Chemistry Newsletter - 08/05/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 26 August 5th, 2002

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Some Sad News

Virginia Vodak, passed away on Saturday July 20, 2002. Virginia was born June 25, 1925 in Lacrosse, WI. Virginia was employed as an Administrative Assistant for the Chemistry Department for 12 years. She worked in both the Business Office and the Mail room.

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Congratulations to Martin Zanni

Martin Zanni has just joined the faculty as of this month and he has already won his first award. I received a letter today announcing that Marty was chosen for a Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award. It provides $40,000 and there are only 11 awarded. The awards are designed to provide external research support to outstanding faculty in the beginning of their first year. It is the Foundation's expectation that the award will assist in realizing their promise as educators and will help them dedicate themselves to excellence in education outside of the research laboratory. Congratulations Marty!

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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, 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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Owen RM; Gestwicki JE; Young T; Kiessling LL.

Synthesis and applications of end-labeled neoglycopolymers.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2002, Vol 4, Iss 14, pp 2293-2296.

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Cairo CW; Strzelec A; Murphy RM; Kiessling LL.

Affinity-based inhibition of beta-amyloid toxicity.

BIOCHEMISTRY 2002, Vol 41, Iss 27, pp 8620-8629.

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Kiessling LL.

Multivalent carbohydrate displays as biological effectors..

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 037-CARB-.

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Wagenka MC; Smith NA; Ellis AB.

The effect of metalloporphyrin adsorption on the photoluminescent behavior of CdSe.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 576-CHED-.

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Moore JW.

JCE: 78 years of communicating chemistry.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 1068-CHED-.

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Ellis AB.

Making the nanoworld comprehensible: New paradigms for communicating chemistry.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 1069-CHED-.

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Ellis AB.

Addressing the Carnegie challenge: Expanding undergraduate research opportunities at universities.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 1077-CHED-.

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Doolittle PS; Sykes DG; Schrag JL; Stauffer MT.

Bridging the curricular divide: Linking the chemistry curriculum using thematic-based research projects.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 1144-CHED-.

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Moore JW; Jacobsen JJ; Bain GA; March JL.

Computers in support of inquiry-based labs: ChemPages Laboratory.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 1156-CHED-.

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Hamers RJ.

Controlling nanoscale architecture at silicon-organic interfaces.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 119-COLL-.

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Cao XP; Hamers RJ.

Dative bonding of amines on silicon surfaces: The role of charge transfer.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 223, pp 209-COLL-.

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Lu MC; Hall JG; Shortreed MR; Wang LM; Berggren WT; Stevens PW; Kelso DM; Lyamichev V; Neri B; Skinner JL; Smith LM.

Structure-specific DNA cleavage on surfaces.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 27, pp 7924-7931.

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Soellner MB; Nilsson BL; Raines RT.

Staudinger ligation of alpha-azido acids retains stereochemistry.

JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2002, Vol 67, Iss 14, pp 4993-4996.

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Copyright © 2002 Institute for Scientific Information

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FELLOWSHIPS / INTERNSHIPS

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Humboldt Research Fellowship Program. The Humboldt Research Fellowship Program supports highly qualified scholars of all nationalities and disciplines so that they may carry out long-term research projects in Germany. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, i.e., the quality and feasibility of the proposed research project and the candidate's international publications. There are no quotas with respect to either country of origin or academic discipline. The Humboldt Research Fellowship Program provides for a stay of 6 to 12 months in Germany for research. Applicants design their own research projects and select hosts at German institutions. Monthly stipends range from Euro 2100 to 3000; special allowances are available for accompanying family members, travel expenses, and German language instruction. Applicants must have a doctoral degree and be less than 40 years of age. Scholars in the humanities should have sufficient German proficiency to conduct the proposed research. Scholars in the sciences must provide proof that they have sufficient proficiency in English. Applications may be submitted to the Humboldt Foundation in Bonn at any time. As part of the Humboldt Research Fellowship Program, U.S. citizens from all disciplines may also apply for the variations below. Fifteen of each fellowship are awarded annually. Summer Research Fellowship for U.S. Scientists and Scholars (3 months per year in 3 consecutive years). 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship for U.S. Scientists and Scholars (24 consecutive months). Download applications from: http://www.humboldt-foundation.de Or contact: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, U.S. Liaison Office, 1012 14th Street NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20005, 202-783-1907, 202-783- 1908 fax, Email: avh@bellatlantic.net, Web: http://www.humboldt-foundation.de.

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NSF-funded Internships in Public Science Education

A great way to learn about exciting research advances in nanotechnology while "Exploring the Nanoworld" with K-12 students and the general public! Paid internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students.

When: 2002-2003 academic year with the possibility of continuing into the summer. Start date is August 27, 2002.

Where: University of Wisconsin-Madison and Discovery World Museum, Milwaukee.

For more information visit: http://mrsec.wisc.edu/edetc/ipse and http://www.discoveryworld.org.

To apply: Contact Dr. Amy Payne at ipse@chem.wisc.edu or 608.262.6711 or download an application at http://mrsec.wisc.edu/edetc/ipse. Applications are due by August 10th.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Job# 202878. Chem Lab Tec. Salary Range: $54,000 - $90,000. Organization: C-SIC. Series/Level: TEC 07. Status: Open. Appointment Type: Regular. Number of Openings: 2. Employment Type: UC. Recruiting Scope: Open to All. Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. Summary: Work as a member of the Actinide, Catalysis and Separations Chemistry (C-SIC) group. C-SIC is an Inorganic Chemistry research group that integrates actinide/radioisotope chemistry, inorganic and organometallic synthesis, structural analysis, spectroscopy, and surface science capabilities to focus on scientific innovation and technical solutions to problems in defense, threat reduction, energy, and the environment. Primary technical focus will be to carry out research and development projects involving heterogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous chemistry of reactive materials as well as to assist principal investigators with the growth of existing programs and the development of programs of future interest within C-SIC. Specific assignments will include: application of preparative, instrumental and analytical techniques, assistance in the development and innovation of new techniques including the design of experiments and construction/modification of apparatus; synthesis and characterization of solid-state catalysts and materials, including analysis and calculations using state-of-the-art instrumentation, e.g. multinuclear NMR, x-ray diffraction, vibrational (IR and Raman) absorption and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Work will also involve detailed investigations of the reactivity differences between catalysts and materials; recording data in laboratory notebooks in a complete, accurate, and meaningful manner; maintenance of laboratory space; and ordering new supplies and equipment. Other functions include assisting supervisor with the writing of reports, presenting scientific results orally and written before both the general scientific community and LANL project leaders and program managers, and assist in the training of new personnel in specific laboratory techniques and procedures. The successful candidate will be responsible for a vigilant adherence to the Laboratory's environmental, safety, health, and security policies/requirements. Required Skills: Demonstrated extensive experience working in a chemical laboratory setting. Firm grounding in chemical fundamentals and their applications to the lab. Demonstrated experience working independently and with technical staff to develop and execute experimental plans, as well as an ability to learn new scientific and instrumental techniques. Demonstrated expertise/experience in designing, building and testing complex experimental equipment with the ability to identify and mitigate hazards related to complex instrumentation. Demonstrated experience prioritizing and completing multiple assignments within constricting and conflicting deadlines. Computer experience including word processing, data base management, and spreadsheet design. Effective written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills necessary to interact with others in a team environment. Must be willing to identify unsafe or unsecured environments and act according to Laboratory guidelines and requirements. The ability to obtain a DOE "Q" clearance which usually requires US citizenship. Desired Skills: Demonstrated experience with chemical principles involving heterogeneous reaction chemistry/physics. Working knowledge of chemical, physics, and/or chemical engineering principles including kinetics, thermodynamics, and reactor/reaction engineering of heterogeneous catalysis/chemistry. Understanding of and experience with characterization and analytical instrumentation including NMR, IR, Raman, UV-Vis-NIR, Diffuse reflectance, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, x-ray diffraction, BET surface analysis, thermogravimetric techniques, and electrochemistry. Working knowledge of high vacuum hardware and techniques. Understanding of, and experience with, instrument control and data acquisition software such as LabVIEW, and/or Genesis ICONICS. Understanding of and experience with instrument control hardware and techniques including, PLC's, PID control loop tuning, mass flow control. Working knowledge of computer communication and electronics. Education: Masters or Bachelors degree in chemistry or other physical sciences or the equivalent combination of work experience and training. Notes to Applicants: Additional Requirements: In addition to a resume, candidates must submit a cover letter describing how their qualifications directly address the required and desired skills. Applications without this letter will not be considered. Contact: For specific questions about the status of this job, call (505) 665-4308. Jon Rau, Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, C-SIC, MS J514, Los Alamos, NM 87545, email: jrau@lanl.gov, Office: (505) 667-1308, Lab: (505) 667-8551, Fax: (505) 667-3314, Pager: (505) 664-4751.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chemistry Department. Technical Assistantship: NMR Spectroscopy. The Department is seeking applicants for one technical assistant position for NMR spectroscopy to begin in September 2002 (fall session). Applicants must have already taken fall or spring semester Chem. 636, and will primarily assist in teaching labs for this course. Other duties are involved with these positions. These positions should be valuable to the individual and his or her research group because of the additional expertise the student will gain in NMR spectroscopic techniques. Please contact: the NMR Director, Dr. Charlie Fry, (fry@chem.wisc.edu or 262-3182) immediately if you are interested.

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Platypus Technologies is seeking a PhD level Inorganic Chemist to join our interdisciplinary team. We are located in Madison, Wisconsin in the University Research Park. Platypus Technologies, LLC develops, produces and markets nano-technologies for the life sciences. We produce a variety of nano-structured surfaces for use in research and are also developing a range of products that derive from a proprietary platform technology for the rapid detection of molecular interactions. This technology fuses recent advances in nano-scale science, materials science and molecular biology to provide advanced tools for proteomics, environmental monitoring and in vitro diagnostics. Interested parties should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references with contact information to: Human Resources, Platypus Technologies, 505 S. Rosa Rd., Suite 150, Madison, WI 53719. Inquires can be made to: Susan Pschorr, MBA, Dir., Business Administration & Development, Platypus Technologies, LLC, 505 S. Rosa Rd., Suite 150, Madison, WI 53719, Tel: 608-441-2777, Fax: 608-441-2775, Email: spschorr@platypustech.com.

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Nature Biotechnology is looking for an Assistant Editor to focus on manuscript selection and peer review. The successful candidate will also have an opportunity to contribute to all aspects of the journal, including commissioning and writing. Close contact with the biotechnology community will be essential, including travel to international meetings and conferences. Applicants should have a Ph.D.; a strong research background; a broad understanding of, and interest in, the field; excellent literary skills; an enthusiasm for the communication of science; and an appreciation of the history and evolution of molecular biology into biotechnology. To apply, please submit a CV (including current salary), a short (700-900 words) News & Views-style article on an exciting and newsworthy recent development in any area of biotechnology, and a short cover letter explaining your interest in the post, to: Human Resources Department, re: Asst Editor, Nature Biotechnology, 345 Park Avenue South, New York NY 10010 (fax 212.696.9594; email: admin@natureny.com to arrive as soon as possible and no later than August 31, 2002.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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University of California, Riverside. UCR's Department of Chemistry invites applications for a faculty position (open rank) in Analytical Chemistry, to start 1 July 2003. A Ph.D. in chemistry, the ability to conduct an innovative and vigorous research program, and excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are required. Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests complement those of existing faculty. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Candidates for appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level should send a complete curriculum vitae as well as statements of research interests and accomplishments. Candidates for appointment at the Assistant Professor level should send a complete curriculum vitae and research proposals and should arrange for three letters of reference. Applications and letters of reference should be sent to: Professor Dallas Rabenstein, Analytical Chemistry Search Chair, Department of Chemistry-027, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0403. Evaluation of applications will begin on September 09, 2002, but the position will remain open (and applications accepted) until the position is filled. Information about the Department is available at http://www.chem.ucr.edu.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Iowa seeks outstanding candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in Analytical Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants with research interests that complement the University of Iowa's strengths in the areas of biosciences, materials chemistry, and environmental sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral experience is desirable, but a Ph.D. degree by date of appointment is required. The ability to teach graduate and undergraduate level analytical courses and entry-level general chemistry is also required. The ability to develop a vigorous and nationally recognized research program is essential. Applicants must submit a full curriculum vita, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, summary of research plans, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the department. All materials should be addressed to: Analytical Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1294. Information about the position and the Department of Chemistry can be found at http://www.uiowa.edu/~chemdept. Review of applications will begin on October 7, 2002.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Iowa invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Physical Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants with research interests that complement the University of Iowa's strengths in the areas of biosciences, materials chemistry or environmental sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral experience is desirable, but a Ph.D. degree by date of appointment is required. The ability to teach graduate and undergraduate level Physical Chemistry courses and entry-level general chemistry is required. Applicants must send a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, statements of research and teaching interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Physical Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1294. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2002.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position: Polyene Photochemistry. Prof. Robert S. H. Liu, University of Hawaii. Temporary Post-doctoral Opening in the area of photochemical-spectroscopic studies of polyenes, diarylethylenes and/or analogs of biopigments for establishing mechanisms of photoisomerization under confined conditions. Recent Ph.D. in chemistry (or equivalent) is required. Desirable experience in: spectroscopic techniques (fluorescence and absorption studies of unstable primary photoproducts) at low temperatures under steady state or, less importantly, time-resolved conditions or mechanistic organic photochemistry. Starting date, immediately; appointment period 4-6 months. For further information or application, write to or call: Professor Robert S. H. Liu, Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii, 2545 The Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822, phone: 808-956-5723; FAX: 808-956-5908, e-mail: rliu@gold.chem.hawaii.edu. For relevant publications, see: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., USA, 97, 11153 (2000); Acc. Chem. Res., 34, 555 (2001); Chem., Euro. J., 7, 4536 (2001).

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