Chemistry Newsletter - 12/06/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 40 December 6th, 2004

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Sue Martin-Zernicke Receives a College of Letters & Science Classified Staff Excellence Award

 

Congratulations to Sue Martin-Zernicke, a program assistant in the General Chemistry Office, who has received one of the five Classified Staff Excellence Awards given by the College of Letters & Science for 2004-05. The awards were announced last week; the award ceremony will be held in spring. These awards recognize people in the College who demonstrate outstanding performance, service and contributions. Congratulations Sue!!

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The James W. Taylor Teaching Award Presentation

Dr. Rodney Schreiner has been selected as the 2004 recipient of the James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. This award, made possible by a generous endowment from the Pharmacia Corporation, will be officially presented at the Excellence in Teaching Symposium on January 28, 2005. Congratulations Rodney!!

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2003-2004 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 2003-2004 Chemistry Department Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards. They are Eric Benedict, Lynn Gehrmann, Reece Jones, Yi Jin Kim, Revati Kumar, and Andrew Mangham. The awards, consisting of a certificate of appreciation and a cash award, will be presented at the Excellence in Teaching Symposium to be held January 28, 2005. Teaching is an essential component of the Department's mission, and I am pleased to see so many excellent and enthusiastic teachers among our Teaching Assistants, Faculty Assistants and Undergrad Assistants. Congratulations to these excellent teachers!!

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Professor Helen Blackwell Receives an NSF Career Award

 

Please join us in congratulating Professor Helen Blackwell, who just received an NSF CAREER award. This highly competitive and prestigious award for young faculty will fund aspects of her research for five years. It is a great honor for Helen, and we are very proud of her! Congratulations Helen!!

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Once upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri PBS Broadcast Times

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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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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Wednesday, December 8th, 2004 - Department of Physics Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., 1300 Sterling Hall. Lillian C. McDermott, University of Washington. “Physics Education Research: The Key to Student Learning”

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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. Kimberly Smith, Reich Group. “Antibiotic Drug Resistance: Solutions to a Continually Evolving Problem”

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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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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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Voight EA. Seradi H. Roethle PA. Burke SD.

Synthesis of the bryostatin 1 northern hemisphere (C1-C16) via desymmetrization by ketalization/ring-closing metathesis.

Organic Letters. 6(22):4045-4048, 2004 Oct 28.

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Rathore R. Abdelwahed SH. Guzei IA.

Synthesis of a calix[4]arene derivative for isolation of a stable cation radical salt for use as a colorimetric sensor of nitric oxide.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(42):13582-13583, 2004 Oct 27.

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Xu DG. Wei YS. Wu JB. Dunaway-Mariano D. Guo H. Cui Q. Gao JL.

QM/MM studies of the enzyme-catalyzed dechlorination of 4-chlorobenzoyl-CoA provide insight into reaction energetics.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(42):13649-13658, 2004 Oct 27.

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Schmidt JR. Corcelli SA. Skinner JL.

Ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy of water and aqueous N-methylacetamide: Comparison of different electronic structure/molecular dynamics approaches.

Journal of Chemical Physics. 121(18):8887-8896, 2004 Nov 8.

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Corcelli SA. Lawrence CP. Asbury JB. Steinel T. Fayer MD. Skinner JL.

Spectral diffusion in a fluctuating charge model of water.

Source Journal of Chemical Physics. 121(18):8897-8900, 2004 Nov 8.

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Ozark Research Experience

The University of Arkansas Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will host a National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (RE U) summer program for the 17th year. The 10-week program allows chemistry majors who will be juniors or seniors in fall 2005 to carry out research in a chosen area while taking in the beauty of the Ozark Mountain Plateau. Scholarships up to $4,400 - College Credit - Conference Allowance - Field Trips. Program Dates: May 22, 2005 to July 29, 2005. For more information or to apply see www.uark.edu/chemistry/undergraduate/reu. Application deadline is March 13, 2005 Participants will be announced April 3, 2005.

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Moscow Exchange

The University of Arkansas Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is proud to host a National Science Foundation supported Research Experience for Undergraduates (RE U) summer exchange program with Moscow State University and the Academy of Fine Chemical Technology. This 10-week program provides a unique cultural and scientific experience to expose students to different approaches in problem solving and enhance the education of students from both countries. Requirements; Undergraduates who will be juniors or seniors in fall 2005 should apply. Students must have a background in chemistry. Applicants with an interest in Russian language and culture will be given preference. Program Dates May 22, 2005 to July 29, 2005. College Credit Participants will earn 1 hour of research credit from the University of Arkansas. Scholarships Selected students will receive a $3000 scholarship, plus airfare and expenses during the program. Housing will be provided on the Moscow State University campus in the largest academic building in the world. Conference Allowance $330 in travel support funds will be given for each participant to attend a national or regional chemical conference during the 2005 - 2006 academic year. The application deadline is December 31, 2004. Participants will be announced February 1, 2005. Download an application or apply on-line at www.uark.edu/chemistry/undergraduate/reu.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Biological Screening, Abbott Laboratories. Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development Advanced Technology Division, Abbott Park, Illinois. Research Scientist position in the department of Biological Screening. Working as part of a larger team of scientists in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing a myriad of cell-based assays to identify and characterize lead compounds for drug discovery. The primary research focus will be on high content screening and functional cell-based assays. This challenging position involves intensive collaboration and communication with scientists working on all aspects of drug discovery research in multiple therapeutic areas around the world. Requirements: M.S. with 3 – 5 years experience or Ph.D. with 1 – 3 years postdoctoral experience in cell biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, or related field. A track record of success in one or more of the following is highly desirable: cellular pathway and/or high content screening; GPCR and ion channel assay development and screening; GPCR translocation technologies; cell-based image analysis; siRNA methodology; invention or development of novel screening methods. Expertise in mammalian cell culture is a necessity. The successful candidate must also be able to multitask and adapt to changing priorities. Excellent communication and presentation skills and a strong publication record reflecting scientific creativity are desirable. Fax / forward resume to: David J. Burns, PhD, Sr. Project Leader, Dept. R4PN, Bldg. AP10-1, Abbott Laboratories, 100 Abbott Park Road, Abbott Park, IL 60064-6099, Fax: (847) 935-4200, Phone: (847) 937-5203, Email: david.j.burns@abbott.com.

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Senior Metabolomics Scientist. Department: Research & Development. Req Number: mons-00003517. Location(s): St. Louis MO. Monsanto values diversity and is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. We are seeking a highly talented and motivated senior scientist to develop, implement, and apply metabolomics technologies to accelerate delivery of agricultural biotechnology product pipelines. This is an exciting and challenging role for leading a small group of research scientists to develop and apply cutting-edge metabolomics technologies to significantly enhance throughput and capabilities in this rapidly advancing field. The key scientist will effectively interact with multifunctional groups of scientists working on product discovery, development, and regulatory acceptance of new products. The selected candidate is expected to integrate metabolomics knowledge with functional genomics, proteomics, and subcellular biology to solve challenging biotechnology and biology problems. The position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, plant biology, or related fields with extensive experience in metabolomics technologies (LC-MS/MS, HPLC, GC-MS, (Q)TOF-MS, NMR etc.). Extensive knowledge in the disciplines of biochemistry, analytical science, and mass spectrometry of small molecules is essential. A strong background and extensive hands-on experience in plant systems (leaves, seeds, etc.) are a strong plus. Experience with other bio-analytical techniques for studying small molecules and biochemical pathways is desirable. Knowledge of bioinformatics and systems biology is desirable. A track record of innovatively solving challenging and complex biological problems is critical. The key competencies required in this position include innovation, creativity, and motivated in developing new metabolomics and metabolic profiling technologies for applications to solving challenging biological problems, proactive in adapting to changing environment, strong teamwork and leadership skills, results and customer oriented, excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills, and continuously seeking opportunities to improve existing techniques and processes. Please respond online at http://www.Monsanto.com and refer to Req Number: mons-00003517.

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Proteomics Research Scientist. Department: Research & Development. Title: Proteomics Research Scientist. Req Number: mons-00003454. Location(s): St. Louis MO. Monsanto values diversity and is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. We are seeking a highly talented and motivated scientist to develop, implement, and apply proteomics technologies to accelerate delivery of agricultural biotechnology product pipeline. This key scientist will lead a group of researchers to develop and apply cutting-edge proteomics technologies to significantly enhance throughput and capability in understanding and bringing proteomic solutions to product discovery and development. This individual will be a key in effectively interacting with multifunctional groups of scientists working on product discovery, development, and regulatory acceptance of new products. The selected candidate will integrate proteomics knowledge with functional genomics, metabolomics, and subcellular biology to solving challenging biotechnology and biology problems. The position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, plant biology, or related fields with extensive experience in proteomics technologies (protein extraction, separation, and identification, protein mass spectrometry and peptide sequencing; protein microarrays; bioinformatics etc.). A strong background and extensive hand-on experience in biological plant systems (leaves, seeds, etc.) are preferred. Experience with other bio-analytical techniques for studying plant proteomes is a strong plus. Knowledge of systems biology is desired. A track record of innovatively solving challenging and complex problems is critical. The key competencies required in this position include creative thinking and innovation in developing and applying new proteomics technologies to solve challenging biological problems, proactively adapting to changing environment, strong teamwork skills, results and customer orientation, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and continuously seeking opportunities to improve existing techniques and processes. Please respond online at http://www.Monsanto.com and refer to Req Number: mons-00003454.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Faculty Position in Experimental Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. Department of Physics, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. The Rector of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, invites applications for a full-time academic position beginning in Fall 2005. Applicants will have a Ph.D. or equivalent and postdoctoral experience in experimental atomic, molecular and optical physics. The appointed person is expected to teach physics courses at UCL and play a leading role in both shaping and implementing the research program in experimental atomic, molecular and optical physics. This program presently includes quantum optics, the study of cold atoms, condensates, molecules and aggregates and their interaction with intense laser pulses. All these activities are pursued within national and international collaborations. Only a good knowledge of English is required initially but, since the appointed candidate is to teach in French, she/he should acquire a reasonable command of the language within two years. Rank and salary will depend upon qualification and experience. The successful candidate should sustain a strong program of research with significant undergraduate and graduate involvement. Although she/he will be primarily based in Louvain-la-Neuve, her/his research within the atomic, molecular and optics group will imply stays abroad in one of the large European laser facilities. The closing date for applications is January 15, 2005.Application forms and instructions may be found on the web site of the university, http://www.crct.ucl.ac.be/vacancies.html (in English) or http://www.crct.ucl.ac.be/postes_vacants.html (in French). For further information, please write or call: Prof. J-P. Antoine, Chairman of the Department of Physics, chemin du Cyclotron 2, B-1348, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Tel. +32-10-473283, Fax +32-10-472414, E-mail : antoine@fyma.ucl.ac.be.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas-Pan American invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Biochemistry to begin in September 2005. A Ph.D. in Biochemistry is required and a post-doctoral experience is preferred. Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses (in the near future) and establishing an externally funded research program which will serve both undergraduate and graduate studies. The department currently offers an ACS-certified program and expects to offer graduate courses for the MS degree in the near future. The department is also actively pursuing to begin an ACS-certified undergraduate biochemistry degree option. More information about the department can be obtained at http://www.panam.edu/dept/chemistry. Candidates must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, concise descriptions of teaching and research plans, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: the Chair, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Texas-Pan American, 1201 West University Drive, Edinburg, TX 78541. Review of completed folders will begin on January 15, 2005 and search will continue until the position is filled. Note: This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information. Texas law requires that faculty members whose primary language is not English demonstrate proficiency in English. (F04/05-26).

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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The Office of Science Policy (OSP) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) is seeking to fill a Federal, two-year postdoctoral research position in support of the Forum on Environmental Measurements (FEM). OSP is responsible for providing expert advice and evaluation on the use of scientific knowledge and science policy to support sound science in Agency regulatory and other program activities. This is accomplished by establishing and maintaining strong working relationships between research programs in ORD and science and regulatory programs in EPA program and regional offices. The successful candidate will develop and implement policies that strengthen the scientific and legal basis for decisions that depend on the identification and measurement of environmental parameters. EPA decisions and regulatory actions are often based on analytical measurements and the appropriate statistical treatment of data. The responsibilities of the successful candidate will include helping EPA implement performance approaches to environmental monitoring, developing a consolidated index of environmental analytical methods, promoting quality science by encouraging participation in laboratory accreditation, and improving Agency measurement methods by demonstrating that analytic results are consistent with their use. The best suited background for this postdoctoral position includes successful experience and research in analytical chemistry. The successful candidate must possess demonstrable quantitative skills, demonstrable oral and written communication skills, and evidence of a strong interest in the policy implications of science. This position requires laboratory and field experience with measurement science and knowledge about the statistical treatment of data. Familiarity with methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis for multiple media is a plus. Applicants must be able to function independently and with minimal supervision. Because the applicant is expected to participate in---and perhaps help coordinate---various work groups, the applicant must possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. This postdoctoral position will be a two-year excepted service appointment in Washington, D.C. within the Federal Government at a salary range of $50,593 - $78,826 commensurate with qualifications. Selected candidates will be eligible for a full benefits package (relocation expenses, health insurance, life insurance, retirement, and vacation and sick leave). Preferred candidates will have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in chemistry or a related scientific discipline within the past five years, or must complete the degree prior to entering on duty. United States citizenship is required. To apply for this position, please send the following: a curriculum vitae, a letter of recommendation from your senior research advisor or other comparable official, additional reference(s) as available, and a letter indicating your research focus, policy interests, and statement that you are a U.S. citizen. If you are claiming veterans’ preference, please include your DD-214 with your application package. Please indicate in your correspondence how you learned about this opportunity. If you send your application via regular mail, address it to: Ms. Dorothy Carr, U.S. EPA, Mail Drop C639-02, HRMD/Suite C635, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27711, Attn: OSP Post-doctoral Program. If you send your application via express mail, address it to: Ms. Dorothy Carr, U.S. EPA, Mail Drop C639-02, HRMD/Suite C635,4930 Page Road, Durham, NC, 27703, Attn: OSP Postdoctoral Program. You also may submit your application via facsimile (fax) machine to (919) 541-2186; however, applications faxed from a U.S. government fax machine will not be accepted. Applications sent electronically via the Internet or mailed in U.S. government postage-paid envelopes will also not receive consideration. Application materials must be received in the Human Resources Office or postmarked by January 14, 2005. Questions may be directed to: Ms. Carr at (800) 433-9633 or email: carr.dorothy@epa.gov. Once the position is filled, applicants will receive email notification. For information on the Office of Research and Development, see the Internet site at http://www.epa.gov/ord. EPA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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