Chemistry Newsletter - 01/02/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 1 January 2nd, 2007

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

 

2/13/2007

 

3/13/2007

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

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

 

1/23/2007

2/06/2007

2/20/2007

3/06/2007

3/20/2007

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/15/2007

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kevin W. Plaxco, University of California Santa Barbara. “Better Living Through Biosensors”

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arun Yethiraj, UW-Madison Chemistry Department. “Matrix: Dynamics of Fluid in Disordered Materials”

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Garegin A. Papoian, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Exploring Protein Energy Landscapes with Free Energy Techniques”

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Norbert F. Scherer, University of Chicago.

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ann Valentine, Yale University.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Todd J. Martinez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Learning Design Rules for Light-Driven Molecular Devices from First Principles Dynamics”

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Buhro, Yale University.

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Monday, February 26th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Koichi Komatsu, Kyoto University.

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Feigenson, Cornell University. “Phase Behavior of Complex Lipid Bilayer Mixtures: An Interesting State of Matter--but Should Cell Biologists Care?”

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Bowman, Emory University. “Ab initio-based Potential Energy Surfaces and Dynamics Using Them”

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Kost, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

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Friday, March 9th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Michael Westrick, Sterling Vineyards. “Commercial Winemaking, Home Winemaking and Careers in the Wine Business”

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Green, Penn State University.

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Emily A. Carter, Princeton University. “What to do when Density Functional Theory Fails? Beyond DFT to Improved Descriptions of Materials Behavior”

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Monday, March 21st, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Albena Ivanisevic, Purdue University.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Warren Piers, University of Calgary, Canada.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Cynthia M. Friend, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Angeles Paz, Colonia San Pedro Zacatenco, Mexico.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Ritchie, Purdue University.

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alan Goldman, Rutgers University.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, University of California, Irvine. “Reactions at Interfaces in the Atmosphere and Why We Should Care”

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - Second Annual Shain Colloquium Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dan Nocera, MIT. “The Energy Future of our Planet: Chemistry to the Rescue”

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur G. Suits, Wayne State University. “Lost in Configuration Space: Probing Novel Reaction Mechanisms with High-Resolution Imaging”

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phillip Geissler, University of California, Berkeley.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justine Roth, Johns Hopkins University.

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Friday, May 4th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: An Effective Program for Building Diversity in the Sciences”

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts University.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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Proctor & Gamble invites applications from grad students and postdocs, particularly who are African American, Hispanic, or Native American, for participation in a technology management conference. For further info see: http://www.pg.com/rtci. Applications are due in "mid-February".

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The ACS Women Chemists Committee for travel awards for the period July-Dec 2007. Applications are due Feb 15. The Eli Lilly & Company is sponsoring a program to provide funding for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral women chemists to travel to scientific meetings in 2007 to present the results of their research. Grants may be applied only for registration, travel, and accommodations, and are restricted to travel to meetings within the United States. Grant funds are limited, but there are some funds set aside for undergraduates. Only U. S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Applications should be limited to one per research group. Awards will be given with preference to the following order: (1) any applicant who will be making her first presentation (regardless of format) at a national or major meeting, (2) graduate or postdoctoral applicants who have not presented at a national or major meeting since leaving undergraduate school. Women who have received a prior award under this program are ineligible. The deadline date for receipt of applications is February 15, 2007 for meetings between July 1 and December 31, 2007. A completed official application form that you must download from http://membership.acs.org/W/WCC/travap00.pdf . The application form is also available from the WCC Staff Liaison at the American Chemical Society at: http://wcc@acs.org. Complete details and forms are available in room 1146 Chemistry Building.

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A call for applications from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the RISE program. Please go to the website listed for further info. Http://www.daad.de/RISE-pro. Application deadlines for undergrads and grad students, respectively, are Jan. 31 and Jan. 10.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Foster-Miller, Inc. Project Scientist - Functional Materials. Materials Technology Group. The individual will be the technical lead responsible for applied research in catalytic degradation and adsorption chemistry for applications such as materials for remediation and decontamination/protection against toxic chemicals and biological agents. The candidate will be an integral part of a team developing materials for personal and collective protection. The candidate will use his/her understanding of chemical catalysis to engineer barrier materials that can be used to destroy chemical threat agents, industrial chemicals and toxins. The candidate will investigate chemistry of nerve and blood agents to identify degradation mechanisms and simulants. Experience with activated carbon and degradation of bacterial spores and viruses and toxins would be a plus. He/she will lead efforts in brainstorming technical innovations and proposal preparation related to chemical defense technologies. The candidate will be responsible for developing and maintaining technical relationships with government agencies, academic research laboratories and industrial collaborators. We seek a candidate with an advanced degree (MS or Ph.D.) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or relevant disciplines with experience in areas such as chemical catalysis, enzymatic bioremediation, enzyme stabilization and activated carbon. Product development experience in functional materials and membranes with catalytic properties is desirable. The candidate should possess a blend of strong analytical, technical and leadership skills with demonstrated success applied materials research. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. Must be able to work independently and as part of a diverse interdisciplinary team. Permanent residency or US citizenship is required. Please contact: Yongwoo Lee, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Foster-Miller, Inc., Materials Technology, 195 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA 02451, Phone: 781-684-3923, Fax: 781-684-0693, E-mail:ylee@foster-miller.com, web site: http://www.foster-miller.com.

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Ph.D. Chemist - Catalysis Group. ExxonMobil Chemical has an immediate opening for a chemist in the Chemicals Catalyst Technology department located at our research facilities in the Houston Texas area. This is our industry leading polymerization catalysis group which now also includes non polymerization chemistry. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic group of scientists responsible for the discovery, development, and commercialization of "single site" catalyst technology applied to the chemical industry. Experience in High Throughput Experimentation, collaborative work environments, and synthesis is beneficial, but strong technical skills and motivation are the primary considerations. Requirements of the position are: Ph.D. in chemistry; Excellent written and oral communication skills; Collaborative teamwork abilities. ExxonMobil Chemical offers an excellent working environment and a very competitive compensation and benefits package. US citizenship or permanent right to work is beneficial, but not required for consideration. Please respond to the address below (e-mail preferred): e-mail: alan.vaughan@exxonmobil.com or G. Alan Vaughan, Manager, Chemicals Catalyst Technology, ExxonMobil Chemical, 5200 Bayway Drive, Baytown, TX 77522.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Beloit College seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor as a one-year sabbatical replacement staging August, 2007. This is a full-time 9-month position, and includes teaching two laboratory courses per semester. The candidate will be expected to teach introductory and analytical chemistry as well as advanced courses in their area of expertise. Candidates who have completed the requirements (or all requirements but the dissertation) for the Ph.D. degree by the starting date are preferred. To apply, send C.V., statement of teaching experience, transcripts, and names of three references to: Doreen Dalman, Chemistry Dept., Beloit College, Beloit, WI 53511, e-mail: dalmand@beloit.edu. Completed applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled. For more information about Beloit College see http://www.beloit.edu and http://www.beloit.edu/~chem/.

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University of Nevada, Reno, College of Science, Department of Chemistry/216, Reno, Nevada 89557-0020, (775)784-6041 Office, (775)784-6804 Fax, e-mail: chem@unr.edu. Lecturer & Organic Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator. The Department of Chemistry of the University of Nevada, Reno, seeks applicants for a continuing full-time non-tenure-track Lecturer & Organic Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator. Duties include teaching at the undergraduate level including general, organic, and biological chemistry; oversight of organic chemistry instructional laboratory programs and coordination with lecture courses; and undergraduate advising. For further information, the complete position description and qualifications, and online application instructions please view: http://www.chem.unr.edu/facultysearch/. Applications should be complete by January 22, 2007, to ensure full consideration.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None for This Newsletter

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