Chemistry Newsletter - 02/02/2009

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter

XXXIII - No. 4 February 2nd, 2009

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

February 24th, 2009

March 31st, 2009

April 21st, 2009

May 19th, 2009

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

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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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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Thursday, February 5th, 2009 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Spyros Pandis of Carnegie Mellon.
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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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Friday, February 6th, 2009 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Library. Professor Marc Anderson, Chair, Environmental Chemistry & Technology Program. “What is IMDEA.. is it an IDEA with a M (MARC) Connection?”
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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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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Daniel Dubois, Pacific Northwest Nation Labs.
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Thursday, February 12th, 2009 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher Bielawsko, University of Texas-Austin.
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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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Thursday, March 12th, 2009 - A Musical Concert sponsored by the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Room 1315 (Seminar Hall) Chemistry Building. Featuring chemistry professor John Berry, pre-med senior Krista Stewart, music professor Marc Fink, and chemical engineering professor John Yin in a musical performance under the auspices of the Science, Arts, and Humanities Program of WISL.

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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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Direct Measurement of Molecular Mobility in Actively Deformed Polymer Glasses.
Lee, HN; Paeng, K; Swallen, SF; Ediger, MD*.
SCIENCE 323 (5911): 231-234 JAN 9 2009.
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Quantitative Determination of the Regioselectivity of Nucleophilic Addition to eta(3)-Propargyl Rhenium Complexes and Direct Observation of an Equilibrium between eta(3)-Propargyl Rhenium Complexes and Rhenacyclobutenes.

Casey, CP*; Boller, TM; Samec, JSM; Reinert-Nash, JR.
ORGANOMETALLICS 28 (1): 123-131 JAN 12 2009.

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Synthesis and Reactivity of Three New N-Heterocyclic Silylenes.
Tomasik, AC; Mitra, A; West, R*.
ORGANOMETALLICS 28 (1): 378-381 JAN 12 2009.

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Potent Ligands for Prokaryotic UDP-Galactopyranose Mutase That Exploit an Enzyme Subsite.
Dykhuizen, EC; Kiessling, LL*.
ORGANIC LETTERS 11 (1): 193-196 JAN 1 2009.

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Multinuclear NMR Study of the Solution Structure and Reactivity of Tris(trimethylsilyl)methyllithium and its Iodine Ate Complex.
Reich, HJ*; Sikorski, WH; Sanders, AW; Jones, AC; Plessel, KN.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 74 (2): 719-729 JAN 16 2009.

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Combining Bottom-Up and Top-Down Mass Spectrometric Strategies for De Novo Sequencing of the Crustacean Hyperglycemic Hormone from Cancer borealis.
Ma, MM; Chen, RB; Ge, Y; He, H; Marshall, AG; Li, LJ*.
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 81 (1): 240-247 JAN 1 2009.

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Three-Chromophore Excited-State Mixed Valence.
Hoekstra, RM; Dibrell, MM; Weaver, MN; Nelsen, SF*; Zink, J.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 113 (2): 456-463 JAN 15 2009.

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Do Metal-Metal Multiply-Bonded "Ligands" Have a trans Influence? Structural and Magnetic Comparisons of Heterometallic Cr Cr center dot center dot center dot Co and Mo Mo center dot center dot center dot Co Interactions.
Nippe, M; Victor, E; Berry, JF*.
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (36): 5569-5572 DEC 2008.

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Muon Spin Resonance. A New Spectroscopy for Organometallic Compounds.
West, R*.
Nippon Kagakkai, CODEN: KAKTAF: 0022-7684. Jounal written in japanese. AN 2008:1388305 CALPUS.
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Copyright © 2009 Thomson ISI
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year beginning first semester 2009-10 and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. The incumbent will teach courses (lecture and laboratory) in organic chemistry and direct student research.  Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. degree (in hand or expected by first semester of academic year 2009-10). Candidates must demonstrate interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Successful teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Oberlin College is the undergraduate origin of more PhDs than any other liberal arts college. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has nine full-time faculty and about 25 majors in each graduating class. The department is well equipped for teaching and research. Instrumentation includes 400-MHz and 600-MHz multinuclear FT-NMR spectrometers, x-ray powder diffractometer, thermal analysis (TGA/DTA and DSC), FT-Raman/IR, FT-IR, atomic absorption, and UV-Vis-NIR spectrometers as well as chromatographic (GC, GC-MS, LC, LC-MS), electrochemical, and biochemical instrumentation (including refrigerated centrifuge, automated electrophoresis systems and a peptide synthesizer). Additional information about the department can be found on the departmental web site at: http://new.oberlin.edu/chemistry/. To be assured of consideration, a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate and undergraduate academic transcripts, and at least three recent letters of reference, should be sent to: Matthew Elrod, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 119 Woodland Avenue, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 44074 by 27 February 2009. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) invites applications and nominations for a visionary leader to chair the Department of Biochemistry. The successful applicant will assume leadership of a nationally distinguished Department with 13 full time, funded investigators, in all academic endeavors, including the education of medical and graduate students. Areas of research range from cell and developmental biology to structural biology with a unifying theme in biological processes at the molecular level. The department is home to state-of-the-art facilities and instruments for X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and fluorescence microscopy. We are seeking candidates with outstanding leadership skills, a distinguished record of scientific achievement, training and mentoring, a vigorous externally funded research program, and national and international professional involvement consistent with the rank of Professor. Applicants will be considered with research interests in all areas of biochemistry. An attractive recruitment package is available that will enable the new chair to lead efforts for future growth with the potential addition of new faculty recruits and laboratory space. The successful candidate will play a major role in integrating the Biochemistry faculty into MCW strategic initiatives in cancer, cardiovascular, and neuroscience research and will assume a leadership role within the institution. MCW has a history of providing outstanding medical and graduate education, conducting novel biomedical research, providing innovative and compassionate patient care, and community service. We aim to attract and retain leaders who value creativity, integrity, excellence and innovation by cultivating a collaborative environment that offers a high quality work life and advances the strategic direction of MCW to become the destination of choice for world class faculty and staff. MCW has established itself as one of the nation’s premier medical schools, offering Masters degrees, Ph.D. degrees, and Doctor of Medicine degrees. MCW is a major national research center with more than $92 million in NIH support for biomedical research, which positions MCW among the top third of the nation’s 125 medical colleges. In fiscal year 2007 external support for research, teaching, and training totaled $135 million. Interested applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae and letter of interest to: Biochemistry Search Committee, c/o Office of the Dean, Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226. Questions may also be directed to Dr. Andrew Greene, Chair of Search Committee, at: agreene@mcw.edu. For additional information, please visit the departmental website at: http://www.biochem.mcw.edu/home.html.
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An Assistant Professor position is open at the University of Rhode Island for an analytical chemist. Job duties include teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; advising students at the undergraduate and graduate level; conducting research in the area of analytical chemistry; and participating in department and university committee assignments. Requirements are: Ph.D. in chemistry or closely-related field required by time of appointment, post-doctoral or industrial experience preferred; demonstrated commitment to the effective teaching of analytical chemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate levels required; must demonstrate the likelihood to develop an externally-funded research program. The research area is open to any area of analytical chemistry. To apply: Submit (no emails or faxes, please) a vita, a description of research plans, required startup costs, a statement of teaching philosophy, and have three (3) letters of recommendation sent postmarked by 2-20-09 to: William B. Euler, Search Chair Requisition # 12376, University of Rhode Island PO Box G, Kingston, RI 02881.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Free Radical Metabolism Section of the Laboratory of Pharmacology, NIEHS/NIH, Research Triangle Park, NC. Research in this group focuses on detection and identification of free radical intermediates in both in vitro and in vivo systems. We seek to appoint a highly qualified and motivated individual with a Ph.D. in one of the biomedical sciences and a background in immunology, ESR, or DNA damage. The salary is from $44,700 depending on experience with free health insurance. Send curriculum vitae to: Dr. Ronald P. Mason, PhD., NIEHS/NIH, Free Radical Metabolism Group, Laboratory of Pharmacology, 111 T.W. Alexander Dr., Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, Phone: (919) 541-3910, Fax: (919) 541-1043, e-mail: mason4@niehs.nih.gov, web: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/atniehs/labs/lpc/freerad/index.cfm.

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