Chemistry Newsletter - 07/07/2008

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXII - No. 23 July 7th, 2008

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2008 Organic Picnic

The Organic Picnic is scheduled for Thursday, July 31st at 4 P.M. in the Vilas Park shelter. Check the flyers throughout the building for more details & information.

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July Chem Library Workshops

Emily Wixson will teach the following drop-in workshops in the Chemistry Library this month. Workshops are Tuesdays noon-1:15. No registration is needed.

Tuesday, July 8: 12-1:15 PM. SciFinder Scholar 2006: Searching the Chemical Literature.

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

Tuesday, July 15: 12-1:15 PM. Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire: Searching for Organic, Inorganic and Organometallic Compound Information.

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. Hands-on practice included.

Tuesday, July 22: 12-1:15 PM. EndNote: Managing Chemistry Literature.

Covers basic EndNote features, including organization of databases and records, searching and sorting records, importing records electronically from chemistry databases (SciFinder Scholar, and Web of Science) and preparing bibliographies. Learn how to set up your EndNote database initially to avoid later style formatting hassles. Last 15 minutes devoted to EndNote Web and managing NIH PubMed Central IDs with EndNote. Bring your laptop to work on your own EndNote library.

If you prefer a customized workshop for you and/or your research groups, contact Emily

Tuesday, July 29: 12-1:15 PM. RefWorks: Web-Based Citation Management.

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.

If you prefer a customized workshop for you and/or your research groups, contact me.

Emily N. Wixson, Senior Academic Librarian.

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SEMINARS

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Don Tilley, Berkeley.

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Saturday, September 13th, 2008 - SNOUT OUT 2008, 12 Noon-5:00 p.m., Rennebohm Park. Sponsored by GSFLC. Food, drinks, softball & general fun!

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Terrance Collins, Carnegie Mellon University. “Iron-TAML activators: effective green chemistry catalysts for peroxide activation”

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 - Ferry Lecture in Macromolecular Science, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jean Frechet.

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Friday, October 3rd, 2008 - Ferry Lecture in Macromolecular Science, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jean Frechet.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christina White, University of Illinois.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joseph Ready, University of Texas-Southwestern.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Hoye, University of Minnesota.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Hergenrother, University of Illinois.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 - Organic Chemistry - Abbott Lecturers, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dave Evans, Harvard University.

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Recent Publications

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An equilibrium focused approach to calculating the Raman spectrum of the symmetric OH stretch in formic acid dimer.

Barnes, GL; Sibert, EL*.

JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY 249 (2): 78-85 JUN 2008.

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Dual mechanism of bacterial lethality for a cationic sequence-random copolymer that mimics host-defense antimicrobial peptides.

Epand, RF; Mowery, BP; Lee, SE; Stahl, SS*; Lehrer, RI; Gellman, SH*; Epand, RM.

JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 379 (1): 38-50 MAY 23 2008.

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Molecular view of the isothermal transformation of a stable glass to a liquid.

Swallen, SF; Kearns, KL; Satija, S; Traynor, K; McMahon, RJ*; Ediger, MD*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 128 (21): Art. No. 214514 JUN 7 2008.

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A fluorescence polarization assay for identifying ligands that bind to vascular endothelial growth factor.

Peterson, KJ; Sadowsky, JD; Scheef, EA; Pal, S; Kourentzi, KD; Willson, RC; Bresnick, EH; Sheibani, N; Gellman, SH*.

ANALYTICAL BIOCHEMISTRY 378 (1): 8-14 JUL 1 2008.

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All-electron scalar relativistic basis sets for third-row transition metal atoms.

Pantazis, DA; Chen, XY; Landis, CR*; Neese, F.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THEORY AND COMPUTATION 4 (6): 908-919 JUN 2008.

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Evasion of ribonuclease inhibitor as a determinant of ribonuclease cytotoxicity.

Rutkoski, TJ; Raines, RT*.

CURRENT PHARMACEUTICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY 9 (3): 185-199 JUN 2008.

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Residue-specific contact order and contact breadth in single-domain proteins: Implications for folding as a function of chain elongation.

Kurt, N; Mounce, BC; Ellison, PA; Cavagnero, S*.

BIOTECHNOLOGY PROGRESS 24 (3): 570-575 MAY-JUN 2008.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Senior Laboratory Services Coordinator (#8356), Job Requisition #: 155879. The University of Minnesota Duluth, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry seeks candidates for a 100% time, 12-month continuing position available immediately. The primary mission of the department is to teach courses for a variety of programs and to perform research. The individual we are seeking will fill a Senior Laboratory Services Coordinator (#8356) position with the following responsibilities:

Duties: (70%) Support instructional laboratories in the Chemistry Building; (30%) Manage NMR instruments (300 MHz in SSB and 500 MHz in Chem Building).

Essential Qualifications: BS/BA degree in chemistry or closely related field and four full years of related experience or post high school training and related experience totaling eight years; Basic understanding of chemistry experimentation, reagents, laboratory techniques, etc.; Operation and maintenance experience with scientific instrumentation, computers and software.

Desired Qualifications: Operation and maintenance experience with chemical scientific instrumentation (e.g. NMR, FTIR, fluorimeter, chromatographic instruments, MS, etc.) and computers to which they are interfaced; Desire and ability to learn increasingly technical skills; Strong interpersonal and communication skills; Evidence of being a contributing team member; Managerial skills; Good time management skills.

For More Information Contact: Dr. Paul Kiprof, Head, UMD Chemistry & Biochemistry, 1039 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812, pkiprof@d.umn.edu, web: http://www.d.umn.edu/chem. To apply for this position, please visit the University of Minnesota Employment System website: https://employment.umn.edu, using Job Requisition #155879. The application will consist of the electronic application form plus the following materials, which must be attached electronically: letter of application (with current email address and telephone number); resume; and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references. The deadline to apply is July 13, 2008. The University of Minnesota Duluth strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

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Chemist. Kalexsyn is currently seeking excellent synthetic organic chemists to join our highly regarded chemistry team. A minimum of a B.S degree in chemistry with 5 years of laboratory experience is required. Applicants with an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in synthetic organic chemistry are preferred. A strong working knowledge of organic reactions and mechanisms is required and the ability to interpret NMR and Mass Spectral data is essential. This position requires the demonstrated ability to work independently in the laboratory, solving problems in synthetic routes and making compounds in a timely fashion. A broad knowledge of purification techniques for small molecules is expected. Candidates must also be very comfortable with computers, electronic notebooks, and electronic literature searching. Kalexsyn is a contract medicinal chemistry research company located in Kalamazoo, Michigan in a 20,000 square foot, newly constructed, state of the art laboratory building. The Kalexsyn staff is comprised of highly skilled synthetic organic chemists with world class credentials. We have a diverse, international clientele of pharmaceutical and biotech companies. More information about Kalexsyn can be found at http://exsyn.com. Please e-mail resumes along with research summaries and contact information for three references to: Dr. Robert C. Gadwood at rcgadwood@kalexsyn.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry and the Environmental Studies Program at Illinois Wesleyan University are seeking a full-time, visiting instructor or part-time instructors to teach courses in analytical chemistry and environmental science for the 2008-2009 academic year. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in the chemical or environmental sciences (or anticipate having one in the near future) and be interested in teaching in an undergraduate institution that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction and undergraduate research. Qualified candidates will be prepared to teach courses in at least one of the following areas and preferably in all three: upper-level analytical chemistry courses (quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis), environmental science courses (earth systems science and a course in the instructor’s area of expertise); and general chemistry. Illinois Wesleyan has an ACS approved Chemistry Department and a thriving Environmental Studies Program. Complete applications (a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, a description of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests, and three letters of reference) should be sent to: Dr. Becky Roesner, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Illinois Wesleyan University, P.O. BOX 2900, Bloomington, IL 61702-2900. Information about the Chemistry Department and its facilities is available at: http://www2.iwu.edu/chemistry/. Information about the Environmental Studies Program can be found at: http://www2.iwu.edu/environ/ . Inquiries may be sent to: rroesner@iwu.edu Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an instructor or instructors for the aforementioned courses are found. For further information see our jobs web page at: http://www.iwu.edu/~iwujobs.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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A Post-doctoral Research Position is available through ORISE at National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Morgantown, West Virginia. The candidate would work on an NETL project related to dye- sensitized organic solar cells. Please contact: Dr. Maria Salazar, Separations & Fuel Processing Division, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Tel: 3042855427, Fax: 3042850903, e-mail: maria.salazar@netl.doe.gova.

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