Chemistry Newsletter - 01/28/2008

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter

XXXII - No. 4 January 28th 2008

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The February 2008 Issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is Now Available Online
The February 2008 issue is now available online. "Chemists Celebrate Earth Day" is the theme for this issue in which you will find articles about water chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, green chemistry, and many other activities for the classroom and laboratory including:

Editorial: Streaming Chemistry.

Especially for High School Teachers: Streaming Chemistry, Times Two.

JCE Classroom Activity: Hold the Heat: Global Warming and Calorimetry.JCE Featured Molecules: Molecular Models of Lycopene and Other Carotenoids.

Please note these contributions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in this issue:

Janice Hall Tomasik presents a collection of water-related online resources in Reports from Other Journals: "News from Online: Water, Streaming Chemistry".
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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

Department meetings are open to all students, staff, and faculty, and we encourage everyone to join us.

February 12th, 2008

March 11th, 2008

April 15th, 2008

May 13th, 2008

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

 

February 5th, 2008

February 19th, 2008

March 4th, 2008

March 25th, 2008

April 1st, 2008

April 22nd, 2008

May 6th, 2008

May 20th, 2008

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Building. Dr. Chris Higgins, Johns Hopkins University. “New Approaches for Predicting Emerging Contaminant Fate in Aquatic Ecosystems”
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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Cynthia Burrows, University of Utah. “Guanine Oxidation Leading to Hydantoins: Bioorganic Mechanisms and Implications for Evolution”
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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon P.D. Abbatt, University of Toronto. “The Chemistry of Organic Aerosols in the Atmosphere: Relationships to Air Quality and Climate”
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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Ischay (Yoon Group).
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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1106 Mechanical Engineering Building. Professor Justin Williams, Biomedical Engineering, UW-Madison. “Engineering Interfaces with the Nervous System: From Cells to the Clinic”
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Monday, February 4th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mitsuo Kira, Tohoku University.
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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Victor I. Klimov, Los Alamos National Laboratories. “Carrier Multiplication in Semiconductor Nanocrystals from the Perspective of Solar Energy Conversion”
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Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Thomas Mallouk, Penn State University.
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Thursday, February 7th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Corinne Lipscomb (Mahanthappa Group).
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Monday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Merck Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Swager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Douglas J. Tobias, University of California, Irvine. “Molecular Dynamics Simulation Studies of Membranes and Membrane Proteins”
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Thursday, February 14th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shane Mangold (Kiessling Group).
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Monday, February 18th, 2008 - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Wonpil Im, University of Kansas. “Insertion, Folding, Tilting and Assembly of Transmembrane Helices”
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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Song-I Han, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Analysis to Study Local Water Dynamics in Soft Molecular Assemblies and Protein Aggregates”
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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stefan Bernhard, Princeton University.
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Rovis, University of Colorado.
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John D. Weeks, University of Maryland. “Taming Coulomb Interactions in Models for Ionic Solutions and Water”
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Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nitash Balsara, University of California, Berkeley.
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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Anzovino (Yoon Group).
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Friday, February 29th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jo Handelsman, UW-Madison, Department of Plant Pathology. “Conversations with the Silent Majority: Metagenomic analysis of Signals and Antibiotics in Microbial Communities”
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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Linda Johnston, Ottawa. “Nanoscale Imaging of Membrane Raft Domains: From Supported Membranes to Cells”
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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert West, UW-Madison.
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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Holly Haase (Gellman Group).
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Thursday, March 13th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jay Steinkruger (Gellman Group).
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Deborah S. Gross, Carleton College. “Chemical Composition of Individual Aerosol Particles: SOA, Biofuels, and Beyond”
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lara Mahal, University of Texas - Austin.

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Mayer, University of Washington.
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Friday, March 28th, 2008 - Department Colloquium - The Fifth Irving Shain Chemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. George M. Whitesides, Harvard University. “Reinventing Chemistry”
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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University. “Water in Confined Spaces”
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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gui Bazan, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Blamer (Gellman/Stahl Group).
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Friday, April 4th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Carey, New Glarus Brewing Company. “Brewing Beer for Wisconsin: Science, Technology and Moral Responsibility”
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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Claudio Verani, Wayne State University.
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Tuesday, April 15th and Wednesday April 16 th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carolyn Bertozzi, UC-Berkeley.
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Barbara A. Lyons, New Mexico State University.
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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Tom Baker, Los Alamos National Lab.
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Thursday, April 17th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brooke Richardson (Gellman Group).
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Friday, April 18th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary E. Galvin, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Kim Hamad-Schifferli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Using Nanoparticles to Control Biological Function”
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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andreja Bakac, Ames Laboratories.
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Thursday, April 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reto Frei (Blackwell Group).
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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Yingkai Zhang, New York University. “Physical Insights into Histone Lysine Methylation from Multiscale Simulations”
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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Deryn Fogg, University of Ottawa.
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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alexander Khrizman (Mecozzi Group).
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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Weitz, Harvard University. “Dripping, Jetting, Drops and Wetting; the Magic of Microfluidics”
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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher C. Cummins, MIT.
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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aimon Tongpenyai (Kiessling Group).
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Friday, May 9th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nathan S. Lewis, California Institute of Technology. “Scientific Challenges in Sustainable Energy Technology”
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Future Career In Teaching Symposium Program

Many postdoctoral students and graduate students in chemistry who begin teaching at a predominantly undergraduate college or university do not realize the significant expectation for them to do research with undergraduates. Even if they are aware of the research expectations, they may not know how to establish a successful research program or realize the unique challenges of undergraduate research. To help such students a half-day symposium, entitled "Starting a Successful Research Program at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution," is being co-sponsored and will be presented by the Young Chemists Committee of ACS and the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) at the national ACS meeting in New Orleans.

Workshop facilitators will include several faculty/administrator speakers (Mel Druelinger, Tim Elgren, Gina MacDonald, Tom Wenzel and Leyte Winfield) who have considerable experience with undergraduate research programs, the Director of PRF (Chris Hollinsed), and a Research Corporation Program Officer (Silvia Ronco). The informal setting of the workshop will enable attendees to learn from these speakers and to ask questions and take part in discussions of the following topics:

- Why is there an expectation for research at predominantly undergraduate institutions?

- What type of research topics should a new faculty member choose?

- Selection of and working with undergraduate students.

- Interacting with the department chair and other administrators and understanding the institution's research expectation.

- Grantsmanship and the seeking of external research grants.

- Writing successful grant proposals.

The symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 8 from 1:00-5:00 pm at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel - Elmwood Room. There is no charge for attending the workshop, other than the registration cost for the ACS meeting. To help plan the event, it will be helpful for attendees to email the following information to Merle Schuh before March 26. (meschuh@davidson.edu).

1. Name of attendee; 2. Present institution; 3. Position or educational level (e.g. graduate student, postdoc, or faculty).

The success of the workshop will depend on our ability to notify the target audience. Thus, we will very much appreciate your help in ensuring that the appropriate students at your institution are made aware of the YCC/CUR symposium. If you are no longer a department chair or graduate advisor, please forward this message to the appropriate individual(s) at your institution.

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Call for Nominations - 2009 Harrison Howe Award

The ACS Rochester Section is accepting nominations for the Harrison Howe Award. The award will be granted to an individual, without regard to nationality, for outstanding contributions to research in chemistry defined in its broadest sense. The award typically recognizes a relatively young recipient with potential for further outstanding achievement. The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium presented to the recipient on the occasion of an award dinner and lecture in Rochester, NY. The Harrison Howe Award was established in 1946 to honor one of the earliest founders of the Rochester Section, Harrison Estell Howe. In addition to his role as a leader in the Rochester Section, Harrison Howe was the founding editor of Chemical and Engineering News and a champion of industrial research and development. It was his belief that chemistry and the pursuit of chemical knowledge contribute to the betterment of society - the Harrison Howe Award is given each year in this spirit. Nomination Procedure: Nominations should include a letter from the primary nominator highlighting the significant contributions of the candidate and include:

- A synopsis of the accomplishments of the nominee;

- A curriculum vitae and publication list;

- A maximum of five reprints;

- Two additional supporting letters may be included containing information about the candidate not provided in the nominating document.

Nominations should be sent (electronically and preferably in Word or PDF) to: hhowe@chern.rochester.edu. A follow up email should then be sent to: Professor Patrick Holland, Department of Chemistry, University of Rochester, Tel: 585-273-3092, Email: holland@chem.rochester.edu.

Nomination packages will be kept active for a maximum of three years. The deadline for receipt of nominations is July 1st, 2008.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Undergrad Hourly Job. Joel Creswell of Environmental Chemistry & Technology Program, University of Wisconsin, Madison is looking to hire an undergraduate research assistant to run an ICP-MS and do some acid washing. If interested: http://jobcenter.wisc.edu/jobdetail.asp?JobID=36600. Contact: Joel Creswell, Doctoral Student, Mercury Research Group, Environmental Chemistry & Technology Program, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 660 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706-484, e-mail:jcreswell@wisc.edu. Web: http://www.endr.wisc.edu/interd/ect/.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Pomona College, Organic Chemistry. Temporary position (one year, possibly two) in organic chemistry at the Visiting Assistant Professor level, starting July 2008, to teach introductory organic chemistry lecture and laboratory. Ph.D. in chemistry required. Excellent facilities and financial support for research available. To apply, send a CV, statement of teaching philosophy and career goals, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to: Professor Dan O'Leary, Department of Chemistry, Pomona College, 645 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-6338, web: http://www.chemistry.pomona.edu. Review of completed applications will begin March 7, 2008.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral position available Immediately. Professor Slavi Sevov, of The University of Notre Dame has a postdoctoral opening. The project involves synthesis and organic functionalization of nine-atom Si- and Ge-clusters as well as building oligomers (nanorods) of these clusters by controlled step-wise assembly. The candidates should have extensive inorganic/organometallic solution-phase synthetic skills and experience with very air-sensitive solution systems. Any experience with building nanostructures from small clusters and characterization of nanoformations by various microscopy techniques, spectroscopically, etc., would be useful as well. Some recent publications related to this project are: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 6695; Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46, 2704; Inorg. Chem. 2003, 42, 5789; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 10990; Organometallics 2006, 25, 5678 (a review); J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 4155; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 4026; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 7676; Inorg. Chem. 2005, 44, 2654; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 6860. The position is available immediately and I would like to fill it as soon as possible. Contact: Slavi Sevov, Professor of Chemistry, University of Notre Dame, e-mail: ssevov@nd.edu, web: http://www.nd.edu/~ssevov.

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