Chemistry Newsletter - 12/09/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 42 December 9th, 2002

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2002 ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI

The 2002 Holiday Lecture will be telecast on Wisconsin Public Television at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 25 and again at 8:00 a.m., Sunday, December 29. For the date and time of the PBS broadcast elsewhere around the country please check local television listings.

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Holiday Break for Newsletter

The Last Chemistry Newsletter of the year will be published next week, Monday, 12/16/2002. The Next Newsletter will be published on Monday, January 6th, 2003. Thank You and Happy Holidays.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

December 10th, 2002 January 21st, 2003
February 11th, 2003 March 11th, 2003 April 8th, 2003 May 13th, 2003

 

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Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays ---1:20 PM - Chair's Office

December 17th, 2002 January 14th, 2003
February 4th, 2003 February 18th, 2003 March 4th, 2003 March 18th, 2003
April 1st, 2003 April 15th, 2003 May 6th, 2003 May 20th, 2003

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2002 - Student Physical Chemistry Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Robert Holiday. "Vibrationally driven bimolecular reactions"

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George O'Doherty, West Virginia. "The Use of the Sharpless Asymmetric Dihydoxylation Reaction for the Synthesis of 1,2-diol and 1,3-diols"

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2002 - Frontiers in Pharmacology Seminar, Noon, Room 1111 Biotechnology Center. Andrew J. Morris, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. "Synthesis and Inactivation of Lysophosphatidic Acid"

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2002 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. David Sholl, Carnegie Mellon University. "Simulating Practical and Possible Materials for Gas Separation Membranes: Zeolites, Carbon Nanotubes, and Metal Alloys"

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2002 - Soil Science 728 Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 270 Soils Building. Francisco Sandro R. Holanda.

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Thursday, December 12th, 2002 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shane Lamos.

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Thursday, December 12th, 2002 - Environmental Toxicology 800 Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 125 McArdle Laboratory. Thomas Malone. "The Use of Toxicogenomics and Proteomics in Toxicology"

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Friday, December 13th, 2002 - Rheology Research - 3M Lecture, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Professor Roderic Lakes, University of Wisconsin. "Tissue Viscoelasticity"

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2002 - Frontiers in Pharmacology Seminar, Noon, Room 1111 Biotechnology Center. David Toczyski, University of California-San Francisco. "Dividing With Broken Chromosomes"

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2002 - Biophysics Joint Group Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Landick, UW-Madison, Department of Bacteriology. "RNA Polymerase: Structure, Catalysis, and Regulation"

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Monday, April 21st, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Christopher Bardeen, University of Illinois.

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Analytical Sciences Seminars

The following link is for the UW Analytical Sciences Seminar 2002: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.html.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Casey CP; Vos TE; Singer SW; Guzei IA.

Protonated aminocyclopentadienyl ruthenium hydride reduction of benzaldehyde and the conversion of the resulting ruthenium triflate to a ruthenium hydride with H-2 and base.

ORGANOMETALLICS 2002, Vol 21, Iss 23, pp 5038-5046.

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Steinhoff BA; Stahl SS.

Ligand-modulated palladium oxidation catalysis: Mechanistic insights into aerobic alcohol oxidation with the Pd(OAc)(2)/pyridine catalyst system.

ORGANIC LETTERS 2002, Vol 4, Iss 23, pp 4179-4181.

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Reich HJ; Sanders AW; Fiedler AT; Bevan MJ.

The effect of HMPA on the reactivity of epoxides, aziridines, and alkyl halides with organolithium reagents.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 45, pp 13386-13387.

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Condren SM; Breitzer JG; Payne AC; Ellis AB; Widstrand CG; Kuech TF.

Student-centered, nanotechnology-enriched introductory college chemistry courses for engineering students.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION 2002, Vol 18, Iss 5, pp 550-556.

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Casey CP; Boller TM; Kraft S; Guzei IA.

Structural isomers of aryl-substituted eta(3)-propargyl complexes: eta(2)-1-metalla(methylene)cyclopropene and eta(3)-benzyl complexes.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 44, pp 13215-13221.

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Lawrence CP; Skinner JL.

Vibrational spectroscopy of HOD in liquid D2O. II. Infrared line shapes and vibrational Stokes shift.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2002, Vol 117, Iss 19, pp 8847-8854.

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Heckscher MM; Sheps L; Bingemann D; Crim FF.

Relaxation of the C-H stretching fundamental vibrations of CHI3, CH2I2, and CH3I in solution.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2002, Vol 117, Iss 19, pp 8917-8925.

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Drier TO; Stahl SS.

The Wisconsin Schlenk Line: Incorporation of an Ergonomic Greaseless Three-Way Valve Design.

FUSION 2002, Vol 49, Iss 4, pp 25-27.

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Copyright © 2002 Institute for Scientific Information

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

********************Michigan State University. Applications and recommendations are invited for an NMR Specialist position in our all-University NMR facility. The NMR Specialist has the following responsibilities: to direct and assist in the operation, maintenance, and applications support of the facility's NMR spectrometers, currently consisting of six Varian machines: Innova 600, VXR 500, VXR 400 (solids), Innova 300, VXR 300, and Gemini 300; to supervise a professional staff who assist in day-to-day operations; to keep abreast of advances in the field in order to advise and educate faculty and students on NMR methodology; and to assist and advise the NMR oversight committee in setting usage policies and in preparing equipment proposals. A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Physics is required. Excellent communications and interpersonal skills are essential. Salary is dependent upon experience. This position is an annual year appointment, based on the continuing appointment system. Review of applications will begin January 6, 2003, but late submissions will be considered if suitable candidates are not identified by the deadline. Applicants should send a resume and three letters of reference to: Dr. John L. McCracken, Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1322.

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UW-Madison Chemistry Department. Part Time TA Position in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Starting Spring 2003. This is a position for a graduate student who would like to learn how to run all the instruments in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory and who will assist graduate students and postdocs in using mass spectrometry to solve problems. The staff of the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory are all involved in keeping the instruments operating optimally and in generating quality data. A successful technical assistant will be able to add mass spectrometry skills to their resume. The TA will be working with a large variety of organic, biochemical, and organometallic compounds. Interested students should contact: Dr. Martha M. Vestling, e-mail: vestling@chem.wisc.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Kenyon College invites applications for Two positions as Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry. One position will assist in organic chemistry. One position will assist in general and either environmental chemistry or physical chemistry. Ph.D. required. Start July 2003. To apply, submit a c.v., copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and have 3 letters of recommendation forwarded to: James S. Keller, Department of Chemistry, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH 43022. Review of dossiers will begin on February 1, 2003. The Department has excellent facilities for research and teaching and there is a possibility for independent research. Please visit http://www.chem.kenyon.edu for more information on the position and the college.

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The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is undergoing a major expansion with the addition of three new professors as part of the University's strategic hiring initiative. These hires will be at the assistant professor level, to begin Fall 2003. This initiative supports interdisciplinary and collaborative research in the fields of energy, biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials science, and others. At least one of these hires will be an analytical chemist with research interests at the interface of biological or materials chemistry; we are especially interested in biological mass spectrometry. The remaining hires may come from any of the traditional fields, with preference given to those that complement our initiatives. Importantly, this is a University wide initiative and will include hires in related departments such as physics and engineering. Thus, we are developing a group of researchers with similar interests in order to foster collaborations. We seek your help in identifying exceptional candidates to fill these positions by bringing this opportunity to the attention of students, postdoctoral associates and faculty in your Department. Nomination of outstanding candidates is also encouraged and appreciated. We are particularly interested in applicants with research areas at the interface with Biological or Materials Chemistry, especially in the field of Nanoscience. Applications and inquiries should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee or feel free to contact us directly by phone or email. Review of the applications will begin December 18th and will continue until the positions are filled. Send to: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mailcode 4409, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 62901-4409, phone: (618) 453-5721, fax: (618) 453-6408, email: chemistry@chem.siu.edu, web: http://www.science.siu.edu/chemistry/, or Daniel J. Dyer, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, e-mail: ddyer@chem.siu.edu, phone: 618-453-2897, or Shaowei Chen, Associate Professor of Chemistry, e-mail: schen@them.siu.edu, phone: 618-453-2895.

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St. John's University. Experimental Physical Chemist. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for an experimental physical chemist to fill a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. A Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry or a closely related discipline is required. The candidate is expected to develop a vigorous research program with undergraduate and M.S. graduate students. Teaching duties include graduate and undergraduate physical chemistry and general chemistry. Send three letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, research plan and a statement of teaching philosophy to: The Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, St. John's University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY 11439.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is writing to call your attention to immediate postdoctoral openings in the NSF-funded Advanced Materials for Water Purification Science and Technology Center and to ask you to bring them to the attention of appropriate graduate students in your research group. This is a unique opportunity to work at the interface of engineering and chemistry on a project focused on the characterization of molecular transport and molecular recognition events within single nanometer-diameter channels. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to pursue experimental and computational approaches according to individual interests and can make available an impressive array of electronic and spectroscopic characterization instrumentation and computational resources for these studies. Successful candidates will work as part of a team of investigators arrayed in the Departments of Chemistry, the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. UIUC offers a truly outstanding environment for postdoctoral research with excellent facilities, a tradition of exciting science, and a commitment to interdisciplinary investigation. While focused on the overall goals of the project we anticipate the postdoctoral researchers involved in this project will have significant latitude in determining the specific directions the project will follow. Students interested in exploring these opportunities can obtain more detailed information by calling either: Professor Paul Bohn - (217) 333 0676;or Associate Professor Mark A. Shannon (217) 244-1545. Applicants should send a letter of interest with a c.v. and arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent under separate cover.

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A postdoctoral position will be available in my laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), beginning on April 1, 2003, although the position could start a month or two earlier. The initial appointment to this National Science Foundation funded position would be for one year; upon mutual agreement the position could be extended for up to an additional year. The 12 month salary would initially be $31,092; vacation and fringe benefits will be provided as well. The successful applicant will be working on a project designed to elucidate the roles of the minor nucleobase 5-methylcytosine in the photochemistry of DNA. Applicants should be accomplished in the use of modern methods of chromatographic separation, including HPLC, and structure determination (e.g. NMR and mass spectrometry). Experience in working with nucleic acids would also be helpful. While experience in the employment of photochemical methods would be useful, it is not essential. My laboratory is located on the Parnassus campus of UCSF, which is located two blocks from Golden Gate Park. Excellent public transportation is readily available that takes one to all of the scenic and cultural attractions of San Francisco, as well as to those of Marin county and other parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. The resources of UC (Berkeley) are located about 45 minutes away. Applications, which include a resume and the names of three persons who can be contacted as references, should be sent to him at the address below or included as an attachment to an e-mail that can be sent to him at: shetlar@cgl.ucsf.edu, Professor Martin D. Shetlar, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry School of Pharmacy, S926 University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, California 94143-0446.

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Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Chemistry, University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota is searching for an exceptional candidate to do postdoctoral work in Environmental Chemistry within the departments of Chemistry (Kristopher McNeill), Environmental Health (Deborah Swackhamer), and Civil Engineering (William Arnold). The area of research will be in the occurrence, persistence, and fate of environmental estrogens and antibacterials in aquatic systems. A PhD or equivalent degree is required, preferably in any area of Chemistry or a closely related field. The successful candidate will be skilled in typical chemical analytical techniques, including gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. Additional preferred skills and/or experience include liquid chromatography, organic synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, or pharmaceutical chemistry. Support is available for two years and includes an annual salary of $35,000 plus discretionary research funds. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, a full CV, and two letters of reference plus two additional names of references to: Professor Deborah Swackhamer, Environmental Health, Mayo Mail Code 807, 420 Delaware St. SE, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 55455. Applications are due by December 31, 2002 or until the position is filled.

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Camille and Henry Dreyfus Post-doctoral Fellowship at Bates College. A two-year, research-teaching post-doctoral position is available in the laboratory of Prof. Thomas Wenzel at Bates College beginning September 1, 2003. The primary area of research involves the development of chiral NMR shift reagents, with a particular emphasis on the coupling of paramagnetic lanthanide ions to chiral solvating agents. This work is currently funded through a Research at Undergraduate Institutions Grant from NSF and through a Major Research Instrumentation Equipment grant of NSF that provided funds to purchase a 400 MHz Bruker Avance Spectrometer. Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in organic, inorganic, or analytical chemistry with expertise in chemical synthesis and be considering a career at a predominantly undergraduate institution. Dreyfus Fellows who secure tenure-track positions after completion of the program receive a start-up grant from the foundation. In addition to research, the Fellow will undertake some classroom and laboratory teaching. The exact nature of the teaching activities will depend on the background of the Fellow. Prof. Wenzel has extensive experience with the use of alternative educational pedagogies including cooperative and problem-based learning, and in his capacity as a Contributing Editor writes a regular column on educational topics for the journal Analytical Chemistry. The Fellow will gain experience with these teaching methods and collaborate in writing some of the columns. Prof. Wenzel is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Quarterly and the Fellow will have the chance to learn of the work of the Council. Travel support will be available for the Fellow to attend the next national conference of CUR in June of 2004 as well as appropriate research conferences. Candidates should send a letter of application, a CV, and three letters of recommendation to: Chemistry Post-Doctoral Fellowship Search Committee (#R2301), c/o Bates College Academic Services, 2 Andrews Road, 7 Lane Hall, Lewiston, ME 04240. Questions about the position can be directed to: Prof. Thomas J. Wenzel, Department of Chemistry, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, 04240. (email: twenzel@bates.edu; Phone: 207-786-6296). For more information, visit out web site at: http://www.bates.edu/acad/depts/chemistry. Review of applications will begin on January 15.

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