Chemistry newsletter - 03/06/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 10 March 6th, 2006

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David Strasfeld (Zanni Group) to attend the 56th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau Germany

David Strasfeld, a graduate student in the Zanni group, has been selected to attend the 56th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau Germany. This award is sponsored by DOE, NSF, and NIH, among others, and is designed to facilitate the interactions of excellent students and scientists from around the world. Congratulations David!

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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

 

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, 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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Monday, March 20th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. Frank Slack. “Roles for MicroRNA’s in Development and Disease”

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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 - Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy Seminar, 7:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Schwartz, City University of New York. “Science as Performance: A Proactive Strategy to Communicate and Educate Through Theater, Music, and Dance”

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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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Monday, March 27th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. R. Lance Wells. “Intracellular Glycosylation and Insulin Signaling”

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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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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. Gail Bishop. “TRAF’s and Their Receptors - Cooperation and Competition”

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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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Monday, April 10th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. Jeffrey Friedman. “Leptin and the Biologic Basics of Obesity”

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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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Monday, April 17th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. Kathleen Gould. “Split Decisions: Lessons About Cytokinesis from Fission Yeast”

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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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Monday, April 24th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. Michael Mossing. “Slow Folding and Assembly of Cro Dimers: Implications for the Lambda Genetic Switch”

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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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Monday, May 1st, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. I. Robert Lehman. “TBA”

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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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Monday, May 8th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. Kevin Struhl. “Logic and Mechanisms of Transcriptional Regulation”

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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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University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Chemistry is soliciting applications for a Director of NMR Facilities. A Ph.D., or advanced degree with extensive experience, in the use and applications of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance is required. This position will direct the operation of the NMR laboratories that serve the Department of Chemistry and will be responsible for maintaining and upgrading the NMR instruments, training graduate students in the use of these instruments, implementing new and advanced experiments and providing technical guidance to users. In addition to supervising student assistants in their NMR service duties, the successful candidate will assist in the development of proposals for new instruments. Please submit application, including curriculum vitae, and letters of reference from three individuals who are familiar with the candidate's work by March 28, 2006 to: Dr. Duncan Wardrop, Chair, NMR Director Search, Department of Chemistry (M/C 111), The University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7061, e-mail: wardropd@uic.edu.

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Solution-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy at Caltech. The Manager of the Solution State NMR Facility is responsible for developing and maintaining state of the art solution-phase NMR capabilities within the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division at the California Institute of Technology. Currently the Facility includes one Varian 600, two Varian 500 (one with autosampler) and five Varian 300 spectrometers (three with H, F, C, P autoswitchable probes, two with ATB probes, one with autosampler); Sun OS 9, VNMR 6.1C soon upgrading to VNMRJ operating systems. The manager provides strategic direction, advocacy, day-to-day management of the Division's NMR research needs, oversight of Divisional solution-phase NMR instruments, consultation with users on advanced applications of NMR for research problems, and education of the user group on relevant research and advances relating to NMR and its applications through individual instruction and informal course offerings.Principal Duties include: Provide strategic leadership, advocacy and advice on NMR to researchers and faculty in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (CCE) Division. Supervise the Spectroscopist and several Graduate Student Laboratory Assistants (GLAs) in the Facility. Maintain instrumentation in working order, in collaboration with the spectroscopist, GLAs and electronic and computing technicians. Provide assistance and consulting to users undertaking non-routine NMR experiments with the instruments in the Facility. Provide training and education on emerging new NMR methods and new instrumentation to the spectroscopist, GLAs, and users. Manage computer network security, installation of upgrades of NMR software (particularly with Linux support) and new applications, and maintain the webpage for the Facility. Manage charging and the operational budget for the NMR Facility and prepare annual reports to the CCE Divisional Instrumentation Committee that address Facility planning and operations. In coordination with the CCE Divisional Instrumentation Committee identify funding opportunities and take a leadership role in grant proposal writing for instrument acquisition and hardware/software upgrades. Maintain strong interactions with other NMR facilities on Campus. Assist the faculty in teaching an advanced level course in modern NMR spectroscopy. Send resume and salary history by June 1, 2006 to: Dr. Paul Carroad, Chemistry Mail Code 164-30, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125-3000.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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None For This Newsletter

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None For This Newsletter

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