Chemistry Newsletter - 02/11/2008

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXXII - No. 6 February 11th, 2008

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Some Sad News

John Schrag,
Emeritus Professor of Analytical Chemistry, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at his Madison home in the loving care of his family. He was 70. John joined the Department in 1970, and retired in January 2003. His research interests focused on the experimental determination of the influence of specific chemical structure together with polymer-solvent and polymer-polymer interactions, on the conformational dynamics of macromolecules in solution. In addition, John loved to teach, and he was the recipient of both the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Department of Chemistry Teaching Award. A more complete obituary can be found in the February 10, 2008, edition of The Wisconsin State Journal. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the John L. Schrag Analytical Research and Teaching Fund at the UW Foundation, Bethany United Methodist Church, or Hospice Care, Inc.
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James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award Symposium

The Excellence in Teaching Award Symposium will be held Friday, February 15, at 3:30 in Seminar Hall. Professor Helen Blackwell is the recipient of the 2007 James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the UW Foundation. In addition, we will honor the recipients of the 2006-07 Outstanding Chemistry Teaching Assistant Awards: Nikki Burrmann, Matt Dodge, Jamie Ellis, Lani MacArtney, Shane Mangold, Kathy Rees Marvin, Jeannine Szczech and Lena Yurs. Please join us in the Shain Building Atrium for refreshments at 3:15, and then for the award presentations at 3:30. Congratulations to all our fine teachers!!
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Academic Staff Promotions

A recent change in the titles available to Faculty Assistants has made it possible for us to promote two long-time members of the Department. Angel Abruña-Rodríguez has been a Faculty Assistant since 1994, and José Laboy has been with us since 2000. Both are involved in helping to coordinate discussion and lab courses in General Chemistry, with responsibilities well beyond those of the standard Faculty Assistant, and in recognition of this they have both been promoted to Senior Faculty Assistant. Congratulations Angel and José!!
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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.

 

March 11th, 2008

April 15th, 2008

May 13th, 2008

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

 

 

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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Thursday, February 14th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shane Mangold (Kiessling Group).
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Thursday, February 14th, 2008 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1106 Mechanical Engineering Building. Matthew Grayson, Northwestern University, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. “Luttinger Liquids and the Exotic World of One-Dimensional Conductors”
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Thursday, February 13th, 2008 - EC&T Seminar, Noon, 1025 Engineering Center Building. (Research Room). Dr. Matt Ginder-Vogel, University of Delaware. “Biogeochemical Pathways Controlling Contaminant Mobility”
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Thursday, February 14th, 2008 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Song Jin, UW-Madison. “How to Make a Nanowire Christmas Tree: the Perfect Imperfection”

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Friday, February 14th, 2008 - EC&T Seminar, Noon, 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Dr. Matt Ginder-Vogel, University of Delaware. “Influences on Arsenic and Uranium Mobility: Oxidation by Transition Metal (Hydr)oxides”

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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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Monday, February 18th, 2008 - EC&T Seminar, Noon, Engineering Hall Room 3609. Dr. Andrew Rose, University of New South Wales. “Biological Availability of Iron to a Coastal Bloom-forming Cyanobacterium”

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - EC&T Seminar, Noon, 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Dr. Andrew Rose, University of New South Wales. “How Super is Superoxide? An Overview of its Sources, Sinks and Influence on Iron Chemistry in Marine Waters”

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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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Thursday, February 21st, 2008 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joshua Coon of UW-Madison Chemistry & Biochemistry Departments.

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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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Thursday, February 27th, 2008 - Joint Materials and Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nitash Balsara, University of California, Berkeley. “Block Copolymer Membranes for Fuel Cells”

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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Doug Gin of the University of Colorado at Boulder. “Nanostructured Polymers for Enhanced Catalysis and Separations Based on the Polymerization of Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Assemblies”

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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 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Tabb of Vanderbilt University. “Looking in the Proteomic Blind Spot: Inferring Sequences from Peptide Tandem Mass Spectra”

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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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Thursday, March 27th, 2008 - McElvain Series Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George Whitesides of Harvard University. “Simple Solutions”

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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 - McElvain Series Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Gary Siuzdak of the Scripps Center for Mass Spectrometry. “Mass-based Metabolomics from Solutions and Surfaces”

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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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Thursday, April 10th, 2008 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael Gross of Washington University. “Analytical Mass Spectrometric Developments and Applications in Immunology and Cancer”

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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 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Scott Hanton of Air Products.

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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 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vicki Wysocki of the University of Arizona.

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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 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nien Hui Ge of the University of California, Irvine. “Beyond One Dimension: Coherent 2D IR Spectroscopy as a Structural Probe of Peptides”

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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 - McElvain Series Seminar in Materials Chemistry, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nate Lewis of Cal Tech.

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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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None For This Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Florida Institute of Technology seeks an Assistant Professor in Chemistry. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in chemistry with demonstrated ability for creative teaching and scholarly activity at the undergraduate and graduate level in a Ph.D. granting department. Position involves major participation in general chemistry in a new small section environment. Post-doctoral experience preferred and externally funded scholarly activity beyond teaching is expected. Area of specialization in renewable energy, material or medicinal chemistry preferred. Send resume including three professional references to: Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Florida Institute of Technology, 150 W. University Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32910-6975.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None For This Newsletter

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