Chemistry Newsletter - 04/17/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 16 April 17th, 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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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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 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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Friday, April 21st, 2006 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 1:00 p.m., Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Robert Zambias, Acros Maybridge. “Bioisosteres in Medicinal Chemistry”

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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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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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Enhancing Teaching and Learning Chemistry with Natural Bond Orbital

 

Where: University of Wisconsin - Washington County, Collins Science Hall, 400 University Drive, West Bend, WI, 53095. Maps and Directions: http://washington.uwc.edu/about/map_directions.html.

When: Saturday, April 22nd, 2006, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM.

Presenters: Dr. Frank Weinhold, Professor, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison & Dr. Mohamed Ayoub, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, UW-Washington County.

Cost: FREE - including lunch and refreshments! Pre-registration is required by Thursday April 20, 2006. Registration Form: http://washington.uwc.edu/depts/chemistry/Registration_Form.doc.

Organizer: Dr. Mohamed Ayoub, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Washington County, 400 University Drive, West Bend, WI 53095, Tel. No. 262-335-5234, Fax: 262-335-5251, E-mail: mayoub@uwc.edu.

For more information, program and registration for this workshop, please visit: http://washington.uwc.edu/depts/chemistry/Workshop.htm.

Sponsored by a University of Wisconsin System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) Spring 2006 Conference Development Grant.

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A TA position at the Molecular Structure Laboratory

UW-Madison Chemistry Department. A part-time appointment (16-20h a week, flexible schedule) is available at the Molecular Structure Laboratory starting May 2006. The successful candidate will learn to conduct single crystal X-ray diffraction experiments, solve and refine crystal structures of organic and coordination compounds, and prepare crystallographic papers and reports. This work will likely result in several scientific publications. A significant responsibility will be maintaining the in-house crystallographic database (PC/LINUX). Please contact Ilia Guzei at: iguzei@chem.wisc.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Employment Opportunity with Third Wave Technologies, Inc. The Basics: Entry-level scientific position working in a lab to develop nucleic acid based diagnostic products; Full-time Monday through Friday; Pay is commensurate with experience with a minimum of $30,000; Opportunity to earn an Incentive Bonus; Company paid health insurance premiums; Located on the west side of Madison on the busline; Apply on-line at: http://www.twt.com (click on company, then careers, then Entry Level Scientific Position). Candidates should have: Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Life Sciences; Previous experience in performing semi-independent research; Previous experience using PCR techniques; Background with RNAi highly desired; Experience with nucleic acid chemistry highly desired; Demonstrated high attention to detail skills; Must be proficient with Microsoft applications. What you will gain: Scientific knowledge; Industry experience; The opportunity to be recognized and advanced in the field through publications/patents; Great coworkers and a fun atmosphere. Apply On-line: http://www.twt.com. Gain valuable industry experience working for a cutting edge molecular diagnostic company that develops products used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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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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None For This Newsletter

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