Chemistry Newsletter - 11/13/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 38 November 13th, 2006

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December 2006 Issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is Available Online

The December 2006 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online. Please note three contributions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in this issue! The cover has a photo of undergraduate, organic chemistry students presenting their research projects in the lobby of the UW Chemistry building. From our own department, Jessica J. Hollenbeck, Emily N. Wixson, Grant D. Geske, Matthew W. Dodge, T. Andrew Tseng, Allen D. Clauss, and Helen E. Blackwell have authored the corresponding article: A New Model for Transitioning Students from the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory to the Research Laboratory. The Evolution of an Intermediate Organic Synthesis Laboratory Course. Also, from the UW-Madison Mechanical Engineering Department, Thomas E. Briggs and Scott T. Sanders have contributed: Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy of Acetylene in the Lecture.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

 

11/14/2006

 

12/12/2006 - Exec Meeting Only

12/19/2006

2/13/2007

3/13/2007

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

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

 

11/21/2006

 

12/05/2007

1/23/2007

2/06/2007

2/20/2007

3/06/2007

3/20/2007

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/15/2007

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Karl A. Scheidt, Northwestern University.

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Tully, Yale University. “Dynamics at Metal Surfaces: The Role of Electronic Excitations”

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Roger Kuhlman, Dow Chemical, Inc.

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Thursday, November 16th, 2006 - Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Barry Karger, Barnett Institute. “High Sensitivity LC-MS Proteomic Strategies for Biomarker Discovery and Characterization”

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Thursday, November 16th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Li Guo, Graduate Student, Gellman Group.

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Thursday, November 16th, 2006 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1106 Mechanical Engineering Building. Jin Wang, Argonne National Laboratory. “Probing the Self-Assembly of Nanostructures in Action: Real-Time Grazing-Incidence Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering”

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Monday, November 20th, 2006 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Ning Zheng, University of Washington. “Structures and Functions of Ubiquitin Ligase Machinery”

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Harrowell, University of Sydney. “Dynamical Constraint and Hierarchical Structure: Recent Advances in the Glass Transition”

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lian Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy. “Crystallization in Polymorphic Systems”

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Yang Yang, Cui Group.

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Thursday, November 30th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Michaelis, Graduate Student, Yoon Group.

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Nelson, University of Pittsburgh.

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alexej Jerschow, New York University. “Radiation-Free NMR and MRI and Quadrupolar MRI”

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Ruomu Jiang, Sibert Group.

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006 - Materials McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Heath, Cal Tach.

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eun Jin Cho, Graduate Student, Lee Group.

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Friday, December 8th, 2006 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Laura Heisler, WARF.

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006, WISELI Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Linda Nicholson, Cornell. “Directing Traffic With a Flip of the Tail: Pin 1 in Action in Alzheimer’s Disease”

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Wolfe, University of Michigan. “New Palladium-Catalyzed Carboetherification and Carboamination Reactions for the Stereoselective Synthesis of Tetrahydrofurans and Pyrrolidines”

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Student Seminar, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. John Hottle, Keutsch Group.

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Thursday, December 14th, 2006 - Material Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Teri Odom, Northwestern.

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Thursday, December 14th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard McDonald, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Thursday, December 21st, 2006 - Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Guangde Chen & Lei Zhu, Jin Research Group.

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kevin W. Plaxco, University of California Santa Barbara.

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arun Yethiraj, UW-Madison Chemistry Department. “Raft Formation and Lateral Diffusion in Membranes”

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Garegin A. Papoian, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Exploring Protein Energy Landscapes with Free Energy Techniques”

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Norbert F. Scherer, University of Chicago.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Todd J. Martinez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Buhro, Yale University.

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Monday, February 26th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Koichi Komatsu, Kyoto University.

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Feigenson, Cornell University. “Phase Behavior of Complex Lipid Bilayer Mixtures: An Interesting State of Matter--but Should Cell Biologists Care?”

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Bowman, Emory University. “Ab initio-based Potential Energy Surfaces and Dynamics Using Them”

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Kost, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Emily A. Carter, Princeton University.

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Monday, March 21st, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Albena Ivanisevic, Purdue University.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Warren Piers, University of Calgary, Canada.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Cynthia M. Friend, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard.

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Friday, April 6th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Westrick.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Ritchie, Purdue University.

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alan Goldman, Rutgers University.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, University of California, Irvine. “Reactions at Interfaces in the Atmosphere and Why We Should Care”

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dan Nocera, MIT. “The Energy Future of our Planet: Chemistry to the Rescue”

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur G. Suits, Wayne State University. “Lost in Configuration Space: Probing Novel Reaction Mechanisms with High-Resolution Imaging”

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phillip Geissler, University of California, Berkeley.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justine Roth, John Hopkins University.

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Friday, May 4th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: An Effective Program for Building Diversity in the Sciences”

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts 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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None For This Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in the fall semester 2007. Candidates must have a PhD in Chemistry or a closely related area and significant post-doctoral research experience. The successful applicant will be expected to maintain an externally funded research program, and teach in the organic division at the graduate and undergraduate levels. All areas of chemistry involving a substantial synthetic component will be considered. Details regarding the department, including the recently-opened $40M Chemistry and Physics building, the graduate program and the position can be found at: http://www.uta.edu/chemistry. Candidates should submit via email attachment (PDF only) a complete CV, a brief description of planned research (not to exceed 5 pages), and a statement of teaching philosophy to: organicsearch@uta.edu. In addition, candidates should arrange for 3 recommendation letters to be sent to the email address given above. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Oakton Community College. One tenure track faculty position. Chemistry (CHM-07). Rank to be determined by qualifications. Des Plaines and Skokie, IL. Salary range: $38,284 (minimum) to $58,604 (maximum) for a 9 month contract. Applicants should be current in their use of evolving technologies, active in promoting critical thinking, and committed to challenging our students to be knowledgeable, ethical, and capable global citizens. Oakton is seeking enthusiastic faculty who are committed to innovation in college-level teaching and learning, interested in non-traditional delivery of instruction, and possess college level teaching experience. Oakton faculty are expected to engage in professional development activities, and institutional and departmental service. Prior undergraduate teaching experience is preferred. Master's degree in chemistry, chemistry education, or chemical engineering is required. The preferred qualification is a Ph.D. in chemistry or chemistry education. Primary teaching responsibility: general college chemistry I and II, with opportunities to periodically teach any other departmental offering. The preferred applicant's background is inorganic, physical, or analytical chemistry, but others will be considered. Additional salary can be earned through overloads and summer assignments. The anticipated starting date is August 13, 2007. Full consideration will be given to application materials received by November 20, 2006. Applications and Additional Contact Information are online at: http://www.oakton.edu. Contact: Craig Ahrndt, Assistant to the Director of Human Resources, Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016, Phone: (847) 635-1675, Fax: (847) 635-1764, Faculty Search CHM-07.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington) invites applications for tenure-track/tenure faculty position in computational/theoretical chemistry at the Assistant or Associate Professor level starting in September, 2007. Preferred areas of interest include computational biochemistry or materials science, but other areas that complement the faculty's strengths (see http://www.uta.edu/chemistry/) are also acceptable. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field, and postdoctoral experience is highly desirable. The successful applicant is expected to establish a strong externally funded research program and demonstrate a commitment to teaching quantum chemistry / physical chemistry / molecular modeling. Applicants should submit via e-mail attachments (PDF only) a curriculum vitae, a description of research plans (not to exceed 3 pages), and a statement of teaching philosophy to: pehemsearch@uta.edu. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent via e-mail attachment to the same e-mail address. Reviews of applications will begin Nov. 1, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled. Final offer of employment is contingent on completion of a satisfactory criminal background investigation for security sensitive positions.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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None For This Newsletter

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