of recommendation to : Dr. Alfred E. Asato or Professor Robert S. H. Liu, Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822., Tel: 808-956-5720, 5722 FAX: 808-956-5908, e-mail: alfred@gold.chem.hawaii.edu

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University of Hawaii. Post-doctoral Researcher, beginning in Fall 2000, one-year, renewal pending availability of funds. Studies of polyenes in photoisomerization and in visual pigment analogs. Applicant should be able to design new systems for above studies and carry out the necessary organic synthesis, isolation and characterization. In addition, applicants should be able to carry out photochemical and spectroscopic studies (uv/vis, FT-ir, CD and/or solution-protein-solid NMR) of free and protein bound chromophores. Should be experienced in chemical synthesis; additional experience with photochemical techniques is desirable. Minimum monthly salary $2,300. Submit cv and two letters of recommendation to: Professor Robert S. H. Liu, Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822, Tel: 808-956-5723, FAX: 808-956-5908, e-mail: rliu@gold.chem.hawaii.edu

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University of Helsinki, Finland. Two postdoctoral positions funded by the European Community are available in the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry for about two years starting August 2000. The monthly salaries are about 2520 Euro. One of the successful candidates is expected to carry out experimental research in the field of laser spectroscopy, particularly developing new spectroscopic laser methods for molecular overtone state studies. The other position is in the field of theoretical and computational molecular spectroscopy, particularly developing new Hamiltonian models for highly excited vibrational states including large amplitude problems. Experience in electronic structure calculations is also welcome. Under the terms of the EC programme, the young postdoctoral researchers, who are successful applicants for the supported positions, must be aged 35 years or less, and must be nationals of a Community Member State or a State associated with the EC programme (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia). Subject to its final conclusion, an Association Agreement signed with the Swiss Confederation is expected to enter into force on 01.01.2001. The young researchers cannot be nationals of Finland. More information can be obtained from Prof. Lauri Halonen, tel. +1-303-492-8046, fax +1-303-492-5235, e-mail lauri.halonen@helsinki.fi, home page http://fkassistant.pc.helsinki.fi/ . Please send the applications to: Professor Lauri Halonen, JILA, University of Colorado at Boulder, Campus Box 440, Boulder, Colorado 803090440, USA. The closing date is 22nd June 2000.

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R. David Britt, University of California, Davis, Bioinorganic Applications of Advanced EPR Spectroscopies. Several postdoctoral positions are available in my laboratory in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California at Davis. Graduate student research assistantships (Ph.D in Chemistry or Biophysics) are also available. These positions are funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Research topics include: Metal-Nucleic Acid Interactions, Redox-Active Manganese Enzymes, Tyrosine Radicals in Catalysis, and EPR Instrumentation and Techniques: We are currently using a laboratory-built 8-18 GHz pulsed EPR spectrometer for ESEEM, ENDOR, and time-resolved EPR. We are starting a new instrument building phase with the construction of a unique all-solid-state 31 GHz pulsed EPR spectrometer. We are also implementing pulsed parallel polarization EPR spectroscopy designed to characterize ESEEM and ENDOR spectra of integer spin Mn centers. If you are interested in any of these projects, please contact: R. David Britt, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA 95616, e-mail: rdbritt@ucdavis.edu, Tel: (530) 752-6377 Fax: (530) 752-8995.

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Kansas State University. A postdoctoral position is available immediately for studies of ferroelastic and ferroelectric domain switching, crystal growth, crystallography, and molecular recognition phenomena in organic inclusion compounds. The position requires a strong background in SOLID STATE ORGANIC CHEMISTRY; the project will focus on cooperative phenomena and domain switching in ferroelastic and ferroelectric inclusion compounds. The ideal applicant would have extensive experience in the area of solid state organic chemistry. Specific expertise with stress-strain relationships in crystals, crystallography, polarized spectroscopy and microscopy, crystal growth, and synthesis of labeled organic compounds would be extremely beneficial. The successful applicant will be exposed to a wide variety of techniques in the area of solid state chemistry. Duration of the position would be for at least one year, and preferably for two years. Salary will be commensurate with experience and background. Send c.v. and the names of three references to: Prof. Mark D. Hollingsworth, Chemistry Dept., 111 Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506; ph.: 785-532-2727, fax: 785-532-6666, e-mail: mdholl@ksu.edu. The closing date for applications is June 15, but the search will be extended until a suitable applicant is found.

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