Chemistry Newsletter - 05/07/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 18 May 7th, 2007

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Professor Laura Kiessling Elected to Membership in the National Academy of Sciences

We are delighted to report that Professor Laura Kiessling has been elected to Membership in the National Academy of Sciences! Only 72 new members, in all fields of science, are elected each year, so this is one of the highest honors that a scientist can aspire to. Election to this August body signals that Laura's achievements in chemical biology are truly outstanding, and that their impact has been truly exceptional. Congratulations to Laura on this extremely well-deserved and fantastic honor!

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Professor Tom Record Elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

We are delighted to report that Professor Tom Record has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The American Academy, founded in 1780, is the country's oldest learned society, honoring the finest minds and most influential leaders in physical, biological and social sciences, the arts and humanities, public affairs and business. Previous fellows include George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, and this year's class of new fellows includes Albert Gore and Emanuel Ax. Congratulations to Tom, on this recognition of his exceptional accomplishments!

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New Divisional Chairs

The ballots for the division chair elections have been counted, and the winners are:

Ned Sibert (General); Sam Gellman (Organic); Judith Burstyn (Inorganic); Lloyd Smith (Analytical); Gil Nathanson (Physical).

Congratulations to these dedicated faculty members, and many thanks in advance for the important service you will provide to the department!

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Tom Foseid Retiring - January 2, 2008

Since I understand rumors are running around the building, I should tell you that two days ago, I received a letter from Tom Foseid, indicating that he would retire January 2, 2008. As you all know, Tom has been an institution here at Chemistry, and his departure will not be easy, but he has promised to help us find a superb replacement for him.

I will tell you more as we firm up some plans for his replacement (and his retirement party). In the meantime, he is not leaving soon, and you have plenty of time to go tell him how much he has meant to you and the Department.

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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

5/18/2007

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SEMINARS

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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 at 3:00 p.m.

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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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346 Research Poster Session

You are cordially invited to the biannual chem 346 research poster session to be held Tuesday at 4:30-5:30 pm in the atrium.

What: Chem 346 students typically join research groups the second half of the semester. Posters to be presented describe their work in the various groups.

When: Tuesday, May 8, from 4:30 pm till 5:30 pm.

Where: In the Shain building atrium.

Please come. Refreshments will be served and we will have a chance to see how our 346 students have blossomed! See you there!

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2007 Faculty Horizons Program at the University of Maryland

Graduate students, post-docs, and newly hired assistant professors please come to this all-expense paid workshop. It's a great opportunity to learn how to negotiate a faculty position and, once in, succeed! This fills up quick so be sure to encourage them to apply now. Contact: Lisa Kelly, lkelly@umbc.edu.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2007 Faculty Horizons Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), which will be held July 12-14, 2007.

This national workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program at UMBC, is intended to provide post-doctoral research fellows and upper-level graduate students, particularly women, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with necessary skills to become successful tenure-track faculty in the United States. Special attention is paid to including women from underrepresented groups. Due to limited space, everyone must apply on-line at: http://www.umbc.edu/advance/registration07/ and be accepted to attend. The application is available from April 19, 2007 - May 18, 2007. Funds are available to defray the cost of participation. Please share this announcement widely with those you think may be interested in attending, or those who may know someone who would find this workshop beneficial. Please email: advance@umbc.edu for any additional information or questions. For the most up-to-date workshop information, please visit: http://www.umbc.edu/advance and click on Faculty Horizons.

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Reminder about 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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Women in Science and Engineering Grant Program

WISELI (The Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our “Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering Grant Program.” As you may know, WISELI's mission is to promote the participation and advancement of women in science and engineering. Our “Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering Grant Program” provides funds to departments, centers, or student groups who wish to increase the representation of women scientists in their seminar schedules, provide increased networking opportunities for women scientists, increase awareness and generate discussion of issues/concerns important to women scientists, and/or to create new workshops, symposia, lecture series, or similar events in line with WISELI's goals. More detailed information about the grant program and an application are available on our website: http://wiseli.engr.wisc.edu/initiatives/celebrating/celebrate.html. The application deadline is June 15, 2007.

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Recent Publications

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Reaction of acetonitrile with the silicon(001) surface: A combined XPS and FTIR study.

Schwartz, MP; Hamers, RJ*.

SURFACE SCIENCE 601 (4): 945-953 FEB 15 2007.

 

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Protein structural variation in computational models and crystallographic data.

Kondrashov, DA; Van Wynsberghe, AW; Bannen, RM; Cui, Q*; Phillips, GN.

STRUCTURE 15 (2): 169-177 FEB 2007.

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Arginine grafting to endow cell permeability.

Fuchs, SM; Raines, RT*.

ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 2 (3): 167-170 MAR 2007.

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Copyright © 2007 Thomson ISI

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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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Instructor. Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (http://www.siue.edu/CHEMISTRY/) is seeking an instructor with a Ph.D. or Master's degree in Chemistry to begin in August 2007. Teaching assignments will include undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses. Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, a summary of teaching interests and philosophy, and have at least two letters of recommendation sent to: Chemistry Instructor Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1652.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None for This Newsletter

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