Chemistry Newsletter - 07/03/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 24 July 3rd, 2006

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Sarah Jewell Wins Two Graduate Fellowships

We are delighted to announce that Sarah Jewell, a student in Helen Blackwell's group, has won two graduate fellowships: the 2006-2007 ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Fellowship, and the 2006-2007 Pfizer Diversity in Organic Chemistry Fellowship. Congratulations Sarah!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

 

9/12/2006

 

9/19/2006

10/17/2006

11/14/2006

12/12/2006

12/19/2006

2/13/2007

3/13/2007

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

9/05/2006

9/26/2006

10/10/2006

10/24/2006

11/7/2006

11/21/2006

12/05/2007

1/23/2007

2/06/2007

2/20/2007

3/06/2007

3/20/2007

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/15/2007

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SEMINARS

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Akira Suzuki, Okayama University. Host: Professor Stahl. “Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reaction of Organoboron Compounds with Organic Electrophiles”

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Wednesday, September, 20th, 2006 - Inorganic and Chemical Education Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Diane Bunce, The Catholic University of America. Hosts are John Moore and Diane Nutbrown.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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He, Y; Wilkins, JP; Kiessling, LL.

N-acylsulfonamide linker activation by Pd-catalyzed allylation.

ORGANIC LETTERS.

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Fisk, JD; Schmitt, MA; Gellman, SH.

Thermodynamic analysis of autonomous parallel beta-sheet formation in water.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY.

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Liu, GS; Stahl, SS.

Highly regioselective Pd-catalyzed intermolecular aminoacetoxylation of alkenes and evidence for cis-aminopalladation and S(N)2C-O bond formation.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY.

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Landis, CR; Weinhold, F.

Origin of trans-bent geometries in maximally bonded transition metal and main group molecules.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY.

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Li, SZ; Schmidt, JR; Corcelli, SA; Lawrence, CP; Skinner, JL.

Approaches for the calculation of vibrational frequencies in liquids: Comparison to benchmarks for azide/water clusters.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS.

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Formaneck, MS; Ma, L; Cui, Q.

Reconciling the "old" and "new" views of protein allostery: A molecular simulation study of chemotaxis Y protein (CheY).

PROTEINS-STRUCTURE FUNCTION AND BIOINFORMATICS.

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Chi, YG; Gellman, SH.

Enantioselective organocatalytic aminomethylation of aldehydes: A role for ionic interactions and efficient access to beta(2)-amino acids.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY.

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Nelson, RC; Landis, CR.

Chiral phospholane ligands applied to rhodium-catalyzed hydroformylation.

CHIMICA OGGI-CHEMISTRY TODAY.

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Simmons, JM; Nichols, BM; Marcus, MS; Castellini, OM; *Hamers, RJ*; Eriksson, MA.

Critical oxide thickness for efficient single-walled carbon nanotube growth on silicon using thin SiO2 diffusion barriers.

SMALL 2 (7): 902-909 JUL 2006

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Sung, BJ; *Yethiraj, A*.

Lateral diffusion and percolation in membranes.

PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 96 (22): Art. No. 228103 JUN 9 2006.

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Han, JX; Takahashi, LK; Lin, W; Lee, E; *Keutsch, FN*; Saykally, RJ.

Terahertz vibration-rotation-tunneling (VRT) spectroscopy of the d(6)-water trimer: Complete characterization of the 2.94 THz torsional band (k(n) = +/- 2(1)<- 0(0)).

CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS 423 (4-6): 344-351 JUN 1 2006.

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Good, DM; *Coon, JJ*.

Advancing proteomics with ion/ion chemistry.

BIOTECHNIQUES 40 (6): 783-789 JUN 2006.

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Copyright © 2006 Thomson ISI

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Rohn & Haas Undergrad Research Award Competition

We call your attention to the announcement of the Rohn & Haas-sponsored NOBCChE undergrad research award competition. Details can be found at: http://www.rohmhaas.com/rhnurac/default.htm.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of Iowa. Advertisement for Program Associate II Department of Chemistry. Direct and oversee all operations of the teaching labs (undergraduate and advanced) including maintenance of facilities, preparation of reagents, maintenance of instructional equipment, purchase and upkeep of instrumentation, and disposal of waste. Promote laboratory safety and regulatory compliance. Oversee and implement policies to ensure safety training and enforcement for TAs and students. Assign Teaching Assistants (TA), manage TA policies, assess TA competency, and maintain record of TA assignments. Develop instructional programs for TAs and users with regard to proper operation, maintenance, and reporting of problems for all instructional equipment. Provide human resource functions including interviewing, selection, training, performance evaluation, salary determination, promotion, and disciplinary action for Laboratory Coordinators, laboratory prep workers and laboratory monitors. Monitor course offerings and enrollments. Initiate and support grant applications for both internal and external programs in support of departmental instructional initiatives. Establish mechanisms to ensure continuity in the laboratory curricula as faculty rotate through assignments. Facilitate long-term development of laboratory curricula at all levels. Prepare special and periodic operational and fiscal reports including TA/prep/monitor budget requests. Assist in undergraduate program assessment with data and analysis of laboratory outcomes and TA effectiveness. A Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required; a Master’s degree or PhD degree is desirable. Considerable (3-5 years) administrative, supervisory and program experience is required. Reasonable (1-3 years) experience in public speaking, technical writing and/or teaching is required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. Must be proficient in computer software applications. Experience using and maintaining advanced instructional instrumentation is required. Please see the complete job description at http://www.chem.uiowa.ed. Applicants should apply at: http://jobs.uiowa.edu by July 7, 2006. Refer to requisition #52856.

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Director of Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratories Position Advertisement: The Department of Chemistry of The University of Chicago invites applications for a renewable non-tenure track (one to three year) appointment, at the rank of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer, that will carry responsibility for the management and supervision of the undergraduate organic laboratories. It is expected that this person (with a Ph.D. in a suitable branch of chemistry) will take an active part in the design of laboratory curriculum and experiments. Rank and length of initial term will be contingent on qualifications. Qualified applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, and arrange for two or more letters of recommendation to be sent to: Michael D. Hopkins, Chairman, Department of Chemistry, The University of Chicago, 5735 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637.

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Surface Chemist. Pacific Biosciences is an early-stage venture backed by world class Venture Capitalists which is delivering next generation DNA Sequencing technologies. Our disruptive technologies backed by protected intellectual property positions will enable us to open up entirely new life science markets by revolutionizing DNA sequencing. Job Description: Pacific Biosciences seeks a Surface (Bio)Chemist with training in Materials Science, Chemistry, Bioengineering or Biochemistry with a strong emphasis in the interactions between biomolecules and surfaces. The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. or MS with 3 or more years experience, eager to work in a interdisciplinary environment and able to plan, conduct and analyze quantitative experiments. Experience in: biomolecular binding assays, fluorescent measurements, conjugation chemistry, microscopy or surface characterization such as elipsometry are a plus. This position will join a team developing a solid-liquid interface to support enzyme binding for DNA sequencing applications. Requirements: Ph.D. or MS with 3 or more years experience in materials science, chemistry, bioengineering or biochemistry. Interested Candidates are invited to forward a resume to careers@pacificbiosciences.com for full consideration.

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The Biological Chemistry and Macromolecular Biophysics Initial Review Group (BCMB IRG) at the Center for Scientific Review, NIH currently has an opening for a Scientific Review Administrator. This is a full time, federal position located in Bethesda, MD. The position is posted on the USA Jobs web site and applications will be accepted untilJuly 13, 2006. It is Job Announcement Number CSR-06-134304-DE and the direct link to it is: http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/getjob.asp?JobID=44719979&AVSDM=2006%2D06%2D22+00%3A01%3A02&Logo=0&q=CSR-06-134304&FedEmp=N&sort=rv&vw=d&brd=3876&ss=0&FedPub=Y&SUBMIT1.x=0&SUBMIT1.y=0. The specific panel that we are hiring for is our small business panel, BCMB 10, that reviews applications in bioanalytical chemistry, chemistry and biophysics. A description of this panel can be found at: http://cms.csr.nih.gov/PeerReviewMeetings/CSRIRGDescription/BCMBIRG/BCMBSEPS.htm. A PhD or MD, one year of independent research experience, one year of administrative experience, and US citizenship are needed to qualify for the position. Experience levels of typical candidates are from senior assistant professor on up. Salary is commensurate with experience and ranges from about $65,000 to $118,000. Contact: John L. Bowers, Ph.D., Chief, Biological Chemistry and Macromolecular Biophysics (BCMB) IRG, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive MSC 7806, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7806, Express/Overnight Mail: 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 4178, Bethesda, Maryland 20817-7806, Phone: (301) 435-1725, Fax: (301) 480-2327, e-mail address: BowersJ@csr.nih.gov.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of New Mexico invites applications and nominations for an open-rank faculty position in Experimental Nanomaterials Chemistry. This is a probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision or may be tenured depending on the title and qualifications. The University is located in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico, in close proximity to the Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Opportunities for collaborations with the National Laboratories and with other research centers on campus are abundant and strongly encouraged. Both beginning and established investigators are welcome, but must have a PhD by appointment date with strong training in one or more areas of materials science. Postdoctoral experience, the potential for excellence in teaching and for developing an outstanding, externally funded, and nationally competitive program related to new and existing nano-science initiatives at the University and national levels are preferred. In addition to these minimum requirements, to be qualified for the position of Assistant Professor, requirements include postdoctoral training, potential for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, potential for developing a research program in the chemistry of materials with a focus in nanomaterials. To be qualified as an Associate Professor, the candidate must meet all of the requirements listed above, and, in addition will have teaching experience and/or experience directing chemistry research activities, and a well-established research program. To be qualified as a full Professor, the candidate must meet all of the requirements listed above, and, in addition will have significant teaching experience and/or significant, highly successful experience directing chemistry research activities and a highly successful externally-recognized research program. A complete application packet, including a signed letter of intent, a current curriculum vitae, a short statement on research interests and research plans, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, and contact information for three references, should be sent to: Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. For best consideration, applications should be received by September 1, 2006. The position will remain open until filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Opportunity at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC. Biomolecular Design for Applications in Sensing. The aim of this program is to develop robust, synthetic peptides as alternatives to large, fragile proteins for use as components in nanopore-based chemical and biological sensors. These peptide components must be capable of forming transmembrane ion channels (nanopores), and must include functionality that renders the passage of ions sensitive to the presence of certain analytes. The primary research opportunity will involve the design of new peptide nanopores using molecular modeling, followed by their synthesis and structural characterization. Parameters to be examined include the relationship between the chemical structures of the peptides and their folded, three-dimensional conformations, as well as strategies for incorporating analyte sensitivity. The Research Associate will also work as part of a larger team to evaluate the ion-channel activity of these molecules and to integrate them into device platforms. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. The specific postdoctoral research opportunity can be found at: http://www4.nationalacademies.org/PGA/rap.nsf/ByTitle/64.15.15.B6383?Op. Salary: ~$62 K/year. For further information, please contact: Thomas D. Clark, Ph.D., Naval Research Laboratory, Division of Chemistry, Washington, DC 20375, (202) 404-1923, e-mail: thomas.clark@nrl.navy.mil.

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