Chemistry Newsletter - 03/02/2009

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XXXIII - No. 8 March 2nd, 2009

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New Chemistry Departmental Web Site
The Chemistry website committee has finished working on updating our new departmental web site. The tentative date to go “live” will be the first week of March. The website committee has produced what we believe to be a product that reflects an impressive external image of our department, in addition to providing a wealth of useful and up-to-date information about our faculty and department as a whole. The new site is also designed to be easier to maintain and modify by a variety of departmental faculty and staff, in the hope that the content will be added and updated in a timely manner. We would encourage you to preview our “new look” at: http://kraken.chem.wisc.edu, once we go live with the new website the “kraken” address will become the standard Chemistry web address of: http://www.chem.wisc.edu. General comments or suggestions may be directed to schmidt@chem.wisc.edu, while specific changes to faculty profiles or information should be directed to the appropriate divisional coordinator. Special thanks to Alan Silver and Erik Dunning for their hard work in producing this fantastic product. Thank you and enjoy!
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Josh Coon to Receive the Ken Standing Award
We’re pleased to announce that Assistant Professor Josh Coon has been selected to receive the Ken Standing Award. The Ken Standing Award is presented biennially by the University of Manitoba and Sponsors of the Enabling Technologies for Proteomics (ETP) Symposium to honor a young scientist who has made a significant contribution to technology development in support of research in the life sciences. Nominees are expected to be 45 years or younger at the time of nomination. The award is presented at the ETP Symposium and includes a nice cash award and a commemorative sculpture. Please join me us congratulating Josh on this outstanding award!
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Eric Strieter Accepts Offer to be an Assistant Professor
We’re delighted to report that Eric Strieter has accepted our offer as an Assistant Professor here and will start July 1st. Eric is planning on coming back for the recruiting weekend this week. Thanks to Jim Weisshaar and the faculty recruiting committee for all their hard work on this!
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Jennifer Schomaker Accepts Offer as an Assistant Professor
We’re delighted to report that Jennifer Schomaker has accepted our offer as an Assistant Professor, beginning July 1. As you already know, we also had an acceptance from Eric Strieter, who will also begin July 1. Both are organic chemists, with Eric being more biological and Jennifer being more synthetic. Both Eric and Jennifer will be here for the upcoming recruiting weekend. Thanks to the faculty search committee for all their hard work in making this happen!
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Ron Raines is a Recipient of a Kellett Mid-Career Award
We’re delighted to report that Professor Ron Raines is the recipient of a Kellett Mid-Career Award. Kellett Awards are given by the Graduate School and funded by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. They are given to faculty who are five to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position. Honorees receive a $60,000 flexible research fund. Please join us in congratulating Ron on this honor!
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Silvia Cavagnero & David Schwartz Selected as Vilas Associates
We’re delighted to report that Associate Professor Silvia Cavagnero and Professor David Schwartz have BOTH been selected as Vilas Associates. The Vilas Associates Awards provide summer salary for two years and flexible research funding for outstanding faculty who are within 20 years of their first tenure date. Please join us in congratulating Silvia and David on this well deserved honor!
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Tom Record Elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
We’re pleased to tell you that Professor Tom Record has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. This is the honorary group within the American Society for Microbiology. Please join us in congratulating Tom on this well deserved honor!
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2009 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

March 31st, 2009

April 21st, 2009

May 19th, 2009

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

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, 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 3rd, 2009 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dennis Dougherty, California Institute of Technology. “Chemistry on the Brain: High Precision Studies of the Nicotine Receptor”
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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Claudio Verani, Wayne State University.
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Thursday, March 5th, 2009 - McElvain Seminar in Analytical Sciences Chemistry, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Carr, University of Minnesota. “Fast 2DLC for Chemical Analysis: The Promises and the Challenges”
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Thursday, March 5th, 2009 - Herb Seminar, 10:00 a.m., Room 5210 Chamberlin. Boris Blinov, University of Washington-Seattle. “Quantum Computing with Ba Ions”
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Friday, March 6th, 2009 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Kevin Leonard, Material Science Program. “Ultracapacitors for Renewable Energy Storage”
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Monday, March 9th, 2009 - Gilson Discovery Series Seminar, 5:00 p.m., Fluno Center for Executive Education. Dr. George M. Whitesides, Harvard University. “From research to Commercial Reality, in the New World”. Register online at: http://GilsonSeries.org.
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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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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 - Special Astrochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dr. Harshal Gupta, University of Texas & Harvard-Smithsonian Center of Astrophysics. “Negative Molecular Ions in the Laboratory and in Space”
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Thursday, March 12th, 2009 - A Musical Concert sponsored by the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, 1:15 p.m., Room 1315 (Seminar Hall) Chemistry Building. Featuring Chemistry Professor John Berry, pre-med senior Krista Stewart, Graduate Students Stephanie Frye and Kristin Ihde, Music Professor Marc Fink, and Chemical Engineering Professor John Yin, and music professor Christopher Taylor in a musical performance under the auspices of the Science, Arts, and Humanities Program of WISL.
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Thursday, March 12th, 2009 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Justin P. Miller Schulze, Graduate Student/Department of Chemistry, University of Washington. “Analysis of Ambient Particulate Matter Samples by 2D-HPLC-MS/MS to Quantify nitro-PAHs and Assess Personal Exposures to Diesel Exhaust”
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Friday, March 27th, 2009 - GSFLC Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Neal Lane, Rice University.
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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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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerard Parkin, Columbia University.
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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lawrence Dahl, UW-Madison.
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Thursday, April 4th, 2009 - Analytical McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jae Schwartz of Thermo Fisher Scientific.
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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Larry 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 7th, 2009 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon Njardarson, Cornell University.
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Thursday, April 9th, 2009 - Sponsored by the Science, Religion, and Ethics Program of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, 7:30 p.m., 1800 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive. Professor Nidhal Guessoum, Department of Physics, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Public Lecture on “Science and Islam”
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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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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 - Organic MERCK Lecture, 1:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Helmut Schwarz, Technical University of Berlin, Germany.
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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Malcolm Chisholm, The Ohio State University.
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Thursday, April 16th, 2009 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Aaron Timperman, West Virginia University.
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Thursday, April 16th, 2009 - Organic MERCK Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Helmut Schwarz, Technical University of Berlin, Germany.
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Friday, April 17th, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dr. Helmut Schwarz, 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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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Maurice Brookhart, UNC Chapel Hill.
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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jennifer Brodbelt, University of Texas, Austin.
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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 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William Roush, Scripps.
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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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Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 - McElvain Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Karl Wieghardt, Max Planck Institute. “Coordination Chemistry with Radicals: Where are the Valence Electrons?”
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Thursday, April 30th, 2009 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor E. Bryan Coughlin, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Friday, May 1st, 2009 - PUI Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Professor Lisa Gentile, University of Richmond. “The design of a First Year Quantitative Integrated Science/Math Course”
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Friday, May 1st, 2009 - WISELI Lecture on Women in Science, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lisa Gentile, University of Richmond. “Is an Academic Position at a Primary Undergraduate Institution the Right Choice for Me?”
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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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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 - Inorganic & Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Mallouk, The Pennsylvania State University.
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Thursday, May 7th, 2009 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara Turpin, Rutgers University.
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Thursday, May 14th, 2009 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Babak Parviz, University of Washington, Seattle. “Engineering Self-Assembly Across the Size Scale for Building Functional Devices”
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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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2009 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.
North Dakota State University, Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials, Fargo, ND. Summer research appointments are available for chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering and related fields, between their junior and senior years, who intend to pursue graduate studies and have an interest in polymers and coatings science. The NDSU Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials is widely recognized as one of the top educational and research departments in its field. The department offers projects in the following research areas: Coatings and Corrosion Protection; Weathering Durability of Coatings; Film Formation Processes; Synthesis of High Performance Polymers. Stipend: $4,000 for 10 weeks. Dates: June 1st to August 7th, 2009. Housing: Reasonably Priced On-Campus Housing is Available. Students are responsible for costs associated for housing. To apply, send: Transcript of academic record; Recommendation from an instructor; Letter which includes career plans, research interests and starting date; Application form, (available in room 1146 Chemistry Department). Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Offers may be made as early as March 31st, 2009. Send application packet to: Brian Hinderliter, Dept. 2760, P.O. Box 6050, Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108-6050, Tel: 701-231-8438, Fax: 701-231-8439, Email: Brian.Hinderliter@ndsu.edu. Web: http://cpm.ndsu.nodak.edu/.
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