Chemistry Newsletter - 12/16/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 43 December 16th, 2002

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Carnegie Foundation Application Acceptance!!

George Walker of the Carnegie Foundation called Professor Howard Whitlock in reference to the Chemistry Department's application to join the CID. Our application was successful. He would like at this point to say "Thank you!" to all the people that worked on this, especially to you grad students for your interest and open input. What happens next we do not know exactly, but it is clear that the general issue of departmental paths to the future will become easier to realize. So now the work begins. Thanks To All!!!!

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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

This is the Last Chemistry Newsletter of the year. 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

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 17th, 2002 - Special Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Timothy J. Griffin, Institute for Systems Biology. "Mass Spectrometry, Proteomics and Biology: Where We Are And Where We Need To Go"

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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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Tuesday, February 4th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gregory Voth, University of Utah. "Proton transport in Aqueous And Biomolecular Systems"

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Keyes, Boston University. "Instantaneous Normal Modes, The Potential Energy Landscape, And Dynamics In Supercooled Liquids"

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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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Ivanov SA; Kozee MA; Merrill WA; Agarwal S; Dahl LF.

Cyclo-[Ni(mu(2)-SPh)(2)](9) and cyclo-[Ni(mu(2)-SPh)(2)](11): new oligomeric types of toroidal nickel(II) thiolates containing geometrically unprecedented 9-and 11-membered ring systems.

JOURNAL OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY-DALTON TRANSACTIONS 2002, Iss 22, pp 4105-4115.

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Ivanov SA; Nichiporuk RV; Mednikov EG; Dahl LF.

First high-nuclearity thallium-palladium carbonyl phosphine cluster, [Tl2Pd12(CO)(9)(PEt3)(9)](2+), and its initial mistaken identity as the unknown Au2Pd12 analogue: structure-to-synthesis approach concerning its formation.

JOURNAL OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY-DALTON TRANSACTIONS 2002, Iss 22, pp 4116-4127.

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Rickert KA; Ellis AB; Kim JK; Lee JL; Himpsel FJ; Dwikusuma F; Kuech TF.

X-ray photoemission determination of the Schottky barrier height of metal contacts to n-GaN and p-GaN.

JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS 2002, Vol 92, Iss 11, pp 6671-6678.

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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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Copyright © 2002 Institute for Scientific Information

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is seeking an individual for the position of Director of General Chemistry, to continue our tradition of excellence and innovation in undergraduate instruction. The Director will oversee all aspects of the General Chemistry program. The Director will work with a large staff from the B.S. to the Ph.D. level, to provide state-of-the-art instruction in general chemistry to several thousand students every semester. Ph.D. in chemistry or related field. Demonstrated knowledge in employing modern computer-based instructional tools. Extensive teaching experience in chemical sciences. Management of a proven curriculum including service and chemistry-major courses and their laboratory components, and effective integration of that curriculum with upper level chemistry courses. Demonstrated managerial skills. Proven excellence in the design of instructional materials. Type of Appointment: Based on the previous scholarly activity of the candidate, the appointment may be either an Academic Professional (full time, regular) or tenured/tenure-track. Starting Date: As soon as possible with a target start date of August 21, 2003. For full consideration, applications (including cover letter, curriculum vita, 3 letters of recommendation and a brief written statement relating personal qualifications to the requirements for the position) must be received by January 21, 2003. Send materials to: General Chemistry Search Chair, Department of Chemistry, 107 Noyes Lab, Box D-1, 600 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Biochemist, Tenure Track - Roanoke College, assistant professor position, starting Fall 2003. Ph.D. required. Primary teaching duties include biochemistry lecture and lab for our BS Biochemistry major, with some additional chemistry teaching assignments. Research with undergraduates is expected and supported; collaboration with other chemistry and molecular biology faculty is encouraged. The teaching load is nine contact hours per week, plus one intensive May Term course every third year. Review of completed applications begins January 15, 2003. Send letter, vitae, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, teaching and research statements, and three reference letters to: Dr. Jack Steehler, Chair, Chemistry Dept., Roanoke College, 221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153-3794. Phone/Fax: 540/375-2442, e-mail: Jsteehler@Roanoke.Edu. More information on our department is available online, at: http://www.roanoke.edu/chemistry/.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Position available for a Post-Doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University to work on a NIH-funded project. The individual considered for this position must possess a Ph.D. in Chemistry with emphasis in analytical chemistry to assist in the design, construction and applications of microanalytical devices. The candidate is expected to have basic experiences in microfluidics, microfabrication and the application of microfluidic devices in bioassays. While it is not required, experience with PCR and DNA sequencing would be beneficial. In addition, this individual should be familiar with electrophoresis, especially capillary electrophoresis. The salary range is $30K - $33K per year (full-time commitment), depending on the level of past experiences. If interested, please contact: Prof. Steven A. Soper, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. (225) 578-1527. E-mail: chsope@lsu.edu.

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Russell P. Hughes of Dartmouth College has an unexpected postdoctoral opening in his group, available immediately, although a start date of February-March 2003 would be possible for the right person. The position will involve research on the activation of carbon-fluorine bonds and their conversion to C-H and C-C bonds using transition metal reagents. Our work in this area can be found under the publications link at the website: www.dartmouth.edu/~rph. Applicants should be familiar with all the usual techniques of organometallic chemistry and the spectroscopic characterization of organometallic compounds. Expertise in multinuclear NMR is a big plus, as is familiarity with studying reaction kinetics. Applicants can contact me directly by email. Russell P. Hughes, Frank R. Mori Professor of Chemistry, Dartmouth College, 6128 Burke Laboratories, Hanover NH 03755 USA, Tel: (603)646-2763, FAX: (603)646-3946 (not confidential).

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Postdoctoral Positions Available, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Postdoctoral Positions are available immediately in the Chemical Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for R&D related to microfabricated fluidic devices, nanofluidics, miniaturized ion mobility and mass spectrometry, aerosol particle analysis, biological mass spectrometry, and laser spectroscopy. Applicants with experience in chemical separations, microfluidics, nanofluidics, ion mobility spectrometry, mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy, protein characterization or aerosol analysis and a Ph.D. in chemistry, bio-chemistry or physics, physics, bioengineering, MEMS, or other appropriate training may apply. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts. Postdoctoral stipends start at $39,000 and can be higher based on background and experience. ORNL is located in eastern Tennessee in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains. It is an area with natural beauty and numerous possibilities for outdoor activities in addition to having a low cost of living. Applications should be directed to: Dr. J. Michael Ramsey, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6142, 423-574-5662 voice, 423-574-8363 fax, e-mail: ramseyjm@ornl.gov, web: http://www.ornl.gov/lsm.

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University of Delaware. A postdoctoral candidate is sought to conduct research in biopolymeric materials. Specific project responsibilities include the design, synthesis, and chemical modification of protein polymers, for applications including biomaterials, drug delivery, polymeric light emitting diodes, and fiber processing. A Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, polymer chemistry, or a related field is required. Send CV and three letters of recommendation to: Prof. Kristi L. Kiick, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Delaware, 201 DuPont Laboratory, Newark, DE 19716; kiick@udel.edu.

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