Chemistry Newsletter - 01/09/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 2 January9th, 2006

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Sam Gellman Wins 2006 Vincent du Vigneaud Award

Sam Gellman has just won one of two 2006 Vincent du Vigneaud Awards, given by the American Peptide Society, for outstanding achievements in peptide research. Sam will present his award lecture at the Chemistry and Biology of Peptides GRC. Congratulations to Sam for this signal honor!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

2/14/06

3/21/06

4/11/06

5/9/06

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

 

 

1/17/06

 

2/7/06

2/21/06

3/7/06

3/28/06

4/4/06

4/18/06

5/2/06

5/16/06

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SEMINARS

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Friday, January 13th, 2006 - Biomolecular Chemistry Seminar, 10:00 a.m., BMC Library. Aixen Yan, Postdoctoral Candidate, Duke University. “Assembly and Modification of Outer Membrane Lipds in E. Coli: Characterization of the Flippase(s) of the Undecaprenyl Phosphate-Alpha-L-Ara4N in E. Coli”

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Zwier, Purdue University. “Laser Probes of the Potential Energy Surfaces of Flexible Molecules and Water-containing Complexes”

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Thursday, January 19th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Seyed Seradj, Burke Group.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Leitner, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil S. Baran, The Scripps Research Institute. “The Catalytic Cycle of Discovery in Total Synthesis”

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ken Karlin, John Hopkins University.

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Smith, Denu Group.

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 - McElvain Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Yates, Scripps Research Institute.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jennifer O’Neill, Blackwell Group.

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Friday, February 3rd, 2006 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dean Gary Sandefur, College of Letters & Sciences and Professor of Sociology, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcus Weck, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315, Chemistry Building. Venkat Ganesan, University of Texas at Austin. “Equilibrium and Dynamics in Polymer-Nanoparticle Mixtures: From Solvents to Proteins to Nanocomposites”

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2005 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Allison Campbell, Pacific Northwest Lab.

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Thursday, February 9th, 2006 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard Burgess, UW-Madison Oncology Department. “Luminescence Resonance Energy Transfer to Study Protein: Protein Interactions”

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Thursday, February 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrew Razgulin, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hanna Reisler, University of Southern California.

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Thursday, February 16th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Garske, Denu Group.

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Monday, February 20th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melanie Sanford, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ji-Xin Cheng, Purdue University.

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Jewell, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alex Benderskii, Wayne State University.

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Wednesday, March 1st, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marc Johnson, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luke Lavis, Raines Group.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arieh Warshel, University of Southern California. “Computer Simulations of Enzymatic Reactions: Finding out What are the Catalytic Principles that Really Work?”

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christian E. Schafmeister, University of Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangho Park, Lee Group.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006 - Materials and Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Vaid, Washington University.

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Monday, March 20th, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Walba, University of Colorado. “High Throughput Measurement of ee Using Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals”

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jamie Ellis, Cavagnero Group.

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Wednesday Thru Friday, March 29th - 31st, 2006 - Meloche Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Lippard, MIT.

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bin Sun, Lynn Group.

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patrick Holland, University of Rochester.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark A. Johnson, Yale University.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor D. Tyler McQuade, Cornell University. “Microreactors, Encapsulated Catalysts, and Mechanisms: New Tools and Techniques for Polymer and Small Molecule Synthesis”

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Thursday, April 6th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Schultz, Nelsen Group.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sanat Kumar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan O’Leary, Pomona College. “Deuterium and Tritium NMR Equilibrium Isotope Effects Involving OH/OH and CH/N Hydrogen Bonds: Stereochemical Applications”

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor H. Jane Dyson, The Scripps Research Institute. “New Insights from NMR into Unfolded Proteins and the Protein Folding Process”

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Thursday, April 18th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Virginia W. Cornish, Columbia University. “Co-Opting Nature's Machineries for Chemical Discovery”

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Thursday, April 20th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jennifer O’Neill, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael J. Saxton, University of California at Davis.

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Thursday, April25th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Matt Sigman, University of Utah.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon Tunge, University of Kansas.

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Jordan, University of Pittsburgh. “Electron and Proton Localization in Water Clusters”

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Stang, University of Utah. “Nanoscale Molecular Architecture: Design and Self-Assembly of Metallocyclic Polygons and Polyhedra via Coordination”

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Thursday, May 4th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Walker, Harvard University.

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeff Johnston, Indiana 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 & Gambel Conference

Proctor & Gambel invites minority doctoral and postdoctoral students to apply for participation in the conference: "Research & Technical Careers in Industry". Details are at: http://www.pg.com/rtci.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Northeastern Illinois University, Department of Chemistry, Tenure Track Faculty Position in Physical Chemistry. Physical Chemistry-NEIU is seeking a PhD with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and interest in developing a research program involving B.S. and M.S. students. The responsibilities of this entry-level tenure track position include teaching introductory chemistry and physical chemistry courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, supervising graduate research students, and contributing to the university and department in terms of service. Send letter of application, transcript, curriculum vitae with current e-mail address, statement of teaching philosophy, research plan or copies of published research if available, and three letters of reference (at least one addressing teaching effectiveness) to: Pratibha Varma Nelson, Chair; Department of Chemistry, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625-4699, or (P-Varmanelson@neiu.edu). Appointment begins August 2006. Application review begins December 1, 2005.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Trinity University. Dr. Bert D. Chandler is seeking a postdoctoral research associate for his lab. As you may know, the Chemistry Department at Trinity University is one of the top undergraduate chemistry departments in the country. Our 7 full time faculty have more than $2 million in active individual grants, and we currently have 5 postdocs in the department (this position will be an expansion). We also operate one of the largest summer research programs in the nation with about 40 undergraduate students per year. The project in my lab involves preparation and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts using PAMAM dendrimer encapsulated nanoparticles. In particular, I am looking for someone to begin a detailed reaction kinetics study of gold based nanoparticles, which have extremely high activity for low temperature CO oxidation. Additionally, through the NSF CAREER program, I have funds to purchase a new commercial microcalorimeter, and would like a new postdoc to help get this system up and running. Willingness to work with very good undergraduate researchers and command of written and spoken English are requirements, but position is not restricted to US citizens. Although experience in catalysis is a plus, good students need not have extensive training in surface chemistry or heterogeneous. This position would be ideal for students who anticipate pursuing a career at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution like Trinity, and is accessible to well trained students with backgrounds in Physical, Inorganic, Materials, Analytical or Organic Chemistry, as well as Chemical Engineering. There will be opportunities for students to bring their own expertise to project and to develop related individual projects (e.g. synthesis, reaction mechanisms, surface chemistry, new applications of nanoparticles) that may provide the basis for future individual proposals. We also work with faculty at UT Austin (80 miles from San Antonio) and have access to some equipment there. Beyond working in an environment with undergraduates, teaching is not required; however, there will likely be opportunities to gain classroom or laboratory teaching experience. Interested students should contact me directly with the information above, or via email (bert.chandler@trinity.edu). Dr. Bert D. Chandler, Assistant Professor, Trinity University, Department of Chemistry, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, Texas 78212-7200, Voice: 210-999-7557, Fax: 210-999-7569.

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