Chemistry Newsletter - 07/16/2007


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 24 July 16th, 2007

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UW-Madison Chemistry Department Ranked 7th Nationally by U.S. News and World Report

UW-Madison's Chemistry Department is ranked 7th in the nation according to the 2008 U.S. News and World Report ranking of graduate schools Once again, we are the only Chemistry Department in the country that is ranked in the top 10 in all 6 specialty areas. We are rated 6th nationally in analytical chem, 7th in inorganic and biochemistry, and 8th in organic, physical, and theoretical chemistry. Congratulations to everyone for maintaining such a uniformly high standard of excellence!

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August 2007 JCE Online Now Available

The August 2007 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online. In this issue you will find information about the 234th ACS National Meeting in Boston, August 19-23 along with several articles about fluorescence, writing in chemistry, demonstrations, and many other activities for the classroom and laboratory including:

Editorial: Authenticity;

Especially for High School Teachers: Take the First Step;

JCE Classroom Activity: Fluorescent Fun: Using a Homemade Fluorometer;

JCE Featured Molecule: Molecular Models of DAPI.

Please note these contributions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in this issue:

Cathy Middlecamp, Ingrid Montes, and Maria Oliver-Hoyo preview the program for the Division of Chemical Education at the ACS national meeting in Boston this August 19-23.

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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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Monday, July 16th, 2007 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor W.H. Eugen Schwarz, Theoretical Chemistry Groups, Shanghai Jiao Tong and Siegen Universities. “A Logically and Physically Correct Deduction of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements”

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Monday, July 23rd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Naohik Yoshikai, The University of Tokyo.

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Monday, August 6th, 2007 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335, Chemistry Building. Professor Christian Ochsenfeld, Theoretische Chemie, Universität Tübingen, Germany. “Intermolecular Interactions in Large Molecular Systems -- A Challenge for Quantum Chemistry”

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Principles of PubChem Course

Principles of PubChem, August 1-2, 2007, 1325 Health Sciences Learning Center. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) presents Principles of PubChem, a course including lectures and computer workshops on effectively using the NCBI PubChem system. The course includes:

** PubChem Essentials - Understanding the content and organization of the PubChem databases and finding links from a given compound to related data including bioactivity studies, literature abstracts, protein sequences, protein structures, genes, and diseases.

** PubChem Powertools - Finding structurally similar chemicals to a given compound and finding sets of compounds with defined bioactivity profiles.

Each session requires 3 hours, including a 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour computer workshop. Registration is FREE, but space is limited. Please register online at: http://projects.hsl.wisc.edu/NCBI/.

The PubChem sessions are hosted by:

Ebling Library, Ann Combs & Gerri Wanserski; Chemistry Library, Emily Wixson; Jacobsen Primate Library, Matthew HoffmanSteenbock Memorial Library, Barbara Lazewski.

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American Academy of Arts & Sciences Visiting Scholars Program 2008-2009

Postmark deadline: October 15, 2007. The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, an international learned society located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, invites application for its 2008-2009 scholar-in-residence program. Preference will be given to untenured junior faculty, but qualified post-doctoral scholars are also urged to apply. The Academy seeks proposals that relate to its research areas: Science & Global Security, Social Policy & American Institutions, Humanities & Culture, and Education. Projects that address American cultural, social, or political issues from the founding period to the present are welcome, as are studies that examine developments in public policy. Candidates should consider the relationship of their work to archival, library, and other intellectual resources in the Boston Area. Terms of Award: Up to $40,000 for post-doctoral scholars; up to $60,000 for junior faculty (not to exceed one half of salary). Visiting Scholars are expected to participate in conferences, seminars, and events at the Academy while advancing their independent research. For further information, please visit: http://www.amacad.org or contact the Visiting Scholars Program, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 136 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. [FYI: The program is directed by Alexandra Oleson (617-576-5014 or aoleson@amacad.org).]

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Recent Publications

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Real-time footprinting of DNA in the first kinetically significant intermediate in open complex formation by Escherichia coli RNA polymerase.

Davis, CA; Bingman, CA; Landick, R; Record, MT*; Saecker, RM.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 104 (19): 7833-7838 MAY 8 2007.

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Two-faced reactivity of alkenes: cis- versus trans-aminopalladation in aerobic pd-catalyzed intramolecular Aza-Wacker reactions.

Liu, GS; Stahl, SS*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (19): 6328-6335 MAY 16 2007.

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Discrete heterogeneous quaternary structure formed by alpha/beta-peptide foldamers and alpha-peptides.

Price, JL; Horne, WS; Gellman, SH*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (20): 6376-+ MAY 23 2007.

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Comparisons of measured rate constants with spectroscopically determined electron-transfer parameters.

Nelsen, SF*; Konradsson, AE; Weaver, MN; Stephenson, RM; Lockard, JV; Zink, JI; Zhao, Y.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 111 (24): 6776-6781 JUN 21 2007.

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The future of US chemistry research: Benchmarks and challenges.

Casey, CP*; Francisco, JS; Masciangioli, TM.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 84 (7): 1089-1089 JUL 2007.

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N-phenylacetanoyl-L-homoserine lactones can strongly antagonize or superagonize quorum sensing in.

Geske, GD; O'Neill, JC; Blackwell, HE*.

ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 2 (5): 315-U1 MAY 2007.

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Defined substrates for human embryonic stem cell growth identified from surface arrays.

Derda, R; Li, LY; Orner, BP; Lewis, RL; Thomson, JA; Kiessling, LL*.

ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 2 (5): 347-355 MAY 2007.

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Copyright © 2007 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Chemistry Department at Georgia Southern University has an immediate opening for a temporary instructor, with a teaching assignment in general chemistry. Minimum requirements are 18 graduate semester hours in chemistry. The position is a 9-month appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Chemistry Department graduated 34 ACS-certified BS chemistry majors in 2005-06, ranking in the Top 25 Producers of ACS-certified BS graduates. The Department has 17 tenure-track faculty. The Department occupies a new building with well-equipped laboratories and modern instrumentation for instruction and research. Additional information about the Department can be found at: http://cost.georgiasouthern.edu/chemistry/. Applicants should contact: Dr. Mary Boyd, Department Chair, at: mboyd@georgiasouthern.edu, or at 912-681-0715, and send a curriculum vita and two letters of recommendation.

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Array Biopharma, Inc., Staff Scientist/Research Scientist - PharmaceuticsLongmont, CO. We seek a highly-motivated research scientist to be part of a team that supports the pharmaceutical development of drug products to support clinical trials. This person will be responsible for the characterization of drug physicochemical properties (physical form, solubility, stability, hygroscopicity), evaluation of drug-excipient compatibility, development of drug formulations for toxicology and clinical studies, transferring of technology to clinical manufacturing, evaluating formulation stability, documenting experimental studies in technical reports, and writing CMC sections to support IND filings. Job responsibilities also include participation in product development teams and providing technical support to clinical manufacturing, quality assurance, analytical R&D, and regulatory affairs. Responsbibilities may also include coordination and management of outsourcing activities. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or related field with 0-2 years of experience in oral dosage form development or M.S with 2-4 years of pharmaceutics research and/or formulation development experience. Excellent skills in general laboratory techniques with a strong analytical chemistry background, with emphasis on HPLC; effective written and verbal communication skills; strong analytical and organizational skills; ability to work well independently and in teams; and ability to manage multiple tasks, adapt quickly to changes in timelines and project flow are desired. Send Resumes to: Human Resources, Array BioPharma Inc., 3200 Walnut Street, Boulder CO 80301, E-Mail: hr@arraybiopharma.com, Web: http://www.arraybiopharma.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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UW-Platteville (70 min drive from campus) is in need of a P-Chem instructor this year as well as a Gen Chem Lecturer. We would prefer a full time person, but would also be open to a part time person who could make it at least three days a week for lectures and a lab or two. We would prefer a one year appointment, but are also open to a one semester term as well. More information at: http://www.uwplatt.edu/chemep/chem/position/webad71.htm. Contact: Tim Zauche, 608-342-1678.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Brookhaven National Laboratory. Experimental and Theoretical Postdoctoral Research Associates. The candidates must have a Ph. D. in Chemistry or a related field, with experience in one or more of the following areas: preparation and characterization of transition metal complexes and organometallic compounds, excited-state photophysics and photochemistry, electrochemistry, mechanistic and kinetic studies in solution, time- resolved spectroscopy, and techniques for characterization (UV-vis, FTIR, NMR, GC, ESMS, stopped-flow, X-ray diffraction, XANES/EXAFS, etc), DFT and/or quantum chemistry calculations, and modeling of solid/liquid interfacial processes. A strong background in physical inorganic chemistry is a plus. The successful candidate will conduct basic research in experiment or theory toward the development of multielectron-transfer catalysts for water oxidation and/or CO2 reduction, the investigation of their physical and chemical properties, and a mechanistic understanding of their water oxidation and/or CO2 chemistry. Positions are available immediately and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Successful experimental and theoretical candidates will work with Etsuko Fujita and James Muckerman, respectively. Please send a curriculum vitae and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: fujita@bnl.gov or muckerma@bnl.gov. Brookhaven National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer; applications from qualified women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

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