Volume 18, Number 14
Friday, August 15, 2002
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GEORGE H. BÜCHI/PFIZER
Professor Stephen J. Lippard and the Department of Chemistry, MIT Department of Facilities, and The Association of Alumni and Alumnae of MIT will host an afternoon celebration/dedication of Building 18 phase 1 laboratories and the completion of the renovated laboratory space in the main group buildings, namely, Buildings 2, 4 and 6.
Laboratory tours of renovations in Buildings 2, 4, 6, and 18 will commence at 2 PM. Dedication of the George H. Büchi/Pfizer Laboratories of Synthetic Organic Chemistry will be held at 3:30 PM. Activities will commence in Eastman Court.
At 4:00 PM in Room 10-250, Professor Dietmar Seyferth will deliver a presentation "Historical Highlights of MIT Chemistry", a retrospective of the departments milestones, people, and achievements.
The Annual Summer Picnic, sponsored by the chemistry Graduate Student council, will follow the reception at 5:00 PM.
CONGRATULATIONS: Dr. Alan Heyduk who has been awarded the fifth annual Davison Prize for the best thesis submitted in Inorganic Chemistry in a given year, July 1, 2001 June 30, 2002.
Coming to Boston in conjunction with the 224th ACS National Meeting - "How to Develop, Validate and Troubleshoot Capillary GC and HPLC Methods". Friday-Saturday, August 16-17, 2002. More information and registration forms can be obtained from Liz McGrath in the Chemistry Headquarters office.
Tuesday, September 12, 2002
Room 6-120 at 4:00 p.m.
Ian Paterson, University of Cambridge
"Towards the Practical Synthesis of Rare Anticancer Agents from Marine Sponges"
Monday, September 16, 2002
Special Organic Seminar
Room 6-120 at 4:00 p.m.
Mitsuru Shindo, Tokushima University
Wednesday, September 18, 2002
Harvard/MIT Inorganic chemistry Seminar Series at MIT
Room 6-120 at 4:00 p.m.
Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester
This year recruiting is being done for the first time through a new website located at http://web.mit.edu/chemistry/www/industrialrecruiting/. If you have further questions about recruiting, please contact Laura Howe in Chemistry Headquarters, email: email@example.com.
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.
Construction of the phase 2 labs is nearing the halfway mark, work the mechanical shaft and on the rooftop penthouse is also underway. The phase 2 labs are expected to be ready for commissioning of the mechanical systems by early November 2002. Completion of the third and final phase is currently projected to be July 1, 2003. The construction of the new faculty offices, Chemistry Headquarters and restrooms is scheduled for completion by September 30, 2002.
CENTER FOR CANCER RESEARCH: The MIT Center for Cancer Research administers three sources of graduate student support, each with an emphasis on students working in the broad area of cancer research. (1) Part of the David Koch Fund supports graduate students working in cancer research.
(2) The Anna Fuller Fund of New Haven Connecticut has established a program of support for graduate students working in the field of Molecular Oncology to complement the existing Anna Fuller program of postdoctoral support at MIT. (3) The Ludwig Research Fund has expanded its support at MIT to include graduate fellowships in this area. Applications are sought for the AY 2002/2003. Applications for support either by either the Koch, Anna Fuller, or Ludwig fellowships will be considered together. Applications are limited to one per laboratory. Preference will be given to students in the later years of their Ph.D. research. Application details can be obtained from Chemistry Headquarters.
2003 BURROUGHS WELCOME FUND CAREER AWARDS: These awards are intended to foster the development of biomedical researchers early in their careers and to help them make the critical transition to becoming independent investigators. Researchers may be working in any of the basic biomedical sciences. At least 80% of each career awardee's time must be devoted to research-related activities. The awards will provide $500,000 over 5 years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first 3 years of faculty service. Candidates must have completed at least 12 months, but not more than 48 months, of postdoctoral training by the October 1 application deadline. Researchers who hold a faculty appointment as an assistant professor or the equivalent, or who know they will receive such an appointment WITHIN A YEAR of the application deadline, are not eligible. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada. For 2003, it is anticipated that at least 17 awards will be made. Institutions may nominate up to 6 candidates (possibly more, if at least one is in the reproductive sciences or a member of an underrepresented minority group). Please note that these awards will not incur underrecovery. Nominations should be submitted to Dean Silbey by Wednesday, August 7, 2002. He will prioritize the nominations and forward the nominations to the VP for Research office. Please include a CV and a recommendation letter for the candidate of one to three pages in length. Final application forms should be obtained and filled out on-line. A copy of the nomination must be reviewed by OSP before it can be submitted. (BWF's website is www.bwfund.org). Completed applications are due at BWF by 4 p.m. on October 1, 2002. If further information is required, please contact Christine Mleynek at 3-9696.
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.
Macintosh File sharing: If you and your group shares files between apple Computers over the network via Appleshare, There is a faster way of doing it. By using the IP address to connect to a computer, less traffic will be on the network.
To enable this type of connection from the computer that is acting as server, in the File Sharing Control Panel click on the box for "Enable File Sharing clients to connect over TCP/IP". To connect to a computer this way, in the chooser, select appleshare, then click on "Server IP Address..." A pop-up window appears, then type in the IP address of the computer to which you wish to connect. The log in window will be the same and all other operations perform the same, but you will be saving on network traffic. You can make an alias to the connected computer, (Command-M) to save the steps of entering the IP address in the future.
A tip for PC/Windows Users: be sure you do not have the NETbeui or the IPX protocols active on your windows machines. This causes unneeded network traffic.
If you have any questions please feel free to call Gigi Lirot at
Detailed information on all positions on file in Chemistry Headquarters
* University of California, San Diego: invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions in Organic Chemistry at the Assistant Professor level.
* University of Utah: invites applications for three tenured or tenure-track positions in the general areas of Analytical, Organic, and Physical Chemistry.
* Stanford University : invites applications for two open rank appointments in the general areas of Organic Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry.
* Dartmouth College: invites applications for a faculty position at the Assistant or Associate professor level in Bio-organic chemistry starting July of 2003.
* The University of Iowa: invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Physical Chemistry.
* UMass Boston: invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level in biochemistry and a tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level in physical/analytical chemistry.
* The University of California, Riverside: invites applications for an open rank faculty position in Analytical Chemistry.
* Brandeis University: invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. Those with interests in organometallic, bioorganic, materials, and synthetic chemistry are urged to apply.
Information on all positions is on file in Chemistry Headquarter
* University of Kansas: Dr. Joseph A. Heppert, Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Science Education is seeking postdoctoral candidates to pursue research in organometallic carbide complexes and olefin methathesis chemistry. Responsibilities include performing experiments in the chemical laboratory, keeping a documented record or research results, maintaining safe laboratory practices, assisting in documenting research results and assisting in the direction of graduate and undergraduate co-workers. Teach or assist the instructor in up to two chemistry courses per year. These responsibilities may include developing teaching materials, presenting lectures, meeting with students in small group tutorials, supervising laboratories, assigning grades for courses or assisting in grading, devising demonstrations, meeting discussion sections and maintaining office hours.
* Stanford University: The Structural Molecular Biology (SMB) group at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL), Stanford University, is seeking a Ph.D. staff scientist with research interest and experience in macromolecular crystallography. She/he will develop a research program aimed at innovative and novel approaches to structural biology, with emphasis on experimental and computational methods used in structure determination and analysis. She/he will also participate in the development and improvement of the SSRL beam lines for macromolecular crystallography, including the implementation of new experimental techniques, instrumentation, and software for data collection and structure determination. The successful candidate will work as a member of the SMB team, whose focus is to support scientific user groups at all stages of their synchrotron experiments. She/he will be supported by a strong SMB group that has extensive experience in the use of macromolecular crystallographic methods, the development of advanced data collection environments, the design of beam line software and hardware and the management of state-of-the-art computer hardware systems. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in structural biology or a related field. A strong background in macromolecular crystallography is required. She/he must have competence and experience in structure determination using modern phasing methods. Extensive experience with synchrotron radiation or experimental equipment is highly desirable.
* University of Illinois at Chicago:A postdoctoral research position in surface science is currently available in Professor M. Trenarys group. The project concerns characterization of surface intermediates with reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS). See http://www.chem.uic.edu/mtrenary/.
* National University of Singapore:Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the area of multilayer MEMs for molecular recognition and biosensors. The postdoctoral fellow will be working on MEMs fabrication, synthesis, recognition and detection of chemical and biological species, and biomolecules by multiplayer MEMs, which requires a sound background in materials chemistry, synthetic chemistry and biological sciences. Any previous research experiences with wafer technology and microfabrication will be an advantage.
Information on all positions is on file in Chemistry Headquarter
* Associate Director of Chemistry: A local recruiting company is searching for an Associate Director of Chemistry to work within the drug discovery area. Will be responsible for design of novel compounds and/or compound libraries appropriate to the project(s) under investigation, and close collaboration with scientists from other disciplines including biochemistry, cell biology, and pharmacology. The individual will be expected to play a major role in determining the overall direction of discovery chemistry efforts within multiple projects. Independent hands-on synthesis, purification and characterization of compounds using modern techniques are expected. The individual will be responsible for organizing and presenting data to internal multi-disciplinary project teams. Duties will include management of a team of chemists comprising research associates and scientists. A demonstrated record of success in the chemistry aspects of drug discovery, and a willingness to work in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment is critical. Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry required, preferably with postdoctoral experience. Nominally 4-8 years in the pharmaceutical industry and a strong track record of independent research as indicated by recent presentations at scientific meetings and/or peer reviewed publications.
* Senior/Principal Scientist, Molecular Biology: A local recruiting company is searching for a Senior/Principal Scientist, Molecular biology. The successful candidate will be responsible for identifying biologically active peptides for development into pharmaceuticals. You will manage a small group of technical staff performing molecular target oriented peptide discovery using phage display and related technologies. Active ligands will be "matured" using mutagenesis libraries and selection of molecules with more drug-like properties. You will possess extensive knowledge of biology and how it relates to disease. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the identification of new disease-related targets and ligands, and their introduction into the therapeutic discovery pipeline. Specific qualifications include:
- Ph.D in Molecular and Cellular Biology (or related field).
- 7+ years Postdoctoral research experience, preferably in Biotech or Pharmaceutical industry.
- Proven track record in therapeutic discovery (Development experience a plus).
- Experienced in phage display and/or related peptide/protein display and mutagenesis techniques.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Self-motivated, creative, high achiever able to work in a cross discipline, team oriented environment.
- History of successful management of technical staff.
Additional requirements include: Experience with protein expression and purification, configuration of biochemical and cell-based assays and mathematical data analysis
* Research Technician, The Childrens Hospital, Harvard Medical School: seeking a highly motivated individual with an undergraduate science degree and an interest in medical research. The laboratory studies the role of transcription factors in mouse models of childhood leukemia and stem cell biology.
* An Atlanta based recruiter has the following position:
- Chief Technology Office/Vice President of Research and Development for chemical manufacturing company headquartered in Korea.
* A San Diego recruiter has the following positions:
- Senior Clinical Research Associate Westminster, CO.
- Field Service Engineer New York (Immunodiagnostics)
- Associate Director of Clinical Operations Massachusetts (Therapeutics)
ONE BEDROOM FURNISHED APARTMENT IN CAMBRIDGE
SUNNY, BRIGHT, QUIET, SAFE in good RESIDENTIAL neighborhood. Walk to Harvard /MIT and to public transportation to Boston. Living room with wall-to-wall/floor-to-ceiling windows. Large terrace overlooking trees. Ready to move in: FULLY & NICELY FURNISHED: linen, dishes, TV, VCR, microwave, laundry, air-conditioning, etc.. Ideal for ONE responsible, neat, mature, nonsmoking visiting scholar/professional. Available: September 1, 2002 for one year $1,350/ month including heat and hot water. (More info on file in Chemistry Headquarters).
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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.
Get Organized! Call Ed Udas at 253-4505 or stop by room 4-065 if students, faculty, or staff need help in organizing their MIT space.
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