Chemistry Newsletter - 08/13/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 27 August 13th, 2001

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Welcome to Assistant Professor Qiang Cui

We welcome Qiang Cui (in English phonetics: "chiong tsway") to the Department as our newest Assistant Professor. Professor Cui will be part of the Physical Chemistry Division. His room number is 8331, phone # is 2-0262, and email address is "cui@chem.wisc.edu ". Welcome Qiang!!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO LAURA KIESSLING ON WINNING THE FIRST CARBOHYDRATE RESEARCH AWARD FOR CREATIVITY IN CARBOHYDRATE CHEMISTRY.

Laura Kiessling has just received the news that she is the recipient of the first Carbohydrate Research Award for creativity in Carbohydrate chemistry. The Carbohydrate Research Award for Creativity in Carbohydrate Chemistry was established in 2001 by the Editors and the Publisher of Carbohydrate Research. The Carbohydrate Research Award consists of a cheque for US$1,000, a certificate and a complimentary subscription to Carbohydrate Research for two years. The Award is presented to a Carbohydrate Chemist who has made significant original contributions to the field, in its broadest sense. Laura has been invited to present a lecture on her work at the EuroCarb meeting held in Lisbon, Portugal this September. Congratulations Laura!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 8335 Chemistry

*****No Meetings Until September*****

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SEMINARS

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Friday, August 24, 2001 - Inorganic and Organic Chemistry Seminar, 2:30 p.m., Room: Room 1315, Chemistry Building. Professor Jan-E. Bäckvall, Arrhenius Laboratory, Stockholm University. "Transitional Metal Hydrides as Active Intermediates in Hydrogen Transfer Reactions"

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For Industrial Positions, see the Chemistry Career Services Newsletter at:

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/areas/careers/7news.html

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Ripka AS; Satyshur KA; Bohacek RS; Rich DH.

Aspartic protease inhibitors designed from computer-generated templates bind as predicted.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2001, Vol 3, Iss 15, pp 2309-2312.

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Dales NA; Bohacek RS; Satyshur KA; Rich DH.

Design and synthesis of unsymmetrical peptidyl urea inhibitors of aspartic peptidases.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2001, Vol 3, Iss 15, pp 2313-2316.

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Bursavich MG; West CW; Rich DH.

From peptides to non-peptide peptidomimetics: Design and synthesis of new piperidine inhibitors of aspartic peptidases.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2001, Vol 3, Iss 15, pp 2317-2320.

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Hamers RJ.

Flexible electronic futures.

NATURE 2001, Vol 412, Iss 6846, pp 489-490.

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Zhang ZR; Becker JY; West R.

Electrochemical oxidation of a silole: 1,1-bis(trimethylsilyl)-2,3,4,5-tetraphenyl-1-silacyclopentadiene.

JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 2001, Vol 507, Iss 1-2, pp 49-54.

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Casey CP; Singer SW; Powell DR.

The role of a hydroxycyclopentadienyl ruthenium dicarbonyl formate in formic acid reductions of carbonyl compounds catalyzed by Shvo's diruthenium catalyst.

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY-REVUE CANADIENNE DE CHIMIE 2001, Vol 79, Iss 5, pp 1002-1011.

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Smith GD; Borodin O; Bedrov D; Paul W; Qiu XH; Ediger MD.

C-13 NMR spin-lattice relaxation and conformational dynamics in a 1,4-polybutadiene melt.

MACROMOLECULES 2001, Vol 34, Iss 15, pp 5192-5199.

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Sikorski WH; Reich HJ.

The regioselectivity of addition of organolithium reagents to enones and enals: The role of HMPA.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2001, Vol 123, Iss 27, pp 6527-6535.

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Stahl SS; Thorman JL; Nelson RC; Kozee MA.

Oxygenation of nitrogen-coordinated palladium(0): Synthetic, structural, and mechanistic studies and implications for aerobic oxidation catalysis.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2001, Vol 123, Iss 29, pp 7188-7189.

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Copyright © 2001 Institute for Scientific Information

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The 2001 Ralph and Helen Oesper Banquet and Symposium

The Department of Chemistry of the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society present the 2001 Ralph & Helen Oespar Banquet and Symposium, honoring Harry B. Gray, of the California Institute of Technology. The date for this event is October 5-6, 2001 in the Kingsgate Conference Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Reservations due by October 1, 2001. For additional information please contact: Kim Carey, Department of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 210172, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0172, Phone: 513-556-0293; Fax: 513-556-9239, e-mail: Kim.Carey@uc.edu or on the web at: http://che.uc.edu.

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Beckman Fellows Program

The Beckman Fellows Program, established by The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation was initiated in 2000 to support postdoctoral research at the very highest level. This prestigious program is designed to attract postdoctoral candidates with remarkable achievements and provide them with the support and resources required to develop into the next generation of outstanding investigators. To accomplish these goals, the Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope is conducting a nation-wide search to identify such promising individuals. Two fellows will be selected. Each will be provided a salary of $55,000/yr. and a research allowance of $52,000/yr. for supplies, equipment, travel and/or technical support. Each fellow will select a faculty mentor to serve as a primary sponsor and will be expected to develop a cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary collaborative research program. Fellowships are renewable for 3 years. For application and eligibility requirements, please visit the Beckman Fellows web site at: http://www.beckmanfellows.coh.org or contact: Arthur D. Riggs, PhD., President and Chief Executive Officer, Beckman Research Institute, 1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010, Phone: 626-301-8352, Fax: 626-930-5366, e-mail: ariggs@coh.org. Application deadline is September 15, 2001.

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University of Wisconsin English as a Second Language Program

International teaching assistant support services - (Formerly know as Trouble-Shooting Services) for ITAs interested in improved teaching performance. A free three-part service that includes the following:

  • Classroom visits by an expert observer.
  • Private, confidential analysis including strategies for improvement.
  • Individualized follow-up.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact the Program in English as a Second Language at 263-3780 or email: ASKESL@)facstaff.wisc.edu.

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Department of English Program in English as a Second Language

International Teaching Assistant Training Program Fall 2001. The ITA Training Program helps non-native English speaking TAs (or potential TAs) to improve their oral communication and classroom teaching skills.

The program focuses on three areas essential to good teaching.

  • Pronunciation and Communication Skills: Language practice to make classroom speech more clear and effective.
  • Presentation Skills: Videotaped teaching presentations, tutorials and peer feedback.
  • Cultural Background: Discussion of the TA's role, undergraduates' expectations of a TA and the unique aspects of the US educational system.

Class Schedule - Section 001: MW - 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM - 294 Van Hise Hall - Ten weeks: September 17 through November 21. Section 002: TR 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM 294 Van Hise Hall - Ten weeks: September 18 through November 20. The course is not listed in the timetable. It carries no credits. The requirement for admission is a letter from the student's department identifying the student as a TA or a potential TA. Please include the student's email address; confirmation will be by email. The DEADLINE for letters is September 10, 2001, although the sections may fill up before that time. Please visit our website at: http://www.wisc.edu/english/esl. If you have questions, please contact Helaine Kriegel at 263-2691, or email: hkriegei@facstaff.wisc.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis is recruiting for a NMR Spectroscopist-Specialist. Requirements: Ph.D with 5 years of NMR research experience in Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry or related field; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; pulse programming and implementation of pulsed-FT experiments. Computer networking and Unix-based instrumentation skills are highly desirable. Responsibilities include working with staff spectroscopists and others on operation, maintenance, and calibration of NMR instrumentation training and educating. Assistance with acquisitions, upgrades and administrative duties are also desirable. Salary: $60k to $65K plus benefit. Send resume and arrange 3 letters of references to: Professor T. F. Molinski, Department of Chemistry University of California, Davis, Ca. 95616, e-mail: tfmolinski@ucdavis.edu.

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Temporary teaching position in NMR spectroscopy.- The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) is looking to fill a ONE-YEAR position to aid in the development and implementation of NMR experiments into the USP chemistry curriculum as part of its NSF-funded Undergraduate NMR Program. The successful candidate will be required to have expertise with NMR spectroscopy and the ability to teach laboratory courses in organic chemistry. Knowledge of UNIX and LINUX operating systems is also desirable. All inquiries should be directed by e-mail to: Dr. Guillermo Moyna, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, USP, mail to: g.moyna@usip.edu).Guillermo Moyna, PhD, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistrym, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 600 South 43rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495.

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The university of California, San Diego, department of chemistry and biochemistry invites applications for the position of Academic Coordinator. This person will work with faculty to develop online course material to enhance university-level science instruction by using state-of-the-art computer technologics and software products. As needed, enhance and modify existing software packages to adapt them to the needs of our educational setting. Determine type of computer/digital technology and software best suited for a specific educational need. Manage programming and other creative staff necessary to support development efforts. Coordinate development of instructional techniques adapted for computer-based interactive courseware. Advanced degree in science or science education is required. Ph.D. preferred. Extensive computer knowledge required. Candidates should send a curriculum vitae to: Chair, Academic Coordinator Search Committee 3-898U, University of California, San Diego, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla CA 92093-0332. Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent under separate cover. Prompt response is recommended. Review of applications begins August 20, 2001 and will continue until the position is filled.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions, one in Organic Chemistry and one in Bioanalytical Chemistry, beginning August 16, 2002. The Department seeks applicants for the Organic position with a research interest in any area of organic chemistry. For the Bioanalytical Chemistry position, the Department seeks applicants whose research interests and training include bioanalytical and biological chemistry. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree, and postdoctoral experience is preferred. Excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and the development of a vigorous and externally funded research program are expected. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a description of research plans, and a brief description of teaching interests (courses), and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Organic Faculty Search Committee or the Bioanalytical Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 6045, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6045. Review of completed applications will begin on October 15, 2001.

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The Chemistry Department at the University of California, Berkeley solicits applications for a faculty position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry, beginning in the Fall of 2002. Appointment at a tenured level would be considered in exceptional circumstances. Creative and energetic candidates who show extraordinary promise or accomplishment in research and teaching are specifically sought in the fields of organic and physical chemistry, although truly outstanding candidates in any area of chemistry will be considered. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a proposed research program, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: Chair, Faculty Recruiting Committee (#613); Department of Chemistry; University of California; Berkeley, CA 94720-1460. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1, 2001; applications will be reviewed beginning September 1, 2001.

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Open Search. The Department of Chemistry at Carleton College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin Fall of 2002. Ph.D. completed or substantially completed. We seek chemists who are strongly committed to teaching undergraduates in a liberal-arts environment, including undergraduate research. Teaching strengths in organic chemistry, and an upper-division course in one's field of expertise are sought. Research areas that will most complement our department are those in physical organic chemistry, materials science, organometallic chemistry, or a computational field related to organic chemistry. Please submit paper versions of a CV, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, three letters of reference, a statement of teaching philosophy (including areas of teaching interests), and a statement of proposed research to: Steven Drew, Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 55057. Please do not submit applications electronically. Applications completed by October 1, 2001 will receive full consideration.

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The University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Department of Chemistry invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level beginning fall 2002. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry or a closely related field, be committed to teaching in an ACS approved undergraduate program, and demonstrate the potential for developing an externally funded research program involving undergraduates. Preference will be given to individuals with postdoctoral experience and expertise in polymer chemistry or materials science. Teaching responsibilities include general chemistry and inorganic chemistry. The new faculty member will also be expected to participate in the design of new, courses in polymer chemistry or materials science. Facilities include a variety of spectroscopic and analytical instrumentation. Submit vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy and a detailed research proposal to: Gary M. Wood, Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, Box 2000, Kenosha, WI 53141-2000. Nominees and applicants who have not requested in writing that their identity not be revealed, and all finalist names, will be revealed upon request. Applications will be reviewed beginning Oct. 21, 2001. For more information, visit http://www.uwp.employment.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Positions in Synthetic and in Solution NMR. Professor Luigi G. Marzilli of Emory University has a couple of post-doc openings. The first of two involves a joint program with Nuclear Medicine in the Emory medical school in which someone with good organic ligand synthetic experience would be essential. We are preparing N,S and N multidentate ligands for diagnostic imaging with Tc-99m. This position offers the opportunity to become knowledgeable about animal and human investigational methods. Also, we will prepare the cold Re analogs, giving the successful candidate exposure to inorganic synthetic work as well. I also am looking for someone with interest in NMR methods applied to solution characterization of metal DNA adducts. The effort involves molecular dynamics with restraints to determine solution structure. We have some exciting new ways to use NMR spectroscopy to examine enzyme reactions relevant to metal anticancer drugs. The project involves preparing oligonucleotide-anticancer drug adducts and purification of the adducts with FPLC and HPLC. Good knowledge of NMR procedures is essential. Please contact: Prof. Luigi G. Marzilli, Chemistry Department, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, phone 404 727 off. 6603, fax 6586, lab 6635 or 4416.

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Kurt Deshayes of Genentech Inc., is seeking candidates for an opening in his laboratory at the Research Assistant level. He is looking for a person with a strong background in organic chemistry and an interest in learning molecular biology. Both bachelor or master level candidates will be considered. The Research Assistant would work on the synthesis and characterization of peptides by both solid phase synthesis and expression. As projects progress analysis of data and input into future research directions will be required. He seeks a person that will rapidly progress to independent work and he is willing to invest in the training of a person who is qualified and committed. The ideal candidate is someone who wants to do good science, work hard and learn how to operate at the interface between biology and chemistry. A person who is interested in a few years industrial experience before continuing their education will certainly be considered. All interested candidates should send a resume, including the times and contact information for three references, to: Kurt Deshayes Genentech Inc. Department of Protein Engineering, MS 27 1 DNA Way South San Francisco, CA 94080. He can also be reached via Email at deshayes@gene.com OR FAX (650) 225-3734. Anyone interested in learning more about Genentech should browse the company website: http://www.gene.com. I will be reviewing candidates as their resumes arrive, and will continue searching until the position is filled.

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The University of Michigan is seeking outstanding candidates in experimental physical chemistry for a faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to begin Fall Term 2002. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field and postdoctoral experience. The position requires the development of internationally recognized programs of scholarly research as well as excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. Candidates should send a CV and a description of research projects and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Joseph P. Marino, Chairman, Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1055. Completed applications will be reviewed as soon as they arrive and interviews are scheduled to begin September 1. Review of applications will be continued until the position is filled.

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Post-doctoral Fellowship in Infrared Laser Kinetic Spectroscopy. Robert F. Curl of the Chemistry Department at Rice University is seeking a Post-doctoral Fellow in the field of infrared spectroscopy of free radicals. In one type of experiment, a suitable precursor for the radical of interest is flash photolyzed by an excimer laser and the transient infrared absorption of radical produced is observed using a tunable, cw IR laser probe. The probe laser is a difference frequency source. In another kind of experiment, the spectra of radicals in a supersonic jet are obtained. Jet cooling reduces spectral congestion permitting the investigation of larger radicals. For somewhat more information see http://www.ruf.rice.edu/-rfcurl/ and linked pages. This position requires extensive experience with lasers and the normal technology of Chemical Physics. Previous experience working with cw tunable lasers is desirable. Individuals who have received their doctorates within the last four years are preferred. Please send a resume and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to: Robert Curl, Chemistry Department, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005-1892, USA, e-mail: friend@rice.edu by October 1, 2001.

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