Chemistry Newsletter - 03/20/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 12 March 20th, 2006

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Chuck Casey wins the 2006 UW-Madison Hilldale Award for the Physical Sciences

We are delighted to report that Professor Chuck Casey has won the 2006 UW-Madison Hilldale Award for the Physical Sciences. This very prestigious award, given annually to one of the University's most distinguished faculty, justly celebrates his tremendous accomplishments in research, teaching, and service. Congratulations Chuck!

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Professor Hans Andersen of Stanford University is the winner of the 2006-07 Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Hans Andersen, from Stanford, is the winner of the 2006-07 Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry. Hans, a member of the National Academy since the early nineties, is famous for developing theories of the structure and dynamics of liquids, for inventing algorithms for molecular dynamics simulations used by thousands throughout the world, for understanding behavior near the glass transition, and for understanding melting in two-dimensions. He will visit the department Oct 16-18, over which time he will deliver three lectures.

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Irving Shain Chemistry Research Tower Dedication

The Irving Shain Chemistry Research Tower dedication celebrations will be held on Friday May 5th and Saturday May 6th, 2006. All are invited to an exciting weekend of science and celebration. For more information on these celebrations and other activities, please go the Chemistry Home page at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu and click on the Quick link for the Irving Shain Research Tower Dedication link.

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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

4/4/06

4/25/06

5/2/06

5/16/06

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SEMINARS

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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, 3:30 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. “Electrons on the Rocks: Molecular Aspects of Electron Hydration Through Cluster Spectroscopy”

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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. “Minimal Models for Modeling Protein Crystallization”

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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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National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation 2006 Collegiate Inventors Competitions

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® Foundation is pleased to announce that we are now accepting entries for the 2006 Collegiate Inventors Competitions®. Now in its 15th year, The Collegiate Inventors Competition is one of the foremost programs in the United States that recognizes and rewards invention, innovation, and discovery by college and university students. Past winners include the inventors of such technologies as a non-invasive test for colorectal cancer, a pulsed liquid microjet and a planing hull catamaran. In addition to the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, sponsors of the competition include Abbott Laboratories and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This year, students and their advisors will compete for over $75,000 in prizes including: Grand Prize of $25,000; A top Graduate Prize of $15,000; A top Undergraduate Prize of $10,000; And a $3,000 prize for the advisor of each winning entry. All students who advance to the final round of judging will also receive a cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to present their work to a Blue Ribbon Panel of judges in October, 2006. This panel includes Chief Science and Technical Officers from Fortune 500 companies, senior representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees. These students will also attend an exclusive Awards Ceremony and dinner where they will meet other Inductees to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, industry leaders, government representatives and the media. The deadline for the 2006 Competition is June 1, 2006. The entry from and FAQs are available at: http://www.invent.org/collegiate.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Pfizer, Global Research & Development, is writing to inform you of a number of employment openings that exist at Pfizer Global Research & Development (PGRD) for B.S. and M.S. level chemists in the areas of Medicinal Chemistry, Process chemistry, Radiochemistry and Chemistry technologies. We are seeking outstanding Bachelor’s or Masters degree candidates from your department who would be interested in these positions, where both independence and creativity are encouraged and rewarded. Research experience, especially in Organic Synthesis, is highly desirable even from undergraduate candidates. We currently have positions available in the following locations: Groton, CT; Cambridge, MA; Ann Arbor, MI and La Jolla, CA. I would be grateful if you made this information available to qualified candidates. Please also forward this letter to colleagues who might be aware of other prospective applicants, and post this letter and enclosed job descriptions on a departmental bulletin board. Interested individuals should provide a resume and preferably a research summary describing his or her undergraduate or graduate research experiences. It would be also helpful, though not required for initial screening, to include college transcripts and arrange for two or more reference letters from those familiar with his or her chemistry experiences. Please send application material and all supporting documents to: chemistryrecruiting@pfizer.com with subject line as Campus Recruiting”. At Pfizer, our mission is to become the world's most valued company to patients, customers, colleagues, investors, business partners, and the communities where we work and live. As No.1 Pharmaceutical company with annual revenue over $50 billions, Pfizer boasts the industry's largest pharmaceutical R & D organization with an operating budget of $7.4 billion in 2005. Our focus is to discover and deliver an ever-increasing variety of medicines to significantly enhance the health and quality of life. Pfizer has a strong commitment to pharmaceutical researches, with hundreds of active research projects across multiple disease groups and therapeutic areas - more than any other company on the globe. PGRD is responsible for many recognized drug breakthroughs that rank first in sales in their class, including several you may be familiar with -Lipitor (for high cholesterol), Zoloft (an antidepressant), Norvasc (for hypertension), and Viagra (for erectile dysfunction). You can find more information on Pfizer via: http://www.pfizer.com. Lei Zhang, Ph.D., 8220-4169, Eastern Point Road, Groton, CT 06340, Phone: 860-441-4116 Fax: 860-686-0015, E-mail: Lei.Zhang3@Pfizer.com.

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Multiple positions are open in Center for Advanced Microelectronics and Biomolecular Research (CAMBR) at University of Idaho. CAMBR has a multiple discipline research team including electronic engineers, computer scientists, molecular biologists and microbiologists. One of our major research areas is to develop advanced electronic biosensors and bio-molecular electronics. CAMBR seeks more professional scientists to join our team. Currently, four positions are open and can be viewed at: http://www.sites.uidaho.edu/AppTrack/Agency/Applicant/CurrentOpenings.asp?category=1.

Senior research scientist. Qualified candidate must have a Ph.D in chemistry and at least 5 years research experience thereafter. He/She should have experience in organic synthesis, ability to independently address technical challenges and develop new technologies. Experience in surface chemistry is highly desired. For detailed information, please see Announcement #12312000243.

Postdoctoral fellow in chemistry. Qualified candidate must have a Ph.D in chemistry and have good laboratory skills in organic chemistry. He/She will have responsibilities to design and perform experiments to solve particular problems. Experience in surface chemistry is a plus, but not required. For detailed information, please see Announcement number #12508010988.

Postdoctoral fellow in molecular biology. Qualified candidate must have a Ph.D in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology or genetics, and possess good laboratory skills. He/She will have responsibility to design and perform experiments to develop new technologies in development of biosensors. Experiences in cloning, gene expression, micro-arrays and immunoassay technologies are desired. For detailed information, please see Announcement #12508049291.

Molecular Biologist with a strong molecular biology background and laboratory skills. The individual will be involved in the development of advanced biosensors. He/She is responsible for independent research including molecular cloning, protein expression and purification, immunoassays and bio-conjugation. The person will interact with other team members including chemist, computer scientist and electronic engineers. Applicants must have a proven track record of laboratory research as a bench scientist. Announcement #12310075588.

CAMBR located in a new facility at the university research park in Post Falls, which is 10 miles from a beautiful tourist town, Coeur d'Alene, in northern Idaho. For more information, please contact Gary Maki at: gkm1@cambr.uidaho.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Clarkson University: Outstanding, energetic candidates are sought to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Chemistry. The search is aimed at entry-level Assistant Professor candidates, but exceptionally qualified applicants may be considered for more senior appointments. All areas of specialization will be considered, but teaching and research that complements and supports the department's rapidly developing program in Biomolecular Science and it's broadly defined biomolecular and materials emphases are preferred. Depending on specialization, the position could be closely associated with the University's New York State supported Center for Advanced Materials Processing. Candidates must have a Ph.D. with outstanding research potential and be capable of teaching courses at the Ph.D., M.S. and undergraduate levels. Successful candidates are expected to develop vigorous, creative, externally funded research programs. Please submit vita, research and teaching plans, and list of references to: Sergiy Minko, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699-5810. Position starts Fall 2006. Review starts immediately and will continue until filled. Clarkson is an AA/EOE. Position Posting #91-05.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None for this Newsletter

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