Chemistry Newsletter - 07/21/2008

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXII - No. 24 July 21st, 2008

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Chemistry Dept Lactation/Family-Friendly Room

 

Dear friends and colleagues,

I am writing to thank all of you for the many donations we got for the Chemistry Dept Lactation/Family-Friendly room. Thanks to your donations, the room (New Addition, Room 1104) is in good shape and it is now ready to be used. The room is equipped with a rocking chair with a footrest stool, regrigerator/freezer, a baby-changing table and a small kid-size table with chairs. Please bring your own supplies when using the room and be considerate by keeping it clean at all times. See our building manager, Kyle Roux, to obtain a key for the room. The room is available to all members of the Chemistry Department and their families.

 

Professor Silvia Cavagnero

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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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Design and synthesis of macrocyclic peptomers as mimics of a quorum sensing signal from Staphylococcus aureus.

Fowler, SA; Stacy, DM; Blackwell, HE*.

ORGANIC LETTERS 10 (12): 2329-2332 JUN 19 2008.

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Diacid linkers that promote parallel beta-sheet secondary structure in water.

Freire, F; Fisk, JD; Peoples, AJ; Ivancic, M*; Guzei, IA*; Gellman, SH*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (25): 7839-+ JUN 25 2008.

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IR and Raman spectra of liquid water: Theory and interpretation.

Auer, BM; Skinner, JL*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 128 (22): Art. No. 224511 JUN 14 2008.

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Polymer monolayer dynamics.

Esker, AR; Kim, C; Yu, H*.

FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS AND BIOMATERIALS 209: 59-110 2007.

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Expanding dialogues: from natural autoinducers to non-natural analogues that modulate quorum sensing in Gram-negative bacteria.

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

CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS 37 (7): 1432-1447 2008.

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Multilayered polyelectrolyte assemblies as platforms for the delivery of DNA and other nucleic acid-based therapeutics.

Jewell, CA; Lynn, DM*.

ADVANCED DRUG DELIVERY REVIEWS 60 (9): 979-999 JUN 10 2008.

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Hydrophile scanning as a complement to alanine scanning for exploring and manipulating protein-protein recognition: Application to the Bim BH3 domain.

Boersma, MD; Sadowsky, JD; Tomita, YA; Gellman, SH*.

PROTEIN SCIENCE 17 (7): 1232-1240 JUL 2008.

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Urinary proteomics in diabetes and CKD.

Rossing, K; Mischak, H; Dakna, M; Zurbig, P; Novak, J; Julian, BA; Good, DM; Coon, JJ*; Tarnow, L; Rossing, P.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY 19 (7): 1283-1290 JUL 2008.

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Non-valent interactions and structural features of monomeric guanidinate complexes of rare earth metals: analyses and predictions based on the ligand solid angle.

Fukin, GK; Guzei, IA*; Baranov, EV.

JOURNAL OF COORDINATION CHEMISTRY 61 (11): 1678-1688 2008.

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Gating mechanisms of mechanosensitive channels of large conductance, I: A continuum mechanics-based hierarchical framework.

Chen, X; Cui, Q*; Tang, YY; Yoo, J; Yethiraj, A*.

BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 95 (2): 563-580 JUL 15 2008.

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Gating mechanisms of mechanosensitive channels of large conductance, II: Systematic study of conformational transitions.

Tang, YY; Yoo, J; Yethiraj, A*; Cui, Q*; Chen, X

BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 95 (2): 581-596 JUL 15 2008.

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Copyright © 2008 Thomson ISI

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Argonne National Laboratory Postdoctoral Research Symposium

 

DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JULY 30th, 2008

 

The Postdoctoral Office at Argonne National Laboratory is pleased to invite you to participate in the Postdoctoral Research Symposium September 11-12, 2008. Contributions are welcome for presentations and posters in the following general areas: • Biology • Chemistry and Biochemistry • Engineering • Environmental Science • Materials Science • Mathematics and Computer Science • Physics and High Energy Physics • Synchrotron Research. All abstracts MUST be submitted electronically. Deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is July 30, 2008. For more information, visit website: http://www.dep.anl.gov/postdocs/symposium. Symposium Contacts: Registration: Conference Services, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, Phone: 630-252-5586. Abstracts: Dr. Giselle Sandi, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, Phone: 630-252-1903.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Part Time Position in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory - Starting Fall 2008. UW-Madison, Chemistry Department. This is a Technical Assistant (TA) position for a graduate student who would like to learn how to run all the instruments in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory and to assist graduate students and postdocs in using mass spectrometry to solve problems. The Mass Spectrometry Laboratory staff generates quality data and keeps the instruments operating optimally. The TA will be working with a large variety of organic, biochemical, and organometallic compounds. The appointment will be for at least one year (including the summer of 2009). Interested students should contact: Dr. Martha M. Vestling (vestling@chem.wisc.edu).

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Western Washington University. Research Analyst 4, Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center (AMSEC). The Research Analyst 4 performs assigned tasks of the highest specialized and technical level with total responsibility for determining method of development, design, analysis and coordination of complex

research projects and studies regarding various characteristics. This position is part of a Public School Employees of WWU bargaining unit. New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement within 30 calendar days of employment. Position Responsibilities: Regularly assign, instruct and check the work of others including faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students; Under administrative direction, independently develop technical work methods in production of projects and analyses of research data including effective teaching and research practices; Determine the development, design, implementation, maintenance and modification of complex research projects; Under administrative direction, interact with companies and other AMSEC clients using AMSEC equipment and other resources for testing, research and development purposes, carrying out scientific and engineering measurements; Independently plan and execute chemical and physical analyses using a variety of instrumentation; Communicate with companies and other AMSEC clients concerning AMSEC policies and procedures; Maintain, operate and schedule a wide variety of advanced instrumentation as required to meet the teaching and research needs of the University which can include: Differential scanning calorimeter, Thermal gravimetric analyzer, X-ray diffractometer, Vacuum coating systems, Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, Optical, Electron, and Scanning probe microscopes, Optical and Mass spectrometers, Liquid and gas chromatographic systems; Perform highly specialized complex activities in planning, directing and coordinating project requirements; Organize and collaborate with programmers, scientists, systems analysts, budget analysts and other personnel to coordinate activities; Devise and assure the design, performance and review of various project outcomes and objectives involving characteristics such as students, instruction, faculty, finances, budget, physical plant, etc.; Analyze reports and other materials prepared by other research groups or organizations; Establish project data requirements and collection methods; Establish research and teaching priorities to ensure the proper use, maintenance and scheduling of advanced instrumentation; Develop technical work and applications in the production of projects, acquisition, and analyses of research data in both fundamental and applied science; Provide both traditional and on line materials in support of research and teaching activities. Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree including college level course work in a science or technical discipline; Two years of work experience performing specialized and technical tasks for research projects or equivalent education/experience; Working knowledge of error analysis in the physical sciences. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with instrumentation software; College level course work in a science or technical discipline; Ability to work with diverse groups; Ability to communicate with students, faculty, staff and outside organizations. The starting salary range for this position is $3391 - $4453 depending on qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package. Bargaining Union: PTE. Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in and submit your application via WWU’s Electronic System for Employment (EASE). Http://www.chem.wwu.edu. A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications. You may cut and paste your resume and cover letter as noted on the EASE application. Please complete the education and work experience section of the EASE application and submit the names and contact information of three professional references.

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Abbott Global Pharmaceutical Research & Development. Analytical Chemists – Positions Available. We are a global, broad-based health care company devoted to discovering new medicines, new technologies and new ways to manage health. Our products span the continuum of care, from nutritional products and laboratory diagnostics through medical devices and pharmaceutical therapies. Our comprehensive line of products encircles life itself – addressing important health needs from infancy to the golden years. Abbott Global Pharmaceutical R&D is seeking Analytical Chemists (M.S. level) for advanced analytical research in Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) process research & development. Successful candidates will work in a fast-paced environment comprised of cross-functional teams of chemists and engineers to develop cGMP chemical processes and controls for new clinical-phase drug substances, take on analytical leadership responsibilities and act as technical experts. Studies include analytical R&D related to active pharmaceutical ingredients, intermediates, starting materials, impurities and impurity profile; advanced methods development, validations, support of technical transfer packages and analytical portions of regulatory documentation. For the M.S. level scientist, priority will be given to candidates possessing M.S. degrees in chemistry or equivalent. A minimum of 0 to 3 years of pharmaceutical experience in an analytical function at the M.S. level, is expected. Two or more years of process development analytical experience is preferred. Priority will be given to those with an organic analytical chemistry background or experience in pharmaceutical analyses. It is required that the individual has a solid fundamental background in separation sciences and demonstrated problem-solving skills. Knowledge and experience in developing, validating and documenting analytical methods in a GMP environment is preferred. Previous experience in the use of computerized data handling systems is a must. It is required that the individual is proficient in advanced analytical techniques, including HPLC, GC, UV, and FTIR. It is a plus if the individual has experience with other analytical techniques such as LC-MS, GC-MS, SFC, IC, ICP, and titrimetry. To apply, Visit: http://www.abbott.com/careers to submit your resume to Requisition Number 56886BR. Include phone numbers for contact during business and evening hours. No exploratory applications please. Follow your aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities, competitive salaries, great benefits, 401(k) retirement savings plan, company-paid pension plan and profit sharing; all with a company providing the growth and strength to build your future.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The University of Wisconsin-Rock County, located in Janesville, is searching for a part-time lecturer in inorganic chemistry for Fall 2008. UW-Rock County is a member of the UW Colleges -- 13 campuses in one institution specializing on freshman and sophomore undergraduate education in a university environment. If you are aware of graduate students or instructors who would be interested, please forward this email to them. The position description is at: http://rock.uwc.edu/employment/#chem.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position in Organic Chemistry. A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University to work on a project that involves the development of photoactivated DNA cleaving agents based on tetrazolethione scaffolds. A successful candidate will be involved in the synthesis of model tetrazolethiones and will study their mechanism of photodecomposition by experimental and computational methods. Previous experience in photochemistry and good working knowledge of analytical methods such as NMR, HPLC and LCMS is highly desired. The initial appointment will be for one year with subsequent reappointment contingent upon mutual agreement. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, detailed CV, a brief research summary and three letters of recommendation in PDF format to: Sundeep Rayat at: sundeep@ksu.edu.

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Postdoctoral Position. Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66502. Computational Chemistry. A qualified and highly motivated scientist is sought for a postdoctoral position in the Smith group at Kansas State University (www.ksu.edu/chem). The Smith group focuses on the application of computer simulation and theory to biological systems. The research scope of the current position includes: (1) studies of peptide aggregation, (2) the completion and testing of new biomolecular force fields, and (3) the development of theoretical approaches to understand the effects of additives on the properties of peptides and proteins in solution. Additional details concerning the projects are available upon request. A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, Biophysics or a related field is required by the time of appointment. A strong background in computer simulation, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics is preferred. Effective oral and written communication skills in English are required. The position is available immediately. Applicants should arrange for a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and publication list, and three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Paul E. Smith, Department of Chemistry, 111 Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-3701; Email: besmith@ksu.edu. Screening of applications will begin on August 1, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

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Postdoctoral position in photolithography. Georgia Tech University is seeking an organic chemist, preferably with some expertise in surface phenomena, for a position in photolithography. This position would involve chemical processing of conventional photolithographic systems to create more stable photoresists at high resolution and aspect ratios. The position is available immediately. A citizen or green-card holder is preferred, since the participant would be a prime candidate for a future position in a major company in the microelectronics industry. Please send cv by e-mail to: Professor Laren Tolbert, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, PH: (404) 894-4093, FAX: (404) 385-0706, e-mail: tolbert@chemistry.gatech.edu.

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