Chemistry Newsletter - 04/16/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 15 April 16th, 2007

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Professor Josh Coon Receives a Major Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

We are delighted to report that Josh Coon has received a major award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for his research on "Gas-phase coordination chemistry for rapid, robust whole protein sequence analysis." To win this highly prestigious award one must compete successfully at both the university and national level. Congratulations to Josh for this impressive accomplishment!

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Christine McInnis wins a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

We are delighted to report that Christine McInnis, a graduate student in Helen Blackwell's group, has won a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, in this particular case sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. This prestigious Fellowship fully supports three years of graduate research. Congratulations Christine!

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

The May 2007 issue is now available online. In this issue you will find several articles about x-ray techniques, analytical chemistry, and many other activities for the classroom and laboratory including:

Editorial: Energizing Students and Science. Especially for High School Teachers: Planning Now for Next Year. JCE Classroom Activity: How Does Your Laundry Glow? JCE Featured Molecule: Molecular Models of DNA.

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Professor Bassam Shakhashiri wins the 2007 National Science Board Public Service Award

We are delighted to report that Bassam Shakhashiri has won the 2007 National Science Board Public Service Award. Bassam is being recognized "not only for his distinguished service in the Federal Government but also for his influential communication of science to mass audiences through his books, and television and radio programs."The National Science Board is charged with overseeing the National Science Foundation and with providing advice to the President and to Congress. This is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for Bassam. Congratulations Bassam!

The complete News press release from the National Science foundation follows:

NEWS RELEASE from the National Science Board - For release on: April 16, 2007.

Cheery is the Lab of Shakhashiri - Chemist, Educator, Communicator Receives 2007 National Science Board Public Service Award. Wins praise for communicating science, and as advocate for NSF education program.

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, a chemistry professor who pioneered new ways to encourage public understanding of science through his enthusiastic communications and visually exciting chemical demonstrations, will receive the 2007 National Science Board Public Service Award. The University of Wisconsin scientist, as a National Science Foundation assistant director in the late 1980s, also had a strong role in rebuilding education programs at NSF after many were greatly reduced in the early years of the Reagan Administration.

Shakhashiri will receive the award at a ceremony May 14 at the State Department in Washington, D.C. "Dr. Shakhashiri has set himself apart from many scientists by broadly communicating science in lectures, radio and television, in the classroom and in public events that have promoted science literacy on a scale wider than most of us have the energy to dream about," said Steven C. Beering, National Science Board chairman.

Shakhashiri, whom the Encyclopedia Britannica describes as the "dean of lecture demonstrators in America," has made more than 1,100 lectures and presentations internationally. He has made numerous appearances on nationwide radio and television, to include his annual PBS program "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri." He also has made many public appearances to promote the connections between the arts and science, and his renowned multi-volume series of handbooks in chemical demonstrations for teachers is in wide use.

In 1983 Shakhashiri was the founder of the Institute for Chemical Education at the University of Wisconsin. It is a national center for research and development, teaching and dissemination of information on chemistry at all educational levels. In the same year, he opened the first-of-its-kind interactive chemistry exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, which has remained permanently on display there.

Another of Shakhashiri's major projects is his Initiative for Science Literacy. His work involves showing future musicians, artists, writers, performers and scientists the interrelationships between forms of inquiry, creativity and personal expression. His work has helped many students and adult learners cultivate the intellectual and emotional links between science and the arts, according to several who know of his efforts.

From radio show hosts to physical scientists, all seem to agree that Shakhashiri has been blessed with a "fearlessness" in reaching audiences, large and small, with his messages of science literacy and the connections between art and science. In his six years as the National Science Foundation's Assistant Director for Science and Engineering Education in the 1980s, Shakhashiri proved, too, to be a fierce advocate for science education programs.

NSF's annual budget for education programs dropped from $80 million in fiscal 1980 to $23 million in 1983. Shakhashiri arrived at NSF in 1984 and pressed successfully for rebuilding NSF's K-12 and informal science education programs. In addition, he aggressively advocated a resurgence of NSF’s undergraduate education programs at the urging of the National Science Board and its Neal Report. By the time Shakhashiri left the agency in 1990, NSF's budget for education and human resources had grown to more than $230 million.

Shakhashiri's individual Public Service Award recognizes his extraordinary contributions to increase public understanding of science. The Science Board will also recognize CBS's popular television dramatic series "Numb3rs" and its co-creators, Nick Falacci and Cheryl Heuton, with a 2007 group award for public service.

Recipients of the Public Service Award are chosen for their contributions in areas such as: increasing the public's understanding of the scientific process and its communication; contributing to the development of broad science and engineering policy; promoting the engagement of scientists and engineers in public outreach; and fostering awareness of science and technology among broad segments of the population.

The National Science Board initiated the Public Service Award in 1996. The first honorees were named in 1998. The board is an independent 24-member body of policy advisors to the President and Congress on matters of science and engineering research and education, and is the oversight body for the National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent federal agency that supports almost all areas of fundamental research nationwide.

For more information on Dr. Shakhashiri, see: http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu?BZSbio/biosketch.html.

For more information on the 2007 Public Service Award group recipients, see: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/numb3rs/about.shtml.

For more information on the Public Service Awards history and criteria, see: http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/awards/public/public.htm#criteria.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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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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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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - EC&T Seminar, 3:00 p.m., Room 102 Water Science & Engineering Lab. Professor Roy Harrison, Birmingham University, UK. “Studies of Physico-Chemical Properties of Urban Aerosol and their Use in Policy Applications”

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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 - TCI Seminar, 1:45 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Barry Dunietz, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. “Exploring Conductance Switching Properties of Molecular Scale Devices - A Computational Approach”

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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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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Tasha Stoiber, EC&T. “Differential Effects of Copper and Cadmium Exposure on Toxicity Endpoints in Freshwater Algae”

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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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Friday, April 27th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Laura L. Kiessling, Professor of Chemistry and Laurens Anderson Professor of Biochemistry, UW-Madison. “Illuminating and Inhibiting Carbohydrate Biosynthetic Pathways”

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Monday, April 30th, 2007 - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor S. Iyengar, University of Indiana. “Quantum/Classical Dynamics of Electrons and Nuclei: Applications to Hydrogen Tunneling in Biological Enzymes and Simulation of Vibrational Action Spectroscopy in Water Clusters”

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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. “Structure and Function of an Essential Component of the Outer Membrane Protein Assembly Machine”

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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. “Development and Application of Gold(I) - Catalyzed Reactions for Organic Synthesis”

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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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Wednesday, May 9th, 2007 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gregory Kubas, Los Alamos University.

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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 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Martin Zanni, UW-Madison.

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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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Eight International Symposium on Carbanion Chemistry (ISCC-8)

The Eight International Symposium on Carbanion Chemistry will take place this year on the campus of the UW-Madison, in Madison, Wisconsin on Wednesday, June 6th to Sunday June 10th, 2007. Those interested in the conference should preregister at the ISCC-8 web site located at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/iscc8/.

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Chemistry Camp

The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) offers a summer afternoon laboratory program in chemistry for middle school students entering grades 5-8. Chemistry camp is designed to stimulate scientific curiosity through demonstrations, experiments, and other hands-on activities.

Three different camp themes will be offered this year. There will be two sessions of Fun with Chemistry camp in the weeks of July 9-13 and July 16-20. One session of Fun with Forensic Science camp will be offered from July 30-August 3, and one session of Fun with Chemistry Inventions camp will be offered from August 13-17. Each session runs Monday through Friday, from 1:15-4:30 pm. The cost for each one-week session is $130.

Information and a registration form are available online at: http://ice.chem.wisc.edu/outreach.htm.

For additional information, contact: Cheryl Hansen, 1305 Chemistry Bldg., 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706; phone: 608/262-3033; fax: 608/265-8094; email: ice@chem.wisc.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Chemistry Instructor, Department of Chemistry. Part-time Non-tenure Track Vacancy Pool: UW-River Falls maintains a pool of qualified candidates from which staff may be drawn to fill vacancies on a temporary basis in various departments and disciplines. Successful applicants become members of a pool of temporary instructional academic staff eligible to teach on short notice, based upon the needs of the department, funding, and availability of the prospective staff member. We are looking to increase our pool in the following area: The position is for a one year, full-time Academic Staff (non-tenure track) position. Duties: to teach introductory chemistry lecture and/or laboratory; possibly teach other courses in area of specialization, if the need exists; to maintain regular office hours to assist student learning. Load: 15-18 contact hours per semester. Compensation is commensurate with qualifications. Qualifications (Required): Master's degree or higher in chemistry or a related field required (Ph.D. degree candidates will be considered); Strong desire to teach undergraduate students required; Evidence of excellence in teaching may be considered an asset; Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the University's commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages. To Apply: Submit a resume (or curriculum vitae), letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience and a separate statement addressing your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures. Include an unofficial transcript (official copies will be required if hired) and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references who can specifically comment upon your teaching ability, experience, and professional preparation. Inquiries and applications should be addressed to: Mary Foster, University of Wisconsin - River Falls, 410 South 3rd Street, River Falls, WI 54022, e-mail: mary.foster@uwrf.edu. Review of Applications: regular review of applications takes place as vacancies occur. The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request.

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AMMRL: BS/MS NMR position. This individual's duties may include: *Magnet maintenance including cryogen filling; *Clerical duties such as record keeping, accounting, scheduling and billing; *Customer service including service samples, training of students, assisting during NMR lab courses, and supervision of trainees; *Assisting NMR users in experimental setup and data collection; *UNIX and LINUX computer management. Requirements: B.S. or M.S. in biochemistry, chemistry, physics, pharmaceutical or medicinal chemistry, or related fields. Strong analytical skills and general chemistry knowledge are essential. Practical knowledge and understanding of 1-D and 2-D NMR techniques and parameters desired. Familiarity with instrumentation, commonly used PC and UNIX software and operating systems a plus. The candidate must have good verbal, writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Should be highly motivated and enjoy learning new skills. Please send a cover letter and resume to: Beverly Ostrowski, 6-155 Jackson Hall, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 or via email to: ostro016@umn.edu. Evaluation of applications will begin April 15, 2007 and continue until filled.

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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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