Chemistry Newsletter - 02/25/2008

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXXII - No. 8 February 25th, 2008

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John Moore Awarded The 2008 Braude Award

We are please to announce that Professor John Moore is being awarded the 2008 Braude Award, given by the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society. The Braude Award Honors excellence in chemistry teaching and is being awarded to John in recognition of his work with Journal of Chemical Education. The award, which was endowed by and named for George L. Braude, a chemist with W. R. Grace and the Food and Drug Administration, will be presented at a meeting of the Maryland Section on October 22 this year. Please join us in congratulating John!

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Nick Hill New Organic Lab Director -

Matt Bowman New Organic Assistant Lab Director

Assistant Director of the Organic Chemistry Teaching Labs Nick Hill was hired to replace Allen Clauss as Director of the labs in November 2007. Allen resigned in August to spend more time with his kids. Please join in congratulating Nick on this promotion. Matt Bowman (PhD '06, Blackwell) starts Monday, February 25, 2008, as the Assistant Director, replacing Nick. Please also congratulate and welcome Matt as he starts his new role in the Department. Congratulations to Nick and Matt on their hiring!! We are pleased to see such capable chemists joining our instructional staff.

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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

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, February 26th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Rovis, University of Colorado. “Catalytic Asymmetric C-C and C-N Bond-Forming Reactions”

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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 - 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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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1106 Mechanical Engineering. William J. Weber, Laboratory Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. “Defects, Irradiation Effects, and Thermal Recovery in Silicon Carbide”

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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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Friday, February 22nd, 2008 - EC&T Seminar, Noon, 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Joel Creswell, EC&T. “Mercury Bioavailability and Distribution in the Hyporheic Sediments of Allequash Creek”

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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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We at the Department of Liberal Studies and the Arts, Division of Continuing Studies UW-Madison, offer several courses in Mathematics and Sciences, including Chemistry 103 and 104 by correspondence. Our current instructor can no longer work for us, so we are looking for an instructor to teach Chemistry 103 and 104 by correspondence. We would very much appreciate it if you would you relay this message to the instructors in your department, especially graduate students, and anyone else who might be interested in teaching these courses. The instructors get paid by the number of assignments they grade. The interested persons may contact me by email: (schandarana@dcs.wisc.edu) or by phone (262-2152).

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Sr. Technical Supp Spec/Organic Chem. AutoReqId: 51091BR. Full-Time. Abbott Diagnostics. First Shift. Organic Chemist able to synthesize small molecules and organic tracers for diagnostic reagents. Carry out investigations in a diagnostic technical support operations group focused on organic synthesis reactions, purity, and yields. Demonstrated skills and knowledge in technical troubleshooting, manufacturing, GMP compliance, documentation, and Abbott instrument systems. Utilizes scientific knowledge and operational experience to mentor team members and others. Lead projects, investigations, and product/process improvements. Coordinates and organizes multiple activities. Effectively utilizes project management skills and tools. Recognizes and considers business objectives and takes action to positively impact them. Excellent research/clinical lab scientist capable of performing complex organic synthesis and hands -on experiments. Proficient in scientific method, root cause analysis, design of experiments. Utilizes appropriate experimental, statistical and project management tools to address critical issues and identify possible solutions. Able to master the Abbott investigation process through experimentation, root cause analysis, validation, verification, and corrective action implementation. Generates and manages project timelines. Coaches and mentors team members. Cultivates relationships with internal and external customers. Ensures team GMP/ISO compliance. Makes sound technical decisions and communicates the rationale and impact of those decisions. Appropriately elevates high -risk decisions. Develops strong networks throughout the division. Strong communication skills, including excellent technical writing abilities and high quality presentation skills. Evaluates adequacy of information to support and defend clinical, quality, regulatory, financial, and operational issues. Recommends plans and alternatives. Experience with automated immunoassay products a plus. PhD or Postdoctoral Fellow with a proven research background in Organic Chemistry, or Bio -Organic Chemistry. Please visit our website at: http://www.abbott.com/ for corporate headquarter positions and to search for this position please select: Lake County, IL., Abbott Corporate Headquarters, Abbott Park,IL and Lake, County,IL, Lake County.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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