Chemistry Newsletter - 06/23/2003

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter

 


XXVII - No. 22 June 23rd, 2003

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SEMINARS

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Monday, June 30th, 2003 - Chemical Education Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. James Goll, Edgewood College. “Interviewing at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions”

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2003 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hidehiro Sakuari, Osaka University. “Design, Synthesis, and Properties of New Pi-Conjugated Systems

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Jörg Glatthaar, University of Giessen.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professors Rob Corn & Jim Weisshaar, UW Madison Chemistry. Rob Corn, "Optimization of Biomolecular Arrays for SPR Imaging Measurements" and Jim Weisshaar, “Single-molecule and single-vesicle motion by fluorescence microscopy”

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Monday, September 22nd, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building.

Professor Narayan Hosmane, Northern Illinois University.

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Thursday, September 11th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Mazur, Harvard University.

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Thursday, September 18th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University.

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Thursday, September 25th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professors Bob Hamers & John Wright, UW-Madison Chemistry. Bob Hamers and John Wright, “The Marriage of Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy and Coherent Control and the Future of the Couple”

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Wednesday, October 1stnd, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marty Kirk, University of Mexico.

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Kennedy, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, October 9th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David P. Weliky, Michigan State University.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Quackenbush, The Institute for Genomic Research.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professors David Schwartz and Lingjun Li, UW-Madison Chemistry. David Schwartz, “From Single Molecules to Populations” and Lingjun Li, “Decoding the Chemical Messengers in a Small Nervous Systems using MS-based Approaches”

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Monday, October 27th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonas Peters, Cal Tech.

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Monday, October 29th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Goldberg, Johns Hopkins University, Balt. MD.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lloyd Smith, UW-Madison Chemistry.Analyzing Genetic Variations (SNPs) with Invasive Cleavage Reactions on Surfaces”

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Monday, November 3rd, 2003 - Inorganic McElvain Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Bergman, University of California, Berkeley.

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Namal DeSilva, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Mark Wightman, UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Monday, December 8nd, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joe Jarrett, Univ. of Penn State.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Wright G; Higgin JJ; Raines RT; Steenbergen C; Murphy E.

Activation of the prolyl hydroxylase oxygen-sensor results in induction of GLUT1, heme oxygenase-1, and nitric-oxide synthase proteins and confers protection from metabolic inhibition to cardiomyocytes

JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 2003, Vol 278, Iss 22, pp 20235-20239.

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Hinderaker MP; Raines RT.

An electronic effect on protein structure.

PROTEIN SCIENCE 2003, Vol 12, Iss 6, pp 1188-1194.

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Smith EA; Thomas WD; Kiessling LL; Corn RM.

Surface plasmon resonance imaging studies of protein-carbohydrate interactions.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2003, Vol 125, Iss 20, pp 6140-6148.

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Jenkins CL; Bretscher LE; Guzei IA; Raines RT.

Effect of 3-hydroxyproline residues on collagen stability.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2003, Vol 125, Iss 21, pp 6422-6427.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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3M, an innovative diversified technology company with over $16 billion in sales worldwide, has a scientific staff opening for an NMR Spectroscopist in the Corporate Analytical Technical Center located in St. Paul, MN. The candidate will apply spectroscopic techniques to the characterization of unknown materials for problem solving purposes. The position will involve a mix of laboratory work and spectral interpretation. The nature of our corporate analytical facility ensures exposure to a wide range of materials. There is ample opportunity to be involved with challenging problems ranging from the analysis of impurities to projects requiring analytical expertise in the development of new products. The laboratory is equipped with Varian 400, 500, and 600 MHz high-resolution spectrometers and a 400 MHz WB system for solids. The ideal candidate will complement our talented staff of IR, NMR, and mass spectroscopists. The requisite skills, in addition to expertise in NMR spectroscopy, include organic or polymer chemistry and a general familiarity with other analytical techniques. Good written and oral communication skills are essential for communicating with problem solving teams and for documenting results. Experience in NMR spectroscopy of insoluble polymeric and/or biological materials is a plus. Applicants should have recently (within the last 2 years) obtained a Ph.D. If you have these qualifications and are an enthusiastic self-starter with the desire to contribute to an innovative corporation, please send your resume to: Becky Dittmar, 3M Company, Bldg 201-BS-07, Maplewood, MN 55144-1000, Email: bmdittmar@mmm.com.

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Scientist / Analytical Research & Development (Southwest) - Dynamic pharmaceutical company is seeking recent Ph.D. graduate in the field of Analytical Chemistry with knowledge and demonstrated skill with HPLC and GC techniques. Experience with chromatographic analysis using different modes of detection, such as RI, LCEC, conductivity, and Fluorescence would be considered a plus. Scientist will develop and validate analytical methods, and will coordinate the project activities of a small group of scientists. Needed are top notch communication skills both oral and written. A candidate with an M.S. degree and minimum 3 yrs. of analytical R&D experience in the pharmaceutical industry would also be considered. S28293. FPC of Somerset is an executive search firm specializing in placing scientists in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Please call if you have any questions. Visit our web site to view a partial listing of other current positions we are working to fill. http://www.fpcsomerset.com. Joseph P. Jiuliano, CPC, phone: 908-218-0700.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The College of Wooster. Visiting one-year position in the Department of Chemistry. Organic chemist to teach beginning and advanced organic chemistry courses and their associated labs, as well as general chemistry and lab, and to direct undergraduate research in the College's required Independent Study (senior thesis) research program. Secondary duties may include teaching in departmental courses for non-science majors, inorganic chemistry, Introduction to Independent Study for juniors, and supporting the College's program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Ph.D. required. Send letter of application, resume, three references, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests to: Dr. Paul L. Gaus, Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, The College of Wooster, 1189 Beall Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691-2363. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Department of Heath & Human Services. After having successfully completed the recruitment of Dr. Jeff Gildersleeve (Ph.D. 1999, Princeton University; Scripps Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, 1999-2003) as a tenure-track investigator in the Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry, we are in the process of recruiting three Visiting Fellows to complete his research team. Therefore, I would like to call your attention to these excellent opportunities for young investigators who are close to completing their Ph.D. program or who are current postdoctoral fellows. Starting salary for a candidate with no postdoctoral experience is $47,100. The Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry (LMC) is part of the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of the largest cancer research centers in the world. The CCR takes advantage of the breadth of its researchers to foster interdisciplinary programs to facilitate translational research. The CCR is composed of over 300 Principal Investigators in the areas of immunology, carcinogenesis, human genetics, mouse genetics, viral oncology, HIV, chromatin biology, structural biology, DNA replication and recombination, signal transduction, apoptosis, cell cycle regulation, cytokines and chemokines, cellular, molecular and developmental biology, molecular pharmacology, xenobiotic metabolism, radiation biology, computational biology bioinformatics, and chemistry. As part of CCR's plan to foster drug discovery, two newly created faculties in "Molecular Targets" and "Chemistry and Structural Biology" have taken the initiative to facilitate the formation of "Molecular Target Teams" between Principal Investigators in biology and chemistry. The purpose of these "Molecular Target Teams" is to rationally exploit the recent discovery of a myriad of novel and promising molecular targets that have been identified as useful for the treatment of cancer. The newly recruited candidates will join Dr. Gildersleeve as members of a Molecular Target Team. Applicants should have a doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry, bioorganic, or medicinal chemistry. Interested individuals should send a one-page statement of research interests and goals, a curriculum vitae and bibliography, and three letters of reference. In addition, they should provide an estimate of when they will be available. Applications should be sent to the attention of: Dr. Jeff Gildersleeve, Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry, Center for Cancer Research, NCI-Frederick 376 Boyles St., Bldg. 376, Room 105 Frederick, MD 21702-1201 Phone: (301) 846-5953, Fax: (301) 846-6033.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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A postdoctoral research position in Prof. A.J. Ragauskas group will be become available in the very near future in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. The position involves the syntheis of novel oligosaccharides and enzymatic hydrolysis. The successful candidate will characterize the enzymatic hydrolysis products via HPLC, MS and NMR. Applicants must have a strong background in modern methods for carbohydrate synthesis, as well as chromatographic separation methods and spectroscopic techniques for structure elucidation. Interested candidates are requested to send their Curriculum Vitae and the names of three referees to: Prof. A.J. Ragauskas, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30318, fax:404-894-4778; email: arthur.ragauskas@ipst.edu. Phone: 800-558-6611, 404-894-9701 (O), 404-894-4778 (F).

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Professor Lisa McElwee-White has an opening for a postdoc to synthesize organometallic precursors for chemical vapor deposition/atomic layer deposition of tungsten nitride and other inorganic materials. Experience in preparation and characterization of air- and moisture-sensitive compounds is required. The project involves collaboration with chemical engineers and materials science people but it is not necessary to have expertise in materials chemistry upon arrival. The position is available this fall. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable if mutually agreeable. Applicants should provide a CV and letters of reference by email. Send to: Lisa McElwee-White, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl 32611-7200, Phone: (352) 392-8768, Fax: (352) 846-0296, web: http://www.chem.ufl.edu/~lmwhite/.

 

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Two Postdoctoral Research Positions. Pavel Anzenbacher, Jr., Department of Chemistry & Center for Photochemical Sciences, Bowling Green State University, OH, U.S.A. Synthesis of Organometallic Chromophores for OLEDs. A postdoctoral research position focused on synthesis and studies of luminescent organometallic chromophores and OLED materials is available in my laboratory at Bowling Green State University. The ideal candidate will be able to design and conduct synthesis of heterocyclic ligands and conjugated oligomers using modern methods of organometallic chemistry (Pd-catalyzed coupling reactions), analyze and purify products including organometallic materials. Previous experience with using NMR instruments is desirable. The experience with OLED/PLED/LEC device fabrication/testing is a plus. Synthesis of Supramolecular Materials and Sensors

A postdoctoral research position in an interdisciplinary project focused on synthesis and studies of luminescent supramolecular materials utilizing conjugated materials and oligomers for the development of anion sensors is available. The ideal candidate will be able to design and perform synthesis of various receptors for anions and conduct spectroscopic studies (UV-Vis, luminescence, NMR) to study the receptor-anion association. The ability to perform organic synthesis while possessing the necessary skills to carry out analytical studies is highly desirable. Extensive experience with organic synthesis/product analysis and characterization is required. While we do not require any direct experience in either field, the ability to handle various scientific instruments and willingness to learn new methods and techniques is necessary condition. Candidates for both positions must be able to communicate in English. Both positions are funded by research grants from the National Science Foundation. The salaries are commensurate with experience. Graduate student research assistantships for students seeking the Ph.D. degree are also available. If you are interested in this research, contact: Dr. Anzenbacher at pavel@bgnet.bgsu.edu, (Phone: USA-419-372-2080). Additional information may be also found on our research web-page: http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/chem/faculty/pavel/. Bowling Green State University, Dr. Pavel Anzenbacher, Jr., Department of Chemistry, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0213, Phone: (419) 372-2080, Fax: (419) 372-9809, e-mail: pavel@bgnet.bgsu.edu.

 

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Postdoctoral Position : Polyene Photochemistry, University of Hawaii. Post-doctoral Opening in the area of photochemical-spectroscopic studies of polyenes, diarylethylenes and/or analogs of photo-sensitive biopigments particularly for photoisomerization under confined conditions. Recent Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Preference will be given to an individual who has had experience in spectroscopic techniques (fluorescence and absorption studies of unstable primary photoproducts) at low temperatures under steady state conditions or in mechanistic organic photochemical studies (less importantly, in time-resolved spectroscopic methods at room temperature). Experience in handling isomers of polyenes is useful. Initial appointment, one year. Starting date, October 1, 2003 or flexible for a highly qualified candidate. Stipend: approx $28,000/yr. For more information, please write to or call: Professor Robert S. H. Liu, Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii, 2545 The Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822, Phone: 808-956-5723, FAX: 808-956-5908, e-mail: rliu@gold.chem.hawaii.edu. For application, please send cv and ask for at least one letter of reference to R. Liu. For relevant publications, see: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., USA, 97, 11153 (2000); Acc. Chem. Res., 34, 555 (2001); Photochem. Photobiol., 76, 580 (2002), Angew. Chem. Intern. Ed., in press (2003).

 

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