Chemistry Newsletter - 07/06/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 23 July 6th, 2004

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Snout Out 2004

The annual Chemistry Department picnic, the "Snout-Out", is scheduled for Hoyt Park on Saturday, August 28. Please mark your calendar, and we will provide more details as the time approaches. Chris Elles - Graduate Student-Faculty Liaison Committee (GSFLC)

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

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Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:20 PM - Chair’s Office

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Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:20 PM - Room 9341

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nancy S. Goroff, SUNY-Stony Brook.

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Thursday, September 16th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mansuk Kim, Graduate Student.

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shannon Stahl, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Benedict, Graduate Student.

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Santiago, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, September 30th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Igor Alabugin, Florida State University.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.html.

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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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Soltero-Higgin M. Carlson EE. Gruber TD. Kiessling LL.

A unique catalytic mechanism for UDP-galactopyranose mutase.

Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. 11(6):539-543, 2004 Jun.

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Ramesh SG. Sibert EL.

Combined perturbative-variational investigation of the vibrations of CHBr3 and CDBr3.

Journal of Chemical Physics. 120(23):11011-11025, 2004 Jun 15.

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Fujita K. Schenker R. Gu WW. Brunold TC. Cramer SP. Riordan CG.

A monomeric nickel-dioxygen adduct derived from a nickel(I) complex, and O-2.

Inorganic Chemistry. 43(11):3324-3326, 2004 May 31.

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Mowery P. Yang ZQ. Gordon EJ. Dwir O. Spencer AG. Alon R. Kiessling LL.

Synthetic glycoprotein mimics inhibit L-selectin-mediated rolling and promote L-selectin shedding.

Chemistry & Biology. 11(5):725-732, 2004 May.

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Miller BG. Raines RT.

Identifying latent enzyme activities: Substrate ambiguity within modern bacterial sugar kinases.

Biochemistry. 43(21):6387-6392, 2004 Jun 1.

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Chang RW. Jagannathan K. Yethiraj A.

Diffusion of hard sphere fluids in disordered media: A molecular dynamics simulation study - art. no. 051101.

Physical Review E. 6905(5 Part 1):1101, 2004 May.

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Schmitt MA. Weisblum B. Gellman SH.

Unexpected relationships between structure and function in alpha,beta-peptides: Antimicrobial foldamers with heterogeneous backbones.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(22):6848-6849, 2004 Jun 9.

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Shkel IA. Record MT.

Effect of the number of nucleic acid oligomer charges on the salt dependence of stability (Delta G degrees(37)) and melting temperature (T-m): NLPB analysis of experimental data.

Biochemistry. 43(22):7090-7101, 2004 Jun 8.

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Copyright © 2004 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Tulane University's Coordinated Instrumentation Facility seeks an individual to supervise its NMR laboratory. The successful candidate will have at least a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry or related field and two years NMR experience. Experience working in a multi-user environment, operating Bruker Avance NMRs, maintaining NMRs and training users is helpful. The position is responsible for the operation and maintenance of a 500MHz NMR as well as design of experiments and data interpretation. Qualified applicants submit complete packet of cover letter, resume and three professional references to: Human Resources, Uptown Campus, 200 Broadway, Suite 120, New Orleans, LA 70118. Additional information may be obtained from: Deborah A. Grimm, Ph.D., Director, Coordinated Instrumentation Facility, 605 Lindy Boggs Building, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118, 504-865-5142 (phone), 504-865-6768 (fax), web: http://www.tulane.edu/~cif.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Kansas State University. Temporary Faculty Position. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a temporary or visiting faculty member beginning August, 2004. We seek one temporary faculty member with a Ph. D. in chemistry and a strong commitment to undergraduate education to teach freshman undergraduate chemistry courses. Informal enquiries are welcome to the Department Head, Professor Maatta (tel: 785-532-6665; e-mail: eam@ksu.edu; Fax: 785-532-6666. Applicants should submit a letter of application; a complete curriculum vita; copies of transcripts from undergraduate and graduate studies; a statement of teaching philosophy; and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent to: Professor Eric Maatta, Chair Temporary Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, 66506-3701. Screening will commence July 12, 2004 and will continue until a suitable candidates are found. Details of the department can be found at: http://www.ksu.edu/chem.

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Tenure-track Position in Chemical Education, Drexel University. The Department of Chemistry has just been authorized to seek applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track position commencing in September, 2004. The successful candidate will specialize in Chemical Education and will be expected to publish and secure funding in this field. A Ph. D. in chemistry and strong evidence of exceptional teaching skills will be required. It is anticipated that the position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level, but more senior candidates with a strong established track record are encouraged to apply. Instructional duties will predominantly involve teaching in general chemistry. Possibly some teaching in additional areas of chemistry will be appropriate as dictated by the candidate’s background. Information about the university is available at: http://www.drexel.edu. A letter of application, vitae, and three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Dr. Anthony W. Addison, Chair, Tenure-track Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. If the position is not filled for September, 2004 a later start date may be considered.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Post-Doctoral Position available in the University of Utah, Department of Bioengineering. We are seeking two postdoctoral fellows each for a two year appointment beginning in Summer/Fall 2004. These positions are in a dynamic interdisciplinary research group whose target is the identification of biomimetic chemistries for surface modification and the synthesis of novel biomaterials, utilizing combinatorial and parallel approaches in chemistry, biology and materials science. The successful candidates will have a Ph.D. specializing in organic, organometallic, inorganic chemistry or a related field. The positions require the ability to perform small molecule synthesis in solution and solid phase and the ability to synthesize and characterize metal ligand libraries. Independence, creativity and good communication skills are essential. Send a CV and contact information for three references by e-mail to: patrick.kiser@utah.edu, Phone: 801-587-3681.

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Postdoctoral Openings in Ultrafast Nonlinear Spectroscopy, V. A. Apkarian, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697, e-mail: aapkaria@uci.edu. Postdoctoral positions are immediately available in my group, for candidates who have significant experience in experimental ultrafast spectroscopy and nonlinear optics. Funded positions are available for both entry-level postdocs and for more senior research associates (salaries commensurate with experience, according to the University of California pay schedule). The interested candidates should apply to me by sending a letter of interest and a CV, along with names of professional references. The funded projects are in three general areas of research: a) Coherence manipulations with n-wave mixing, applied to quantum logic and coherence control. The conceptual bases of this work were demonstrated in four-wave mixing studies in the gas phase, by logical mapping of coherence manipulations on the universal set of quantum gates [1]. We have also outlined how this approach can be used to execute a quantum search algorithm using shaped pulses [2]. More recently we have used the same tools in condensed phase, to dissect the mechanics of decoherence [3] and to illustrate the preparation of Schroedinger “cat”-states [4]. The ongoing effort is aimed at realizations of quantum algorithms using shaped pulses and control of decoherence. The immediate plans are to extend the studies to quantum dots and to combine the measurements with microscopy. b) Coherence manipulations in superfluid helium. We have completed a unique apparatus that combines a continuous superfluid jet, which can be seeded with atoms, molecules or electrons, with ultrafast laser sources, to carry out time resolved measurements and manipulations in this unusual medium. An earlier (pulsed) version of this apparatus was reported [5], and unique advantages of time-resolved measurements were demonstrated [6] along with theoretical advances to treat real-time dynamics in superfluid helium [7]. The ongoing effort is aimed at optical manipulations of dopants and the quantum bath, to demonstrate macroscopic coherences. c) We recently received funding to carry out a collaborative effort (with five Pis) in studies of clathrate hydrates, from the fundamental chemical physics to applied science and engineering. Ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy is only one aspect of this work, the greater scope being the understanding of global impacts of clathrate hydrates to the energy economy and environment. Send to: V. A. Apkarian, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697, e-mail: aapkaria@uci.edu.

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