Chemistry Newsletter - 04/07/2008

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXII - No. 14 April 7th, 2008

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Laura Kiessling Has Been Awarded a Guggenheim Award

We are pleased to announce that Professor Laura Kiessling has been awarded a Guggenheim Award, by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Guggenheim Awards provide fellowships to faculty and other advanced professionals in all fields of physical and social sciences, humanities, and the creative arts. Please join us in Congratulating Laura!

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Ieva Reich Recognized With Three Different Awards

We are delighted to tell you that in recent weeks we have learned that Ieva Reich is being recognized with *THREE* different awards in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of the college, the campus, and the UW-System, as well as her service and leadership activities.

FIRST: Ieva is being awarded the Chancellor's Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching.

SECOND: Ieva is being awarded the Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award. The Underkofler awards are given by the UW-System for academic staff in order to "recognize teaching of outstanding quality that leads to substantial intellectual growth in students". Note that competition for this award is among all the colleges in the entire UW System, so this is truly an outstanding indication of the esteem to which Ieva's contributions are held.

THIRD: Ieva has been awarded an L&S Mid-Career Award by the College of Letters and Science. This award "recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding performance in their position, leadership and service beyond their position, and substantial professional competency and promise of continuing contributions", and consists of a plaque and a cash prize.

Please join us in congratulating Ieva three times in recognition of all of these outstanding honors!

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Tom Ladell Awarded a 2008 Classified Employee Recognition Award

It is a distinct pleasure to announce that Tom Ladell, the Lab Prep Technician working on the first floor with the General Chemistry program, has won a 2008 Classified Employee Recognition Award from the University. Only 5 awards were presented from some 45 nominations this year, so this is a singular honor for Tom. Please join me in congratulating Tom for his work above and beyond. Congratulations Tom!

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

The May 2008 issue is now available online. In this issue you will find articles about biochemistry, stereochemistry, and many other activities for the classroom and laboratory including:

Editorial: What Price Quality?

Especially for High School Teachers: Connect the Dots

Classroom Activity Extension: Using “Blueprint Photography by the Cyanotype Process”

Classroom Activity Connections: Chemistry and Children’s Literature: Sun Up, Sun Down

JCE Featured Molecules: Molecular Models of Reactants and Products from an Asymmetric Synthesis of a Chiral Carboxylic Acid.

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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

April 22nd, 2008

May 6th, 2008

May 20th, 2008

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SEMINARS

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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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Thursday, April 10th, 2008 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m, Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Professor Song Jin, UW-Madison, Chemistry. “Nanostructured Materials: From Thermoelectric Properties to Energy, Sensor, and Therapeutic Applications”

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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: 1:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. “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. “Grb7 Protein/erbB2 Binding Specificity in Cancer Signaling”

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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 21st, 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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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Ann E. Weber, Merck & Company. “Design and Synthesis of Selective DPP-4 Inhibitors: Discovery of JANUVIA™ (Sitagliptin), a New treatment for Type 2 Diabetes”

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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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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Cynthia Burrows, University of Utah. “Guanine Oxidation Leading to Hydantoins: Bioorganic Mechanisms and Implications for Evolution”

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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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None For This Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Physical/analytical Chemistry, Smith College. The Department of Chemistry at Smith College invites applications for a one-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry beginning in July/August 2008. Primary teaching responsibilities will include a lecture and lab in Instrumental Analysis; a lab section in general chemistry; and the development and teaching, alongside a permanent faculty member, of a new combined spectroscopy lab/lecture course entitled Light and Chemistry. Applicants must have a Ph. D. in chemistry and a commitment to excellence in teaching; prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level is desirable. Research with undergraduates would also be supported. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Chair, Analytical/Physical Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063 or submit an application electronically directly to http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/Chem/. Review of applications will begin April 1st, 2008, and will continue until the position is filled. Smith College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Peter Legzdins of the University of British Columbia has two postdoctoral positions in organometallic and mechanistic chemistry in my group beginning this summer or fall. Current projects are focused on the selective activation and functionalization of hydrocarbon C-H bonds, our latest article in this area having been recently published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 3652-3663. Our website at: http://www.chem.ubc.ca/personnel/faculty/legzdins provides more details of the specific chemistry that we are currently investigating. Experience with the synthesis and characterization of air-sensitive materials is essential, and experience with kinetic and mechanistic studies, electrochemistry, and/or DFT calculations is desirable for these positions. The positions are initially for one year with the strong possibility of a one-year renewal. The salary range is $32,000 to $37,000 per annum depending on qualifications, and full benefits are provided. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae and arrange to have two or three letters of reference sent to me directly. They should also feel free to contact me by email or by telephone at: Professor Peter Legzdins, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, 2036 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z1, Telephone: (604) 822-2987, Fax: (604) 822-2847, Email: legzdins@chem.ubc.ca, Website: http://www.chem.ubc.ca/personnel/faculty/legzdins.

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