Chemistry Newsletter - 08/01/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 24 August 1st, 2005

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

TBA

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

August 2, 2005

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SEMINARS

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Masaaki Ichinohe, University of Tsukuba, Japan.

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Thursday, August 11th, 2005 - Joint Analytical & Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Shinsuke Shigeto, University of Tokyo. “A New Nonlinear Raman Probe for Local Structures in Liquids”

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Todd D. Krauss, University of Rochester. “Single Carbon Nanotube Electronics and Photonics”

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Thursday, September 8th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar - Gary Parr Memorial Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kimberly Kutz, UW-Madison Graduate Student.

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Thursday, September 15th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Soper, Louisiana State University.

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Bowman, Emory University. “Large Amplitude Motion in Reaction Dynamics and Vibrations”

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Monday, September 26th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Tomasik, Graduate Student, West Group.

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Huey W. Huang, Rice University. “Membrane Active Peptides Induce Structural Changes in Lipid Bilayers”

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.

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Wednesday, October 5th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kenneth Caulton Indiana University.

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Thursday, October 6th, 2005 - Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Frank DiSalvo, Cornell University.

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Monday, October 10th, 2005 - Hirschfelder Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bhavesh Gandhi, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Monday, October 24th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Robert T. Hembre, Eastman Kodak Chemical Company.

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew Christianson, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard M. Stratt, Brown University. “Relaxation a Little Too Far From Equilibrium”

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Laurie Grove, Graduate Student, Brunold Group.

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher Scarborough, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Thursday, November 10th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Lara Spencer, UW-Madison Graduate Student.

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Monday, November 14th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. F. Anne Walker, University of Arizona.

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. James O’Donnell, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Charles L. Brooks III, Scripps Research Institute. “Protein Folding Free Energy Landscapes - Insights Into Mechanism, Kinetics and Function From Molecular Simulations”

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Edward J. Kramer, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Phase Transitions in Flatland: Order, Disorder and Defects in Block Copolymer Monolayers and Multilayers”

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jocelyn Pinkert, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Zwier, Purdue University. “Laser Probes of the Potential Energy Surfaces of Flexible Molecules and Water-containing Complexes”

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Venkat Ganesan, University of Texas at Austin. “Dynamical Phenomena in Multicomponent Polymers”

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Monday, February 20th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melanie Sanford, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Roger E. Miller, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Chemistry on the Brink: Photo-induced Reaction Dynamics of Entrance Channel Complexes”

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arieh Warshel, University of Southern California. “Computer Simulations of Enzymatic Reactions: Finding out What are the Catalytic Principles that Really Work?”

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Wednesday Thru Friday, March 29th - 31st, 2006 - Meloche Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Lippard, MIT.

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patrick Holland, University of Rochester.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor H. Jane Dyson, The Scripps Research Institute. “New Insights from NMR into Unfolded Proteins and the Protein Folding Process”

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Jordan, University of Pittsburgh. “Electron and Proton Localization in Water Clusters”

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Clare TL. Clare BH. Nichols BM. Abbott NL. Hamers RJ.

Functional monolayers for improved resistance to protein adsorption: Oligo(ethylene glycol)-modified silicon and diamond surfaces.

Langmuir. 21(14):6344-6355, 2005 Jul 5.

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Park S. Kim M. Lee D.

Tandem sequence of cross metathesis-ring-closing metathesis reaction of alkynyl silyloxy-tethered enynes.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(26):9410-9415, 2005 Jul 6.

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Gulmen TS. Sibert EL.

Fluctuating energy level Landau-Teller theory: Application to the vibrational energy relaxation of liquid methanol.

Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 109(26):5777-5780, 2005 Jul 7.

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Ivens AC. Peacock CS. Worthey EA. Murphy L. Aggarwal G. Berriman M. Sisk E. Rajandream MA. Adlem E. Aert R. Anupama A. Apostolou Z. Attipoe P. Bason N. Bauser C. Beck A. Beverley SM. Bianchettin G. Borzym K. Bothe G. Bruschi CV. Collins M. Cadag E. Ciarloni L. Clayton C. Schwartz D.C. et al.

The genome of the kinetoplastid parasite, Leishmania major.

Science. 309(5733):436-442, 2005 Jul 15.

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He YY. Lutz TR. Ediger MD. Pitsikalis M. Hadjichristidis N. von Meerwall EA.

Miscible polyisoprene/polystyrene blends: Distinct segmental dynamics but homogeneous terminal dynamics.

Macromolecules. 38(14):6216-6226, 2005 Jul 12.

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Chen S. Guzei IA. Yu L.

New polymorphs of ROY and new record for coexisting polymorphs of solved structures.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(27):9881-9885, 2005 Jul 13.

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Jagannathan K. Yethiraj A.

Dynamics of fluids near the consolute critical point: A molecular-dynamics study of the Widom-Rowlinson mixture - art. no. 244506.

Journal of Chemical Physics. 122(24):44506, 2005 Jun 22.

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Schaefer P. Riccardi D. Cui Q.

Reliable treatment of electrostatics in combined QM/MM simulation of macromolecules - art. no. 014905.

Journal of Chemical Physics. 123(1):14905, 2005 Jul 1.

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Middlecamp CH. Nickel AML.

Doing science and asking questions II: An exercise that generates questions.

Journal of Chemical Education. 82(8):1181-1186, 2005 Aug.

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Rabaglia ME. Gray-Keller MP. Frey BL. Shortreed MR. Smith LM. Attie AD.

alpha-Ketoisocaproate-induced hypersecretion of insulin by islets from diabetes-susceptible mice.

American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology & Metabolism. 289(2):E218-E224, 2005 Aug.

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Copyright © 2005 Thomson ISI

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Burroughs-Welcome Career Awards

 

The Chemistry Department has received an announcement about Burroughs-Welcome Career awards-see http://info.gradsch.wisc.edu/research/resadmin/bwfcareerawards.html. If any postdoc is interested in being nominated by our department, please let us know ASAP. Thanks, Jim.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Lubrizol Corporation. We are seeking to identify energetic and self motivated candidates for two immediate openings in a department within Research and Development of Lubrizol Additives. Lubrizol Additives is one of the two divisions of the Lubrizol Corporation, a $3.5 billion global specialty chemicals company with headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio. The open positions are located at our Wickliffe technical center. I've enclosed some information about the Lubrizol Corporation and more can be found at: http://corporate.lubrizol.com. Both positions involve synthesis targeted at development of new additives for lubricants. The candidates will be responsible for invention, design, synthesis, and preliminary performance evaluations of additives used in several applications. The candidates should have the capacity to work independently and as part of multidisciplinary teams consisting of chemists, process development engineers, formulators, and business and marketing representatives. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills (written and verbal) are essential. Candidates should have (or will soon complete) a Ph.D. Postdoctoral experience is a plus but not required. The preferred background for one position is polymer synthesis. Organic chemistry with polymer experience is also suitable. Organic chemists with other synthetic backgrounds often adapt well to our polymer synthesis roles and will also be considered. The preferred backgrounds for the other position are organic chemistry or inorganic chemistry. Experience in both organic and inorganic is particularly attractive. Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and a 1-3 page research synopsis to me at the address below. Lubrizol offers a competitive salary and benefit package and a very competitive relocation package. Please contact: John K Pudelski, Ph.D., Manager, Chemical Synthesis Department, Research and Development, The Lubrizol Corporation, 29400 Lakeland Boulevard, Wickliffe, Ohio 44092-2298, Phone: 440-943-4200, Fax: 440-943-5337, e-mail: jkp@Lubrizol.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Western Washington University. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for three tenure-track Assistant Professor positions starting September 16, 2006 to be recruited from the following areas: biochemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Outstanding senior candidates in biochemistry will be considered for appointment as Associate Professor. The department is in a period of major change with seven new faculty to be hired over the next 3-4 years. A $746,000 Department Development Grant from Research Corporation and the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust is helping transform the department into one of the strongest, research-rich undergraduate programs in the country. Funding from the two foundations and over $1.5 million from the university is being used to provide competitive start-up packages, student and faculty summer research stipends, student travel support, and matching funds for new instrumentation. A commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level and development of an externally funded research program involving undergraduate and M.S. students are expected. A Ph.D. degree is required and post-doctoral experience preferred. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy and research plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Prof. Mark Wicholas, Department of Chemistry, Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham WA 98225-9150. To ensure complete consideration, applications should be received by September 30. Information about the department and position can be found at: http://www.chem.wwu.edu. Bellingham is located midway between Seattle and Vancouver B.C. and overlooks Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.

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Associate Professor/organic Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for an opening in organic chemistry at the Associate Professor level. The successful candidate must have a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is expected to develop a nationally competitive externally funded research program. Responsibilities include teaching organic chemistry lecture and laboratory courses. Opportunities exist for collaborative research with UTEP's Ph.D. programs in Environmental Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Pathobiology, and other interdisciplinary programs. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Applicants in all areas of organic chemistry will be considered. Interested individuals should send an application letter, a detailed vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a description of proposed research. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be separately sent to: Organic ChemistryAssociate Professor Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, UTEP, El Paso, TX 79968-0513. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. More information about our department can be found at the web site: http://www.chemistry.utep.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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A Postdoctoral Fellowship is currently available in the laboratory of Prof. Phil Castellano in the Center for Photochemical Sciences at Bowling Green State University. The position will largely entail the measurement and analysis of excited state kinetic processes in a variety of inorganic and organometallic systems. Qualified individuals should have experience in at least one of the following areas: nanosecond laser flash photolysis, time-resolved photoluminescence, or ultrafast transient absorption spectrometry. Interested candidates should forward a complete CV (preferably by E-mail) to the address below: Prof. Phil Castellano, Department of Chemistry & Center for Photochemical Sciences, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403, Phone: (419) 372-7513, Fax: (419) 372-9809, E-mail: castell@bgnet.bgsu.edu.

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Florida State University Department of Chemistry. Applicants are sought for a position in the area of photochemical and/or spectroscopic studies concerning cis-trans photoisomerization and photocyclization reactions of olefins, including polyenes related to the trienes in the vitamin D field, and diarylethenes. A recent Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in photochemistry, transient absorption spectroscopy, fluorimetry (steady state and transient) and related areas. Possible research topics include: (1) Conformer specific photochemistry in the Vitamin D field.

(2) Probing the phantom’s mysteries (energy, lifetime and charge distribution of twisted intermediates) through studies of temperature and medium effects on selected diarylethenes and diphenylpolyenes.

(3) Providing experimental tests of the Hula-Twist cis-trans photoisomerization mechanism.

(4) Testing proposals that geometries at certain conical intersections control efficiencies of cis-trans photoisomerizations in polyenes.

The position is available immediately. Inquiries, CVs and letters of recommendation should be sent (preferably by e-mail) to: Professor Jack Saltiel, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4390, fax: 850 644 8281, phone: 850 644 5405, email: saltiel@chem.fsu.edu, web: http://www.chem.fsu.edu/editors/jsaltiel/web/saltiel.htm.

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The University of Regina. A Post-doctoral Fellowship is currently available in the group of Prof. R. Scott Murphy in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Regina. This appointment is for one year, with a potential renewal for an additional year. Salary ranges are competitive and commensurate with experience. For this position, applicants should have experience in one of the following areas: organic synthesis, photophysics, or photochemistry. Applicants with particular experience in steady-state/time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, liposome preparation/characterization, or peptide synthesis will be considered favorably. Applicants must be within 1-2 years of obtaining their Ph. D. degree. For more information please contact Prof. Murphy via one of the methods below. To apply, please forward a current CV/resume, including a cover letter, publication list, and references to: Prof. R. Scott Murphy, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK S4S 0A2 CANADA, Phone: 306.585.4247, Fax: 306.337.2409, Email: scott.murphy@uregina.ca, Website: http://uregina.ca/~murphyr/. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However a review of applications will begin immediately and notification will only be given to successful candidates.

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