Chemistry Newsletter - 06/21/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 22 June 21st, 2004

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2004-2006 Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

The Chemistry Department has received word that the ACS has awarded the 2004-2006 Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship to Matthew G. Woll, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Matt is already the recipient of a 2002 ACS Organic Division Graduate Fellowship and the 2003 Excellence in Research Award. He is completing his doctoral research with Sam Gellman. He will begin his postdoctoral studies in August at Harvard University in the laboratory of Professor Eric Jacobsen. There, he will be studying the use of natural biological catalysts to guide the development of synthetic substitutes that will be more broadly useful in synthetic organic chemistry. The goal is to make better medicines with less environmental impact. The award is named in memory of Irving S. Sigal, a chemist who died in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. This postdoctoral fellowship is awarded each year to a scientist whose work addresses a significant problem involving both chemistry and biology. The award is given every two years to scientists of all nationalities who have earned or will earn doctoral degrees from a graduate chemistry department in the United States. Dr. Irving S. Sigal was a medicinal chemist working at Merck & Co. Inc. when he died at the age of 35. In 1995, Dr. Sigal’s widow, Catherine T. Sigal, Ph.D., established the fellowship that is currently valued at $45,000 per year. Sigal, herself a biochemist, is employed by the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of New York City. This award is a very significant honor and we join in congratulating Matt.

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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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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004 - Chemistry Department Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Lei Wang, Application Scientist, Tripos, Inc. “SYBYL: Concepts and Applications with Demonstration of Virtual Screening Using Flex Modules”

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nancy S. Goroff, SUNY-Stoney Brook.

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Thursday, September 16th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mansuk Kim, Graduate Student.

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shannon Stahl, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Benedict, Graduate Student.

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michal Santiago, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, September 30th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Igor Alabugin, Florida State University.

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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.

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Recent Publications

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Green O. Smith NA. Ellis AB. Burstyn JN.

AgBF4-Impregnated poly(vinyl phenyl ketone): An ethylene sensing film.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(19):5952-5953, 2004 May 19.

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Riccardi D. Li GH. Cui Q.

Importance of van der Waals interactions in QM/MM Simulations.

Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 108(20):6467-6478, 2004 May 20.

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Lee DS. Otte RD.

Transition-metal-catalyzed aldehydic C-H activation by azodicarboxylates.

Journal of Organic Chemistry. 69(10):3569-3571, 2004 May 14.

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Mukherjee P. Krummel AT. Fulmer EC. Kass I. Arkin IT. Zanni MT.

Site-specific vibrational dynamics of the CD3 zeta membrane peptide using heterodyned two-dimensional infrared photon echo spectroscopy.

Journal of Chemical Physics. 120(21):10215-10224, 2004 Jun 1.

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Brice JL. Meerdink JE. Stahl SS.

Formation of enamides via palladium(II)-catalyzed vinyl transfer from vinyl ethers to nitrogen nucleophiles.

Organic Letters. 6(11):1845-1848, 2004 May 27.

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Schmidt JR. Skinner JL.

Brownian motion of a rough sphere and the Stokes-Einstein Law.

Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 108(21):6767-6771, 2004 May 27.

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Alabugin IV. Manoharan M. Weinhold FA.

Blue-shifted and red-shifted hydrogen bonds in hypervalent rare-gas FRg-H center dot center dot center dot Y sandwiches.

Journal of Physical Chemistry a Molecules. 108(21):4720-4730, 2004 May 27.

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Copyright © 2004 Thomson ISI

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SUMMER CHEMISTRY INFORMATION WORKSHOPS

 

Wednesday, July 7 - Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire v. 6: Searching for Organic, Inorganic and Organometallic Compound Information.

Time: 11 am -12:00 noon.

Location: Chemistry Library Computer Room, 2361 Chemistry Building.

Provides an overview of the Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire databases and search features, including structure, substructure, reaction, and property data. Modifying record display, combined structure and fact editor searching, exporting information, and client availability will be discussed. Hands-on practice included.

 

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Wednesday, July 14, - SciFinder Scholar 2004: Searching the Chemical Literature.

Time: 11 am -12:00 noon.

Location: Chemistry Library Computer Room, 2361 Chemistry Building.

Provides an overview of SciFinder Scholar databases and search features, including structure, substructure, reaction, and research topic. Use of ANALYZE/REFINE for improved retrieval, remote access, and downloading for citation management also covered. Hands-on practice included.

 

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Wednesday, July 21, - EndNote, Part 1: Managing Chemistry Literature.

Time: 11 am -12:00 noon.

Location: Chemistry Library Computer Room, 2361 Chemistry Building.

Covers basic EndNote features, including organizing databases and records, searching and sorting records, importing records electronically from MadCat, chemistry databases (Current Contents, SciFinder Scholar, and Web of Science) and preparing bibliographies. Learn how to set up your EndNote database initially to avoid later style formatting hassles.

 

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Wednesday, July 21 - RefWorks: Web-Based Citation Management.

Time: 1:00 -2:00 pm.

Location: Chemistry Library Computer Room, 2361 Chemistry Building.

Covers basic RefWorks features, including organizing records, searching and sorting records, importing records electronically from MadCat and chemistry databases, and preparing bibliographies. Hands-on practice included. UW-Madison Libraries has purchased a 1-year subscription to RefWorks. If you are new to citation management, give RefWorks a try!

 

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Wednesday, July 28, - Chemical and Physical Properties: Finding Property Data in Online Sources.

Time: 11 am -12:00 noon.

Location: Chemistry Library Computer Room, 2361 Chemistry Building.

Learn to search online reference works for property data. Online reference databases covered in this workshop include CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Knovel Engineering & Scientific Online References, Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (e-EROS), Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, Beilstein/Gmelin, and more. Hands-on practice included.

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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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University of Maryland. Molecular Systems Biology, Tenure Track Position in Mass Spectrometry or Chemical Biology Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology (CARB). Applications are invited for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant, Associate, or full Professor. The successful applicant will be expected to develop a rigorous, externally funded research program using modern mass spectrometry or chemical approaches to study and manipulate biological processes at the molecular level. A competitive startup package will be provided. CARB is developing an integrated program in molecular systems biology, to include components in chemical biology, mass spectrometry, structural biology, bioinformatics, experimental and computational biophysics, and systems modeling. Six new faculty hires are anticipated over the next two years, and a new research building equipped with state-of-the-art facilities is under construction and will open in 2005. We are particularly interested in applicants who are seeking a highly collaborative research environment. A research center of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, CARB has strong existing programs in areas that include macromolecular crystallography, high-resolution NMR spectroscopy, and experimental and computational molecular biophysics. See http://www.carb.nist.gov for further information. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement of research plans, and three letters of reference, sent to: Chair, Faculty Search Committee (Position # XXXX), Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology, 9600 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Review of applications will begin on 7/01/04 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

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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 organic chemistry and/or general chemistry and/or general education chemistry. Ph.D. in chemistry and teaching experience preferred; MS degree in chemistry and evidence of commitment to teaching excellence required. Starting Date is August 17, 2004. Eastern Illinois University places priority on teaching excellence for a student body in a residential setting. Approximately 10,000 on-campus students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Non-traditional and part-time students are enrolled in programs at both on- and off-campus sites. Eastern offers faculty a wide range of research and public service activities. The University is located in east central Illinois and combines the benefits of a community of 20,000 with access to several large cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. 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) with hardcopy follow-up are acceptable.

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The Chemistry Department at the University of South Dakota is searching for a temporary Assistant Professor for a one or two year period starting August 15, 2004. Any area of expertise is acceptable. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a demonstrated interest and ability in working with undergraduate students. Postdoctoral experience is not required. The salary range is $39,000-$41,000 for nine months. The candidate will be provided with an opportunity for research collaboration in the department. Productive collaboration may be supported with additional summer salary. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research interests and three letters of professional references to: Professor Mary T. Berry, University of South Dakota, Department of Chemistry, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069-2390, phone: 605-677-5487, Fax: 605-677-6397. Additional information about the department and the position may be found by visiting our web site at: http://www.usd.edu/chemistry or by calling 605-677-6183.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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NIH Postdoctoral Position Available: Cartilage MRI. A postdoctoral position is available in the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Unit (Richard Spencer, Chief) of the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, located in Baltimore, Maryland. The work will center on spectroscopic and imaging studies of cartilage tissue derived from tissue engineering protocols and from animal studies. Other research opportunities may be available depending upon the interests and background of the successful candidate. MRI instrumentation consists of a triple-resonance vertical wide-bore Bruker DMX 400 Avance system with microimaging and solids capability, a double-resonance Bruker 7T/30 cm DBX system, and a double-resonance Bruker ABX 1.9T/31 cm Biospec. In addition, a 3T whole-body system is expected to be installed by early 2005. A background in MRI imaging or NMR spectroscopy of connective tissue is preferred, although applicants with expertise in cartilage biology who have the desire to learn MRI techniques are also strongly encouraged to apply. We also invite applications from individuals with experience in other areas of biological MRI and NMR. The appointment will be as an IRTA Postdoctoral Fellow for US citizens, or as a Visiting Fellow for non-citizens. Accordingly, applicants must have fewer than five years of postdoctoral experience. Interested individuals should e-mail their CV and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three references to: Dr. Richard Spencer, NMR Unit, NIH/NIA, GRC 4D-06, 5600 Nathan Shock Drive, Baltimore, MD 21224; Tel. 410-558-8226; e-mail: spencer@helix.nih.gov, website: http://www.grc.nia.nih.gov/branches/lci/nmr/nmr.htm.

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Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in the development of microstructured optical fiber sensors for both chemical and biological applications as part of a multidisciplinary academic and industrial collaboration between the Stevens Institute of Technology and OFS Laboratories, a leader in the fabrication in the design of microstructured fibers. Funding is provided by the NSF through the Nanotechnology and Interdisciplinary Research Team (NIRT). Chemical and biological sensors will be developed based upon the integration of surface-enhanced raman scattering (SERS) of Ag nanoparticles with microstructured optical fibers. A strong background in chemistry/materials science and applied physics and the ability to communicate effectively and work within a collaborative research environment are required. Experience with organic synthesis, IR and visible spectroscopy, laser spectroscopic techniques and fiber optics is desirable. The term for this position is two years with an appointment expected to begin September 1, 2004. Please send curriculum vitae and the names of three references to: Dr. Ryan Bise, OFS Laboratories, Room 7C-227, 600 Mountain Avenue, Murray Hill, NJ 07974

Email: bise@ofsoptics.com.

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