Chemistry Newsletter - 04/10/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 15 April 10th, 2006

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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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UW Madison Chemistry Department Ranked #7 in the Nation

The latest grad school rankings just appeared in US News & World Report, and our Chemistry Department is ranked tied for 7th in the country. This is an improvement from most recent rankings that have us at 9 or 10. Moreover, our department is the only one in the country ranked in the top 10 in all six chemistry specialities (analytical, biochem, inorganic, organic, physical, and theoretical) as defined by USN&WR! While in general one cannot pay too much attention to rankings (especially when they are not favorable!), in this case we should indeed be proud of our department and its trajectory.

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May Issue of Journal of Chemical Education Now Available Online

The May 2006 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online at: http://www.jce.divched.org/. This issue features a cover article that is by a former UW-Madison grad, Mark Muyskens, who got his Ph.D. with Fleming Crim in 1991.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

4/11/06

5/9/06

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

4/25/06

5/2/06

5/16/06

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SEMINARS

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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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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006 - Chemical Education/Inorganic Speaker, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Holme, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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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 - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Adrain Elcock, University of Iowa. “Molecular and Brownian Dynamics Simulations of Complex Biomolecular Systems”

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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Chang RW. Yethiraj A.

Dynamics of chain molecules in disordered materials - art. no. 107802.

Physical Review Letters. 9610(10):7802, 2006 Mar 17.

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Bowling NP. Halter RJ. Hodges JA. Seburg RA. Thomas PS. Simmons CS. Stanton JF. McMahon RJ.

Reactive carbon-chain molecules: Synthesis of 1-diazo-2,4-pentadiyne and spectroscopic characterization of triplet pentadiynylidene (H-C=C-C-C=C-H).

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 128(10):3291-3302, 2006 Mar 15.

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Muenter AH. DeZwaan JL. Nathanson GM.

Collisions of DCl with pure and salty glycerol: Enhancement of interfacial D -> H exchange by dissolved NaI.

Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 110(10):4881-4891, 2006 Mar 16.

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Pakoullev AV. Rickard MA. Meyer KA. Kornau K. Mathew NA. Thompson DE. Wright JC.

Mixed frequency/time domain optical analogues of heteronuclear multidimensional NMR.

Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 110(10):3352-3355, 2006 Mar 16.

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Sprague MM. Ramesh SG. Sibert EL.

Combination of perturbative and variational methods for calculating molecular spectra: Calculation of the v=3-5 CH stretch overtone spectrum of CHF3 - art. no. 114307.

Journal of Chemical Physics. 124(11):14307, 2006 Mar 21.

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Grant JE. Guo LW. Vestling MM. Martemyanov KA. Arshavsky VY. Ruoho AE.

The N terminus of GTP gamma S-activated transducin alpha-subunit interacts with the C terminus of the cGMP phosphodiesterase gamma-subunit.

Journal of Biological Chemistry. 281(10):6194-6202, 2006 Mar 10.

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Amine K. Wang QZ. Vissers DR. Zhang ZC. Rossi NAA. West R.

Novel silane compounds as electrolyte solvents for Li-ion batteries.

Electrochemistry Communications. 8(3):429-433, 2006 Mar.

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Mukherjee P. Kass I. Arkin I. Zanni MT.

Picosecond dynamics of a membrane protein revealed by 2D IR.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 103(10):3528-3533, 2006 Mar 7.

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Copyright © 2006 Thomson ISI

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Group Leaders Wanted

for Fun with Chemistry Camps!

The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) will again be offering the Fun with Chemistry Camps (Chem Camps) this summer. The camps provide a fun and exciting chemistry laboratory experience for middle school students. There are four sessions this summer, each of which runs for five weekday afternoons. The dates for this year’s camps are: Inventions Camp - June 19-23 and July 17-21 & Forensic Science Camp - July 24-28 and August 7-11.

 

We need GROUP LEADERS (undergraduate and graduate students) to provide guidance to 4–6 students in the laboratory. We typically need between 10 and 12 group leaders for each session. The time commitment is approximately 12:45 - 4:30 PM each day, and the pay is $300 ($50 increase from 2005) per weekly session. If you are interested in applying, please stop by Chemistry 1305 with a current resume, and sign up with Patti by May 1. You must be able to work both weeks of either Inventions or Forensics. Those who can work all 4 weeks will be given priority.

 

The positions usually fill up fast, so hurry if you’re interested! May 1 is the last day to sign up (bring resume) and be guaranteed consideration for a position. Group Leaders are selected on a combination first-come - first-served/interview basis. Additionally, we will be conducting a research study that targets undergraduates this summer, so undergraduates are encouraged to apply and will be given preferential treatment. Applicants will be informed if they have been selected by May 15. If you would like to have more information or if you have any questions, please call Patti Puccio at 2-3033.

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National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation

Information about the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation has been posted at the following web site: http://info.gradsch.wisc.edu/research/institutionalnom.html. The NSF Partnerships for Innovation program aims to increase innovation and collaborations among scientists, engineers, educators, industry, and governments to speed the transformation of new knowledge into new products, processes, and services, there by creating new jobs and wealth and improved standard of living and quality of life worldwide.

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Adult CPR/AED Courses

 

The University Police are pleased to announce that we will be holding Heartsaver Adult CPR/AED courses at the police department. As of right now, we have scheduled one class for April and one for May. The future goal would be to host one class a month. These classes are open to any UW-Student or Staff member that is interested. There is a fee for the course. We have done everything we can to keep the fee low. The link below will take you to a course description and registration page. Please pass this along to others on campus that you feel may be interested. Any questions can be directed to: Michael R. Newton, Sergeant for Emergency Preparedness, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1429 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711, Office: (608)263-1558, Fax: (608) 262-9768. The link for the courses: http://www.ohrd.wisc.edu/reg/catalog_course.aspx?groupcoursekey=13146.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu or 262-0293. Thank You.

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