Chemistry Newsletter - 03/26/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 13 March 26th, 2007

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Shea Ramey is the Recipient of the L&S Early Career Award

Shea Ramey, an academic staff member in the Chemistry Learning Center, is the recipient of the L&S Early Career Award. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding performance in their position, show substantial promise of future contributions, and demonstrate a high degree of professionalism. Congratulations Shea!

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The April 2007 Issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is Now Available Online

 

The April 2007 issue is now available online. As is our tradition for the April issue, you will find an assortment of fun and entertaining articles about using puzzles, games, and humor to teach chemistry, electrochemistry, and many other activities for the classroom and laboratory including:

Editorial: New Technologies, New Opportunities: For What?

Especially for High School Teachers: A Sense of Community.

JCE Classroom Activity: Colorful Lather Printing.

JCE Featured Molecules: Molecular Models Candy Components.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

 

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

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

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/18/2007

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SEMINARS

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Warren Piers, University of Calgary, Canada.

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Thursday, March 29th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Angeles Paz Sandoval, Chemistry Department, “Cinvestav” (Center for Investigation & Advanced Studies), Mexico City.

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Koert, Philipps-Universität Marburg “Synthesis of Molecular Switches, Ion-Channels and Natural Products”

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Ritchie, Purdue University. “Watching Single Molecules in Live Mammalian and Bacterial Cell Membranes”

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alan Goldman, Rutgers University.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - McElvain Series Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Don Hunt, University of Virginia.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth Moscato-Goodpaster, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Monday, April 16th, 2007 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeffrey A. Wesson, Medical College of Wisconsin. “Crystal Aggregation in Kidney Stone Formation: A Polymer Aggregation Problem?”

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, University of California, Irvine. “Reactions at Interfaces in the Atmosphere and Why We Should Care”

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Victor Snieckus, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada. “Sight-seeing the Metalated Flatlands. Carbanion-mediated Strategies for Synthetic Aromatic Chemistry”

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “The Molecular Chemistry of Renewable Energy”

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Jorgensen, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rebecca Splain, Graduate Student, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - First Annual Shain Colloquium Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dan Nocera, MIT. “On the Global Energy Future and Science's Challenge to Power the Planet”

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Saturday, April 21st, 2007 - New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning College Chemistry - Mini-Symposium, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., University of Wisconsin-Washington County, Collins Science hall, 400 University Dr., West Bend, WI 53095. John Moore, UW-Madison. “New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning College Chemistry”. Free - including lunch and refreshments! Pre-registration is required by Friday March 30, 2007. Maps and Directions: http://washington.uwc.edu/about/map_directions.html. Registration Form: http://washington.uwc.edu/depts/chemistry/Mini-Symposium%20Registration%20Form.doc. Web page for Mini-symposiums program details: http://washington.uwc.edu/depts/chemistry/mini-symposium.htm.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur G. Suits, Wayne State University. “Lost in Configuration Space: Probing Novel Reaction Mechanisms with High-Resolution Imaging”

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paramjit Arora, New York University.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Finke, Colorado State.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Ann Carroll, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peerasak Paoprasert, Graduate Student, Gopalan Group.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phillip Geissler, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan Kahne, Harvard University.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justine Roth, Johns Hopkins University.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. F. Dean Toste, University of California-Berkeley.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Mark Wightman, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Maren Buck, Graduate Student, Lynn Group.

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Friday, May 4th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: An Effective Program for Building Diversity in the Sciences”

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts University. “Getting Surfaces to Reveal Secrets via Probing with Small Molecules”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Zhang (Stahl Group) and Xiaoyu Wang (Hamers Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Julee Byram, Graduate Student, Mecozzi Group.

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Friday, May 11th, 2007 - Annual Department Awards Ceremony, Room 1315 Chemistry, with reception in Charter St. Atrium.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David MacMillan, Princeton University.

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Dreyfus Foundation Grant Programs

We bring your attention to two Dreyfus Foundation grant programs: Postdoc in Environmental Chemistry, and Special Grant Program in Chemical Sciences. Info is at: http://www.dreyfus.org.

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13th International Conference on Unconventional Photoactive Systems

You are cordially invited to participate in the 13th International Conference on Unconventional Photoactive Systems (UPS-13) to be held at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA on August 5-9, 2007. Northwestern University is sited on the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan approximately 15 km north of downtown Chicago. The conference will include the following general topics: solar energy conversion; bio-inspired photoactive systems; electroluminescence and OLEDs; nano-optics and plasmonics; single molecule spectroscopy; photonic switches; nonlinear optics; photochromic materials and optical data storage. The following speakers have agreed to give presentations at the conference: Leif Hammarström (Uppsala Univ.), Atusuhiro Osuka (Kyoto Univ.), Jean-Luc Bredas (Georgia Tech), P. Leslie Dutton (Univ. of Penn. Tobin Marks (Northwestern Univ.), J. Fraser Stoddart (UCLA), Devens Gust (Arizona State Univ.), Arthur Nozik (Natl. Renewable Energy Lab), Gary Wiederrecht (Argonne Natl. Lab), Johan Hofkens (KU Leuven), Hiroshi Fukumura (Tohoku Univ.), Seth Marder (Georgia Tech), Torsten Fiebig (Boston College). Please check the Conference Website for information on the venue, conference program, invited speakers, housing options, and Registration. The Website can be found at: http://www.chem.northwestern.edu/~ups13. Don’t forget! Early registration ends March 31, 2007. Abstracts are due on March 31, 2007 for oral presentations and April 30, 2007 for posters.

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AEI Poster Session

The ACS Office of Graduate Education is once again sponsoring an AEI poster session at the ACS Fall National Meeting SciMix in Boston on August 20, 8-10pm. This session will give aspiring faculty members a chance to meet with faculty recruiters in an informal setting. If any of your graduate students or post-docs are planning to seek an academic position, we invite them to present a poster in this session. Please forward the attached flyer to them, which has further details about the AEI poster session. The deadline for registering a poster on the Online Abstract Submittal System (OASYS) at: http://oasys.acs.org/oasys.htm is April 9 , so they should consider this soon if they would like to attend. We also urge you to reserve a space on your calendar for the AEI session if your department will be seeking to hire this fall. At the AEI session you will get a chance to meet with a large variety of potential candidates before you have to decide to bring a small number to your campus for interviews. If you would like more information please visit http://www.chemistry.org/aei.html or write to GradEd@acs.org or call 1-202-872-4588. Office of Graduate Education, American Chemical Society.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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A Senior Research Associate in Medicinal Chemistry at Theravance, Inc. in South San Francisco, CA, is interested in building relationships with great chemistry departments in hopes of recruiting BS and MS level chemists who might be considering a job in the pharmaceutical industry. The chemistry department at UW-Madison has a wonderful reputation, and I strongly feel that Theravance could offer many valuable opportunities to the talented, hardworking individuals preparing to graduate from UW and begin their chemistry careers. Our department is well resourced, and provides a cooperative learning environment with open communication that allows us to achieve our goals of creating new medicines on short timelines. We are currently actively looking to expand our department, and are very interested in meeting any talented students you may have that you feel would excel in such a research environment. Specifically, we are looking for undergraduates (or MS) students who have a keen interest in organic chemistry and have had the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research projects to sharpen their synthesis and laboratory skills. Please feel free to forward my information to any students you know that may be interested in working in Medicinal Chemistry here at Theravance. Contact: Ioanna Stergiades, Senior Research Associate, Medicinal Chemistry, Theravance, Inc., 901 Gateway Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080, phone: 650.808.6003, fax: 650.808.6120, e-mail: istergiades@theravance.com. Web: Http://www.theravance.com.

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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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The Chemical Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory has an immediate opening for a post-doctoral appointee in the area of supporting homogeneous catalysts on solid supports. The successful candidate will have a strong background in the synthesis of organometallic materials for homogeneous catalysis and the handling of air sensitive materials using Schlenk lines and glove boxes. In addition, it would be desirable if the candidate had experience in the evaluation of heterogeneous catalysts and in the use of in situ techniques for characterizing catalysts and adsorbates on catalyst surfaces (IR and X-ray adsorption). The successful candidate must have good skills in documentation along with excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Strong candidates with graduate degrees in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering are encouraged to apply. All candidates must have recently completed their doctoral requirements in either chemistry or chemical engineering. All candidates interested in applying for this position, are asked to send a resume to: Christopher L. Marshall, Heterogeneous Catalysis Section, Chemical Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, CMT/205, Argonne IL 60439-4837, Phone: 630-252-4310, Fax: 630-972-4408, E-Mail: CLMarshall@anl.gov. Argonne National Laboratory is operated by UChicago Argonne LLC for the US Department of Energy. General information on Argonne is available at: http://www.anl.gov/.

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