Chemistry Newsletter - 05/01/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 18

May 1st, 2006

American Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected Professor Jim Skinner as a Fellow

We are delighted to announce that the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected our Chair Jim Skinner as a Fellow. Jim joins joins Dale Boger, Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, J. Andrew McCammon, Geraldine Richmond, Amos Smith III, and Timothy Swager as the other 2006 selections for Chemistry. Also elected this year were Bill Clinton, George Bush, Allen Alda and Martin Scorsese! The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is the nation's oldest and most illustrious learned society. Election to the American Academy is an honor that acknowledges the best of all scholarly fields and professions. Newly elected Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes those who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines. The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots "to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people." The Academy's membership has included George Washington, Ben Franklin, Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Einstein, and Winston Churchill. This selection is a tremendous honor and we join in congratulating Jim on this recognition of his outstanding pioneering research in theoretical chemistry. Congratulations Jim!!

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Professor Laura Kiessling to be appointed as a Hilldale Professor

We are delighted to announce that Laura Kiessling will be appointed Hilldale Professor effective July 2006. A Hilldale Professor is one of the highest honors that a faculty member at UW can achieve, and Hilldale Professors are selected through an extremely competitive University wide process. This appointment is fitting and wonderful recognition for Laura's outstanding contributions to the Department, the College of Letters and Science, and the University, through her seminal research in chemical biology, her spectacular teaching and mentoring, and her many extramural activities including Editor-in-Chief of the ACS journal Chemical Biology and service on a number of advisory boards and panels. Congratulations Laura!

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Governor Doyle to Dedicate the Irving Shain Chemistry Research Tower

The Irving Shain Chemistry Research Tower dedication celebrations will be held on Friday May 5th and Saturday May 6th, 2006. Governor Doyle and other top State and UW officials will be at the formal dedication ceremony at 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 5 in Room 1351 Chemistry. Full participation by all Chemistry Department personnel will greatly enhance our standing with outside visitors. 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.

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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

5/2/06

5/16/06

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SEMINARS

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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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Friday, May 5th, 2006 - Inaugural Irving Shain Chemistry Colloquium, 3:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Allen J. Bard, Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin. “Fuel Cells and the Discovery of Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Based on Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy”

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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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85th Annual SDE/GWIS National Meeting

Moving Forward: Climate, Cognition and Careers for Women in Science and Engineering.

June 10, 2006. Scientific Conference & Presentations 9 AM - 5 PM

Silent Auction & Poster Session 5-7 PM

Dinner 7 PM

The Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI.

For more information and to register online: http://ntp.neuroscience.wisc.edu/gwis/national.html

Graduate Women in Science (SDE/GWIS) is an interdisciplinary society of scientists who encourage and support women to enter and achieve success in science and engineering.

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Synchrotron Radiation Newsletter

The Synchrotron Radiation Newsletter is a quarterly publication and can be accessed at: http://www.src.wisc.edu/news/Stories/spring_newsletter.04.26.06.htm.

Thank You - Christopher J. Moore, Educational Outreach Coordinator, Synchrotron Radiation Center.

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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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None for this Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Lawrence University chemistry department seeks to fill a sabbatical replacement position for the 2006-2007 academic year. This could potentially be full-time teaching for one, two, or all three of the terms (fall, winter, spring) of the 2006-2007 academic year. Specific teaching assignments will depend on the interests and experience of the person(s) we hire, but would include some classroom and laboratory teaching in general chemistry (normally a team-taught course), with additional possibilities in either inorganic or organic or both. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact: Jerry Lokensgard, Chair, Lawrence Chemistry Department, for additional details as soon as possible. (email: jerrold.p.lokensgard@lawrence.edu).

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral opening (Research Associate) in science education at Michigan State University. Michigan State University (MSU) plans to continue to provide national leadership in science education scholarship in the coming decades and seeks candidates of exceptional scholarly and professional accomplishments or promise to fill a two-year Research Associate position beginning in August 2006 or as soon thereafter as possible. This opportunity will allow the selected associate to engage in research in the professional development of science teachers, centered on problems of practice through PBL TPC (Problem Based Learning and Teachers' Professional Continuum http://www.msu.edu/~pbltpc/). This research associate will participate in these new projects in collaboration with faculty, graduate students, professional staff, and practicing teachers. In addition, the research associate will have the opportunity to develop significant expertise in materials development, including theories of teaching and learning applied to science education and educational research methods. This project is located jointly in the Teacher Education Department of the College of Education which has been ranked the No. 1 program of its kind in the nation for the past ten years, and in the Division of Science and Mathematics Education in the College of Natural Science. The NSF-funded project centered on teachers' problems of practice, involves faculty from several departments at Michigan State University. Candidates should have a strong commitment to education, a strong background in science and have completed a doctoral degree in science education prior to beginning their work as a research associate. Candidates should also have strong analytical and organizational abilities, strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work well and assume leadership responsibilities in a team environment. Additional desirable qualifications include prior teaching experience in science at the middle- or high-school levels, a deep understanding of science, experience working with teachers, administrators, and university faculty, and knowledge or interest in case-based pedagogy or technology. The term can start as early as August 16, 2006. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply and the salary will be competitive. If the research associate is interested, opportunities to teach in the teacher-education program may be arranged. A complete application package consists of a cover letter describing your background relevant to this position and your reasons for wanting to join the project, a curriculum vita, a copy of transcripts and three letters of reference. Submit applications materials to: Mary Lundeberg, MSU, 318 Erickson Hall, East Lansing MI 48824-1034, 517-353-5091, e-mail: mlunde@msu.edu.

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