Chemistry Newsletter - 11/22/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 38 November 22nd, 2004

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ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI

Saturday, December 4th, and Sunday, December 5th, 2004

Admission is by ticket only.

ALL TICKETS HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED.

If you received tickets that you are not going to use, please return them to Room 1328 Chemistry so they may be given to those on the waiting list. Wisconsin Public Television will telecast the program at 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 24 and again at 9:00 a.m., Sunday , December 26. Check local television listings for the dates and times of the PBS broadcast of this special program elsewhere around the country.

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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

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 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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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004 - Special Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Faculty Candidate Simon Blakey, CalTech. “Inspiration From the Deep: Synthetic Strategies for the Marine Metabolites Aplyronine C and Diazonamide A”

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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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Recent Publications

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Zimmerman HE. Pushechnikov A.

Synthesis of a highly reactive heterocyclic reactant and its unusual photochemistry; Mechanistic and exploratory organic photochemistry.

Organic Letters. 6(21):3779-3780, 2004 Oct 14.

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Weidkamp KP. Afzali A. Tromp RM. Hamers RJ.

A photopatternable pentacene precursor for use in organic thin-film transistors.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(40):12740-12741, 2004 Oct 13.

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Miyazaki K. Bagchi B. Yethiraj A.

Self-consistent mode-coupling theory for the viscosity of rodlike polyelectrolyte solutions.

Source Journal of Chemical Physics. 121(16):8120-8127, 2004 Oct 22.

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Macalady JL. Vestling MM. Baumler D. Boekelheide N. Kaspar CW. Banfield JF.

Tetraether-linked membrane monolayers in Ferroplasma spp: a key to survival in acid.

Extremophiles. 8(5):411-419, 2004 Oct.

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Van Wynsberghe A. Li GH. Cui Q.

Normal-mode analysis suggests protein flexibility modulation throughout RNA polymerase's functional cycle.

Biochemistry. 43(41):13083-13096, 2004 Oct 19.

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Yang WS. Hamers RJ.

Fabrication and characterization of a biologically sensitive field-effect transistor using a nanocrystalline diamond thin film.

Source Applied Physics Letters. 85(16):3626-3628, 2004 Oct 18.

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Copyright © 2004 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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In the Milwaukee area (Wisconsin). Ideal candidate will come from Wisconsin or a neighboring State. I am a Professional Recruiter. An opportunity exists with my client for a motivated individual that has successfully completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. (They will look at a minor in Chemistry). The position will be a sales / technical support position. This position will have several responsibilities, some of those including the following; Office sales support: Assist customers and client salesman with incoming calls and questions and Quotation Generation; Field support for client distributors: Start-up assistance and customer / salesman / distributor training in the field; New product introduction & tracking for client; Laboratory sample processing for client distributors; Wet analysis testing for client distributors; Further field account development: Call on selective accounts in Chicago and Northern Illinois. The position will require periodic travel. Client is celebrating 45 years of service to the electroplating and metal finishing industry. As one of the largest and best established metal finishing suppliers in the USA, they represent several major chemical and equipment manufacturers and also markets specialty processes developed by their affiliate. Client supplies a broad range of specialty chemicals and equipment for plating, chromating, black oxide, chemical polishing, burnishing, coloring and corrosion prevention; also furnishes complete turnkey equipment and pollution treatment systems for automatic or manual electroplating and metal finishing. Send resume to: maltoal@execpc.com or call me at 262-242-0302, Mal Toal.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at SIUC is seeking to hire a tenure track Assistant Professor. We are particularly interested in hiring an Analytical or Bio-analytical chemist with research expertise in Forensic Chemistry. The individual will be actively involved in both our Forensic Chemistry specialization and in a new Forensic Science degree program. The Department offers Ph.D., MS, BS and BA degrees in various specializations. A Ph.D. in chemistry or related field and promise of research productivity is required. Post-doctoral experience is desirable. The individual will be expected to develop an externally funded research program in forensic chemistry. All applicants must submit a curriculum vita, one or more brief research proposals and a statement of teaching philosophy. Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Chair, Forensic Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale IL 62901-4409. Review of applications will commence December 17, 2004 and continue until the position is filled. All applicants are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

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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/. The Search Committee will begin the review of applications on November 15, 2004.

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Analytical /Environmental Chemistry - Whittier College. One year position at Assistant Professor level starting 9/05 in a 5-person, ACS-approved department. Ph.D. in analytical chemistry with an environmental focus required. Potential as excellent teacher, desire to direct undergraduate research, and commitment to the liberal arts are essential qualifications. Teaching responsibilities include analytical/instrumental analysis, environmental chemistry, lower division courses and participation in the College's liberal education program. Salary in the low to mid $40,000 range and a relocation allowance. A tenure-track position is likely to be available for the fall of 2006. The one-year position holder would be seriously considered for the tenure-track position. A search for the tenure-track position would be conducted in 2005-6. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Send application letter, resume, teaching philosophy, research plans, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and 3 reference letters to: Priscilla Bell, Chemistry Department, Whittier College, Whittier, CA 90608. Position open until filled; review starts January 2005.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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None For This Newsletter

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Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu or 262-0293. Thank You.

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