Chemistry Newsletter - 03/09/2009

XXXIII - No. 10 March 23rd, 2009

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Professor Peter Wolynes from UCSD is 2009-10 Hirschfelder Prize Winner
We are delighted to announce that the Hirschfelder Prize winner for 2009-10 is Professor Peter Wolynes from UCSD. Many of you know Peter as a brilliant wunderkind, receiving his PhD at 21, tenure at 26, into the National Academy at 38, etc. He has done absolutely pioneering theoretical work on protein folding and on the glass transition. He will speak about this and more during his lectures in Madison on October 12-14, 2009. Please mark your calendars!
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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
April 7th, 2009
April 14th, 2009
May 5th, 2009
May 12th, 2009
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SEMINARS
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Thursday, March 26th, 2009 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 Materials Science & Engineering Building. Serge M. Nekhmanson, Argonne National Lab. “Understanding, Enhancing and Fine-Tuning Polar Properties in Novel Ferroelectric Materials”
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Friday, March 27th, 2009 - GSFLC Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Neal Lane, Rice University; former Director, NSF; and Senior Fellow, James Baker Institute for Public Policy. “Science in the OBAMA Era”
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Monday, March 30th, 2009 - Theoretical Chemistry Seminar, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Miller, California Institute of Technology. “Understanding the Dynamics of Hydrophobic Collapse”
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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. “A Life Changing Decision Made by a Single-Molecule Stochastic Event: Deciphering a Genetic Switch in a Living Bacterial Cell”
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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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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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Monday, April 27th, 2009 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335, Chemistry Building. Professor Xiaosong Li, University of Washington. “Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory - Ground State, Excited State, and Beyond”
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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. “Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Materials”
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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Gating Mechanism of the Influenza A M2 Channel Revealed by 1D and 2D IR Spectroscopies.
Manor, J; Mukherjee, P; Lin, YS; Leonov, H; Skinner, JL*; Zanni, MT*; Arkin, IT.
STRUCTURE 17 (2): 247-254 FEB 13 2009.
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Stable Glass Transformation to Supercooled Liquid via Surface-Initiated Growth Front.
Swallen, SF; Traynor, K; McMahon, RJ*; Ediger, MD*; Mates, TE.
PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 102 (6): Art. No. 065503 FEB 13 2009.
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Spectroscopic Study of the Cobalamin-Dependent Methionine Synthase in the Activation Conformation: Effects of the Y1139 Residue and S-Adenosylmethionine on the B-12 Cofactor.
Liptak, MD; Datta, S; Matthews, RG; Brunold, TC*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (48): 16374-16381 DEC 3 2008.
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Highly Stable Indomethacin Glasses Resist Uptake of Water Vapor.
Dawson, KJ; Kearns, KL; Ediger, MD*; Sacchetti, MJ; Zografi, GD.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 113 (8): 2422-2427 FEB 26 2009.
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Two-dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy Provides Evidence of an Intermediate in the Membrane-catalyzed Assembly of Diabetic Amyloid.
Ling, YL; Strasfeld, DB; Shim, SH; Raleigh, DP; Zanni, MT*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 113 (8): 2498-2505 FEB 26 2009.
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Covalent Grafting of Redox-Active Molecules to Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanofiber Arrays via "Click" Chemistry.
Landis, EC; Hamers, RJ*.
CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS 21 (4): 724-730 FEB 24 2009.
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Surfactant Control of Gas Transport and Reactions at the Surface of Sulfuric Acid.
Park, SC; Burden, DK; Nathanson, GM*.
ACCOUNTS OF CHEMICAL RESEARCH 42 (2): 379-387 FEB 2009.
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Sialylated multivalent antigens engage CD22 in trans and inhibit B cell activation.
Courtney, AH; Puffer, EB; Pontrello, JK; Yang, ZQ; Kiessling, LL*.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 106 (8): 2500-2505 FEB 24 2009.
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Silicon-containing liquid polymer electrolytes for application in lithium ion batteries.
Rossi, NAA; West, R*.
POLYMER INTERNATIONAL 58 (3): 267-272 Sp. Iss. SI MAR 2009.
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Inhibition of Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii by Nonviral Expression of hCAP-18 in a Bioengineered Human Skin Tissue.
Thomas-Virnig, CL; Centanni, JM; Johnston, CE; He, LK; Schlosser, SJ; Van Winkle, KF; Chen, RB; Gibson, AL; Szilagyi, A; Li, LJ*; Shankar, R; Allen-Hoffmann, BL.
MOLECULAR THERAPY 17 (3): 562-569 MAR 2009.
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Facilitating Discovery of Prion Disease Biomarkers by Quantitative Glycoproteomics.
Wei, X; Herbst, A; Schmidt, J; Aikent, J; Li, LJ*.
LC GC NORTH AMERICA 27 (2): 154-+ FEB 2009.
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Detection of DNA hybridisation on a functionalised diamond surface using reflection anisotropy spectroscopy.
Smith, CI; Bowfield, A; Cuquerella, MC; Mansley, CP; Farrell, T; Harrison, P; Martin, DS; Fernig, DG; Edwards, C; Butler, JE; Hamers, RJ*; Sun, B; Wang, X; Weightman, P.
EPL 85 (1): Art. No. 18006 JAN 2009.
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Engineered Nanomaterial Transformation under Oxidative Environmental Conditions: Development of an in vitro Biomimetic Assay.
Metz, KM; Mangham, AN; Bierman, MJ; Jin, S*; Hamers, RJ*; Pedersen, JA.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 43 (5): 1598-1604 MAR 1 2009.
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Dynamics of photoinduced charge transfer between pentacene and a C-60-terminated self-assembled monolayer.
Park, B; Paoprasert, P; Gopalan, P*; Kuech, TF; Evans, PG.
APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 94 (7): Art. No. 073302 FEB 16 2009.
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Direct and continuous assay for prolyl 4-hydroxylase.
Gorres, KL; Raines, RT*.
ANALYTICAL BIOCHEMISTRY 386 (2): 181-185 MAR 15 2009.
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Water: Hydrogen bonding and vibrational spectroscopy, in the bulk liquid and at the liquid/vapor interface.
Auer, BM; Skinner, JL*.
CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS 470 (1-3): 13-20 FEB 24 2009.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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The Chemistry Department of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University invites applications for a one-year, term position to begin in August, 2009. A Ph.D. in organic chemistry or a closely related field is preferred, as is a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Teaching assignments will primarily involve a combination of general chemistry and organic chemistry lectures and labs. The chemistry department is ACS accredited and has 12 faculty members. More information about the college, university and department is available at: http://www.csbsju.edu. St. John's University, a liberal arts college for men, and the College of St. Benedict, a liberal arts college for women, are located four miles apart in Central Minnesota just outside metropolitan St. Cloud and 70 miles from Minneapolis. Both are Catholic colleges in the Benedictine tradition, which emphasize quality teaching and a commitment to intercultural learning. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three recent letters of recommendation, statement of teaching philosophy, and copies of transcripts (official transcripts required for interview) to: College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Human Resources - Position # HRW2009012 37 South College Ave St. Joseph, MN 56374, employment@csbsju.edu. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.
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Instrumentation Innovator - Instruction. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin - Stout seeks an engaging, student-centered instrumentation innovator to share their passion and energy to create outstanding educational opportunities for undergraduates in our nanotechnology and biotechnology programs. The successful candidate will work with interdisciplinary teams of committed educators to manage a well–supported instrumentation facility, assist principal investigators in developing research proposals and instrument intensive curricula, and teach Instrumental Analysis or other laboratory courses. An M.S. in chemistry, physics, biology or related science (Ph.D. preferred) and instrumentation experience are required. Detailed position information can be found at http://www.uwstout.edu/cas/chemistry/. To apply, submit hard copies of an application letter highlighting your instrumentation, teaching, and research experiences (up to 3 pages), your CV, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial review) and contact information for three reference to: the Hiring Committee Chair, Instrumentation Innovator, Micheels Hall 184 # 12, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI 54751. Screening will begin April 15, 2009 and continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon passing a criminal background check.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Biochemist: Western Kentucky University, A tenure-track assistant professor position in biochemistry is available beginning August, 2009. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or closely related field is required. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong, externally funded research program in biochemistry with both undergraduate and graduate students (M.S.). Candidates with specialties such as biophysical or bioorganic chemistry are also encouraged to apply. Western Kentucky University has an Applied Research and Technology Program (ARTP) with centers such as the Materials Characterization Center, the Institute for Combustion Science and Environmental Technology, and Biotechnology Center. Extensive instrumentation capabilities exist through these and other centers. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, unofficial transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and statements of teaching philosophy and research goals to: Biochemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101. Additional information can be obtained at the homepages of the Department of Chemistry (http://www.wku.edu/chemistry) or ARTP (http://www.wku.edu/artp). Review of applications will begin January 5, 2009.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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