Chemistry Department Newsletter for 2/08/2010

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XXXIV - No. 4 February 8th, 2010

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Mahesh Mahanthappa Wins Emil H. Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award
Please join us in congratulating our very own Professor Mahesh Mahanthappa on winning the Emil H. Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award! The Steiger Award is a very distinguished campus-level teaching award.  As you can imagine, this award is extremely competitive and we're delighted that Mahesh is this year's recipient. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 21 at 3:30 PM in the Pyle Center. Please join us in congratulating Mahesh in person or by email at mahesh@chem.wisc.edu, and please come and join us at the ceremony on April 21st!
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2009 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings
- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

February 16th, 2010 March 16th, 2010
April 20th, 2010 May 11th, 2010

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

February 9th, 2010 March 2nd, 2010
March 9th, 2010 April 6th, 2010
April 13th, 2010 May 4th, 2010

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephen Craig, Duke University. "Tension Can be a Good Thing:  Force-Induced Reactions and Their Consequences"
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christiane Alba-Simionesco, Head of Laboratoire L‚on Brillouin. "Are the Properties of Liquid Water Anomalous even when Confined at the Nanoscale?"
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Thursday, February 11th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth Tyson, Yoon Group.
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Thursday, February 11th 2010, Materials Science Seminar, 4 p.m., Room 265 MS&E Building. Francesco Stellacci, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT. "The Role of Supramolecular Structure in Nanoparticles-cell Interactions"
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Friday, February 12th, 2010 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Song Jin, UW-Madison Chemistry Department. "Dislocation-Driven Nanomaterials Growth: Nanowire Trees, Nanotubes, Helices, and Beyond"
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Friday, February 12th, 2010 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory, 660 N Park. Rachel Moss, PhD candidate. "Siderophore Sorption to and Dissolution of Smectite Clay Minerals"
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Friday, February 12th, 2010 - Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 2006 Rennebohm Hall. Andrew Vick, Ph. D., Seventh Wave Laboratories LLC. "Designing Biologic Drugs to Optimize Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics"
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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ephraim Woods III, Colgate University. "Sea Spray from a Molecular Point of View"
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Wednesday, February 17th,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bradford Ryland, Stahl Group.
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Thursday, February 18th, 2010 - Ferry Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Frank Bates, University of Minnesota. "Molecular Surfactants"
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Friday, February 18th, 2010 - Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 1116 Rennebohm Hall. Liming Zhang, Ph. D., Abbott Labs. "Solution-Mediated Phase transformation in Pharmaceutical Development"
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Friday, February 19th, 2010 - Ferry Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Frank Bates, University of Minnesota. "Tough Plastics by Molecular Design"
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Miller, Yale University. "Asymmetric Catalysis with Amino Acids and Peptides:  Structures and Functions"
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Horia Metiu, University of California Santa Barbara. "Locally Modified Oxide Catalysts"
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Wednesday, February 24th,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcetta Darensbourg, Texas A & M.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2010 - Pittcon Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yi Cui, Stanford University.
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Thursday, February 25th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Olga Dykhno, Yoon Group.
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Scott Denmark, University of Illinois-Urbana .
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Straub, Boston University. "Exploring the Earliest Stages of the Amyloid á Protein Aggregation Pathway"
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Wednesday, March 3rd,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeremy Smith, New Mexico State University.
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Thursday, March 4th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Weinstein - Stahl Group.
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Friday, March 5th, 2010 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ron Seely, Wisconsin State Journal Writer. "Science as Story: How I Get Neutrinos and Prions into the Headlines"
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Martin Burke, University of Illinois-Urbana.
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel T. Hess, University of Maine.
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Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Shawn Burdette, University of Connecticut.
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steve Buchwald, MIT.
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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy H. Warren, Georgetown University.
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Thursday, March 18th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ryan Weber - Mahanthappa Group.
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Friday, March 19th, 2010 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangtae Kim, Executive Director of the Morgridge Institute for Research. "Accelerating "Discovery to Delivery" at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery"
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Thursday, March 25th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul White, Stahl Group.
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George Schatz, Northwestern University. "Modeling Self-Assembly of Nanomaterials."
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - McElvain Seminar in Organic Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Kelly, Pfizer Corp.
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Wednesday, April 7th,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Aaron Sadow, Iowa State.
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Friday, April 9th, 2009 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luis Echegoyen, Director of the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation. "Interplay Between Cluster Nature and Exohedral Chemistry in Trimetallic Nitride Endohedral Fullerenes"
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Monday, April 12th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William G. Noid, Penn State University.
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giovanna Ghirlanda, Arizona State.
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Niels H. Damrauer, University of Colorado.
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Milstein, Weizmann Institute, Israel.
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yiying Wu, Ohio State University.
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Sorenson, Stahl Group.
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Monday, April 19th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dmitri Babikov, Marquette University. "Quantum Origin of Anomalous Isotope Effect in Ozone Formation"
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joan-Emma Shea, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher Vanderwal, University of California-Irvine.
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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Roberto De Guzman, The University of Kansas. "NMR Studies of Bacterial Nanoinjectors and Hantaviral Zinc Fingers"
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Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27th and 28th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel Danishefsky, Sloan Kettering, Columbia University.
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Susannah Scott, UC Santa Barbara.
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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 - McElvain Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Millard Alexander, University of Maryland. "Quantum Entanglement and Born-Oppenheimer Breakdown in Chemical Reactions"
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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Brunold, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Thursday, May 6th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peter Chen, Spelman College.
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Wednesday, May 12th,  2010 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tobin Marks, Northwestern University.
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Thursday, May 13th,  2010 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tobin Marks, Northwestern University.
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 - Lilly Young Investigator Lecture in Organic Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tobias Ritter, Harvard University.
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"Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist" Film Screening
As a part of Professional Development Week, the Graduate Student Collaborative invites graduate students, faculty, and staff for the screening of the fascinating one-hour documentary film, Naturally Obsessed: the Making of a Scientist! The screening will be held on Thursday, February 11 at the Biotechnology Center Auditorium, Room 1111. This powerful, funny and thoroughly engaging documentary is based on three years of filming graduate students and their mentor in a molecular biology lab at Columbia University Medical Center. In the particulars of this lab, the viewer finds the general experience of graduate research education. The film begins at 5:00, and will be followed by a reception at 6:00 where you can discuss the film with colleagues. Food and drinks will be provided during the reception. Registration is appreciated: www.grad.wisc.edu/gsc/registration . For more about the film, visit www.naturallyobsessed.com.
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2010 Reaxys PhD Prize
We are happy to announce the launch of the 2010 Reaxys PhD Prize for excellence in organic, inorganic and organometallic chemistry research by a student currently studying for a PhD. For further information please contact reaxysprize@reedelsevier.ch. The Reaxys PhD Prize will be awarded for original and innovative research in organic, organometallic and inorganic chemistry, which demonstrates excellence in methodology and approach by a candidate currently studying for a PhD or having completed a PhD within the last 12 months. There will be 3 prizes, and these will be presented at a Winners' Symposium held at the EuCheMS meeting in Nuremberg, Germany at the end of August.  Submissions will be reviewed / judged by panel of experts, winners will be announced by the beginning of June. All submissions will be received online. The closing date for submission is Feb 28.  All submissions must be made via http://prize.reaxys.com. Students are required to submit a letter of recommendation from their PhD Supervisor, a C.V. and a representative peer-reviewed publication. There are 3 regional coordinators, all from the Reaxys Advisory Board, Dr. P. Kocis (former Global Head Exploratory Chemistry, AstraZeneca, Waltham, MA, USA), Prof H. Kunz (University of Mainz, Germany), Prof H. Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China).  Each coordinator has identified a small review board in order to assist them in the process.  Submissions will be reviewed based upon: originality; innovation; importance to the field; applicability; rigor of approach; publication quality (clarity of thought, structure of paper). 3 prizes will be awarded.  The 3 winners will each receive a plaque, $2000 cash, and a personal subscription to Reaxys.  The other finalists will each receive a certificate and a personal subscription to Reaxys.  The winners and finalists will also receive a travel bursary up to $1000 to attend the Winners' Symposium. The Winners' Symposium will be held as a main symposium at the EuCheMS meeting, Nuremberg Aug 29 … Sept 1 2010.  The 3 winners will receive their awards and are expected to present oral papers, and the remaining finalists poster presentations.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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