Chemistry Newsletter - 07/02/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 23 July 2nd, 2007

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Song Jin Receives a Cottrell Scholar Award

We are delighted to report that Song Jin has received a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for his work on nanoscale magnetic semiconductor materials for spintronics. Only ten of these prestigious awards are given each year. Congratulations Song!

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Ron Raines Wins the 2007 Makineni Lectureship Award

We are delighted to report that Ron Raines is the winner of the 2007 Makineni Lectureship Award, sponsored by the American Peptide Society. This award is given once every other year to recognize "an individual who has made a recent contribution of unusual merit to research in the field of peptide science". In Ron's case the award is for his outstanding and exciting work on synthetic collagen. Congratulations Ron!

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Frank Weinhold Wins the 2007 Lise Meitner - Minerva Center Lectureship Award

We are delighted to announce that Frank Weinhold has won the 2007 Lise Meitner - Minerva Center Lectureship Award for Computational Quantum Chemistry, sponsored by Technion and Hebrew University, for the application and development of NBO-based techniques for the analysis of chemical structure, bonding, and reactivity. Frank is currently visiting Israel to deliver his award address. Congratulations to Frank on this terrific recognition of his outstanding achievements!

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Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Receives National Service Award

Bassam Shakhahsiri was presented with the National Science Foundations public service award for extraordinary contribution to promote science literacy and cultivate the intellectual and emotional links between science and the arts for the public on May 14th, 2007 at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. Congratulations Bassam!

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Matt Shoulders Wins a 2007-08 ACS Medicinal Chemistry Fellowship

We are delighted to report that Matt Shoulders, a third-year grad student in Ron Raines’ group, has won a 2007-08 ACS Medicinal Chemistry Fellowship. This is one of only eight such fellowships given nationwide this year. Congratulations Matt!

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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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Thursday, ,July 5th, 2007 - Materials Sciences & Engineering Seminar, 3:15 p.m., Room MSE 265. Tobin Filleter & Roland Bennewitz, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. “Plasticity on the Atomic Scale”

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Friday, July 6th, 2007 - Chemical Education Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Anthony Masters, University of Sydney. “Finding Needles in Haystacks- Science Students 'At Risk' in Large Lecture Classes”

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Monday, July 16th, 2007 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor W.H. Eugen Schwarz, Theoretical Chemistry Groups, Shanghai Jiao Tong and Siegen Universities. “A Logically and Physically Correct Deduction of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements”

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Monday, July 23rd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Naohik Yoshikai, The University of Tokyo.

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NEEDED: Tutors for Summer Classes

 

Chem 103, 104, 343, 345, etc. If you want to be on 'the tutor list' and earn some extra money this summer.

please reply to dlduff@wisc.edu with the following information: Course(s) willing to tutor, Per hour rate. If you want to see what other people have charged in the past go to: http://genchem.chem.wisc.edu/students/tutorpag.htm. RESPOND BY WEDNESDAY, JULY 11.

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Recent Publications

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Poly(pyrazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene palladium complexes: Synthesis, characterisation and evaluation as heck coupling catalysts.

Motsoane, NM; Guzei, IA*; Darkwa, J.

ZEITSCHRIFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG SECTION B-A JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL SCIENCES 62 (3): 323-330 MAR 2007.

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Dynamin 2 associates with complexins and is found in the acrosomal region of mammalian sperm.

Zhao, LM; Shi, XD; Li, LJ*; Miller, DJ.

MOLECULAR REPRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT 74 (6): 750-757 JUN 2007.

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eversible condensation of DNA using a redox-active surfactant.

Hays, ME; Jewell, CM; Lynn, DM*; Abbott, NL.

LANGMUIR 23 (10): 5609-5614 MAY 8 2007.

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Protein structural variation in computational models and crystallographic data (vol 15, pg 169, 2007).

Kondrashov, DA; Van Wynsberghe, AW; Bannen, RM; Cui, Q*; Phillips, GN.

STRUCTURE 15 (5): 637-637 MAY 2007.

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Making energy count.

Crim, FF.*

SCIENCE 316 (5832): 1707-1708 JUN 22 2007.

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An efficient and chemoselective iron catalyst for the hydrogenation of ketones.

Casey, CP*; Guan, HR.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (18): 5816-+ MAY 9 2007.

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Practical synthesis of enantiomerically pure beta(2)-amino acids via proline-catalyzed diastereoselective aminomethylation of aldehydes.

Chi, YG; English, EP; Pomerantz, WC; Horne, WS; Joyce, LA; Alexander, LR; Fleming, WS; Hopkins, EA; Gellman, SH*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (18): 6050-6055 MAY 9 2007.

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Imaging mass spectrometry of neuropeptides in decapod crustacean neuronal tissues.

DeKeyser, SS; Kutz-Naber, KK; Schmidt, JJ; Barrett-Wilt, GA; Li, LJ*.

JOURNAL OF PROTEOME RESEARCH 6 (5): 1782-1791 2007.

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Inhibition of human pancreatic ribonuclease by the human ribonuclease inhibitor protein.

Johnson, RJ; Mccoy, JG; Bingman, CA; Phillips, GN; Raines, RT*.

JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 368 (2): 434-449 APR 27 2007.

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Structure and dynamics of short chain molecules in disordered porous materials: A molecular dynamics simulation study.

Chang, R; Yethiraj, A*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 126 (17): Art. No. 174906 MAY 7 2007.

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Facile oxidation-based synthesis of sterically encumbered four-coordinate bis(2,9-di-tert-butyl-1,10-phenanthroline)copper(I) and related three-coordinate copper(I) complexes.

Gandhi, BA; Green, O; Burstyn, JN*.

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 46 (10): 3816-3825 MAY 14 2007.

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Rapid identification of antibacterial agents effective against Staphylococcus aureus using small-molecule macroarrays.

Bowman, MD; O'Neill, JC; Stringer, JR; Blackwell, HE*.

CHEMISTRY & BIOLOGY 14 (4): 351-357 APR 2007.

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Copyright © 2007 Thomson ISI

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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 POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. One postdoctoral position is available to work in the development of electronic nanodevices for health diagnosis and pathogen detection. The candidate will be involved in nanomaterials growth, device fabrication/characterization, and biosensing development. The research scope includes: (1) investigation of the growth of high-aspect ratio nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and inorganic nanowires using CVD and PECVD, (2) fabrication of electronic, photonic, and mechanical devices using nanomaterials and other micro fabrication techniques, (3) characterization of the materials using electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, electrochemistry, semiconductor analyzer and photoluminiscence, (4) application of electronic nanodevices for cancer biomarker and pathogen detection, (5) development of microfluidic and nanodevices such as dielectrophoresis for biological sample preparation, and (6) investigation of nanomaterials as biomaterials for cell/tissue culture and implantation. A suitable postdoctoral candidate is required to have a Ph.D. degree in nanomaterials, electrochemistry, analytical chemistry, bioengineering, applied physics, surface science, or closely related fields. We are seeking candidates who are self-motivated and career-oriented, with good interpersonal skills, and willing to closely work with other group members in a dynamic research environment with close academic, industrial, and government collaborations. Screening of applications will begin on July 1, 2007 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should sent a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three referees to: Prof. Jun Li, Department of Chemistry, 11 l Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506; E-mail: junli@ksu.edu.

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A postdoctoral position (one year, with the possibility of a second year) is available immediately at Dartmouth College with David Glueck for research on metal-catalyzed asymmetric synthesis of chiral phosphines (for example, JACS 2007, 19, 6847-6858, JACS 2006, 128, 2788-2789, and Org. Lett. 2007, 9, 1109-1112). Experience in synthesis and characterization (especially by NMR) of air-sensitive compounds is required; this project involves both organic and organometallic synthesis. Excellent communication skills are necessary, since the postdoc will work closely with graduate students and help to train and supervise undergraduate researchers. Please send a CV and arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation sent to the address below (e-mail is OK). Send to: Professor David Glueck, 6128 Burke Lab, Chemistry Department, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH 03755, Phone: (603)-646-1568, Fax: (603)-646-3946, E-Mail: glueck@dartmouth.edu, web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~glueck/.

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Postdoctoral Research Position(s) at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Marine Laboratory, Charleston, South Carolina, United States. NIST is looking for highly qualified and motivated postdoctoral scientists to fill Research Positions at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) NMR Facility. Expertise in metabolomics and analytical measurement science is desired. Research will be conducted using the state-of-the-art NMR facilities at the HML including 500MHz, 700MHz and 800MHz NMR instrumentations equipped with CryoProbes, HRMAS probes and HPLC/Mass spectrometer/NMR capability. The HML is a multi-institutional research facility with partners from NIST, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the University of Charleston, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). Research areas of interest include: 1) Metabolomics of non-mammalian systems, 2) Cellular Metabolomics and Microfluidics and 3) NMR-based measurement science in metabolomics, structural biology and natural products. Please send a CV and a short description of research interests and skills to: Dr. Dan Bearden, dan.bearden@noaa.gov. United States citizenship required for these federal positions.

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Immediate opening for two-year post-doctoral position at NIH, in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Appella. The research centers on the development of small molecules binders for folded RNA targets. The lab is developing classes of molecules that bind with high selectivity to RNA structures. The current target is TAR RNA of HIV, and the disruption of the Tat-TAR interaction. The lab has developed the chemistry to make a new class of ligand molecules, using a combination of solid phase synthesis techniques, and the methods have been extended to make libraries of molecules. The lab has also examined the RNA-binding properties using foot printing techniques, and established collaborations with NMR spectroscopists to study the structure of RNA when ligand molecules are bound, and with cell biologists to examine the antival activity. A motivated postdoctoral fellow will find an excellent opportunity to take this project to the next level, which would involve refining the library synthesis and screening procedures for identifying hits from the library, and performing more biochemical experiments to characterize the binding between ligands and their RNA targets. The ideal applicant would have a strong background in chemistry and RNA biochemistry, with experience in solid phase synthesis and in characterization of small molecule-biomolecule binding. Send to: Daniel H. Appella, Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry, NIDDK, NIH, Ph: 301-451-1052, Fax: 301-480-4977, E-mail: appellad@niddk.nih.gov.

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