Chemistry Department Newsletter 5/10/2010

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XXXIV ‑ No. 22 May 10th, 2010

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Eric Strieter Named a Shaw Scientist

Please join us in congratulating Assistant Professor Eric Strieter on being named a Shaw Scientist! The Shaw Scientist Awards are made by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Dorothy Shaw, widow of prominent Milwaukee attorney James D. Shaw, endowed the  fund and directed that the fund be used to advance research in biochemistry, biological science and cancer research at UW‑Madison and UW‑Milwaukee. The awards are intended to help young scientists at the start of their careers and consist of an unrestricted research grant. Please join us in congratulating Eric!!  His e‑mail is: strieter@chem.wisc.edu.

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 ‑ Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William Stockwell, Howard University Department of Chemistry; Howard University Program in Atmospheric Science (HUPAS) and NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). "Atmospheric Chemistry Research at Howard University:  Science, Students and Opportunities"

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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, 12:30 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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September 14th, 2010 ‑ Kramer Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Engineering Hall. Professor Yet‑Ming Chiang (MIT). "Advanced Inorganic Materials for Batteries"

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Save The Date! November 5, 2010
This year, to celebrate twenty years of the L&S Teaching Fellows Program, the College of Letters and Science is hosting a graduate student professional development event featuring alumni of the program. In November, a number of these Teaching Fellows will return to campus to share their experiences with job searches, career development, and the melding of professional and personal worlds after graduate school. They'll also reflect on the experiences at UW‑Madison and elsewhere that best served them on their professional journeys.  The speakers have gone on to varied careers in academia, private industry and elsewhere, and will be able to offer useful perspectives on your questions and concerns, whatever your future career plans. More information will follow as the date approaches, but if you have questions about life after graduate school, please mark your calendar and plan to join us November 5 at the Pyle Center.  For more information, contact Brian Bubenzer of the L&S TA Resource Center (bubenzer@ls.admin.wisc.edu, 5‑0603).

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Keck Foundation Sciences & Engineering and Medical Research Grant Program
Nominations are due at your Associate Dean for Research Office on Friday, May 28; Applications are due to Graduate School from the Dean's Office on Friday, June 11.

Project Description: The W.M. Keck Foundation's Science and Engineering Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting high‑risk/high‑impact projects that are distinctive and novel in their approach to intractable problems, push the edge of their field, or question the prevailing paradigm. It encourages projects that are high‑risk with the potential for transformative impact. "High‑risk" comprises a number of factors, including questions that push the edge of the field, present unconventional approaches to intractable problems, or challenge the prevailing paradigm. "Transformative" may mean creation of a new field of research, development of new instrumentation enabling observations not previously possible, or discovery of knowledge that challenges prevailing perspectives. Past grants have been awarded to support pioneering science and engineering research and the development of promising new technologies, and to facilitate the purchase of advanced instruments where such instruments would further research ideas. Budgets should be between $500,000 and $5 million with a duration of one‑five years.

Eligibility: The number of proposals UW‑Madison may submit is limited to one. NOTE: Keck Foundation proposals requires a substantial amount of institutional commitment (in dollars) from UW‑Madison. For this reason, interested faculty or academic staff are encouraged to contact the Associate Dean for Research in their school/college prior to beginning work on a proposal (see listing on cover page).Website:  http://www.wmkeck.org/programs/science.html. This contains additional information on theprogram and specific application instructions, etc.

Internal Competition Application Instructions: send your paper application for the internal competition to your School/College Associate Dean for Research by Friday, May 28, 2010. Your application for the internal competition should include the following information: Cover page with PI signature. Downloadable as a MSWord file; 1‑2 page description of the proposed project; 2‑3 sentences on your plans for meeting the institutiona commitment. Your School/College Associate Dean for Research will complete a review process and forward one or two proposals to the Graduate School by Friday, June 11. Proposals to the Keck Foundation are sent through the UW Foundation. The PI of the proposal selected to go forward will work with the UW Foundation on submission.

If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Heather Daniels (608) 263‑7274 or Petra Schroeder (608) 265‑4868.

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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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