Chemistry Newsletter - 10/20/2008

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXII - No. 33 October 20th, 2008

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The 39th Annual Presentation

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI

Saturday, December 6, at 1:00 pm & 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 7, at 1:00 pm & 4:00 p.m.

Room 1351 Chemistry Building, 1101 University Avenue, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Members of the campus community may obtain free tickets to any of the presentations by sending a self-addressed campus-mail envelope along with a request indicating the date and time of the desired presentation and the number of tickets needed to Patti Puccio at the WISL mailbox (lower left area of mailboxes.) If you require more than ten tickets, please include a list of the names and addresses of the persons for whom you are requesting tickets. Tickets will be distributed starting November 3.

For information on the Holiday shows, please see the poster at the end of this newsletter.

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, October 21st , 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Garnet Chan, Cornell. “Strongly Interacting Electrons in Chemistry”

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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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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 2535 Engineering Hall. S. Mahajan, Arizona State University. “Self-Assembled Nanostructures in Mixed Epitaxial layers of Compound Semiconductors and Their Influence on Devices”

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Friday, October 24th, 2008 - ET&C Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory, 600 N. Park St. Erika von Schneidemesser, ET&C. “Degradation of Organic Compounds to the Greenland Ice Sheet”

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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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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Frank Keutsch, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2008 - Theoretical Chemistry Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor YiQin Gao, Texas A & M University. “Integrated Tempering Sampling and Studies on the Water/air Interface”

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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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Monday, November 10th, 2008 - Theoretical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Shi-Jie Chen, University of Missouri.

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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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Monday, December 1st, 2008 - Theoretical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Wei Yang, Florida State University. “Orthogonal Space Random Walk: A Possible Avenue Leading Biomolecular Simulation to the Quantitative Regime”

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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 Lectures, 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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The University of Alabama seeks an outstanding individual for the position of Chair of the Department of Chemistry. The UA Department of Chemistry is housed in the new Shelby Hall and comprises 22 faculty members in the five traditional areas of specialization with research programs and center activities focused on synthesis, material science, biological systems, and energy. The UA Chemistry program places emphasis on quality education at the undergraduate and graduate levels while building a strong research enterprise with private and public sector collaborators. The successful candidate must possess exceptional leadership abilities, have demonstrated administrative experience, and have an understanding and enthusiasm for both the teaching and research missions. The area of expertise of the applicant is open, but should complement those of the existing faculty and future plans for growth in the Department. Further information about the Department and its Faculty is available on our website at http://bama.ua.edu/~Chem. All candidates should provide a curriculum vita (including publication list), the names of at least 3 references, as well as statements of administrative and leadership philosophy, research plans, and teaching philosophy and interests. Applications (hardcopy only) and nominations should be sent to: Dr. Carolyn J. Cassady, Chairperson Chemistry Chair Search Committee; Department of Chemistry; The University of Alabama; Box 870336; Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0336. Potential candidates may contact the chairperson of the search committee at: ccassady@bama.ua.edu if additional information is desired. Consideration of applications begins on November 30, 2007 and continues until the position is filled.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The University of New Hampshire has a tenure track opening at the Assistant Professor level in any area of experimental Physical Chemistry. There are opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in several areas on campus, notably in Atmospheric Chemistry, in EPR Spectroscopy, and in Material Science/Nanomaterials. More details are available at: http://www.unh.edu/chemistry/pchemfac.html.Contact: Howard R. Mayne, Department of Chemistry, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, phone: (603) 862 2358, e-mail: howard.mayne@unh.edu.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Alabama is seeking an outstanding individual with expertise in biochemistry to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank. Successful candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field and to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program. Commitment to excellence in both graduate and undergraduate teaching is also required. The area of biochemistry is open; it is anticipated that a successful candidate will participate in the: University's interdisciplinary efforts such as the Coalition for Biomolecular Products. Further information on the Department is available at http://www.bama.ua.edu/~chem/. Applicants should apply online at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu, provide a curriculum vitae with publication list, research plans (3-5 pages), teaching philosophy (2 pages), and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: the Chair, Biochemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Box 870336, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. Review of applicants will begin November 1 and continue until the position is filled.

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The Chemistry Department of Johns Hopkins University, http://www.jhu.edu/–chem invites applications from outstanding individuals with a strong commitment to research and teaching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the general area of experimental physical chemistry, though exceptional candidates for tenured ranks will also be considered. .Hopkins has made great strides in recent years with the construction of a new chemistry building and in acquiring a range of instrumentation to support cutting edge research. For many years the Department has protected junior members from heavy teaching and administrative burdens, and created an environment conducive to fostering their professional and scientific development. The success of this policy speaks for itself in the careers of many faculty members who have risen through the ranks. The appointment of a colleague is perhaps the most important task that members of a department do collectively. We would be most grateful for your help in disseminating the announcement of this position and in calling our attention to worthy candidates. The new position has an anticipated starting date of July 1, 2009. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and description of research plans as PDF attachments to: chemsearch-phys@jhu.edu and also arrange to have three letters of reference e-mailed to the same address. Mail may be addressed to: Physical Chemistry Search Committee, c/o Rosalie Elder, Department of Chemistry, johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. Consideration of applications will begin on November 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the field(s) of physical chemistry & biological chemistry, appointment beginning August 25, 2009. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field and post-doctoral experience are required. Candidates must possess a strong record of innovative research, the potential for establishing an active and highly visible research program, and demonstrate an interest in and commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Preference will be given to candidates with research interests in chemical biology, bioanalytical, biophysical, or theoretical and computational biophysics, including the areas of chemical genetics, and proteomics. To apply, candidates must submit a candidate profile, cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of future research plans, and contact information for three references, through Jobs@UVA, https://jobs.virginia.edu. The job posting for this position can be located under posting number 0602507. Candidates are required to have three letters of recommendation mailed to the following address: Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400319, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4319. This position will remain open until filled.

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The Department of Chemistry at Temple University invites applications and nominations for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position at the Full/Associate/Assistant Professor level in the areas of Biochemistry, Analytical, Organic, Inorganic, Computational or Materials Chemistry. Ample newly-renovated laboratory space is available. Applications at the senior level should include a CV, statement of teaching and research goals, names and addresses of at least three references, and selected reprints. Applications for assistant professor should additionally include three references and a proposed research plan. Applicants are expected to demonstrate strong potential for establishing a vigorous research program funded by peer-reviewed research grants and for developing excellence in teaching. Application materials should be sent to: Dr. Robert J. Levis, Chair, Department of Chemistry, College of Science and Technology, Temple University, Beury Hall (016-00),1901 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until suitable candidates are identified.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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University of Victoria. Post-Doctoral Fellow Position - Supramolecular Dynamics. The successful applicant for the post-doctoral position open in the Bohne group, http://www.foto.chem.uvic.ca/ will work on projects related to the probing of asphaltene aggregates using fluorescence and on photochromism in supramolecular host systems. Applicants are required to hold a PhD degree and have experience in all or some of the following areas: photochemistry, with an experience in quantum yield determination and product studies and steady-state fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence and laser flash photolysis measurements. The successful applicant is expected to lead the research projects independently and to write required reports and papers. The fellowship amounts to Can$ 32,000 per year. The position is available initially for a period of one year with the possible extension for a second year. The expected starting date for this position is between January 1, 2009 and March 15, 2009. Applications should include: A cover letter, with a brief description on how the applicant’s background fits the description of the position and how the work described will fit the career development plans of the applicant; CV; Name and contact information of three references. Applications should be sent as pdf files to: _pdfapp@lfp.foto.chem.uvic.ca. Applications will be considered from Nov. 10th onwards until the position is filled. Applications from all nationalities are welcome, but in accordance with Canadian immigration laws preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Cornelia Bohne, Department of Chemistry, University of Victoria.

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