Chemistry Newsletter - 07/22/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 25 July 22nd, 2002

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Some Sad News

Professor Emeritus Alfred L. Wilds passed away July 4, 2002 in Sun City West, Arizona. Al was born in 1916 in Kansas City, Missouri and went to the University of Michigan where he received his doctorate in 1939 for his work in Werner Bachmann's laboratories on the synthesis of steroid-related compounds. He remained at Michigan for postdoctoral work and completed the total synthesis of dl-equilenin. He joined our Department in 1940 and was a member of the Organic Division until his retirement in 1985. Al Wilds brought a renaissance to the Organic Chemistry Division. The Division had been steadily growing during the 1920's-1930's and was overloaded with graduate students at the time when Al joined. His group grew rapidly and he reached the rank of full professor in 1948. His addition along with the addition of William Johnson brought Wisconsin to the forefront of the new work in steroid chemistry. Al was a good teacher and an aggressive researcher. He was a key faculty member in establishing Wisconsin's strength in organic chemistry.

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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 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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Campbell JE; Englund EE; Burke SD.

Synthesis and structure of preorganized, C-3-symmetric trilactam scaffolds with convergently oriented (S)-acetylthiomethyl appendages.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2002, Vol 4, Iss 13, pp 2273-2275.

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Ran B; Lee DH; Shin MSI.

Dynamic traffic assignment with rolling horizon implementation.

JOURNAL OF TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING-ASCE 2002, Vol 128, Iss 4, pp 314-322.

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Ran B; Lee DH; Shin MSI.

New algorithm for a multiclass dynamic traffic assignment model.

JOURNAL OF TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING-ASCE 2002, Vol 128, Iss 4, pp 323-335.

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Porter EA; Weisblum B; Gellman SH.

Mimicry of host-defense peptides by unnatural oligomers: Antimicrobial beta-peptides.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 25, pp 7324-7330.

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Saecker RM; Tsodikov OV; McQuade KL; Schlax PE; Capp MW; Record MT.

Kinetic studies and structural models of the association of E-coli sigma(70) RNA polyerase with the lambda P-R promoter: Large scale conformational changes in forming the kinetically significant intermediates.

JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 2002, Vol 319, Iss 3, pp 649-671.

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Casey CP; Chung S.

Protonation of rhenium 1,3-enyne and 1,3-diyne complexes: formation of exo-alkylidene eta(3)-allyl and eta(3)-propargyl complexes.

INORGANICA CHIMICA ACTA 2002, Vol 334, pp 283-293.

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Gestwicki JE; Cairo CW; Mann DA; Owen RM; Kiessling LL.

Selective immobilization of multivalent ligands for surface plasmon resonance and fluorescence microscopy.

ANALYTICAL BIOCHEMISTRY 2002, Vol 305, Iss 2, pp 149-155.

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Copyright © 2002 Institute for Scientific Information

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Chemistry Department at NC State University seeks to fill the position of Lecturer and Coordinator of the Organic teaching laboratories. Proposed hire date: August 16, 2002. The Department of Chemistry welcomes applications for its position of Lecturer and Coordinator of the Organic Teaching Laboratories. The duties of this position include: developing and testing organic laboratory experiments, collaborating with other faculty in developing the organic laboratory program, assuring compliance with department and university safety policies, scheduling laboratory sections, assigning personnel to theses sections, training, directing and supervising staff assigned to the laboratory program, and supervising other employees working in the laboratories or associated stockroom areas. In addition, this position usually includes teaching one section of Organic or General Chemistry. See http://www2.ncsu.edu/ncsu/chemistry/chem.html for further information. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Chemistry and have a strong commitment to Chemical Education. Send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names, addresses and telephone number of three (3) references to: Dr. Charles B. Boss, Chair, Lecturer Search Committee, Chemistry Department, NC State University, Box 8204, Raleigh, NC 27695-8204. The request for completed applications is open until the position is filled.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Full-Time One-Year Faculty Position in Chemistry. The University of Minnesota, Morris seeks an individual committed to undergraduate education to fill a one-year, full-time position in chemistry beginning August 12, 2002. Responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate chemistry courses including general chemistry; advising undergraduates; conducting research; and sharing in the governance and advancement of the chemistry program and of the college. Candidates must hold or expect a Ph.D. degree in any area of chemistry by August 12, 2002. Two years experience teaching at the undergraduate level is required. (Graduate TA experience is acceptable.) Visit http://www.mrs.umn.edu/positions/ to learn more. Excellent fringe benefits and a collegial atmosphere are among the benefits that accompany the position. Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level for those having the Ph.D. in hand and at the Instructor level for others. The standard teaching load is twenty credit hours per year. Send letter of application, resume, transcripts, three reference letters, and a teaching statement in which teaching goals and methods are discussed to: Chemistry Search Committee Chair, Division of Science and Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Morris, Morris, MN 56267-2128. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries can be made to James Togeas, Search Committee Chair, at (320) 589-6309 or togeasjb@mrs.umn.edu.

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Kansas State University. Temporary Faculty Position in Organic Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a temporary or visiting faculty member beginning August, 2002. We seek a temporary faculty member with a Ph.D. in chemistry and a strong commitment to university education to teach organic chemistry courses. This faculty member would also have the opportunity to collaborate in research with our departmental research groups. Informal enquiries are welcome to the Department Head, Professor Sherwood (Tel: (785)532-6665; e-mail: escachem@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 Peter M.A. Sherwood, Chair Temporary Organic Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, 66506-3701. Screening will commence immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Details of the department can be found at http://www.ksu.edu/chem.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral position in Structural Biology will be available starting September 1 or October 1 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Bioscience Division (B-3). The research in our group is focused on mapping protein-ligand interactions, and DNA and glycosaminoglycan dynamics in solution. Required skills: Minimum qualifications include a PhD in biochemistry, biophysics or a related discipline. Experience in application of modern NMR spectroscopic methods for bio-macromolecular structural analysis is required; some biochemistry experience would be advantageous. Interested candidates should submit curriculum vitae along with telephone numbers and email addresses of three references to the address listed below. Email responses are encouraged. Los Alamos National Laboratory provides excellent salary and benefits. More information about the Bioscience Division and LANL can be obtained by visiting http://www.lanl.gov and Los Alamos National Laboratory Bioscience Division. For additional information contact: Ryszard Michalczyk, Ph.D., Bioscience Division, B-3, MS G758, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, Email: rmichalczyk@lanl.gov.

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A postdoctoral position is available in Professor W. Dean Harman research group in the Chemistry Department at the University of Virginia. The research involves the development of a new synthetic methodology that uses rhenium, tungsten, and molybdenum-based protecting groups to dearomatize aromatic molecules in the context of organic synthesis. (See Tetrahedron 2001, 8203 and Chem. Rev. 1997, 97, 1953). Successful candidates must have advanced skills in synthetic organic chemistry, preferably with a background in developing new synthetic methodologies. Experience handling transition-metal complexes and air-sensitive materials would be beneficial but not necessary. The initial appointment will be for one year but is renewable for a second year. The Interested candidate should send a CV and have at least two reference letters sent either by mail to: W. Dean Harman, University of Virginia, Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 400319, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4319 or by e-mail to: wdh5z@virginia.edu. Please indicate a preferred start date. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit our group's website at: http://www.people.virginia.edu/~che-wdh/home.html for publications and a virtual tour of our research group's facilities.

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