Chemistry Newsletter - 04/30/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 17 April 30th, 2007

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Professor Helen Blackwell and Song Jin Have Each Won a Dupont Young Professor Grants

We are delighted to report that Helen Blackwell and Song Jin have each won a Dupont Young Professor Grant. These very highly selective grants (only 15 were given worldwide, 10 of which were to US researchers) were awarded to exceptional young chemists and engineers performing outstanding and influential research. To have two winners from our own department is truly wonderful. Congratulations to Helen and Song!

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Professor Helen Blackwell Receives a 2007 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

We are delighted to report that Helen Blackwell is the recipient of a 2007 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. These coveted awards (of which 15 were given nationally) recognize outstanding contributions and promise for research and education in the chemical sciences. Another feather in Helen's already heavily plumed cap---congratulations Helen!

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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

 

5/01/2007

5/18/2007

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SEMINARS

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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. “Dynamics of organization, and disorganization, at the nanometer scale”

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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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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 - Global Warming Speaker Series Part III, 6:00 p.m., Room 1651 Humanities Building. Dennis Koepke, Senoir Economist at the Public Service Commission. “Engineering Solutions: Carbon Sequestration”

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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, 1:30 p.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. “Chemical and Biosynthetic Methods Toward Mimicking Nature's Strong Fiber: Spider Dragline Silk”

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - EC&T Seminar, 12:00 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Lab. Dr. Dylan Millet, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University. “Characterizing Emission Sources of Reactive Gases and Particles using Atmospheric Observations”

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Genome Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 1111 Biotechnology Center. Eddy Rubin, Ph.D., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “Genomic Approaches to Bioenergy and Gene Regulation”

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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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Friday, May 4th, 2007 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Lab. Rebecca Sheesley, Ph.D., EC&T. “Advances in the Analysis of Organic Tracers in Atmospheric Particulate Matter”

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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, 3:30 p.m., 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. “New Technology that Drives New Science: Automated 2D IR Spectroscopy and Membrane Peptides”

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

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ilia Guzei, UW-Madison, Chemistry Department.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Research Laboratory in Annandale, NJ. The position to be filled requires a hard working, versatile and enthusiastic Ph.D Organic or Physical Organic Chemist with fundamental chemical understanding of organic reaction mechanisms and kinetics. Initial assignment will involve fundamental understanding research of the chemical and physical properties and reactivity of aromatic and heterocylic [N,S,O] aromatic compounds and their polycyclic analogues. Typically, mechanistic understanding will be gained through studies using model compounds followed by application of learnings to real hydrocarbonaceous feed stocks. Research results will have broad applicability in refining, separations, chemicals and new business areas. The candidate will be expected to diligently become familiar with applicable literature, write technical reports, publish in top quality technical journals, present papers and participate in external technical meetings. Familiarity with relevant analytical techniques, e.g., 1H- and 13C-NMR, mass spectrometry, chromatography, IR, UV, raman is necessary. Candidate needs to be an experimentalist fluent in fundamental organic reaction chemistry, have some synthesis capability, be knowledgeable in composition and have the ability to express ideas mathematically on a computer. Candidate should also be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with scientists and engineers in allied fields to form effective teams. Knowledge of the structure and reactivity of heavy oils, solubility class components in heavy oils and other hydrocarbonaceous resources, e.g., coal, oil shale would be helpful, but is not a prerequisite. The position is located in a multi-disciplinary laboratory working to enhance the science and technology base needed to meet current and future energy challenges. Application should be made by mail and should include a resume, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and a brief description of work history and research interests to: ExxonMobile Research and Engineering Company, 1545 US route 22 east, Annandale, NJ 08801, Phone: 908-730-2430, fax: 908-730-3323, e-mail: michael.siskin@exxonmobile.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University is seeking to fill a junior - level tenure track position in Chemical Education for Fall 2007. Candidates must possess a PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Education to be considered for this position. The successful candidate is expected to establish a nationally and internationally recognized research program in chemical education, raise external funding, and to demonstrate strong interests and abilities in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates should submit an online application, cover letter, and Curriculum Vitae at: https://jobs.ncsu.edu. Search by position # 07-48-0705. Candidates should also submit research proposals and three letters of recommendation to: Chair, Chemical Education Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 8204, Raleigh, NC 27695-8204. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified. In addition, NCSU welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. For further information please see: http://www.ncsu.edu/chemistry/chem.html.

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Three Assistant Professors, Department of Chemistry & Life Science, United States Military Academy. Candidates for these positions will be evaluated according to the following factors: (i) Advanced degree (Ph.D.) in Chemistry or related field. (ii) Ability to teach undergraduate courses in general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, or organic chemistry, chemical engineering, or life sciences. (iii) Ability to conduct research. (iv) Ability to mentor students, direct them in their individual research projects, and support student activities outside the classroom. (v) Demonstrated high standards of scholarship and promise of growth and development in the academic profession. Applicants should have some college or professional teaching experience and a personal research agenda. Undergraduate education is our top priority. These appointments are a thirteen-month term appointment expected to begin on or about 1 July 2007. These positions are not restricted to US citizens, but non-citizens cannot be hired if qualified US citizens are available. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. To receive full consideration, applicants should submit curriculum vitae, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation and a DD214 (if claiming veteran’s preference). Questions regarding the department should be referred to: Mrs. Sharon Moran, the Department of Chemistry & Life Science, (845) 938-3767. All applications must arrive at the following address by 11 May 2007. Department of Chemistry & Life Science, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York 10996. The United States Military Academy was established in 1802 and continues to be the Nation’s premier leader development institution. It is the only college specifically charged with preparing young men and women for service as officers in the United States Army. As such, it has a singular educational philosophy of graduating enlightened military leaders of strong moral courage whose minds are creative, critical, and resourceful. Located just 50 miles north of New York City, this prestigious institution is nestled in the beautiful Hudson River Valley.

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Lectureship, University of York. Web Site: http://www.york.ac.uk/univ/mis/cfm/vacancies/vac_detail.cfm?vacno=BA07155&mode=standard. Lecturer in Chemistry - Inorganic Chemistry. Department of Chemistry. Vacancy reference: BA07155. Applications are invited for the post of Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry available from 1 July 2007 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will have or will establish an independent research programme in a topical area of inorganic chemistry, which will be interpreted in its widest sense. He/she will also attract external research funding. Links with other members of the Department, particularly in inorganic chemistry, will be strongly encouraged. As an effective and committed teacher, he/she will be expected to contribute fully to teaching and administrative activities. Salary will be within the range £31,840 - £39,160 per annum. Closing date for applications: 12 noon on 17 May 2007.

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The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of the University of California, San Diego has openings for non-tenure track lecturers. These positions may be of interest to: sabbatical visitors, recent Ph.D. recipients who seek a "teaching postdoc position", or outstanding teachers who seek temporary or part-time opportunities. Positions may involve lecturing in general or environmental chemistry, or teaching laboratory courses in general, biochemistry, or analytical chemistry. All candidates must have a Ph.D. degree. Appointments may be part-time or full-time, from one quarter to one year, with the possibility of extension, and may commence as early as September 2007. For those with part-time appointments, research collaboration with departmental faculty is possible but must be arranged by the candidates separately from the teaching appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the University of California pay scale. Candidates should send a curriculum vitae and names and addresses of three references to: Chair, Lecturer Search Committee 4-874F, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0332. Prompt response is recommended. Review of applications will begin May 22 and continue until the positions are filled. Information about the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is available at: http://chem.ucsd.edu. Applicants are invited to preview campus diversity resources and programs at http://diversity.ucsd.edu. To assist applicants who may have concerns regarding employment opportunities for spouses/partners, please consider the UCSD Academic Job Opportunities Bulletin, http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/offices/aaa/recruitment our Staff Employment Opportunity Bulletin http://joblink.ucsd.edu or employment opportunities at other education and research institutions in San Diego http://www.ucsd.edu/sandiego.html.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin - Rock County invites applications for one or two part-time instructor positions to begin in Fall 2007. Courses include: Introductory Chemistry and Chemistry for Engineers. This position includes both lecture and laboratory instruction. Individuals seeking either daytime or evening positions are encouraged to apply. Masters in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering required, with PhD / ABD preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with successful college teaching experience. Starting Date is August 27, 2007. E-mail vita, unofficial transcripts, and names and phone numbers of three references to: Dr. Tom Klubertanz (tom.h.klubertanz@uwc.edu), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin – Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave, Janesville, WI 53546. Review of applications will begin on 10 May 2007 and continue until position is filled. Applications must be accompanied by a statement of whether the applicant wishes to have the application held in confidence or made available to the public upon request. Please see our campus website at: http://www.rock.uwc.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None for This Newsletter

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