Chemistry Newsletter - 02/20/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 8 February 20th, 2006

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Professor Howard E. Zimmerman has won the 2006 Porter Medal

The European Photochemistry Association, The Inter-American Photochemistry Society, and the Asian Photochemistry Association have announced that Howard E. Zimmerman has won the 2006 Porter Medal. Professor Zimmerman, one of the founders of modern organic photochemistry, has made extraordinary contributions to our understanding of fundamental processes in excited states. The medal will be presented at the XXIst IUPAC Symposium on Photochemistry, in Kyoto, April 2006. Congratulations to Howard on his lifetime of accomplishments!

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Helen Blackwell, Lingjun Li and Marty Zanni receive Sloan Fellowships

Helen Blackwell, Lingjun Li and Marty Zanni have all received Sloan Fellowships. Recipients of this highly competitive award for younger scientists have already demonstrated extraordinary research ability and impact. For a Department to have three faculty members receive Sloans in one year is unprecedented. Congratulations to Helen, Lingjun, and Marty!

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Helen Blackwell and Gil Nathanson are Recipients of UW Distinguished Teaching Awards

It is our great pleasure to announce that Helen Blackwell and Gil Nathanson are the recipients of UW Distinguished Teaching Awards. Each year these highly coveted awards are given to 8 out of our roughly 2000 faculty members, in well over 100 departments. Clearly only incredible teachers receive this signal honor. Congratulations to Helen and Gil for their exemplary performance and dedication! The presentation of the UW Distinguished Teaching Awards to Helen Blackwell and Gil Nathanson will take place on April 18, at 3:30 in the Fluno Center. We encourage all interested students, staff and faculty to attend.

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March Issue of Journal of Chemical Education Now Available Online

The March 2006 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online at: http://www.jce.divched.org/. This issue features articles on popcorn, materials and polymers, quantum chemistry, and WWW-based teaching and learning. It also includes information about the ACS National Meeting in Atlanta, and many other activities for the classroom and laboratory.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

 

3/21/06

4/11/06

5/9/06

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

2/21/06

3/7/06

4/4/06

4/25/06

5/2/06

5/16/06

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SEMINARS

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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. “Nonlinear Optical Imaging of Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems Ex Vivo and In Vivo”

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Jason Hafner, Rice 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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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 - WISL Seminar, 7:30 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive. Harold McGee. “Playing With Food: Three Centuries of Science in the Kitchen”

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Monday, February 27th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Biochemistry Auditorium B1118. Stephen Buratowski. “Connecting Transcription With Chromatin and mRNA Processing”

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alex Benderskii, Wayne State University. “Coherent Vibrational Spectroscopy of Surfaces and Interfaces: Combining Frequency and Time-Domain”

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bo Li, Graduate Student, Hamers Group.

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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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Monday, March 6th, 2006 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Anatoly Kolomeisky, Rice University. “Coupling of Two Motor Proteins: A New Motor Can Move Faster”

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Monday, March 6th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. H. Adam Steinberg. “Creating Scientific Illustrations With a Subconscious Appeal, ...and Why You Should Never Believe any Image you See - EVER!”

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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. “Isostructural Dopants for Molecular Semiconductors: Organic Molecules in Unusual Oxidation States”

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006 - Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Talaga, Rutgers University. “Protein Structural Changes and the Implications for Folding, Misfolding, and Aggregation.”

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Monday, March 20th, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Macromolecular Science, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK. “Protein Misfolding and Disease: From Theory to Therapy”

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Macromolecular Science, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK. “Protein Structure and Folding: From Random Coils to Native States”

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Fahey, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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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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Monday, March 27th, 2006 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael Feig, Michigan State University. “Computer Simulations of Biomolecules in Complex Cellular Environments.”

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ryan Hilger, Graduate Student, Smith Group.

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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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Friday, March 31st, 2006 - Department Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephen J. Lippard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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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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Wednesday, April 5th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Oleg Ozerov, Brandeis University.

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Thursday, April 6th, 2006 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, NASA Ames Research Center. “Novel One-Dimensional Nanostructures and Their Applications”

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Scott A. McLuckey, Purdue University.

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Antonio J. Ricco, Stanford University.

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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. “A biological interpretation of anomalous subdiffusion”

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Murphy, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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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 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peidong Yang, University of California-Berkeley.

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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Applications are invited for the position of Chemistry Education Specialist for the Science Education Initiative in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado; this program focuses on the enhancement of teaching and learning in our undergraduate courses. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Chemistry Education, possess a strong commitment to science education, and have excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills. The Chemistry Education Specialist will serve as the departmental liaison with the Center for Science Education, directed by Professor Carl Wieman. Specific responsibilities include working in coordination with Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty to: develop an integrated plan of course evaluation and innovation; identify specific learning goals that represent faculty-consensus and develop valid assessments of student learning for undergraduate courses; participate in and supervise the development of techniques, materials and practices for improving student learning in the undergraduate courses; and publish assessment tools and findings in chemistry education journals. The salary for this one-year, renewable appointment will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Applicants should submit a vita and a statement of teaching philosophy, and have three letters of recommendation sent to: Professor Veronica Vaida, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, 215 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0215. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2006, and continue until the position is filled.


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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Visiting Assistant Professor - General Chemistry. The Chemistry Department at Bucknell University invites applications for a one-year (2006-07), entry-level position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. The position will involve teaching general chemistry, lecture and lab. Ph.D. preferred; ABDs will be considered. Information about the department can be found at http://www.bucknell.edu/chemistry. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching skill and experience, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Robert Stockland, Chair, General Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA 17837. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Visiting Assistant Professor - Biochemistry. The Chemistry Department at Bucknell University invites applications for a one-year (2006-07), entry-level position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. The position will involve teaching biochemistry, lecture and lab, and lab sections in introductory organic or possibly general chemistry. Ph.D. preferred; ABDs will be considered. Information about the department can be found at http://www.bucknell.edu/chemistry. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching skill and experience, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Charles Clapp, Chair, Biochemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA 17837. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Two Post Doctoral positions at Cabot Superior MicroPowders (CSMP), a business of Cabot Corporation. These positions involve the development of luminescent materials for lighting applications as part of an on-going DOE-funded program at CSMP. Potential candidates should have a minimum of a Ph.D. in any of the areas of solid-state chemistry, materials science, or ceramics. Additional experience is highly desirable especially in the field of luminescent materials. Cabot Corporation is a global business with ~4,400 employees worldwide with 36 manufacturing facilities in 21 countries. CSMP is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Further information can be found at http://www.cabot-corp.com. Cabot offers competitive remuneration and benefits programs. Qualified applicants should apply through Cabot's website @ http://www.cabot-corp.com (Albuquerque location), and should reference job code PDG-35 & 36: Post Doctoral Fellow. Mark Hampden-Smith, Ph.D., General Manager, Cabot Superior MicroPowders, Office: (505) 563-4381: Mobile: (505) 239-6056, E-mail: mark_hampden-smith@cabot-corp.com, Web site: http://www.cabotsmp.com.

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Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Nancy Mills has a position for a teaching post-doctoral research fellow, patterned after the Dreyfus Scholar/Fellow program. The research project is on the preparation/characterization of antiaromatic hydrocarbon dications and dianions. Experience in synthesis and low temperature NMR spectroscopy is particularly valued, but not required. If the candidate is able to start by August, he/she will begin teaching in fall semester. Candidates who are not available until January will be also be considered. The position involves 25% teaching/75% research. The department is particularly well-equipped for an undergraduate institution, including in its instrument holdings a Varian INOVA 400 MHz NMR spectrometer and a Varian Mercury 300 MHz NMR spectrometer, an LC/mass spectrometer, two -c/mass spectrometers, three FTIR spectrometers, four Hitachi uv/vis spectrometers, and a number of Silicon Graphics and Compaq workstations. http://www.trinity.edu/departments/chemistry/index.html; http://www.trinity.edu/nmills/index.html. Applications should include undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a brief statement of why this position is of value to the applicant. The position will remain open until filled, but interested candidates are encouraged to apply soon. For further information, please contact: Dr. Nancy Mills, Trinity University, 1 Trinity Place, San Antonio, Texas, 78212-7200, Phone: 210-999-7316, Fax: 210-999-7569, e-mail: nmills@trinity.edu.

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University of California, Irvine, Professor William J. Evans. A postdoctoral position recently opened in my group. If you have a suitable candidate, please have them email me. The position is available immediately. Professor William J. Evans, Department of Chemistry, 516 Rowland Hall, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-2025, Ph: 949-824-5174, FAX: 949-824-2210, web: http://www.chem.uci.edu/research/faculty/wevans.html.

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