Chemistry Newsletter - 01/20/2009

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXXIII - No. 2 January 20th, 2009

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2009 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry


ebruary, 24th, 2009

March 31st, 2009

April 21st, 2009

May 19th, 2009

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

January 20th, 2009

January 27th, 2009

February 17th, 2009

March 3rd, 2009

March 10th, 2009

April 7th, 2009

April 14th, 2009

May 5th, 2009

May 12th, 2009

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SEMINARS
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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Eric Strieter of Harvard Medical School. “Non-canonical Assembly-line Biosynthesis: The Story of Coronatine Biogenesis”
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Friday, January 23rd, 2009 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory, 660 N Park St. Joel Creswell, EC&T. “Unlocking the secrets of mercury methylation: Methylation rate measurements and the neutral sulfide speciation model”
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ilan Benjamin, University of California. “Relaxation and Reactions at Water Surfaces”
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Thursday, January 29th, 2009 - Analytical Meloche Lecture Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Timothy D. Harris, Ph.D., of Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Bern Kohler, Ohio State University. “Ultrafast Excited-State Dynamics in DNA: From Single Bases to the Double Helix”
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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2009 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. George Timmer, Graduate Student, Berry Group.
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Friday, February 6th, 2009 - Wisconsin Institute for Science Literacy Seminar, 7:30 p.m., Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Ave. Dava Sobel, Sarah Pillow, Mary Ann Ballard, & Ronn McFarlane. “Perpetual Motion: Revolutions in 17th-Century Science and Music”
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William L. Hase, Texas Tech University. “Dynamics and Kinetics of Heat Transfer at Nano-Scale Interfaces”
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Friday, February 13th, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tim Donohue, Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Center, UW-Madison, Department of Bacteriology.
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Troy Van Voorhis, MIT. “Exploring Electron Transfer: From Photochemistry to Energy Conversion”
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kristie Boering, University of California. “Ozone, Carbon Dioxide, and Unusual Kinetic Isotope Effects: From the Stratosphere to the Laboratory and Back Again”
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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Austen Angell, Arizona State University. “The Art and Science of Supercooling:” “Ideal Glassformers” vs “Ideal Glasses”
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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Doug Weibel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biochemistry. “Dissecting the Origins of Emergent Behavior in Populations of Bacteria”
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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Hergenrother, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sunney Xie, Harvard.
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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrew Phillips, University of Colorado-Boulder.
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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lawrence Dahl, UW-Madison.
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Monday, April 6th, 2009 - John E. Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 1:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor James G. Anderson, Harvard University.
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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 - John E. Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor James G. Anderson, Harvard University.
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel T. Hess, University of Maine.
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Friday, April 17th, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dr. Helmut Schwartz, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Chemie, and President, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. “From Bare FeO+ to Cytochrome P-450: New Insight in the Intriguing Mechanisms of C-H Bond Oxygenation”
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 - Bernstein Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Raphael D. Levine, Hebrew University. “Attochemistry”
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 - Bernstein Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Raphael D. Levine, Hebrew University. “Remembering Professor Bernstein”
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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 - Organic Chemistry - Abbott Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dave Evans, Harvard University.
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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel I. Stupp, Northwestern University.
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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. William Roush, Scripps.
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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry building. Professor Lewis Kay, University of Toronto.
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Tuesday May 5th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barry Trost, Stanford University.
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Wednesday, May 6 th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barry Trost, Stanford University.

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Friday May 29th, 2009 - UW-Madison Chemistry Department - Larry Dahl Symposium, 11:00 a.m., Chemistry Building. Professor Larry Dahl.
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Saturday May 30th, 2009 - UW-Madison Chemistry Department - Larry Dahl Symposium, 9:00 a.m., Chemistry Building. Professor Larry Dahl.
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Recent Publications
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Amino acids with an intermolecular proton bond as proton storage site in bacteriorhodopsin.

Phatak, P; Ghosh, N; Yu, HB; Cui, Q*; Elstner, M.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 105 (50): 19672-19677 DEC 16 2008.

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Thermodynamics and Folding Pathway of Tetraloop Receptor-Mediated RNA Helical Packing.

Meulen, KAV; Davis, JH; Foster, TR; Record, MT*; Butcher, SE.
JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 384 (3): 702-717 DEC 19 2008.

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Cytoplasmic Protein Mobility in Osmotically Stressed Escherichia coli.
Konopka, MC; Sochacki, KA; Bratton, BP; Shkel, IA; Record, MT*; Weisshaar, JC*.
JOURNAL OF BACTERIOLOGY 191 (1): 231-237 JAN 2009.

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Recent developments in the coordination chemistry of bis(imino)acenaphthene (BIAN) ligands with s- and p-block elements.

Hill, NJ*; Vargas-Baca, I; Cowley, AH.
DALTON TRANSACTIONS (2): 240-253 2009.

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Synthesis and DNA cleavage activity of a bifunctional intercalator-linked copper(II) macrocycle.

Tseng, TSA; Burstyn, JN*.
CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS (46): 6209-6211 2008.

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Isotope-Coded Affinity Tags with Tunable Reactivities for Protein Footprinting.

Underbakke, ES; Zhu, YM; Kiessling, LL*.
ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 47 (50): 9677-9680 2008.

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Probing the Reactivity of a Stable Silene Using Muonium.

McCollum, BM; Abe, T; Brodovitch, JC; Clyburne, JAC; Iwamoto, T; Kira, M; Percival, PW; West, R*.
ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 47 (50): 9772-9774 2008.

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Secreted Proteoglycans Directly Mediate Human Embryonic Stem Cell-Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 Interactions Critical for Proliferation.
Levenstein, ME; Berggren, WT; Lee, JE; Conard, KR; Llanas, RA; Wagner, RJ; Smith, LM*; Thomson, JA.

STEM CELLS 26 (12): 3099-3107 2008.

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Delocalized Metal-Metal and Metal-Ligand Multiple Bonding in a Linear Ru-Ru N Unit: Elongation of a Traditionally Short Ru N Bond.

Pap, JS; George, SD; Berry, JF*.
ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 47 (52): 10102-10105 2008.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry seeks candidates for a full time, 12-month temporary position available immediately. The individual we are seeking will fill a Junior Scientist (#8350) position with the following responsibilities: Performing organic chemistry reactions in the research laboratory, interpreting the spectral data, maintaining laboratory notebook and keeping accurate records; Preparing manuscripts for publication in the form of research papers and/or presentations; Reviewing literature as suggested by supervisor; Selecting relevant facts, techniques and procedures from the literature and summarizing the findings from the literature; May include directing the work of student assistants. Essential Qualifications: B.S. in Chemistry or related field (e.g., Biochemistry, Biology, Cell Biology, Chemical Engineering, etc), or education in chemistry or related field and work experience related to the job totaling at least 4 years in combination. Salary: Negotiable. For More Information Contact: Dr. Peter Grundt, Assistant Professor, UMD Chemistry & Biochemistry, 1039 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812, e-mail: pgrundt@d.umn.edu, web: http://www.d.umn.edu/chem. To apply for this position, please visit the University of Minnesota Employment System website: https://employment.umn.edu, using Job Requisition #159259. The application will consist of the electronic application form plus the following materials, which must be attached electronically: letter of application (with current email address and telephone number); resume; and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references. The deadline to apply is January 18, 2009.


FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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None For This Newsletter

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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A postdoctoral position is available in the Materials Chemistry group (MPA-MC) at Los Alamos National Laboratory to support our effort in the synthesis of novel electro-catalysts for the generation of fuel molecules. The successful candidate will have a strong background in synthetic inorganic/organometallic chemistry. The work will involve the synthesis of U(V) bis(imido) complexes and studies of their reactivity with proton sources or carbon dioxide, with the overarching goal to develop complexes that can catalyze the electrochemical reduction of CO2 or protons. The general reactivity of U(V) imido complexes toward oxidative addition chemistry will also be a focus of the research program. The postdoctoral researcher will work within a multidisciplinary team including theoreticians, and electrochemists. Required Skills: The successful candidates will have (1) a demonstrated record of technical excellence and innovative thinking as evidenced by publication and presentation record and letters of reference. (2) An ability to work effectively both in a team environment and independently to meet programmatic milestones and scientific goals. (3) Effective verbal and written communication skills. (4) An ability to work efficiently under pressure in a rapidly changing environment. (5) Excellent organizational skills. (6) Strong skills in synthetic inorganic/organometallic chemistry with the ability to manipulate and characterize air and moisture sensitive compounds. (7) Experience in applying fundamental scientific concepts to complex, multidisciplinary problems. (8) A Ph.D. completed within the last 5 years in chemistry. Desires Skills: A broad background and interest in different chemistry disciplines. The ability to apply fundamental concepts of one discipline to a variety of problems in other disciplines. Demonstrated experience in developing and characterizing advanced materials. Background and experience in characterization of chemical systems and materials including spectroscopy and a familiarity with instrumental techniques. Education: A Ph.D. in chemistry completed within last five years or soon to be completed is required. For further technical information, please contact: James M. Boncella at: boncella@lanl.gov. Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard P. Feynman or Frederick Reines Fellowships. Please see Special Postdoctoral Fellowships at: http://ext.lanl.gov/science/postdocs/ on the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s web page for further details.

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