Chemistry Newsletter - 12/04/2000

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXIV No. 41 December 4th, 2000

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Congratulations to Professor James Weisshaar

Congratulations to Professor James Weisshaar on his election to Fellowship in the American Physical Society! Jim was cited "For ground breaking applications of photoionization and photoelectron spectroscopy to molecules and radicals and for incisive spectroscopic and dynamics studies of complex chemical reactions." Congratulations Jim!!

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Analytical Cume Schedule

Students will be notified one week in advance of the location and topic of the cume. For further questions contact Kim Dunford, at 3-4450 or dunford@chem.wisc.edu.

February 3, 2001 March 24, 2001 April 14, 2001

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Inorganic Cume Schedule

All cumes will be given at 9 am to Noon in room 2373, the dates are all Saturdays. You will be notified of the topic 10 days before the exam, at that time you will also know which professor is writing/giving the exam. If you have any questions please contact Kristi Heming or Paul Treichel (Chair of Inorganic).

2000
December 9th
2001
February 17th March 24th April 28th

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Organic Cume Schedule

2000-2001 Organic Cumulative Examinations Schedule. All exams will be in Room B371 at 7:30 p.m.

December 7, 2000 January 4, 2001 February 1, 2001
March 1,2001 April 5, 2001 May 3, 2001

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 8335 Chemistry

Dec. 5 Jan. 16
Feb. 13 Mar. 6 Apr. 10 May 8

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Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays

1:20 PM - Chairs Office

Dec. 12 Jan. 9
Jan. 30 Feb. 6 Feb. 27
Mar. 20 Mar. 27 Apr. 3
Apr. 24 May 1 May 15

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ATTENTION GRADUATE STUDENTS

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IMPORTANT DATES:

MINOR AGREEMENT FORMS: The Graduate School requires that the minor program be outlined in an agreement which is approved by the Department no later than halfway through completion of the sequence minor courses. The minor requirement is normally completed by the second year of Graduate School. Minor Agreement forms are available in Room 1221.

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SEMINARS

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2000 - Special Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Tully, UC-Berkeley. "Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Dendritic and Hyperbranched Resist Materials for Next Generation Lithography"

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Tuesday, December 5st, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Friedrich Kremer, Universität Leipzig. "Molecular Dynamics in Confining Geometries: From the Single Molecule to the Liquid State"

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Eric Jacobsen, Harvard, Academic McElvain Speaker.

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Molly Shoichet, University of Toronto. "Polymers for Tissue Engineering"

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Chris Cheatum, Graduate Student. "Excited State Proton Transfer in 8-Hydroxyquinoline"

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Wednesday, December 6th, 2000 - Special Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Kim Prather, UC-Berkeley. "Characterizing Aerosol Particles One by One: New Insights Into the Roles of Aerosols in Affecting Pollution and Global Climate Change"

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***** PLEASE NOTE TIME AND ROOM CHANGE ***** Friday, December 8th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Hubert Girault, Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne. "Towards a Proteochip"

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Monday, December 11th, 2000 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Glen Kwon, UW Madison, Pharmacy Department. "Micellar Polymers in Drug Delivery"

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Mr. Richard Peters, University of Wisconsin. "Self-Assembling Resists for Nanofabrication"

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For Industrial Positions, see the Chemistry Career Services Newsletter at:

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/areas/careers/7news.html

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Recent Publications

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Sweeney RY; Kelemen BR; Woycechowsky KJ; Raines RT.

A highly active immobilized ribonuclease.

ANALYTICAL BIOCHEMISTRY 2000, Vol 286, Iss 2, pp 312-314.

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Williams S; Harding LB; Stanton JF; Weisshaar JC.

Barrier to methyl internal rotation of 1-methylvinoxy radical in the (X)over-tilde((2)A '') and (B)over-tilde((2)A '') states: Experiment and theory.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 2000, Vol 104, Iss 45, pp 10131-10138.

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Woods E; Berghout HL; Cheatum CM; Crim FF.

Controlling the bimolecular reaction and photodissociation of HNCO through selective excitation of perturbed vibrational states.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 2000, Vol 104, Iss 45, pp 10356-10361.

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Hanson MA; Oost TK; Sukonpan C; Rich DH; Stevens RC.

Structural basis for BABIM inhibition of botulinum neurotoxin type B protease.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2000, Vol 122, Iss 45, pp 11268-11269.

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Tran NT; Kawano M; Powell DR; Dahl LF.

High-nuclearity [Pd13Ni13(CO)(34)](4-) containing a 26-atom Pd13Ni13 core with an unprecedented five-layer close-packed triangular stacking geometry: possible substitutional Pd/Ni crystal disorder at specific intralayer nickel sites.

JOURNAL OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY-DALTON TRANSACTIONS 2000, Vol , Iss 22, pp 4138-4144.

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Haaf M; Schmedake TA; Paradise BJ; West R.

Synthesis and reactivity of the stable silylene N,N '-di-tert-butyl-1,3-diaza-2-sila-2-ylidene.

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY-REVUE CANADIENNE DE CHIMIE 2000, Vol 78, Iss 11, pp 1526-1533.

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McGuire MM; Hamers RJ.

Extraction and quantitative analysis of elemental sulfur from sulfide mineral surfaces by high-performance liquid chromatography.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 2000, Vol 34, Iss 21, pp 4651-4655.

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Chase D; Manning M; Morgan JA; Nathanson GM; Gerber RB.

Argon scattering from liquid indium: Simulations with embedded atom potentials and experiment.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2000, Vol 113, Iss 20, pp 9279-9287.

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Copyright © 2000 Institute for Scientific Information

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Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

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National Research Council and the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation

The National Research Council and the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation announces a program of linked postdoctoral awards for the conduct of research first in Germany, and then in the United States. To apply for the linked program: See the application requirements for both the Associateship program (NRC) and the Humblolt research Fellowship (AvH). Web: http://www.national-academies.org/rap and http://www.humbolt-foundation.de. Submit separate applications to the National research Council and the Alexander von Hombolt Foundation so that they will be reviewed at approximately the same time.

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UNCF - Merck Research Scholarship

UNCF - Merck Research Scholarship. We are pleased to announce the 2001 competition for the UNCF - Merck Science Research Scholarship and Fellowships. This year's intitative will provide scholarships, internships and fellowships for up to 37 outstanding African American students per year - 15 at the undergraduate level, 12 at the graduate level, and 10 at the postdoctoral level. Applications for the three categories of awards - undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowships are available in the Chairs office from Dave Suminski.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Physical Chemistry Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Penn State. Seeking an individual to play a vital role in our undergraduate instructional program. The core responsibility is to develop and execute an innovative undergraduate physical chemistry lab curriculum. This will include supervision of a physical chemistry/spectroscopy laboratory involving approximately 250 students and 9 teaching assistants per vear. Possible additional areas of responsibility include lecturing in physical, analytical, or environmental chemistry, and/or oversight of an undergraduate computer facility. The exact teaching duties will depend on the interests and capabilities of the individual. A broad background in both computational and experimental physical chemistry is desirable. A Ph.D. is required. Further information about the position and the Department is available at: http://www.chem.psu.edu/positions/. This will be a full calendar year continuing appointment as Lecturer. Reply to: Chair of the Lab Director Search Committee. Department of Chemistry. Box P. 152 Davey Laboratory. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park. PA 16802. Include a resume and a statement of teaching philosophy. Also have transcripts and three letters of reference sent to the above address. Evaluation of applications will begin on November 30th and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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The Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University invites applications for two research associate positions to work in the research group directed by Dr. Ralf Warmuth. A Ph. D in organic chemistry is required, and previous experience in organic synthesis and 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy is necessary. One research associate will be working in the area of peptide chemistry. The second research associate will investigate novel aspects of molecular container chemistry, details of which can be found at Dr. Warmuth's home page. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year, renewed annually consistent with funding and satisfactory performance, with a salary commensurate with experience. Applications should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and at least two letters of recommendation to: Dr. Ralf Warmuth, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, 111 Willard Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-3701. Review of applications will begin 12/1/2000 and will continue until the positions are filled.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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St. Mary's College of Maryland. A comprehensive program of support is provided for faculty, including professional travel, internal grants for research and teaching, paid pretenure leaves, and sabbaticals for tenured faculty. Outstanding facilities of the college include a new science center, renovated facility for history and social science, and a new campus center. A robust development of information technology, including the hiring of information technologists for each academic division, serves to support faculty and students in research and pedagogy. A concurrent expansion of 200 students and the necessary faculty to support this growth will begin in 2001. St. Mary's College of Maryland invites applications for the following tenure-track faculty positions. All positions require an earned doctorate except as noted. Responsibilities include teaching, scholarly activity, and service. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the appropriate chairperson as listed below. Postings of these positions will also appear in appropriate discipline publications. Chemistry: organic. Paul Blanchette, ppblanchette@osprey.smcm.edu. St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 East Fisher Road, St. Mary's City, MD 20686.

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Organic Chemist, Alma College. A tenure-track, Assistant Professor position beginning Fall, 2001. Applicants from all areas of organic chemistry are encouraged. Candidates will be evaluated on their potential as enthusiastic teachers and promise for developing a student intensive research program. A Ph.D. (or ABD) is required. Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged. The successful applicant will teach sections of introductory organic, advanced organic and other courses. The normal teaching load is four lecture sections and four laboratory sections or three lecture sections and six laboratory sections per year. The successful applicant will become part of a department of five chemists and one biochemist. ACS certified degrees are offered in both chemistry and biochemistry. The curriculum has been revised to respond creatively to ACS certification guidelines and to create opportunities for student participation in research. Alma College is a member of the Undergraduate Science Group, a coalition of 50 of the nation's outstanding liberal arts colleges that have an exemplary record of accomplishment in the education of scientists. The faculty has a deep commitment to quality liberal arts education; student development in a residential setting; student research; ethical and values dimensions of learning; and interdisciplinary intercultural and international education. Salaries, benefits, and support for professional development are very competitive. Send letter of application, vitae, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, research plan description, and have three letters of reference forwarded to: Dr. Scott Hill, Department of Chemistry, Alma College, Alma, Michigan 48801 by November 22. Please see our web site: http://www.alma.edu/academics/chemistry/index.htm.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Mark Maroncelli, The Pennsylvania State University. Postdoctoral Position in Ultrafast Dynamics in Solution Description of Position: A postdoctoral position in solution-phase dynamics is currently available in our group. Applicants interested in both experimental and computational research will be considered, but our primary need is for an experimentalist with good working knowledge of modern ultrafast spectroscopic methods. Preference will be given to applicants having experience with Ti:sapphire and Ti:sapphire amplifier technology, as we are currently initiating new experiments using such a system. Applicants should send a CV and two letters of recommendation to: Mark Maroncelli, Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, e-mail: mpm@chem.psu.edu, (814)-865-0898.

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Postdoctoral Position with Professor Eric Weitz at Northwestern University. The project focuses on studies of coordinatively unsaturated metal carbonyls. We are expanding our previous work in this area with the objective of obtaining a truly detailed microscopic understanding of reaction mechanisms and kinetics, particularly those involved in catalytic processes. A global objective is to understand the elementary steps that control reactivity in such systems. Another aim is to establish a more quantitative understanding of aspects of the bonding of coordinatively unsaturated species. We have had considerable recent success using density functional theory to obtain detailed information on bonding interactions and energetics, and intend to continue to use theory and experiment in a complementary fashion. The principal experimental probe will be transient infrared spectroscopy. Experience with some aspect(s) of time resolved laser based techniques is desirable and exposure to theoretical methods, particularly DFT, would be a plus. However, more importantly, I seek someone who is highly motivated and has a desire to work on novel, exciting problems in this area. In addition to physical chemists, I have also had inorganic chemists with a strong interest in reaction mechanisms and kinetics work in this area. I would be happy to receive applications from people in both groups. Feel free to contact me for additional details regarding the position. I would prefer a candidate who will be available during the winter of 2001. However, I would consider waiting for an outstanding candidate. A complete application should include a CV with publication list, and two or three letters of recommendation sent to: Professor Eric Weitz, either by e-mail: WEITZ@NWU.EDU, or by regular mail at: Professor E. Weitz, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208-3113.

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