Volume 18, Number 11
Friday, June 7, 2002
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Tuesday, June 18, 2002
Seminar in Organic Chemistry
Room 6-120 at 4:00 p.m.
Motomu Kanai, University of Tokyo
"Recent Progress in Lewis Acid-Lewis Base Bifunctional Asymmetric Catalysis"
Congratulations to Dr. Eli Barkai, postdoc in the Silbey Group, who has recently accepted an offer from Notre Dame University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry.
Graduate Students interested in joining the Chemistry Department Chemical Hygiene and Safety Committee are invited to submit their names to Ms. Elouise Evee at email@example.com. Members of the Committee participate in inspections of department laboratories (approximately one inspection per month) and attend meetings (ca. 2 per year) to discuss and formulate Chemistry Department safety policy. No prior experience in safety-related matters is necessary.
As a result of the recent EPA/MIT "Consent Decree", major changes will be instituted at MIT over the next year with regard to how safety training is conducted, who does inspections and formulates rules, how we order chemicals, etc. Grad student input is urgently needed as our department committee responds to proposed changes.
The CHEMISTRY R.E.F.S. (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) are available to discuss your concerns. We are a group of seven chemistry graduate students trained and certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as mediators, and we specialize in conflict resolution. We are available to chemistry graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty/staff for discussion. Whether the concern is small or large, personal or interpersonal, REFS can be of service. We present a forum for listening to concerns and helping people determine how best to handle their situation. This process can lead to a better understanding of the core issues, and bring to light novel and attractive options for easing tension. All REFS were trained through MEDIATION@MIT in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, c. 233, sec. 23C. All interaction with the Chemistry REFS program is confidential and voluntary. Please visit our website at http://web.mit.edu/~drignat/www/mediation.html for a comprehensive description of the program and REFS contact information.
If you are experiencing problems with network access when on the Chemistry Department network, please contact Gigi Lirot at x3-4508. Gigi's office has recently moved to 18-054. Outside this office is a white board where you can also leave messages. If there is a known network problem, its status will be on the outgoing voice mail at the aforementioned number.
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MORSE TRAVEL GRANTS
The Chemistry Department has recently received a grant from the Morse family to help support the travel of several graduate students to attend and present a paper at a National conference or meeting.
Anyone interested in applying should send a brief letter to Professor Stephen J. Lippard, Head of the Department of Chemistry, indicating which conference or meeting he/she would like to attend and the topic of his/her presentation. An accompanying endorsement letter from the faculty advisor is also required. A budget must be submitted that lists the total costs, assuming that the Morse travel grant contributes $1,000 towards the total. Support from another travel grant source, fellowships, trainee program, the faculty sponsor, and/or personal funds should be identified to indicate how the total amount required to attend the meeting/conference will be met.
Requests for calendar year 2002 are now being considered.
The Imperiali, Lippard, Fu, Buchwald, Danheiser, Seeberger, Swager and Bawendi groups have moved into the new Phase 1 (Shaft # 1) laboratories and desk areas. The next major milestone in the project will be reached with the expected shutdown of mechanical Shaft # 2 on June 11. Completion of the third and final phase is currently projected to be July 1, 2003.
SOUTH END OFFICES
Installation of the new south windows is nearly complete. Construction of the new faculty offices and Chemistry Headquarters is underway. This area is scheduled for completion Fall 2002. Plastic barriers have been erected at the elevator lobby to control dust and provide a physical barrier to the construction area. The space beyond these areas is off limits to all except construction personnel.
Detailed information on all positions on file in Chemistry Headquarters
* Utah State University: invites applications for two R. Gaurth Hansen Assistant Professorship positions in Biochemistry in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.
Information on all positions is on file in Chemistry Headquarter
* University of Toronto: A postdoctoral position is available in the research group of Professor Robert H. Morris. The research involves organometallic synthesis and asymmetric catalysis (see for example J.Am.Chem.Soc. 2001, 123, 7473-7474). Candidates should have excellent synthetic chemistry skills with knowledge of synthesis under an inert atmosphere. The initial appointment will be for one year but is renewable.
* University of Notre Dame: A postdoctoral position is available in Eli Barkai's group at the University of Notre Dame starting September 1, 2002. The position will be in the area of: Quantum Monte Carlo Approach in Single Molecule Spectroscopy. This project involves a combination of analytical and computational methods. Topics concerning photon counting statistics from single molecule sources and single photon control will be considered. For further information on this research see: http://www.science.nd.edu/chemistry/faculty/barkai/.
* Rice University: A postdoctoral position is available in the research group of Professor Kenton H. Whitmire to commence July 1, 2002. The position requires excellent skills in the handling of air sensitive materials (Schlenk and vacuum line techniques) as well as in the synthesis and characterization of inorganic and organometallic compounds. The project involves catalysis and materials applications of heteronuclear metal clusters. A good knowledge of infrared spectroscopy, multinuclear nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, x-ray diffraction, UV-visible spectroscopy plus other standard analytical characterization methods is essential to the success of this work. The candidate should demonstrate good oral and written communication skills. Details of the research program may be found at http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~whitmir.
Information on all positions is on file in Chemistry Headquarter
*The next National ACS Meeting will be held in Boston, August 18-22. See PDF for employment opportunities.
* Boston University School of Medicine: is presently seeks to recruit a research assistant in the Center for HIV/AIDS Care and Research. B.A., B.S. or more advanced degree required.
* Kansas State University: is conducting a search for a Departmental NMT Spectroscopist. The Department has Varian 400 and 200 MHz NMR spectrometers and a Tecmag 300 MHz solid state NMR spectrometer.
* A San Diego recruiter has the following positions available:
- Biostatistician - New York
* SciGenium. Cambridge, MA: is searching to fill the following positions in the Boston area:
- Bio-Materials Chemist
- Protein Chemist
- Director - CMC Development
G MIT ALUMNI NEWS
Ted T. Ashburn, MD, Ph.D. (1995)
Working for a life science focused venture capital firm in Boston called Oxford Bioscience Partners (www.oxbio.com). Finished his MD at Harvard in 1999 then spent 2.5 years at Pfizer (New London, CT) in a strategic planning and business development group in their R&D headquarters. He is getting married on Sept. 14, 2002.
Ned M. Weinshenker, Ph.D. (1969)
President & CEO of two companies:
MantiCore Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
On Board of directors of two companies:
Altea Development, Atlanta GA
CyDex, Inc, Kansas City, KS
On Board of scientific Advisors of ALEXZA MDC, Palo Alto CA
Living in SLC, Utah
Glass Blowing Services: 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 4-064 or call Ed Udas at 3-4505. Bob will do the work on a first-come, first-served basis.
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