Chemistry Newsletter - 11/29/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 39 November 29th, 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 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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Tuesday, November 30th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Belshaw, UW-Madison. “Chemical and Biological Approaches for the Regulation of Protein Function with Small Molecules”

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004 - Special Analytical Seminar, 12:15, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Faculty Candidate Megan Spence, ETH-Hönggerberg Zürich. “Studies of membrane-associated peptides: applying solid-state NMR techniques to moderate dipolar couplings”

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lingyin Li, Kiessling Group. “Innovative Connections With Click chemistry”

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Friday, December 3rd, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jack Sadowsky, Gellman Group. “Inhibition of Protein-Protein Interactions with Rationally Designed Beta-Peptide Foldamers”

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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. “Simulations of Charge Transfer Processes in Nanoconfined Solvents.”

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2004 - Special Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Faculty Candidate Rebecca Ruck, U.C.-Berkeley. “New Chromium- and Zirconium-Catalyzed Organic Transformations”

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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 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Tim Lee, CEE.

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Friday, December 10th, 2004 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. George H. Atkinson, Science Advisor to the Office of the Secretary of State and Professor of Chemistry & Optical Sciences, U. of Arizona. “Science and Technology in Twenty-First Century International Diplomacy.”

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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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UNCF-Merck Science Initiative Research Scholarships and Fellowships

 

We have received the announcement of the 2005 competition for the UNCF-Merck Science Initiative Research Scholarships and Fellowships for African American researchers who are interested in biomedical sciences. These awards, worth from $35,000 to $70,000, will be awarded to 15 undergraduates, 12 graduate students, and 10 postdoctoral researchers. Application deadline is December 15, 2004. Nomination materials are available from Matt Sanders in Room 1126. Application forms can also be downloaded in pdf format from http://www.uncf.org/merck.

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Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program

 

We have received "The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program" Nomination Package for 2005 Awards. Green technology must be within 5 years of a previous significant milestone to be eligible. The web site http://www.epa.gov/greenchemistry has summaries of previous winning technologies. In addition, the cover story of the July 12, 2004, issue of Chemical & Engineering News profiled the 2004 winners; it is available at http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/8228/8228greenchemistry.html. Closing date for nominations is Dec. 31, 2004. The nomination package is available from Bruce in room 1146.

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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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The Department of Chemistry at Youngstown State University seeks an outstanding physical chemist at the tenure-track assistant professor rank with a research specialization in mass spectrometry preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate physical chemistry courses, and to develop and sustain an externally funded research program involving undergraduate and MS students. Requirements include a Ph.D. in physical chemistry with post-doctoral experience desirable. A complete application will include a cover letter, detailed CV, transcripts, a description of teaching philosophy and research plans, and three letters of reference. Review of applicants will begin on December 15, and continue until the position is filled. Reply to: Search Committee Chair, Chemistry Department, Youngstown State University, 1 University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555; web: http://www.ysu.edu.

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The Genome Center is recruiting faculty to the newly established Genome Center at the University of California, Davis. Nine new faculty have joined the Genome Center during the past year (please see http://www.genomecenter.ucdavis.edu/faculty.html for details). We are now conducting a search to fill six additional positions. We are searching for faculty at all levels in a variety of genomics-related fields, including but not limited to microbial genomics, statistical genomics, metabolomics and genetics. We are particularly interested in candidates with an aptitude for developing and applying high throughput, technology- or computationally-driven approaches to important biological problems. The formal advertisement and application procedures are at http://www.genomecenter.ucdavis.edu/facultyad.html. These positions are open until filled; however, the target date for full consideration is December 1, 2004.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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George Flynn at Columbia University has an opening in his group for a post-doctoral fellow to work in the general area of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. The candidate need not have experience with this technique. For example, I have had a number of fellows with training in gas phase laser dynamics, who have very successfully made the switch to STM. The areas in which we are working include:

1) Self-assembly at both liquid-solid and vacuum-solid interfaces.

2) Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy and Molecular Conductance of single molecules(Nano-center project).

3) Chemistry of Soot precursors on graphite surfaces in ultra-high vacuum.

4) Chemistry on iron oxide surfaces of importance to the environment.

5) Electronic properties of nanocrystals (Materials Research Center project).

We have at our disposal for just our group's efforts: 3 air based, ambient STM/AFM systems, 1 UHV, temperature tunable (25-1500 K) STM system (with LEED, Auger, RGA). In June of 2005, Tony Heinz and I will take delivery of a fully cryogenic STM (4 K) machine capable of performing single molecule vibrational spectroscopy at vacuum-solid interfaces. This instrument is the result of a successful MRI proposal to the National Science Foundation. Interested candidates may visit our Web Site: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/chemistry/groups/flynn/ to viewrecent publications from our group.

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The Radiochemistry Group here at LLNL is currently searching for postdoctoral candidates to work on a wide variety of applied and basic research projects, including but not limited to, Super Heavy Elements, RIA and radioactive beams, NIF and Inertial Confinement Fusion, Stockpile Stewardship Radiochemistry, Fission measurements, and DANCE and Capture Cross-section measurements. Anyone who might be interested can contact me if they have any questions. Joshua Patin, e-mail: jbpatin@llnl.gov.

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

DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE IN ROOM 1146.

NEXT NEWSLETTER IS ON DECEMBER 6th, 2004.