Chemistry Newsletter - 06/20/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 21 June 20th, 2005

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Three Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

We are delighted to announce that three chemistry grad students, Katie Alfare (Kiessling group), Matt Christianson (Landis group), and Kathy Vanheuvelen (Brunold group) have received prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, which provide full support for three years. Congratulations All!

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Emily Dykhuizen Wins Predoctoral Fellowship from ACS

Emily Dykhuizen (Kiessling group) has won a Predoctoral Fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry from the ACS. This is one of only seven awarded nationally. Congratulations to Emily!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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

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SEMINARS

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Monday, June 27th, 2005 - Macromolecules Seminar, 2:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Janmey, University of Pennsylvania. “Driving Cell Structure and Function by Extracellular Matrix Rheology: Differential Effects on Astrocytes and Neurons”

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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. “How Does the Structure of a Polyatomic Molecule Affect its Reaction Dynamics?”

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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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Khrustalev VN. Portnyagin IA. Zemlyansky NN. Borisova IV. Ustynyuk YA. Antipin MY. Nechaev MS. West R.

Germanium carboxylates: the first X-ray diffraction study of germanium(II) dicarboxylate and germanium(IV) tetracarboxylate.

Applied Organometallic Chemistry. 19(6):774-777, 2005 Jun.

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Hamers RJ.

Bond breaking at surfaces: Electrons or phonons?

Surface Science. 583(1):1-3, 2005 May 20.

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Fuchs SM. Raines RT.

Polyarginine as a multifunctional fusion tag.

Protein Science. 14(6):1538-1544, 2005 Jun.

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Stich TA. Yamanishi M. Banerjee R. Brunold TC.

Spectroscopic evidence for the formation of a four-coordinate Co2+ cobalamin species upon binding to the human ATP: Cobalamin adenosyltransferase.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(21):7660-7661, 2005 Jun 1.

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Li JW. Oh KH. Yu H.

Surface rearrangements of oxygen plasma treated polystyrene: Surface dynamics and humidity effect.

Chinese Journal of Polymer Science. 23(2):187-196, 2005 Mar.

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Copyright © 2005 Thomson ISI

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AACR Cancer Prevention Research Award Nomination Deadline: July 1, 2005

The AACR invites you to promote the fourth annual AACR-Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research, one of the few major awards devoted to recognizing outstanding achievements in cancer prevention research. This influential Award will be given to a scientist residing in any country in the world for seminal contributions in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiological, or behavioral science investigations in cancer prevention research that have had a major impact on the field and stimulated new directions in this important area. In order to share these important discoveries with the international cancer research community, the winner will present a major lecture during the International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, the premier annual international meeting on cancer prevention research, which will be held October 30-November 2, 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. The nomination consists of a brief online form, a letter of recommendation (no more than 1,000 words), and the nominee's CV. Complete details about the Award and the online nomination process are located on the AACR Website at: http://www.aacr.org/default.aspx?p=3283. The nomination deadline is July 1, 2005. We hope that you will accept this invitation and solicit nominations of scientists from your institution for this honor. By helping us to identify those scientists whose cancer prevention research is truly on the cutting edge of science, you will contribute to the acceleration of progress against cancer, and ensure the continued dynamic growth of the field of cancer prevention research. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sheri Ozard, Senior Program Coordinator, at (215) 440-9300, ext. 114 or via email at ozard@aacr.org.

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Undergrad Research Award for African-American Students

Rohm & Haas and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) are sponsoring an undergrad research award for African-American students. Details can be found at: www.rohmhaas.com/rhnurac/default.htm.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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None For This Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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None For This Newsletter

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral research opportunities in nanotechnology and terahertz spectroscopy. Kansas State University invites application for two postdoctoral research positions in the field of doped semiconductor nanostructures from Fall, 2005. The goal of the research is to develop an understanding of doping process in quantum confined semiconductor nanostructures. In the research a novel spectroscopic technique (ultrafast time-domain and time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy) will be applied to study the mechanism of the doping and the dynamics of the carriers in the doped semiconductor nanostructures. PhD in material science or experimental physical chemistry or related fields. Material Science Position: Experience with synthesis of nanostructured materials and characterization techniques such as TEM, AFM, STM. Candidates from other disciplines with strong academic records are also encouraged to apply. Experimental Physical Chemistry Position: Strong background in one of the following areas: ultrafast laser spectroscopy, tcrahcrtz time-domain spectroscopy, time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy. Candidates from other disciplines with strong academic records are also encouraged to apply. The positions are for one year, and are renewable upon mutual agreement Interested applicants should send their CV including a list of publications, a cover letter indicating the position applied for and outlining the applicant's research interest and at least three professional references to: Prof. Viktor Chikan, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, 111 Willard Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-3701, e-mail: chikan@ksu.edu.The review of applications will begin August 1, 2005 until the position is filled.

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Postdoctoral positions theoretical chemical physics. Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine. One year with a possible extension to a second year Ph.D. required, Annual Salary: Depends Upon Qualifications, Starting at $31,044. Three positions are available in the following areas: (A) Many-body theory of nonlinear response. Developing time-dependent density functional and nonequilibrium Green Function techniques for the electrodynamics of molecular and semiconductor nanostructures, STM currents, and ultrafast coherent optical and x ray nonlinear spectroscopy. (B) Computational Quantum Chemistry. Developing time-dependent density matrix/density functional algorithms and codes for electronic excited states and ultrafast nonlinear spectra of molecular nanostructures and chromophore aggregates. (C) Computational Biophysics. Simulation of multidimensional femtosecond spectroscopic probes of protein folding. Design of novel optical pulse sequences in analogy with NMR; Single-molecule spectroscopy. To apply: Send a curriculum vitae, publication list and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Shaul Mukamel, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-2025, Telephone: (949) 824-7600, Fax: (949) 824-8571, Email smukamel@uci.edu, Website: http://mukamel.ps.uci.edu.

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University of Wyoming. There is a postdoctoral opening in Professor Dean Roddick’s group effective this Fall (starting date negotiable). The position requires well-developed synthetic inorganic and/or organometallic chemistry skills and spectroscopic techniques. The research involves the synthesis and reactivity of a new generation of ionic hydrogenation catalysts based on highly acidic metal dihydrogen complexes; this work is supported by the DOE-EPSCoR Laboratory Partnership Program and will be jointly performed in the laboratories of Roddick and Morris Bullock (Brookhaven National Laboratory). Travel between Brookhaven and Wyoming is an integral component of the proposed work, and offers the unique opportunity to gain a wider range of experience than a typical postdoctoral position offers. The appointment will be for one year, subject to satisfactory performance, and is renewable for a second year by mutual consent. The Chemistry Department at the University of Wyoming is a dynamic small research-active department (currently 12 research faculty, including three inorganic faculty) which provides a close personable setting for professional development. The Roddick laboratory is fully equipped with extensive high vacuum line synthesis lines, Raman, FTIR, HP-FTIR, and HP-NMR capabilities, and is fully supported by research support shops and departmental instrumentation (NMR, MS, X-ray diffraction, etc.) Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae to me which includes contact information for three references. I can also be contacted for further information. Send to: Prof. Dean M. Roddick, Department of Chemistry, Dept. 3838, University of Wyoming, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071, Phone (307) 766-2535, Fax (307) 766-2807, E-mail: dmr@uwyo.edu. Http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/Chemistry/Faculty/Roddick/default.asp.

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