Chemistry Newsletter - 10/29/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 36 October 29th, 2001

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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November 13th, 2001 December 11th, 2001 January 8th, 2002
February 12th, 2002 March 12th, 2002 April 9th, 2002 May 14th, 2002

 

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Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays ---1:20 PM - Chair's Office

November 6th, 2001 November 20th, 2001
December 4th, 2001 December 18th, 2001 January 15th, 2002 February 5th, 2002
February 19th, 2002 March 5th, 2002 March 19th, 2002 April 2nd, 2002
April 16th, 2002 May 7th, 2002 May 21st, 2002

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor David Smith, University of Nebraska. "Nuts and Bolts of Hydrogen Exchange - Mass Spectrometry"

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Michio Iwaoka, University of Tokyo. "Weak Nonbonded Interactions Involving Chalcogen Atoms. The Concept and the Importance in Protein Structure"

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar (McElvain), 11:00 a.m., Room 1315. David Wineland, NIST-Boulder. "Quantum Computers and Schroedinger's Cat"

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Jay Keasling, University of California-Berkeley. "Remodeling Cellular Metabolism for Biosynthesis and Biodegradation"

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Wednesday, October 31th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Paul Ludden, UW-Madison, Biochemistry.

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Thursday, November 1st, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Valerie Keller.

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Thursday, November 1st, 2001 - Chemical Education Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry, Professor Stanley Smith, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Teaching Computers to Teach, 1968 - 2001".

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Monday, November 5th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor William Evans, University of California-Irvine.

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Monday, November 5th, 2001 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry. J. Kamakshi, UW Chemistry, Graduate Student. "Self-Assembly of Proteins on Membranes"

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315. Nancy Thompson, UNC-Chapel Hill. "Dynamics of Proteins Near Membrane Surfaces: Studies by Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscopy."

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2001 - Student Seminar Series, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry.Matt Hutchison (Crim Group). "Vibrationally Mediated Photodissociation of Ammonia"

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Joan Broderick, Michigan State University.

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Thursday, November 8th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Thomas C. Farrar, UW-Madison. "Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Structure and Dynamics and Hydrogen Bonding Liquids"

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Thursday, November 8th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Thomas Clark.

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Monday, November 12th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Bob Clark, UW Madison, Graduate Student.

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Monday, November 12th, 2001 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry. Martha Montague, UW Chemical Engineering. "Imaging Layers Based on Surface-Initiated Polymers"

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2001 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315. Jingsong Zhang, University of California-Riverside. "Photodissociation Dynamics of Small Hydrocarbon Free Radicals: The H- tom Product Channels."

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2001 - Student Seminar Series, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry. Travis Berggren (Smith Group). "Single Pulse Nanoelectrospray Mass Spectrometry-Ink Jet Printing Meets Mass Spec"

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Mark A. Barteau, University of Delaware. "Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Surface Oxametallacycles: Connections to Olefin Epoxidation"

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Dave Schubert.

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Thursday, November 15th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor David C. Schwartz, UW Madison. "Single Molecule Systems for Genome Analysis"

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Thursday, November 15th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Matthew Hinderaker.

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Monday, November 19th, 2001 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. SonBinh Nguyen, Northwestern University. "Polymer-Biopolymer and Polymer-Inorganic Nano-Structures: Novel Hybrid Materials"

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Monday, November 19th, 2001 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Susie Martins - Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Jeffery Hubbell, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, ETH and University of Zurich.

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2001- Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Bob Clark-Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2001 - Student Seminar Series, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry. Wei Cai (Hamers Group). "Chemical Patterning of Iodine-terminated Silicon Surfaces Using Visible Light"

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Costas Maranas, Penn State. "Modeling and Optimization in Protein and Metabolic Engineering"

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Thursday, November 29th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Robert Rossi, Carleton College. "Just One Fix: An Idealist's Dogged Pursuit of the Solar Photoelectrochemical Golden Fleece"

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Thursday, November 29th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Alex Shaginian.

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2001 - Student Seminar Series, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry. Chris Lawrence (Skinner Group). "Ultrafast Vibrational Spectroscopy of Water"

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Tim Deming, University of California-Santa Barbara.

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Fabio Ribeiro, Polytechnic Institute. "Hydrodechlorination Reactions on Palladium Catalysts"

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Thursday, December 6th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Matthew Woll.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Reginald M. Penner, University of California-Irvine.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Kristi Anseth, University of Colorado, Boulder. "Photopolymerization of Degradable Polymer Networks and Their Medical Applications"

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Thursday, December 13th, 2001 - Organic Seminar - Industrial McElvain Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Eric M. Gordon, Sunesis.

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The Tenth Annual National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Summer Research Experiences

The Tenth Annual National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is currently accepting applications from qualified undergraduates. The eight-week internship is available to registered undergraduate science and engineering majors at one of three NHMFL sites. A generous stipend, housing allowance, and travel support are offered to those accepted. Students work closely with a faculty mentor becoming fully integrated into the science and engineering activities of the laboratory during their internships. To support their research, students are expected to attend lectures, seminars, and workshops facilitated by the Center for Integrating Research and Learning, which represents educational programs at the NHMFL.The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) is one of only nine facilities of its kind in the world. The 3-campus laboratory is supported by the National Science Foundation and the State of Florida and is operated by Florida State University (FSU), the University of Florida (UF), and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) with distinguished faculty and world-class facilities at all three sites. The research facilities offer users from around the world unprecedented opportunities to explore science at the extremes of magnetic field, pressure, and temperature. Students can access applications and acceptance criteria at http://reu.magnet.fsu.edu. If students do not have easy access to this process, please let me know and a print copy of the application will be mailed. If you have any other questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact me at: Gina LaFrazza-Hickey, Education Specialist, Center for Integrating Research and Learning, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 1800 East Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310, (850)645-0033, (850)644-8350 Fax, e-mail: ghickey@magnet.fsu.edu.

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Synaps Applied Optimization Award and Travel Grants

Synaps invites research proposals from outstanding graduate students enrolled at selected American universities describing how they will integrate their research analysis tools with our EpogyTM software and how they will use its optimization features. The author of the winning proposal will receive $2500 and technical support from Synaps, Inc. The prize will be awarded based upon the technical merit of the proposal, its uniqueness, and the qualifications of the applicant. Award Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2001 Award Decision: Jan. 7, 2002. The research groups of a majority of the applicants will receive complimentary one-year, node-locked Epogy licenses (one license per group). Researchers who use our software in their analyses may also apply for $1000 travel grants to present a paper on their results at scientific meetings during 2002. (A limited number of grants will be made available). Requests for travel grants will be accepted throughout the year 2002. Travel grant award decisions will be made within two weeks of receiving the request. For more information about Epogy, please visit our Web site at http://www.synaps-inc.com/downloads.html. Note: This is a once a year announcement. Application (mail to velden@synaps-inc.com). Student send: Name, Address, Phone number, Email address, Academic degrees, Current degree program, short biographical sketch. Research Advisor send: Name, Address, Phone number, Email address, short biographical sketch, Include statement: " I (research advisor) have read this proposal and agree with its content". Research Proposal should be <500 words: Please provide a short description of the capabilities of the research tool(s) you would like to integrate with Epogy. Describe the benefits you expect by adding optimization capability.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry (LMCH), National Cancer Institute at Frederick (Maryland, USA), National Institutes of Health, has a post doc position available in NMR/structural chemistry. The laboratory uses structure-based methods to design small molecules as inhibitors of anticancer and antiviral molecular targets. The successful candidate will use NMR spectroscopy to study the structures and conformations of some of these analogues that have been either incorporated into novel oligonucleotides or complexed with specific protein subdomains. The position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry/biochemistry with an emphasis on biomolecular structure using modern NMR techniques. Experience with recombinant technology for the expression of proteins and the determination of protein and/or DNA structures by NMR-molecular dynamics is desirable. The LMCH was recently relocated from Bethesda to a state-of-the-art chemistry facility on the Fort Detrick campus in Frederick Maryland. The laboratory has the latest technology for synthetic chemistry including updated laboratories with modern IR, UV, polarimetry, CD, HPLC and MALDI mass spec. The NMR facility houses two new Varian INOVA systems at 400 and 500 MHz (installed late summer 2000). The NCI/NIH community along with the universities of Washington DC and Baltimore is the center of some of the worlds premier NMR and biomedical laboratories. The NCI also has access to core facilities at the Fort Detrick site for protein expression, mass spectrometry, analytical chemistry, electron microscopy, genomics and high throughput analysis. Please send an updated CV with the names addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three references to: Joseph J. Barchi, Jr., NMR Facility Head, NCI Frederick, Bldg 376, Rm 209, 376 Boyles Street, Frederick, MD 21702, 301-846-5905 (voice), 301-846-5920 (lab), 301-846-6033 (FAX), e-mail: barchi@helix.nih.gov. Applications will be received until the positions are filled.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Two Assistant Professor of Chemistry Positions Experimental Physical and Synthetic Chemistry Washington State University seeks applications for two tenure track assistant professor positions in the area of experimental physical chemistry and in synthetic organic or inorganic chemistry. A strong commitment to innovative research and excellence in education through scholarly activity and curriculum development at the graduate and undergraduate level is required. A Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in chemistry or a closely related area, the ability to establish a leading research program in the applicant's area of specialization, and the ability and desire to teach are required. Additional information is available at: http://www.chem.wsu.edu/. Please send a letter of application, a CV, a detailed research proposal including a list of major instrumentation needs and budgetary requirements, a list of courses the applicant would most like to teach, and a graduate transcript, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: K.W. Hipps, Physical Chemistry Search Chair, or Scot Wherland, Synthetic Chemistry Search Chair, Chemistry Dept., Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-4630. Review of completed applications will begin January 7th and will continue until the position is filled.

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The University of Iowa Department of Chemistry seeks outstanding applicants for two tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. One position is for an Analytical Chemist with research interests in separations, mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy, surface analysis, or electrochemistry, with a preference for areas related to bioanalytical chemistry. The ability to teach graduate and undergraduate level analytical courses and entry-level general chemistry is essential. The second position is for an individual with research interests in Environmental and Atmospheric Chemistry, Macromolecular Dynamics, Polymer Synthesis, or Combinatorial Chemistry (e.g., new classes of materials or compounds, new evaluation/analysis methods). The ability to teach graduate and undergraduate level courses in the applicant's area of expertise and entry-level general chemistry is essential. The ability to develop a vigorous research program is essential for either position. Applicants should submit a resume, transcripts, summaries of research and teaching plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation. Application materials should be addressed to: Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1294. Please specify the position for which you are applying. Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2001.

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The Department of Chemistry at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana is seeking to fill multiple positions and invites applications for tenure-track faculty opportunities in inorganic, organic and theoretical chemistry, and interdisciplinary areas at all levels beginning August 2002. Candidates with significant postdoctoral experience and senior candidates with a strong record of research accomplishment in any area of inorganic, organic, or theoretical chemistry will be considered. Successful candidates will be expected to develop or to have developed a vigorous, independent research program and contribute to teaching and curricular development. Candidates are especially welcome from newly developing areas and interdisciplinary areas. Applicants must specify the area or areas in which they have special competence and include a Curriculum vitae. Junior-level candidates should include a summary of future research plans and arrange to have four letters of recommendation forwarded to the Department. Applications will be reviewed as received and will continue until the positions are filled. Send applications to: Professor Ernest R. Davidson, Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. FAX: (812) 856-5050, email: cemchair@indiana.edu .

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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We are looking for a motivated researcher to join us at the University of New Mexico to study free radicals in skin carcinogenesis, using EPR and molecular biological techniques. Initially an 18-24 month appointment is available starting as early as November 2001. Excellent EPR facilities are available including a Bruker Elexsys 9 GHz and 1GHz in vivo imaging system. Please forward a covering letter, CV, and references to: Dr Graham S. Timmins, College of Pharmacy, Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Toxicology, 2502 Marble NE, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA.

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