Chemistry Newsletter - 05/05/2008

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXII - No. 18 May 5th, 2008

 

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Some Sad News

Margaret McLean Bender died Monday, April 28. She was the wife of Paul Bender, a long-time Professor of Chemistry. Here is the Obituary from the Wisconsin State Journal:

 

Bender, Margaret McLean, MADISON.

Margaret McLean Bender, age 91, died peacefully at Capitol Lakes Terraces on Monday, April 28, 2008. She was preceded in death in 2004 by her husband, Emeritus Professor Paul J. Bender of the UW Chemistry Department, after 63 years of marriage. Dr. Margaret Bender was an Emeritus Senior Scientist in the Institute for Environmental Studies. She retired from the Institute at the UW Center for Climate Research in 1981. She was the Director of the UW Radiocarbon Laboratory from 1963 until her retirement. Dr. Bender was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma XI, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was a pioneer in the field of radiocarbon dating and is widely recognized for her recognition of two distinct photosynthetic pathways through which carbon is utilized in tropical and prairie grasses. Her seminal paper describing these two pathways as C-3 for starch-accumulating gasses and as C-4 for fructosan-accumulating gasses has been widely quoted by all researchers in all the scientific fields, such as anthropology, that require accurate dating of carbon-containing materials. Her publications while at the UW-Madison totaled 31 and were primarily related to the radiocarbon dating work. Dr. Bender graduated from Mount Holyoke College magna cum laude in 1937, where she also received her master's degree and had four publications from her work with Professor Dorothy Hahn. Her Ph.D. was from Yale University in 1941 in organic chemistry with Werner Bergmann with whom she had three publications. She held an instructor appointment from 1941-1942 at Connecticut College for Women and a post-doctoral appointment at Yale University from 1942-1943. From 1943-1945, she held a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a lecturer appointment from 1951-1970 with the UW Extension. Her primary teaching responsibilities were with students from the nursing program. She served as Director of the UW Radiocarbon Laboratory from 1963-1981. Margaret and Paul were integral to the development of the UW Chemistry Department and hosted many assistant professors and their families as they found their places in the Madison community. Margaret was particularly knowledgeable about plants and gardens, and many neighbors and colleagues were the recipients of garden plants, flowers, and vegetables for which Margaret could provide their botanical names. She was also a particular role model for women in science and was interviewed concerning her experiences in what was primarily male environment in the early 1940s. Her thoughts and impressions were taped as part of a UW series "Women in Science and Engineering," that was developed by the UW-Madison Oral History Project as part of the archives section at Steenbock Memorial Library. Margaret is survived by four grand nieces, Vicki Smith of La Quinta, Calif., Wilma Kahn of Kingwood, Texas, Wini Mercer of Overland Park, Kan., and Pam Conckle of Los Angeles, Calif. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 http://www.cressfuneralservice.com.

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Chemistry Newsletter Summer Hours

The Chemistry Newsletter will be going to a Summer Bi-weekly publication after next week’s newsletter. Please continue to drop/send material for the newsletter to me. We will publish the newsletter on the off week for special announcements. Thank You.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

Department meetings are open to all students, staff, and faculty, and we encourage everyone to join us.

May 13th, 2008

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

May 6th, 2008

May 20th, 2008

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Weitz, Harvard University. “Dripping, Jetting, Drops and Wetting; the Magic of Microfluidics”

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher C. Cummins, MIT.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - McElvain Series Seminar in Materials Chemistry, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nate Lewis of Cal Tech.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aimon Tongpenyai (Kiessling Group).

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1106 Mechanical Engineering Building. Kevin E. Healy, Departments of Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering, University of California at Berkeley. “Stem Cells, Biomimetic Polymers, and the Promise of Regenerative Medicine”

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Friday, May 9th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nathan S. Lewis, California Institute of Technology. “Scientific Challenges in Sustainable Energy Technology”

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Friday, May 9th, 2008 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory
660 N Park St. Chris Babiarz, PhD, EC&T. “Right Brain Tools for Left Brain Learning:
Using techniques from theater for science education outreach”

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Recent Patents

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Recently Issued US Patents

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United States Patent 7,355,073.

Date: April 8, 2008.

Title: Synthesis of diazaphosphacycles.

Inventors: Landis; Clark R. (Madison, WI), Jin; Wiechang (Madison, WI), Owen; Jonathan S. (Pasadena, CA), Clark; Thomas P. (Madison, WI).

Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Madison, WI).

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United States Patent 7,355,072.

Date: April 8, 2008.

Title: Diazaphosphacycle transition metal complexes.

Inventors: Landis; Clark R. (Madison, WI), Jin; Wiechang (Madison, WI), Owen; Jonathan S. (Pasadena, CA), Clark; Thomas P. (Madison, WI).

Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Madison, WI).

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United States Patent 7,345,069.

Date: March 18, 2008.

Title: Oxidative activation and episulfonium ion-mediated DNA alkylation-based anticancer.

Inventors: Shen; Ben (Verona, WI).

Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Madison, WI).

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United States Patent 7,323,531.

Date: January 29, 2008.

Title: Fluorescent polysiloxanes.

Inventors: Toulokhonova; Irina S. (Madison, WI), West; Robert C. (Madison, WI).

Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Madison, WI).

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United States Patent 7,319,159.

Date: January 15, 2008.

Title: Cyclohexadien-2,4-ylsilane and its derivatives, synthesis of the same, and the pyrolysis of the same to silane.

Inventors: Saulys; Dovas A. (Seoul, KR), Kuech; Thomas F. (Madison, WI), Roberts; John A. (Chicago, IL).

Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Madison, WI).

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United States Patent 7,317,129.

Date: January 8, 2008.

Title: Chemical synthesis of reagents for peptide coupling.

Inventors: Raines; Ronald T. (Madison, WI), Kiessling; Laura L. (Madison, WI), Nilsson; Bradley L. (Madison, WI), He; Yi (Madison, WI), Soellner; Matthew B. (Madison, WI), Hinklin; Ronald J. (Longmont, CO)

Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Madison, WI).

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Recently Issued International Patents

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EP1896579.

Date: 2008-03-12.

Title: Cytotoxic ribonuclease variants.

Inventor: Raines Ronald T (us); Phillips George N Jr (us); Johnson Jeremy Rr (us); Mccoy Jason G (us).

Applicant: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (us).

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WO2008016738.

Date: 2008-02-07.

Title: Antibacterial agents and related screening methods using small molecule macroarrays.

Inventor: Blackwell Helen E (us); Bowman Matthew d (us); O'Neill Jennifer C (us); Stringer Joseph R (us).

Applicant: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (us).

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EP1879872.

Date: 2008-01-23.

Title: Seven-membered heterocyclic carbenes and their metal complexes.

Inventor: Stahl Shannon S (us); Scarborough Christopher C (us).

Applicant: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (us).

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AT382595t .

Date: 2008-01-15.

Title: Novel diazaphospholane ligands for asymmetric catalysis.

Inventor: Landis Clark F (us); Clark Tthomas P (us); Kklosin Jerzy (us).

Applicant: Dow Chemical Co (us); Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (us).

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Next Patent Update will be in July

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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.

Four different camp themes will be offered this year. Fun with Chemistry camp will be offered July 7-11. Our new camp, The Science Behind the Superhero, will be held July 14-18. Fun with Chemistry Inventions camp will be offered July 21-25. Fun with Forensic Science camp will be held July 28-August 1. 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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The Princeton Review, the worlds leader in test preparation services, is seeking instructors for our MCAT classes in Madison. We want instructors who will excel at helping students prepare and succeed on the MCAT. We are looking for smart, dynamic, and energetic communicators who are interested in a great part-time job. Benefits of teaching with TPR include: Great teaching experience; Starting pay rate of $20 per hour with opportunities to earn more ; Flexible schedules. The quality of our teachers is a huge reason for our success. Our instructors must be enthusiastic, energetic, and sympathetic. We don’t lecture; we interact with students to make teaching and learning as fun and engaging as possible. In order to ensure high-quality instruction, we’ve developed our own high-quality training and certification process. No prior teaching experience is required!

In order to be considered for a position, candidates must: Have taken the MCAT and received qualifying scores; or have a verifiable mastery in one of the subject fields on the exam (Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and/or Verbal Reasoning); Attend an interview and demonstrate an outstanding teaching style; Be available to teach evenings and weekends.

Do not delay! Training and classes begin soon. Please send a current resume or CV that includes your MCAT scores or field of mastery to: Troy Marshall at ChicagoTeachers@Review.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The University of Minnesota Duluth. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, http://www.d.umn.edu/chem is seeking one full-time temporary instructor/assistant professor/associate professor for the 2008/2009 academic year. Duties include: Teaching undergraduate chemistry lecture and laboratory courses including general chemistry and liberal education chemistry; Supervising teaching assistants; Serving on departmental committees; Carrying out other departmental duties as assigned. Appointment dates: 8/25/08 through 5/24/09. Qualifications. Essential: Good communication skills as they pertain to teaching and advising. Instructor: MS in chemistry. Assistant Professor: PhD in chemistry; one or more years of college level chemistry teaching experience. Associate Professor: PhD in chemistry, four or more years of college level chemistry teaching experience. Desired: Instructor: One or more years of college level chemistry teaching experience. Experience in academic chemistry lab setting involving research or instruction with supervisory responsibility. Assistant Professor: Two or more years of teaching college level chemistry lecture and lab courses. Experience in academic chemistry lab setting involving research or instruction with supervisory responsibility. Associate Professor: Experience in academic chemistry lab setting involving research or instruction with supervisory responsibility. Advising experience. Completed applications will be reviewed beginning 5/12/08 and continuing until the position is filled. Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Minnesota Employment System website: https://employment.umn.edu, using job requisition # 154621. The application will consist of the electronic application form plus the following materials, which may be sent directly to the Search Committee Chair (below) or attached electronically: letter of application (with current email address and telephone number); curriculum vitae; undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable); description of teaching experience (with emphasis on chemistry lecture and lab courses you have taught); and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to: Dr. Bilin Tsai, Search Committee Chair Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry University of Minnesota Duluth 1039 University Drive, 246 Chem Duluth, MN 55812 (email: btsai@d.umn.edu; fax: 218-726-7394).

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Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. Nine-month temporary faculty position in the Department of Chemistry. Teaching lecture and laboratory courses in general chemistry and general education chemistry, with the possibility of teaching advanced courses in area of specialty. Ph.D. in chemistry or related field and teaching experience preferred; MS degree in chemistry or related field and evidence of commitment to teaching excellence required. Starting date is August 16, 2008. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Submit letter of application; curriculum vitae; transcripts (undergraduate and graduate; unofficial acceptable at this time); and names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three references to: Dr. Douglas G. Klarup, Department of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920 (phone [217] 581-3322). Electronic submissions: dgklarup@eiu.edu are acceptable.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None For This Newsletter

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