The Weekly Newsletter of the MIT Chemistry Department
Volume 14, Number 2
January 16, 1998
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Thursday, January 22, 1998
4:00 p.m. in Room 6-120
Refreshments @ 3:30 p.m. in 18-490
Seminar in Organic Chemistry
Professor Bruce M. Novak
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
"Building Chiral Architectures Using Organometallic
Friday, January 23, 1998
4:00 p.m. in Room 2-105
Refreshments @ 3:30 p.m. in 6-331
Seminar in Physical Chemistry
Dr. Robert Dickson
University of California at San Diego
"Single Molecule Motion and Optical Switching"
Monday, January 26, 1998
4:00 p.m. in Room 2-190
Refreshments @ 3:30 p.m. in 6-233
Seminar in Physical Chemistry
Dr. Christopher Dellago
University of California at Berkeley
"Transition Path Sampling and the Calculation of Rate
Wednesday, January 28, 1998
4:00 p.m. in Room 6-120
Refreshments @ 3:30 p.m. outside 6-120
Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry
MIT, Cummins Group
"Cleavage and Functionalization of Diatomic Molecules:
Chemistry at a Reducing Molybdenum Center"
Third Annual MIT/Bruker Symposium to be Held January 31,
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the third annual
MIT/Bruker (formerly Siemens) Symposium on Crystallographic Chemical
Analysis to be held on Saturday, January 31, 1997 beginning at 8:45
a.m. in Room 6-120. Topics that will be discussed are crystal growth,
problem structures and strategies for the resolution of twinning
problems. A free catered lunch will be available and there will be a
$500 prize for the best poster!! You are encouraged to pre-register
by e-mail to Dr. Bill Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Linda K. Earle
at email@example.com (and must do so in order to attend the lunch)
otherwise you may register Saturday morning. The aforementioned
e-mail addresses may be used to enter poster competition.
The Third Annual Bruker/MIT Symposium on
Crystallographic Chemical Analysis
Coffee and Registration outside of 6-120
Opening remarks and welcome by Professor Stephen J.
Dr. Sue Byram and Dr. Frank Laukien (Bruker Analytical
Dr. Charles Campana (Bruker)
Dr. Richard Staples, "Getting Crystals Your
Crystallographer Will Treasure"
Lunch and poster session in the Norris Room (18-490)
Dr. Arnold Rheingold (University of Delaware),
"Superlattices, Pseudoracemates and Exorcising UFM's"
Dr. Victor Young (University of Minnesota), "Facing
Your Evil Twin"
Dr. Jed Parkin (Columbia University)
Wrap up and Winner of Poster Session Announced!
Corning Foundation Invites Graduate Students to
Participate in Fellowship Program!
The Corning Foundation has invited the Department to again
participate in the Foundation's Science Fellowship Program. For the
1998-99 academic year, Corning is offering up to $25,000 in support
of a pre-doctoral fellowship in chemistry. Applications must include
a one-page description of your research activities, including
biographical information, academic record, a curriculum vitae, and a
statement of support from your Ph.D. advisor. You must be involved in
research that directly relates to one of the following technologies
listed below. The department Graduate Committee will review the
applications and choose a candidate. Please submit all applications
to Professor Dietmar Seyferth, Room 4-382A by February 6th, 1998.
Glass and glass ceramics: Glass and glass-ceramic
compositions; glass melting and forming; and semi-conductor device
Optics and photonics: Optical physics; materials and
design; guided optics; components and associated process research.
Cellular ceramics: Cellular ceramic composition and
extrusion processes and ceramic materials.
Polymers: Polymer formation and processing in support of
new products and existing product extensions.
Surfaces and thin films: Thick and thin films; surfaces and
interfacial chemistry; with supporting materials research.
Machine research: Concept engineering for the development
of high precision machines.
Characterization sciences: New analytical processes and
advanced characterization of chemical, physical, optical, structural
and morphological properties.
Process modeling and measurement: Mathematical, physical,
chemical and molecular modeling research.
Graduate Research Symposium in
Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry
Friday, January 30, 1998
1:00 PM, Room 66-110
Alpha-Synuclein: A Protein Implicated in Alzheimer's and
Studies Directed Toward the Total Synthesis of
Applications of the Palladium-CatalyzedCoupling of Amines
with Aryl Halides
* * * * Refreshments * * * *
Zr Bisamide Complexes: Novel Ziegler-Natta Polymerization
Planar-Chiral pi Complexes of Heterocycles with
Transition Metals and Their Use in Asymmetric Catalysis
Metal-Catalyzed Aryl Carbon-Nitrogen Bond Formation
Glass Blowing Services Available
Bob DiGiacomo will be coming in on Wednesdays or Thursdays to pick
up any glass blowing work that you may have available. Please bring
any work to room 6-031 or call Ed Udas or John Annese at 3-4505. Bob
will do the work on a first-come, first-served basis
- Postdoctoral Research Associate position available for
conducting experimental studies of the structures of the various
interfaces between a liquid metal (or alloy) and another medium
(vapor, wall, solution) using a variety of x-ray based methods,
e.g., grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, x-ray reflectivity,
anomalous diffraction and reflectivity, etc. This position is
available for immediate appointment. Interested individuals should
contact: Prof. Stuart A. Rice- James Franck Institute- The
University of Chicago-Chicago, IL 60637 TEL: 773 702 7199-FAX: 773
702 5863 e-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
- A Postdoctoral Research Assistantship is available at
Sussex University for work in collaboration with Prof. A.J. Stace
on gas phase studies of the magnetic and electronic properties of
small metallic clusters. This position is available immediately
and is funded for two years through the Advanced Magnetic
Initiative of EPSRC. Applicants should have a background in either
Chemical Physics or Physics and have some experience of vacuum
techniques, molecular beam methods, or low temperature techniques.
Applicants should send a CV and the names of two referees to Prof.
A.J. Stace, School of Chemistry, Physics and Environmental
Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QJ, U.K.
Further details can be obtained by contacting
- Post-Doctoral Position in Laser Spectroscopy of Organic
Molecules I am looking for a post-doc interested in doing one-
and two-color REMPI, as well as some vuv PFI/ZEKE, studies on
organic molecules such as cyclic ketones, ethers, etc. as well as
straight chain saturated molecules. The object is to determine
conformations of floppy molecules cooled to a few degrees Kelvin.
One of the unique features of our experiment is a variable
temperature pulsed valve which permits us to vary the equilibrium
concentrations of the various conformations (axial-equatorial or
ethyl rotor orientations) prior to valve expansion. A recent
feature article in the J. Phys.Chem. [101: 8970-8 (1997)] gives
some background information about this project. The successful
candidate should have experience with pulsed lasers, 2-color
experiments, and/or vuv laser generation. Two letters of
recommendation and a resume should be sent to Prof. Tomas Baer.
Starting time is anytime after April 1, 1998.Tomas Baer, Kenan
Professor of Chemistry 919 962 2388 (FAX) Chemistry Department
-Baer@unc.edu-University of North Carolina
http://net.chem.unc.edu/faculty/tb/cftb01.html -Chapel Hill, NC
- High School Teacher need immediately to fill unexpected
vacancy, in the city of Groton, MA for the remainder of the
academic year, for two sections of introductory chemistry (11th
grade) and 2 sections of AP chemistry. Send cv and references to:
Stephen Belsky, Groton School, PO Box 991, Groton, MA 01450, (978)
448-7558 work, (978) 448-8369 Home, and (978) 448-7230 fax and
Please note, unless otherwise specified, most faculty positions
require a resume, short description of research plans and arranging
for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the
specific university or college.
- Southern University and A & M college Baton Rouge,
Louisiana Southern University-Baton Rouge seeks nominations
and/or applications from energetic , highly motivated and
team-oriented individuals who are committed to excellence in
teaching, research and service. Responsibilities will include
teaching, establishing a strong program of research and refereed
publications, professional development, student advising and
mentoring in a new Ph.D. degree program in Science/Mathematics
Education and providing service to the University and its
community. The Positions: Four positions at the rank of Assistant,
Associate or Professor (with joint appointments between the
Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Science/Mathematics
academic programs) are expected to be filled to support a new
Ph.D. program in Science/Mathematics education. One of these
positions is that of Program Director with additional
administrative and coordination duties as well as the leadership
of the program. For each of these positions, an earned Ph.D.
degree is required in either Science Education, Mathematics
Education or in a Science/Mathematics discipline with a strong
research record in education. Preference will be given to
candidates of scholarly accomplishments (funded research and
refereed publications); working knowledge of national curricula
standards, application of technology in education and
instructional design; and experience in teaching graduate level
courses and directing doctoral dissertations. Salaries and rank
will be commensurate with experience. Applications will be
reviewed beginning February 2, 1998 and will continue until all
positions are filled. Anticipated starting date is June 1,1998.
Interested faculty are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by
submitting a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names,
addresses and telephone numbers of three references to: Dr. Ali R.
Fazely, Chair, Search Committee for the Director and Faculty of
Ph.D. in Science/Mathematics Education, Department of Physics,
Southern University and A & M College, Baton Rouge, LA 70813
- Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas: Seeks full
professors for faculty in any area of chemistry. Must have
demonstrated international recognized distinction in research; a
list of current and pending research support, the names of three
references from whom letters of reference have been requested; and
a list of start-up funds. Send to: Professor Peter M.A. Sherwood,
Chair Full Professor Search Committee, Dept. of Chemistry, Kansas
State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-3701. Tel.
(785)532-6665; fax: (785) 532-6666. Also email at
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