Chemistry Newsletter - 07/08/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 24 July 8th, 2002

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Hamers Sighting?

The Chemistry Department has just learned that Bob Hamers has joined the ISI Web of Science list of the Most Cited Scientists. Only 0.5% of the researchers who publish are on this list and Bob is one of only 7 researchers on our campus to make the list. The College of Letters and Science has one other person, Franz Himpsel from Physics. For perspective, UC- Berkeley has only 13 people on the list (4 in chemistry) and Illinois has 5 (none in chemistry). There are 102 people from Chemistry in the US. The list has not been updated yet to add his name but the old list is found at http://isihighlycited.com. Congratulations Bob!!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 8335 Chemistry

None Scheduled at this Time

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

 

None Scheduled at this Time

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SEMINARS

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2002 - Lincoln Seminar Series, Noon, Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Matt Woll, Graduate Student - Gellman Group.

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2002 - Lincoln Seminar Series, Noon, Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Chris Ciolli, Graduate Student - Belshaw Group.

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2002 - Lincoln Seminar Series, Noon, Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Yi He, Graduate Student - Kiessling Group.

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Wednesday, August 21st, 2002 - Lincoln Seminar Series, Noon, Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Fisher Representative.

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steve Diver, SUNY-Buffalo.

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Eric Simanek, Texas A & M.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Haigis MC; Haag ES; Raines RT.

Evolution of ribonuclease inhibitor by exon duplication.

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION 2002, Vol 19, Iss 6, pp 959-963.

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Smith EA; Kyo M; Kumasawa H; Nakatani K; Saito I; Corn RM.

Chemically induced hairpin formation in DNA monolayers.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 24, pp 6810-6811.

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LePlae PR; Fisk JD; Porter EA; Weisblum B; Gellman SH.

Tolerance of acyclic residues in the beta-peptide 12-helix: Access to diverse side-chain arrays for biological applications.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 24, pp 6820-6821.

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Reichert EL; Weisshaar JC.

Nonstatistical translational energy distribution of H-2 elimination products from Co+(F-3(4)) plus propane.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 2002, Vol 106, Iss 23, pp 9A-9A.

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Reichert EL; Weisshaar JC.

Nonstatistical translational energy distribution of H-2 elimination products from Co+(F-3(4)) plus propane.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 2002, Vol 106, Iss 23, pp 5563-5576.

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Yoon S; Henton S; Zivkovic AN; Crim FF.

The relative reactivity of the stretch-bend combination vibrations of CH4 in the Cl (P-2(3/2))+CH4 reaction.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2002, Vol 116, Iss 24, pp 10744-10752.

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Wright JC.

Coherent multidimensional vibrational spectroscopy.

INTERNATIONAL REVIEWS IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 2002, Vol 21, Iss 2, pp 185-255.

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Welch SA; Taunton AE; Banfield JF.

Effect of microorganisms and microbial metabolites on apatite dissolution.

GEOMICROBIOLOGY JOURNAL 2002, Vol 19, Iss 3, pp 343-367.

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Saecker RM; Record MT.

Protein surface salt bridges and paths for DNA wrapping.

CURRENT OPINION IN STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY 2002, Vol 12, Iss 3, pp 311-319.

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Copyright © 2002 Institute for Scientific Information

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Basic Chemistry Department of Merck Research Labs in Rahway, NJ is seeking a person with a BS/MS in analytical or pharmaceutical chemistry and familiarity with bioanalytical LC-MS/MS analysis. Currently, we have 1-2 openings in our group. A strong background in both MS and HPLC including instrument maintenance and troubleshooting is required. Experience in pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, and laboratory robotics would be helpful. Practical knowledge of sample extraction and isolation and several years of relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry are essential. We offer a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional work environment in a true state-of-the-art facility. To apply, please visit http://www.merck.com/careers and search for job number "CHE000133". Contact: Xinchun Tong, PhD, Basic Chemistry Analytical Support, Merck & Co., Inc., PO Box 2000, RY800-B205, Rahway, NJ 07065, (732)-594-4354 (tel), (732)-594-9545 (fax), e-Mail: sharon_tong@merck.com.

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Columbus State University. Chemist: Full-time temporary 1-year replacement faculty member to teach introductory chemistry lecture and labs. All fields of chemistry will be considered. A doctoral degree is required. Submit a letter of application, c.v., unofficial graduate transcript, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to: Dr. Art Clevland, Dean, College of Science, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907-5645. Appropriate parts of the applications may be sent electronically to Cleveland_Art@colstate.edu. Review of the applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Our Department is well equipped and interested in promoting undergraduate research and scholarship. Information may be found at http://chemgeo.colstate.edu/.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Biochemistry/Bioorganic Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at Carleton College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin Fall of 2003. Ph.D. must be completed and post-doctoral research experience is desirable. We seek a chemist who is strongly committed to teaching undergraduates in a liberal arts environment, including undergraduate research. Teaching strengths in organic chemistry and biochemistry are required. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a research program in the field of biochemistry or bioorganic chemistry that involves undergraduates. Please submit a CV, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, three letters of reference, a statement of teaching philosophy (including areas of teaching interests), and a statement of proposed research to: Steven Drew, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 55057. Please do not submit applications electronically. Application files completed by October 4, 2002 will receive the fullest consideration.

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The Department of Chemistry at Ball State University has an IMMEDIATE opening for a one-year, full-time position at the Assistant Professor or Instructor level to begin August 16, 2002. There is a possibility that a second position will become available. The position involves teaching organic lectures and/or laboratories and lower-level undergraduate classes. The second position would involve teaching undergraduate 100-level chemistry courses and/or laboratories. The minimum qualification for the position(s) is a M.S. in chemistry or related area or A.B.D. (toward Ph.D.) in chemistry or related area; and the preferred qualifications for the position(s) are a Ph.D. in chemistry or related area and teaching experience at the collegiate level, e.g., teaching assistant, instructor. Please have applicants send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copy of transcripts, and contact information for four references (original reference letters preferred) to: Dr. Lynn Sousa, Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Web: http://www.bsu.edu/csh/chemistry/.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Richard A. Kemp is looking to fill two or three postdoctoral positions at both Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico, both located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I will have 1-2 positions at Sandia, and one position at UNM available beginning in the September/October time frame. Exact starting dates can, of course, be determined later. Since I have recently moved here from industry my research group is now small (one postdoc - Tony Hascall, from Ged Parkin's group at Columbia) but we have received significant funding from both NSF and Sandia to expand our catalysis/inorganic chemistry efforts here. Labs for both Sandia/UNM are located at Sandia's Advanced Materials laboratory on the UNM south campus. Web Site: (http://www.sandia.gov/materials/sciences/aml.htm).

Postdoctoral Position at University of New Mexico. I have recently been awarded an NSF grant to examine the fixation of CO2 with main group compounds as catalysts. We are ultimately interested in using these compounds as precursors for carbon-11 based radiopharmaceuticals. Due to the possible commercial interest in C-11 radiotracers, we have an industrial partner - General Electric R&D - in this research project. An interesting aspect of this project is that the co-PI - Dr. Bahram Moasser of GE - will sponsor the involved graduate students and postdocs for three-four weeks each year in residence at GE's Corporate R&D Center in New York. Thus, the postdoc will have ample opportunity to interact directly with industrial scientists as well as academic/national lab staff. The qualified applicant must be well-versed in synthetic main group or general organometallic chemistry, familiar with all the typical analytical techniques involved in synthetic chemistry, and be able and willing to communicate as an effective member of a team. He anticipates that this position could begin in September or October, 2002. Salary and benefits will be typical of NSF grants and academic institutions. Although US citizens are preferred since we are located at Sandia, it is not a requirement that the applicants be US citizens.

Postdoctoral Position(s) at Sandia National Laboratories. 1-2 positions within Sandia working on general organometallic catalysis chemistry. We have recently been awarded internal Sandia funding for three years to examine the possibility of preparing propylene oxide directly from propylene and molecular oxygen via homogeneous routes (one of the real "Holy Grails" in catalysis chemistry). We have postulated a catalytic cycle that can in theory produce propylene oxide; the challenge, of course, is to prove it experimentally. This exploratory project will be done in collaboration with Professor Karen Goldberg at the University of Washington, Seattle. The qualified applicant, much like the position above, will be well-versed in synthetic organometallic chemistry and in all analytical areas involved with synthetic chemistry. The position will likely start in October when the new funding arrives, and the pay scale and benefit package will be typical for postdocs at Sandia National Laboratories (~$65K + full benefits). Since this is a Sandia position with the DOE requirement for a security clearance, to maximize the benefits as a postdoc only US citizens are eligible for this Sandia position. I would be pleased to expand on any of these positions with interested applicants. I can be reached via email, snail mail, or phone at: Richard A. Kemp, Advanced Materials Laboratory Professor of Chemistry, Sandia National Laboratories Department of Chemistry, 1001 University Blvd, SE University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87106 Albuquerque, NM 87131, (505)-272-7609 (voice) (505)-277-0510 (voice), (505)- 272-7336 (fax) (505)-277-2609 (fax), e-mail: rakemp@sandia.gov or rakemp@unm.edu web: http://www.unm.edu/chemistry/.

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Russell P. Hughes of Dartmouth College has a postdoctoral position available in his group, starting on or around October 1, 2002. The position involves research on conversion of CF bonds to CH and CC bonds using transition metal complexes, and is for one year, with a possible, mutually agreeable, continuation for a second year. Details of our recent work in this area can be found at: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~rph/pubs.html. Applicants should have completed all their PhD requirements, including their thesis, and should be familiar with Schlenk and vacuum techniques for handling air sensitive organometallic compounds. Experience with multinuclear NMR spectroscopy is essential. Interested parties should apply to me by email, and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to me by email to: Russell P. Hughes, Frank R. Mori Professor of Chemistry, Dartmouth College, 6128 Burke Laboratories, Hanover NH 03755-3564 USA, Voice: (603)646-2763, FAX: (603)646-3946 (not confidential).

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Postdoctoral Position Available, starting Sept., 2002, in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. The project will involve structural studies of a membrane-associated polypeptide in cubic-phase lipids by multidimensional-NMR spectroscopy at 600 MHz. Candidates are expected to have relevant experience in structure determination using NMR techniques. Experience in working with lipids and in protein purification would be an asset. The gene for the polypeptide under study has been fused in-frame to the gene for a maltose-binding domain, and the overexpressed gene product purified by affinity chromatography on amylose columns. Applications, including a CV, a letter outlining your interests, and the names of references, should be sent to: Dr. William R. Richards, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada, Email: williamr@sfu.ca.

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The Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate in Prof. Dan Higgins' research program. Prof. Higgins' research involves applications of optical microscopy to studies of mesostructured organic thin film materials. The materials of interest include dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal films and polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes. All have spatial variations in their morphological, organizational, electronic, and chemical properties on micron (and smaller) distance scales. Therefore, they present a number of interesting problems that are best solved with high resolution optical microscopies. Near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) and multiphoton-excited fluorescence microscopy will be employed in this program. High resolution physical characterization of these materials will also be performed by atomic force microscopy. Dan Higgins' research labs have ample resources for this program. A Thermomicroscopes Aurora NSOM, a home-built sample scanning confocal microscope, and a Digital Instruments Multimode AFM are all available for routine use. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, or related field. Those with experience in microscopy, spectroscopy, or physical materials characterization are preferred, although all qualified persons will be considered. Interested persons should send a letter and curriculum vitae (listing all publications and presentations) to: Prof. Dan Higgins, Dept. of Chemistry, Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-3701 or by email to higgins@ksu.edu. Salary for this position will be competitive and will depend on the applicant's qualifications. This position will remain open until filled. The anticipated starting date is nominally October 1, 2002. Review of Applications will begin August 1, 2002 and will continue until the position is filled. The initial appointment will be for one year and will be renewable for a second, contingent upon funding and mutual agreement.

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Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Nancy Mills has a position for a teaching post-doctoral research fellow, patterned after the Dreyfus Scholar/Fellow program. The research project is on the preparation/characterization of antiaromatic hydrocarbon dications (cf. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1994 116, 11622; J. Org. Chem. 1998 63, 3017-3022; J. Org. Chem. 1999, 64, 511-517, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1999, 121, 11690-6 and J. Org. Chem., 2002, 2003 -2012). Experience in synthesis, low temperature NMR spectroscopy, and electrochemistry is particularly valued, but not required. If the candidate is able to start by the end of August, he/she will have a full year of teaching. If not, the teaching component will begin with the spring semester. The position involves 25% teaching/75% research. The department is particularly well-equipped for an undergraduate institution, including in its instrument holdings a Varian INOVA 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, two gc/mass spectrometers, three FIF-IR spectrometers, four Hitachi uv/vis spectrometers, and a number of Silicon Graphics and Compaq workstations. (cf. Http://www.trinity.edu/departments/chemistry/index.html; or http://www.trinity.edu/nmills/index.html). We will take delivery of a Varian Mercury 300 MHz NMR spectrometer early this summer. Applications should include undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a brief statement of why this position is of value to the applicant. The position will remain open until filled, but interested candidates are encouraged to apply soon. For further information, please contact Dr. Nancy Mills, nmills@trinity.edu. Trinity University, 715 Stadium Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78212-7200, phone: 210-999-7316, fax: 210-999-7569.

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