Chemistry Newsletter - 10/17/2005

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXIX - No. 32 October 17th, 2005

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Laura Kiessling Wins Harrison-Howe Award

We are delighted to report that Laura Kiessling has won the Harrison-Howe Award from the Rochester Section of the ACS. This extremely prestigious award is given to someone who "has made outstanding contributions to chemistry, or closely related fields, and who shows great potential for further achievement." The list of previous winners is truly impressive. Congratulations Laura!

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Introductory Research Talks in Physical Chemistry

Thursdays 5:45-7:45 pm 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 weeks 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

Oct. 20

Qiang Cui

Song Jin

Arun Yethiraj

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

 

11/08/05

12/13/05

 

2/14/06

3/21/06

4/11/06

5/9/06

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

 

10/18/05

11/1/05

11/15/05

12/6/05

12/20/05

1/17/06

2/7/06

2/21/06

3/7/06

3/28/06

4/4/06

4/18/06

5/2/06

5/16/06


SEMINARS

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David N. Beratan, Duke University. “Designing Molecules by Optimizing Potentials”

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Adam J. Matzger, University of Michigan. “Crystallization in Two and Three Dimensions”

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Myong Lee, Yonsei University.

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Thursday, October 20th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Wright, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison. “Mixed Frequency/Time Domain Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy- The Optical Analogue to Multidimensional Heteronuclear NMR Methods”

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Thursday, October 20th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jane Coughlin, Shen Group. “The Development and Application of Catalytic Antibodies”

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Thursday, October 20th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 420 Henry Mall. Dr. Randy Hampton, University of California-San Diego. “Regulated Protein Misfolding in the Control of Cell Function”

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Friday, October 21st, 2005 - Chemistry Departmental Colloquium, 3:30 p. m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elaine A. Cohen Hubal from the EPA.

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Monday, October 24th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Robert T. Hembre, Eastman Kodak Chemical Company.

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Monday, October 24th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Stephen Levene, University of Texas at Dallas. “Topology in Molecular Biology: From DNA Mechanics to Enzymology”

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor D. James Donaldson, University of Toronto. “Whad’Ya Know? A Physical Chemist’s Approach to the Atmosphere”

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sergey Kozmin, University of Chicago. “Chemical Synthesis: From New Reactivity to Molecular Complexity and Cell Regulatory Function”

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew Christianson, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Thursday, October 27th, 2005 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lars Samuelson, Lund University, Sweden. “Materials and device physics aspects of semiconductor nanowires”

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Thursday, October 27th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Victoria Wilde, Burke Group.

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Monday, October 31th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Charles Burant, University of Michigan. “Adipocyte Development, Nutrient Sensing and Mutations in AGPAT2”

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard M. Stratt, Brown University. “Relaxation a Little Too Far From Equilibrium”

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Tuesday, November 1st, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Rustem F. Ismagilov, The University of Chicago. “Synthesizing and Understanding Complex Reaction Networks”

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Laurie Grove, Graduate Student, Brunold Group.

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lloyd D. Fricker, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Neuropeptides: From Discovery to Function”

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kris Kolonko, Reich Group.

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Monday, November 7th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Nathan Baker, Washington University.

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ronald G. Larson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. “DNA and Microfluidics”

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher Scarborough, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Thursday, November 10th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Lara Spencer, UW-Madison Graduate Student.

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Thursday, November 10th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Caroline Pharr, McMahon Group.

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Monday, November 14th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. F. Anne Walker, University of Arizona.

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Monday, November 14th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Charles Brooks, Scripps Research Institute. “General Features and Methanisms of Functionally Relevant Large-Scale Reorganization of Molecular Machines”

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Charles L. Brooks III, Scripps Research Institute. “Protein Folding Free Energy Landscapes - Insights Into Mechanism, Kinetics and Function From Molecular Simulations”

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Thursday, November 17th, 2005 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. James E. Butler, Naval Research Laboratory. “Diamond Diversity”

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Thursday, November 17th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Fast, Mecozzi Group.

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Friday, November 18th, 2005 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p. m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. James E. Butler, Naval Research Laboratory. “Diamond Perfected?”

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Monday, November 21st, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Boris Kholodenko, Thomas Jefferson University. “Systems Biology of Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Signaling: Can We Navigate Through Molecular Jungles?”

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bhavesh Gandhi, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Monday, November 28th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. John Yin, UW Madison. “Dynamics of Virus Growth and Spread - A Systems Biology Approach”

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daesung Lee, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Matthew Dodge, Burke Group.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Audrey Gasch, UW-Madison, Genetics.

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Monday, December 5th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. Yun-Xing Wang, National Cancer Institute. “Using NMR to Answer Fundamental Biological Questions”

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Shana O. Kelly, Boston College. “Interfacing and Templating Nanostructures with DNA”

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. James O’Donnell, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2005 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. SooHyuk Choi, Gellman Group.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Blick, UW-Madison, Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Nano-Electromechanical Systems and Their Applications”

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Monday, December 12th, 2005 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry, 420 Henry Mall, UW-Madison. George Rose, Johns Hopkins University. “Proteins: The Unfolding Story”

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Edward J. Kramer, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Phase Transitions in Flatland: Order, Disorder and Defects in Block Copolymer Monolayers and Multilayers”

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jocelyn Pinkert, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Zwier, Purdue University. “Laser Probes of the Potential Energy Surfaces of Flexible Molecules and Water-containing Complexes”

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Thursday, January 19th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Seyed Seradj, Burke Group.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Leitner, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil S. Baran, The Scripps Research Institute. “The Catalytic Cycle of Discovery in Total Synthesis”

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Smith, Denu Group.

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 - McElvain Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Yates, Scripps Research Institute.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Karen Schmidt, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcus Weck, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Venkat Ganesan, University of Texas at Austin. “Dynamical Phenomena in Multicomponent Polymers”

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Thursday, February 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrew Razgulin, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hanna Reisler, University of Southern California.

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Thursday, February 16th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Garske, Denu Group.

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Monday, February 20th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melanie Sanford, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ji-Xin Cheng, Purdue University.

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Jewell, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Roger E. Miller, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Chemistry on the Brink: Photo-induced Reaction Dynamics of Entrance Channel Complexes”

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luke Lavis, Raines Group.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arieh Warshel, University of Southern California. “Computer Simulations of Enzymatic Reactions: Finding out What are the Catalytic Principles that Really Work?”

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christian E. Schafmeister, University of Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangho Park, Lee Group.

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Monday, March 20th, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Walba, University of Colorado. “High Throughput Measurement of ee Using Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals”

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jamie Ellis, Cavagnero Group.

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Wednesday Thru Friday, March 29th - 31st, 2006 - Meloche Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Lippard, MIT.

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bin Sun, Lynn Group.

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patrick Holland, University of Rochester.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark A. Johnson, Yale University.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor D. Tyler McQuade, Cornell University. “Microreactors, Encapsulated Catalysts, and Mechanisms: New Tools and Techniques for Polymer and Small Molecule Synthesis”

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Thursday, April 6th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Schultz, Nelsen Group.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sanat Kumar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan O’Leary, Pomona College. “Deuterium and Tritium NMR Equilibrium Isotope Effects Involving OH/OH and CH/N Hydrogen Bonds: Stereochemical Applications”

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor H. Jane Dyson, The Scripps Research Institute. “New Insights from NMR into Unfolded Proteins and the Protein Folding Process”

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Thursday, April 18th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Virginia W. Cornish, Columbia University. “Co-Opting Nature's Machineries for Chemical Discovery”

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Thursday, April 20th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jennifer O’Neill, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael J. Saxton, University of California at Davis.

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Thursday, April25th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Matt Sigman, University of Utah.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon Tunge, University of Kansas.

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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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Thursday, May 4th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Walker, Harvard University.

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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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Mary Salomon of Lubrizol Corporation is involved in the planning and staffing of a new project in Ziegler-Natta polymerization catalysis and would very much appreciate your help in identifying candidates for employment as a researcher on this project. We are looking for energetic and self motivated individuals to work in our Research and Development Division at Lubrizol's Technical Center in Wickliffe, Ohio. The position will also involve collaboration with technical partners in Lubrizol's Noveon business division located in Brecksville, Ohio. We have already secured funding for this position and would ideally like the individual to start by January 2006 or earlier. The Lubrizol Corporation is a $3.5 billion global Specialty Chemicals Company with its headquarters in Wickliffe. More information about the Lubrizol Corporation can be found at: http://corporate.lubrizol.com. More specifically, the position involves the application of Ziegler-Natta catalysts chemistry for the production of new polymer types. The individual will be responsible for invention, design, and synthesis of the polymer, working with a senior scientist of the corporation, Dr. James Burrington. The candidate should have the capacity to work independently and as part of multidisciplinary teams consisting of chemists, chemical engineers, and business and marketing representatives. Interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills (written and verbal) are essential. Candidates should (now, or in the very near future) have a Ph.D. Required for the position is a background in organometallic and/or organic chemistry with experience in synthesis and handling of air and water-sensitive materials. Highly desirable would be experience in polymer chemistry, Ziegler-Natta catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis and familiarity with running continuous gas-solid reactions. I would be happy to answer your questions on this position. Candidates should send a cover message, CV, and a 1-3 page research synopsis to me. Lubrizol offers a competitive salary and benefit package and an excellent relocation package. I appreciate your help in making this information available to potential candidates. Mary F. Salomon, Ph.D., Corporate Technology Portfolio Manager, Research and Development, e-mail: mfs@lubrizol.com, phone: 440-347-2446.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Inorganic Chemist - University of Michigan-Flint. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a tenure-track position in Inorganic Chemistry at the Assistant Professor level, beginning August 2006. Submit letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, CV, transcripts, and contact information for 3 references to: Dr. Jessica Tischler, Chairperson, Search Committee, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI 48502-1950, or to: jtisch@umflint.edu. Review of applications will begin October 21, 2005. For additional information, visit our web site at: http://www.umflint.edu/departments/chemistry/, e-mail above or call (810) 768-6868.

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Grinnell College is seeking to make a new tenure track appointment of an individual who has the ability to teach organic chemistry. This search is a part of a special set of searches which also prioritizes an institutional commitment to diversity. In addition to the standard qualifications, we seek individuals who can contribute to diversity (including curricular and pedagogically) as a core value of Grinnell College. A position description is available at: http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/dean/facpos/facposopen/chm_tt/. The Chemistry Department at Grinnell has a long and strong tradition. It includes an innovative and inquiry based curriculum and a robust student-faculty research program. We typically graduate 15-25 students each year with degrees in chemistry or biological chemistry. Grinnell ranks 11th in the nation in baccalaureate origins of PhDs in chemistry. The department is very well equipped for teaching and research. The Science Division has developed over the past 14 years, the Grinnell Science Project which has markedly increased the success rate of and number of graduates who are first generation college students and students of color. The department is housed in the Robert N Noyce Science Center renovated and expanded in 1995-7 with a current addition in progress which will result in a science complex of 225,000 gross square feet. It includes state of the art classrooms, teaching and research laboratories. The building has been a national model for undergraduate science facilities and creates a wonderful sense of community, and students work and study in it during most hours of the day and evening. Additional information on the Chemistry Department is available at: http://www.grinnell.edu/academic/chemistry/.

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The University of Arizona is currently searching to appoint new faculty members in organic chemistry with outstanding research and teaching potential. Our highest priority is to make an appointment in the area of synthetic organic chemistry at the Assistant Professor level, although an appointment at a higher level is possible for suitably qualified candidates. We solicit your help in recommending candidates or calling our search to the attention of suitable candidates, especially at the Assistant Professor level. Our Department provides competitive startup packages, salaries and release time and has state-of-the-art NMR, MS and X-ray crystallography facilities staffed by Ph.D. scientists. We also want to call your attention to new developments in Arizona that are attractive for synthetic organic chemists. A joint program with the Departments of Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences has been established with University funding and an NIH Training Grant to recruit students to Chemical Biology and to foster interdisciplinary collaborations. The International Genomics Institute will be centered in Arizona with a $93 million funding commitment. In addition, a continuing asset is establishing collaborative work involving synthetic organic chemists with faculty in the Colleges of Pharmacy, Agriculture, Medicine, The Arizona Cancer Center, and the Neuroscience Program. We appreciate your help in our efforts to strengthen our Department. Please encourage potential applicants to apply via The University of Arizona Human Resources website: http://www.uacareertrack.com. Contact: Professor Victor J. Hruby, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Arizona, P.O Box 210041, Tucson, AZ 85721-0041, Phone: 520-621-6332, Fax: 520-621-8407, E-mail: hruby@u.arizona.edu.

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Chemistry invites applications for a tenure-track appointments beginning July 2006. Applicants with teaching and research interests in Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry, broadly defined are encouraged to apply. The appointments will be the rank of Assistant Professor, but outstanding senior applicants could be considered. Applicants should arrange to have a curriculum vitae, a brief description of research plans, and three letters of recommendation sent to: Professor Timothy M. Swager, Head, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, 18-398, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. Application deadline is October 2005.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at El Paso invites applications for a tenure track opening in biochemistry at the Assistant Professor level to begin January or August 2006. Responsibilities include teaching biochemistry lecture and laboratory courses and participating in the M. S. in Bioinformatics program. Opportunities exist for collaborative research in Health and with UTEP's Ph.D. programs in Environmental Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Pathobiology, and others. A Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field is required and postdoctoral experience is desired in the area of X-ray crystallography of macromolecules. The successful candidate must have a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is expected to develop an externally funded research program. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will play a leading role in the development of a new B. S. in Biochemistry and Ph.D. in Chemistry. Candidates should send a letter of application, a detailed vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, a description of proposed research, and should arrange for three letters of reference to be separately sent to: Biochemistry-Assistant Professor Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, UTEP, El Paso, TX 79968-0513. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. More information about our department can be found at the web site: http://www.chemistry.utep.edu.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications and nominations for the position of Department Head beginning Fall 2006. The Department has approximately 120 undergraduate chemistry majors and offers both an ACS certified BS degree and BA degrees. Over the last ten years, the Department has graduated more students with the baccalaureate degree in chemistry than any other university or college in the state of Iowa. In addition, the Department offers the MS degree and participates in a new interdisciplinary MS program in environmental science. There are currently 13 full-time faculty in the Department with research areas in analytical, biochemistry, chemical education, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Contact: Curtiss Hanson, Chair, Head Search Committee Department of Chemistry, University of Northern Iowa, McCollum Science Hall, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0423, phone: 319-273-2437, fax: 319-273-7127.

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Position Announcement - 3 Positions. Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Northern Illinois University. Three tenure-track, assistant professor positions are available. The department is seeking individuals with highly innovative interdisciplinary research programs that will enhance the doctoral program in the department, will attract external funding, and have the potential for developing collaborations across departmental and institutional boundaries. Research programs that include elements of biological chemistry, organic chemistry, or nanomaterials are of special interest, although research programs in all areas of chemistry will be considered. A description of the department can be obtained on the web at: http://www.chembio.niu.edu. Ph.D. in chemistry or closely related field; at least one year of postdoctoral research experience. Send letter of application, vita, a description of research plans and teaching interests, a list of required start-up equipment with estimated costs, and three letters of recommendation to: Chemistry Faculty Search, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115-2862. Candidates are encouraged to submit materials via e-mail to niuchem@gmail.com, but this is not required. Preference will be given to completed applications received by November 15, 2005; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Timothy H. Warren of Georgetown University is seeking to fill a postdoctoral position in his group that is immediately available. The ideal candidate would have a background in air-sensitive inorganic/organometallic synthesis complemented by experience with a number of typical characterization techniques. A variety of projects are available centered around the synthesis and reactivity studies of low-coordinate oxo, nitrene, and carbene complexes of Co, Ni, and Cu that engage in group transfer reactivity and catalysis. Preliminary accounts of this NSF-supported project have recently appeared JACS (2004, 126, 4798; 2004, 126, 10085; 2005, 127, 11248). Synthetic work is carried out in nitrogen-filled double dryboxes plumbed with purified solvents. Ready, hands-on access to variety of analytical techniques (variable temperature NMR, UV-Vis, IR, elemental analysis) as well as the departmental Brucker CCD single-crystal diffractometer located adjacent to my laboratory allows for rapid characterization of new substaneces and mechanistic insight into their formation and reactivity patterns. We also routinely employ DFT methods (Amsterdam Density Functional Suite) to better visualize bonding in and understand the reactivity of the new low-coordinate species we synthetically target and prepare. No previous experience with crystallography (mounting, data collection, refinement) or with calculational methods is required. This position offers an opportunity for a synthetically minded student to gain significant hands-on experience with these techniques. Any interested students should feel free to contact me directly at thw@georgetown.edu for more details, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent at their earliest convenience. Timothy H. Warren, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies.

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