Chemistry Newsletter - 11/15/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 37 November 15th, 2004

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2004 - 35th Annual

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI

Saturday, December 4 - 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm & Sunday, December 5 - 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm.

Room 1351 Chemistry Building, 1101 University Avenue, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

To obtain free tickets to any of the presentations, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope along with your request indicating the date and time of the presentation you wish to attend and the number of tickets you need to: Chemistry Holiday Tickets, UW Chemistry Dept, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706-1396. If you require more than ten tickets, please include a list of the names and addresses of the persons for whom you are requesting tickets. Check local television listings for the date and time of the PBS broadcast of this special program.

For complete information on the Holiday shows, please see the flyer at the end of this newsletter.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

12/14/04

2/8/05

3/8/05

4/12/05

5/10/05

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

11/16/04

12/7/04

12/21/04

1/25/05

2/15/05

3/1/05

3/15/05

4/5/05

4/19/05

5/3/05

5/17/05

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lukas Tamm, University of Virginia. “Stochastic Chemistry: Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Living Systems and Cellular Signal Transductions.”

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David R. Liu, Harvard University. “A New Approach to the Synthesis and Discovery of Functional Molecules”

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Wednesday, November 17th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Diane Nutbrown, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Thursday, November 18th, 2004 - Special Analytical/Proteomics Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joshua J. Coon, University of Virginia. “Reshaping proteomics paradigms with ion/ion chemistry: new technology, comparative analysis of phosphorylation, and the histone code”

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Friday, November 19th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Jeff Myers, WI DNR. “Regulation, Risk and Air Toxics: Overview of Current Air Toxics Regulatory Risk Assessment Practices at the Federal Level”

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Monday, November 22nd, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Alan Cherrington, Vanderbilt. “Regulation of Glucose Uptake and Storage by the Liver”

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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marcus Mueller, UW-Madison Physics. “How to Make Polymer Foams: Bubble Nucleation in Compressible Mixtures Containing Polymers”

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Monday, November 29th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Teresa Compton, UW-Madison. “Innate Sensing of Herpeviruses by Toll-like Receptors”

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2004 - Physical McElvain Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Geraldine Richmond, University of Oregon. “Going Nonlinear in Probing Structure and Bonding at Aqueous Surfaces.”

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lingyin Li, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, December 3rd, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jack Sadowsky, Gellman Group.

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Friday, December 3th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Julie Hahm, EC&T.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2004 - McElvain Seminar, 3:30 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. TBA.

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Monday, December 6th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Richard Lee, Brigham & Women’s Hospital. “Thioredoxin Inhibitors: a New Target in Diabetes”

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ward Thompson, University of Kansas.

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Katherine Rees, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Thursday, December 9th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Schwartz, UW-Madison. “Single Molecule Systems - New Insights Into Mammalian Genomes”

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Thursday, December 9th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Karin Wohlever, Gellman/Stahl Groups.

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Friday, December 10th, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Erin McElroy, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, December 10th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Tim Lee, CEE.

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Monday, December 13th, 2004 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Darrin York, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota.

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Monday, December 13th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Gary Ruvkun, Mass. General Hospital. “Genetic and genomic analysis of RNA interference”

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Scholes, University of Toronto. “Exciton, Multiexcitons, and Spin States in Colloidal Quantum Dots: Can Electron Spin be Observed Using Linearly Polarized Light?”

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Janice Hall, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Thursday, December 16th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kimberly Smith, Reich Group.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/fall2004.html.

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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NMR Spectroscopist. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Eastern Regional Research Center located in Wyndmoor, PA is seeking a full-time senior Research Chemist for its Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) facility. This is a four year term federal position-Research Chemist, GS-1320-11/12/13 with an annual salary range of $50,898-94,306 commensurate with qualifications. U.S. citizenship is required. The successful candidate for this position will have primary responsibility for ERRC’s 200 and 400 MHz Varian NMR spectrometers. Details of the duties and responsibilities expected from the candidate are as outlined in Announcement Number ARS-X4E-0390 that can be accessed at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/jobs. The preferred candidate would possess an advanced degree with emphasis on the application of NMR spectroscopy to problems of biological significance or have equivalent work experience. How to Apply: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Human Resources Division, Attn: Angela Carter, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Stop 5104, Beltsville, MD 20705-5104, Fax (301) 504-1535, E-Mail: scirecruit@ars.usda.gov.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Assistant Professor, Analytical Chemistry, University of Delaware. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Delaware invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in analytical chemistry as defined broadly. The initial appointment will commence September 1, 2005. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in research and teaching and is expected to establish an externally funded and internationally visible research program that complements current research activities in the Department. Applicants should send a CV, a description of initial research plans and three letters of recommendation to: Prof. Thomas P. Beebe, Jr., Chair, Analytical Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, web: http://www.udel.edu/chem/.

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The Department of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Analytical Chemistry, with preference for an area that complements existing faculty, to begin in Fall 2005. Filling of this position is contingent upon availability of funds. Applications at the Assistant Professor level are preferred but any rank will be considered. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a funded, nationally recognized research program, and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in analytical chemistry. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required, and post-doctoral experience is desirable. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a description of proposed research and estimated start-up costs, a description of teaching experience and interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Sarah C., Chair of the Analytical Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, P. O. Box 842006, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2006.

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The State University of New York at Binghamton has two positions open in the Chemistry Department and Institute for Materials Research. One position is for an assistant professor (tenure track) in inorganic chemistry with research interests in materials chemistry. A PhD in chemistry or related discipline is required, with also postdoctoral or equivalent experience. A lab set-up for materials research is available, plus all the usual large equipment is available (powder and single crystal x-ray, thermal analysis, Squid, SEM, TEM, surface area analysis, etc). This position would also be associated with the Materials Science Program, so that graduate students from both Chemistry and Materials could be mentored. A competitive start-up and salary package is offered. Candidates with excellent research records at senior levels will also be considered. Applications should be sent to the Chair, The Chemistry Department, SUNY at Binghamton, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000. Starting date is Fall 2005, or by mutual agreement. The second position is for a crystallographer, with extensive experience in powder diffraction including structure determination using Rietveld refinement, as well as experience with single crystal diffraction. This position is available early in 2005 and can be at the postdoc or a more senior level, depending on experience. Applications should be sent to: M. Stanley Whittingham, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science, Director, Institute for Materials Research, SUNY at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000, USA, Phone and Fax: (607) 777-4623, e-mail: stanwhit@binghamton.edu. Web: http://materials.binghamton.edu, http://chemistry.binghamton.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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2 Postdoctoral Positions in Bioanalytical NMR. Two openings for postdoctoral scientists are available in Dr. Daniel Raftery's laboratory in the Chemistry Department at Purdue University. The NIH-funded projects will involve the development and application of new methods in NMR spectroscopy and metabonomics. This work will primarily focus on the analysis of various types of biofluid samples. A range of advanced and high field NMR instrumentation is available in the laboratory and in Purdue's large NMR facility. The positions require strong high-resolution NMR skills and an ability to work independently as well as with graduate students and other researchers, on- and off-campus. Interest in developing new multidimensional NMR and statistical analysis methods and for novel metabonomics-based studies is highly desired. Some familiarity with bioanalytical chemistry or chromatography is considered a plus, though not necessary. One of the positions will involve the development of novel NMR probe hardware for advanced analysis of complex mixtures. Interested applicants should provide a CV and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent as soon as possible. Both positions are available immediately, and will last for one year, with a second year available by mutual consent. Applicants should feel free to contact me directly by mail or phone. Daniel Raftery, Professor of Chemistry and Interim Director, Purdue Interdepartmental NMR Facility, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1393, tel: 765-494-6070, e-mail: raftery@purdue.edu, web: http://www.chem.purdue.edu/raftery/.

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