Chemistry Newsletter - 10/06/2008

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXII - No. 31 October 6th, 2008

Introductory Research Talks in Physical Chemistry 2008

Thursdays 5:45-7:45 p.m., Room 8335

For entering graduate students interested in physical chemistry, there will be a series of short talks by faculty members describing their research interests. These will be held at 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays during the first week of the semester. There will be one half-hour talk followed by an informal supper and then two more talks.

Since these talks are brief, students should follow up by contacting individual faculty members in whose research they are interested. Each student should interview at least three faculty members during the fall semester concerning research opportunities. These talks are a means of finding research opportunities and of obtaining a broad overview of physical chemistry research in the Department. Students expecting to major in physical chemistry should make every effort to attend all of these talks.

Schedule for Introductory Research Talks

 

5:45

6:45

7:15

7:45

October 9th

Skinner

Sanders

Crim

 

October 16th

Sibert

Wright

McMahon

 

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christina White, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Streamlining Synthesis via C - H Oxidation”

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark Schlossman, University of Illinois at Chicago. “New Developments in Liquid Interfacial Nanoscience”

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Thursday, October 9th, 2008 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 2535 Engineering Hall. Elsa Reichmanis, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. “Advance Polymeric Materials for Electronic Applications”

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Monday, October 13th, 2008 - Joseph O. Hirschfelder Lectures in Theoretical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark Ratner, Northwestern University. “Energy and Nanoscience - A More Perfect Union”

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 - Joseph O. Hirschfelder Lectures in Theoretical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark Ratner, Northwestern University. “Charge Transport in Molecular Junctions: Mechanism and Behaviors”

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Wednesday, October 15th , 2008 - Joseph O. Hirschfelder Lectures in Theoretical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark Ratner, Northwestern University. “Charge Transport in Molecular Junctions: Vibrations and Decoherence”

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Tuesday, October 21st , 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Garnet Chan, Cornell.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joseph Ready, University of Texas-Southwestern. “Stereoselective Functionalization of Alkynes: Methodology Development and Synthetic Applications”

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joe Francisco, Purdue University. “New Insights into HOCO Radical Chemistry”

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Friday, November 7th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Biddy Martin, Chancellor, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Patricia Clark, University of Notre Dame. “Using the Free Energy of Folding to Transport Proteins Across a Membrane”

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Hoye, University of Minnesota.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2008 - Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy Public Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. UW-Madison Vilas Research Professor of Philosophy Elliot Sober. “Darwinism and intelligent Design”

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur L. Utz, Tufts University. “Bond-Selective Control of a Heterogeneously Catalyzed Reaction”

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Friday, November 21st, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Moore, UW-Madison. “The Chemical Education Digital Library: A New Online Resource for Teachers and Students”

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerhard Hummer, NIDDK.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Manolopolus, University of Oxford. “Chemical Reaction Rates from Ring Polymer Molecular Dynamics”

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ilan Benjamin, University of California. “Relaxation and Reactions at Water Surfaces”

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Bern Kohler, Ohio State University.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William L. Hase, Texas Tech University. “Dynamics and Kinetics of Heat Transfer at Nano-Scale Interfaces”

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Friday, February 13th, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tim Donohue, Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Center, UW-Madison, Department of Bacteriology.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Troy Van Voorhis, MIT. “Exploring Electron Transfer: From Simple Photochemistry to Energy Conversion”

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kristie Boering, University of California.

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Austen Angell, Arizona State University. “The Art and Science of Supercooling:” “Ideal Glassformers” vs “Ideal Glasses”

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Doug Weibel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biochemistry.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Hergenrother, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sunney Xie, Harvard.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrew Phillips, University of Colorado-Boulder.

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Monday, April 6th, 2009 - John E. Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 1:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor James G. Anderson, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 - John E. Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor James G. Anderson, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel T. Hess, University of Maine.

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Friday, April 17th, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dr. Helmut Schwartz, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Chemie, and President, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 - Bernstein Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Raphael D. Levine, Hebrew University.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 - Bernstein Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Raphael D. Levine, Hebrew University.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 - Organic Chemistry - Abbott Lecturers, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dave Evans, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel I. Stupp, Northwestern University.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. William Roush, Scripps.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry building. Professor Lewis Kay, University of Toronto.

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Tuesday May 5th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Barry Trost, Stanford University.

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Wednesday, May 6 th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Barry Trost, Stanford University.

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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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Southeast Missouri State University, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Chemistry. Position Announcement. Full-time, non-tenure track, renewable Instructor position in the Department of Chemistry. DATE: Available August 1, 2009. The primary teaching duties will include general chemistry and other courses as needed. Normal teaching load is 15 hours per semester and may involve on-line instruction. Minimum degree requirement is a M.S. in Chemistry or Chemical Education; successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level; demonstrated commitment to working with multicultural populations and awareness of issues affecting women and minorities. Salary is commensurate with professional experience and qualifications. Competitive fringe benefits. Review of applications will begin October 22, 2008. Send letter of application, CV, copies of all transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Philip Crawford, Chair Department of Chemistry, MS6400 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno has initiated a search for a new Assistant Professor in the area of Physical/Analytical Chemistry. The successful candidate will establish an active and innovative experimental research program at the interface of analytical and physical chemistry, while maintaining a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. With this position, we hope to build upon our strengths in physical chemistry and extend our departmental research in the area of analytical chemistry. Please bring this opening to the attention of qualified candidates who may be interested in applying for the position. The complete position description including minimum qualifications and application instructions may be found at: http://www.chem.unr.edu/facultysearch/. For full consideration, applications must be completed online by December 7, 2008.

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Faculty Position University of North Dakota. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for one or two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions starting in Fall 2009, contingent upon funding. Successful candidates are expected to establish vigorous, independent programs of externally-funded research and be able to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in organic or organometallic chemistry. UND Chemistry offers an ACS-certified B.S. degree, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Candidates with interests in energy-related catalysis and complement those of current faculty are especially encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. is required and postdoctoral experience preferred. Send resume, transcripts for all degrees, research plans, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Irina Smoliakova, Search Committee Chair Department of Chemistry, University of North Dakota, Abbott Hall Room 236, 151 Cornell Street Stop 9024, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9024. Completed applications must be received by November 15, 2008 for full consideration. Web site: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/chem/.

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University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Full professor in Molecular Inorganic Chemistry. Vacancy number: 208265.The Stratingh Institute for Chemistry of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a vacancy for a full professor in Molecular Inorganic Chemistry (tenured position). The candidate is expected to initiate new research in the area of Molecular Inorganic Chemistry, with a focus on synthesis, organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. He/she has to attract new PhD projects and build up a leading international position in this field. He/she is an excellent teacher who can motivate students of different disciplines and he/she has to develop new courses on specific topics in the BSc and the MSc programs. Teaching duties include the supervision of bachelor, master and PhD students. The candidate should be an expert in molecular inorganic chemistry, with a strong background in organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. He/she has an outstanding track record in research and is internationally recognized, with publications in leading journals. He/she has excellent organisational and teaching skills; is fluent in English and has a good knowledge of Dutch, or is willing to learn this language within a time frame of two years. Experience in the acquisition of research funds is required. The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience up to a maximum of € 6995,- (CAO-NU Full Professor 2) gross per month for a full-time position. Further, more detailed information can be obtained from prof. dr. B. Feringa, Scientific Director Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, tel +31 (0)50 363 4235 or e-mail: b.feringa@rug.nl. More information can also be found at the following links: About the institute: http://www.rug.nl/fwn/stratingh/. About the university: http://www.rug.nl/corporate/index. Interested candidates are requested to submit a letter of motivation, a CV (including 5 references), a list of publications, a list of five self-selected “best papers” (not copies of the papers), a statement on teaching goals and experience, and a brief description of scientific interests (maximum: 3 pages). Please send your reaction before November 20th , 2008 to: The University of Groningen, Personnel & Organisation Department, P.O. Box 72, 9700 AG Groningen, The Netherlands; E-mail address: vmp@bureau.rug.nl. When applying for this position, always mention the vacancy number 208265.

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Bradley University. Assistant/associate Professor in Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Department invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor level beginning August 2009. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in analytical chemistry and general chemistry. A Ph.D. in Chemistry is required and postdoctoral research and/or teaching experience is preferred. Candidates are expected to establish a vigorous, externally-funded research program and to pursue excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and M.S. levels. A competitive research startup allotment will be provided. For additional information about the University and the Department of Chemistry visit http://www.bradley.edu and http://www.bradley.edu/las/chm. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a description of proposed research (including a startup budget and instrumentation requirements), and a statement of teaching philosophy. In addition, three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate's potential for success in research and teaching should be sent separately. Send all materials to: Search Chair Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Bradley University Peoria, IL 61625. Review of applications will begin November 3, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.

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University of Pennsylvania. Department of Chemistry Faculty Position in Chemistry The Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania plans to make a tenure track appointment in chemistry at the Assistant Professor level. The appointment will be in the broadly defined areas of Inorganic or Physical Chemistry. Applications from exceptional senior candidates may also be considered. Applicants must apply online at: http://www.facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=50636. Required application materials include: curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a description of proposed research. Applicants for the position of assistant professor should also submit the names and contact information of three individuals who will provide a letter of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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NASA offers approximately 60 postdoctoral fellowships annually. We would greatly appreciate it if you would share the following announcement with your best doctorate students. The next deadline for applications is November 1. The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers unique research opportunities to highly talented national and international scientists and engineers to engage in ongoing NASA research in Aeronautics, Astrobiology, Astrophysics, Earth Science, Exploration Systems, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Space Operations. Approximately 60 Fellowships awarded annually. One-year appointments, renewable up to three years. Annual stipends start at $50,000, with supplements for certain degree fields and high cost-of-living areas. Annual travel budget of $8,000. Financial assistance for relocation. Financial supplement for health insurance purchased through the program Apply at: http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc. Three application deadlines each year: November 1, March 1, and July 1. Eligibility: U.S. Citizens; Foreign Nationals with a J-1 visa status as a research scholar, Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status, or Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with pending LPR status; Recent and senior-level Ph.D. recipients. Locations of Fellowship Positions: Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA; Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA; Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH; Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD; Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY; Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA; Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX; Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, FL; Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA; Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL; Stennis Space Center, Stennis Space Center, MS; NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. Various locations associated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute. To obtain more information and to apply for this exciting opportunity, please visit the NPP Web site at: http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc.

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