Chemistry Newsletter - 03/17/2008

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXXII - No. 11 March 17th, 2008

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Sam Gellman Receives 2008 Phi Beta Kappa of Wisconsin Teaching Award

We’re pleased to announce that Professor Sam Gellman will be receiving the 2008 Phi Beta Kappa of Wisconsin Teaching Award! The award will be presented as part of the PBK initiation ceremony on Saturday, April 5th. Please join me in congratulating Sam on this recognition of his outstanding teaching! Congratulations, Sam !

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The April 2008 Issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is Now Available Online

The April 2008 issue is now available online. In this issue you will find information about new ACS guidelines, articles about dramatic demonstrations and analyzing multiple-choice exams, and many other activities for the classroom and laboratory including:

Editorial: Academic Extensions of Gresham’s Law.

Especially for High School Teachers: Can I Get Help? Where?

JCE Classroom Activity: A Candle in the Wind.

Featured Molecule: Molecular Models of Products and Reactants from Suzuki and Heck Syntheses.

Please note these contributions from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in this issue:

Jim Maynard presents “Using Hydrogen Balloons To Display Metal Ion Spectra ”, and Gordon Bain and John Berry offer “Diamagnetic Corrections and Pascal's Constants”.

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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.

April 15th, 2008

May 13th, 2008

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

 

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, 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. “Analyzing the Dynamic Glycome: What Glycomics Can Tell us About HIV-1”

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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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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. Tuesday:“Chemistry in Living Systems: Shedding Light on Glycans” Wednesday: “Engineering Biological/Nanomaterial Interfaces: Highlights of Research at the Molecular Foundry”

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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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Monday, April 21th, 2008, Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor John M. Herbert, The Ohio State University. “Trouble with TD-DFT: Theoretical Investigation of Excited Electronic States in DNA Oligomers and Other Large Molecules”

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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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Recent Publications

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Mechanical consequences of molecular composition on failure in polyolefin composites containing glassy, elastomeric, and semicrystalline components.

Mahanthappa, MK*; Hillmyer, MA; Bates, FS.

MACROMOLECULES 41 (4): 1341-1351 FEB 26 2008.

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Spectroscopic determination of hydrogenation rates and intermediates during carbonyl hydrogenation catalyzed by Shvo's hydroxycyclopentadienyl diruthenium hydride agrees with kinetic modeling based on independently measured rates of elementary reactions.

Casey, CP*; Beetner, SE; Johnson, JB.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (7): 2285-2295 FEB 20 2008.

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Thermodynamic and kinetic characterization of apoHmpH, a fast-folding bacterial globin.

Eun, YJ; Kurt, N; Sekhar, A; Cavagnero, S*.

JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 376 (3): 879-897 FEB 22 2008.

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The effect of matrix structure on the diffusion of fluids in porous media.

Sung, BJ; Yethiraj, A*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 128 (5): Art. No. 054702 FEB 7 2008.

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Hund's rule in two-electron atomic systems.

Harriman, JE*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 85 (3): 451-452 MAR 2008.

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Proton transfer in carbonic anhydrase is controlled by electrostatics rather than the orientation of the acceptor.

Riccardi, D; Konig, P; Guo, H; Cui, Q*.

BIOCHEMISTRY 47 (8): 2369-2378 FEB 26 2008.

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Nanofibers and lyotropic liquid crystals from a class of self-assembling beta-peptides.

Pomerantz, WC; Yuwono, VM; Pizzey, CL; Hartgerink, JD; Abbott, NL; Gellman, SH*.

ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 47 (7): 1241-1244 2008.

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Chemical probes of bacterial signal transduction reveal that repellents stabilize and attractants destabilize the chemoreceptor array.

Borrok, MJ; Kolonko, EM; Kiessling, LL*.

ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 3 (2): 101-109 FEB 2008.

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Metabolite identification via the Madison Metabolomics Consortium Database.

Cui, Q*; Lewis, IA; Hegeman, AD; Anderson, ME; Li, J; Schulte, CF; Westler, WM; Eghbalnia, HR; Sussman, MR; Markley, JL.

NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY 26 (2): 162-164 FEB 2008.

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New technology to detect and monitor the post-translational modification events that commit human embryonic stem cells to exit the pluripotent state.

Swaney, DL; McAlister, GC; Phanstiel, D; Brumbaugh, J; Keith, J; Ficarro, SB; Feng, X; Ruotti, V; Stewart, R; Thomson, JA; Berggren, T; Coon, JJ*.

MOLECULAR & CELLULAR PROTEOMICS 6 (8): 36-36 Suppl. S AUG 2007.

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Urinary proteomic biomarkers on coronary artery disease.

Zimmerli, LU; Schiffer, E; Zurbig, P; Good, DM; Kellmann, M; Mouls, L; Pitt, AR; Coon, JJ*; Schmieder, RE; Peter, KH; Mischak, H; Kolch, W; Delles, C; Dominiczak, AF.

MOLECULAR & CELLULAR PROTEOMICS 7 (2): 290-298 FEB 2008.

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Intermolecular = C-H . . . : C hydrogen bond in a crystalline unsaturated Arduengo-type carbene.

Leites, LA; Magdanurov, GI; Bukalov, SS; West, R*.

MENDELEEV COMMUNICATIONS 18 (1): 14-15 JAN-FEB 2008.

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The roles of salt concentration and cation charge in collisions of Ar and DCl with salty glycerol solutions of NaI and CaI2.

DeZwaan, JL; Brastad, SM; Nathanson, GM*.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C 112 (8): 3008-3017 FEB 28 2008.

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Solid-phase and microwave-assisted syntheses of 2,5-diketopiperazines: Small molecules with great potential.

O'Neill, JC; Blackwell, HE*.

COMBINATORIAL CHEMISTRY & HIGH THROUGHPUT SCREENING 10 (10): 857-876 2007.

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Comparative analyses of N-acylated homoserine Lactones reveal unique structural features that dictate their ability to activate or inhibit quorum sensing.

Geske, GD; ONeill, JC; Miller, DM; Wezeman, RJ; Mattmann, ME; Lin, Q; Blackwell, HE*.

CHEMBIOCHEM 9 (3): 389-400 JAN 15 2008.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Lecturer in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences. The University of Vermont (UVM) invites applications for a Lecturer position in chemistry. The appointment would begin in August 2008 and would be an initial one-year appointment, but renewable in subsequent years with satisfactory performance. The successful applicant will contribute to teaching our introductory chemistry courses to undergraduates. The initial appointment would be to teach our one-semester survey of chemistry (CHEM 23) course in the fall and our organic/biochemistry (CHEM 26) course in the spring. Other courses that could be taught are our introductory chemistry (CHEM 31 & 32). A Ph.D. in chemistry is required for the position. Although experience teaching at the college level is preferred, this position is also suitable for individuals seeking a shorter-term teaching experience in lieu of a postdoctoral research position. The Department has a mentoring plan in place for qualified applicants seeking to develop teaching experience in undergraduate education. Additional information about the Department of Chemistry and chemistry courses can be found at: http://www.uvm.edu/~chem/. Applicants must apply online at: http://www.uvmjobs.com (position is listed under the Department of Chemistry). Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled. The University and the College are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. Review of applications will begin April 21, 2008. Three hardcopy letters of recommendation should also be sent directly to: Prof. Dwight Matthews, Chair, Department of Chemistry, The University of Vermont, 82 University Pl., Burlington, VT 05405, phone: 802-656-0194, e-mail: Dwight.Matthews@uvm.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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