Chemistry Newsletter - 05/12/2003


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVII - No. 19 May 12th, 2003


The American Academy of Arts and Sciences selects of Laura Kiessling as a Fellow

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced the selection of Laura Kiessling as a Fellow. Laura joins Fred Anson, Phaedon Avouris, Carolyn Bertozzi, Charles DePuy, Paul Houston, Thomas Katz, and Michael Klein as the other 2003 selections for Chemistry. She also joins Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, journalist Walter Cronkite and philanthropist William H. Gates, Sr., co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in this year's selections. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is the nation's oldest and most illustrious learned society. Election to the American Academy is an honor that acknowledges the best of all scholarly fields and professions. Newly elected Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes those who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines. The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots "to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people." The Academy's membership has included George Washington, Ben Franklin, Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Einstein, and Winston Churchill. This selection is a tremendous honor and we join in congratulating you Laura on this recognition of your pioneering research.


John Moore selected as Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineers

Dean Paul Peercy of the College of Engineering has announced that Professor John Moore was selected to be this year's winner of the Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineers. The Selection Committee noted John's exceptional contributions to the teaching of Engineering students and the numerous supporting letters from faculty, students, and former students who attested to his teaching excellence and commitment to innovation in education. The award will be presented at the Engineers' Day dinner on October 17 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. Our congratulations to you John on this important award.


2003 Daniel L. Sherk Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Congratulations to Steven Brown (Kiessling) , Paul Roethle (Burke), and Steven Steiner (Doolittle and West) on receiving the 2003 Daniel L. Sherk Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. These awards were sponsored by the Sherk Fund, the chemistry department, and the ACS local section. Each student presented a poster at this year's Chemistry Undergraduate Poster Session on May 2.


Welcome to Robert Shanks


We have made an offer to Robert Shanks to replace Marv Kontney as the NMR Instrumentation Technologist and I am happy to announce that Robert has accepted and will start on June 1. Thank You and Welcome Robert!


Summer Hours


The Chemistry Newsletter will be going to Bi-weekly publication starting with next week. Please continue to drop/send material for the newsletter to me. We will publish the newsletter on the off week for special announcements. Thank You.


Intercollegiate Athletics Budget of U.W.


The following are the questions and answers that deal with Intercollegiate Athletics Budget of U.W. in 2002-2003 academic year. The questions were raised by a faculty senator from Mathematics and the answers were provided by the Chancellor in writing and the data sheet reproduced below was distributed at the Faculty Senate Meeting of May 5th, 2003. Thank You - Hyuk Yu, Faculty Senator.


1). What was the total budget of the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics? $51,250,000.


2). Of this, how much was specifically attributable to men’s intercollegiate athletics? $33,825,000.


3). Of this, how much attributable to football? $18,450,000.

how much to basketball? $4,612,500.

how much to ice hockey? $3,075,000.


4). How much was specifically attributable to women’s intercollegiate athletics? $17,425,000.


5). Of this, how much was attributable to basketball? $3,587,500.

how much to volleyball? $1,691,250.

how much to ice hockey? $2,562,500.


Note: All these figures included a prorated share of administrative costs.










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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule


Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9340 Chemistry


May 13th, 2003


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


May 20th, 2003





Tuesday, May 13th, 2003 - Ferry Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Harold Scheraga, Cornell University. “Calculation of Protein Structure by Global Optimization of Potential Energy”


Thursday, May 22nd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences/Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Rm 8335 Chemistry Building. Dr. Millicent A. Firestone, Argonne National Laboratory. “Biologically Inspired Materials: Towards Nanomachines”



Chautauqua Short Course on Chemical Demonstrations


A Chautauqua Short Course for college faculty and instructors of undergraduate chemistry and related sciences will be offered by Drs. Bassam Shakhashiri and Rodney Schreiner from June 8 to 10 here in our Department. A brief description of the course is shown below.


In previous years we have opened this course to our faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and staff without having to go through the application procedures through the Chautauqua Course Field Center. This year we offer the same opportunity to anyone who is interested in the June 8-10 Course. If you are interested, please send an E-mail message to as soon as possible and NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, MAY 28.


Chemical demonstrations are effective in engaging undergraduate students and in sustaining their interest in chemical phenomena and concepts. Also, they are highly useful in communicating chemistry to the public. A primary purpose of this course is to encourage faculty to incorporate demonstrations in teaching a variety of undergraduate courses. Another purpose is to assure that demonstrations are used in safe and responsible ways. We will share our rich experience in presenting demonstrations to general audiences in schools, shopping malls, and other public places. Pedagogical and practical aspects of planning lectures and public presentations around chemical demonstrations will be presented and discussed.

Additional information about this and all other 2003 Chautauqua Courses can be found at: Our course is #41.





Seo Y; Esker AR; Sohn D; Kim HJ; Park S; Yu H.

Study on the behaviors of different polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers adsorbed at the air/water interface.

LANGMUIR 2003, Vol 19, Iss 8, pp 3313-3322.


Jagannathan K; Yethiraj A.

Monte Carlo simulations for the phase behavior of symmetric nonadditive hard sphere mixtures.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2003, Vol 118, Iss 17, pp 7907-7911.


Mednikov EG; Ivanov SA; Wittayakun J; Dahl LF.

Metal-ligated induced structural interconversion between Pd-23(CO)(20)(PEt3)(10) and Pd-23(CO)(20)(PEt3)(8) possessing highly dissimilar Pd-23 core-geometries.

DALTON TRANSACTIONS 2003, Iss 9, pp 1686-1692.


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Weill Cornell Medical College- Qatar is seeking a Professor of Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences to come to teach Organic Chemistry lecture courses starting in the Fall of 2003, to second year pre-medical students at WCMC-Q. Professional rank will be assigned by the appropriate Cornell academic department and will be commensurate with the candidate's credentials and experience. The Organic Chemistry sequence includes a laboratory course, which will be taught by a lab instructor in Spring 2004, and the successful candidate will coordinate these teaching activities and should help recruit such lab instructor. As a professor at WCMC-Q, this individual will also contribute to the academic life on campus and will be expected to serve in the College's committees and as a student advisor. These positions represent critical additions in leadership roles that will have major impact on the development, structure and operations of both pre-medical and medical school programs. Please contact: Anne Park Amann, Korn Ferry International, 404-572-6372,






The Department of Chemistry at Winthrop University invites applications for an assistant professor of chemistry position. The selected applicant will assume responsibility for the organic chemistry curriculum over the next several years and will overlap with current organic faculty during the spring semester. This is a full-time multi-year appointment in a growing program with strong potential for conversion to tenure track. Faculty teaching loads are 9-12 contact hours per week (faculty with funded research programs involving undergraduates receive a 25% reallocation of their teaching load for research). The organic chemistry curriculum consists of a two-semester organic course with laboratory and an advanced chemical synthesis laboratory course. There is also the opportunity to teach advanced organic courses in fields of interest and to take advantage of exceptional molecular modeling and instrumentation capabilities. Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Instructor ABD), Department of Chemistry, web: Major Responsibilities: Teach two semester organic chemistry course with lab; Teach advanced courses in organic chemistry and chemical synthesis; Develop and mentor research projects for advanced undergraduate students; Develop grant proposals to support student research and curricular interests; Provide service to students, department, university, and community. Qualifications: Exceptional interpersonal skills and strong personal ethics for mentorship of students, for working in a team-oriented environment, and for sparking an enthusiasm for chemistry; Ph.D. in organic chemistry or a closely related discipline (ABD considered for Instructor rank); Expertise to teach organic chemistry with lab, advanced organic chemistry, and chemical synthesis; Expertise in an area that matches department interests and complements current strengths; Recent research publications; Demonstrated potential for mentoring undergraduate research projects; Demonstrated successful undergraduate teaching experience preferred; Background to incorporate molecular modeling into organic curricula and expertise with NMR preferred. Position Availability January 1, 2004. A nine-month, full-time, multi-year temporary appointment for an organic chemist in a rapidly growing program which currently includes two biochemists and seven chemists that are all housed within newly renovated facilities. Opportunity to teach summer school. Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Application deadline is May 28, 2003. Materials received after the deadline date may be considered if an acceptable candidate has not been found. Individuals wishing to apply for this position should submit the following materials before the closing date shown above: A current curriculum vitae; A statement of organic chemistry and advanced organic chemistry teaching and curricula development interests; A description of research plans that delineates goals, proposed funding sources, and necessary equipment/facilities; Three letters of recommendations from individuals who know the candidate professionally. Applications should also include the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of those from whom recommendations have been requested. Applications materials and letters of recommendations should be addressed to: Chair, Department of Chemistry, Physics and Geology, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, 29733.





Chemistry - Teaching and Research Post-doc at The College of Wooster. Applications are invited for a two-year appointment as a post-doctoral fellow in chemistry beginning August 4, 2003. The successful candidate must be committed to teaching and scholarship at an undergraduate. liberal arts institution. The candidate must be a recent Ph.D. with research experience in organic or inorganic synthesis. Teaching experience is desirable, but not required. The appointment is full-time and will consist of half-time teaching (duties will be assigned based on the successfid candidate's experience) and half-time research with undergraduates as part of the College's Independent Study Program. The Chemistry Department is newly renovated and has excellent research facilities including 400 MHz NMR, GCMS, HPLC and PTTR. Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research experience and interests and 3 letters of recommendation to: Dr. Ellen E. Burns, The College of Wooster, Department of Chemistry, 943 College Mall, Wooster, OH 44691. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


The Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science invites you to assist the faculty scientists at the University of California at Berkeley in nominating candidates for Miller Research Fellowships in the basic sciences. The Miller Institute seeks to discover and encourage individuals of outstanding talent, and to provide them with the opportunity to pursue their research on the Berkeley campus. Fellows are selected on the basis of their academic achievement and the promise of their scientific research. Each Miller Fellow is sponsored by a department of the Berkeley campus and performs his or her research in the facilities provided by the department. The Fellowships are intended for brilliant young women and men of great promise who have recently been awarded, or who are about to be awarded, the doctoral degree. The deadline for nominations this year is October 02, 2003. No nominations will be accepted that arrive later than this date. Early nominations are encouraged and allow the candidate more time to prepare their application. Your letter of nomination should include the following information: Nominee's complete current mailing address, E-mail address, and telephone number; (Anticipated) Date of Ph.D.; Your recommendation and judgement of candidate's promise. This letter of nomination need not be lengthy, but should include all of the information requested above. To ensure that nominees receive correspondence, the nomination letter must provide accurate and complete mail, E-mail, and telephone contact information. In addition to the above items, the Executive Committee also finds it helpful in the nomination letter to have the candidate compared with others at a similar stage in their development. Suitable nominees will be invited to submit documentation supporting their nomination. Such materials will be accepted only following an invitation from the Institute. Additional letters of support will be requested from those other than the nominator. Direct applications are not accepted. Please note that persons already in positions on the Berkeley campus are not eligible for nomination or receipt of an award. Non-US citizens are eligible for nomination. However, awards are contingent upon eligibility for obtaining J-1 Scholar visa status. The Institute will provide an annual stipend at $50,000 and a research fund of $10,000 per annum. There is provision for travel to Berkeley for Miller Fellows and their immediate families and a maximum allowance of $3,000 for removal of personal belongings. The Miller Institute also provides medical and dental insurance. Fellowships are awarded for three years, generally beginning August 1, 2004 and ending July 31, 2007. Approximately eight to ten Fellowships are awarded each year. Candidates will be notified of the results of the competition in January 2004, and a general announcement of the awards will be made in the spring. General information about the Miller Fellowship Program is available at the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science website: Specific questions concerning this or any of our programs may be directed to: Kathryn Day at the Miller Institute office at (510) 642-4088 or by e-mail at:



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