Chemistry Newsletter - 11/24/2003

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVII - No. 38 November 24th, 2003

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Professors Bob West and Bob Hamers Listed among the Most Cited Scientists in the Last Two Decades

We have just received information from L&S that Bob West and Bob Hamers are listed among the most cited scientists in the last two decades. More details are given below. Congratulations Bobs!

Twenty-nine UW-Madison faculty members are among the most cited researchers in their fields over two decades, according to a recent citation survey by Thomson ISI, a leading citation indexing company. Citations of published research are key indicators of the influence of scholarly work. The survey, which covered 21 broad subject areas in the life sciences, medicine, the social sciences, the physical sciences and engineering, covers the period from 1981 to 1999. Fewer than one-half of one percent of researchers who published during that time are listed, giving some indication of the broad influence of their published works. “Having your work cited by your colleagues is high praise,” says Martin Cadwallader, dean of the UW-Madison Graduate School. “It tells you that your work is valued by others and is being used by many people in your field as a foundation for understanding and advancing new knowledge.” Cadwallader says he was pleased to see not only the high number of faculty who made the exclusive list, but to see that the UW-Madison faculty on the list represent a broad range of disciplines, from the natural sciences to the social sciences, education and engineering. Those UW-Madison faculty listed among the most highly cited include: Lyn Y. Abramson, psychology; Ross B, Barmish, electric and computer engineering; George E.P. Box, industrial engineering and statistics; Larry L. Bumpass, sociology; Stephen R. Carpenter, zoology and limnology; Y. Austin Chang, material science and engineering; Carl de Boor, mathematics; Hector F. DeLuca, biochemistry; Dennis Charles DeMets, geology and geophysics; John S. Gallagher, astronomy; Oliver J. Ginther, animal health and biomedical sciences; Ric R. Grummer, dairy science; Robert J. Hamers, chemistry; Franz J. Himpsel, physics; John E. Kutzbach, atmospheric and oceanic sciences; Elmer H. Marth, food microbiology and toxicology and food science; John S. Mathis, astronomy; Alexander Nagel, mathematics; Norman F. Olson, food science; Thomas Reps, computer science; Larry Samuelson, economics; Blair D. Savage, astronomy; Mark S. Seidenberg, psychology; Thomas D. Sharkey, botany; John W. Valley, geology and geophysics; Grace Wahba, statistics; Kenneth D. West, economics; Robert West, chemistry; Kenneth M. Zeichner, curriculum and instruction.

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Professor John Wright has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society

We have learned that Professor John Wright has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His Fellowship Certificate reads “For fundamental contributions to the development, understanding, and applications of multiresonant four wave mixing methods for electronic and vibrational molecular condensed phase spectroscopy.” Congratulations John!

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2003 - 34th Annual

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI

 

The 2003 Christmas Lecture is “SOLD OUT” for each of the 4 presentations on December 6 and 7. Wisconsin Public Television will telecast the program at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, December 25 and again at 8:00 a.m., Sunday, December 28. Elsewhere around the country check local listings for telecast time and date.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9340 Chemistry

11/25/2003

12/09/2003

2/10/2004

03/09/2004

04/13/2004

05/11/2004

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

12/02/2003

12/16/2003

02/03/2004

02/17/2004

03/16/2004

04/20/2004

05/04/2004

05/18/2004

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The Organic cume exams will be given in room 1315 Chemistry Building, 7:00 PM on the following dates:

CUMULATIVE EXAM SCHEDULE 2003-2004

December 4

January 8

February 5

March 4

April 1

May 6

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Albert Stolow, Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences. “The Three Pillars of Femtosecond Chemistry: Time, Phase and Intensity”

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Friday, November 28th, 2003 - Chemical & Biological Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Jeffery Derby, University of Minnesota. “Using High-Performance Computing to Understand and Optimize the Growth of Large, Single Crystals”

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Monday, December 1st, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mr. Thomas Lutz, Department of Chemistry, U.W.-Madison. “Dilute Polymer Blends: Does an Isolated polyisoprene chain have polyisoprene-like dynamics?”

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tamar Seideman, Northwestern University. “Controlling External Molecular Modes with Intense Light”

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Steve Buchwald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Progress in Transition Metal-Catalyzed Coupling Reactions”

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003 - Chemical & Biological Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Naomi Chesler, UW-Madison. “Measurement and Modeling of Mouse Pulmonary Artery Viscoelasticity”

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Fiedler, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, December 4th, 2003 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Erik Sorensen, Princeton University.

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Friday, December 5th, 2003 - Lincoln Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lisa Jungbauer, Cavagnero group.

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Friday, December 5th, 2003 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102, Water Science Laboratory. Cheng Gu - ETC. “Sorption of Tetracycline and Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics to Inorganic Mineral Surfaces”

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Monday, December 8th, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dr. Arnold Vainrub, Department of Chemistry, University of Houston. “Hybridization Thermodynamics and Interface Electrostatic Interactions in DNA Biochips”

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Monday, December 8th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joe Jarrett, University of Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hyuk Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Physical Chemistry of Polymers: Personal Perspective for the Past 40 Years”

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alan Kennan, Colorado State.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2003 - Chemical & Biological Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Alan Perelson, Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Modeling Viral Infections in Vivo”

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Steiner, Undergraduate Student.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jack Sadowsky, Graduate Student.

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Friday, December 12th, 2003 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102, Water Science Laboratory. Rebecca Sheesley- ETC. “Source apportionment of atmospheric fine particulate matter at a remote location in Michigan's Upper Peninsula”

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Monday, December 15th, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dr. Chanjoong Kim, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison. “Surface Viscoelasticity of Amphiphiles at the Air/Water Interface”

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.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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2004/2005 Graduate Fellowships Awards in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at Florida State University

 

The MDS Research Foundation is pleased to announce its 2004/2005 Graduate Fellowships Awards in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at Florida State University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. These awards are offered every year to exceptionally qualified students in an area of research involving molecular design and synthesis. MDS awards $4,500 - $7,500 per year. Awards are supplemental to institutional stipends of $18,000 per year and merit awards up to $3,000 for first year students. $28,500 total available for outstanding first year students. Initial awards are for a period of one year. Tuition at FSU is waived. Awards are renewable. If you have an outstanding undergraduate in your department who is interested in this area of graduate study, I hope you will encourage him/her to apply for this fellowship award. Graduate Fellowship applications must be received by January 16, 2004. Of course, the student will need to complete an application for admission to the graduate program at Florida State University, which can be found on the web at http://www.chem.fsu.edu. Contact: Michael D. Devine, Ph.D., Executive Director, MDS Research Foundation, 3216 Sessions Rd., Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL 32303, 850-558-0402 Phone, 850-558-0364 Fax.

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National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Summer Research Experiences

The Eleventh 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: Gina LaFrazza- Hickey, Education Specialist, CIRL, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s, Center for Integrating Research and Learning, 1800 East Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32310, Phone: (850) 645-0033, Fax: (850) 644-5818, E-Mail: ghickey@magnet.fsu.edu.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Lockard, JV; Zink, JI; Konradsson, AE; Weaver, MN; Nelsen, SF.

Spectroscopic consequences of a mixed valence excited state: Quantitative treatment of a dihydrazine diradical dication.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 125 (44): 13471-13480 NOV 5 2003.

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Tamao, K; West, R.

Special issue: A half century of polysilane chemistry - Introduction.

JOURNAL OF ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY, 685 (1-2): 1-2 NOV 15 2003.

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West, R.

A new theory for rotational isomeric states: polysilanes lead the way.

JOURNAL OF ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY, 685 (1-2): 6-8 NOV 15 2003.

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Bukalov, SS; Leites, LA; Magdanurov, GI; West, R.

Excitation dependence of Raman spectra of various polydialkylsilane conformations and sigma-sigma conjugation.

JOURNAL OF ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY, 685 (1-2): 51-59 NOV 15 2003.

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Toulokhonova, I; Bjerke-Kroll, B; West, R.

Synthesis and photophysical properties of novel fluorescent silicones.

JOURNAL OF ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY, 686 (1-2): 101-104 NOV 21 2003.

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Chen, XY; Westphall, MS; Smith, LM.

Mass spectrometric analysis of DNA mixtures: Instrumental effects responsible for decreased sensitivity with increasing mass.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 75 (21): 5944-5952 NOV 1 2003.

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He, YY; Lutz, TR; Ediger, MD.

NMR investigation of segmental dynamics in disordered styrene-isoprene tetrablock copolymers.

MACROMOLECULES, 36 (21): 8040-8048 OCT 21 2003.

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Myshakin, EM; Jordan, KD; Sibert, EL; Johnson, MA.

Large anharmonic effects in the infrared spectra of the symmetrical CH3NO2-center dot(H2O) and CH3CO2-center dot(H2O) complexes.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 119 (19): 10138-10145 NOV 15 2003.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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None for this Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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At the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences I, Institute of Chemistry at Humboldt-University, a position of a Junior Professor “Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry” is announced. Requirements for an assignment as junior professor are in 102 of the Berlin University law (BerlHG) and include an outstanding PhD thesis. The promotion to PhD should not date back more than five years at the time of assignment as junior professor. A research focus on target-driven organic synthesis, materials sciences, chemical or bioorganic catalysis is desired but other areas in organic chemistry and bioorganic chemistry will be considered as well. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with colleagues within and outside Humboldt-University. Candidates are expected to establish an externally funded research program. The junior professor will be involved in the teaching of students in the field of organic and bioorganic chemistry majors or in the field of chemistry minors. Applications with necessary documents should be sent to: Dekan der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichem, Fakultät I, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, code number: JP/048/03, 12489 Berlin, Newtonstr. 14, no later than 01/20/2004.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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None for this Newsletter

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