Chemistry Newsletter - 05/27/2008

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXII - No. 20 May 27th, 2008

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The June 2008 Issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is Now Available Online

 

The June 2008 issue is now available online. In this issue you will find articles about minerals and their properties and structure, forensic chemistry, spectroscopy in the laboratory, chemical education research into problem solving, and many other activities for the classroom and laboratory including:

Editorial: Teaching Thinking.

Especially for High School Teachers: Quantum in me fuit.

JCE Classroom Activity: Fun with Fingerprints: Cyanoacrylate Fuming.

JCE Featured Molecules: Molecular Models of Real and Mock Illicit Drugs from a Forensic Chemistry Activity.

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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.

TBA

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

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SEMINARS

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Thursday, May 29th, 2008 - Gary Parr Memorial Award Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew Lockett, Smith Research Group.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Don Tilley, Berkeley.

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Saturday, September 13th, 2008 - SNOUT OUT 2008, 12 Noon-5:00 p.m., Rennenbohm Park. Sponsored by GSFLC. Food, drinks, softball & general fun!

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Terrance Collins, Carnegie Mellon University. “Iron-TAML activators: effective green chemistry catalysts for peroxide activation”

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 - Ferry Lecture in Macromolecular Science, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 ChemistryBuilding. Jean Frechet.

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 - Ferry Lecture in Macromolecular Science, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jean Frechet.

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Recent Publications

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Distinctive circular dichroism signature for 14-helix-bundle formation by beta-peptides.

Pomerantz, WC; Grygiel, TLR; Lai, JR; Gellman, SH*.

ORGANIC LETTERS 10 (9): 1799-1802 MAY 1 2008.

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Enantioselective organocatalytic Michael addition of aldehydes to nitroethylene: Efficient access to gamma(2)-amino acids.

Chi, Y; Guo, L; Kopf, NA; Gellman, SH*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (17): 5608-+ APR 30 2008.

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A polymeric domain that promotes cellular internalization.

Kolonko, EM; Kiessling, LL*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (17): 5626-+ APR 30 2008.

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Reaction of molecular oxygen with a Pd-II-hydride to produce a Pd-II-hydroperoxide: Experimental evidence for an HX-reductive-elimination pathway.

Konnick, MM; Stahl, SS*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (17): 5753-5762 APR 30 2008.

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Establishing effective simulation protocols for beta- and alpha/beta-peptides. II. Molecular mechanical (MM) model for a cyclic beta-residue.

Zhu, X; Koenig, P; Gellman, SH*; Yethiraj*, A; Cui, Q*.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 112 (17): 5439-5448 MAY 1 2008.

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Crystallization near glass transition: Transition from diffusion-controlled to diffusionless crystal growth studied with seven polymorphs.

Sun, Y; Xi, HM; Chen, S; Ediger, MD*; Yu, L.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 112 (18): 5594-5601 MAY 8 2008.

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Characterization of the nanostructure of complexes formed by a redox-active cationic lipid and DNA.

Pizzey, CL; Jewell, CM; Hays, ME; Lynn, DM*; Abbott, NL; Kondo, Y; Golan, S; Tahnon, Y.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 112 (18): 5849-5857 MAY 8 2008.

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Reactivity of the triple ion and separated ion pair of tris(trimethylsilyl)methyllithium with aldehydes: A RINMR study.

Jones, AC; Sanders, AW; Sikorski, WH; Jansen, KL; Reich, HJ*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (19): 6060-+ MAY 14 2008.

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Copyright © 2008 Thomson ISI

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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.

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; e-mail: ice@chem.wisc.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center has an excellent and exiting opportunity for an individual interested in being a part of a cutting edge research program. The Center has a need for a Purchasing Associate to work with their Faculty and Staff in procuring equipment and supplies costing under $5000. This rapidly growing Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is housed at the University of Wisconsin with collaborators at Michigan State University along with other academic, private sector, and national laboratories. The GLBRC is one of three Department of Energy centers to conduct fundamental, genomics-based research on microbial and plant systems required to realize the national need for low-cost biofuels. Currently this position will be located in the Microbial Sciences building, with future plans of moving to a newly constructed building. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of a major high profile research project and to work with Scientists and Researchers within the University as well as from collaborating institutions and labs. The Purchasing Associate will provide fiscal and purchasing support to the GLBRC for all purchases under $5000 including determination of purchase requirements, electronic order processing, evaluating whether a state contract exists or bidding is required, managing credit card, analyzing and interpreting policies and procedures of GLBRC procurements and providing guidance to faculty and staff in purchasing guidelines. If you are interested in being a part of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and have experience in procurements/purchasing, please give me a call or email at: 608-890-2042, rclodfelter@cals.wisc.edu. For a complete position description and list of qualifications desired, please go to: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/chris/px_69043_16500.html.

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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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University of Virginia. In conjunction with the new position and the relocation of his research group (scheduled for January of 2009), Associate Professor T. Brent Gunnoe, is seeking to hire 2 or 3 postdoctoral researchers. Ideally, candidates will have a strong background in synthetic organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis including experience with handling of air-sensitive materials and use of common characterization tools (e.g., NMR spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry). A background in mechanistic studies would also be beneficial. Initial appointments will be for one year with extension to a 2nd year upon mutual agreement. For more information on our research interests, candidates can visit my group's website at: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~tbgunnoe/index.html. Candidates should arrange to have a CV and three letters of recommendation sent to: T. Brent Gunnoe, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8204, Phone: (919) 513-3704, FAX: (919) 515-8909, Email: brent_gunnoe@ncsu.edu. Gunnoe group web site: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~tbgunnoe/index.html.

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Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu or 262-0293. Thank You.

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