Chemistry Newsletter - 10/27/2008

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXII - No. 34 October 27th, 2008

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Jim Maynard receives the 2008-2009 James W. Taylor Award for Excellence in Teaching

We are pleased to announce that Jim Maynard has been selected to receive the 2008-2009 James W. Taylor Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Taylor Award was endowed through the generosity and efforts of our own Professor Jim Taylor and the Pharmacia Corp. Most of you are very familiar with Jim Maynard's work in developing and implementing new lecture demonstrations, serving as adviser to Alpha Chi Sigma, mentoring undergraduate students, and his recent work developing videotaped demonstrations. Please join us in congratulating Jim for this Award!!

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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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2008 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings in November and December

Tuesday, Oct. 28 NO MEETING

Nov. 4: Finance Committee

Nov. 11: NO MEETING

Nov. 18: Department Meeting

Nov. 25: Finance Committee

Dec. 2: Finance Committee

Dec. 9: NO MEETING

Dec. 16: Department Meeting

Dec. 23: Finance committee, only if absolutely necessary


SEMINARS

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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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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 2535 Engineering Hall. Stephen M. Lipka, university of Kentucky. “Electrochemical Capacitor Technology - Challenges and Opportunities”

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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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Recent Publications

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Mechanical stability of helical beta-peptides and a comparison of explicit and implicit solvent models.

Miller, CA; Gellman, SH*; Abbott, NL; de Pablo, JJ.

BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 95 (7): 3123-3136 OCT 1 2008.

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Hydrolytic stability of hydrazones and oximes.

Kalia, J; Raines, RT*.

ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 47 (39): 7523-7526 2008.

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Chain dynamics of nascent polypeptides emerging from the ribosome.

Ellis, JP; Bakke, CK; Kirchdoerfer, RN; Jungbauer, LM; Cavagnero, S*.

ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 3 (9): 555-566 SEP 2008.

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Reaction dynamics and vibrational spectroscopy of CH3D molecules with both C-H and C-D stretches excited.

Annesley, CJ; Berke, AE; Crim, FF*.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 112 (39): 9448-9453 OCT 2 2008.

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Evidence for interfacial [FDCl](-) in collisions between DCl and F- in KF-glycerol solutions.

DeZwaan, JL; Brastad, SM; Nathanson, GM*.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C 112 (39): 15449-15457 OCT 2 2008.

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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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University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. Tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 24, 2009. Appointment as a tenure-track Associate Professor hire may be possible in special circumstances. The initial appointment will be for two years. Earned doctorate in any area of chemistry or closely related field required by November 10th, 2008. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience. Area of Specialty: While applications in all areas of chemistry will be considered, preference will be given to candidates with teaching interests in Organic, Physical, or Analytical chemistry. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate concepts in chemistry will be considered an asset. The ability to bring diverse cultural and ethnic experiences and perspectives to the campus and to serve as a role model and mentor for women and/or minorities may be considered an asset. Applicants will be expected to teach in their primary subdiscipline; the ability to teach in more than one chemistry subdiscipline will be considered an asset. Instruction in general chemistry lecture and laboratory is also expected. The successful applicant is expected to develop a program of externally funded research; competitive start-up funds are available. In addition to teaching and collaborating with undergraduates in research, the successful applicant will provide academic advising to students as assigned, engage in service to the university and community, participate in department, college, and university committee work, and carry out other duties as assigned. Applicants will send electronically, in a single PDF document the following materials to the email address below: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research plans (3-5 pages), statement of teaching interests and experience (1-2 pages), and graduate and undergraduate transcripts. Official copies will be required before the position is offered). Only applications electronically sent as a single PDF document will be accepted. Application packages will be acknowledged by email. Applicants will also arrange for at least two, and preferably three, letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the recommender to the same e-mail address. Chem.search@uwec.edu. To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by the priority date of November 10th, 2008. However, screening may continue until the position is filled. Applicants may include links to online materials, which the search committee may consider at their discretion. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Inquiries about the search should be directed to the e-mail address above. Applicants' names are subject to public release unless confidentiality has been requested in writing. Names of all finalists must be released. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment. To learn more, visit our Web sites: http://www.uwec.edu/acadaff/jobs/ and http://www.uwec.edu/chemistry/pages/positions.html.

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Arkansas Tech University, an undergraduate, state-supported institution of ~7,500 students, seeks applications for an Assistant Professor in Inorganic Chemistry to join an A.C.S.-certified program and begin August 2009. Candidates must hold a PhD in chemistry. Teaching duties include 12 credit hours/semester including undergraduate chemistry courses and laboratories as directed in addition to other assigned duties. Send letter of application including curriculum vita, official transcripts, teaching philosophy, and description of research plans that involve undergraduates along with three letters of reference to: Dr. Richard Cohoon, Dean, School of Physical and Life Sciences, Arkansas Tech University, 1701 N. Boulder Ave., Russellville, AR 72801-2222. Closing date is December 5, 2009 or until filled. Details at http://pls.atu.edu/physci/.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), in collaboration with the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research, http://www.ncesr.unl.edu, invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position in the area of homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysis in research areas broadly relating to energy science, including renewable energy technologies, energy transduction, photoconversion, green chemistry, and processes leading to decreased global CO2 production. Information about the department can be found at: http://www.chem.unl.edu . Applicants should have a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related discipline, a demonstrated research record, the potential for establishing and/or maintaining a nationally prominent and competitively funded research program, and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Applicants for Assistant Professor should submit a cover letter, a 3-5 page description of proposed research, detailed curriculum vitae, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation forwarded to the search committee. Applicants for Associate Professor should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with a full list of publications, a summary of past, current and pending research support, a brief statement of research, and the names of three references. To be considered for the position, applicants should go to the website: http://employment.unl.edu requisition 080790 and complete the Faculty/Administrative form. All application materials should be sent to: Catalytic Chemist Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0304, Fax: 402- 472-2044; e-mail: chemsearch@unl.edu. Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2008 and will continue until the position has been 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 and Biochemistry of the University of California San Diego, http://www.chem.ucsd.edu seeks applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in environmental chemistry. Candidates with a strong interdisciplinary focus are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates must have a Ph.D. with a substantial record of research accomplishment and an innovative research and teaching plan. Research projects related to multiphase complex systems such as aerosols are of particular interest, and topics could include, but are not limited to, heterogeneous reaction processes, interfacial chemistry, health effects studies of air pollution, and development of new atmospheric measurement and modeling tools. The successful candidate will be expected to teach environmental chemistry courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scale. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research proposal, samples of published research, and a statement of their teaching experience on-line at: http://www.chem.ucsd.edu/recruit/index.cfm?addno=5-121. Applicants are welcome to include in their cover letters a personal statement summarizing their contributions to diversity. Please arrange for three reference letters to be mailed to: Chair, Environmental Search Committee 5-121, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0332, La Jolla, CA 92093-0332. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2008, but until the positions are filled, all applications received will be assured full consideration.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None For This Newsletter

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