Chemistry Newsletter - 02/26/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 9 February 26th, 2007

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Helen Blackwell is the Recipient of a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award

We are delighted to report that Helen Blackwell is the recipient of a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award. The award, provided by the 3M Company, acknowledges the recipient's exceptional creativity and promise, and provides flexible research funds. Congratulations Helen!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

3/13/2007

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

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

 

3/06/2007

3/20/2007

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/15/2007

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Feigenson, Cornell University. “Phase Behavior of Complex Lipid Bilayer Mixtures: An Interesting State of Matter--but Should Cell Biologists Care?”

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 - Organic Seminar - Sprague Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Koichi Komatsu, Kyoto University, Japan. “Organic Chemistry of Fullerenes: Solid-State Reaction to Molecular Surgery”

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Thursday, March 1st, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Beth Landis (Hamers Group) and Jeannine Szczech (Jin Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, March 1st, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brent Bastian, Graduate Student, Blackwell Group.

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Friday, March 2nd, 2007 - EC&T Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 102 Water Science & Engineering Library. Owen Li, ET&C. “Assessing the Effectiveness of Phosphate as a Remediation Treatment for Lead-Contaminated Soil”

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Bowman, Emory University. “Ab initio-based Potential Energy Surfaces and Dynamics Using Them”

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrei Yudin, University of Toronto. “Construction of Complex Amines: Mechanistic Insights and Synthetic Applications”

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Kost, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

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Thursday, March 8th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Graeme McAlister (Coon Group) and David Good (Coon Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, March 8th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Katherine Traynor, Graduate Student, McMahon Group.

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Thursday, March 8th, 2007 - Genomics Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Biotechnology Center auditorium, Room 1111. Michael Elowitz, Ph.D., Caltech. “Noise and Differentiation in Bacteria”

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Friday, March 9th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Michael Westrick, Sterling Vineyards. “Commercial Winemaking, Home Winemaking and Careers in the Wine Business”

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Chemistry. Professor Frank A. Weinhold, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison. “Water Wars: Some Reflections on the Nature of Hydrogen Bonding”

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Green, Penn State University.

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - Joint Analytical/PChem Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Haw Yang, Penn State University. “Single-Molecule Protein Dynamics and 3D Single-Particle Focus-Tracking Spectroscopy”

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jessica Menke, Graduate Student, McMahon Group.

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Emily A. Carter, Princeton University. “What to do when Density Functional Theory Fails? Beyond DFT to Improved Descriptions of Materials Behavior”

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Adrian Whitty, Biogen Idec Inc.

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Albena Ivanisevic, Purdue University.

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Morin (Jin Group) and Mohanna Ray (Schwartz Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentation”

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Margrith Mattman, Graduate Student, Blackwell Group.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Warren Piers, University of Calgary, Canada.

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Thursday, March 29th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Cynthia M. Friend, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Angeles Paz, Colonia San Pedro Zacatenco, Mexico.

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Koert, Philipps-Universität Marburg “Synthesis of Molecular Switches, Ion-Channels and Natural Products”

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Friday, April 6th, 2007 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. F. Dean Toste, University of California-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Ritchie, Purdue University. “Watching Single Molecules in Live Mammalian and Bacterial Cell Membranes”

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alan Goldman, Rutgers University.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - McElvain Series Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Don Hunt, University of Virginia.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth Moscato-Goodpaster, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, University of California, Irvine. “Reactions at Interfaces in the Atmosphere and Why We Should Care”

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Victor Snieckus, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Jorgensen, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rebecca Splain, Graduate Student, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - Second Annual Shain Colloquium Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dan Nocera, MIT. “The Energy Future of our Planet: Chemistry to the Rescue”

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Saturday, April 21st, 2007 - New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning College Chemistry - Mini-Symposium, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., University of Wisconsin-Washington County, Collins Science hall, 400 University Dr., West Bend, WI 53095. John Moore, UW-Madison. “New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning College Chemistry”. Free - including lunch and refreshments! Pre-registration is required by Friday March 30, 2007. Maps and Directions: http://washington.uwc.edu/about/map_directions.html. Registration Form: http://washington.uwc.edu/depts/chemistry/Mini-Symposium%20Registration%20Form.doc. Web page: http://washington.uwc.edu/depts/chemistry/mini-symposium.htm.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur G. Suits, Wayne State University. “Lost in Configuration Space: Probing Novel Reaction Mechanisms with High-Resolution Imaging”

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paramjit Arora, New York University.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Finke, Colorado State.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Ann Carroll, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peerasak Paoprasert, Graduate Student, Gopalan Group.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phillip Geissler, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan Kahne, Harvard University.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justine Roth, Johns Hopkins University.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Mark Wightman, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Maren Buck, Graduate Student, Lynn Group.

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Friday, May 4th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: An Effective Program for Building Diversity in the Sciences”

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts University. “Getting Surfaces to Reveal Secrets via Probing with Small Molecules”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Zhang (Stahl Group) and Xiaoyu Wang (Hamers Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Julee Byram, Graduate Student, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David MacMillan, Princeton University.

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A campus conference sponsored by the AAC&U Liberal Education and America’s Promise Project (LEAP) Effort at UW-Madison

A March 15th on-campus conference that seeks to engage the campus community in thinking about how we talk with students about the education they need for the 21st Century. The conference is part of the UW-Madison efforts in the Association of American Colleges and Universities' Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) project. A flyer with registration information is attached. Please note that there is no charge for the breakfast session but advanced registration is required and space is limited. You may also register for the non-breakfast sessions separately-- registration appreciated, but not required.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Debra Humphreys, Vice President for Communication and Public Affairs, of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Dr. Humphreys will present findings from a new national report, “College Learning for the New Global Century”, and results of two national polls, one of employers and the other of recent graduates. She will discuss an emerging consensus among employers and academic leaders about the set of essential learning outcomes that are important for all students to succeed and make a difference in today’s world. She will also discuss how these outcomes contribute to success in navigating the new global economy and to the creation of an engaged citizenry. Finally, she will present the challenges facing those who want to advocate for liberal education in today’s world.

Building on the themes of the keynote, there will be two break-out sessions featuring panel presentations by UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. Conference attendees may choose to attend one of three offerings in each of the sessions, and walk-ins will be allowed for the individual sessions.

Register now! March 15, 2007 at the Pyle Center. There will be no registration fee. Registration available at: http://www.ohrd.wisc.edu/reg/catalog_course.aspx?groupcoursekey=16363. Register separately for breakfast session and breakout panels; registration required for breakfast session but there is no cost. Walk-ins permitted for breakout panels.

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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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Eureka College. One year visiting professor with specialization in Organic Chemistry. More information about Eureka College may be found at: http://www.eureka.edu. The Science and Mathematics Division of Eureka College invites applications for a one-year visiting organic chemistry faculty position. The ideal candidate will teach organic chemistry, quantitative analysis, biochemistry and a semester of general chemistry. Eureka College values excellent teaching at the college level that employs a variety of methods to enable all learners in the classroom. The small college reality requires professors who can be interdisciplinary and generalist in approach while still engaged in, and engaging about, their specific discipline. Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement which addresses teaching in a liberal-arts environment, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Jon Rienstra-Kiracofe Science and Mathematics Division 300 E. College Ave Eureka IL, 61301. Electronic applications may be sent to: scimath@eureka.edu. Applicant screening will begin on 3/26/2007 and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Openings for Post-Doctoral Positions. The Schulich Faculty of Chemistry of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology is offering attractive post-doctoral positions for outstanding candidates in all areas of chemistry. The candidate should be highly motivated and will be expected to be an active member of one of our research teams. The minimum requirement is a recent Ph.D. degree in chemistry or a closely related field. The appointments are non-tenure and are for one year with an option of renewal for one additional year. Applications should include three recommendation letters, a cover letter including a brief description of research experience and research interests, CV, List of Publications. Also include our application form which should be downloaded from the Faculty Website: http://schulich.technion.ac.il/schulich_post-doctoral_program.htm or directly from http://schulich.technion.ac.il/forms/postdoc-form.doc. For more details about our Faculty and its members go to http://schulich.technion.ac.il/. Deadline for applications: 30 September 2007. Please send applications, preferably by email, to: the Faculty Secretary: Ms. Sabine Cioara, Email: info@schulich.technion.ac.il, Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, 32000 Haifa, ISRAEL.

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