Chemistry Newsletter - 12/08/2003

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVII - No. 40 December 8th, 2003

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Tom Foseid Receives L&S 2003/2004 Classified Staff Excellence Distinguished Service Award

We are pleased to announce that Chemistry Building Manager Tom Foseid received one of two 2003/2004 Classified Staff Excellence Distinguished Service Awards given this year, for classified employees with 16 or more years of experience. Tom has been with the Department since 1984, and he was very instrumental in facilitating the recently-completed remodeling of the older wings. We will be congratulating Tom at the Department Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 1:30 in Room 9341 (the 9th-floor Lounge). This award continues a tradition of campus awards given to the excellent staff we are blessed with here in Chemistry. Congratulations Tom!!

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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

12/16/2003

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

January 8

February 5

March 4

April 1

May 6

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SEMINARS

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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. “Molecularly-Imprinted Polymers: Applications in Synthesis, Catalysis, and Drug Discovery”

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Thursday, December 11th, 2003 - Materials Physics Seminar, 10:00 a.m., Room 3405 Sterling Hall. Professor Alex Kamenev, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. “Coulomb Blockade in Quantum Dots and Granular Array”

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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Schenker, RP; Brunold, TC.

Computational studies on the A cluster of acetyl-coenzyme A synthase: Geometric and electronic properties of the NiFeC species and mechanistic implications.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 125 (46): 13962-13963 NOV 19 2003.

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Zimmerman, HE; Wang, PF.

The alpha-effect in the stereochemistry of kinetic ketonization of enols.

JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 68 (24): 9226-9232 NOV 28 2003.

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Castillo-Chara, J; Sibert, EL.

Full dimensional theoretical study of the torsion-vibration eigenstates and torsional splittings of CH3OH.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 119 (22): 11671-11681 DEC 8 2003.

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Cayley, S; Record, MT.

Roles of cytoplasmic osmolytes, water, and crowding in the response of Escherichia coli to osmotic stress: Biophysical basis of osmoprotection by glycine betaine.

BIOCHEMISTRY, 42 (43): 12596-12609 NOV 4 2003.

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Copyright © 2003 Thomson ISI

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Eleventh Annual Teaching Research Ethics Workshop

The Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions has announced the Eleventh Annual Teaching Research Ethics Workshop, sponsored in part by the UW-Madison Graduate School. More information about this workshop is available on the Poynter Center's web site: http://poynter.indiana.edu/tre/. The Graduate School is offering two fellowships for attendance at this workshop. Please see the following site for information about how to apply for a fellowship: http://info.gradsch.wisc.edu/research/institutionalnom.html.

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UNIVERSITY LEAGUE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

 

The University League has contributed to the College of Letters and Science a scholarship fund which the L&S Scholarship Committee will award to help meet research expenses of L&S undergraduates, not in the Honors Program, who are writing senior theses. These funds could be used, for example, to purchase supplies and computer time, help pay for related travel or copying expenses or to compensate experimental subjects. Applicants must be students who will be registered for Senior Thesis (691-692) during the 2003-2004 academic year. Students may obtain applications in Room 70 Bascom Hall. The application includes a one-page description of the thesis project, total funding requested and an itemization of costs. A recommendation from the senior thesis advisor is also required. This recommendation should indicate approval of the student's budget since scholarship funds are limited and will be divided among several applicants. Also, applicants must submit an unofficial UW-Madison transcript. All application materials, which must be received by Friday, December 12, 2003, should be sent to: L&S UNIVERSITY LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIPS, 70 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive, CAMPUS. Scholarships will be awarded early in semester II, 2003-2004. If you have any questions, please call 262-4852.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Structural Analysis of mRNA Export Factors. Applications are invited for a BBSRC funded position investigating the structure and function of proteins involved in mammalian and viral mRNA export using NMR techniques. mRNA export from the nucleus to the cytoplasm is an essential step in eukaryotic gene expression involving multiple protein complexes. The project is a collaboration between Dr S.A. Wilson (Sheffield), Prof. Lu-yun Lian and Dr A. Golovanov (UMIST). The applicant would have the opportunity to spend time in both laboratories working on structure determination in Manchester and the molecular biology and biochemistry of mRNA export in Sheffield. We have recently determined the structure of one of the central proteins involved in the mRNA export process and this project will investigate the interactions of this protein with other mRNA export factors and mRNA. The post would particularly suit someone with substantial experience in structure determination using state of the art NMR techniques. The project is funded by the BBSRC for two years in the first instance. Informal enquiries can be addressed to: Dr S.A.Wilson, e-mail: stuart.wilson@sheffield.ac.uk or Prof. Lu-yun Lian, e-mail: lu-yun.lian@umist.ac.uk. Closing date: 31st January 2004.

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The University of Birmingham is recruiting four motivated individuals to a new ultra-high field NMR Facility in the UK. The positions include: Scientific Director of NMR Spectroscopy (M32813); Operations Manager (M32817); Computer Systems Architect (M32812); NMR Technician (M32814). The NMR Facility has been established by The Wellcome Trust and Higher Education Funding Council of England and represents a significant new initiative by the UK in post-genomic science. The purpose-built facility opens in 2004 and will provide 900, 800, 600 and 500 MHz systems for structure/function studies of biological molecules in solution. Candidates should have relevant advanced degrees, research interests and expertise, and a commitment to team-work, as described in The Personnel Unit website at: http://www.punit.bham.ac.uk. Positions start in mid-2004. The closing date for applications is 17th December 2003. Applications should be made to: The Personnel Unit. Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. M. Overduin, e-mail: m.overduin@bham.ac.uk.

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Francis Marion University. Instructor of Chemistry. ACS Certified Program. Non-tenure track. Position # 04-23. Appointment will be for one year with renewal on a year-to-year basis up to three years. M.S. or earned doctorate in Chemistry required. Teaching experience preferred but not required. Successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory undergraduate chemistry lectures and associated laboratories for science and non-science majors. Please send a letter of interest (referencing #04-23), curriculum vitae, copies of all transcripts (official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate), FMU Faculty Application, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references. Send Application Packet to: Dr. Gary W. Hanson, Vice President for Administration, Francis Marion University, PO Box 100547, Florence, SC 29501-0547. The above position will begin August 2004. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. Please visit the Human Resources webpage, found in the Administration section of the FMU website, http://www.fmarion.edu. Faculty applications can be obtained from this site.

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Internship at the U.S. Geological Survey. U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources. Person to work in the Multi-Discipline Water Quality Assessment section on the Western Lake Michigan Drainages Basin National Water Quality Program. USGS scientists collect and interpret data about water chemistry, hydrology, land use, steam habitat, and aquatic life. The long-term goals of this program are to describe the status and trends in the quality of a large, representative part of the Nation’s surface and ground-water resources, and to provide a sound, scientific understanding of the primary factors affecting the quality of these resources. Work schedule is full-time during school holidays and 12-16 hours per week when school is in session. Please contact: Kevin Richards, Physical Scientist, USGS, 8505 Research Way, Middleton, WI 53562, phone: 608-821-3861, e-mail: krichard@usgs.gov.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Chemistry Department at Loyola University New Orleans invites applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement, available August 2004, with the possibility of an extension beyond the first year. Ph.D. specialists in the area of Biochemistry preferred. Exceptional candidates with masters degrees considered. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. The candidate will be responsible for teaching a course in biochemistry, a biochemistry laboratory, and possibly an upper level biochemistry course. In addition, the candidate will have teaching responsibilities in General Chemistry lab, Organic chemistry lab, or non-majors courses, depending on area of expertise. Research opportunities in current faculty labs are also available (for current research interests, see: http://www.loyno.edu/chemistry/. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (photocopies are acceptable), and a list of three references to: Dr. William F. Walkenhorst, Search Committee Chair, Chemistry Department, Box 5, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA 70118, e-mail: walken@loyno.edu. Application review will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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Within the framework of the pilot project “Junior Professors” a vacant position of a Junior Professor “Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry” at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences I, Institute of Chemistry, Humboldt-University Berlin is announced. 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. The employment procedure is similar to that of assignments of professors according to Berlin University law (BerlHG). Requirements for an assignment as junior professor are an outstanding PhD thesis and additional scientific achievements characterising the candidate as a candidate for a professor. The promotion to PhD should not date back more than five years (credit for times of pregnancy or education of children) at the time of assignment as junior professor. The employment will last for three years. The duration of the contract will be extended by further three years after successful evaluation of scientific progress. Further extension of the contract is not possible. After the introduction of legislative rule for junior professors an assignment as a government official (Beamtenverhältnis) is intended. Prior to that, the junior professor will have the status of an academic employee (akademischer Mittelbau). Humboldt-University seeks to increase the number of female employees in research and teaching and thus in particular invites qualified female scientists to apply for this vacant position. Physically handicapped persons will be preferred, if they are equally suitable. Applications with necessary documents should be sent to: Dekan der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät I, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 12489 Berlin, Newtonstr. 14, not later than 20.01.2004.

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Faculty position in the chemistry department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in either Analytical or Organic chemistry. Full details of the position can be found at: http://www.uwec.edu/Chemistry/. The priority date is Dec. 11 - less than two weeks away. I know this is not much time. Unfortunately, the administration approved this search rather late in the semester and we are trying to move as quickly as possible, thus the shortened time frame. Nonetheless, the date is a "priority date" - we will continue to review candidate applications until the post is filled. The chemistry department has 15 tenured or tenure-track faculty with a remarkably strong undergraduate research program. According to the NSF CASPAR database, UWEC is ranked #1 in the nation in baccalaureate origins of Ph.D. chemists among our peers, the 557 Carnegie Masters 1 and 2 universities. You can read more about UWEC using the links at the above-indicated web site. If you interested in this faculty post, Please visit the web site listed above.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University invites applications for a tenure-track position in biochemistry at either the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level, beginning with the Fall 2003 semester. Texas Tech University, which is classified as a Doctoral Research University-Extensive by the Carnegie Foundation, has an enrollment of 28,700 students and is one of the major, state-supported, multidisciplinary universities in the Southwest. It offers approximately 104 master's degree programs and 57 doctoral programs, with Schools of Medicine and of Law located on the main campus. Within the University, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, with 28 tenure-track faculty positions, is among the top academic units in terms of funded research and graduate education. Applications, which should include a curriculum vita and a proposal outlining the applicant's plans for research that he/she would carry out as a Texas Tech faculty member, should be sent to: Dr. David B. Knaff, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor, Texas Tech University, Box 41061, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Lubbock, TX 79409-1061. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to Professor Knaff. Inquiries can be made to: Professor Knaff at (806) 742-1289 (FAX) or knaff@ttu.edu (e-mail). Review of applications will begin on January 12, 2004, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Additional information about the department can be obtained at: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/chemistry/.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in any area of organic or bio-organic chemistry at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, beginning with the Fall 2003 semester. A Ph.D. is required; postdoctoral experience is preferred. The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent, well-funded research program and have a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Texas Tech University, which is classified as a Doctoral Research University-Extensive by the Carnegie Foundation, has an enrollment of 28,700 students and is one of the major, state-supported, multidisciplinary universities in the Southwest. It offers 104 master's degree programs and 57 doctoral programs, with Schools of Medicine and of Law located on the main campus. Within the University, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, with 28 tenure-track faculty positions, is among the top academic units in terms of funded research and graduate education. Applications should include a curriculum vita, statement of proposed research (including start-up requirements) and names of three individuals who have been asked to provide letters of recommendation. Send applications to: Organic Search Committee, Texas Tech University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Box 41061, Lubbock, TX 79409-1061. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Additional information about the department can be obtained at: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/chemistry.

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Purdue University Calumet invites applications for the position of Head of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, to begin in July 2004. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in chemistry or physics and have the rank of full professor. A strong record of teaching, externally funded research, and community and professional engagement is expected. Purdue University Calumet, the Chicago-area campus of the Purdue University system, is a Comprehensive University with a current enrollment of 9,100 students. The Department consists of 15 full-time faculty and has approximately 80 undergraduate majors. In addition to courses for majors, the department provides courses for many core programs of the University. The new Head will be expected to foster development of a Departmental vision and strategic plan that will lead to a new level of accomplishment and recognition. Interested applicants should submit a CV, statement of philosophy on teaching, research/scholarship and administration, and contact information for three references to: Dr. Michael Gealt, Chem/Phys Head Search, c/o Human Resources, Purdue University Calumet, 2200 169thStreet, Hammond, IN 46323. Application review will start after December 31, 2003, to receive full consideration.

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Applications and nominations are invited to fill the position of a Robert A. Welch Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). The Chair is a full-time position that will be filled at the tenured full professor level. The position has been newly endowed by The Welch Foundation, the University, and other generous sources. The endowment includes continuing support for the chair holder's research program, and a generous start-up package. Candidates should have an established international scientific reputation, an active, externally funded research program, and be working at the forefront of their research area. The area of specialization is open, but should complement existing strengths of the department and the university. Candidates with interests in materials oriented research, including biomaterials, and who may become involved with the UTA Nanotechnology Research & Teaching Facility and the College of Science Center for Nanostructured Materials are especially encouraged to apply. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Application material (cover letter - highlighting qualifications and past accomplishments, curriculum vitae including publication list and extramural funding history, a narrative statement of research plans, and names of at least 5 professional references) should be sent to: Chair, Welch Chair Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Box 19065, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019-0065.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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None For This Newsletter

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