Chemistry Newsletter - 07/03/2000

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXXV No. 24 July 3rd, 2000

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22nd Annual Greater Chemistry Open

The 22nd annual Greater Chemistry Open was a huge success, with a field of 48 golfers and some sizzling scores. The team of Jim Weisshaar, JimSkinner, Peter Belshaw and Jim Schuler ran away from the field in the nine-hole scramble, with a record-setting five under par score of 31. The match-play portion of the event wasn't even close; with our new GCO champ - Mike Kavana shooting a sub-par round of 34 - also a new record for this open. Mike played the last two holes with a birdie and an eagle. The rest of the field enjoyed the comradery of fellow colleagues in the comfortable atmosphere of the Madison Curling Club, where the picnic and the awards ceremony were held. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated. Marv Kontney

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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 1221.

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SEMINARS

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None Available for this Newsletter

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Recent Publications

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Olson JA; Nordell KJ; Chesnik MA; Landis CR; Ellis AB; Rzchowski MS; Condren SM; Lisensky GC.

Simple and inexpensive classroom demonstrations of nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 2000, Vol 77, Iss 7, pp 882-889.

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Klink TA; Raines RT.

Conformational stability is a determinant of ribonuclease A cytotoxicity.

JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY 2000, Vol 275, Iss 23, pp 17463-17467.

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Shkel IA; Tsodikov OV; Record MT.

Complete asymptotic solution of cylindrical and spherical Poisson-Boltzmann equations at experimental salt concentrations.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 2000, Vol 104, Iss 21, pp 5161-5170.

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Ferris TD; Zeidler MD; Farrar TC.

The concentration dependence of the proton chemical shift and the deuterium quadrupole coupling parameter for binary solutions of ethanol.

MOLECULAR PHYSICS 2000, Vol 98, Iss 11, pp 737-744.

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Fei ZD; Smith LM.

Analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms by primer extension and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

RAPID COMMUNICATIONS IN MASS SPECTROMETRY 2000, Vol 14, Iss 11, pp 950-959.

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Copyright © 2000 Institute for Scientific Information

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

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/placement/7news.html

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at Bates College has an opening for an ASSISTANT IN INSTRUCTION (AI). The AI's primary responsibility will be to direct the department's introductory chemistry laboratory offerings. This will include teaching some laboratory sections, preparing materials for the laboratories, developing and writing new labs, scheduling experiments, and directing the student teaching assistants. A bachelor's degree is required (chemistry degree preferred). The position will become available August 1, 2000. This position has been funded for 12 months, with the possibility it will become a regular position. Applicants should send a resume, all college transcripts, a brief statement of teaching philosophy and background, and the names of three references to: Chair, Department of Chemistry, c/o Personnel Office, Bates College 215 College St., Lewiston, ME 04240. The search committee will begin evaluating applications on July 14, 2000.

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St. Cloud State University seeks applications for a fixed-term appointment at the assistant professor level in the Department of Chemistry from August 28, 2000-May 15, 2000. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in general chemistry and possibly in area of expertise. PH D in chemistry required; teaching experience preferred. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons culturally diverse backgrounds. Salary dependent upon qualification and experience. Fourteen member Chemistry Department with ACS approved program. The completed application must include a vita, transcripts (unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the initial screening process), and three recent letters of reference sent directly from the evaluators. The successful candidate will be required to complete an application form and provide official transcripts sent directly from the appropriate institutions. Send application materials to: Search Committee, Chemistry Department, Math-Science 358, St. Cloud State University, 720 Fourth Avenue South, St. Cloud, NIN 56301-4498. Phone: (320) 255-303 1. Fax: (320) 255-4262. Screening of application files will begin on July 7 and position remains open until filled.

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UW-Marshfield/Wood County - Chemistry Lecturer Position to teach the first semester of a year sequence of General Chemistry. Twelve contact hours/week. Minimum of Masters Degree in Chemistry required. This position is for the fall 2000 semester only. Possibility exists for renewal of contract for the spring 2001 semester. Send resume and transcripts to: Professor Tom Marty, Chair, UW-Colleges Chemistry Dept., UW-Marshfield/Wood County, 2000 W. 5th St., Marshfield, WI 54449. Application deadline is July 17. Further information is available by contacting Tom Marty at tmarty@uwc.edu or calling 715-389-6502

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Delaware State University Department of Chemistry invites applications for two tenure-track positions in the areas of Analytical Chemistry, and Biotechnology as related to Chemistry, beginning August, 2000. Applicants shall be able to interface with traditional chemical disciplines and evolving interdisciplinary science areas. Candidates should have a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring research in the undergraduate and graduate programs and be able to establish active externally funded research programs. All applicants must have a Ph.D. in chemistry preferably with postdoctoral or previous academic / industrial experiences. A complete application for consideration will consist of hard copies of a curriculum vitae, including a publication list and a detailed description of research interests and plans, a statement of teaching philosophy, copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts and three letters of recommendations to: Ronald C Machen, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, Delaware State University, Dover, DR 19901. Email: rmachen@dsu.edu .

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The Minnesota Academy of Mathematics & Science seeks an Instructor of Chemistry and Biochemistry for the 2000-2001 academic year. A Ph.D. in biochemistry is required. The person appointed will be responsible for the chemical and biochemical education of gifted and motivated high school students from around the world. The ability to teach a wide range of classes from General Chemistry through Biochemistry, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology is required. Candidates must be committed to teaching excellence. An ability to apply computer technology to the classroom setting is a plus. Applications are currently being accepted and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The expected start date is July 17,2000. Please send a curriculum vita, a brief description of teaching philosophy and scholarly interests, academic transcripts (official copies required only for finalists), and three letters of recommendation to: Chemistry/Biochemistry Position Search Chair, The Minnesota Academy of Mathematics & Science, 1165 West Broadway, Winona, Minnesota 55987, (507)453-5400 (phone), (507)453-5406 (fax).

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Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for a visiting faculty position in Biochemistry during its second and third terms, 2000-01 (beginning November 27, 2000). Teaching duties will include Biochemistry lecture and lab as well as some General Chemistry classes and labs. This position will be upgraded to a full-time tenure-track position beginning 2001-02, and the visiting faculty person could choose to be a candidate for that position. The candidate must have earned or be near to completing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or Molecular Biology, and preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and an appreciation of Augustana College's commitment to the liberal arts. Carrying out research projects with undergraduate students is encouraged but not required. All application materials should be received by August 15, 2000, and sent to: Dr. Richard Jurasek, Dean, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL 61201. The application should include vitae, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chemistry Department. Technical Assistantship: NMR Spectroscopy. The Department is seeking applicants for two technical assistant positions for NMR spectroscopy to begin in September 2000 (fall session). Applicants must have already taken fall or spring semester Chem. 636, and will primarily assist in teaching labs for this course. Other duties are involved with these positions. These positions should be valuable to the individual and his or her research group because of the additional expertise the student will gain in NMR spectroscopic techniques. Please contact: The NMR Director, Dr. Charlie Fry, e-mail: fry@chem.wisc.edu or 262-3182 immediately if you are interested.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison. Technical Assistant Position Available in X-ray Crystallography. The Chemistry Department is seeking applicants for one Technical Assistant position to begin in September 2000 (fall semester). Applicants must have taken Chemistry 613 or its equivalent. Duties primarily include collecting and analyzing single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. To apply, please contact either Doug Powell (263-4694 room 2225) or Charles Fry (262-3182 room 2233).

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ATMI Analytical Systems. Advanced Applications Chemist. The Semiconductor industry has embarked on a new era with the copper interconnect business and ATMI-Analytical Sytems is poised to enter the ring with the copper bath process monitoring tool. We have successfully completed beta testing of our electrochemical analysis tool used on-line during electrolytic copper deposition onto wafers. Our electrochemical process monitoring device is the culmination of both nine years of experience in electrochemical inorganic analysis and some very recent cutting edge technology developed in house. Our techniques are novel and robust which has put us in the unique position of having our product in very strong demand. The environment is intense, fast paced, exciting, and presents the ideal opportunity for someone thinking of entering into the semiconductor industry. We need a highly qualified analytical electrochemist to work on advanced applications for process monitoring in the semiconductor industry. The ideal candidate must possess a thorough understanding of electrochemical concepts as relates to mass transfer and metal deposition and have strong familiarity with surface analysis techniques. Proof of excellent oral and written communication skills will be necessary and some travel component for customer interaction will be required. This position will require:

* Electrochemical applications development with respect to copper, solder, and various precious metals electrochemistries.

* Surface science analysis of electrode materials.

* Assisting in field startups.

* Technology liaison during customer presentations.

* Identifying and establishing feasibility of new analytical techniques for fluid process monitoring.

We are looking to fill this position immediately. Please forward resumes to: Mackenzie E. King, Manager of Engineering, ATMI Analytical Systems, 975 E. Deerfield Pkwy., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089.

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Job Req in our group for a spectroscopist. Email resume to me or larry.fredrickson@intel.com . Requisition Number: 170785 Business Job Title: Sr. Process Engineer Hire Type: Recent College Graduate Shift: 01 Work Site(s): Oregon Hiring Manager: Fredrickson,Larry R Manager Phone Number: 613-6614 Org Unit Name: Mgr Mfg/Eng High Level Organization: LTD Manager Work Site: Oregon Manager Mail Stop: RA1-232 Contact Name: Fredrickson, Larry R Contact Phone: 613-6614. Responsibilities and Skills: The successful candidate will be responsible for designing experiments and systems for collecting data, maintaining emissions models based on the collected data, identifying major sources of emissions, designing and executing projects to reduce those emissions in concert with process development engineering efforts. The initial thrust will be waste water treatment (specifically HF waste). Candidate will need to be able to apply advanced principles of chemistry and chemical engineering across a broad range of projects. Candidate must be able to work successfully in a team and matrixed environment and possess excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Familiarity with Excel and Word are necessary Candidate must possess a Ph.D. in a branch of Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. Background in Environmental Engineering is a plus. Kathleen Fiehrer Environmental Process Engineer (503) 613-9034 Numeric Page (503) 202-8805 FAX (503) 613-8964. Please phone before sending a FAX Mailstop RA1-232.

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At the Fraunhofer Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBMT), Magnetic Resonance, we have a position opened. The ideal candidate has experiences with NMR and/or MRI (either technical (HF, RF-Engineering), or application of NMR-techniques to materials science research and/ or life sciences. The candidate will operate a 400 NMR machine, equipped with all kinds of NMR studies from High-Resolution-, Solid-State-NMR, Microimaging, and various MAS-techniques and various state-of-the art computer systems (Sun Ultra 60, SGI, SGI-NT). Furthermore, management of research projects is required. Knowledge in one or more of the following fields is of advantage: Diffusion measurements, Micro-Imaging, MAS-Spectroscopy, Biomolecules-NMR, Materials Research with NMR and/or FT-IR, Polymer-Research, Soft Matter, Bio-and Model-membranes, Management of own research projects. The contract will be for 2 - 3 years and can be extended. The Magnetic Resonance Group has a strong co-operation with the University of Saarland and is involved in lecturing there. This might be important for candidates, who look in long terms for an University career. Engineers, Physicists, Chemists, and Biochemists are encouraged to apply. Please send application letter (e-mail is possible) to: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Frank Volke Fraunhofer Institut f. Biomedizinische Technik (IBMT) Leiter der Arbeitsgruppe Magnetische Resonanz Ensheimer Str. 48; D-66386 St. Ingbert Tel.: ++49 (0) 6894 980 405; Fax.: ++49 (0) 6894 980 400, WEB-Information: http://www.ibmt.fhg.de, http://www.ibmt.fhg.de/Arbeitsgebiete/magresonanz.htm , http://toaster.exphysik.uni-leipzig.de/frank .

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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ETH Zurich. Institute of Physical Chemistry Fully paid 0-3 years Postdoctoral and Ph.D. student positions in NMR. Debut: as soon as possible Description: Structural analysis of large proteins using high resolution liquid state NMR. The aim of the project is to establish and further develop a new type of solution NMR technique TROSY (Transverse Relaxation Optimized Spectroscopy) in applications to larger biomolecular systems such as oligomeric proteins, protein/protein complexes and solubilized in membrane mimicking media integral membrane proteins. The job includes a broad range of molecular biological and spectroscopic objectives such as cloning, overexpression and isotope labeling of proteins for NMR analysis developing new NMR experiments supporting structural analysis of biomolecules investigation of intramolecular dynamics using NMR relaxation and computer simulations high resolution NMR structure determination of soluble and membrane proteins The candidate should have a diploma or equivalent degree in biology, chemistry, physics or natural sciences. For the postdoctoral position Ph.D. in natural sciences and related experience in molecular biology or NMR are required. Remarks: The candidate will work in the environment of the fully equipped molecular biology laboratory, high-end brand new Unix cluster, brand new 600 MHz DRX Bruker spectrometer equipped with the cryo-probe and get regular access to 800/900 state of the art DRX Bruker spectrometer. Address of contact: The candidate should send a full CV together with a motivation letter to: Prof. Dr. Konstantin Pervushin, Institute fur Molekularbiologie und Biophysik, ETH-Honggerberg, HPK G-5 CH 8093, Zurich, Switzerland Work: ++41-1-6336839 FAX: ++41-1-6331073 Home: ++41-76-3162056 (Natel) http://www.mol.biol.ethz.ch/wuthrich/people/perv/CV/Pervushin.html .

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Assistant Professor Felicia A. Etzkorn of the University of Virginia has two openings, one for a postdoctoral associate to work on a hot new project on regulation of the cell cycle recently awarded funding by either the NIH or American Cancer Society. She is seeking an organic chemist with good synthesis skills and a willingness to acquire new skills. The research involves synthesis and bioassay of peptide-mimic inhibitors of the peptidyl-prolyl isomerase, Pinl. It may also involve the study of protein folding with Pinl as catalyst. Pinl is an essential enzyme in regulation of mitosis and thus may be an important new cancer target. The second position involves using 3D structure-activity computations to develop new inhibitors of histone deacetylase, another key regulator of the cell cycle. The organic chemist would also be responsible for synthesis and bioassay of the resulting inhibitors. Experience with the particular computational method is not required; training will be given. Please send to: Felicia A. Etzkorn, Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department, University of Virginia, PO Box 400319, Phone: (804)-924-3135, FAX: (804)-924-3710, E-mail: etzkom@virginia.edu , Rm. 288A Chemistry, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4319.

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Jean Chmielewski of Purdue University is seeking qualified candidates for postdoctoral positions within her research group. She is currently looking for postdoctorals for two areas of research within her group: Design and synthesis of agents to disrupt protein-protein interactions in HIV enzymes: Development of novel self-replicating peptide systems. Potential applicants should send their C.V. and three letters of recommendation to: Jean Chmielewski, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, chml@purdue.edu .

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Postdoc positions available with the NIEHS/NIH free radical Metabolite group. One or more post-doctoral positions in the biological ESR group are open immediately with a salary of $28,000 or more depending on experience. Health insurance is included. Studies of protein-derived tyrosyl and tryptophanyl radicals and of nitric oxide in humans are currently active. In vitro and in vivo investigations of free radical metabolites of toxic chemicals and drugs are also active. Individuals with a background in ESR or immunology are invited to apply. The applicant must have a Ph.D, or MD with less than five years of previous post-doctoral experience. Please send curriculum vitae to: Dr. Ronald P. Mason, NIEHS/NIH, P.O. Box 12233, MD FO-01, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, fax: (919) 541-1043, Email: mason4@niehs.nih.gov .

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