Chemistry Newsletter - 12/01/2003

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVII - No. 39 December 1st, 2003

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The James W. Taylor Teaching Award Presentation

Professor Mark Ediger will be receiving the James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award sponsored by Pharmacia Corporation at a special symposium on December 5th, 2003. Refreshments will be served in the new front lobby atrium, starting at 3:45. The Symposium will be at 4:00 p.m., in room 1315. Congratulations Mark!!

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2002-2003 Chemistry Department Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards Winners

The Department Teaching Assistant Awards Committee met recently to discuss last year's teaching. We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2002-2003 Chemistry Department Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards. They are Kim Kutz, Brian Majestic, Sam Pazicni and Patti Schaefer. The awards, consisting of a certificate of appreciation and a cash award, will be presented at the Excellence in Teaching Symposium December 5th at 4 PM. Teaching is an essential component of the Department's mission, and I am always pleased to see so many excellent and enthusiastic teachers among our Teaching Assistants, Faculty Assistants and Undergrad Assistants. Please join us in congratulating these fine teachers.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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, 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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NMR Spectroscopist. Merck Research Laboratories, a world leader in pharmaceutical research, has an immediate opening for a highly qualified NMR spectroscopist in our Department of Medicinal Chemistry. The opportunity is available in our West Point, PA research center. The successful candidate will join a group that has responsibility for using NMR in a variety of ways to advance the drug discovery process. The group uses and maintains a state-of-the-art NMR facility for research (three high-field instruments) and for routine analyses (fleet of open-access instruments). The majority of projects are done in close collaboration with chemists from the Medicinal Chemistry Department. Specific duties of the incumbent include structure determinations of unknowns, conformational analyses, and open-access user training. Collaborations with mass spectrometry and analytical groups are routine. Applicant must be highly motivated individual with the desire to make scientific contributions; BS or MS degree, preferably with a strong foundation in organic chemistry; experience in solution NMR of small molecules; excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills; and the ability to effectively collaborate with a wide variety of individuals. Preference will be given to candidates experienced in organic synthesis and/or that have extensive experience in small molecule NMR. In return for your considerable skills, we offer a professional work environment, an excellent salary and comprehensive benefits program, including tuition reimbursement, and one of the best 401(k) plans in the nation, as well as opportunities for personal growth. Please visit us online at: http://www.merck.com/careers and search for the job code CHE000409. Applicants should apply on-line before December 19, 2003 at http://www.merck.com/careers. Please search for job code CHE000409 to create a profile and submit your CV. Note: the "Search Jobs" link is on the left side of the Careers page.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (FSMRL) at the University of Illinois is seeking a Research Scientist for the support of the operation of the University National Laboratory Industry Collaborative Team third generation x-ray synchrotron beam lines at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois. This includes support of experiments by users of the beam lines, and support of beam line commissioning, training, maintenance, and upgrade activities. The Scientist will also be responsible for conceiving, planning and implementing novel instrumentation, new techniques, and research utilizing synchrotron radiation, and for reporting results. The position requires considerable knowledge of the properties of synchrotron radiation in order to develop and operate advanced x-ray instrumentation and execute state-of-the art experiment techniques. Particular emphasis includes expertise in the area of coherent beam diffraction at third-generation synchrotron facilities. Additional experience in advanced x-ray techniques such as surface & interface diffraction, crystallography, powder diffraction, ultra-small angle x-ray scattering, topography, XAFS, diffuse x-ray scattering, inelastic x-ray scattering, or micro-beam diffration is desirable. Applicants must have a minimum of a Ph.D degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related field and 2-5 years relevant experience. Resume and cover letter should be forwarded to: University of Illinois, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, c/o Susan Logan, 104 S. Goodwin Ave., Unbana, IL 61801, Phone: 217-2944, e-mail: sklogan@uiuc.edu. Deadline for application is January 15, 2004.


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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Indiana State University invites qualified people to apply for a position opening in Science Education at the Assistant Professor level. Review of applications will begin on Jan. 12. The announcement, which will appear in the Chronicle of Higher Education, can also be found here: http://www.indstate.edu/humres/affactdiversity/Ad%20Pages/AP_Scied_LS_F04-030.htm

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoc, Environmental Soil Chemistry, ETH Zurich. Company; ETH Zurich, Workplace; Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Schlieren. We are looking for a postdoc to join our environmental soil chemistry group at ETH Zurich. Our research interests include the chemistry of trace elements in soils and sediments, chemical processes at mineral and organic surfaces, metal binding to natural organic ligands, and colloidal interactions in soils and aquatic systems. The successful candidate is expected to develop and conduct a research project related to the interactions of natural organic polymers with porous mineral surfaces and its influence on trace element adsorption and desorption kinetics. A wide variety of advanced techniques are available for this research, including titration systems, X-ray diffraction, laser light scattering, X-ray microscopy, AFM, and others. Besides research, the individual will also be responsible to supervise and maintain laser light scattering and atomic force microscopy equipment (Nanoscope III) in our lab. More information about our group can be found at http://www.ito.umnw.ethz.ch/SoilChem/. The successful candidate is highly motivated for conducting process-oriented research in environmental chemistry and holds a PhD degree in one of the following fields: soil chemistry, geochemistry, colloid and surface chemistry, environmental mineralogy, or a closely related field. Experience in laser light scattering and atomic force microscopy would be a major advantage. Excellent written and oral skills in English are expected and working knowledge of German would be an advantage, although the official group language is English .Entrance upon January 2004 or later. Duration of appointment: 1 year (80%), with possibility for extension. The appointment will be initially for one year on an 80% basis, but with a possibility for extension for a second year. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate has been identified. Applicants should submit a detailed CV including a statement of research experience and interests, and should be prepared to have 2-3 letters of references sent upon request. Contact address: Prof. Ruben Kretzschmar, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Grabenstrasse 3, CH-8952 Schlieren, Email: wuestholz@ito.umnw.ethz.ch, Link to the company http://www.ito.umnw.ethz.ch/SoilChem/.

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