Chemistry Newsletter - 07/02/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter

 


XXV No. 24 July 2nd, 2001

Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

*****No Meetings Until September*****

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, July 10, 2001 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 10:00 a.m., Room 1129, Chemistry Building. Daniel D. Ebeling, UW Madison-Chemistry Department. "Development of Charge Reduction Electrospray Mass Spectrometry For Biopolymer And Synthetic Polymer Analysis"

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ATTENTION GRADUATE STUDENTS

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IMPORTANT DATES:

MINOR AGREEMENT FORMS: The Graduate School requires that the minor program be outlined in an agreement which is approved by the Department no later than halfway through completion of the sequence minor courses. The minor requirement is normally completed by the second year of Graduate School. Minor Agreement forms are available in Room 1120.

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For Industrial Positions, see the Chemistry Career Services Newsletter at:

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/areas/careers/7news.html

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Burke SD; Jiang L.

Formal synthesis of uvaricin via palladium-mediated double cyclization.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2001, Vol 3, Iss 12, pp 1953-1955.

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Berghout HL; Hsieh S; Crim FF.

Relative product yields in the one-photon and vibrationally mediated photolysis of isocyanic acid (HNCO).

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2001, Vol 114, Iss 24, pp 10835-10844.

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Leland PA; Raines RT.

Cancer chemotherapy - ribonucleases to the rescue.

CHEMISTRY & BIOLOGY 2001, Vol 8, Iss 5, pp 405-413.

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Copyright © 2001 Institute for Scientific Information


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Fulbright Foreign Scholarship

The United States Department of State, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Institute of International Education (IIE) announce the opening on May 1, 2001 of the 2002-2003 competition for Fulbright and related grants for graduate study or research abroad in academic fields and for professional training in the creative and performing arts. The purpose of these grants is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Fulbright grants are funded under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 through an annual appropriation made by Congress to the United States Department of State and by foreign governments, universities, corporations and private donors. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, composed of 12 educational and public leaders appointed by the President of the United States, establishes criteria for the selection of candidates and has the final authority for the awarding of grants. For all grants, applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent by the beginning date of the grant. Creative and performing artists are not required to have a bachelor's degree, but they must have four years of relevant training or study. Candidates in medicine must have an M.D. or equivalent (e.g., D.D.S., O.D., etc.) at the time of application. All applicants are required to have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country to carry out their proposed study or research. Full grants provide round-trip international travel, maintenance for the tenure of the award, a research allowance and tuition waivers, if applicable. Travel grants provide round-trip international travel and are available to selected countries to supplement maintenance awards from other sources that do not provide funds for international travel or to supplement the applicant's personal funds. All grants include supplemental health and accident insurance. Complete program and application information on Fulbright and related grants for graduate study and research abroad, 2002-2003, are available on IIE website at www.iie.org/fulbright.us. Students currently enrolled in UW-Madison should contact Elizabeth Hurd, the Fulbright Program Adviser on campus, located in 328 Ingram Hall for brochures, application forms and further information. The deadline for the receipt of applications is September 26, 2001. Applications will be reviewed on campus prior to being forwarded to IIE for the October 25, 2001 deadline.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NMR Laboratory Assistant, DAC, Cambridge. We wish to hire a motivated NMR scientist to assist in all aspects of chemistry NMR spectroscopy at our new Cambridge, MA research facility. The ideal candidate has a BS or MS degree and several years experience working in a pharmaceutical industry NMR laboratory. You must have good computer skills, including UNIX experience, and an ability to handle a wide variety of NMR samples. Excellent communication skills are required, and you must have an interest in working closely with the chemists in our facility to achieve departmental research goals. Individuals interested in learning new NMR and research skills are particularly encouraged to apply. If you are interested in this position, or know someone who is, I can be contacted at: Walt Massefski, Wyeth-Ayerst Research, 200 CambridgePark Drive, 6th floor, Cambridge, MA 02140, 617-665-5631 (voice), 617-665-5682 (fax), e-mail: wmassefski@war.wyeth.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

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Career Center Director. Johns Hopkins University seeks a Director to lead the Career Center in creating and implementing career services programs for 5000 bachelor through Ph.D. students and recent alumni. The Career Center serves the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. The Career Center provides career advising, assessment, and counseling; develops resources including workshops, panel discussions, field trips, alumni programs, and library materials; advises on job search and internship strategies; and offers access to jobs and internships through on-campus recruiting, job fairs, resume referral, and on-line postings. The Director provides leadership, direction, and management of the career center; supervises a staff of 7 professional and support staff; leads strategic planning efforts; cultivates partnerships with a wide range of employers, alumni, and potential donors; and oversees personnel, budgetary, and operational functions of the Center. This position reports to the Director of the Counseling and Student Development Center. The position requires a master's degree with a minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience, as well as extensive experience with employment/career services in a college/university or business/industry setting and experience working with diverse populations. The ideal candidate will possess: a demonstrated understanding of the mission of a complex, decentralized research university; excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; strong leadership and managerial experience; excellent project management skills; a working understanding of information management systems and web-based technology; and will be student-centered. Start date is late August 2001. Please send resume, three letters of reference, and cover letter indicating source code: L-01-2988 via email to hwdjobs@jhu.edu, or fax to (410) 516-2314, or mail to: Homewood Human Resources, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. 21218. We offer competitive salary ($50,000 - $55,000), excellent benefits, including tuition remission.

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Kansas State University. Research Associate - Nanoparticle Chemistry. Research on the synthesis and photocatalysts and use of nanocrystalline metal oxides and metal sulfides as destructive adsorbents for mimics of chemical and biological warfare agents will be carried out. Emphasis will be on understanding the complex surface chemistry taking place. Send full resume and names of three references to: K.J. Klabunde, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Screening will commence September 1, 2001 and continue until positions are filled.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Assistant Professor of Chemistry the Chemical Sensors Group, University of Cincinnati. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a tenure track position as Assistant Professor, beginning September 2002. Candidates will have a PhD and demonstrated excellence and postdoctoral experience in an aspect of chemistry relevant to chemical and biosensors. Of particular interest is expertise in bio-nanotechnology or nano-structured materials for sensing, although superior candidates in other areas should also apply. The successful candidate would be expected to develop an independent research program as well as interact with faculty involved with chemical sensors research. The Department houses the Chemical Sensors Instrumentation Laboratory, a new state-of-the-art facility established by the State of Ohio for constructing and studying chemical sensors. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the appropriate division of the Chemistry Department. Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a short summary of research interests (3-5 pages), and three letters of recommendation to: Prof Carl J. Seliskar, Chemistry Department, PO Box 210172, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0172. Applications will be reviewed as received. The deadline for applications is Oct. 31, 2001.

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Instructor of Chemistry. UW Marathon County, Wausau. Full-time instructor needed to teach organic chemistry, freshmen chemistry lab and possibly biochemistry for 2001-2002 academic year. Masters in Chemistry or Chemistry Ed. required. Send resume, transcripts and three reference phone numbers by July 23, 2001 to: Charlene Schmidt, 518 S. 7th Ave., Wausau, WI 54401. Phone 715-261-6221. For additional information, visit http://www.uwmc.uwc.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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There are postdoctoral positions available both in my research group and also potentially in other physical/inorganic staff member groups in the C-SIC Research Group in the Chemistry Division at Los Alamos; see web site: http://c-sic.lanl.gov/. My research interests include activation of small molecules on electrophilic transition metal complexes, particularly cleavage of sigma bonds. Expertise in inert-atmosphere synthetic organometallic chemistry and multinuclear NMR techniques is required. The position will be initially for up to a two year period, and salaries and benefits are excellent; see web site: http://www.hr.lanl.gov/Postdoc/. Special postdoc positions are available on a competitive basis, including Postdoctoral Fellows who are provided the opportunity to pursue independent research of their own choice. Candidates are not required to be U.S. citizens. Please contact Dr. Gregory J. Kubas by email or mail to: Gregory J. Kubas, Laboratory Fellow, Chemistry Division, Group C-SIC; MS-J514, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, 505-667-5767 fax: 505-667- 3314, e-mail: kubas@lanl.gov.

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Postdoctoral Research Position Available. Structural Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry and Chemistry of Metallic Nanoparticles Professor Richard D. Adams, Chemistry Dept., University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC at Adams@mail.chem.sc.edu. A postdoctoral research position is available in my laboratory for someone interested in investigating structural inorganic chemistry and the synthesis, structures and properties of bimetallic clusters and nanoparticles. Expertise in single-crystal x-ray diffraction techniques and synthetic organometallic chemistry is strongly desired. The position will be initially for one year, but annual renewal is anticipated upon mutual agreement. Send to: Professor Richard D. Adams, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, Phone: 803-777-7187, Fax: 803-777-6781, e-mail: Adams@mail.chem.sc.edu.

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This fall Doug Smith will be starting an optics/biophysics/polymer physics lab in the Physics Department at University of California, San Diego, having completed my postdoc in Carlos Bustamante's lab and my PhD work in Steve Chu's lab at Stanford. I will pursue experimental studies in biophysics and polymer physics using single molecule manipulation and detection techniques. Optical tweezers and fluorescence microscopy allow direct manipulation and visualization of individual bio-molecules and measurement of nm-sized displacements and pN-level forces. Researchers with backgrounds in physical science and engineering are heavily involved in this field and previous experience with biology is not required. Further information can be found on my web page: http://alice.berkeley.edu/~des. If you know anyone who may be interested in doing a postdoc in this area please forward this email or have them contact me at des@alice.berkeley.edu. We also offer Fellowship opportunities. The La Jolla Interfaces in Science program offers postdoctoral and graduate student fellowships to people having a background in the physical sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, engineering, etc.) who are interested in pursuing biophysics research. UCSD (along with the nearby Scripps and Salk Institutes) is well known for world-class bioscience research and is an attractive place to live. The next deadline for applying is Aug. 10. If you are interested or know someone who is please have them contact Doug Smith at des@alice.berkeley.edu.

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Tracy Hanna of Texas Christian University. Postdoctoral Position Available. Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry. Available immediately. A postdoctoral position is available in my laboratory for synthesis and mechanistic studies of bismuth and molybdenum alkoxides as SOHIO catalyst models. Strong skills in organic and organometallic synthesis are required, and skill in manipulation of air/moisture sensitive compounds is preferred. The position is available immediately. The postdoctoral fellow will be funded by the Welch Foundation, which will fund only postdocs within 5 years of their Ph.D. The position is for one year, renewable for a second year upon mutual consent. Send CV and three letters of recommendation to: Prof. Tracy Hanna either by email to T.Hanna@tcu.edu, by fax to (817) 257-5851, or by mail to Department of Chemistry, Texas Christian University, Box 298860, Fort Worth TX 76129, USA. The website for his group is: http://enterprise.is.tcu.edu/~thanna/ and the university website is at http://www.tcu.edu/.

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Vacant postdoctoral position to investigate lanthanide and related polymerization chemistry. The position is sponsored by the CNRS and is open at the University of Rennes (France) for 9-15 months, starting end 2001-begining 2002, to any national without restriction of age. It is preferred that candidates may have defended their PhD more than one year ago. The project involves the preparation of Cp-free organolanthanide complexes using conventional and original organometallic chemistry, and their application in olefin polymerization. Please send to: Jean-Francois Carpentier, Laboratoire de Catalyse de Lille, UPRESA CNRS 8010, ENSCL - BP 108, 59652 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex, FRANCE, tel +33 (0)320 436 754, fax + 33 (0)320 436 585, e-mail: carpentier@ensc-lille.fr.

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Postdoctoral Position. University of Cincinnati. Starting date: September 1, 2001 or thereabout. A postdoctoral position is available for photochemical research in the laboratory of Anna Gudmundsdottir at University of Cincinnati. The project focuses on studying the reactivity of alkyl nitrene intermediates in solution and in the solid state. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in Chemistry and be prepared to work in a multidisciplinary setting between chemistry and material science. Previous experience with organic synthesis, NMR, GC, HPLC, and column chromatography is required. Experience with fluorescence spectroscopy, nanosecond laser flash photolysis and X-ray crystallography is useful but not required. Candidates should send a CV and three reference letters to: Prof. Anna Gudmundsdottir, Department of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0172, Phone: (513) 556-3380, Fax: (513) 556-9239, e-mail: Anna.Gudmundsdottir@uc.edu.

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Postdoctoral Research Associates in Stabilization of Continuous-Wave and Mode-Locked Lasers to Spectral Holes and Spectroscopy of Solids by High-Resolution Optical Coherent Transients, Photoionization, and Electron Photoemission at Montana State University. Two post-doctoral/research associate positions in (1) laser frequency stabilization and (2) spectroscopy of solids by high resolution hole burning and photon echoes, multiphoton ionization, or electron photoemission are available in the Laser Spectroscopy Group of Professor Rufus L. Cone, Physics Department, Montana State University. There is opportunity to combine basic optical and solid state physics, materials science, collaboration with industry, and applications to devices. Research projects involve stabilization of lasers to ultranarrow spectral holes (100 Hz), high-resolution laser spectroscopy of new rare earth and transition metal ion compounds, two-step photoionization spectroscopy for "gated spectral hole burning," and modeling of energy levels and hyperfine structure. This research is well funded by federal agencies and private corporations and involves interaction with IBM, a local crystal growing company Scientific Materials, MSU Spectrum Lab, and other groups in the Physics and Chemistry Departments at MSU and at other universities in the US and Europe. Ph.D. degree in physics, chemistry, or materials science is required, with specialization in optical spectroscopy or quantum theory of ions in solids and a record of peer reviewed research publications in these areas. Experience must include several of the following: locking of lasers to narrow spectral lines or optical cavities with Pound-Drever-Hall techniques; energy level assignment and analysis including group theory and model calculations; optical coherent transient spectroscopies such as photon echoes; electron photoemission or photoconductive measurements; continuous wave and pulsed laser spectroscopy; multiphoton spectroscopy; time resolved and site-selective fluorescence spectroscopy; spectral hole burning; optically-detected nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; Zeeman or Stark effects; hyperfine or superhyperfine structure and model calculations; infrared or ultraviolet spectroscopy; modeling of laser linewidths; general cryogenic, optical, electronic, and RF techniques.A general knowledge of materials properties is important. Experience with computer programming and experiment interfacing is desired. Start date of September 1, 2001, or as soon as possible. Initial appointment of one year may be renewed up to one additional year, contingent on satisfactory performance. Screening of applicants will begin August 1, 2001, and continue until suitable applicant(s) are hired. Please send a letter of application outlining special qualifications, a current curriculum vitae, and a short description of research interests and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to: Rufus L. Cone, Department of Physics, Montana State University, EPS 264, Bozeman, MT 59717, (406) 994-6175 Telephone, e-mail: cone@montana.edu, web addresses: http://www.montana.edu/wwwph/faculty/cone.html or http://www.physics.montana.edu/optics/rlc/index.html or http://www.physics.montana.edu/students/boettger/MyResearch/index.htm or http://www.montana.edu/wwwph/research/research.html. Screening of applicants will begin August 1, 2001, and continue until positions are filled.

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Post-Doctoral Positions in Chemistry: The Department of Chemistry at Northern Arizona University http://www.nau.edu/~chem/ has two post-doctoral positions available beginning August 15, 2001. The first involves the synthesis of nucleic acid analogues. The second position will elucidate mechanisms of metal-induced DNA damage. For the second position training in mammalian cell culture is necessary, experience in mutation sequence analysis or DNA microarray technology is an advantage. Starting salary: $30,000 pa. Applicants should send curriculum vitae, summary of research interests, professional goals and experience, three references, and relevant reprints to: Professor Paul Torrence, Chair, Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 5698, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5698. The successful candidate is expected to have experience working with a culturally diverse population of faculty, staff and students. The search will remain open until the position is filled; however the screening committee will begin reviewing applications on July 15, 2001. Please note that a criminal and employment background investigation will be performed prior to employment here.

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Kansas State University. A postdoctoral position, at the rank of research associate, 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 July 10, but the search will be extended until a suitable applicant is found.

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