Chemistry Newsletter - 07/05/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 22 July 5th, 2005

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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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Tuesday, September 6th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Todd D. Krauss, University of Rochester. “Single Carbon Nanotube Electronics and Photonics”

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Bowman, Emory University. “Large Amplitude Motion in Reaction Dynamics and Vibrations”

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Huey W. Huang, Rice University. “Membrane Active Peptides Induce Structural Changes in Lipid Bilayers”

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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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Book AJ. Yang PZ. Scalf M. Smith LM. Vierstra RD.

Tripeptidyl peptidase II. An oligomeric protease complex from Arabidopsis.

Plant Physiology. 138(2):1046-1057, 2005 Jun.

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Tumanskii B. Pine P. Apeloig Y. Hill NJ. West R.

Radical reactions of a stable N-heterocyclic germylene: EPR study and DFT calculation.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(23):8248-8249, 2005 Jun 15.

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Schwartz MP. Barlow DE. Russell JN. Butler JE. D'Evelyn MP. Hamers RJ.

Adsorption of acrylonitrile on diamond and silicon (001)-(2 x 1) surfaces: Effects of dimer structure on reaction pathways and product distributions.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(23):8348-8354, 2005 Jun 15.

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Huang ZY. Jin S. Markowich PA. Sparber C. Zheng CX.

A time-splitting spectral scheme for the Maxwell-Dirac system.

Journal of Computational Physics. 208(2):761-789, 2005 Sep 20.

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Sibert EL. Castillo-Chara J.

Theoretical studies of the potential surface and vibrational spectroscopy of CH3OH and its deuterated analogs - art. no. 194306.

Journal of Chemical Physics. 122(19):94306, 2005 May 15.

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Bain R. Jacobsen JJ. Maynard JH. Moore JW.

Chemistry Comes Alive!, Volume 7 - Abstract of Special Issue 32, a CD-ROM of Flames and Explosions.

Journal of Chemical Education. 82(7):1102A-1104, 2005 Jul.

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Hamers RJ. Butler JE. Lasseter T. Nichols BM. Russell JN. Tse KY. Yang WS.

Molecular and biomolecular monolayers on diamond as an interface to biology.

Diamond & Related Materials. 14(3-7 Special Issue SI):661-668, 2005 Mar-Jul.

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Copyright © 2005 Thomson ISI

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Chemistry Library Workshops

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Emily Wixson of the Chemistry Library will offer the following workshops during the month of July. NO registration is necessary. Refreshments served. Hope you can attend.

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Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire: Searching for Organic, Inorganic and Organometallic Compound Information.

Tuesday, July 12, 10 - 11 AM, Chem Library, Rm. 2361 Chem Bldg. Refreshments.

Provides an overview of the Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire databases and search features, including structure, substructure, and property data. Modifying record display, combined structure and fact editor searching, exporting information, and client availability will be discussed. Reaction searching covered separately on July 19. Hands-on practice included.

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SciFinder Scholar 2004: Searching the Chemical Literature.

Tuesday, July 12, 11 AM - 12 PM, Chem Library, Rm. 2361 Chem Bldg. Refreshments.

Provides an overview of SciFinder Scholar databases and search features, including structure, substructure, and research topic. Use of ANALYZE/REFINE for improved retrieval, remote access, and downloading for citation management also covered. Reaction searching covered separately on July 19. Hands-on practice included.

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Searching for Reaction Information.

Tuesday, July 19, 10 - 11:30 AM, Chem Library, Rm. 2361 Chem Bldg. Refreshments.

Provides an overview of reaction searching in Beilstein/Gmelin, SciFinder Scholar, Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis, and MDL Reaction Browser. This workshop assumes basic knowledge of structure searching in Beilstein, Gmelin, and SciFinder Scholar. Hands-on practice included.

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RefWorks: Web-Based Citation Management.

Tuesday, July 26, 10 - 11 AM, Chem Library, Rm. 2361 Chem Bldg. Refreshments.

Covers basic RefWorks features, including organizing records, searching and sorting records, importing records electronically from MadCat and chemistry databases, and preparing bibliographies. Hands-on practice included.

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EndNote, Part 1: Managing Chemistry Literature.

Tuesday, July 26, 11 AM - 12 PM, Chem Library, Rm. 2361 Chem Bldg. Refreshments.

Covers basic EndNote features, including organization of databases and records, searching and sorting records, importing records electronically from MadCat, chemistry databases (Current Contents, SciFinder Scholar, and Web of Science) and preparing bibliographies. Learn how to set up your EndNote database initially to avoid later style formatting hassles. EndNote, Part 2: Journal Term Lists, Import Filters and Output Styles” is a hands-on workshop developed for research groups and individuals.

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ACS Women Chemists Committee Travel Awards- Year 2006

 

The Eli Lilly & Company is sponsoring a program to provide funding for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral women chemists to travel to scientific meetings in 2006 to present the results of their research. Grants may be applied only for registration, travel, and accommodations, and are restricted to travel to meetings within the United States. Grant funds are limited, but there are some funds set aside for undergraduates. Only U. S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Applications should be limited to one per research group. Awards will be given with preference to the following order: (1) any applicant who will be making her first presentation (regardless of format) at a national or major meeting, (2) graduate or postdoctoral applicants who have not presented at a national or major meeting since leaving undergraduate school. Women who have received a prior award under this program are ineligible. The deadline dates for receipt of applications are as follows: September 15, 2005 - Meetings between January 1 and June 30, 2006; February 1, 2006 - Meetings between July 1 and December 31, 2006. In order to apply for the award, please submit the following: A resume (include permanent address). A completed official application form that you must download from http://membership.acs.org/W/WCC/travap00.pdf. The application form is also available from the WCC Staff Liaison at the American Chemical Society. (See address below or call 800/227-5558, ext. 6334; or wcc@acs.org. An abstract of the work to be presented, using the official ACS meeting abstract form (or printed copy of an online abstract submission). An abstract form can be located at: http://www.acs.org/meetings/regional. Click onto Abstract Information and then ACS Standard Abstract Form in Hard Copy. If the abstract is not on the official meeting abstract form, a reason must be stated on the application form. You will also need to submit your paper through the meeting registration process independent of this Travel Award application. A letter detailing the reasons you want this award (both scientific and financial), and specifying whether you have made a previous presentation at a national or major meeting. A letter from your advisor confirming your participation in the meeting at which you will be making your presentation, commenting on your technical ability and potential, and listing any other travel support that would be available from the department or research grants. Awards will be made on the basis of scientific merit and financial need, with the WCC Membership/Awards Subcommittee serving as the selection jury. Through this program, the Eli Lilly & Company continues to increase the participation of women in the chemical sciences. Please send your application to: Ms. Felicia Foxworth Dixon, Women Chemists Committee, American Chemical Society, 1155 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Michigan State University - Specialist. Applications and recommendations are invited for a Specialist position at Michigan State University. A Ph.D. in Education, Chemistry, or a Laboratory Science is required. Duties include supervision of the Department's Undergraduate Program Office that includes our General Chemistry Program, BS and BA degree programs, and a new BS/MS Professional Masters Degree program. The coordinator will be responsible for implementing the BS/MS degree program and will play an important role in planning and coordinating recruiting efforts. The coordinator will also be responsible for undergraduate advising and lead the Department's efforts at the summer Academic Orientation Program. This position carries an annual appointment based on the continuing appointment system. Review of applications will begin July 29, 2005, but late submissions will be considered if suitable candidates are not identified by the deadline. Applicants should send a resume and three letters of reference to: Professor John L. McCracken, Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1322. More information about the Chemistry Department at MSU may be found at http://www.chemistry.msu.edu.

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Due to a sudden medical leave retirement and significantly increased enrollments in the sciences at UW-La Crosse, the Department of Chemistry is now seeking to make 2 emergency hires for 1-year teaching positions in organic and general chemistry for the 2005-2006 academic year. These visiting lecturer positions could be excellent opportunities for recent PhDs or post-docs wishing to gain additional teaching experiences in chemistry. The general chemistry position will involve lecture, recitation, and laboratory assignments, and the organic position will primarily involve laboratory teaching assignments (and significant experience with NMR techniques and routine maintenance of the instrument is desirable). Interested candidates should immediately forward their current CV to the department chair at: monte.aaro@uwlax.edu, and then call 608-785-8260 to discuss the position of interest. Time is of the essence, so candidates responding first will receive priority. The chemistry department will be conducting national searches for 2 similar, permanent, tenure-track faculty positions (“organic spectroscopist” & “yet-to-be-defined”) during the fall semester of 2005. Those filling the 1-year positions would be welcome to apply for these, when advertised.

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Sanchez Industrial Design Inc. Applications Engineer - Spectrometry. Qualifications: Travel required (domestic, possibly international, 50% +); Background: Organic chemistry (graduate level > 400), Mathematics / statistics (level > 300), Spectroscopy, spectrometry and chemometrics (quantitative analysis field experience a plus), Infrared spectroscopy experience desired (Mid- and Near-IR); Personality: Mature personality, Experience in dealing with customers on-site, capable of independent critical thinking and analysis to solve problems on-site, Capable to work under pressure; Ambitions and ethics: Performs at or above expectations, Opportunity to expand within a fast-growth company and competitive environment; Experience in the infrared instrumentation industry a definite plus; Multilingual (English, and at least one of the following: Spanish, French, German, Japanese). Location: Either Midwest (Madison, WI or Chicago land, IL) or West Coast (Pleasanton, CA). Compensation: base + performance bonus, commensurate with experience. Medical & dental coverage + 401(k). Official Job Description - Field Service Engineer II: Installs, troubleshoots, and maintains products/equipment.; Trains employees, identifies; analyzes, and repairs product failures, orders and replaces parts as needed; Determines and recommends which products or services best fit the customers' needs; Requires a bachelor's degree in area of specialty and 2-4 years of experience in the field or in a related area; Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field; Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals; Performs a variety of tasks; Works under general supervision; A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required; Typically reports to a supervisor or manager. Please contact: Gonzalo Sanchez, Sanchez Industrial Design Inc., 3510 West Beltline Hwy., Middleton, WI 53562, Tel. (608) 824-9428, Fax (608) 824-9425.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Queens College, the City College of New York has a position for a substitute Assistant Professor in Chemical Education available beginning in Fall 2005. Excellent oratory and pedagogical skills in motivating undergraduate students, experience in student-centered teaching methods, developing evaluation procedures and web-based teaching tools are required. He/she will work with existing faculty in the department to teach introductory freshmen chemistry lecture and lab, and coordinate lecture and laboratory curriculum modifications designed to enhance student self-learning, reduce W/F rates, and develop lower cost, less environmentally demanding laboratory experiments. Queens College, a senior college of the City University of New York, offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemistry, but at the undergraduate level, serves an ethnically-diverse, commuter population. Collaborative research with the existing faculty to probe new approaches addressing the needs of these commuter students and to provide self-learning tools accessible from both on and off the campus is strongly encouraged. Initial appointment will be for one year and may be renewed subject to funding and evaluation. Our goal is to convert this substitute position to a tenure-track faculty position for which the candidate will be eligible to apply. Please apply to: Harry Gafney, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Queens College, CUNY, Flushing, NY 11367-1597, Tel: 718-997-4114, E-Mail: hgafney@qc1.qc.edu.


POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Post-doctoral Position. The Atomic and Molecular Physics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is looking for a molecular spectroscopist to help with maintenance and development of the HITRAN database. The post would be ideal for someone who has experience in research involving spectral parameters of the molecules already included in the database. The candidate will be collaborating closely with Dr. Laurence S. Rothman who manages the HITRAN program. The HITRAN database (see http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/HITRAN) has been in existence since the early seventies. It consists of the spectroscopic parameters for a range of molecules which are the main radiative absorbers in the terrestrial atmosphere. Current database development also involves parameters needed for modeling of the absorption in the high-temperature region, and will involve extensions to planetary atmospheres. The database has been widely used in various research and industrial applications, and is the world-wide standard in molecular spectroscopy. It is continuously updated and improved by the most recent high-resolution experimental data and theoretical models. Job Responsibilities: Performing new data evaluation for potential implementation into the database. Importing data, which originate from very diverse sources, into the HITRAN format. Continuous validation of new and old data, and presenting results at conferences and in professional journals. Maintaining detailed database documentation, referencing, and a web site. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Understanding of spectroscopic parameters such as: absorption line positions, intensities, temperature/pressure dependencies, collisional broadening, line shifts, etc. Interest in extension of the database, such as to the high-temperature region. Knowledge of Fortran and JAVA programming; familiarity with Microsoft Access is helpful. Familiarity with UNIX, WINDOWS and MAC operating systems/platforms. Good communication skills. Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in Physics. The position can be filled at the post-doctoral level. Initial appointment is for one year with potential extension on a yearly basis. Annual stipend: $48,000 plus 50% health insurance reimbursement. Candidates should send curriculum vitae, 3 letters of reference, and summary of research interest to: Dr. Laurence S. Rothman at: Lrothman@cfa.harvard.edu or to the postal address below before 1 August 2005. Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Mail Stop 50, 60 Garden St Cambridge MA 02138-1516.

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