Chemistry Newsletter - 12/13/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 41 December 13th, 2004

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Newsletter on Christmas Vacation

The Chemistry Newsletter is on Christmas Vacation after next week. It will return next year. Continue to submit your newsletter items to me at: goldade@chem.wisc.edu. Thanks and have a Merry Christmas!!

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Vilas Award Winners

Below is the list of Vilas Travel Grant Award winners for this year. Congratulations to all who won!!

Robert Clark - Ratmir Derda - Qiang Fu - Yiyong He - Kamakshi Jagannathan - Beth Nichols - Rachel Weller - Samuel Pazicni - Scott Petersen - Terra Potocky - Sai Ramesh - Govardhan Reddy - Marissa Rosen - Margaret Schmitt - Neil Strotman - Bong June Sung - Kevin Weidkamp. They will receive $600 to travel to a meeting.

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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

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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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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Thursday, January 20th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephanie Dekeyser, Li Group.

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tobin Sosnick, University of Chicago.

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Brian Stoltz, California Institute of Technology.

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Thursday, January 27th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Rom 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Grimm, Lee Group.

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Thursday, January 27th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yuan Lin, Smith 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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Library Workshops

Chemistry Library Computer Room, 2361 Chemistry Building.

 

Monday, January 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - SciFinder Scholar 2004: Searching the Chemical Literature. Provides an overview of SciFinder Scholar databases and search features, including structure, substructure, reaction, and research topic. Use of ANALYZE/REFINE for improved retrieval, remote access, and downloading for citation management also covered. Hands-on practice included.

Tuesday, January 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire: Searching for Organic, Inorganic and Organometallic Compound Information. Provides an overview of the Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire databases and search features, including structure, substructure, reaction, and property data. Modifying record display, combined structure and fact editor searching, exporting information, and client availability will be discussed. Hands-on practice included.

Wednesday, January 12, 1:00 - 2:15 PM - RefWorks: Web-Based Citation Management. Covers basic RefWorks features, including organizing records, searching and sorting records, importing records electronically from MadCat and chemistry databases, and preparing bibliographies. Hands-on practice included. UW-Madison Libraries has purchased a 1-year subscription to RefWorks. If you are new to citation management, give RefWorks a try!

Thursday, January 13, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - EndNote, Part 1: Managing Chemistry Literature. Covers basic EndNote features, including organization of databases and records, searching and sorting records, importing records electronically from MadCat, chemistry databases (Current Contents, SciFinder Scholar, and Web of Science) and preparing bibliographies. Learn how to set up your EndNote database initially to avoid later style formatting hassles.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Director, Professional Science Master’s Program in Science & Entrepreneurship, Western Carolina University, web: http://www.wcu.edu. Assistant/Associate Professor, twelve-month, tenure-track position in Department of Chemistry/Physics. Responsibilities: development/direction of innovative M.S. curriculum involving science and regional business/venture creation, teaching undergraduate/graduate courses in specialty area, establishment of research program with students. The successful candidate will interface between academic and business communities. Ph.D. in chemistry or related discipline required. Prefer academic & industrial experience. Send letter of interest; CV; statements of teaching philosophy, research plans, role of academia with business community; transcripts of undergraduate/graduate work, three supporting letters to: Chair, Science & Entrepreneurship Search, College of Arts & Sciences http://www.wcu.edu/as/DeanOffice/facpositions.html), Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723. Review of candidates will begin January 10 and will continue until filled.

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Instrumentation Specialist, Western Carolina University. Permanent, non-tenure track position in the Department of Chemistry and Physics. Responsibilities include instrument maintenance and upkeep, with 6 contact hrs/semester teaching responsibilities in the instrumentation area. An independent or collaborative research program is required. Qualifications: Ph.D. with experience with appropriate chemical instrumentation (See Department’s instrument list at http://www.wcu.edu). Send a letter of interest, a CV highlighting instrumentation experiences and research interests, and names of three references to: Dr. Wesley Bonds, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723. Review of applications will begin immediately and position will remain open until filled.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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University of the Ozarks. Organic Chemistry: Assistant Professor, tenure-track. Duties: teach organic chemistry, biochemistry, and another chemistry in area of expertise. The abilities to direct undergraduate research and contribute to the general education curriculum are desirable, and the ability to teach analytical chemistry or an instrumentation course is preferred but not required. Qualifications: an appropriate earned doctorate or ABD, teaching experience. Start date: week of August 15, 2005. Send a letter of interest, resume, statement of teaching philosophy, and three current letters of reference, at least one of which addresses teaching ability, to: Dr. Daniel Taddie, Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of the Ozarks, 415 N. College Ave, Clarksville, AR 72830. Applications received by January 14, 2005, will be assured of full consideration. For more information about our University, please visit our website at: http://www.ozarks.edu.

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Analytical/Forensic Chemist, Western Carolina University. Assistant or Associate professor, tenure track position in the Department of Chemistry and Physics. Responsibilities include teaching and research in forensic chemistry and teaching traditional analytical courses. Qualifications: Ph.D. with experience in forensic chemistry. Send a letter of interest, a CV highlighting experiences, statements of your teaching philosophy and research goals. You should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Dr. Roger Bacon, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723. Review of candidates will begin on 1/14/05 and will continue until filled.

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The Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is accepting applications for the position of departmental chair starting Fall 2005, pending budget approval. The department presently has 12 faculty members, offers M.S., B.S., and B.A. degrees in chemistry and is implementing a Ph.D. program commencing Fall 2005. The department is seeking an experienced faculty member at the tenured professor level who can provide strong leadership and guidance to the department in all areas of academic endeavor. The required qualifications are: a Ph.D. in chemistry or in a related area, a distinguished record of internationally recognized scholarly research, excellence in teaching and in obtaining external funding. Responsibilities include teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at both the UTSA Downtown Campus and 1604 Campus and occasionally at night, supervising research students at all levels, and maintaining an externally funded research program. Descriptions of current departmental research efforts can be found at http://www.utsa.edu/chem. Screening of completed applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must state their current Visa and residency status. Applicants must submit an original signed letter of application, a dated current curriculum vitae, a statement of leadership and administrative philosophy (suggested 3-5 pages), a statement of teaching philosophy (suggested 1-2 pages), a description of research (suggested 4-6 pages), reprints of three recent publications, and the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of three individuals who can provide recommendation letters to: Chair, Chemistry Chair Search Committee, Office of the Dean, College of Sciences, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 6900 North Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, Texas 78249-0661.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Members of the Green Chemistry Community, The following announcement may be of interest to many of you. Postdoctoral Research Program, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL), Sustainable Technology Division, Cincinnati, Ohio. Sustainable Chemistry-Merging Green Chemistry and Green Engineering: NRMRL is currently seeking to place a postdoctoral researcher in the Sustainable Chemistry Program. The researcher's role is to expand in-house capabilities in this area and at the same time his/her own range of expertise. The goal of NRMRL's Sustainable Chemistry Program is to demonstrate alternative synthesis techniques (green technologies) for the production of chemicals with emphasis towards implementation in an industrial setting. See Project # NRMRL/STD-2004-02. Please follow this link for the position announcement: http://www.orau.gov/orise/edu/needs/NRMRL04-02.pdf. If you are interested in applying for the position, please following the procedure described in the position announcement. Or for further information regarding the position please e-mail: Dr. Michael A. Gonzalez, PhD Chemist, Sustainable Chemistry Program, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, 26 West Martin Luther King Drive; Mail Stop 466, Cincinnati, Ohio 45268, Phone: (513)-569-7998 Fax: (513)-569-7111, E-Mail: gonzalez.michael@epa.gov.

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The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has established two new 2-year post-doctoral fellowships to begin in 2005: The Jack E. Crow Post-Doctoral Fellowship and the Schuler Fellowship Post-Doctoral Program. The Jack E. Crow Post Doctoral Fellowship Program was named for the founding director of the NHMFL, whose commitment to education and research at all levels is well known. Currently, a Fellowship Selection Committee, representative of NHMFL research, is being assembled that will establish criteria to ensure a highly competitive, rigorous application process. The Fellowships will be open to all science and engineering disciplines at the NHMFL. Please disseminate the following information to interested applicants. Applicants should submit the following: A one-page letter of support from the fellowship sponsor; At least three letters of reference in support of the application; Curriculum vitae including publications; A one page statement of prior research activities and future research interests that will be pursued at the NHMFL if granted a fellowship; Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts. All application packets should be submitted with a cover letter to: Gina LaFrazza, CIRL-NHMFL, 1800 East Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310. Application packets should be received no later than January 15, 2005. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than February 15, 2005. Please contact Gina LaFrazza, phone: 850-645-0033; lafrazza@magnet.fsu.edu with any questions. Web: http://education.magnet.fsu.edu.

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Professor Thomas Flood and Professor Mark Thompson of The University of Southern California are seeking to hire a postdoctoral research associate to carry out research concurrently in our two labs. The postdoc will work 50% on an organometallic project, and 50% on a materials project. We believe this is an excellent opportunity for an individual trained in organometallic chemistry to try out an interest in the area of materials. The position is intended for a two year period, contingent on mutual satisfaction after one year. The position is available immediately. The materials project will be carried out in Mark's lab and will involve the development of new materials for photovoltaic cells (PV) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). We have been focusing on a range of different organometallic complexes as emitting and charge carrying complexes in monochromatic OLEDs. The goal if this project will be to prepare and study materials for application to white OLEDs or PV cells. The postdoc will be involved in all aspects of the program, from materials preparation/purification to device fabrication and testing. Tom's project investigates intramolecular and intermolecular interactions of alkanes with soluble complexes of third-row transition metals. Calculational and experimental survey work from tungsten to iridium will determine the best targets. Concentrated work on these targets will seek spectroscopic characterization and possible isolation with the goal of determining structure and exploring reactivity of alkane complexes. Please have interested candidates submit their resume and three letters of reference to Tom by email at: Professor Thomas C. Flood, Voice: (213) 740-7006, Fax: (213) 740-0930, Email: flood@usc.edu, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0744.

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