Chemistry Newsletter - 06/24/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 23 June 24th, 2002

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 8335 Chemistry

Executive Committee Meeting June 25th

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Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays ---1:20 PM - Chair's Office

 

None Scheduled at this Time

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SEMINARS

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Wednesday, June 26th, 2002 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 1:00 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Margaret Biddle, Graduate Student - Reich Group.

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Masahiro Hirama, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

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Monday, July 8th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dr. Brian Bean, California Institute of Technology. "Reactions of OH + NO2: Direct Observations off the HOONO Channel"

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2002 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 1:00 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Matt Woll, Graduate Student - Gellman Group.

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2002 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 1:00 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Chris Ciolli, Graduate Student - Belshaw Group.

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2002 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 1:00 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Yi He, Graduate Student - Kiessling Group.

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Wednesday, August 21st, 2002 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 1:00 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Fisher Representative.

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steve Diver, SUNY-Buffalo.

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Eric Simanek, Texas A & M.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Nguyen TM; Lee D.

Progress towards the total synthesis of guanacastepene A. Approaches to the construction of quaternary carbons and the 5-7-6 tricyclic carbon skeleton.

TETRAHEDRON LETTERS 2002, Vol 43, Iss 22, pp 4033-4036.

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Gellman SH; Woolfson DN.

Mini-proteins Trp the light fantastic.

NATURE STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY 2002, Vol 9, Iss 6, pp 408-410.

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Khoudiakov M; Ellis AB; Kepler KD.

Mercury-mediated synthesis of nanoscale oxide materials.

JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS 2002, Vol 338, Iss 1-2, pp 32-35.

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Espinosa JF; Syud FA; Gellman SH.

Analysis of the factors that stabilize a designed two-stranded antiparallel beta-sheet.

PROTEIN SCIENCE 2002, Vol 11, Iss 6, pp 1492-1505.

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Harriman JE.

Grassmann products, cumulants, and two-electron reduced density matrices.

PHYSICAL REVIEW A 2002, Vol 65, Iss 5, art. no. 052507.

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Jiang XQ; Yu H; Frayne R; Unal O; Strother CM.

Surface functionalization of polyethylene for magnetic resonance signal-enhancing coating materials.

CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS 2002, Vol 14, Iss 5, pp 1914-1920.

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Copyright © 2002 Institute for Scientific Information

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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UW-Whitewater. Academic staff. Rank of Lecturer. Starting date is August 25, 2002. Non tenure-track one year half-time appointment. Subject to renewal contingent upon performance. Minimum of M.S. in Chemistry or equivalent preparation. Applications from any area of Chemistry. Expertise in the instructional use of computers is expected. The position will primarily involve instructional responsibilities in the freshman laboratories. Average of 12 contact hours per week. Applicants are expected to contribute to course development. Credentials should be submitted to: Dr. Philip T. Johns, Chair, Department of Chemistry, UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190, (e-mail: johnsp@uww.edu - inquires only, no applications). Web sites: http://academics.uww.edu/chemistry/chem/html, or http://www.uww.edu/admin/employmt/employ.htm. Credentials must include a letter of application, vita, an educational summary, all relevant professional experience (including teaching, postdoctoral, industrial, etc.), copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three current letters of recommendation. Deadline is June 30, 2002. Incomplete credential files cannot be considered.

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The Discovery Chemistry Department of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company has immediate openings for highly motivated B.S./M.S. level chemists. Our department's need for chemists presents an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in a career in medicinal chemistry. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is a research-based pharmaceutical company committed to identifying and developing new medicines for the treatment of cancer, infectious disease, metabolic disorders and diseases of the cardiovascular and central nervous systems. We are currently pursuing candidates for our Wilmington, Delaware research site. Chemists employed in our state-of-the-art facilities are responsible for the design, synthesis and purification of compounds of medicinal interest. Experienced individuals are expected to contribute to the development of structure activity relationships towards the generation of clinical candidates and, ultimately, novel therapeutic agents. We are interested in speaking with candidates who have a strong background in the theory and practice of synthetic organic chemistry, as well as a familiarity with modern analytical and purification techniques. Good organizational, interpersonal and communication skills are also required. Undergraduate research experience is desirable for those at the B.S. level; however, individuals lacking such experience but with a thorough understanding of synthetic chemistry and a keen desire to perform laboratory based research will also be considered. For M.S. level candidates, demonstrated synthetic experience with knowledge of compound purification and structural identification are highly desired. Candidates meeting the qualifications described above and with interest or experience in peptide synthesis or combinatorial/parallel synthesis may be considered for positions in the Wilmington Directed Parallel Synthesis group. Persons in the positions described above are part of a multi-disciplinary team composed of organic, analytical, and physical chemists inventing and developing potential new drug candidates. This team identifies new leads, develops synthetic protocols, and optimizes initial entities into preclinical candidates. Please direct individuals interested in these opportunities to send a resume by email or by hard copy to: Email: recruit.pri@bms.com, (refer to DiscChemW in subject heading). Hard copy mail: Human Resources, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Experimental Station E400/2413, Wilmington, DE 19880-0400.

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The Discovery Chemistry Department of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company has immediate openings for B.S./M.S. level Chemists. Our department's need for chemists presents an exciting opportunity for those individuals interested in a career in medicinal chemistry. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is a research-based pharmaceutical company committed to identifying and developing new medicines for the treatment of cancer, infectious disease, metabolic disorders and diseases of the cardiovascular and central nervous systems. We are currently pursuing candidates with an interest in peptide or peptidomimetic chemistry for a position at our Wilmington, Delaware research site. Chemists employed for this position in our state-of-the-art facilities will be responsible for the design, synthesis and purification of peptides/peptidomimetics of medicinal interest. Experienced individuals will be expected also to intellectually contribute to developing the structure-activity relationships necessary for driving research projects to produce clinical candidates and ultimately ethical pharmaceutical drugs. We are interested in speaking with candidates who have a strong background in the theory and practice of synthetic organic chemistry and/or peptide chemistry, as well as a familiarity with modern analytical and purification techniques. Good organizational, interpersonal and communication skills are also required. Undergraduate research experience is desirable for those at the B.S. level; however, individuals lacking such experience but with a thorough understanding of synthetic chemistry and a keen desire to perform laboratory based research will also be considered. For M.S. level candidates, demonstrated synthetic experience with knowledge of compound purification and identification are highly desired. Persons in these positions will be part of a multi-disciplinary team composed of organic, analytical, and physical chemists inventing and developing potential new drug candidates. This team will identify new leads, develop the synthetic protocols and optimize the initial entities into preclinical candidates. Please direct individuals interested in these opportunities to send a resume by email or by hard copy to: Email: recruit.pri@bms.com, (refer to DiscChemW in subject heading). Hard copy mail: Human Resources, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Experimental Station E400/2413, Wilmington, DE 19880-0400.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Application and nominations are invited for the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry at Texas Tech University. We are seeking a mid-career or later scientist from any area of Chemistry or Biochemistry to fill the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, with an endowment approaching $2.7 million. The search will continue until the Chair is filled. Applications, with curriculum vitae and addresses of five references, and nominations should be sent to: Dr. Richard A. Bartsch, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409-1061, Phone: 806-742-3067. More information is available at: http://www.ttu.edu/~chem/welchchair.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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David Berkowitz of the University of Nebraska has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate. The position will be focused on our newest catalyst screening project, and will include opportunities for synthetic methodology development (e.g. phosphonate chemistry; stereocontrolled, alpha-branched amino acid synthesis). The new project involves the use of enzymes to screen for catalysts and to optimize reactions (ISES = In situ enzymatic screening). Our first paper on ISES appeared recently: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 2002, 41,1603-1607. The paper was also featured in Chemical and Engineering News: http://pubs.acs.org/isubscribe/journals/cen/80/i21/html/8021sci2.html. Please encourage any interested and qualified candidates to contact me directly at: David Berkowitz, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588-0304, tel (402) 472-2738, fax (402) 472-9402, web: http://www.chem.unl.edu/dbb.

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Tulane University. Transition Metal Complex Photophysics and Photochemistry. Starting date: August 1, 2002 or later. Duration: 1 year with continuation to second year by mutual agreement. Salary : 25 - 28 K $ U.S. A position is available in the research lab of Russ Schmehl in the Chemistry Department of Tulane University. The research of the group focuses on redox, photophysical and photochemical studies of metal diimine complexes. Current research projects include (1) the development of light harvesting arrays of chromophores, (2) the development of organized assemblies for directed charge transport and (3) the development of chemosensors based on changes in luminescence or electrogenerated chemiluminescence. Our current need is for either (a) a person with extensive experience in ligand and transition metal complex synthesis and some exposure to electroanalytical and photophysical methods or (b) a person with significant experience in nanosecond time domain spectroscopy (flash photolysis, time correlated single photon counting) and some experience in organic or inorganic spectroscopy. We are interested in filling the position (for one year with funding presently available for a second year) by early August or as soon thereafter as possible. Persons interested in the position are encouraged to send a vitae and two letters of recommendation by post, email or FAX to: Professor Russell Schmehl, Department of Chemistry, Tulane University, New Orleans , LA 70118, FAX: 504-865-5596. For inquiries concerning the position, email or call 504-862-3566. For information about the Tulane Chemistry department and life in New Orleans see Tulane's Chemistry web site http://www.tulane.edu/~chemstry.

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John Protasiewicz of Case Western Reserve University has a postdoctoral position available July 1, 2002 involving synthetic and mechanistic organometallic chemistry. Specifically, the work will involve synthesis of organopalladium complexes and their activation for use as olefin polymerization catalysts. Candidates should have excellent synthetic chemistry skills with knowledge of synthesis under an inert atmosphere. The initial appointment will be for one year. Interested applicants should send a current CV and have at least two reference letters sent either by mail to: John Protasiewicz, Department of Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7078 or by email to: jdp5@po.cwru.edu.

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Professor Ronald G. Harvey of The University of Chicago has a new position open for a postdoctoral Research Associate with a recent Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry. The position involves full time research on the synthesis of suspected active metabolites of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) implicated in the causation of cancer. PAHs are widespread environmental pollutants produced in combustion, e.g. in tobacco smoke and automobile exhaust. The long range objective of these investigations is elucidation of mechanisms of PAH carcinogenesis at the molecular-genetic level. The position requires a strong background of experience in organic synthesis and knowledge of NMR, MS, and other physical-analytical techniques for determination of the structures of organic molecules. Candidates who wish to be considered for this position are requested to submit a copy of their resume with a list of publications and the names of three persons qualified to comment on their research skills to: Professor Ronald G. Harvey, Ben May Institute for Cancer Research, University of Chicago, MC 6027, 5841 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60637.

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